davidroy

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I'm the father of a 3-year old boy, Milo and 1/3 of a developing human who has yet to be named. I am also a 7th and 8th grade English teacher at one of Cincinnati's fastest growing, and fastest improving K-8 school. Oh, and I just wrote the article you just read.

Playground Skirmish

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We were at a birthday party the other day. It’s the usual thing. Cookies and cakes, lots of fun stuff to play with and climb on. A good time is being had by all,...

Five Terrible Things My Child Has Forced Me To Watch on Netflix

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My life has not been one of regrets. Sure, I wish I would have gotten over my stage fright and tried out for one of my high school plays, and in retrospect selling my...

Bed Bug 101

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It starts like any other nightmare. Everything is normal. Everything is going just fine. Then it isn’t fine. We were about to put our 4 year old son to bed with a snuggle and a story. I...

Sippy Cups Are The Worst

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If I were one of those people who had a mortal enemy, I would have to say it is Richard Belanger. I suppose I should mention that I’ve actually met Mr. Belanger, and he...

Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Tell Our Children “Black Lives Matter”

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I’ve always wanted to teach in an inner-city school. The second I got in front of my classroom, something amazing happened. Those kids, they weren’t just ‘the kids.’ They were now ‘my kids’. Regardless...

Parenting Advice

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I am not the sort of person who usually solicits parenting advice. By that, I mean, at no point in my life have I ever had a conversation in which I asked anybody for...

Shattering the Image of Perfect Parenting

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In the summer of 2007, long before I became a parent, I was participating in a teaching residency program in the City of Chicago. There, I met a fellow teacher named Chad who said...

How to Build a Bookworm, Part Four {Series}

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The Personal Connection As we have been talking about for awhile, there are a lot of ways to develop an appreciation for reading and literacy in the lives of our children. So many people fail...

The Dad Digest: Baby-Daddy Blues

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Dashell Raymond Roy was born on a Tuesday. It was a beautiful Tuesday. It is really hard to take a step back and describe the experience, mainly because it’s not about me. I suppose I...

How to Build a Bookworm, Part Two {Series}

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In addition to being a middle school reading teacher, I am an avid reader. According to goodreads, I worked my way through 140 books in the last year alone. At any given moment I...