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Rob Patient Expert

Austin, Texas
I am a married father of one from Austin, Texas. We also have a cat, which I suppose makes me a father of two. I enjoy playing the guitar primarily, followed by banjo, and then whatever other instrument seems to grab my interest in a given week. I also enjoy web application development and... Full Bio
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Obesity in the Workplace by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting These days, employers are starting to penalize their workers for lifestyle choices by charging higher health insurance premiums. Obesity seems to be the hot topic these days ... Read on »
Cleaning and the Occult by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Cleaning is a chore that Queen Kandis and I have managed to split into two main areas of concern: Clutter Dirt The Queen believes that everything has it ... Read on »
Family Conversation by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Scene: Cooper is building a "table" with his blocks, on the floor of the living room. Dad is observing from the couch, and mom is straightening the kitchen. Dad: That's ... Read on »
Power of Persuasion by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting "I did a great job!" We seem to have opened a small can of worms by telling Cooper he's done a great job upon completing a task. Specifically, Cooper's taken to trying to ... Read on »
Thank a Veteran! by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I'm not feeling overly verbose today. Take a minute to pause and reflect on this Veteran's Day. If you're looking for ways to show some appreciation towards those who served ... Read on »
Obesity in the Workplace: A Sarcastic Rant by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting These days, employers are starting to penalize their workers for lifestyle choices by charging higher health insurance premiums. Obesity seems to be the hot topic these days ... Read on »
A Liberal Reading of the Constitution and a Can of Worms by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were having a discussion about public health care. Recalling a recent reading of certain sections of our Constitution, I argued that wi ... Read on »
Potty Training by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Cooper's potty training is moving along. Though we haven't had any successful outcomes at home, we're told he's been going no. 1 regularly at school, and has even completed ... Read on »
Time to Turn Away Some Readers by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I try to keep out of the business of pissing people off these days, but stumbled upon this interesting post on the Letters of Note Blog. This particular link was by Teller o ... Read on »
A Short Conversation by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The setting: Mom, Dad, and Cooper are on the way home from a dinner outing. Cooper: [Squealing and shouting playfully, yet obnoxiously, and interrupting mom and dad's con ... Read on »
A Game of Lawn Mower Chicken by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting mowing with Daddy Originally uploaded by Queen Kandis As you can see, I didn’t stand a chance. Toddlers are fearless. The memory is a bit fuzzy, but I think I ... Read on »
Atheists Have No Morals by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The notion that atheists have no morals is intriguing, so as a loving husband, father, and atheist, I thought it might be interesting to address this rather sweeping indictm ... Read on »
On the “Terlit” by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting We’ve recently begun getting Cooper acclimated to the toilet. The sessions haven’t yet yielded any results, but what’s surprised me most is how comfortable he’s been during ... Read on »
Waiting it Out by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Today, Cooper had a tantrum when we got home from daycare. He was ticked because a small, empty, water bottle that he was using to amuse himself in the car needed to be left ... Read on »
Night-Night in the Big Boy Bed by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Cooper’s new room Originally uploaded by Queen Kandis Last night, Cooper spent his first night in his first “real” bed, and he was a trooper. After a few cries ... Read on »
Mom Lays Down the Law by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The following conversation transpired between Mom and Cooper yesterday morning: Mom: Do you want to drink your juice? Cooper: [Grunts and begins to throw a typical two ... Read on »
More Than Just “That Dude Who Takes Me Home” by Rob Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Typically, when I meet Cooper at day care in the afternoon, he begins to rattle off a number of nouns and verbs related to school and the world around him. He’s also quick t ... Read on »