RSS

Author Archives: Brad the Dad

About Brad the Dad

Enjoy a unique, fresh and entertaining perspective on parenting as Brad the Dad learns what it takes to raise 2 boys in today's world. Co-founder #DadsRT. Brad Marmo is a contributor for the Dads Round Table. He was born and raised in New Jersey and lived there until he met his wife in college and moved up the East Coast to Massachusetts over 10 years ago. He currently lives in Chelmsford, MA and is a loving husband, proud father of two sons, and owner of a spoiled dog. To my readers: If you like what I'm doing, tell a friend; if you don't, tell me.

So Far Gone

SoFarGone5Who would have ever thought that I could feel this way about something?  About someone.

Who could have ever known I would be so far gone this soon?

I look at him…and time just slows.  It’s everything everyone said it would be.  It’s a feeling, it’s that feeling, you’ll only know once you have a child.

My oldest son is me.  He looks like my wife, but he is me.

Sometimes it takes looking at pictures of him while he is asleep upstairs to fully appreciate it all and take the whole thing in.

Continue reading the rest of this post on Dads Round Table…

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Brad the Dad, Dads Round Table

 

Tags: , , , ,

Fostering Independent Play in Children

IndPlayIf my hunch is correct, this is an area that many of us struggle with these days.  I know my wife and I struggle with it and many of our friends express the same frustrations.

A toy room full of a toys and backyard full of the same and yet our boys constantly want one thing — us.

Somewhere along the line, “Be home when the street lights come on” and “Get lost!” became extinct.  Previous generations simply believed that kids did not belong underfoot.   Kids belonged out.  Most everyone reading this would agree that when we were growing up the world was our oyster and we were expected to explore every nook and cranny until it was time for dinner, and in the summer months, again after dinner.

But somewhere between the Internet and 24/7 news coverage the world became a very scary place.

Continue reading the rest of this post on Dads Round Table…

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Brad the Dad, Dads Round Table

 

Tags: , , , ,

Of Taste and Family: The Wizard of Pasta

eggwell2bwA

Confined within his mountainous lair.

doughbw2a

He wields his craft to create a substance like no other.

aknead2likeb

His hands, a powerful tool.

aball1bw

His mind, one with his creation.

 

View the rest of the pictures in this series on Dads Round Table…

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Trying to Keep the Hustle in Check

SunsetAvalonVacation, and the days immediately following, are perfect for reflection.

Upon returning from a week and a half vacation last month, with nearly 95% separation from work, I was extremely relaxed and my mind as clear as it’s been in a long time.  Yet, leading up to this vacation, I was as stressed out and overwhelmed as I’ve ever been.  Work exploded after (too) many years of being in a recession and home life was as it always is with two active boys and a house/property to take care of — fun, but not easy.  Not by a long shot.

In short, I needed a vacation bad.

The problem I was having and that needed correcting, as I see now with my newly, clear mind, was that I was in an endless cycle that was constantly feeding itself.  Work stress and the challenges of life, and the attention they commanded, were causing me to spend my remaining energy on coping, not advancing.

Continue reading the rest of this post on Dads Round Table…

 
1 Comment

Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Brad the Dad, Dads Round Table

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Of Taste and Family: Don’t Turn Back

cuttingboard1aa

Starting is the easy part.

beansblade2aa

A change in direction; a new spin on life.

 

Continue reading the rest of this post on Dads Round Table…

 

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

3 Simple Tips for Developing Beginning Readers

spinemaybebcI’m just a dad.

A dad whose wife is entering her 13th year as an elementary school teacher and 15th year of working with children.  While she would never brag about it, modest as she is, she is an unbelievable teacher and parents can’t say enough about how much she does for their child’s development during the school year.  And by default, our boys benefit from her teaching skills and receive this development on a daily basis.  Things that are second nature to my wife as a teacher pan out as daily learning moments in our household.

For my part, I’m perceptive.  Not only is it my job to notice everything, it’s my curse…I mean, my superpower.  If I had a dollar for every time my wife uttered, “Why do you notice EVERYTHING?” I’d be a rich, rich man.

The following are what I perceive as the three most important things she applies on a daily basis with our boys to advance their reading development, and, what I believe will help your beginning readers achieve the same.

1.  Interest

Continue reading the rest of this post on Dads Round Table…

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Brad the Dad

 

Taming the High Seas: An Adventure Story

roughseas002He squinted his eyes against the stinging, ocean spray that was assaulting his face.

The watercraft that was suddenly thrust into his hands felt awkward in his control; a foreign sensation that made him uncomfortable.  At each crest of an undulating wave, his stomach was left behind in the descent towards its trough.  Over and over again he fought against the awkwardness, willing himself to become more comfortable with this unsettling feeling.

It was important to him to master this task, not only because their adventure team was on another important mission, but because this time they had a very special passenger.

Continue reading the rest of this post on Dads Round Table…

 

Tags: , , , , ,