Shortly after my son was born, I quit my marketing job at the Fortune 100 company to take care of my eight-month-old son, while my wife went to work. Homemaker, Stay-At-Home Dad, or some are even call it the CDO (Chief Domestic Officer). We attended Gymboree, library reading time and played—a lot. Then, my daughter was born when my son was two-years-old. An infant and toddler can make your head spin. Dishes, laundry, meals, transportation, enrichment and education are only a few of the things I am responsible for. The most difficult and rewarding occupation I’ve ever had.
With more than 6 years of experience, I can say with confidence that I have learned enough tips and tricks to help many of my fellow Dads out there—single or married. Much of what I have learned comes from on-the-job training. Kids don’t come with a manual, like your iPad or 3D TV. I have read a short list of books that have helped me understand a child’s behavior and development. These books are what I would consider foundation and framework, allowing a structure to better understand my children. I believe we can glean from all of the latest information out there to benefit our children. While at the University of Iowa, I took several childhood development and behavior management courses required for teachers, all of which have helped me with my children in their school years.