Dave’s Definitive Guide to Being a Single Foster Dad

If you’ve ever bothered to read my bio, you already know that I’ve been fostering for more than five loooonnng years.  What it doesn’t say, is that I’ve been doing it all by myself for that time as a single guy.  I’m surprised the author of that bio (hint: it wasn’t me) didn’t see fit to … Continue reading Dave’s Definitive Guide to Being a Single Foster Dad

Emergency Care: A Short-Term Way to Make a Big Difference

Today’s thoughts are dedicated to my parents, who likely didn’t get much sleep until perhaps I was a teenager.  And have made it known that I'm getting what I deserve when one of my kids keeps me up! Warning: This article will end up being a little PG-13, but please forgive me for that--I’m only … Continue reading Emergency Care: A Short-Term Way to Make a Big Difference

Low-Oxygen Thoughts from the Manitou Incline

I mentioned on Wednesday that Zach and I attended Road Trip for Dads, and that once the event was over we attempted to conquer the Manitou Incline, as it had defeated us a few days prior. The Incline is incredibly steep. It climbs from 6,600 feet elevation above sea level to 8,590 feet in less … Continue reading Low-Oxygen Thoughts from the Manitou Incline

Photo Album:Road Trip to Colorado

Last week, Zach and I headed out to Colorful Colorado to attend Road Trip for [Foster and Adoptive] Dads, hosted by the good folks at Confessions of an Adoptive Parent. Zach will share more insights in an upcoming article, but for now we thought it would be fun to share a few of our pics … Continue reading Photo Album:Road Trip to Colorado

Journey to the Great White North

I was asked to tell this story for today’s post.  Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on what you like, I suppose), there isn’t really some big meaningful end to the story.  At least not like some.  Though I did learn a thing or two along the way rather early in my foster “career.” So as has … Continue reading Journey to the Great White North

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Apologies to Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel for stealing the title of their book, which I haven’t read. And also to the stars of the movie by the same name, which I haven’t watched. Thankfully (because of the intense need for more foster parents), I have a couple friends who are getting close to becoming … Continue reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Wild Animals in the Wall

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that Zach and I had been on the hunt for a wild animal in my wall shortly before I took a couple boys as an emergency placement. Here's the story. Earlier that morning, I was drinking coffee with my Great Dane Jackson when I heard a strange scratching noise … Continue reading Wild Animals in the Wall

Instant Heartache: How Taking an Emergency Placement Can Really Mess You Up.

“I’m in the garage working out, trying to be all manly.  But now I’m tearing up.” That was my slightly sarcastic text response to being sent a link to a trailer for the upcoming movie, “Instant Family.”  I don’t typically follow movies and TV shows all that closely, so I’d only seen a mention in … Continue reading Instant Heartache: How Taking an Emergency Placement Can Really Mess You Up.

Some Practical Things You Can Do to Help Out the Foster Dad in Your Life.

I find that these posts are easier to write when I’m feeling a little emotional.  Maybe that takes the edge off some of my cynicism or something, I dunno. They’re also easier to write when I’m enjoying a beer and/or a stogie on the back deck, but that’s another story. This evening I have the … Continue reading Some Practical Things You Can Do to Help Out the Foster Dad in Your Life.

Nine Foolproof Rules to Make Sure Your Kids Aren’t You-Know-Whats

Prior to becoming a foster parent, I rented out the extra two bedrooms in my house to roommates.  (Side note: If you ever get frustrated with your foster children, just know that weirdo roommates from Craigslist can be way worse!)  One roommate asked me if I had any house rules.  My response at the time … Continue reading Nine Foolproof Rules to Make Sure Your Kids Aren’t You-Know-Whats