Meet the Carters

Welcome to our blog!  We’d like to introduce you to our family.  My name is William (Will for short) and I run the blog with my beautiful wife Samantha (who everyone calls Sam).  We’re the parents of two young, rambunctious balls of endless energy.  Will Jr. (who goes by Junior)…

To Moms Everywhere: Thank You!

Dear Moms Everywhere, I wanted to take a minute out of your busy, crazy, hectic day to say thanks.  Thanks for being an awesome mom. The problem is, you don’t hear that enough.  As a mom, you easily have the hardest job in the world.  You spend all day, every…

I Have No Idea How to be a Parent (And That’s Ok)

Some people are born with a superhuman parenting gene.  They just get how to be a parent.  Not me. I’m winging it, one hundred percent. I’M TOTALLY UNQUALIFIED TO BE A PARENT After Junior’s birth, I remember leaving the hospital as a newly minted parent thinking, “Wait! What am I…

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Recent Posts

27 Essential Questions Expecting Parents Should Ask on a Hospital Tour

As an expecting parent, there are a million things on your mind when you’re getting ready to have your baby.  Because your brain is jam-packed with things like nursery plans, prepping for maternity leave, and figuring out where your mom’s staying when she comes to visit her grandbaby, it’s easy to be a bit preoccupied when you tour the hospital. To make sure you get everything you need out of ...
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And Then I Felt Numb: A Dad’s Journey through Pregnancy and Miscarriage

Few experiences in my life parallel the intensity of emotion I feel when I find out we’re pregnant.  When I first see the positive pregnancy test, a wild, exhilarating feeling grabs hold of my brain and I want to run and jump around like a crazed baboon. Once that insanity subsides, I’m hit with an overwhelming wave of love and tenderness toward my wife, Sam, which promptly leads to me ...
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Apparently, I’m the Strongest Man Alive (and Other Things My Kids Say to Inflate My Ego)

I don’t like to brag, but I’m probably the coolest person ever.  Just ask my kids, they’ll tell you all about it.  Granted, they’re only five and three, and maybe they are a little biased (being my children and all).  But I’ll take the praise they’re handing out because frankly, it’s hilarious. For example, after finishing a basketball season in my work league, Junior asked, “Daddy, are you going to ...
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21 Awesome Activities for Kids When You’re Stuck Inside on a Rainy Day

Stuck inside on a rainy day with restless kids and nothing to do?  Never fear, because Will and Sam are here to offer up a list of 21 awesome activities to keep your kids entertained.  Here they are: 1 – Read a book Reading is our favorite choice for a rainy afternoon.  Nothing beats snuggling up on the couch under a blanket with the kids, sipping hot chocolate, and reading ...
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Our Story: The Boyfriend Tryouts Part 1

Last week, we watched Will’s competitive juices flow as he took on his girlfriend, Sam, in an epic battle of love.  Although Sam initially held the upper hand, outdoing Will at every turn, Will eventually rose like a phoenix from the ashes of defeat to claim complete and total victory (ok, maybe a slightly melodramatic description, but the win did feel great). As we turn our attention to the days ...
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Funny Stuff Our Kids Say #10

A couple years ago, I decided to test Junior’s understanding of anatomy by asking him, “Where’s your belly?” He pulled up his shirt, placed his hand on his stomach, and said, “It’s right under my tummy!” I laughed and then asked, “Aren’t your belly and your tummy the same thing?” He gave me the same patronizing laugh I’d given him and replied, “No, Daddy, you’re silly.  My belly is under ...
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10 Practical Tips for Teaching Your Child Good Manners

As a new parent, it never occurred to me that I needed to teach my kids good manners.  I assumed they’d see how polite I was and they’d follow my example.  It wasn’t until our oldest was three that I realized just how wrong I was.  This realization came one day in the car when my wife was trying to tell me about her day as Junior interrupted us every ...
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Funny Stuff Our Kids Say #9

A couple weeks ago, Addy and I were at Junior’s soccer practice when Addy started playing with some of the other kids who were also there to watch their siblings practice.  Pretty soon, a whole group of them were running up and down the sidelines as fast as they could. Because they were having such a good time running, I took my attention off Addy and started watching Junior a ...
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Our Story: The “I Love You” Wars

Last week, we collectively cheered as our heroes, Will and Sam, told each other, “I love you” for the very first time.  It was truly a tender moment, one that ranks high in the echelons of romantic displays of affection.  Now, as we reflect on Will and Sam’s enchanting past and look forward to their promising future, we yearn to discover what will come of this love.  Does it continue ...
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What Was Said vs. What Was Heard During a Three Hour Bed Time Battle

7:00 p.m. On the way home from the YMCA. What I say: Okay, kids, when we get home, it’s time for bed.  So we’re going to get pajamas on, read books, brush teeth, say prayers, sing a song, and then bed.  Got it? What my kids hear: Okay kiddos when we get home, claim you’re starving, beg for food, and throw a tantrum when you don’t get said food. What ...
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