Follow my blog, "Rub Some Dirt On It" at http://vermontwhitneys.blogspot.com Here are Jax and Daddy, having a heart-to-heart. ...more

Life Lessons: Student, Mama; Teacher, Baby

Life Lessons: Student, Mama; Teacher, Baby   My outside the home profession up until Jac's birth was teaching. I am passionate about education, and my plan was to use my teaching skills to help Jac grow and develop as much as possible....more

Thank you, Yogimomi! I was just on your blog. Beautiful!

I Thought I Knew Mama


What I Thought I Knew Before Becoming a Mom

Writing this poem was the inspiration for me to start my blog: For Jac   We thought we knew adventure… Skydiving, climbing mountains, living on the other side of the world… But when we met you, we realized there was no greater adventure than helping you to grow. We thought we knew pride… We’ve had pride in our education and in our accomplishments… But that doesn’t touch how proud we feel of you just for being you....more

Are Donor Conceived Kids Really Alright?

Seeing the two donor-conceived kids in The Kids Are Alright got me curious about how many kids in real life in our country are the result of sperm or egg donation.  New York Times columnist ...more

The New Definition of Marriage: It's All About Me, Me Me -- or Is It?

Marriage is in the news again. This time, the focus is on commitment -- or, more specifically, how to stay married once you are married. The newest idea is “self-expansion," the concept that your level of commitment to your marriage may depend on how much your partner “enhances your life and broadens your horizons.” No longer is marriage about shared goals. Now it’s all about you, you, you, or rather, what you do for me, me, me. ...more

I really enjoyed your perspective on this issue. I honestly think healthy marriages are more ...more

The "Financial Abortion" Option for Men

I learned about "financial abortions" -- an upfront statement from a guy to his partner that says he doesn't want a kid and therefore, if she gets knocked up, she can't hold him financially responsible -- in an article that made me slap my head. ...more
CrissWrites The point of financial abortion doesn't address the options each partner has before ...more

(VIDEO) Treme, Lost, Parenthood, Glee, Modern Family: TV's Fathers of the Year

Fathers' Day means the fathers everywhere are preparing to receive mugs, T-shirts, paperweights and faux trophies proclaiming them "World's Greatest Dad." It doesn't matter that hundreds of thousands of "Greatests" will be named, because who wants to be the only dad not celebrated as "A+ Papi?"& No one, that's who. Even the dads on television deserve special awards on this special holiday, so let's commemorate the occasion by looking at how fatherhood was portrayed on television this year. ...more

Father of Five Talks Work Life Balance

“I am not working to put (my kids) into every single extra curricular activity; I am working so we can be together.”...more

How To Connect To A Man, By A Man

By Man On The Fence He’s back again! Giving us ladies a man’s view on how to connect to the opposite sex. What do you think?  —————————————————————- ...more

Real men wear pee

At the risk of sounding like an obnoxious Gen-Xer, people over 50 seem sort of astounded with my husband's level of parental involvement. Sometimes I'm not sure it's even a compliment, as if somehow Brian's willingness to take a five-minute break from work to hang out in a couch fort or even join us for lunch makes him somehow soft....more