Jeffrey Engelage

Jeffrey Engelage

I am husband first and father second. There are thousands of blogs helping mom's through the art of raising children, but few for the dad's out there trying to figure this thing out. Hopefully my experiences let you know you're not alone!

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  • Jeffrey Engelage
    Published 2 years ago
    Learning for the Future

    Learning for the Future

    A few days had strung together consisting of our three-year-old, Ellis, becoming what I like to refer to as a demon child. For some reason, this demon seems to appear as soon as I get home from work. I understand that it's the end of the day and she is tired, which definitely has a huge control over any kid's behavior. What I began to realize, however, is the way it can control my own behavior. It instantly puts me in a bad mood, frustrated from being at work all day, driving in traffic, excited to see the wife and kids, yet having to now deal with her attitude. It's my own attitude that has led me down the path of spending my evening hours correcting her behavior and putting her on timeouts or threatening that some toy would be taken away. There's no way to reason with a pissed off toddler, no matter how calm you are as a dad, especially when they are just as stubborn and strong-willed as you are.