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Why You Won’t See a Parent on the Mission to Colonize Mars

I recently read an article about the non-profit company Mars One and their desire to send a team (maybe multiple teams) to a colony they will create on Mars. This article and the premise of a colony on Mars fascinated me. To think that there is an initiative underway to actually send a team to Mars, and that the team will be comprised by candidates submitting a 1 minute video is an amazing concept. While I don’t think they’re going to pick unqualified “prospective colonists” a la the blockbuster movie Armageddon and the drilling-crew astronauts, this is the first time that I’m aware an ordinary person will have a chance to go to space. And not just space, but be the first to embark to the red planet - part of a mission that has never been attempted before - part of history that to this point is unrivaled.

Busy Busy Bee: Preparing Your Home for Toddlerhood

The majority of parents anxiously wait for the day that their little ones take their first step. However, from the moment your toddler starts walking, your stress level gets higher. The truth is that your home can be a dangerous place for a little one just starting out on their feet. Preparing your home for toddlerhood is one of the most important steps you can take to protect them.

Best Parenting Commercial from the Big Game

While I wasn't blown away this year with the commercials from the "Big Game" (And even having to say it that way is completely ridiculous, but I digress), there was at least one highlight that parents can certainly appreciate. It came in the 4th quarter from KIA, and focused on the question that will place all parents in deer-in-the-headlights mode..."Where do babies come from?"

What My Children Will Learn about 9/11

Following an emotional 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I had to think about the fact that my daughter, and children for the last 10 years, weren’t around to experience that Tuesday morning. I, like every American, remember where I was when I heard the news and I want my daughter and any future children to know what happened and know the importance of that day. So I’ve documented some of the things I will teach my children about 9/11 so that they will also never forget.

A Father’s Perspective on Having Triplets

What is a column from a dad of triplets doing on a site titled “Ordinary Parent?” Well, it is because in a lot of ways I’m no different than any other parent. I’m aware that the mere idea of triplets scares a lot of people, even parents who raised four or even five kids of their own. People let us know that every time we leave the house. Or as @arweneliza recently tweeted to me: “Just the thought of triplets is terrifying to me.” But believe if or not, being a triplet dad isn’t the nightmare you might expect. Well, it’s not the nightmare as you probably imagine it, at any rate.
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