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Howard A. Ludwig became a stay-at-home dad after the birth of his son on June 14, 2006. He’s chronicled his experience in a weekly …

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Stay-At-Home Dad: For family fun, Fire kindles interest

Shouting “Fire!” in a crowded space is typically frowned upon. However, the rule doesn’t apply at Toyota Park in Bridgeview — home of the Chicago Fire. The Wife and I attended our first Major League Soccer game last weekend with our two sons and my …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Dad has time on hands

The first day of school arrived without a single tear. My two sons greeted their friends in the parking lot and walked into the building smiling at their teachers. I returned home, closed the door behind me and let out a long, deep breath. For …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Relationship between boys, teddy bears begins to fade

Bubba and Peter arrived at a recent play date in their pajamas. The agenda for the after-dinner party called for simply snacks and a movie. Afterward, my 7- and 5-year-old sons would roll up their sleeping bags, return home and get tucked into their beds. …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Home repair project a pipe dream after all

As a stay-at-home dad, I look for ways to contribute to my family’s bottom line. My most obvious contribution is providing child care, which keeps us from paying a baby sitter. By grocery shopping and cooking, I’m able to keep restaurant spending to a minimum. …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Kankakee River canoe trip makes for fun, family outing

Step aside Lewis and Clark, Bubba and Peter are the new faces of wilderness exploration. My 7- and 5-year-old sons embarked on an exploratory journey of the Kankakee River last weekend. The Wife and I were among the crew. Our family of four conquered the …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Supplies and demand

Dear parents and guardians, The faculty and staff eagerly await another wonderful school year. Actually, no one loves summer more than we do. But we’ve got bills to pay. With that in mind, here’s a list of a few things your elementary school student will …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Side-by-side on ‘Shrek’

The difference between an animated ogre and a chubby man wearing a green skullcap isn’t terribly significant. At least the audience at “Shrek the Musical” seemed unable to make the distinction. I attended the live, musical version of the 2001 film “Shrek” last weekend with …

Stay-At-Home Dad: War’s over, dad declares

The war’s over, and I have a treaty I’d like everyone to sign. For the past several years, I’ve heard about the “Mommy Wars.” This endless battle is really more of a debate between working moms and stay-at-home moms. Each side believes they’re raising children …

Stay-At-Home Dad: What lifeguards know that you don’t

It’s the time of the year when lifeguards watch my family and others through mirrored sunglasses. Whether they are perched high on a chair at the beach or walking poolside, I’ve grown accustomed to their ever-present glare. And yet I often look back and wonder …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Parenting defined, one word at a time

The dictionary is an evolving publication. Words are added and dropped each year. With that in mind, I have a few suggestions that I think would be helpful for parents. Some of these entries are new words for things I often do or use but …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Growing pains: Misery is no myth

“Growing Pains” isn’t just a popular television show from the late ’80s. I learned this last week when my 7-year-old son woke up in tears. Bubba complained about his legs being sore when The Wife put him to bed. I dismissed this as general fatigue …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Journal reveals fertile imagination at work

A backpack full of broken pencils and tattered workbooks was sent home at the end of the school year. Tucked within this mess of used school supplies was my 7-year-old son’s journal. I vaguely remember sending Bubba to school with an empty notebook at the …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Battle summer boredom at Cantigny’s Tank Park

Sometimes heavy artillery is needed to battle summer boredom. Well, there’s a whole field of tanks and cannons to do just that at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. A group of neighborhood parents arranged a trip to the estate of the late Col. Robert R. McCormick …

Stay-At-Home Dad: The perils of pedaling

My two sons began riding bikes last month. I wondered what took so long. My oldest son will celebrate his 7th birthday on June 14. I’ve seen kids half Bubba’s age zooming around the park on bicycles. Meanwhile, Bub seemed content to cruise the neighborhood …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Brace for this race, a parenting challenge

Obstacle courses are all the rage. Popular races send runners through fields of mud, blast competitors with colored dye, and even route participants into dangling live electric wires. I understand the thrill of these extreme courses. But if runners really want to experience a gut-wrenching …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Son’s first hit a tale of a better batter

He got a hit. My 6-year-old son hit the baseball for the first time this season. The hit came last week. A second-grader who lives around the corner was pitching. I can’t remember the pitch count, but I’ll forever remember the stunned look on my …

Stay-At-Home Dad: Get what lead out? Screening requirement imperfect

The mandatory medical forms for the 2013-14 school year arrived last week. My 5-year-old son needs physical, dental and vision exams before entering kindergarten. Peter also is required to have a lead test. The lead test requirement was spelled out in bold print, underlined and …