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Stay-at-Home Fathers from Central PA

Estimates today place the number of stay-at-home dads in the United States at nearly two million, a number that has quadrupled since 1986 and is now the fastest-growing family type.

Are You a Love Optimist?

Research shows that couples who blissfully stay together for a lifetime have an uncanny ability to downplay the negative and highlight the positive in their mates and their relationships. When you are with your friends, do you talk up your mate’s overall helpfulness or do you prefer to tell a juicy story about the one incredibly thoughtless...

Pick Your Battles

We’ve all heard the saying, “Pick your battles.” That sounds like a good way to reduce unnecessary fights, but exactly how are we supposed to pick the right ones?

Justin Bieber surprises number one fan

This week’s viral video has received more than 40,000,000 views and has made many Justin Bieber fans extremely jealous.

Child's stained T-shirt proves no match for Dad

I scored a major victory for Dads the other night...

Diary of a Grocery Geek

If you’ve paid attention at the store or at the gas pump lately, you know that costs have been going up. Milk and gasoline have both hit more than $4 in some places, and the price of wheat, rice and other grain has also taken a jump. Even though food costs have increased over the last few months, my family is spending less on food — up to $400 a month less. How are we doing this? Have we resorted to boxed macaroni ‘n’ cheese and cheap peanut butter & jelly?

Dads 101

New moms-to-be are likely to chat with friends who have experienced childbirth about the many challenges of raising a baby. But what about dads? Who can they go to with their questions? Baby talk probably isn’t something they’d want to bring up during a round of golf or over commercials while watching sports with the guys. Enter Father’s Bootcamp...

Swiss Mess by Jonathan DeYoung

As if encouraging my kids to eat the food I serve them isn’t hard enough, I was trying to make my wife’s birthday dinner of cheese fondue with cut up French bread, broccoli and granny smith apples while taking care of the kids.

A father's hands

When I think about my dad, I think about his hands. He’s got these big strong, calloused hands, and though I have a terrible memory I memorized those hands long ago.

Doing the math: Calculating the cost of child care

The average family in Pennsylvania spends $5,000 to $12,000 annually to put one child in full-time daycare, according to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies. With the rising cost of gas, food and everything else that families need to keep going, factor in the cost of child care and many families are finding themselves strapped...

 

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