Park Road

Fatherhood and Family Life
I'm Mike Reed, family man:
Husband and (relatively) new dad. This is the story of Max.

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  • October 16, 2014 7:18 pm

    Pro tip …

    Arguing with your significant other about baby names?*

    Get a pet. Dog or cat. Doesn’t matter.

    Give that pet the name you hate the most, especially if your significant other won’t let it go.

    Problem solved. Can’t name a kid after one of your pets.

    * Clarissa is not pregnant. This is wisdom that came to me just now.

  • October 16, 2014 5:26 pm
    Max was two credits short, but they still let him walk at the swim school graduation ceremony. View high resolution

    Max was two credits short, but they still let him walk at the swim school graduation ceremony.

  • October 15, 2014 9:02 pm

    Growing pains ...

      Max's mom (tucking him into bed):  Goodnight my baby - I'm sorry, I meant my big boy.
      Max:  It's OK. You can call be baby sometimes.
      Max's mom:  You mean I can call you baby when no one else is around?
      Max:  Yeah. You can call me baby, but when other people are around, you have to call me big boy.
  • October 10, 2014 11:31 pm
    Guess who Max is going to be for Halloween? (It rhymes with Boptimus Brime.) View high resolution

    Guess who Max is going to be for Halloween? (It rhymes with Boptimus Brime.)

  • October 10, 2014 9:58 pm

    Watch this: Max scored FOUR goals in his first-ever soccer scrimmage. Here’s his first one.

    This is was the most he’s ever participated in an organized sports activity. He mostly just plays in the dirt. But not this time. I was proud, and he had fun.

  • September 18, 2014 12:30 am
    This is what happiness looks like.

Our relationship is stronger today than it was a week ago, or a month ago, or a year ago or a decade ago. View high resolution

    This is what happiness looks like.

    Our relationship is stronger today than it was a week ago, or a month ago, or a year ago or a decade ago.

  • September 4, 2014 8:38 pm

    Lessons from a 3-year-old about what is and is not cool ...

      Me (after finding an old hotel key card on my dresser):  Max, want to see something cool?
      Max (excitedly):  YES.
      Max's mom (knowing what's in my hand):  It might not be that cool, Max.
      Max:  I bet it IS cool.
      Me:  Oh, it is. Look! It's a key card from the last hotel we stayed in.
      Max (his smile becoming as horizontal and thin as the key card laying flat on a table):  What does it do?
      Me:  It unlocks a door in a hotel!
      Max (disappointed):  That's not very cool, daddy.
      Me (scrambling for ideas and grabbing a luggage-sized combination lock):  What about THIS?
      Max:  What does it do?
      Me (showing him how it works, then handing it to him):  It locks and UNlocks things. That's cool, right?
      Max (smiling):  Yeah, it IS cool.
  • September 2, 2014 7:50 pm

    Improvised fun: throwing paper airplanes made from lawn-care flyers in the mailbox.

  • August 26, 2014 8:23 pm

    Max got a new haircut.

  • August 21, 2014 9:42 pm

    Max seems to be up to speed already with the forces of good and evil at work in Star Wars.

      Me (in a very deep voice):  Max, I am your father.
      Max:  NO YOU'RE NOT. YOU'RE MY DADDY.
      Me (still in a very deep voice):  But I am also your father.
      Max:  NO ... YOU'RE ... NOT.
      Me:  Yes I am.
      Max's mom:  IT'S THE SAME THING.