Five-year-old Sadie is an absolute wreck as she ponders her baby brother growing up. I’m with you, Sadie. Cool Newbie turned four – FOUR! – in June, and boyhood is definitely winning over babyhood at this point.

Last night, Newbie was telling me how one of his friends at the park poured water on him. I stuck out my lower lip and laughed. Past Newbie would have wailed in offense, maybe throw a LEGO brick in displeasure. Instead, Present Newbie explained, “It’s not a joke.”

Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping…


You know, in my day, we used Facebook to see life updates from our friends, and that was it. No Candy Crush Saga. No hashtags. It was a simpler time back then, and by gum, we liked it!

My old man tone is fairly accurate, because that’s a bygone era of the internet. Now, The Social Network is brimming with auto-playing videos and social games of every ilk. But the most notorious evolution of Facebook might be the emergence of journalistic gems in your News Feed such as

You’ll Laugh Out Loud Seeing This Baby Girl’s Insanely Adorable Dance

The Beautiful Friendship Between a Preschooler and an 89-Yr-Old WWII Vet Will Leave You in Tears

What These Friends Found in Their $20 Couch Will Shock You; What They Did Will Warm Your Heart

Best Father of the Bride Speech Ever? Dad Gives Daughter Away With Funny, Tearjerking Message

Yes, we’re in the Golden Age of clickbait. Does it bother you? The sensational enticement? The omission of details that demands a click to keep your curiosity from consuming you? Continue reading


April 2009: Cool Boy, about to turn 2.

When we committed to try to stay cool after having a baby, our first big coolness decision was already before us: What to name Cool Boy. There were two perceived pressures that contributed to our choice:

1. We’re Christian, and I may or may not have read a Barna study suggesting that Christians are 83.6% more likely to judge you in their heart if your kid’s name doesn’t come from the Bible.

2. The popular trend in baby naming, which seemed to skew toward last names as firsts (Parker, Jackson, Stalin). Continue reading