Be aware of those moments, and never turn one down. If you face a choice — a moment or a chore, a moment or bedtime, a moment or work obligations, a moment or your damn iPhone — always choose the moment. They seem abundant, sometimes too abundant, in those early years. But childhood isn’t linear; it seems to accelerate faster and faster as it progresses, and when it’s over that set of memories will be all too finite.
David Roberts in Vox

Frankly, Roberts’ post, by its own admission, didn’t seem so revelatory when I read it. But it’s percolated over time, and I even noticed it affecting how I act when I’m with my family.

Well, a little. Let’s just say there’s always room for improvement.

It’s not just about being a better dad and husband, it’s also about living life more deeply.


Research on Spanking: It’s Bad For ALL Kids

Usually academic articles couch their recommendations in dense language, but this is about a researcher who just lays it out in “Spanking and Child Development: We Know Enough Now to Stop Hitting Our Children.”

Straight up.