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Choosing Whether to Use Childcare — A Working Dad’s Struggle

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photo credit: telework via photopin (license)

So, this post is a bit more personal, and includes mostly my own experiences, thoughts, and feelings on the subject.  When you work from home, in any capacity, “being there” for your kids becomes a trickier thing to define and accomplish, because you’re rarely gone, but you still have to get work done as if you were leaving.  You have to wrestle with not only what childcare option is best for your kids, but also whether you should be using childcare at all.  Through trial and error, I’ve ended up in a situation that works well for me and my family right now, but your mileage may vary.  Regardless, perhaps my experiences can help you make your own decisions. Continue reading

Tabletop Gaming for Parents

When Dragon Child was born, Astra and I had a (semi)regular weekly gaming group (mostly various RPGs with the occasional board game when multiple members were absent).  While he was still very small, this continued with no problems, since he would just rest in a carrier, nurse, or sleep for the entire session.  As he began to get older, keeping him entertained during the session became more and more difficult.  The group eventually broke up for unrelated reasons, but I realized I needed to find another way to play the games I loved while managing my children in a way that was fair both to them and the other players. Continue reading