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Stuff Parents Like is a lifestyle blog that focuses on providing useful tips about fitness and finances, along with what we have learned so far raising four kids.
Our main philosophy is we believe when you take care of yourself and get your life in order (financially, physically, and mentally), you become a better parent.
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A Little About Our Family
We are a family of six and below are our four children (10, 7, 5, and 1). We are about as normal as you get: my kids fight, they eat McDonalds, they get mad at us, they play sports, they don’t always get straight A’s, and they are awesome!
And this is me (Travis) and my wife (Jen). We have been married for 13 years and our marriage has been an adventure. Our relationship hasn’t always been perfect, but we love each other and work on marriage constantly. Whatever we are doing, it seems to be working:)
When I think about my life, I remember the Steve Jobs quote, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.”
I spent the first 10 years after college in the financial world and managed over thirty million dollars. During that time I learned a lot about personal finance, including I didn’t like charging a fee to manage people’s money.
After my wife had a full term stillborn, I decided it was time for a change. That’s when I found a career in dental sales. Since changing careers, I have enjoyed every minute of my job.
In addition to a background in finance, I’m an avid runner and Triathlete. I try to compete in four to five races pers year. When I’m not working or exercising, I spend a ton of time with family. Thankfully, most of my kids have stopped playing with action figures and I help coach their sports teams, go on adventures, work on projects, and hopefully raising responsible adults who will contribute to society.
My goal is to provide some helpful tips to parents who are trying to figure it all out.
Jen is a full-time domestic engineer (stay at home mom). She is the brains behind our parenting operation and is solely the reason our children have survived so far.
Most people don’t know what they want to do when they grow up, but there is no doubt Jen was made to be a mom….that was her calling. She always knows what to do…she is like a parenting medium.
Nothing irritates me more when someone says, “I don’t think I could ever stay home all day.” Well…it’s not easy and since she stays home it costs us at least $60,000 per year…that’s a lot more than day care.
She manages the kids crazy schedule (sports, school, extracurricular activities), household finances, and most of our planning. She is amazing and I have no idea how she gets it all done. Additionally, she loves the beach, all things Jersey, and her only vice is watching too much reality television.
Hopefully, between Jen’s parenting knowledge and my background we’ll add some value to your life.