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Navigating tweendom: A dad's tale

Writer Tim Haywood navigating fatherhood with a smile.
Erin Hennessey
Writer Tim Haywood navigating fatherhood with a smile.

Being a father of tweens and teens isn't easy. Just ask writer Tim Haywood. With Father's Day coming up, Tim reflects on his efforts to take the high road, even when it gets bumpy.

Haywood writes a lot about parenting on his blog, Reflections of a shallow pond. He describes the blog as "assorted curmudgeonly ramblings of a forty-somethinger."

Here are some excerpts from his essay "Talking to our kids: Why honesty isn't the best policy." This is the essay about his daughters that Haywood turned into a commentary for KPLU

"Dad, can you not make so much noise unloading the dishwasher? I'm trying to wake up slowly." My response, were I not the Dalai Lama, married to her mama: "Oh, sorry about that. Tomorrow morning I promise I'll tip toe into your room and slowly awaken you wearing full clown make-up." "Dad, next time will you spread the fake butter more evenly on my English Muffin?" My response, assuming I weren't shattered by her comment: "Of course, Snookums. The Oompa Loompas normally perform this function. I truly am ashamed."

Haywood assures us that he loves his daughters. Really.








Before accepting the position of News Director in 1996, she spent five years as knkx's All Things Considered Host and filed news stories for knkx and NPR. Erin is a native of Spokane and a graduate of the University of Washington and London's City University - Center for Journalism Studies. Erin worked in the film industry and as a print journalist in London and New York before returning to Seattle to work in broadcast news.