Tag: daughter



My daughter, yesterday, as we drove past some new condos being built near our neighborhood: “Wouldn’t it be great if the builders put in a secret door that connects the condos? When you got to be best friends with your neighbor, and it’s really stormy and rainy outside, you could go over to their house ...


Swimming in Green

My daughter spent a few weeks at “Grandma Camp,” staying with my mom and step-dad in northern California where the temperatures bounced between the high 80s and low 100s. They have a small swimming pool on their farm, which was a daily respite from the heat—and a lot of fun for my little fish. At ...


Why I Love My Daughter’s Brain

… part one million. My daughter is wonderfully imaginative, and for a long time she’s enjoyed stories about fairies. She builds fairy houses out of twigs and leaves, makes up her own stories, and also likes the Disney Fairies stories and movies. We recently watched The Pirate Fairy on Netflix, and it kindled a question ...


A Hazard of Photo Project Work

When I’m working on books, especially photography-related ones, I frequently need to dig through my archives to find images as examples. Doing so has its own reward, reminding me (and my inner editor) that my photos can often be decent—even good. But it has a drawback, too, which is when I get stuck on images ...


The Bedroom Christmas Tree

One of the absolute unexpected joys of becoming a father is watching my daughter absorb experiences for the first time. Now I finally understand the notion that being around kids makes you feel younger. As the holidays approached this year, Ellie decided she wanted a Christmas tree of her own, in her bedroom. The idea ...


Great Things

Verbatim exchange between me and my daughter this morning. Her reply was immediate: Me: "What is the world coming to?" 5yo: "Great things." Wow I love this kid. — Jeff Carlson (@jeffcarlson) August 8, 2013


(A Father’s) Course Corrections

What I’m learning as a father is that parenting involves hundreds of little behavioral course corrections. Sometimes it’s something direct and forceful—don’t pound on the glass door; be careful, that pot on the stove is very hot—but usually it’s a lot of little nudges. “Try this.” “You might want to consider that instead.” “Please say ...