Jeff writes over at Daddy’s Toolbox when he’s not working (at home, or at the office). During the day, he is a developor and consultant for Springhouse, a computer training and consulting company, located in Exton, Pennsylvania.
Jeff has two great children. His son Logan is 4 and daughter, Kaleigh, is 2.
I asked Jeff several questions about his role as a parent and he shared several stories about his relationship with his children.
1) What makes you happy, as a parent?
I like watching my son get excited when I tell him he has done a good job or like the other day when I told him that I took his drawings and the paper that he wrote the alphabet on to my work. I told him I had my friends (coworkers) use it to help them spell! He was so excited. As for my daughter, she and I have the Father/Daughter bond going. We rub noses at night – that is our thing!
2) What is your proudest parenting moment?
I’ve had a few proud parenting moments so far in my children’s 4 and 2 years of life. There are things that I can’t believe our son knows how to do, so that makes me very proud. Like the other day he was writing all of this alphabet, his name and some other things. He’s really good with that! He then was drawing pumpkins. I watched him draw a perfect pumpkin, down to the 2 triangle eyes, nose and mouth! I was shocked.
3) What is your biggest parenting challenge?
Dealing with whining. I immediately go insane at the first whine.
4) What’s your favorite family-friendly restaurant?
We like Red Robin in Exton, PA. Oh EXCEPT when the “BIRD” is there. It scares my kids!
5) What advice would you give to new or expecting parents?
Sometimes you just have to “give in” or else it’s a battle with your kids. Like right now, I’m listening to my wife put our four-year-old to bed. He is fussing and screaming that it is NOT a school night. Well, it’s Monday night so, “Yes it is!” I would have caved in by now and given in. My wife is more stubborn and is up there trying to make him understand.
6) Who or where do you go to for parenting advice?
I mainly ask our other friends with kids. I’ve set up a group on Facebook for the parents of kids that go to our daycare. It’s starting to help. We are building a support network.
I think it’s a fabulous idea to start an online support group of parents that you know. Playdates and playgroups were first created for this same reason, but it’s great to have a place to go 24 hours a day to ask questions and chat with other adults after the kids are asleep – or during nap time.
What makes you a happy, healthy, hip parent?