My Stories

My journey as a father and full-time stay-at-home parent.


The Light that Shines through the Darkness.


NOTE FROM DAD OR ALIVE: This story was written by my wife. I had started and stopped many attempts to put onto paper my thoughts and feelings about this time in our lives and realized that, man or woman, father or mother, this post as it is may resonate with many parents out there… On this


A Letter to My Wife, You’re Doing Good.


EDITOR’S NOTE: I am partnering with Minute Maid for a series of stories to help parents realize they’re #doingood. All opinions are my own. Being a parent is generally difficult enough on its own, but when you factor in multiple children at various ages it becomes significantly more complex. Add to that things like school,


The Boys and Girls of Summer.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Tylenol #HowWeFamily campaign, however the experiences, thoughts and opinions are all mine. If you’ve been a trusty loyal follower, drinking the Dad or Alive Kool-aid, you’re fully aware that we’ve packed up and moved (once again) further south, to the coastal country of Virginia.


I Flew to St. Louis in Honor of a Fallen Friend.


Back on a hot and humid summer afternoon in rural Pennsylvania during the mid-1980’s, my dad slowly crawled up the driveway in his work truck, a drive he did every day – but there was something different this time. The old man had always been home between 4:30 and 5pm and we anxiously awaited his


There’s No Manual for Being a Dad.


A little over six years ago, I became a dad. It wasn’t a surprise, so I should’ve been prepared, right? Wrong. I don’t care what you do – construction, customer service, hostage negotiation—PARENTING is the toughest job there is. Before Ava came into the picture, the previous years found me only concerned about myself, which


A Special Mother’s Day Gift Guide.


On my wife’s first Mother’s Day, Ava was only a few months old. Without the ability to walk, talk or have an opinion on anything other than ‘Yes, I want to breastfeed OR No, I’d rather spit up on dads face’, I was left in charge to make some big decisions on how to make


Does Anyone Kiss Their Wife Anymore?


“MARRIED!” my daughter shouted from the top of her lungs across the kitchen. Startled, I backed away from my wife, whom I’d been kissing. We looked at each other, laughed and then looked at Ava. “Why are you screaming MARRIED like some sort of lunatic?”, I asked. She looked dumbfounded—and thrilled—“Because you kissed mommy and


Head Lice: Jump in, the Nightmare is Scalding.


Head lice has been around forever. In fact, analysis of Peruvian mummies suggests that it was passed from the New World to the Old World, instead of the other way around. For those non-history majors, that’s a long frickin’ time ago. Head lice are wingless insects that spend their entire life on the human scalp,


Getting Food and Milk to Families in your Neighborhood this Holiday.

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As part of my ongoing commitment through the month of December to help raise money on behalf of The Great American Milk Drive, I’ve been hosting my own Milk Drive through Crowdrise. It’s a safe, secure and easy-to-use portal that enables you to donate as much or little to the cause as you want, with


5 Necessary Steps to Prepare for Holiday Company.


My wife and I hosted family at our house over Halloween AND the Thanksgiving holiday but luckily we’re traveling for Christmas, because it’s not easy to prepare your house for a full-on family invasion and we need a break. It’s tough enough to manage a household of five, including three kids under six and a