Category Archives: Father Son

Talking Tragedy: How Do I Explain This?

by Drew Cotton

As we are all well aware, yesterday was the 16th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the United States. (Do you remember what the world was like pre-9/11? You might remember going to an airport and greeting passengers arriving from a flight directly at the gate, or going to a major-league baseball game without passing through a metal detector.) That day forever changed the American landscape and way of life. The last 16 years have seen a lot of anger, hate and fear. If you’re like me, you were a teenager that day, likely without a care in the world. Now we’re in our thirties, with children of our own. Continue reading

My Husband’s a Better Story Teller Than I Am

Well, maybe only sometimes. But man, my hubs can tell a story! Maybe it’s just me but his charming wit, passion behind the words he’s sharing, and his slight exaggerating nature makes for a good, good story. Facebook confirms this with the number of likes and comments he gets when he shares stories or reminisces about the activities of our son. Since many of our Jelly Bean Journals readers don’t get to see these lovely little anecdotes on my husband’s Facebook page, I thought I’d share a few of them in my post today. Continue reading

A Dad’s Dilemma: Why is this Kid Crying?

Over the past few years, Kerstin has approached me several times about doing a guest blog for Jelly Bean Journals. I love her like a sister; she and her family are an extension of my own. But I always seem to fall short when it comes to a topic, and it makes me feel as though I’m letting her down. FINALLY, this evening as I was getting my oldest son ready for bed, the topic for this blog struck me like a lightning bolt. Continue reading

True Toddler Fashion: “TTF Part I”

I've come up with a FUN project that I would love to do with all of you! Help me complete the True Toddler Fashion Part II project! Make sure your little person picks their own attire, snap a photo, and then submit it to us here at Jelly Bean Journals by emailing or posting in the comments below. Now, read on for the rest of the story...

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VIBES: Where A Kid Can Be A Kid & Learn

I have a quick share today about an outstanding program our family recently became involved in. It’s important to my husband and me that our son has access to activities that engage him emotionally, mentally and physically. Last year we enrolled him in an infant and toddler tumbling class with Kerstin and N. We loved this class but tried something new over the summer. I have a short series of pictures to share today along with the reasons we love VIBES, our new fine and performing arts studio.

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A Master Librarian’s Early Literacy Tips by Jenn

As you probably caught in my introduction from Tuesday, I have loved books for longer than I can remember. It was probably obvious to everyone but me that my passion for books would lead to my career as a librarian. Thankfully I have passed that love of reading onto our son, although in all honesty, he never had a chance.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there! We want to send you a special thanks on this day that is meant to honor you. From our own dads to our husbands, we have been truly blessed to first handedly see what great fathers look like.

To our husbands, who bless our sons lives on a daily basis: you are more incredible than we ever could have imagined. Our boys are learning how to be dads and husbands from you. And both of us agree, that watching how you love our sons has made our love for you grow so much stronger.

An Ever-Growing Bond Between a Boy & His Dad

N is becoming a major daddy’s boy. He stands at the door and waits as soon as he sees his headlights. He spends what seems like hours walking in and out and around his legs. He lights up when Seano walks in. He wants daddy to hold him. He wants to wrestle and play with flashlights and tools. When leaving the house and choosing between one of our cars, he wants to go with daddy. The list goes on and on.


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Rough & Tumble Play

My husband and I cannot say enough about the learning center our son attends. We love the philosophy, adult to child ratio, and just about everything else the center has to offer. If we have our way, all of our children will attend.

As our first direct experience with childcare, we have learned as much as our son has. Even though my husband is a second grade teacher with credentials in early childhood education, we have been surprised by some of the things we prefer as parents. We have also been surprised by some of the things we don’t.

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