Author: Matt Brennan

Matt Brennan explores parenthood one dirty diaper at a time at Spiraling Upwards. He is a freelance writer in the United States.
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Frequent toddler occurrences that confirm my deepest paternity truths

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Matt Brennan

Some moments I gaze at my son and instantly understand he is mine. It’s like looking in a ...

Mealtime with a toddler – a one-act play

Posted on January 29, 2016 by Matt Brennan

I never worked a day in the restaurant industry, but being a parent at mealtime gives you keen ...

Things my toddler wants when it’s way past bedtime (an infographic)

Posted on January 18, 2016 by Matt Brennan

Our toddler has slipped in and out of patterns, refusing naps and resisting bedtime on some nights ...

17 Of the most ridiculous things my toddler believes

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Matt Brennan

The world is a complicated place. And, I'm not even talking about what's going on in the Middle ...

Notes from a toddler (a.k.a. the head of the household)

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Matt Brennan

No matter what I do, no matter what kind of mess I make, there’s always someone there to ...

7 Parenting lessons you will probably have to learn on your own

Posted on November 4, 2015 by Matt Brennan

No matter people’s good intentions, there is an array of parenting lessons that you’ll just need to learn ...

Potty training: It’s the real deal

Posted on October 23, 2015 by Matt Brennan

All I know is, no matter how bad this gets, I think about all the things we’d do ...

Things I hate more than my toddler hates silence

Posted on September 17, 2015 by Matt Brennan

The hate I muster up for the worst of worst experiences pales in comparison to the hate my ...

When it comes to parenting – it’s a case of perception versus reality

Posted on September 4, 2015 by Matt Brennan

My son is now two. Every day I’m reminded of what I don’t know. Here are some of ...

4 Gross things that are more acceptable when your toddler does them

Posted on September 3, 2015 by Matt Brennan

Here are four gross things that no self-respecting grown-up can get away with. Yet your toddler does them ...

Dear son, I hope you fail

Posted on August 24, 2015 by Matt Brennan

Anything in life truly worth having is worth fighting for. The only disappointing failure is the failure of ...

Temper tantrums: The toddler’s complete guide

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Matt Brennan

Toddlers, it's time to show your parents who the head of the household is - there are many ...

4 Reasons the terrible twos aren’t so terrible

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Matt Brennan

Here's the thing. The terrible twos aren't so terrible. I said it (I knocked on wood when I ...

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