About ken

ken has been a member since May 8th 2010, and has created 147 posts from scratch.

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former police officer and current stay at home dad and home business entrepreneur

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Parents’ Backwards Priorities

Been thinking lately about parenting and what I perceive as parent's selfish priorities. As I may have stated before, I don't feel it is the right thing to do to stick your kids in daycare or with a nannie or sitter if it is not absolutely necessary. Many parents do not want to be with the kids all day or may feel that their career or money is more important and I feel that the children suffer because of this. Parents that do so are selfish and have their priorities backwards. I am adding to this list some things that parents do that I feel show their upside down priorities. The first thing ...Read more [.....]

Emma’s Note to Mommy–Enjoy Every Moment

This is a note that Emma left for Melissa yesterday. She was in her room yesterday and was quiet for awhile. Now, I know what she was doing. 🙂 How cute is this? It is very touching to see how thoughtful she is and how much she loves her Mommy. The last 18 months has not only been rough on me but also on Emma. She has written more little notes and pictures like these to let Melissa know how much she loves her. With her Mommy traveling a lot(an understatement to say the least) during this time, Ema has acted out on occasion with Melissa. My personal feeling is that she is as frustrated as me with ...Read more [.....]

Emma Playing With Iphone Sent Out Vids of Herself!

Emma has gotten into using Apple's Facetime Videochat which she uses to call her cousins and friends. It is awesome for her to be able to do this without needing a computer and I absolutely recommend it--you need an Apple Ipad, Iphone or Mac to use it though. Last night Emma was playing with Melissa's Ipad and Iphone and recorded herself on video and then sent it to Melissa's friend! Being that the phone is Melissa's work phone it is a good thing that Emma didn't send it to anyone else!   I think these videos are great because they show Emma in her own element without us being involved ...Read more [.....]

Double Standards for SAHDs?

I have been saying this for years. Glad to see that it is finally being addressed in the media.

The Financial Benefits of a Stay-at-Home Parent

Losing a source of income stings, but it may not hurt your finances as much as you think By Daniel Bortz Before Lance Somerfeld's son was born in July 2008, he was working as a sixth-grade teacher at a high-need public school in the Bronx, earning a salary of roughly $45,000. He left his career to be a stay-at-home dad, wanting to be involved in his boy's early milestones—milestones Somerfeld's own father missed while he worked a full-time job throughout Somerfeld's childhood. The decision to become a stay-at-home dad also made sense financially. "For a quality day care or a ...Read more [.....]