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5 Ways this move to Portland made me a better Dad

5 Ways this move to Portland made me a better Dad

Moving across the country is a big life change for a young family, but I quickly fell in love with Portland.

There are a lot of reasons for this, and how as a city it just felt like “home” so quickly. But more than the food trucks, the art-friendly vibe, the close proximity to family, or the chance to unashamedly wear orange pants, I love how Portland has made me into a better dad.

Here are a few ways that come to mind.

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5 Great Things About My Oldest Son (That He Gets From My Wife)

5 Great Things About My Oldest Son (That He Gets From My Wife)

I hear from people all the time about how much my boys are like me. How they look like me, act like me, um…. smell like me?

You get the idea. One has my dimples, sings nonsense songs, and loves to make people laugh. One has the light blond hair of my childhood, and addiction to carbs, and loves monkey references.

I hear it a lot. And it’s no surprise, of course. They spend a lot of time with me, so clearly they’re going to pick up on a lot of my mannerisms and phrases and such.

What most people don’t get to see though is how much they take after their mom too. Especially as our oldest son Tucker get older (he’s almost 4), it becomes clearer and clearer to me. I’d like to share just a few things that I have noticed and appreciate my wife Anna for passing on to him…

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Five Things Restaurants Could Do To Be More Family Friendly

Five Things Restaurants Could Do To Be More Family Friendly

As young kids go, I think my wife and I would both admit that we’ve gotten off fairly easy in the “eating” department with both of our young boys.

That doesn’t mean they eat anything and everything we ask. It doesn’t mean there aren’t massive and unexplainable changes in likes and dislikes that happen on a whim. It doesn’t mean our dining room floor doesn’t constantly look like I’m trying to make compost under the table.

What it means is simply that we’ve been very lucky to have boys who are generally good at trying new things, don’t give us too much trouble at mealtime, and make eating out at a restaurant something we don’t fear.

That said, we’ve quickly started to learn which restaurants have put some serious thought into how to be “family friendly.”

And I don’t mean “family friendly” in that they have a cartoon mascot wandering the seating area, a garish color-scheme, or free ice cream. Nor do I mean the basics that would make any restaurant appealing (delicious food, cleanliness, good service, etc.). I mean the things that actually make eating out an easier experience for parents.

Here are some little ways that I think restaurants can do business, and vastly increase the chances that they’ll get our business again and again:

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