How We Chose a Baby Name

With our due date approaching and her baby shower coming soon, my wife and I finally settled on a name for our baby girl. Despite receiving voluminous feedback from well-meaning friends and feedback, how we chose a baby name was quite simple.
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My Favorite Baby Shower Game

My Favorite Baby Shower GameOur friends played a lot of different games during my wife’s baby shower. One game stood out.

My favorite baby shower game is called “pin the sperm on the egg.” It’s a baby shower version of pin the tail on the donkey with theme that makes it more fun for adults. The game takes only an hour to prepare and a few dollars to create.
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Child Abduction Statistics

Child Abduction StatisticsOne of the concerns that my wife and I shared before I decided to blog was that unsavory folk would somehow be able to use the information contained in my blog to harm our baby. In light of that concern, I was curious about child abduction statistics in the United States.

Slate magazine’s terrific Explainer covered child abduction statistics in a 2007 article by Christopher Beam. Mr. Beam makes one great point: media reports tend to overstate the problem
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One Million Stay-at-home Dads in 2011

News outlets predominantly rely on a Census Bureau report — released on Father’s Day each year — for updated statistics on the number of stay-at-home dads in the United States. The most recent version of the report states that there were 154,000 stay-at-home dads as of 2010.

The Census estimate understates the number of stay-at-home dads in the country. In reality there are more than one million stay-at-home dads in 2011 in the United States.
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Stay-at-home Dads Whose Wives Don’t Work

When sifting through the Census Bureau data on America’s Families and Living Arrangements I noted some interesting blips in the data. Since I’m fascinated with outliers I was drawn to one group in particular.

The narrow definition of a stay-at-home dad affects the official number of stay-at-home dads in the U.S. The chart below visualizes the number of married couples with children under 15 living in the household where neither parent works.
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List of All Caldecott Medal Winners

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association, Association for Library Service to Children to the illustrator of the best American picture book for children. Artists or their publishers must submit two copies of a book published during the previous year to the ALSC and a selection committee. The Caldecott Award Selection Committee then selects the year’s Caldecott Medal Winner as well as multiple Honorable Mention runners-up.

My intermediate-term goal is to read my daughter every Caldecott Medal winning book before she starts kindergarten. I still have some of these books from when I was a child and the rest are relatively easy to find at libraries or from used book sellers. If nothing else, at least we get to look at great illustrations together.

Below is a full list of every Caldecott Medal Winner since the award was established in 1938

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Statistics on Stay-at-home Husbands

In addition to producing a widely-used definition of a stay-at-home dad and releasing statistics on the number of stay-at-home dads, the U.S. Census Bureau also provides data regarding the employment status of married men.

The Census estimates the number of husbands in the country, whether they work, and whether their wife works. From this information we can find general statistics on stay-at-home husbands.
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Statistics on Stay-at-home Dads in 2011

[Update: Also see the real number of stay-at-home dads in 2011]

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 154,000 stay-at-home dads as of 2010. The Census Bureau releases a press release on Father’s Day each year summarizing the number of stay-at-home dads under the heading “Mr. Mom”. This heavily-cited release is based on raw data called the Families and Living Arrangements analysis of the Current Population Survey which is conducted in March each year.
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Definition of Stay-at-home Dad

In the United States, the primary definition for the term “stay-at-home dad” comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. As the sole country-wide demographic agency, the Census Bureau is responsible for collecting data on households, children, and employment through the decennial Census.

Since the concept of a stay-at-home dad is situational, but the Census data is uniform, the Bureau arbitrarily creates a specific definition for use in their popular Father’s Day press release.

The Census Bureau definition of stay-at-home dad is:
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