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In my home, the three months between Super Bowl Sunday and a new baseball season are a sad time. Filling out a March Madness bracket doesn’t do it for me. After a cold winter, one phrase gives me hope, pitchers and catchers report on February 14th. Some have Punxsutawney Phil, but for me the start of Spring Training lets me know warm weather is coming soon.

I approach the beginning of a new baseball season with the same excitement as a young child waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas morning. My better half and I have taken our son to…

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I’ve been a father for six years, and while it’s been a rewarding experience, I learned parenthood is a learn-as-you-go proposition. Sure, you can pick up a parenting book or do a Google search, but that’s time-consuming.

To save time for those considering starting a family, I compiled my list of Things No One Tells You about Two-Year-Olds.

You Spend a Lot of Time Chasing Them — Remember how excited you were when the baby took his first steps? The excitement fades when you’re chasing after him. I coach running, I’ve led many speed drills. Few prepared me for a…

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It was a Wednesday morning, which meant Cristian and I were off to Coney Island. We weren’t going to the amusement park, although I planned on taking him to Nathan’s for hot dogs. Once upon a time, I was a Stay at Home Dad who worked part-time as a medical biller. Wednesdays meant delivering documents from a medical clinic in Brooklyn to my company’s office in Queens.

Squeezing Cristian’s stroller through the narrow hallway, we arrived at a small office where three women worked. The office soon filled with a group of Eastern European women whenever I showed up with…

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Baby 2.0 — Your Survival Guide To The Next Year Of Parenthood

Congratulations you survived the first year of parenthood! It was rough but worth it. This article is an INTERVENTION to any parent thinking it gets easier from here on out. In the coming year, your adorable little one will be hitting a new set of developmental milestones.

You thought the first year was rough? The year ahead will have you longing for little annoyances like a diaper blowout. Forget everything you learned — that was merely the warmup — you are about to embark on Baby 2.0.


2020 — Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

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It’s November 1st, Halloween has come and gone. Tuesday is Election Day, and the promise that many will be unhappy with the results regardless of which candidate wins. Calling 2020 an odd year would be an understatement. If I woke up tomorrow morning to find an alien ship on my front lawn, it wouldn’t faze me, I’d probably make them coffee and ask them about their trip. That’s an indicator of how the year has gone so far.

I’m about to start my eighth month of working from home, fully aware I won’t be returning to the office anytime soon…

Hi, my name is Frank Priegue, I’m the father of an autistic child. It felt good to write that. This isn’t a deeply held secret, our family and friends are aware. If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve included hashtags like, #autismawareness, and #autismdads to my posts for well over a year. I’ve allluded to Cristian’s autism but never dedicated a post to this topic until now. This is Cristian’s official coming out as an autistic child.

Although greater awareness exists these days, few individuals without a relationship to someone on the spectrum know much about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Before…

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