SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: Piatt FAIL

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I don’t mind failing as much as I do admitting I’ve failed. And technically, we haven’t blown the SNAP Challenge just yet, but I know for a fact we will by the end of the week. I went to the store last night for another loaf of bread and a frozen pizza for dinner, which I [Read More...]

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 3: Slip-Ups


“We should go to a restaurant tonight,” said my three-year-old daughter, Zoe, over breakfast today. “I can take some of my money and play some games.” “Sorry honey,” I said. “No restaurants this week.” “But why?” “Because,” Amy said, “we’re trying to learn something this week as a family, and that means spending less money [Read More...]

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 2: The Shelf

I’m not making friends among my family members with this challenge. Because it was my idea to do this for a week (living on the equivalent budget of food stamps for seven days), everyone ends up coming to me to “check on the rules.” basically, this means they ask me about ways they might work [Read More...]

SNAP/ Food Stamp Challenge, Day 1: Broke vs. Poor


“So what are food stamps anyway?” my eight-year-old son, Mattias, asked as I drove him to his summer camp this morning. “Are they, like, stamps that you eat that taste like different foods?” “Not exactly,” I said. My family was less than thrilled when I presented the idea of living on the equivalent of what [Read More...]

Five ‘Christian Parenting’ Ideas To Let Go Of

I was invited by Paul, my editor at Huffington Post, to write a piece on Christian parenting, and more specifically, how that looks different today than maybe in the past. When I started thinking back to scripture, my mind first wandered to several “what not to do” stories, which abound in the Bible. For example: [Read More...]

“Study Drugs” Point to Greater Social Failure

adderall cant pass

Everyone has pulled all-nighters in school. It’s sort of a rite of passage, really. For us, when our stomachs would get too bloated from throwing back Dr Peppers to stay awake, we’d bust out the No-Doz, which is basically a super dose of caffeine. It made me jittery, made my stomach upset, but I’ll tell [Read More...]

PregMANcy: A Publishers Weekly Review (Shameless Plug)

I realized that I never actually posted the review from Publishers Weekly of PregMANcy. For those unfamiliar, PW is kind of the industry standard for distributors, bookstore owners and other buyers to decide what is worth picking up. It’s kind of like Variety for film or Billboard for music. Anyhoo, I was plenty nervous about [Read More...]

PregMANcy, the Interview (Patheos Book Club Q & A)

I spent a few minutes in the hot seat with Patheos editor Deb Arca who asked me quite possibly the most challenging, soul-searching questions of my entire life. And then when the tape recorder broke, we went with these instead. Enjoy. ***** Christian Piatt’s newest book, PregMANcy: A Dad, A LIttle Dude, and a Due [Read More...]