Life of Josh

http://www.joshwoodtx.com

I have six kids ages 7, 5, 4, 3, 3, and 1. My life is full of unpredictable chaos. So is my blog.

Josh is a winner of Top 25 Daddy Blogs

What inspired you to start blogging?

I love my life. I wanted to always remember why I love my life. Blogging seemed to be a great way to keep a man-diary of everything going on in my life…without having to call it a "man-diary." To be honest, I fully expected my third blog entry to be titled "Forget it. I'm tired of blogging. Just follow me on Twitter." Much to my surprise, my blog continues. It has been a wonderful diversion from my day-to-day grind.

What makes your blog stand out?

I have six kids ages 7, 5, 4, 3, 3, and 2. If it weren't for them, my blog would be full of spreadsheets and other horrendously dull stuff that only nerds like me care about. I'd probably only have one or two blog readers…perhaps three if you count my mom.

What are three adjectives that describe your blog?

1. Light-hearted
2. Obsessive-compulsive
3. Nerdy

What are you doing when you're not blogging?

Most of my time is spent hanging out with my wonderful wife and kids, working at my day job (financial stuff), being involved with my church (Jesus stuff), reading (economic/political/non-fiction stuff), being involved in my community (civic organization stuff), and doing mind-numbing volumes of laundry/dishes (disgusting stuff). Also, on rare occasions, I sleep.

How would you recommend moms talk to their sons about puberty?

Josh Wood

Here's the best advice I can give you: brace yourself to maintain your composure. Make sure you neither blush nor laugh at the questions you are asked. If your son senses A.) you are uncomfortable with the conversation or B.) you think his questions are stupid or C.) you can't answer his questions in a simple way that he can understand, then he will try to find the answers to his questions in another way. As difficult as it is, you want to create an environment where your son is comfortable asking you anything. The only way to create this environment is to maintain a poker face when asked questions that would make Hugh Hefner blush. If you are able to do so, your son will be more likely to bring his concerns to you and less likely to seek out answers from much less healthy (and more dangerous) ways like friends or experimentation or, God forbid, the internet.
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