After the birth of my first child, I quit my job to be a stay-at-home dad, or SAHD for short, though I never use that acronym because it looks and sounds too much like the word “sad.”


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Daycare is obscenely expensive. It made more fiscal sense to stay home with my kid than to collect a paycheck and just hand it over to a daycare facility.

One day, while still home on maternity leave, my wife left me alone with our newborn son for the first time. Before leaving, she politely reminded me of all the duties I was to perform while she was gone. “I better write this all down,” I joked, and grabbed some post-it notes and a black Sharpie.

I wrote, "don't forget to feed and keep the baby alive."

A week later I found the note on the floor of my office. It made me laugh.

On that day, the website was born.

Eight years, two kids, a separation and over 350 notes later and I'm still writing notes.

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Anne 3 days ago

love the last line :)

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Nini Meow 4 days ago

Wolverine is an important topic

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Nini Meow 4 days ago

We will have to bring them together to know...

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Nini Meow 3 days ago

Into a squeaky clean princess

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Nini Meow 4 days ago

Sometimes we grown up face the same thing.. or may be its just me!

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Kay Ann 3 days ago

Dad jokes never grow old. They just evolve.

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riley.girl 3 days ago

I laughed soooo hard! Oh my god!! So good

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serena 3 days ago

Now the song is stuck in my head.

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Laugh Fan 3 days ago

but that IS how it's done!

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Kay Ann 3 days ago

Save this pic for when he grows older. Lol

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Ivo H 3 days ago

Well, I find it perfectly reasonable. I dislike various food combinations too, even if i really like these things separately.

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Patti 1 day ago

Yes. She can play with the kids now that she's home. You (the husband) can cook dinner, get the kids in the tub, finish laundry, clean the kitchen and put the kids to bed. This is what most women do plus they work every day

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Stille20 3 days ago

My mom still does this if she is holding any kind of critter, dog, child, guinea pig.

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Laugh Fan 3 days ago

They go off anyway and just when you thought you'd disarmed it fully..

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TheReader19 3 days ago

Just stand and look important

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Brandon Collinsworth 3 days ago

I tell my kids I will accept them no matter if they are gay or straight, but I will disown them if they root for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Sasy 3 days ago

Like punching someone in the Eurythmics

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TheReader19 3 days ago

Or Australia, you’ll find out when you get the bill!

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BusLady 2 days ago

"I'll sleep when I'm dead"

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Laugh Fan 3 days ago

I love 'and maybe a snake'. The seemingly naive optimism! Clearly he's setting the poor kid up. Hee hee.

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Nini Meow 3 days ago

And "to glue" list is so long that sometimes you have to throw some of the 'to glue's

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Hans 3 days ago

No need. If you worry about being a good parent, if you are ashamed of the little mistakes you made, chances are high you are a very good parent!

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Hans 3 days ago

So you can watch sports on the big one!

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Laugh Fan 3 days ago

4-year old children know their parents are probably fools.

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TheReader19 3 days ago

Always have extra wipes.

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brandon sat 3 days ago

i wonder if he used that diaper for his baby later

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Laugh Fan 3 days ago

Online grocery shopping saved my sanity (nearly).

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Ben S. 3 days ago

"Okay, we can stay for 30 more minutes". "Okay, time's up, let's go. Yeah, I know, but time flies when you're having fun..."

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Aud Wey 3 days ago

I was looking for a four leaf clover! :)

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Anne 3 days ago

I think this would work for a lot of adults too! I'm going to try this :)

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Angela 3 days ago

O remember giving my daughter the disconnected control when she was a toddler. She would be hours with me and her face looked so happy......

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Sophia Cai 4 days ago

Good job with the Minecraft!

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Lilly 3 days ago

grocery shopping alone was my get-away, but there were many days when I saw the husband coming down the drive & was jumping into my car to go for a quiet & relaxing drive...

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JillVille 2 days ago

The mittens!! Oh dear, hahaha

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Veee V 3 days ago

So, I taught my 3 yo niece to say "Chill kar(means 'do', in a regional Indian language)" ...She goes ballistic on my sis, "Mamma Mamma Mamma Mamma Mammaa Mammmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaa" , sis(talking on the phone, asks whoever to hold on): "Yes beta?" Neice: In a very very calm voice "Chill kar" .....I got such looks from her :P...it was super fun! #siblingthing

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Kay Ann 3 days ago

Lol. Like father like son.

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JD Cassavaugh 2 days ago

"Oh, but maybe this new one will work..."

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Laugh Fan 3 days ago

Might need to be a bit more sneaky than this in a few years time.

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Sue Prewitt 3 days ago

Teaching the baby how to treat animals just might be a great idea, huh?

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JillVille 2 days ago

I cried outside their doors for nights on end until this phase passed. It's excruciating, but so worth it in the end.

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Valereee 1 day ago

You'll need to get used to that !

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Rob Williams 1 day ago

I remember my granddaughter used to be like that until some idiot showed her where the pennies go and what they do...

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Laugh Fan 3 days ago

Ah, but a person playing a joke after midday is the "April fool" themselves. Stops things nicely at lunchtime.

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brandon sat 3 days ago

yep...same here, true story!

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Creep Reap 3 days ago

That is the best last name ever. /o\

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Brandon Collinsworth 3 days ago

I keep all of it, I am looking forward to pulling out this huge box in my closet and going through it with them when they graduate college. I literally have kept every picture they ever handed me and said, "I made this for you daddy"

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Stille20 3 days ago

Is it really that hard? This happens at work ALL OF THE TIME. I'm happy to share the bathroom with transsexuals. It's men who can't aim that drive me nuts.

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Ben S. 3 days ago

Bwhahahaha! Think how good that toast would taste if you combined the two... /s

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Creep Reap 3 days ago

Won't they just jump on you and stuff?

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JillVille 2 days ago

Don't blink or you'll miss a milestone!