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  • Hilarious Video Spoof of Apple Ads by IKEA

    A Daddy Blog
    Michael Schmid
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    IKEA unveils their new BookBook in a hilarious video spoof that channels Apple's minimalist advertising style. It's a great video pitting low-tech against high!
  • My Grandson Ate My GoPro!

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    Jeff Sass
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Grandpa Sass And His GoPro My experience as a Dad has definitely hit the next level with the birth of my first grandchild in April.  As much joy as my three kids have brought me (and that’s a BIG number if we were to measure), I could never have imagined the love, joy, emotion and pure wonderment I would have for being a grandfather.  It was a surprise at first, but I have quickly acclimated to being the enormously proud Grandpa. While I was present for my grandson’s birth in April, I hadn’t seen him in person since then as he and his parents live in another State.  I was…
  • とても簡単に始めることができます

    大人の出会い系サイト|熟女|セフレ|アダルト
    mdhoge
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    このレバレッジはロスカットなどマイナスがでた場合は大きな損失になってしまいます。なんだか怪しいと思っているような方や、それと同じことがFXでもできます。まず詐欺に引っかからないように最低限チェックしておくべきことについてご説明します。というわけです。…
  • Haiku For Monday #481

    Rude Cactus
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    So, yeah. I'm, uh, here. Don't read too much into this. Will it last? Who knows.
  • Dear Andy

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    11 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Dear Andy, Has it really been thirteen years? In some ways, it feels like just yesterday. In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago. I guess it was a lifetime ago. Your lifetime.  As more years have gone by since you passed, I'm left struggling with a memory of you that seems to be fading. It's not the memory of our friendship or all the amazing times that we spent together that I'm losing. It's the memory of feeling what it was like to have you in my life. I hate this feeling. It scares me. It saddens me. And it depresses me.  The worst part of holding onto the…
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  • My Grandson Ate My GoPro!

    Jeff Sass
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Grandpa Sass And His GoPro My experience as a Dad has definitely hit the next level with the birth of my first grandchild in April.  As much joy as my three kids have brought me (and that’s a BIG number if we were to measure), I could never have imagined the love, joy, emotion and pure wonderment I would have for being a grandfather.  It was a surprise at first, but I have quickly acclimated to being the enormously proud Grandpa. While I was present for my grandson’s birth in April, I hadn’t seen him in person since then as he and his parents live in another State.  I was…
  • Old Wounds and New Beginnings

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    27 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Today was a painful Sunday afternoon. For no good reason I decided to finally convert an old videotape that my aunt sent me of my dad’s home movies. He abandoned us all when I was a toddler and passed away in the 1990s. Anyway, it was tough seeing him enjoying life with his second wife knowing at the same time my amazing mom was struggling to raise 4 boys on her own in a strange new land…she had to learn a new language and learn to drive and cleaned houses to make ends meet. I remember going to my own elementary school at night with my mom with a bunch of other neighborhood…
  • Bootie Call

    Jeff Sass
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    My first reaction was denial. A grandfather? Me? In my head I am still 19 years old, and that’s certainly too young to be a grandfather. Of course it is also too young to have children who are now in their 20’s. In the world outside my head I indeed have three adult kids (Adult kids? Is that an oxymoron?). In the real world my oldest son is soon to be 26, and sooner to be a father himself. I remember the day Zach was born. Although we had moved to Rockland County we decided to still have “the baby” in Manhattan. I remember speeding down the Palisades Parkway with…
  • Father Forgets

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    26 Sep 2013 | 6:53 pm
    I was blown away by this Reader’s Digest piece called “FATHER FORGETS” by W. Livingston Larned which was printed a long time ago. It’s the type of thing that would go viral today had it come out now. The kind of thing that everyone shares in emails before the social interwebs came on the scene. As a father of three and under a great deal of pressure juggling many things at once, I have been guilty of forgetting what’s most important in life on occasion. I will use this as a reminder to stop myself from ever getting upset with my children and never lose sight of…
  • “23 Skidoo” (and Comment for a Cause)

    Jeff Sass
    22 Aug 2013 | 11:35 pm
    This post is inspired by Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation. During the month of August–Blogust–31 bloggers are writing about moments that matter. For every comment on this post and the 30 other posts, Walgreens will donate a vaccine (up to 50,000 vaccines). A child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. We can change this reality and help save kids’ lives!  Ignorance Is Bliss As a dad, I can’t quite say that I’ve ever truly experienced childbirth (well, except for my own), but I have had a front row…
 
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  • とても簡単に始めることができます

    mdhoge
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    このレバレッジはロスカットなどマイナスがでた場合は大きな損失になってしまいます。なんだか怪しいと思っているような方や、それと同じことがFXでもできます。まず詐欺に引っかからないように最低限チェックしておくべきことについてご説明します。というわけです。…
  • 性欲がまさに女性の行動を変えていく

    mdhoge
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    大抵が女の子の生活の面倒を見てあげると言った感じで、気になっている人も多いはずですが、 性欲がまさに女性の行動を変えていく。 女性から早いと感じられたら遊びながら小遣いを貯める アプリ 危険1日だけで終わらせるというセフレもあります。メールのやり取りがうまくいかないと実際に出会う事は叶わないわけですから、まずは聞き手になることで、お金が欲しい女性からすれば魅力的に見えるかもしれません。…
  • 完全に悪なのです

    mdhoge
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
  • そちらを利用するべきです

    mdhoge
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
  • あなたと楽しい会話をするためです

    mdhoge
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    色んなところにメールが届きますよね。 アルバイトなどを比べると労働時間に対しての単価報酬が非常に高いです。すれ違いざまに声をかけるだけでも、それは運営がしっかりと出会い系サイトを管理している証拠です。 相手に良く思われたいというのは判ることですが、、簡単に別れを決めるのはやめて、あなたと楽しい会話をするためです。…
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  • Haiku For Monday #481

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    So, yeah. I'm, uh, here. Don't read too much into this. Will it last? Who knows.
  • Don't Fear The Reaper, Unless...

    21 May 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Mia and Owen have a very strange relationship. They spend a great deal of time trying to mentally and physically outwit each other, often coming to blows. But when push comes to shove - sometimes literally - they absolutely love each other. Owen will, for example, punch Mia in the face and call her a "poopyhead" after which Owen will get sent to his room for an unspecified amount of time. Mia will often take this opportunity to make a nice drawing for Owen, or make him a present. This defies logic but, then, I was an only child so possibly I just don't get it. I was sick over the weekend,…
  • Testing 1-2-3

    25 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    So, you might have noticed that like a rude, ugly man with no money and bad acne, this blog hasn't gotten much action lately. It's not that I haven't thought about this blog - and you, the readers - every single day. I have. It's that I haven't had much to say. Or, rather, I've had a bit to say but little time to say it. [In a nutshell, here's what's happened since I last posted - I'm still working my ass off for the government and pretty much loving every minute of it despite the fact that the hours are long and the pace is exhausting. My face is healing but I've still got the beard because,…
  • Gone In A Flash

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
    After months of begging, pleading and reminding, Owen finally got a guinea pig. Three weeks ago, we went to the pet store and found possibly the most adorable rodent I've ever laid eyes on. He was tiny but adorable. Owen fell in love. Owen named him Flash. Flash Thompson. We brought him home, assembled his cage, shoved food and hay in his general direction and let him be. Throughout the week we cuddled him. He loved nothing more than to climb into Beth's shirt (something Flash and I share). Two weeks ago, while the girls were involved in a Girl Scout event, I went to check on Flash Thompson…
  • Snow Day #11

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:44 am
    The kids celebrated their eleventh snow day of the year yesterday. Me, well, I was home but I worked. But of course I took the time to have a little fun. We went sledding, I went headfirst down a playground slide covered with snow and almost broke my face, we built a snowman (or, rather, a snow gorilla) and had the most epic snowball fight of the year. It was fun. But now I need spring.
 
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  • Dear Andy

    MetroDad
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Dear Andy, Has it really been thirteen years? In some ways, it feels like just yesterday. In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago. I guess it was a lifetime ago. Your lifetime.  As more years have gone by since you passed, I'm left struggling with a memory of you that seems to be fading. It's not the memory of our friendship or all the amazing times that we spent together that I'm losing. It's the memory of feeling what it was like to have you in my life. I hate this feeling. It scares me. It saddens me. And it depresses me.  The worst part of holding onto the…
  • Dear Andy

    MetroDad
    11 Sep 2013 | 4:30 am
    Dear Andy, Someone once said that early September brings out the kind of bright blue skies that people who love New York love most about New York. The skies are not only magnificently blue but they also have a light, crystalline hue that gives the illusion of seemingly infinite visibility. The brightness of the late summer sun always makes this one of the most beautiful times of the year. You never really see a sky like this any other time of the year.  Sometimes I wish I could enjoy it more. After the exuberant days of summer have passed like a fading star in the wake of yet another…
  • Microphone Check, One, Two…

    MetroDad
    17 May 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Anyone still out there? Apparently, it’s been SEVEN months since I’ve last written here. I wish my prolonged sabbatical could be explained by an ambitious whirlwind of hedonistic activity. Then I could apologize profusely for my absence by giving you amusing little synopses of my daily and exciting life. The fact is that the past seven months have been relatively busy, both in good and bad ways. I’m at a bit of a loss on how best to explain it all, so instead I’ll resort to the wise words of the immortal amphibian philosopher, Kermit the Frog: “Man, time’s really fun when you’re…
  • CHAOS THEORY: October 2012

    MetroDad
    2 Oct 2012 | 5:46 pm
    It's a dark and rainy night in NYC. The Girlfriend is in Europe for work. And after a long weekend of solo parenting three young girls, I just want to lie down on the couch, crack open a bottle of wine, and watch some seriously bad television. Before I get drunk and turn on the Mets game (the very definition of bad television,) I thought I'd share some quick thoughts with all of you.   SPEAKING OF WINE... Before the summer ended, the Girlfriend and I took all the girls on a fantastic two-week vacation to visit her parents in Ireland. In a way, it’s a shame I don’t live in…
  • Dear Andy

    MetroDad
    11 Sep 2012 | 6:33 am
    Dear Andy, Eleven years. Eleven long years since we last spoke the night before that fateful morning. Eleven years since your life was tragically cut short. Eleven years of a life without you. Somehow, it feels even longer. This morning, the anniversary of your death feels strangely unlike those of the past. Why is that? Does time really heal all wounds? Can it truly alleviate the pain that reason cannot? Is my memory really losing hold of all those cherished details that are so significantly and transcendentally important? Could I possibly be failing to remember everything about a person who…
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  • Your new favorite bedtime book: Goodnight Darth Vader

    Mike Johnson
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    My wife and I are always looking for new books to keep our kids engaged during the fragile minutes leading up to bedtime. Bedtime has to be perfectly orchestrated with no surprises. The bedtime book has to be on point and it has to keep the kids engaged. Anything can throw off kids during bedtime. And when they get thrown off…all hell can break loose. It’s good to know that even a guy like Darth Vader can sometimes have trouble keeping his twins Luke and Leia dialed in during bedtime. This is where Jeffery Brown’s awesome new book Goodnight Darth Vader come in. This is a must have…
  • UPDATED: Join us Friday for the #LumiaDads Twitter Party And Win one of Ten New Phones!

    Mike Johnson
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    It’s back to school time and it’s more important than ever to be organized and communicating on all of the family activities that come with the season. We’ll discuss some of the great ways the Nokia Lumia and apps such as OneNote, OneDrive and Skype can help keep busy parents organized…..oh and we’ll give away brand new Lumia Phones to 10 LUCKY WINNERS. We’ll also see how Cortana helps us get more from our smartphone. To kick off the party, check out the satirical video above. Join us for the #LumiaDads Twitter Party on September 12th at 12pm PST/ 3pm EST! This…
  • Google Chromebook: Making The Everyday Tasks Easier

    Ryan Wong
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    The Intel AIO makes our lives much easier at home. Great for meal planning, entertainment viewing and countless other activities on the home front. The Chromebook is becoming one of favorite devices for business and overall productivity. The Google Chromebook is an affordable and efficient device which should be a very viable option for anyone who has a dependable internet connection and does a lot of work online. For many who will be very busy around this time of year, having a device which is cost-effective and fast is invaluable. First, there’s the price. Starting at $199, the…
  • Chromebook Extensions Which Will Make Your Life Easier

    Ryan Wong
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    As part of our partnership with Intel AIO we’ve gotten the opportunity to try a Google Chromebook with Intel inside and we absolutely love these machines. With minimal space and functionality that only operates online, Google Chromebooks have a reputation for being a bit threadbare. However, thanks to extensions and Google’s own applications, one is not limited in what they can do with their Chromebook. Here are some Chromebook extensions which will make sure you get your money’s worth out of your Chromebook. Some of these will help your Chromebook feel more like a laptop in…
  • Your Cheatsheat for 529 College Savings Programs

    Mike Johnson
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    When I announced on my personal Facebook page that I was going to be working with Scholarshare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, as an ambassador – a good high school buddy of mine, and wildly successful financial planner in the Boston area, sent me a private message. He mentioned that college savings is something that many of his clients always ask him about. Because he’s getting these questions all of the time, he had some answers ready to go for the most popular questions. Here are my friends 8 tips for 529 college savings. 1. Created in 1996 by section 529 of the…
 
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  • Kid Snippets: Job Interview

    Charlie
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Going to a job interview can be a harrowing, soul-crushing experience. And kids know exactly how it feels. And by that I mean they have no freaking clue. This new Kid Snippets video from Bored Shorts TV sums up the totality of what kids think what silly things like “work” and “job interviews” mean to them. So, it’s PRETTTTTYYYY close, right? What is two million plus one, exactly anyways…   Follow us on Facebook. At least there are no bugs there. Instructional Diagrams Because they’ll interview you one day and you’ll need charts.  
  • Rad/Bad Stuff: KILLING FRIGGIN’ BUGS Edition

    Andy
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m outdoorsish. I’m not like Bear Grylls or the Crocodile Hunter though, so I can’t whistle casually while a fly drinks moisture from my eyeballs. Though maybe I could do a shot of my own urine if I was paid enough, but let’s move on. This spring and summer I’ve been tormented by flying insuckts, so I’m compelled to tell you about some of the things I’ve found as counter-measures online. The good news is, winged bug assassination has come a long way from the nearest magazine or crappy plastic swatters your little kids inevitably and inexplicable find…
  • My Wife Just Said… #178

    Charlie
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Screens vs real life. It’s the battle of the modern age. Since the advent of the boob tube, parents have struggled with how much time they spend in front of or adjacent to a screen. And each generation is getting more adept at understanding technology, or at least how to use it functionally. The real question is are we using all of these screens in the right ways. How much time? How often? How close? Every day I wonder what the balance should be. -Says the guy typing something on a screen Previous “My Wife Just Said…” Getting warmer… biblically speaking. Follow…
  • Child Labor

    David Vienna
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    When dealing with a problematic manager or supervisor, you’ve undoubtedly come to the conclusion that some jobs require no special skill. Like, seriously, a bucket of wet dirt could do the job better. But, since hiring mud is generally frowned upon, I suggest we put kids in these positions. They’d achieve the same results and they’ll accept balloons instead of a 401k. For example…   Demolition Expert src: Action Movie Kid Children of all ages have an uncanny ability to destroy even the sturdiest of items—oak tables, refrigerators, M58 Wolf armored personnel…
  • How A Father Looks

    Charlie
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    I’ve had a few people tell me I don’t look like a dad. I’m not really sure what that means. Should I have my children strapped to my person? A tattoo of my kids’ names on my neck? Should the dark circles under my eyes have their own circles? What does a father look like? I prefer to look at fatherhood as a lens than rather than a look or an age. Every dad cares for his children with his own style of love and ferocity. Some of the greatest, most engaged fathers I know look nothing alike. That’s the beauty of this joyous and jumbled experience. Children can level a man. And…
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  • Common Core – The Test That Can’t be Beat?

    Bernard
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Ok a little parental pride here: Eli received his ELA test scores yesterday. He got level 3 in English, scoring better than 80% of all other kids his age in the State of NY. He scored 98% better, 11 points below a perfect score in Math. We are talking about a child who has test anxiety here. What does that say about Common Core? What does it say about all the parents and teachers who are so against this test claiming it is too hard? I personally think teachers should not be teaching material solely based on trying to get their kids to pass the test, but I am 100% for a well rounded education…
  • Could Food be the Culprit?

    Bernard
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    I am beginning to wonder about the evolution of Autism and it’s root cause. I am not a researcher but I keep going back and wonder if the root cause of Autism is related to the food we eat. Everything we eat is contaminated: Preservatives Pesticides Taste enhancers – even bottled water makers add chemicals to enhance taste Baby formula has chemicals to simulate natural elements babies lose when mothers font breastfeed. Chemicals are passed down from the mothers to their children through breastmilk. I also wonder how or if sperm is affected by the foods we eat. Are the chemicals we…
  • Kristen Bednar Memorial Surf Camp for Children with Autism

    Bernard
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I would first like to thank my friend and former co-worker Gerard for showing this to me last year. This is Eli’s second year attending the one day camp and we have loved every moment of it. The camp is amazing. A huge number of volunteers come out and teach kids with Autism how to surf. It is such a confidence booster and is life altering. The volunteers are amazing. They just know how to connect with the kids and it is really awe inspiring. We came to camp this year a bit early showing up at 8:30 so Eli and Zach could have some time relaxing in the water prior to camp starting. Things…
  • Fourth Grade

    Bernard
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Each year around this time I get nervous for Eli. School is about to start and he has had his normal summer regressions due to the lack of structure. This summer Eli has tortured by his little brother day and night and has melted multiple times per week (per day sometimes) because Zach wants to be near him. In fact, Zach has made it an art to try to get under his brothers skin. Eli still has his issues, and this is the year in which I fear he will start getting bullied. This is the first year I fear he will be attacked by the kids who find him weird and this is the first year where girls will…
  • Crazy – Time to Find a New Hosting Company

    Bernard
    23 May 2014 | 11:13 am
    Thanks to everyone who was posting me messages about the extended outage of the site. It turns out that my hosting company shut down the site because even though I was up to date on payments and I didn’t owe any money, they needed validation of my information that was already up to date. This is great because now that the site is not being blocked I realize that all of the posts that I had been doing for the last six months are now gone. This is disturbing and wrong. I can’t really blame them for this of course, because it is not their fault. I should have been paying more…
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  • recipe: bacon-wrapped jalapeno-stuffed hotdogs.

    snowdeal
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    bacon and jalapenos make for a simple and tasty way to spruce up a hotdog ( we love organic prairie’s 100% grass-fed organic hotdogs ). simply cut a line down the length of the hotdog deep enough to fit several slices of jalapeno. precook some bacon so it’s tender enough to wrap around the hotdog. then secure the bacon with some toothpicks. cook on medium heat on a grill until the hotdog is hot and the bacon is crisp. top with sweet pickle relish and mustard. served with homemade fries spritzed with apple cider vinegar for a Delicious Flavor Bonanza ®
  • day 3711: shooting selfies with the DSLR, thinking about photography.

    snowdeal
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    we’re out and about chasing the wind with the kite aerial photography rig and odin grabs the dslr and follows me around shooting away. it didn’t take long before he starts shooting selfies. “poppi, i never told anyone but i’d really like a camera like this. i think i’d like to take more pictures.” he takes a ton of photos with his ipod but he thinks the pictures on the DSLR look much better and likes how he can have more control. i think our future will be filled with photowalking adventures! and in case you’re wondering day 253 was the first time he…
  • the view from a gorgeous driftless lunchtime run.

    snowdeal
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    it’s impossible to convey the beauty of the view from the top of the ridge just a mile from my desk at organic valley. maybe a picture is worth a thousand words. the view of the classic driftless region geography makes for quite an energizing “out and back” lunch run even on a dull day, all the more so when it’s sunny, green and lush. do yourself a favor and view large on a big screen.
  • 15 miles. alone, on country roads. personal best 3:40 marathon pace. could have done 20. why?

    snowdeal
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    my motivation isn’t synthetic. and now, neither is my recovery shake 26 grams of protein never tasted so good. also, lactose free. yes i’m an organic valley brand manager so i’m a bit of a partisan, but i really do love this stuff and so does odin – so much so that we have a bit of trouble keeping it stocked in the house! odin ( calls me at work ): "poppi, can you bring more organic valley fuel home. we're out. again." — Eric C Snowdeal III (@snowdeal) July 31, 2014 if you’ve ever made a product then you know how hard it is to go from the idea…
  • i almost forrest gumped it.

    snowdeal
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    out on the first 7 mile leg of a 14 mile run in coolish temperature and fog while listening to breathe by minnesota and i had a thought that if it was on infinite jukebox i could possibly maybe have just forrest gumped it and just kept going and going and going…
 
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  • Adopt or Buy (a Pet)?

    Bruce Sallan
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    This week's Moral Question of the Week is simple: should you adopt or buy a dog/cat/pet? I will prejudice the question with my point-of-view that there are FAR too many dogs and cats in shelters and FAR too many dogs and cats that are killed each year for anyone to go out and buy a "special" kind of dog or cat? What do you think? Comment below...
  • What does #Fitness Look Like?

    Bruce Sallan
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    I attended what is perhaps the biggest fitness and nutrition convention around. People from ALL over the country attended. I was surprised by only one thing - how UN-fit so many of the people appeared. Granted "fitness" isn't just about looking like a bikini model but - PEOPLE - being seriously over-weight is not nutritious or fitness. This seemed to be more apparent among the women attendees who outnumbered the men by about 3 to 1 in my unscientific judgment. I wrote more about this in a lengthier piece but here's the short video I made at the convention - just for fun.
  • #Food, #Allergies, and #Eczema at #DadChat with Mei

    Bruce Sallan
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Do your kids suffer from itching? Lack of sleep? We all know how much food can affect our well-being. Many of us suffer from allergies that are food-related or from other sources. These chronic problems are especially difficult for our children who often are too young to understand the pain and discomforts they feel. For parents, NOTHING is worse than seeing your child in pain (or discomfort). Thursday September 18 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET we will discuss this issue with co-host Marcie Mom aka Mei, our favorite #DadChat regular, from Singapore. MarcieMom, also known as…
  • Men vs. Women: Looks #Sex

    Bruce Sallan
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Ahh, is there any more sensitive subject than “looks” between men and women? Yes, and I’ve covered them in earlier columns in this series. But, “looks” are a big deal in both directions for different reasons that are inherent to our respective genders! While I generally used to believe that men are more motivated and influenced by looks, I think things have equalized a bit among current young adults. Nonetheless, there are certain things that are clearly different between men and women and these are true even if you went to Gender Studies in college. My regular disclaimer for this…
  • Find Your Kid’s #Passions and #Strengths at Thrively.com

    Bruce Sallan
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Finding what your kid(s) like to do is among the primary goals of most parents. Yes, we teach values and more but where our kids will end up in their life path is another serious concern we all share. The first tendency – and I am the prime example of it – is to direct our children towards the things we like and/or do well. In many families, there is a legacy of profession or job that carries over generation to generation. In our country’s founding, it was often farming and other manual labor. Now, it varies in more ways than most people can even imagine. So, what’s a parent to do?
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  • Run, Dad, Run; or Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse; or Men's Wearhouse should sponsor my marathon bid

    Jim Lin
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    I couldn't decide on a title for this post. Mostly because I am dehydrated and sore. Also, the blisters. So many blisters. They mock my near-fail of a promise I made to myself when I became a dad. That promise was that in the event of a catastrophic civilization-altering event, I would be able to protect my loved ones and ensure that we at least would outlive our neighbors. This is the reason I did Muay Thai into my 40's. This is why I endured Crossfit. This is why I have always held myself to the standard of "I need to be able to vanquish anyone within a 100-foot radius of me at any given…
  • BlackBerry Z30 vs. My iPhone: The Grudge Match

    Jim Lin
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:25 am
    A few years ago, I completed part I of a BlackBerry review. I really liked it at first, but then as time wore on, I invoked the mercy rule and skipped part II. Let's just say that until "Let It Go" came along, there was nothing I associated more with the word Frozen than the BlackBerry Bold 9900.I went from a BB Army loyalist to a hater. And that's when the iPhone that I got through work filled that void perfectly. Life went on, BlackBerry was behind me. Then this happened: Disclosure: this BlackBerry Z30 didn't just show up at my door with a challenge match in mind. It was sent to me by one…
  • Hitting below the sash

    Jim Lin
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:46 pm
    The above picture represents a typical car ride on my days with the kids. I pick them up from school, and we crawl through rush hour traffic for an hour to my house. Fury is out cold. Growth spurts and tween malaise, they knock you out. Lessi usually spends the hour singing "Let It Go" in the back seat and/or asking me questions that make less sense as the hour wears on. Or, she does like the above and gets cranky about something. The other day, it was her sock. It was a little too big. So she took it off and dropped it on the floor. She asked me to pick it up, so I fished my hand behind…
  • Parent Developmental Milestones (with apologies to BabyCenter.com)

    Jim Lin
    27 May 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Want to know if your baby is going to achieve better than a 3.25 GPA during his junior year in college? You can extrapolate that by calculating how many days plus or minus 3.25 months old he was able to roll to his tummy from his back. The internet has it all figured out, don’t you fret. But knowing where your kid stands is only half the picture. What about your own milestones? Have development experts figured out when exactly you overcome the aversion to licking your thumb to wipe that crusty toothpaste from the corner of your son's mouth as you drop him off at school? Science has left us…
  • Works like magic, but the goodness is real: #7billionliters campaign

    Jim Lin
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    First, I would like to acknowledge that Fury turned 12 a couple days ago. Happy birthday, son! I started this blog when he was five. I have been blogging for an entire dog year, and Fury has been a very patient video sidekick. To celebrate, I am working on a highlight reel of his best video moments, but that won't be done until the weekend. You're getting this important post instead, for now.As you may know, I keep a separation of church and state on my blog. I seldom cover my clients' stuff on this blog. But I also know that 9 out of 10 churches and states agree that clean water for children…
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  • Can Married at First Sight Lead to Happily Ever After?

    Seth Eisenberg
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Can married at first sight lead to lasting love and happiness? I've seen that it can, although there's much more to it than what our eyes and heart experience.
  • How I Won My Fights with Joan Rivers

    Seth Eisenberg
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    It wasn't always easy winning my fights with Joan Rivers.
  • Will Michael Brown and Other Children Die in Vain?

    Seth Eisenberg
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whether or not Michael Brown died in vain depends on mothers and fathers transforming anger and anguish into tangible expressions of love in struggling inner-city homes and neighborhoods.
  • Journalist Jim Foley Died Because He Loved Life

    Seth Eisenberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Jim Foley died because he loved life. As a journalist, his father said Jim found his passion shining light on those suffering within the world's darkest recesses.
  • Obama’s Ferguson Visit Has to Begin with Listening

    Seth Eisenberg
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Ferguson's protesters are united in wanting to be heard; not counseled, consoled or seeing Michael Brown's death continue as a daily backdrop for lawyers, politicians, pundits and others who began looting the community's sorrow even faster than those who pillaged groceries, liquor and electronics.
 
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  • Dads Instagram Likes To Fave

    greg
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Seeing LAist's "favorite new Instagram account," DILFs of Disneyland, I was glad to see Bugaboo's still got some publicist product placement juice, at least with the older parents. I also thought about the unsung heroes, the Disneyland dads who push strollers all day with one hand, while eating a giant turkey leg in the other. And I wondered who's 'gramming them? Where is their hashtag? 'DILFs Of Disneyland' Is Our Favorite New Instagram Account [laist via dt reader nathan]
  • Hey Girl

    greg
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    Unidentified local tumblr subject has daughter.
  • Burning Man Economy Meets Burning Man Parenting

    greg
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Burning Man is over for another year, and by now, this dad has probably been reunited with the kid he traded for a magic wand and a 4-pack of Red Bull. [image: reno gazette-journal via dt burner nathan]
  • 'Papa's Gotta Write His Song'

    greg
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Having a kid can complicate even the simplest of tasks, like writing and recording a song every day since 2009. Papa's Got To Write His Song | Song A Day #2079 [youtube/therockcookiebottom] Here is a song 'Song A Day' guy Jonathan Mann made last week in collaboration with his son Jupiter. [jonathanmann.net]
  • You're Welcome For The Memories

    greg
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    One of the hardest things to wrap my own head around as a new parent was that the kid was going to forget all this stuff anyway. All these milestones, exciting moments, encounters, activities, all of it, would be gone by the time she was like, 4 or 5. It's called Childhood Amnesia, or Infantile Amnesia, and it's believed to have to do with the way the kid's brain, self, and/or language develops. Of course, that doesn't mean you're off the hook, or that whatever happens to a kid from 0-5yo doesn't matter. Just the opposite; you do it for the development. For the moment, not the memories.
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  • 5 Things About the Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Blu-ray

    Ken
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    My kids and I watched Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return over the weekend. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray for review on my dad blog. I’ve seen the original Wizard of Oz and last year’s Oz the Great and Powerful, but I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy an animated version of Oz. As it turns out, I did enjoy the animated Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. The movie is geared towards kids, but I think some parents might enjoy the film too. The animated film features a lot of singing, humor and interesting characters. BTW, my two youngest children…
  • Complete Series of Transformers Beast Machines is Available Now on DVD

    Ken
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    We all know about the Transformers, right? They are robotic-like beings that can transform into cars, planes, and other objects. But in a spin-off series called Transformers Beast Machines, Transformers can also go into beast mode and transform into animals. If your kids have not seen the series before, now’s your chance. Transformers Beast Machines: The Complete Series is available now on DVD. Read more: Complete Series of Transformers Beast Machines is Available Now on DVD Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy…
  • Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue DVD Review

    Ken
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    The kids and I watched the new Transformers Rescue Bots DVD over the weekend. Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios sent the DVD to me for review on my dad blog. The new title is called Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue. I think this is the third Transformers Rescue Bots DVD we’ve seen. It’s one of those titles that will appeal more to younger kids, but my eleven year old son watched it too and I think he also enjoyed it. Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue is available now on DVD. The DVD has a list price of $14.93. Read more: Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue DVD…
  • Giveaway: Thunder and the House of Magic DVD

    Ken
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I have new giveaway today. Thanks to Shout! Factory, I’m giving away the upcoming Thunder and the House of Magic DVD on my dad blog. The animated movie is about a cat named Thunder. The cat stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. The film features the voice of Selena Gomez. Thunder and the House of Magic will be available on Blu-ray and DVD exclusively at Walmart on September 30th. Read more: Giveaway: Thunder and the House of Magic DVD Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny…
  • Get a 51% Discount on Collage.com One-Click Photo Book

    Ken
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Hello parents. I just want to let you know about a promotion for Collage.com. Right now you can get a 51% discount off their hardcover photo book (20-page, 11.5″x8″). I have two things to say about that. First, that’s not a typo. It’s really is 51%, and not 50%. It’s an odd discount, but it is what it is. The second thing I like to say is that I love photo books. I love getting them and I think they make wonderful gifts for relatives and close friends. Read more: Get a 51% Discount on Collage.com One-Click Photo Book Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo…
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  • No Second Chances

    Brett Nordquist
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    “Do you want to play pool? Just you and me.” “Sure”, replied Luca, trying to play it cool. Two of her siblings usually tag along when we play, but not today. I wanted to listen to Luca tell me about orchestra and history and student council without distractions. Of course there’s no guarantee she’ll share any details with me because she’s 13 years-old, and I’m her father who wears a hoodie just to embarass her. I’ve heard from parents who regret how they raised their first child. They focus on the mistakes, wishing for a second chance to…
  • May the Search Set You Free

    Brett Nordquist
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Our garage door was acting up today. I know very little about them, but I know how to Google for answers. This lead me to a YouTube video of a man discussing a few popular problems, including how to recalibrate the door sensors. I followed his instructions, and had the door working within 10 minutes. When I blew a main fuse on our Honda Odyssey, a Google search took me to forum where a Honda owner described the same problem I was having. A mechanic responded on the forum, and mentioned which two fuses to inspect. I had checked one fuse but neglected to check the other. Sure enough, the second…
  • How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone

    Brett Nordquist
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    If you own an iPhone you might have noticed that your Other category is taking up more storage than before. I haven’t been able to find a definitive answer, although it seems like the Other category grows as you upgrade from one model of iPhone to another. My spouse and I own 16 GB iPhone 5s, and we’ve recently been looking to free up more space to store music. Normally, I’d remove apps to free up space, but I found an easy way to free up some space, depending how much storage Other is taking up. Here are the steps I followed: 1. Plug your iPhone into your Mac or PC. 2. Perform a Backup…
  • Clarity of Faith

    Brett Nordquist
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    There’s been a video going around on Facebook recently that shows some beagles being released outside to run around a grassy yard. The dogs had been used for animal testing since birth, and had spent their lives in cages. Their joy was unmistakable as they ran around the yard, stopping only briefly to share their excitement with a fellow dog pals. I can relate to those beagles and the freedoms they now enjoy For over 40 years, I’ve allowed someone else to tell me what is and isn’t permissible, down to my thoughts, actions, and words. Then there’s a number of inside…
  • Top 5 Myths and Truths about Why Committed Mormons Leave the Church

    Brett Nordquist
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    I enjoyed John Dehlin’s balanced presentation in tackling a difficult subject of why Mormons leave their church.
 
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  • Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED]

    Michael Sheehan
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Apple’s newest version of their operating system (Apple iOS 8) for iPhones and iPads is now available. There are a few ways that you can update. You can plug your compatible iOS device (iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or iPad 2 or newer) into your computer and connect with iTunes and do the upgrade that way, you can use the OTA (over the air) update, or you can download the upgrade file manually and then update via iTunes on your computer. I have found that sometimes downloading the .ipsw (that is the file extension for the iOS image) is faster than waiting for iTunes to…
  • Running Flat But In Style – Likes & Dislikes of the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i

    Michael Sheehan
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    I’ve been test driving cars for a several years now. It’s definitely a lot of fun to try out the latest and greatest designs by a car manufacturer. Other than having to sometimes pry the keys from my hands with some cars when I have to return them, for the most part, I haven’t had any type of issues. That is, until I test drove the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i. I had a major “problem” with that car. Before I go into the details of the 2014 BMW X5, I’m pleased to share that this review is sponsored by AutoNation BMW of Fremont and AutoNation, America’s…
  • How to Turn Off Facebook’s Auto-Play Videos & Save Data

    Michael Sheehan
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    If you are anything like me, you watch your cell phone’s data consumption very closely. And given that I have 4 other people on my family shared plan (3 of them being teens & almost a teen), there are some apps that simply gulp down data. Tweens and teens absolutely LOVE image and video apps (think Instagram, Vine, SnapChat and others) and while many kids are not gravitating toward Facebook, Facebook is typically a high-consumer of data. The Facebook mobile app has a very sneaky way of gobbling up data, especially because of the feature that auto-plays any videos in your news feed.
  • How To Change the Default Browser on Mac with Chrome Canary and Chrome

    Michael Sheehan
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Google recently released a 64-bit version of its browser, Chrome Canary. If you want what Google calls “the bleeding edge of the web” type of browser, you can download and install Google Chrome Canary for Mac (or Windows).  It has the latest features and is targeted towards early adopters, developers and the like. I had been using the beta channel (and dev channels) for my “regular” version of Chrome on my Mac, but I wanted to test out the 64-bit version of the browser as it was supposed to be “faster.” However, I ran into an issue. Since I already had…
  • HighTechDad Does the ALS “Ice” Bucket Challenge – #IceBucketChallenge

    Michael Sheehan
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    The ALS #IceBucketChallenge has been spreading like wildfire across the Internet and honestly, I think it is brilliant. Supposedly, it wasn’t even a campaign thought up by the ALS Association which is a non-profit organization working to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Regardless, the #IceBucketChallenge has done wonders to raise awareness of the disease as well as the organization and even charitable donations and activities in general. The Cold Water Challenge has actually been around for a long time and recently made the jump to…
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  • The Key

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Schuyler's voice is no longer a thing to squeak out of her iPad in close proximity. It's a thing that can travel beyond her immediate space. In some ways, Schuyler has found a way, though the simple act of handing a speaker over to a listener or placing outside of her own immediate personal space, to improve upon the natural human voice that she has been denied. And in handing that voice over to another, she creates a strange kind of intimacy, better than a shout. In a loud room, Schuyler can put her voice in your ear. I can't do that, and I…
  • The Other Talk

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Typical parents fear The Sex Talk. (To be fair, so do we.) Many special needs parents have The Other Talk, too. We don't discuss the topic with others very much, but be assured that we think about it. When we approach the topic with our kids, we do so gently, because in even the most tragic circumstances, Death shouldn't eclipse Life, and the days we get with our kids shouldn't be entirely stained by our anxiety for the days we lose.
  • On Labor Day, 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today, at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt:I'm not usually one for writing contrived holiday-themed posts here ("It's Arbor Day, folks, and special needs families just love trees!"), but I think I'm going to make an exception for Labor Day. There are a lot of hard working people in this country, but those of us in the world of disability parenting find ourselves surrounded by the hardest working humans on the planet. For our kids, finding success in school and in the world is a lot like being an astronaut. We understand that the person standing on the moon is an extraordinary individual, and…
  • To the people like her, which is perhaps everyone

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: When Schuyler looks at the future, she does so with her disability in mind, but not at the front of her thoughts. I envy her that. She's growing up quickly; today is her first day of high school, after all. We're having conversations identical to those happening in other houses around the world, about how it's appropriate for her to be thinking about boys she'd like to date, or girls she'd like to date, for that matter. ("Or both!" she said during our last conversation about dating; she's going to be trouble.) She asks me to teach her how to…
  • Unwanted monsters

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Schuyler understands her disability better now than she ever has before. I'm immeasurably proud of her for that. But every so often, when things are hard, she pushes back a little. She doesn't rage, she doesn't cry or fall into despair, all of which I imagine would be my own response if I were in her shoes. She simply goes on record as saying that she doesn't want it. She knows her monster doesn't require her permission to do its wicked work, but she denies it that permission anyway. I'm incredibly proud of her for that as well.
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  • Back to College Starts with Walmart’s Best Plans

    D. Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    If you’re a diligent reader of this blog, you’ll be saying “hey, wait a sec! your oldest is in 12th grade, not college! what the deuce are you talking about with back to college?” And you’d be spot on. I’m writing about the cheapest wireless plans, perfect for families — or students! — on a tight budget. The phone of choice: The slick Nokia Lumia 521, available at your local Walmart for a bargain $49.88. Just look for all the blue… With a high school senior in the house, not a day goes by without some discussion that’s related to…
  • Dr Cocoa: Medicine Your Kids Will Actually Take

    Dave Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    There’s little harder in life than parenting a sick child. They’re cranky, they moan and whinge, and you’re likely exhausted from trying to care for them. Oh, and there’s the rest of your life that has to be put on hold which can definitely trigger some frustration of its own. When they’re babies you’re used to holding and cuddling them, and when they’re older they’re more self-contained, understanding that bad tasting medicine is just part of healing. But get that 4-13 age group and they’ll adamantly refuse to take medicine that could…
  • My daughter’s now on her Senior Solo

    Dave Taylor
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    One nice thing about my children going to a private school is that the teachers have the leeway to do a lot of things that would be frowned upon, logistically impossible or a violation of policy in a public school. Heck, we’ve been at the school for so long that we’re are now used to celebrating offbeat saints and holidays too, including Santa Lucia, Saint George and Michaelmas, with special guest Saint Michael (of course!). You’ll probably need to tap into the awesome power of Google to find out who they are. :-) One of the other things that the school offers are class…
  • Feeding my Iced Tea Addiction with a Complete Lunch

    Dave Taylor
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Anyone who has ever gone out for a meal with me has learned that the beverage I almost exclusively drink is iced tea. I don’t know if it’s the Englishman in me and that famed British love of tea or what, but I do enjoy me a glass or three of iced tea. Heck, I’m sitting at a coffee shop right now, with an unsweetened black tea in the cup next to me. It’s my fourth cup of tea today. Yeah, me and tea. Any kind of tea really. And when I had the chance to sample a new tea from that bastion of the tea leaf, Lipton, I not only availed myself, I made iced tea to see how it…
  • Tyreke Evans and VSP Vision Care Team Up For Eyesight

    Dave Taylor
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Sometimes the information that comes across the transom is surprisingly cool, and as my son is an avid basketball fan and player, I’m particularly interested in hearing about basketball. In particular, about professional basketball players who are doing well, giving back to their community and really stepping up their game to serve as a positive role model for children like mine. There are other athletes who seem to act more like overgrown children, earning millions but being terrible role models, unengaged citizens and often more of a blight on their community than a blessing, and…
 
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  • 6 Things I Want My Sons to Know About My Depression [TODAY Show]

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    As it did to so many, the news of Robin Williams’s death came as a great shock to me. How could a man with such talent and charisma who brought me to tears, both of joy and sadness, on so many occasions be gone so suddenly? Then details of his depression came to light, and I understood. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that 6.7 of American adults live with major depression, and of those, 2.6 percent, or 6.1 million people, are afflicted by bipolar disorder. I understand, because I am one of them.When I initially informed my first wife of my diagnosis and the associated…
  • Why I Write

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Remember this. It's going to come in handy for understanding the context of what is posted here in the coming months.
  • 5 Things I Wish My Bosses Knew About Fatherhood [TODAY Show]

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    I consider myself fortunate to be working for an employer who understands the demands of fatherhood. This hasn’t always been the case. Through the course of my professional life, which has spanned the military, corporate America, freelance work, and small business, I’ve had bosses who discounted the value of fathers.Such attitudes come from a general cluelessness shared by men who represented a different generation — everyone knows that fathers are much more involved these days. Still, half of working fathers surveyed in 2013 consider work-family balance a…
  • TODAY Show Parents: The Sugar Milk Hack

    13 Jun 2014 | 8:37 am
    If you haven't already heard I've got a new writing gig at--wait for it--the TODAY Show via their website which just this week they renamed from Moms to Parents. I am thrilled and honored to be part of an all-star lineup of fellow dad bloggers that includes Doyin Richards, Jim Higley, Whit Honea, Carter Gaddis, and Adrian Kulp who in our inaugural week of posting shared their favorite dad hacks (#dadhack). As you will see, their clever tips are much more advisable than mine. Below is an excerpt from my patent-pending, sugar milk hack.* * *One would think a guy with five…
  • Destination Dad and the Real Perks of Blogging

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Often times my kids will ask me what exactly I do as a blogger. They get that it involves writing stuff for other people to read and make comments which my oldest son noted sounded ominously like homework. Skewed by such a perspective it then becomes difficult for them to grasp the various other facets of blogging such as contributing to a community or engaging in a dialogue with consumer brands. “And sometimes I get paid for it,” I’ll explain hopefully to which they reply, “So it’s like work then.”The lone aspect they do understand—primarily because it’s to their direct…
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  • 5 of My Best Family Memories from the Family Forward Conference

    Frederick J. Goodall
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Everyone knows that spending time together as a family is important. However, our busy lives often prevent us from doing so. Work, school, and social obligations can make it difficult to carve out those precious moments that strengthen our families’ bonds. As parents, we have to reclaim those moments by any means necessary. It can be something as simple as eating meals together or something more extravagant such as taking a family vacation. My family tries to do the former as much as possible, and we take vacations on a regular basis. This year we decided to attend the Family Forward…
  • Back-To-School Fitness Ideas for Parents and Kids

    Frederick J. Goodall
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Now that school is back in session, everyone is focused on homework, tests, and extracurricular activities. Although these things are important, we must make sure that our children continue to be physically active. Here are a few back to school fitness ideas to keep your kids moving during the school year: Start an After School Fitness Club The school librarian and I started a fitness club at my sons’ school. It’s called Boys of Steel and it’s for 4th and 5th grade boys. Once a week, we meet after school to exercise, play sports and have fun with one another. The boys like the…
  • Janelle Monae Encourages Kids to Pursue Their Dreams with the “Power of Yet”

    Frederick J. Goodall
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I love this video because it has three of my favorite things: Janelle Monáe’ssinging, Muppets, and a motivational message. The song, “Power of Yet,” encourages children to pursue their dreams: Are you thinking that maybe you want to be an astronaut, or an author, or a scientist or a doctor? That’s great! And maybe you’re not quite up to speed on the centrifugal force of the moon or how many bones are in your arms, but if you believe in yourself, you’ll get there. That’s the power of yet. You might not be ready for outer space yet, but just work hard…
  • A Conversation on Homelessness, Football, and an Art Car Parade [Audio]

    Frederick J. Goodall
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    In this episode of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, my esteemed colleagues, Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen;  Houston Chronicle writer and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! panelist Kyrie O’Connor; ComedySportz Houston General Manager, Dianah Dulany; and I discuss a proposal to outlaw the practice of giving money to panhandlers in San Antonio, the injury of Houston Texans first round draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, and the Art Car Parade. Listen to our conversation and share your thoughts in the comments section.   Stay Strong,         P.S. – People have asked…
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Oil Changes

    Frederick J. Goodall
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Have you ever gone to a car repair shop to get a simple oil change only to be bombarded by the technician’s wielding a long list of repairs? I have. Once, I took my car for an oil change and the technician insisted that I needed new wiper blades and an air filter even though I had just changed them myself. These are the types of shady tactics that give mechanics a bad name. If you don’t want to get taken advantage of, you need to arm yourself with knowledge. While getting an oil change should be a simple process, many people go too long without having their oil changed because…
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  • The Writer’s Journey

    Donny Claxton
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Writer’s Journey For much of my life I have been in love with writing. If you jump over to TraverseAdventures.com, you’ll see a reference to the window at 208 Fortress Street on what was KI Sawyer AFB, in Gwinn, Michigan. From that window of opportunity,  I would sit at my kidney bean desk and a children’s […] The post The Writer’s Journey appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Ask for Mia at Hilton Garden Inn Merrillville, IN

    Donny Claxton
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Ask for Mia During Breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn Merrillville, IN Headed through Merrillville, Indiana?  Need a comfortable place to stay that includes breakfast? I’m not talking about the microwaved sausages and eggs that some places serve. This is cooked food, like omelets, bacon, sausage links, waffles, and country potatoes. What’s better than that? The service. […] The post Ask for Mia at Hilton Garden Inn Merrillville, IN appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Southwest Airlines and Early-Bird Check-In

    Donny Claxton
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Southwest Airlines and Early-Bird Check-in As I said in the previous post, I LUV to fly Southwest Airlines. I have friends who work there, too, and the culture is admirable. But I have an issue with the whole Early-Bird Check-In scheme they’re running. To me it’s below the cultural integrity established long ago by the […] The post Southwest Airlines and Early-Bird Check-In appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • How Southwest Lost Business from BHM to US Airways

    Donny Claxton
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    How Southwest Lost Business from BHM to US Airways I Luv to fly Southwest, but there are some things that they do that I just can’t explain and in this post I’m going to cover one of them. Last week my last grandparent died. Grandma Claxton lived to 90 years and two days. The funeral was this […] The post How Southwest Lost Business from BHM to US Airways appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Thoughts On Death And Dying

    Donny Claxton
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Thoughts On Death And Dying Time most certainly is running out. For all of us. That message couldn’t have come home more true to me than any other over the past week or so with the passing of my last grandparent. I’m going to be 49 in a few months and it’s amazing to think […] The post Thoughts On Death And Dying appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
 
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  • Just Call Me Her Booking Agent

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    "Good Morning Sweet Cakes" I whispered to Annabelle as I pulled her out of her crib this morning.Being Monday morning, a morning that Mrs. LIAYF and Lukas could actually sleep in a bit longer than myself and my little girl, I had just tiptoed upstairs ever so gingerly, avoiding all to the problematic creaky spots on the fir stairs like Baryshnikov in his prime. (Okay, maybe I was lumbering a tad more than Mikhail would have, but in my defense I hadn't had my morning coffee yet.  The point is, there were no creaks - from the floor at least).And, as I do on most mornings such as this one,…
  • Dog Gone Antics

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I scream, you scream.It has been an absolutely beautiful weekend here in Seattle readers. Our fair city was bathed in golden sunshine on Friday, my birthday, and again today for Lukas' first soccer match of the fall season. I am happy to report that the Silver Eagles soared this morning, although Lukas was only 1 of the 5 kids who showed up for the game.  Thankfully, they play 4 on 4, since one of his team had to leave halfway through the game.  Lukas was exhausted after having played the entire game.Later on this evening, to celebrate said birthday and soccer victory, Mrs. LIAYF…
  • Laser Show

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    A rare early sighting I was in the middle of bathing Annabelle last night, with my back to the door, when I heard something zoom behind me.  I turned, but saw nothing.  "Weird" I said to no one in particular, although I should have been informing Annabelle, who was busily attempting to shove 9 rubber duckies into an over sized cup.Then I heard it again.  It made the sound of the wind blowing down the hall.  "Strange" I said aloud, having seen nothing, as I turned back around.  I looked one more time, just because, and that's when I saw him.  He was a Super…
  • The Eagles Have Landed

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    There's a lot going on around here readers.  With Summer winding to a close, Labor Day in the rearview, and school having started, Lukas is once again signed up for a Fall soccer team. And while the first game isn't for another week or so, he has been busy practicing with his new team once a week for the past couple of weeks.  It's going pretty well for him so far, and he is having a lot of fun, which is the most important thing.  Plus, he is trying hard not to be offensive. Literally. The coach is working on it, but it seems our son fancies himself more of a defensive player,…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Water Works Edition

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
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  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
  • Gmail Password Leak Update

    Daryl L. L. Houston
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users. We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the…
  • Basis, Edin, and Forefront: A Look at Business Themes

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We add new themes to the Theme Showcase each week, including free and premium themes for businesses, organizations, and your professional projects. Here’s a trio of business themes transformed by three very different types of users: a professional travel and food writer, a Buddhist podcast host, and a fly fishing outfitter in Australia. roam & home Chicago-based travel and food curator Karen Valentine, the founder of roam & home, presents a beautifully designed site with Basis, a premium theme. Wide featured images add splashes of color to the homepage, while the Brandon…
  • Blogging 101 and Writing 101 Are Back!

    Krista
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    You’ve just started your shiny new blog and you’d like some help as you get up to speed on WordPress.com. Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration to write every day. On September 15th, we kick off two free Blogging U. courses: Blogging 101 and Writing 101. They might be just what you need to whip your blog into shape and/or establish your writing habit. Blogging 101 Each day for 30 days, Blogging 101 offers a bite-sized blogging “assignment*,” geared to helping you customize the look of your blog, start a blogging habit, and find some new blogging friends. Here’s…
  • Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

    Paul Sieminski
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    “Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing. Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in…
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  • Captain America – Winter Soldier

    mattdaddy
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    So I woke up this morning, feeling like utter garbage and called into work.  Thankfully, my amazing wife got up and got the kids off to school and let me sleep until around 9.  I’ve been taking it easy and doing a little writing, but my head was starting to hurt so I rented Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Couple of things.  I LOVE comic book stories rendered in movie format, in most cases.  I enjoyed the first Capt. America, it didn’t take itself too seriously, and it was a great movie to watch.  Some really great performances by a wonderful cast. I think they did it…
  • Right place, right time

    mattdaddy
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    There are days that I don’t know what to do next there’s so much going on.  There are days that are calm and productive, and days that are exciting and frantic. I feel like I finally found a job, a boss, and an environment that suits me.  I’ve been so far outside my comfort zone since I started, I have no idea where it is anymore.  I’ve had to do so many different things, be responsible for so many items and people, that there are days where I don’t know which way is up. And there are days that make me truly thankful that I am where I am right now.  the great…
  • Disconnect & Reconnect

    mattdaddy
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Every summer for the last 5 years, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to go up to Lake George with my parents, brother & sister’s families, and my two aunts for a week of relaxing and fun.  I realized something really important this year. One of the things I look forward to most is the point about 5 miles south of the place we stay, my signal cuts out.  And I mean completely.  There’s signal in about a 1 foot square, and it moves randomly around the grounds so that I don’t even bother.  The only thing I use my phone for is to take pictures.  It’s really…
  • Testing something

    mattdaddy
    30 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    got hacked and lost the site, thankfully, not the db so I just reinstalled everything.  Checking to make sure things are working.
  • 45

    mattdaddy
    20 Jan 2014 | 7:20 am
    Well, I made it to 45.  Interesting ride so far.  Didn’t think I’d still feel so young, or at least young at heart by this time.  Thinking back on 45 when I was in elementary school, I wondered which brand of wheelchair I’d be in instead of which workout I’m going to do at the gym. So where am I now, and what have I done? Been married to my best friend what will be 20 years this New Years Eve, I have a 16 year old son and a 14 yr old daughter that make me proud enough to burst and crazy enough to snap all in the span of 5 minutes.  We live in a nice area of a nice…
 
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  • Our Sundays, and Shay’s Simple Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

    Jay Cooney
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Today we’re gonna show you what our Sundays look like, and share Shay’s Simple Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe. Random, I know, but appropriate. Let’s go. Our lives are very full. 5 kids, 2 jobs. Weeks fly by, faster all the time. And we’ve found the only way to feel like we’re making a decent effort at parenting et al is to get ahead of it. My wife is very much a proponent of eating real food, and I’m eternally grateful for her firm stance. She was raised in a kitchen, and it’s her comfort place. And again, I’m grateful, because that room is not…
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  • #BackToSchool - College Style

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    My big boy is Back to School and halfway through his first week of classes. I'm not talking about bright shining faces and new backpacks back-to-school. Rather, rented minivan filled with boxes and clothes and hundreds of dollars in textbooks back-to-school. Not to mention that pesky tuition bill I'm paying via the grace of God and starting a 529 Plan for him nine years ago.  With everything that's currently going on in our nation, but even if we lived in a utopia, I couldn't be a prouder dad.Meet Ross and watch his testimony on what it means to be a father.Did you enjoy this post? Get…
  • It's A Boy!

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    In the same vein of my cousin by love and the best man at my wedding (won't tag you and infiltrate your feed, but you know who you are), I'm proud to announce that on July 28th I became the proud father of a 200 pound, six-feet, three-inch tall baby boy. Son is doing well, currently sleeping late, working part time and playing Xbox until his sophomore year in college begins in a couple weeks.In all seriousness (the above is a joke), my adoption of the boy went through a couple weeks back and although I've always envisioned it being some spectacular moment for me it actually just came and went…
  • This Video Will Leave You Smiling From Ear To Ear #wedoexist

    15 Jun 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The video contained in this post was a rush job. There are no ifs ands and buts about it. I had been trying to schedule Scott for a shoot all week and when he was finally available, my time was not my own. But I committed myself to making it happen.What I didn't anticipate was Scott's nervousness. We've discussed fatherhood in the past and also in the days leading up to my taping him. He's a fun-loving bear of a man who speaks with so much pride and passion about being a father I was caught off guard by his jitters about saying the right thing. Or worse, saying the wrong thing.I knew that if…
  • The Top 5 VERY Last-Minute Gifts For Dad

    14 Jun 2014 | 8:36 am
    So it's Saturday and you know you are knee deep in a huge mistake. You were busy all week. I know. I was too. You don't know what to get "for the man who has everything." To which I'm sure he would laugh, or simply not respond at all. Or, maybe you just plain forgot, which I genuinely understand. Father's Day is almost five days early compared to previous years. I was pretty psyched myself when I discovered this last week. This will be the first time my son's birthday, which falls a day or two before or after Father's Day, won't be the factor that…
  • This Father Really Loves His Daughter

    12 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Meet Ross. Ross is an acclaimed photographer, a devoted husband and the proud father of a bouncing baby girl. Ross was gracious enough to take a few moments to share his thoughts on fatherhood with me and is the inaugural subject of my new docu-series called Fatherhood In Black: Because We Do Exist. The mission of this message is to promote the reality that men of color, particularly African American men, are dedicated, involved and loving parents despite what much of mainstream media promotes and in contrast to what many believe.Tweet: This Father Really Loves His Daughter…
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  • Zen and the Art of Simply Breathing

    Oren Miller
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Breathe in, breathe out. Not so difficult, is it? Still around, folks. Here's a joke. I heard it in a too-hot stand-up tent on the last day of the Phoenix Festival in England, in 1996, and it stuck. I'll paraphrase: I'm watching the news, and this guy comes up in front of his burning home, and he says to the camera, "You know, I always thought stuff like that only happened to OTHER people!
  • Cancer

    Oren Miller
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:47 am
    Boom. On Friday, 5/30/14, I found out I had a Stage 4 lung cancer. People in my condition have about a year to live on average, and treatment is now limited to making the next year more bearable. There are other options that may be discussed later, including experimental treatments, and I'm staying optimistic, but frankly, I think I know where I stand. 4 years ago, in the summer of 2010, we
  • My Favorite YouTube Video

    Oren Miller
    20 May 2014 | 10:36 am
    But first, the runner up. Because it's all about the innocence of children, and about the temptation of the dark side (and we all know that once you're on that side, it doesn't look that dark, does it?), and about unexpected things that stay with us forever because we happened to press Record. So... Here it is, my second-favorite video: But the video below is my favorite. I happened
  • Capable Dads, Lunch Masterpieces, and the Politics of Kids: Fatherhood Newsletter

    Oren Miller
    19 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    This week's roundup includes an amazing response to BuzzFeed, a cool lunchbox project, a cool lunch notes project, and speaking of cool, me, in a sweater, talking about father-son politics on Huffington Post. Please consider subscribing here to get these weekly newsletter posts in your email. Let me know if I've missed anything good, and I'll be sure to include it next week. Thanks for reading!
  • Art Museums, Diversity in Children's Books, and Things Girls Should Know: Fatherhood Newsletter

    Oren Miller
    6 May 2014 | 2:01 pm
    I took a break, but now I'm back. My parents were here, and our rental home is keeping me busy, and there's always something to do in the new house we've recently moved to, and I even played some Wii with the kids. Not to mention that season 7 of Psych is now on Netflix, and I can't be expected to do anything until I'm done with that. But I'm back, and here are this week's-ish stories. This
 
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  • Forget About the Oven: Fridge Cooking With Your Kids

    Guest Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Treasured memories of childhood often involve time spent in the kitchen creating new recipes and making a mess. There are so many recipes you can make, all scrumptious and easy. The following recipes are ideal for making with the kids. As well as being simple, instead of using the oven, involve the average American fridge […] The post Forget About the Oven: Fridge Cooking With Your Kids appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Innovative handlebars turn ordinary bicycles into smart bikes

    Derek Markham
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The basic bicycle design hasn’t changed in a hundred years, although advancements in materials and technologies have been made during that time to make bikes lighter and faster and easier to maintain, but the so-called extras (lights, signals, navigation, etc.), are still an afterthought. There are plenty of aftermarket headlights, safety lights, GPS and navigation […] The post Innovative handlebars turn ordinary bicycles into smart bikes appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Aqua Aerobics: Not Just For Beginners

    Guest Author
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    If you think aqua aerobics isn’t for elite athletes, think again. Deep water running is just one form of aqua aerobics that not only provides a variation to any athlete’s routine, but is a highly effective strategy for maintaining both cardio performance levels and muscle strength while recovering from an injury. That’s right: Aqua aerobics […] The post Aqua Aerobics: Not Just For Beginners appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • This electric motorcycle/car could be the future of transportation

    Derek Markham
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Finding greener, cheaper, and cleaner alternatives to our currently costly and dirty fossil-fueled vehicles, especially for personal transportation, is imperative in the very near future, and it’s a tricky challenge, because we Americans love our cars and trucks. We don’t really care to carpool or take public transit when we can be completely in control […] The post This electric motorcycle/car could be the future of transportation appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Free coding and web development courses for homeschool kids

    Derek Markham
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    As a homeschooling family, we’re always on the lookout for resources that will enhance our kids’ educations, and while we really like paper and pen and physical books for much of what we teach and learn about, the internet has a lot to offer to homeschool kids and parents. Considering how much of our modern […] The post Free coding and web development courses for homeschool kids appeared first on Natural Papa.
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  • Married Parent Dad

    Ian Newbold
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    I finally got round to butchering my already pants blog banner in Photoshop changing my blog’s header.And for good reason.I got married.Yes.  Moi.  Married. What can I type, my wife loves a man that can pretend to speak French.We had a glorious day, and summer in general really, topping all our previous epic summer holidays.The best, best man ever kept me calm, in-check(ish) and incredibly well supported. There really was no other person for the job.  And I mean that in the positive sense.His auntie helped him prepare his wedding speech, which turned out to be a pre-recorded…
  • Being an efficient family

    Ian Newbold
    28 May 2014 | 8:05 am
    Running a family home, and family life, can seem like a herculean task at times.With all the comings and goings, school, work, clubs, social lives, washing, cleaning, house maintenance, gardening, bill paying, car servicing, trips to the dentist and the hairdresser, all I can say is that I'm glad we no longer have any pets.How anyone runs their life without a spreadsheet I will never know.Families, and certainly friends of mine, can turn their noses up at having a system of dealing with all of that stuff, having a routine and protocol for almost everything, but modern life almost wills you to…
  • Review and Tips for Visiting Chester Zoo

    Ian Newbold
    20 May 2014 | 5:09 am
    I could just start and end this review by saying, or typing:Chester Zoo is awesome!There.Done.But I suppose I should really quantify that statement.It’s been a while since we’ve visited a zoo, which is why we were keen to take up an offer from Chester Zoo to visit them.We’ve visited zoos in this country, as well as some around the world, and it’s fair to say the standard we’ve come across had been vast and unpredictable, some being brilliant, and some leaving you wondering if you should have even visited, and are they not on the wrong side of cruel.Simply put, Chester Zoo is…
  • We don't waste food in this house

    Ian Newbold
    7 May 2014 | 3:37 am
    Not that you’d know it at certain times, but we have rules in our home.Amongst my favourites, are my forever instilled ‘one or none’ rule.  Max absolutely loves that one.  It’s the rule where I’m really giving him no alternative other than to be grateful for what he has, rather than ask for more.Another rule I’m very rigid on is a around waste, and simply not having any when it comes to cooking our food.I’ve probably asked my son three hundred and seven squillion times: “Do we waste food in this house?” without ever needing an answer.It drives me mad irritates more…
  • Top Secret World Book Day Event

    Ian Newbold
    27 Feb 2014 | 6:04 am
    I am involved in a top level, secret, classified, tell-you-in-a-sentence-or-two-and-nothing-at-all-will-happen-to-you event for World Book Day.I’m not really one for gifting, I don’t do cards, and I am a colossal advocate of present gifting amnesties.I’ve never taken part in a Secret Santa, more so just seeing them as another small tax on your employment. “Can’t we all just buy ourselves something, or at least pretend that we have?”I have such a sunny disposition.But, that all scribed, when the publisher Miles Kelly got in touch to ask if I fancied becoming a secret World Book Day…
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  • Tryouts are Trying Times

    DaddyCast
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    With the beginning of the school year has come fall sports tryouts.  We aren’t very good at staying uninvolved or uncaring around tryouts.  We get a little too emotionally attached to what our kids want.  I admit it- guilty as charged.  So going through the tryout and selection process isn’t easy for our household.  Thank goodness it doesn’t happen too often. This year’s tryout angst started in August.  Our oldest was trying out for volleyball.  As an eighth grader, since they don’t offer volleyball at his Middle School, he was able to tryout for JV at the High School.  We…
  • Sport of a Different Sort

    DaddyCast
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Most of us would probably agree that telemarketing calls are annoying. They typically come in the middle of dinner or while you are watching a show or simply not wanting to talk to a total stranger about some offer they have for you that will likely get you into something you don’t want at all. Obviously if I wanted to look at timeshares in Orlando I would book a trip to do so myself. But over the course of the past few years I have started to have fun with these calls (much to the chagrin of my wife). Part of the “plot” is to keep the telemarketer on the phone as long as possible. It…
  • A Sterling lesson in Ownership

    DaddyCast
    10 May 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The boys mentioned Donald Sterling tonight – something about him enjoying the spotlight (not sure where they got that from but seemed like a good opportunity for a lesson). While I do not condone the comments Sterling made to his mistress, I had to understand how the NBA had the authority to take away his team. If he was an “owner”, how could they just strip away his property. In trying to explain it to the boys I realized how little I understood about it myself. I first tried to explain it to the boys using an analogy they could understand. My oldest bought his Xbox One with his…
  • In this together (like it or not)

    DaddyCast
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:08 pm
    We aren’t fools.  We realize there will be many moments where we get the cold shoulder.  Where the boys are not into hanging out with their old, stupid parents.    We know the day will come where they want their independence and solitude.  But we do what we can to keep that from happening too soon and to make sure the impact of it, the depth of it, is as minimal as possible. This afternoon my youngest came to me to see if he could stay home during his older brother’s volleyball tournament.  He noted that his older brother had stayed home for several of his soccer practices.  I…
  • Bites of Responsibility

    DaddyCast
    1 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    Well, it’s been four weeks with the puppies.  Twenty-seven days to be exact.  Twenty-seven nights of interrupted sleep.  We aren’t regretting it but it has been trying at times.  The puppies are more like babies than we would like to recall.  But they are getting better about house training.  They generally let us know when they need to go outside (which isn’t always welcome when it is fifteen degrees out).  And they are getting big – when we got them they weighed 14 pounds.  This past week they weighed in at 20.4 and 21!! For the boys, it continues to be a learning…
 
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  • My Inbound 14 Bold Talk – Why I Hate the Question of “What Do You Do?”

    C.C. Chapman
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Yesterday, I gave a Bold Talk at #Inbound14 and while it was recorded and will hit the web at some point, I thought you might like to read the speech as I wrote it out. I rarely script any of my talks, but for this one I really wanted to nail it. I went off script quite a bit so for those who were there. I hope you enjoy. Thank you to Laurie Davis Edwards for the photo. My name is C.C. Chapman and today I have one simple request of each of you in this room and to anyone watching a recording of this talk. My request is a simple one and that is to stop using one of my least favorite questions…
  • What is a Samsung Imagelogger?

    C.C. Chapman
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Today, Samsung announced their new NX1 smart camera and as I sit here lusting over having one in my hands, I figured this would be a good time to explain what it means to me to be a Samsung Imagelogger photographer. To sum it up in my own unofficial words, the Samsung Imagelogger program brings together a group of diverse photographers from around the United States to use Samsung cameras in their day-to-day photo taking and sharing those photos with the world through their personal social media channels. For the marketing folks, it is an ongoing influencer program where in exchange for…
  • We Need More Vulnerability and Honesty

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    I watched a video from Tara Hunt this morning and instantly had to turn on the microphone and record Episode 138 of Managing the Gray. I’ve been thinking a lot about how we all put on a layer of social media makeup before we post anything online and it is messing up the minds and culture of the world. Transparency is all the rage these days when it comes to advice for businesses online, but how about just being honest and not being afraid to be vulnerable? Listen to my thoughts and then let me know what you think. Show Notes Marcus Nelson’s Facing Hard Truths Tara Hunt’s…
  • Itchy Bitchy End of Summer

    C.C. Chapman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Once I turned forty, I knew things would change. That is when the clock spins, the body freaks out and things begin to creak, strain and all around break down. For me it seems it is also when my body would finally decide it had spent enough time fighting poison ivy and wanted to let me experience the itchy hell that it is. I’ve walked through patches of it, hiked over it and all around been exposed to poison ivy more times than I can count throughout my life and yet besides a few random spots over the years, I’ve never gotten it. That changed recently and I’ve been pink…
  • Rucking My Way to a Healthier Life

    C.C. Chapman
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    Last month when I was in Jacksonville working with the team at GORUCK, I got to talk to them about a variety of topics. We talked about the future of their business, the new gear they had coming out (including their long awaited firearms cases) and life in general outside of the office. Jason and I chatted a lot about rucking and why it was a good exercise. Since running will never be a part of my life with the crap knees I’ve got, the idea appealed to me. Rucking = Distance + Weight + Time Three easy variables that could be adjusted as needed without crashing my knees. Laura and I…
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  • I’m A Life Made Delicious Blogger!

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    It's my first month on the Life Made Delicious team! Here are some product reviews of the new Multi-Grain Cheerios with Ancient Grains, Fibre 1 Delights bars, and the incredible new Chicken Tinga box from Old El Paso (pictured above). Continue Reading → The post I’m A Life Made Delicious Blogger! appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Naked Baby, Naked Daddy, And Trying To Set Boundaries For Nudity

    Buzz
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    I dont have a problem being naked around my kids. it's not something I set out to do, but if it happens, it happens. We play Naked Baby, Naked Daddy, and it's mostly me just being silly. A HuffPo essay this week, however, has me rethinking parental nudity and how it can be used to teach our kids about their own bodies and body hangups. Continue Reading → The post Naked Baby, Naked Daddy, And Trying To Set Boundaries For Nudity appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Rednecks, Raves, And Keeping Your Kids Up Past Bedtime

    Buzz
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Keeping your kids up past bedtime is when the magic happens. Yes, having a strict bedtime regime is the priority of any reasonable parent, but... when you break it every now and again, and let your kids get out and experience the world (in this case, monster trucks and a rave) then the smiles come. Continue Reading → The post Rednecks, Raves, And Keeping Your Kids Up Past Bedtime appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • He Left His Wife And Daughter Home Alone. What They Did? Prepare To Smile!

    Buzz
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    It's not unique when parents play with their kids. Parents love their kids, they love to have fun. It's the norm, it's not an outlier, so stop treating dads who have fun with their daughters like they're a circus side show, or patting them on the head with "you're such a good dad." We're parents. We love our kids. There's nothing outlying about that. Continue Reading → The post He Left His Wife And Daughter Home Alone. What They Did? Prepare To Smile! appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Why Back To School Is The Real New Year Season [And Win A $250 Best Buy Card!]

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Here's a chance to get ready for back to school (and work) courtesy of Best Buy Canada. Here's why I think it's the true new year season and how to win. Continue Reading → The post Why Back To School Is The Real New Year Season [And Win A $250 Best Buy Card!] appeared first on DadCAMP.
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  • Lack Of Sense

    Jack Steiner
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Got five minutes to write down a few thoughts. Kids are making me crazy tonight, I love them but sometimes they just know how to press our buttons.Been reading and listening to the thoughts about the NFL and it is making me a bit crazy too. Not defending the actions of people who break the law but not going to go hysterical about it either.Why?Because I like asking what causes the issues we see and what can we do about it. When I see data that suggests that the rates for certain actions are lower in the NFL than the general public I want to know why we don't focus on both areas.The players…
  • The Sweetest Sleep Meets Storytelling

    Jack Steiner
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    listen to ‘The Sweetest Sleep Meets Storytelling’ on Audioboo
  • 114 Degrees

    Jack Steiner
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Thermostat reads 114 degrees so the emails are starting to roll in:"Coach, maybe we should cancel practice.""Coach maybe we should shorten it and  make it later.""Coach, what are we going to do about practice."I haven't put much thought into it yet because I have been too busy with interviews and trying to secure more.Doing my best to stay relaxed, be confident and stay informed. Stands to reason with this much activity good things should come from it but there is still that little voice that says it is nothing until it is something, push hard and don't stop until you have that signed…
  • Inertia

    Jack Steiner
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Sometimes inertia is a friend and sometimes it is an enemy. I learned the hard way about how it can hurt people when I didn't pay close enough attention to what was happening around me.Things were going south at where I was at and I had an opportunity to jump ship and try something new but chose to stay to see what would happen. Hindsight is 20-20 so it is easy to look back and see the signs that were obvious as well as those that weren't.It helps mitigate my not moving as fast as I should have but it doesn't fix what happened, mostly because I can't travel back in time and tell myself not to…
  • Worth Thinking About

    Jack Steiner
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Finished my run at the last job not long ago. Ended a bit sooner than I had hoped but when you are a contract employee that comes with the territory. Sometimes they extend your contract and sometimes they shake your hand and wish you good luck.I got the handshake, warm wishes and was told to use them as a reference. Good things to have but not as good as a steady paycheck. Been working on what comes next and have had a few options and opportunities come my way.Nothing earth shattering or amazing yet but that is ok because this sort of thing is a sprint and not a marathon. Been pushing to find…
 
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  • Disconnected in West Virginia

    Steve
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Disconnected, unplugged, offline – there are many ways to describe our Labor Day weekend in West Virginia. The entire area is under the National Radio Quiet Zone, which means that there are no cell signals (it’s true, look it up.) It’s like the quiet car on the train, but greener. Going cold turkey from my omniscient iPhone is quite a leap. I can’t check the sports scores, how many books I sold in the last 15 minutes, what the weather would do (unless we asked at the ranger station), or even look up the distance to the moon and back if a certain young boy might ask. There’s no TV,…
  • Oh Captain My Captain

    Steve
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    I just heard that Robin Williams died, and I had to leave the room. It hit me surprisingly hard. It was the summer of 1989, I had just turned 15 years old, and I saw Dead Poets Society at the movie theater. I came away with so much from that film which followed a group of boarding school boys and their English teacher who dared them to make their lives amazing. ‘Seize the day’, ‘Oh Captain my Captain,’ will be forever in my mind. I remember walking out of the theater and driving home with my parents, my head in the clouds, filled with inspiration, dreams and wonder. It made you want…
  • Not A Suck Night

    Steve
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    My five-year-old starts kindergarten in the fall. To his credit, he seems acutely aware that it’s time for him to start acting like a ‘big kid.’ Which includes less reliance on what used to be affectionately called his ‘baaboomaa’, then just ‘baaboom’, and more recently, just ‘blanket’. He’s also trying to wean himself from sucking his thumb at night while he sleeps. As far as I can tell, this was a decision he made on his own. Rather than going cold turkey, he proclaims at bedtime on alternating nights that it’s either a ‘suck night’ or a ‘non-suck night.’ I was…
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Top Advice From Twin Parents

    Joe
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    What’s the best twin advice you have ever received? That’s the question I asked you, the Dad’s Guide to Twins community. Here’s what you said: Giving Attention “Don’t feel guilty if one twin needs more attention than the other! One may be more fussier and needier. You can still make special time with the less needier twin…. and sometimes they will switch roles of being the twin that demands more attention!” (Brian Z.) Getting Help “We were advised early on to accept all offers of help, hand me downs, support etc. The independent part of me…
  • Balancing the Needs of Twins and Older Siblings at Day Care

    Joe
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The next question is about daycare. This mom writes in and says that, “Big sister’s daycare is about to get the twins as well.” And so she’s worried about her singleton being overshadowed by the twins and wonders if I have any advice on how to handle that situation. So I think that in daycare, the caregiver should be very used to giving fair attention to all different types of kids. Odds are your kids are not the only ones in daycare, and they will be well taken care of by the caregivers who are used to giving attention to multiple children throughout the day.
  • Do You Need to Be Equal With Your Twins?

    Joe
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The question is, “I’ve got a concern about the twins and equality. What do I do about sharing time, love, et cetera?” So we talked in the past about the divided attention that you will have with twins. So I invite you to go back and check out episode number 68, “How to handle when your attention is divided between your twins,” and episode 65 about spending one-on-one time with each of your twins. Fair Doesn’t Always Mean Equal You need to ask yourself this question: Do you need to be equal with your twins? We have a saying here in our house that “Fair…
  • Equality, Helping Mom’s Mental Health, Day Care – Podcast 69

    Joe
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Episode 69 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss these questions: Do you need to be equal with your twins? How Dad can help Mom’s mental health when raising twins Balancing the needs of twins and older siblings at day care Subscribe to the Podcast To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: iTunes (for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) Stitcher Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) Share Your Thoughts Please let me know what you think of this episode of the podcast, you can contact me with any questions or comments or leave a comment on the blog.
  • How to Keep Twins From Fighting

    Joe
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    This question is something that each of us with twins struggles with regardless of the age as soon as they start interacting with each other. “How do you stop twins from fighting?” So if your twins aren’t fighting yet, just wait, and it’ll start. And I don’t know if it’s because they’re always together or they’re in the same space or they’re the same age and perhaps have similar dispositions. But they’ll end up fighting one way or another. Redirection and Reinforcement Here are a couple of things that you can try to help keep your…
 
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    DaDa Rocks!

  • Full List of Disney Infinity 2.0 Power Discs Revealed!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    With the release of Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes Edition less than a week away, it’s certainly exciting that some of the mysteries of the new game are finally becoming clearer, with new figures and features finally coming to light. The latest reveal in regard to the game is the release of a full list of the 82 new Power Discs that will be available for the game! For those of you not in the know, Disney Infinity‘s Power Discs (which are sold separately from the game and figures in random 2-packs) give players access to unique abilities vehicles, weapons, ground…
  • Working Parents Day Twitter Party with @NewYorkLife #KeepGoodGoing

    DaDa Rocks!
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Let’s celebrate working parents! September 16th is Working Parents Day! To celebrate, I’ll be hosting a #KeepGoodGoing Twitter Party from 8-9pm EST with @NewYorkLife and my very own wife Suzanne @GothamLove. Let’s get together to share tips on balancing hectic schedules (or maybe pickup a tip or two), and talk about the family moments that make it all worthwhile (you know those moments that we all sit there an say there sooo darn cute!). We’ll even be giving away prizes! How to participate and win: Before the Party, let us know you are attending by tweeting @NewYorkLife using…
  • 18 Netflix Titles to Kickstart Your Family Movie/TV Night! #StreamTeam

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    School is back in session, and with it comes the daily grind of homework, club and sports team meetings, and e like. Why not make some room in all of that to sit down as a family and watch some TV or a movie together? Whether it’s a weekly event or just once in a while, Netflix has you covered for family movie/tv night with tons of great titles to watch– check out our top recommendations below!   For younger kids: 1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Inventor Flint Lockwood battles mutant food beasts created by his notorious machine, including shrimpanzees, tacodiles and…
  • What People Want From The New iPhone 6

    Ted Hicks
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Everybody’s looking forward to see the new iPhone 6 today at 1pm ET. What do you think is the most wanted feature? Better camera? Bigger screen? You’d be surprised. Customer surveys show that what people wish for most is improved battery life. As for entirely new features sapphire glass tops the expectations list. So what other interesting info can you find in the infographic? Which iPhone model was the most innovative so far? 19% of Apple fans want a bigger screen size in iPhone 6 Apple sold more than 500 million iPhones worldwide The first smartphone was released by IBM in ‘94, 13…
  • TeenSafe’s iPhone & Android Monitoring Service Opens Lines of communication In Divorced Homes

    Ted Hicks
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    TeenSafe, maker of the leading iPhone and Android monitoring software for parents, announces its commitment to helping divorced parents protect their children. TeenSafe provides support and tools for parents in all situations to keep a watchful eye on their most valuable treasure. “Very few parents achieve the level of communication they initially intend to after a divorce. Parenting becomes much more difficult after a martial divide for many reasons, some of the main causes being the loss of resources, increased stress, juggling of schedules and added responsibilities as well as…
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  • Glide Bikes: Orange Ezee Glider with Air Tires

    Adam
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Thanks to my wife, Sarah, who wrote up this great review for the Glide Bikes Ezee Glider that we got to review online. When we lived in Ashland, OR, balance bikes were the norm. Rather than seeing kids tooling around playgrounds on tricycles or bikes with training wheels, you’d see little kids scooting themselves along on balance bikes. I had never seen or heard of balance bikes before and they piqued my interest as Caleb began to show signs of one day becoming mobile. On the recommendation of a blog I like, we bought Caleb a Pewi Ybike, which is a cross between a push toy that helps kids…
  • Noah’s Ark

    Adam
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few mornings ago, Caleb was playing with a toy boat that is one of his bath toys. He said, “It’s Noah and the Ark!” I asked, “What do you know about Noah?” Caleb: “Noah and the Ark, and a flood.” Dad: “A flood? Why was there a flood?” Caleb: “God sent it.” Dad: “Caleb, who’s God?” Caleb: “….help please….” Dad: “Why did God send a flood?” Caleb: “Because people…FIGHTING!” Dad: “What did flood do?” Caleb: “Flood covered earth.” Dad: “Oh yah? So God sent a flood?” Caleb: “Yup.” I went to look at the storybook and…
  • Catlike Kitten Helmet Review: A Great Bike Helmet for Toddlers

    Adam
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    When Caleb was a baby, and got his first YBike Pewi, he had a helmet that I think Sarah got off Amazon at the time. Knowing her ability to research things on the internet, I’m sure it was a good one. And it got some good use, but it seemed like it wasn’t really fitting that well anymore, and seemed like with a new bike that Caleb had, it would be a good idea to get a new helmet. The one we went with was the Catlike Kitten Helmet, and we’ve been really pleased with it. Catlike was founded by Pepe del Ramo (nicknamed “El Gato”), who was a member of the Spanish amateur team and went…
  • Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life

    Adam
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    One of my seminary colleagues from Princeton, Traci Smith, has recently come out with a book that I think many folks here may find helpful, and I wanted to give her the chance to share with you a little bit about the book. It’s called Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life and it is definitely worth checking out if you have kids and are interested in finding ways to engage with them and their faith. I’ve asked Traci to share a bit below. Thank you, Adam, for allowing me to stop by your internet home to talk about a project that is very near and dear to me, my new…
  • Caleb Turns Two Tomorrow

    Adam
    29 Dec 2013 | 7:22 pm
    Caleb turns two tomorrow. I can’t believe it. As I was putting him to bed tonight, we sat in the chair in his room and talked a little bit about how it was going to be a big day tomorrow – he was going to turn TWO. Well, it was more like me talking and…I don’t think he was really listening that much. I said to Caleb, “Caleb, can I tell you something?” And he replied, “Yes…” And slowly took his fingers and stuck them in his ears. He took them out and laughed…I said, “Caleb. Dude. Not funny” and kept talking to him about…
 
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    shake your foundation

  • The Smartest Person I’ve Ever Met

    Craig Playstead
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I wrote a new piece over at my writing blog today that has literally been kicking around in my head for 13 years and thought you guys would appreciate it. It’s a 9/11 tribute about the smartest person I’ve ever met. As a guy who’s worked in tech since the late 90’s, that’s sayin’ something because I’ve worked for some of the most powerful companies in the world with some insanely smart people. But none of them as smart as this guy … The Smartest Person I’ve Ever Met is a post from: Shake Your Foundation Follow me on Twitter The post The…
  • The Showdown in My Front Yard

    Craig Playstead
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    It’s either them or me. While working in the yard the other day, I overheard my 9 year old telling his friend that his dad used to have a mole killing business. WHAT???? If he would have told his buddy I was an astronaut, it would have been closer to the truth. I had no idea what he was talking about so I went over to investigate. “You killed that mole, dad. Doncha remember?” Oh, so that’s what he was talking about. This happened a while ago, but I wanted to get the facts straight, so I told him this story. (harken back a couple years ago …) It was one of those…
  • How to Raise an Entrepreneur

    Craig Playstead
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    When the structure around you starts to crumble, the more you can take care of yourself, the better off you’ll be. My boys and their buddy sold lemonade and snow cones yesterday as it hit a blistering 82 here in the Pacific Northwest. Boy #1 has been doing this for years and his focus has changed from “hey this is fun” to “we could make some money for summer” to do cool stuff.  This makes me feel so much better for his future because I hold no hope that our schools are going to teach our kids what they need to survive in the real world. I mean, for God’s…
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  • For You, We Will Drink Unknown, Funky Looking Green Drinks

    nessel
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    We will drink green drinks that look like something a Llama should drink.  We will eat food bars with the consistency of rubber wrapped in cardboard.  We will eat chips with so many live enzymes, there is a 87% chance the chips will crawl back out of our stomach.  Yes, we will do all this for you.  This on top of playing with toys all day for you.  Really, does our love for you know no boundaries? Yep, We Are Off to Cover Natural Products Expo East Natural Products Expo East 2014, is the East Coast’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event.  The event takes place September…
  • Review: DigiBirds, Who Knew An Interactive Singing Bird Could Be So Cool

    nessel
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Zoomer – an interactive pet dog that responds to your commands….sure, you would expect to enjoy that toy.  Zoomer Dino – a prehistoric self balancing dino you can try to tame with hand gestures…yeah sign me up for that one too.  But DigiBirds – the interactive pet birds?  I wouldn’t want a real pet bird, so what on earth could be cool about an interactive robotic pet bird? Well, I just learned a valuable lesson, don’t judge an interactive pet song bird by its plastic cover.  DigiBirds are very cool and bizarrely addictive to play with…and we…
  • Review: Quik Shade Go Hybrid, Don’t Let The Sun Come Down On Me

    nessel
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I get it.  Without the sun, all life as we know it would cease to exist.  So, sure, the sun does some great things…but does it need to beat down on me all the time?  Can’t I watch my kids play sports without sweating like a pig?  Is it too much to ask that I could go to the beach and not return home sunburned like a lobster? One solution would be to create a 875,000 miles long shade and send it by some unknown rocket technology to the sun, then have robots install the shade.  Or… you could just get the Quik Shade Go Hybrid Backpack Canopy. Please watch our video review…
  • Review: Battroborg Warriors, Now The Battling Robots Have Weapons

    nessel
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    In 2013 we reviewed the Battroborg Battling Robots from Tomy.  The toy was basically a very high tech version of Rock’em Sock’em Robots.  You swing your wireless remotes and the Battroborg robots punch each other silly. So, what could Tomy do for 2014 to add more excitement to the Battroborg robots?  How about giving them weapons, enhanced controls and power moves?  Yes, welcome to Battroborg Warrior – battling robots with weapons! Please watch our video review of the Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEYJr4Mz7RI How Can You Go Wrong…
  • Air Hogs Vectron Wave 2.0, Behold The Power of The Hand

    nessel
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Remote controls?  We don’t need no stinkin’ remotes! That would be my opening line if I were directing an Air Hogs commercial about the new and improved Air Hogs Vectron Wave 2.0.  Alas, we don’t do commercials here, we do reviews…so let’s stick to reviewing stuff! Please watch our video review of the new Air Hogs Vectron Wave 2.0 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqgizYPYICE Hey UFO, How About You Float Above My Hand The Air Hogs Vectron Wave is one of those simple toys that really does not need much more description beyond what the video shows.  Turn it on,…
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    Just Add Father

  • So many books, so little time

    Wolf Pascoe
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Categories: Fatherhood mindfulness Parenting WritingPractice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. — Anne Herbert Passing by, you might have seen them in the neighborhood. On the front lawn, little houses made of wood: glassy door, bookshelf inside. Something about miniatures there is, drawing you in. Must be the fairy folk who build them. The Little Free Library movement […](Read more...)
  • Eddication: an update

    Wolf Pascoe
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    Categories: Child-development Doubts SchoolHistory assures us that civilizations decay quite leisurely. — Will and Ariel Durant . It’s been an exhausting week in Lake Wobegon. Yesterday Nick was accepted to the middle school of his choice, the Grove of Academe. Today he was put on the waiting list at the other school he applied to, the Road Less […](Read more...)
  • Blessing from my father

    Wolf Pascoe
    21 Jan 2014 | 4:36 am
    Categories: UncategorizedMy father was named after Isaac, the biblical patriarch. It was a name he disliked, so he reversed the order of his first and middle names. If his full name was called for, he never spelled out Isaac, inscribing only the initial, I. He was gone — a heart attack — before I was nine, […](Read more...)
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS FRIENDS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, FELLOW HUMANS

    Wolf Pascoe
    25 Dec 2013 | 9:27 am
    Categories: Blessing mindfulnessWoke at 7:00, stiff as usual. Downstairs, opened one present with Nick: a steampunk rhino (stuffed animal) Nora had gotten him. We have orders to wait for her to wake before opening any others. Nick has resumed his hour of screen time. In my study, a new blotter I requested from Santa. I hadn’t thought […](Read more...)
  • Hat Trick

    Wolf Pascoe
    30 Nov 2013 | 9:48 am
    Categories: mindfulness WolfAn obstacle is a light. An insurmountable obstacle is a sun. — Paul Valery The site rush for the Fern Hill 2014 Spring Camping Trip bared its fangs a few weeks ago, marking the third occurrence of this annual bloodletting. To briefly recount, the Fern Hill community goes camping every Memorial Day weekend at a state […](Read more...)
 
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  • Awesome Smartphone Photography Tips

    Caleb
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Definitely trying some of these out. [via Devour] The post Awesome Smartphone Photography Tips appeared first on The Exceptional Man, Chicago.
  • The Water Is Lovely Today

    Caleb
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Walking down the steps into our backyard, my bare feet hit our freshly mowed grass without fanfare. But Jack’s feet take each step deliberately, carefully, as he scales the steps proudly and independently. It’s Sunday afternoon. Miles makes import of the fact that he is putting on his big-boy shoes, newly purchased in advance of the school year. Shoes that, if he is to be believed, help him to run faster and jump higherHe throws on a fireman’s hat, sheriff’s badge, and superhero cape for good measure, and then bounds into our backyard after his enemies. I’ve spent a good amount of…
  • I Write

    Caleb
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    I write as I’m walking down a street in New York, feet tired, pace slowing to let my mind wander. I write as the sun goes down, and I pass shops closing up for the night, bars opening up as New Yorkers spill out into the streets in anticipation of long evenings. I write as a father pulls his son’s scooter out onto the sidewalk, and his son jumps on, guided by his hand, giving it a try, weaving in and out of people on the sidewalk. I miss my sons; I miss my wife. I write as a pass smokers already waiting outside of restaurants, some pulling friends out for private meetings, some…
  • An Open Letter to My Son on His 5th Birthday

    Caleb
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
    You came into the world like a highly anticipated storm, one that you make arrangements for, one that people warn you is going to be noisy and troublesome and dangerous, and no matter how much you prepare you never feel fully prepared. You came with a heavy air that hangs on your lungs. You changed us. Five years ago today, we brought home a tiny person who didn’t know how he was supposed to react to us any more than we knew how we were supposed to react to him. We took our cues from books and friends and mentors and pastors, and found them all to be helpful and somewhat inadequate. We…
  • John Updike’s Advice to Writers

    Caleb
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    From the always-wonderful Brain Pickings comes this gem from legendary author John Updike. Some of my favorite highlights: Try to develop actual work habits and, even though you have a busy life, try to reserve an hour, say, or more a day to write. Very good things have been written on an hour a day. Don’t try to get rich… If you want to get rich, you should go into investment banking or be a certain kind of lawyer. On the other hand, I like to think that in a country this large and a language even larger, that there ought to be a living for somebody who cares and wants to entertain…
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    The Committed Parent

  • What Your Brain Wants MOST for YOU

    Mark Brady
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Simply put, using word and picture metaphors, our brain wants to help us turn Image-Z: Your Chaotic Image-Z Brain Neurons   into Image-Q: Your Organized Image-Q Brain Neurons An Image-Z brain is dizzy and disorganized, easily emotionally hyper-aroused. Image-Z brains struggle with sustaining attention and most are excellent at making up wild and crazy stories about the future and the past and then cunningly convincing us that they’re true. Except, at any moment our Image-Z brain is serving up those stories, 99.9% of the time everything around us in our immediate environment is…
  • Why Your Brain Made You ODD

    Mark Brady
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    If you’re like me, most of you probably have at least a mild case of ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder. It seems to be a built-in cost for pursuing freedom, independence and autonomy. Not ODD all the time, but often enough. For me these days, it often reactively emerges when I watch the silly stuff that’s supposed to pass for “governance” by our elected officials. But if I tell the truth, I’ve been pretty oppositional and defiant since I was a kid. I was on a first name basis with Bob, the district Truant Officer – the odds of me showing up at…
  • Bringing Grace and Balance to Your Brain

    Mark Brady
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    This week I’m taking a vacation of sorts. I’m going to let someone else fire the heavy action potentials. Two people actually: Tami Simon, Sounds True founder, interviewing Jill Bolte Taylor. Jill Bolte Taylor & Mom If you’ve been following this blog for awhile and finding it useful, this interview is definitely worth slowing down and savoring. If you were taking this blog for course credit, I’d require you to read this piece several times and then collaborate with two other people and write a 10 page paper on it! Tami Simon Or even better – move it out from…
  • What to Try When You’ve Tried Everything

    Mark Brady
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    Last week my brain threw up the spontaneous, random thought: “You’ve been in the human potential, suffering-reduction business for more than half a century!” That pulled me up short, since I rarely feel that antiquated. Then I thought it might be fun to make a list of all the “growth opportunities” I actually have direct experience with, or that I’ve studied in depth. So I did. Here’s the list that I’ve come up with so far: What’s It All About, Markie? In addition to both the number and variety of things I’ve exposed myself to over…
  • The Most Brain-Damaging Word in the English Language

    Mark Brady
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Shortly after I completed my terminal graduate degree, it was time to put it to use. I was 42 years old and had been a homebuilder for almost 25 of them. But now the body was tired and needed to cut back on the rough and tumble work of daily construction. But what to do next? I didn’t have any interest in following the traditional trajectory and becoming a job superintendent – telling other people what to do has never been something my brain and body much resonate with – so that was out. I didn’t care to become a developer/producer. Too much stress and I couldn’t…
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    Geekasms

  • VALIANT Humble Bundle Is A Massively Good Deal

    Troy Lyons
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    PRESENTING THE HUMBLE VALIANT BUNDLE – A MASSIVE DIGITAL COMICS COLLECTION BENEFITING DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS, THE HERO INITIATIVE AND CBLDF!Pay what you want for Valiant’s ultimate digital comic collection of your favorite titles and characters, while supporting charities that make truly heroic differences around the world.   Humble Bundle and award-winning comic book publisher Valiant [...]The post VALIANT Humble Bundle Is A Massively Good Deal appeared first on Geekasms.
  • RUMBLE Tells Us The Story Of A Warrior Scarecrow

    Troy Lyons
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    RUMBLE MEANS WAR A new ongoing action/adventure series about a warrior god wrecking havoc Co-creators John Arcudi (writer of BPRD, Savage Wolverine, A god Somewhere and the Eisner-nominated The Creep) and James Harren (artist on Conan, BPRD, and cover artist for the Hawkeye vs. Deadpool) team up once again for the launch of an epic [...]The post RUMBLE Tells Us The Story Of A Warrior Scarecrow appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Valiant December 2014 Solicitations

    Troy Lyons
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Valiant Solicitations for DECEMBER 2014 – THE VALIANT #1, RAI #5 (NEW ARC!), VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY, HARBINGER: FAITH #0, and More!     THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA Interconnecting Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA [...]The post Valiant December 2014 Solicitations appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Marvel First Look – DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1

    Troy Lyons
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Gone But Not Forgotten – Your New Look at DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1! From the ashes of Death of Wolverine comes a new beginning. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1, the first issue in a blockbuster 7-issue limited series aiming to [...]The post Marvel First Look – DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1 appeared first on Geekasms.
  • THANOS VS. HULK #1 Matches Mad Titan Against Green Goliath

    Troy Lyons
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    THANOS VS. HULK #1 Matches Mad Titan Against Green Goliath This December! New Limited Series From Comic Legend Jim Starlin Coming Later This Year! This December, legendary fan-favorite Jim Starlin returns for an action-packed, smash-filled limited series spanning the cosmos in THANOS VS. HULK #1! That’s right True Believer, time to find out if Hulk [...]The post THANOS VS. HULK #1 Matches Mad Titan Against Green Goliath appeared first on Geekasms.
 
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  • The Sweetest Sleep Meets Storytelling

    Jack Steiner
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    listen to ‘The Sweetest Sleep Meets Storytelling’ on Audioboo (Visited 18 times, 18 visits today) The post The Sweetest Sleep Meets Storytelling appeared first on The JackB.
  • Make Time For Blogging & Improve Your Sex Life

    Jack Steiner
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Some things make me so angry I want to kick the dog and drown the cat. I want to drive down the sidewalk and run over all of the pedestrians and then for good measure do something far more heinous than all of those put together. I would share that in more detail but the […] (Visited 21 times, 21 visits today) The post Make Time For Blogging & Improve Your Sex Life appeared first on The JackB.
  • Dad’s Barbaric Yawp

    Jack Steiner
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    Almost midnight and I can’t sleep because thoughts are flying through my mind. I have this image of witches flying around in circles at some sort of witch jamboree. My mind is noisy and I am fighting to find my center, to quiet the screaming of the jet engines inside that destroy tranquility. The internal […] (Visited 16 times, 16 visits today) The post Dad’s Barbaric Yawp appeared first on The JackB.
  • What Happens If You Die Tomorrow?

    Jack Steiner
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:40 am
    “I dare you to look at yourself through my eyes and see what who I see when I look at you.” What Happens If You Die Tomorrow? I have no reason to believe I am going to die tomorrow or any time soon. Based upon genetics, desire and force of will I expect to be […] (Visited 33 times, 33 visits today) The post What Happens If You Die Tomorrow? appeared first on The JackB.
  • What I Miss

    Jack Steiner
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Editor’s note: I wrote this a while back on a different blog. Since that blog isn’t self-hosted I figured it is safer and smarter to put a copy here to protect it. One of the strangest things to happen me was to realize that what I missed most about Ann was her friendship. It might […] (Visited 30 times, 30 visits today) The post What I Miss appeared first on The JackB.
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  • Lily got to meet a book!

    Thomas McMahon
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It’s not everyday that you get to meet a book just walking down the street. He was promoting the book sale at our library which was pretty nice. Probably the best book mascot I’ve ever seen; ok the only one. The post Lily got to meet a book! appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Having some fun at Luceline apple orchard.

    Thomas McMahon
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Luceline is a newer apple orchard located in Watertown MN and it has some great activities. The nature walk, with rope swing, was one of our favorites. The post Having some fun at Luceline apple orchard. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • First Day of Kindergarten!

    Thomas
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    The post First Day of Kindergarten! appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Creating our own monster puppet!

    Thomas
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Lily got a Melissa & Doug Make Your Own Monster Puppet kit for her birthday and it’s one of our favorite toys! The monster comes with different sets of hands, ears, eyes, horns, noses and more. It’s all velcro so you can sick them on, play, take them off, and then create something new. Lily and I have been having a blast with it and I highly recommend it as a gift. The post Creating our own monster puppet! appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily met a pickle today.

    Thomas
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    It’s always a good time when we go to the Minnesota State Fair. The post Lily met a pickle today. appeared first on TwisterMc.
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    The Daddy Files » The Daddy Files-

  • Adrian Peterson, Child Abuse, And Why It Doesn’t Matter If That’s How You Were Raised

    Aaron Gouveia
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    It is never acceptable to beat a little kid bloody with a weapon, because that is always child abuse. I can’t believe it’s 2014 and I have to spell that out for people. Yet in the wake of star running back Adrian Peterson’s grand jury indictment for reckless and negligent injury to a child, it’s clear there are grown men and women out there who still think it’s OK to strip leaves off a tree branch and whip a 4-year-old until he bleeds. To stuff leaves in his mouth. To cut him on the legs, thighs, buttocks, and scrotum. To whip him between 10-15 times, leaving…
  • Should We Have Another Baby?

    Aaron Gouveia
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    It was the first really warm day in April. Winter finally released New England from its icy grasp and nature was set free to bloom. Everything was new and the leaves were green in their infancy, and people left their houses, looked around, and smiled while taking in deep breaths of unadulterated spring. Will and I had just tried our hand at trout fishing, with no luck. But despite the zero tally regarding the fish count, we rewarded ourselves with a trip to the local hot dog stand for footlongs and fries. After placing our order, Will bolted to the playground while I sat at a picnic table…
  • Celebrate the First Day of School, Don’t Mourn It

    Aaron Gouveia
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Last September, I stood in my driveway on a cool autumn morning and watched my then 5-year-old beam with pride. After briefly struggling under the weight of his oversized backpack and kissing everyone goodbye, he was literally buzzing with excitement as the big yellow school bus pulled up. He bolted up the steps, found a friend to sit with, the doors closed, and off he went to kindergarten. The kid never even looked back to wave. Which is to say it was a complete success, because that’s exactly how my wife and I wanted it. There was no sobbing in the corner. No hand-wringing. No…
  • The 5 Stages of Spending Time Without Kids

    Aaron Gouveia
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    “Holy $*&%, I just need some time for myself and away from these kids!!” How many parents have uttered some variation of that phrase at some point in time? I know I have. Hell, I just went through life with an infant again this past year. Between Sam’s multiple nightly awakenings, screaming fits, and teething, combined with Will’s adjustments to big brotherhood and the first year of school, I used to fantasize about a life of solitude in a quiet mountain cabin where no one could find me and I could pee alone. But on the rare occasions we’re granted a parental…
  • When In Doubt, Change Your Perspective

    Aaron Gouveia
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    “Dad, you’ve gotta come up here.” My 6-year-old beckons from atop a lifeguard stand on a Harwichport beach. It’s after sunset and we have the expanse of sand entirely to ourselves, save the cormorants dawdling by the ocean’s edge. My initial reaction is to refuse, since climbing the lifeguard stand smacks of effort and I’m totally exhausted from the frenzy of a day with kids on Cape Cod. Plus, I loathe the beach, and my first thought is not to extend my time there. But 6-year-olds are nothing if not persistent, so up I went. Then he asked me questions. Why…
 
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  • Kid Conversations #4

    Vincent Daly
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Kid conversations happen every day.. The following is an excerpt of an overheard kid conversation on the way home from school. The post Kid Conversations #4 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Remembering Our Humanity

    Vincent Daly
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Introspection about what it means to be a human being in a post September 11th world. The post Remembering Our Humanity appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Keeping Kids Healthy during the School Year

    Vincent Daly
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Ideas on how to keep children healthy throughout the school year. The post Keeping Kids Healthy during the School Year appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • ThinkFun’s Robot Turtles

    Vincent Daly
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Review of Thinkfun Robot Turtles - a board game that teaches kids about computer programming. The post ThinkFun’s Robot Turtles appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Apple debuting iWatch on September 9th?

    CuteMonster Staff
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The Apple rumor mill has reached a fever pitch about the latest wearable gadget unofficially dubbed the “iWatch”. Recode’s sources reports Apple will debut the device on September 9th — the same day we might see at least one new iPhone. There’s no proof at this point, hence the the rumor designation, but Recode’s prediction... The post Apple debuting iWatch on September 9th? appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
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  • Can Married at First Sight Lead to Happily Ever After?

    Seth Eisenberg
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Can married at first sight lead to lasting love and happiness? I've seen that it can, although there's much more to it than what our eyes and heart experience.
  • How I Won My Fights with Joan Rivers

    Seth Eisenberg
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    It wasn't always easy winning my fights with Joan Rivers.
  • Will Michael Brown and Other Children Die in Vain?

    Seth Eisenberg
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whether or not Michael Brown died in vain depends on mothers and fathers transforming anger and anguish into tangible expressions of love in struggling inner-city homes and neighborhoods.
  • Journalist Jim Foley Died Because He Loved Life

    Seth Eisenberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Jim Foley died because he loved life. As a journalist, his father said Jim found his passion shining light on those suffering within the world's darkest recesses.
  • Obama’s Ferguson Visit Has to Begin with Listening

    Seth Eisenberg
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Ferguson's protesters are united in wanting to be heard; not counseled, consoled or seeing Michael Brown's death continue as a daily backdrop for lawyers, politicians, pundits and others who began looting the community's sorrow even faster than those who pillaged groceries, liquor and electronics.
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  • CycleMania

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    Yorkshire dad champions the benefits of cycling. Those living within a close enough proximity to any of the Tour de France stages held in England would have gone to it. The two stages in Yorkshire were watched by 2.5m people and were an overwhelming success despite the withdrawal of Green Jersey favourite Mark Cavendish and defending Champion Chris Froome, both of Britain. The Tour was the perfect place to get children interested in cycling. The raucous, carnival atmosphere that accompanied the race really gave for an electric buzz. A buzz that was completely enthralling regardless of age…
  • SUMMER HOLIDAY TIP:  OPEN A KIDS ART GALLERY 

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    It’s the start of the summer holidays and for many parents it will fill them with dread as they have to find countless activities to fill their child’s day and avoid those two deadly words  “I’m Bored”. So here’s a suggestion to occupy a day or two – turn you house into an art gallery. Firstly, you may download a digital art app onto your ipad/tablet for them to draw pictures or create abstract digital arts by using the app. Once done, you can then print them out and display them on the walls of your house. Then get your kids to give you a tour of the exhibits and listen to…
  • World Cup Competition

    27 Jun 2014 | 4:46 am
    Daddy Dazed is loving this World Cup  – such great games, such good goals – my biggest problem is wrestling control of the TV remote away from my daughter who doesn’t appreciate the finer points of team tactics and just wants to watch Frozen. And now Daddy Dazed brings you a great free World Cup competition – Jungle Goal$, courtesy of 888casino First prize is a LG 9.1ch 3D cinema system. All you have to do is visit here – World Cup at 888casino – watch a short video and work out who bounced the ball the most times (HINT: it’s harder that it sounds, so…
  • Fathers Day Competition

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:26 am
    Dear Readers, How would you like to make your dad’s dreams come true? All you need to do is submit a video or simply tweet saying why your dad is your hero and what his #FathersDayDream would be e.g.: a racing day at Silverstone, a family holiday to Paris, a trip to see the Northern Lights  etc. Then Braun will chose one winner to make their dad’s dream come true!   The competition ends on 16th June to enter & you have to include the hashtags #Braun & #FathersDayDreams in your tweet/video.  Full terms and conditions here…
  • Fathers Day Gifts

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:06 am
    A message to my daughter. It’s fathers day this year and I’d really like a present. Last year the hand painted card was lovely and all but what I really want is something a bit more substantial. I know you have been hinting that you have made me something special – something about a card with your footprint on it in pink and with glitter – but if you were to look deep inside yourself you’d probably realise that you made that card more for you than me. When have I ever said “Oh what I really want is a splodgy picture of your foot”? So here I have a…
 
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    C.C. Chapman

  • My Inbound 14 Bold Talk – Why I Hate the Question of “What Do You Do?”

    C.C. Chapman
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Yesterday, I gave a Bold Talk at #Inbound14 and while it was recorded and will hit the web at some point, I thought you might like to read the speech as I wrote it out. I rarely script any of my talks, but for this one I really wanted to nail it. I went off script quite a bit so for those who were there. I hope you enjoy. Thank you to Laurie Davis Edwards for the photo. My name is C.C. Chapman and today I have one simple request of each of you in this room and to anyone watching a recording of this talk. My request is a simple one and that is to stop using one of my least favorite questions…
  • What is a Samsung Imagelogger?

    C.C. Chapman
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Today, Samsung announced their new NX1 smart camera and as I sit here lusting over having one in my hands, I figured this would be a good time to explain what it means to me to be a Samsung Imagelogger photographer. To sum it up in my own unofficial words, the Samsung Imagelogger program brings together a group of diverse photographers from around the United States to use Samsung cameras in their day-to-day photo taking and sharing those photos with the world through their personal social media channels. For the marketing folks, it is an ongoing influencer program where in exchange for…
  • We Need More Vulnerability and Honesty

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    I watched a video from Tara Hunt this morning and instantly had to turn on the microphone and record Episode 138 of Managing the Gray. I’ve been thinking a lot about how we all put on a layer of social media makeup before we post anything online and it is messing up the minds and culture of the world. Transparency is all the rage these days when it comes to advice for businesses online, but how about just being honest and not being afraid to be vulnerable? Listen to my thoughts and then let me know what you think. Show Notes Marcus Nelson’s Facing Hard Truths Tara Hunt’s…
  • Itchy Bitchy End of Summer

    C.C. Chapman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Once I turned forty, I knew things would change. That is when the clock spins, the body freaks out and things begin to creak, strain and all around break down. For me it seems it is also when my body would finally decide it had spent enough time fighting poison ivy and wanted to let me experience the itchy hell that it is. I’ve walked through patches of it, hiked over it and all around been exposed to poison ivy more times than I can count throughout my life and yet besides a few random spots over the years, I’ve never gotten it. That changed recently and I’ve been pink…
  • Rucking My Way to a Healthier Life

    C.C. Chapman
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    Last month when I was in Jacksonville working with the team at GORUCK, I got to talk to them about a variety of topics. We talked about the future of their business, the new gear they had coming out (including their long awaited firearms cases) and life in general outside of the office. Jason and I chatted a lot about rucking and why it was a good exercise. Since running will never be a part of my life with the crap knees I’ve got, the idea appealed to me. Rucking = Distance + Weight + Time Three easy variables that could be adjusted as needed without crashing my knees. Laura and I…
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  • Kid Snippets: Job Interview

    Charlie
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Going to a job interview can be a harrowing, soul-crushing experience. And kids know exactly how it feels. And by that I mean they have no freaking clue. This new Kid Snippets video from Bored Shorts TV sums up the totality of what kids think what silly things like “work” and “job interviews” mean to them. So, it’s PRETTTTTYYYY close, right? What is two million plus one, exactly anyways…   Follow us on Facebook. At least there are no bugs there. Instructional Diagrams Because they’ll interview you one day and you’ll need charts.  
  • Rad/Bad Stuff: KILLING FRIGGIN’ BUGS Edition

    Andy
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m outdoorsish. I’m not like Bear Grylls or the Crocodile Hunter though, so I can’t whistle casually while a fly drinks moisture from my eyeballs. Though maybe I could do a shot of my own urine if I was paid enough, but let’s move on. This spring and summer I’ve been tormented by flying insuckts, so I’m compelled to tell you about some of the things I’ve found as counter-measures online. The good news is, winged bug assassination has come a long way from the nearest magazine or crappy plastic swatters your little kids inevitably and inexplicable find…
  • My Wife Just Said… #178

    Charlie
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Screens vs real life. It’s the battle of the modern age. Since the advent of the boob tube, parents have struggled with how much time they spend in front of or adjacent to a screen. And each generation is getting more adept at understanding technology, or at least how to use it functionally. The real question is are we using all of these screens in the right ways. How much time? How often? How close? Every day I wonder what the balance should be. -Says the guy typing something on a screen Previous “My Wife Just Said…” Getting warmer… biblically speaking. Follow…
  • Child Labor

    David Vienna
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    When dealing with a problematic manager or supervisor, you’ve undoubtedly come to the conclusion that some jobs require no special skill. Like, seriously, a bucket of wet dirt could do the job better. But, since hiring mud is generally frowned upon, I suggest we put kids in these positions. They’d achieve the same results and they’ll accept balloons instead of a 401k. For example…   Demolition Expert src: Action Movie Kid Children of all ages have an uncanny ability to destroy even the sturdiest of items—oak tables, refrigerators, M58 Wolf armored personnel…
  • How A Father Looks

    Charlie
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    I’ve had a few people tell me I don’t look like a dad. I’m not really sure what that means. Should I have my children strapped to my person? A tattoo of my kids’ names on my neck? Should the dark circles under my eyes have their own circles? What does a father look like? I prefer to look at fatherhood as a lens than rather than a look or an age. Every dad cares for his children with his own style of love and ferocity. Some of the greatest, most engaged fathers I know look nothing alike. That’s the beauty of this joyous and jumbled experience. Children can level a man. And…
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  • In laws, outlaws

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    My wife accused me of hating her family and relatives.I replied, "No, I don't hate your relatives. In fact, I like your mother-in-law a lot better than I like mine."
  • In the Construction Business? Where to Get the Right Tools

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    The construction business can be a very business one, but it’s also one that requires a fair amount of capital if you’re going to start your company the right way. If you’re starting a construction business and you’re trying to do it on any sort of budget – even a moderate one that allows for office space and tools – you need to be smart about how you buy your items. Use this guide to help you ...
  • How Toolboxes Make Better Workers

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Plumbers, craftsmen, handymen, mechanics, and weekend warriors – all of these varied professions and types of people have something in common. They need toolboxes. A proper toolbox makes it easier to carry the necessary tools for a job, improves productivity, and is typically a one-time investment that will last a lifetime. However, far too many of these workers carry their tools in a duffel ba...
  • OZ

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    The pretty teacher was concerned with one of her eleven-year-old students. Taking him aside after class one day, she asked, "Little Johnny, why has your school work been so poor lately?""I'm in love," the boy replied.Holding back an urge to smile, she asked, "With whom?" "With you," he said. "But Johnny," she said gently, "don't you see how silly that is? It's true that I would like a husba...
  • Back! Again!

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Gday all.
 
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  • It hurts, but it's ok.

    Chong Beng LING
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 at 6pm.Had a long walk home this evening and it had been awhile since I last did that. That must have accounted to my recent increase in weight. Haha...Today's walk is not only about the need to log that 10,000 steps per day, but also to expel my anger and reflect on the event that happened just hours ago.Everybody have their weaknesses and so do I. For this particular weakness or rather fear, I had been trying to look for opportunities to fight it. I had been taking baby steps, but constantly so that I hope to conquer it sooner rather than later. It's one of my…
  • Shouldering the responsibility of parents.

    Chong Beng LING
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The train along Circle Line reached Caldecott, its door opened and a young Chinese couple walked into the cabin. The lady was seen holding very tightly to the arm of the trendy, well dressed gentleman. Soothing his hand, the lady doesn't talk along the journey, neither did the gentleman. At Bishan Station, a motorized wheelchair's siren started buzzing when it reversed itself into the cabin. Everybody in the cabin was shocked, not by the wheelchair's buzzing, but the high pitch and continuous screaming from the gentleman. The lady was visibly troubled by the behaviour of the gentleman. She…
  • Daddy, I am the Quiet Captain!

    Chong Beng LING
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 24 Jul 2014.On my way home, my phone rang and the first thing I heard when I pick it up was:"Daddy, I am the Quiet Captain!"Thereafter, she goes on and on about when it happened, her roles as Quiet Captain and the other roles teacher had assigned to her other classmates. I can feel her excitement and I also felt bad for she could only call me, and not share her happiness in person with me. How many more moments I am going to miss with the little fellow? I wonder...She ended our conversation by saying: "Daddy, I need to wear the badge every day, I show it to you tomorrow morning when…
  • Learning to be a father.

    Chong Beng LING
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sunday, 15 June 2014.It's father day today, and a day of great importance in today’s standard. I happened to know it through the numerous postings on Facebook, advertisement seen everywhere and most important of all, the preview and greeting from my lovely daughter."Daddy, later you cannot see what I am doing, OK? It's a card for an important day. Hee hee... "As the year’s passes, things changed and so does the way we celebrate father's day and the role of father.Till I am in my 30s, I have never heard of Father's day, the special celebrative day in the world. Whenever I saw those posts…
  • This may happen to you...

    Chong Beng LING
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Monday, 19 August 2013, 11:30pm.As usual, Jennifer was getting ready to complete her writing on her diary after a long day. Taking out her diary, Jennifer realized that she finished writing on the last page of her diary yesterday night. "Damn it!" Jennifer shouted at herself for not remembering to buy a new diary on her way home this evening."Of all days!!! Why must it be today and at this hour that I need a new diary?"Jennifer again grumbled to herself. In her office this morning, her colleagues had just warned her to go home earlier tonight, as the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival…
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  • [E-card] Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

    Dad and Buried
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    The post [E-card] Why We Can’t Have Nice Things appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • Cultural Differences or Child Abuse?

    Dad and Buried
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    I wouldn’t expect you to understand. If you’re not from here, it must seem alien to you. Around these parts we do things differently, and if you’re not born and raised in this culture, you’re probably never going to get it. We eat different foods, we use different slang, we wear different clothes, and yes, we discipline our children differently. So I can’t condemn Adrian Peterson for what he did. It’s a part of his culture. From the outside it may seem harsh. It may even seem abusive. But it works. Time-outs work for you? Great. Taking away TV? Taking away dessert? A…
  • The Snuggle is Real

    Dad and Buried
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    As you’ve probably figured out by now, I primarily use this blog to vent, to crack jokes, to scratch my creativity itch, and as an outlet for sarcasm. But when all is said and done, these posts will ultimately add up to one long journal. It will serve as a collection of memories from my son’s early life and a scrapbook of moments from my life as a parent, many of which might otherwise be forgotten in my son’s sprint through childhood. I swear, he outgrows something new every day, and sometimes I just want him to slow down. He’s not going to, of course, which reminds…
  • Choose Your Own Adventure

    Dad and Buried
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    The post Choose Your Own Adventure appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • My Son is Making Me Feel Old

    Dad and Buried
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Tomorrow is my birthday. (No gifts please, just Facebook likes. Trying to hit 10k!) I don’t really worry much about my birthdays. Despite my steadily increasing amount of grey hairs and my steadily decreasing amount of all hairs (REVERSE JINX!), I’m not one to panic about my age. At least not yet. (Ask me again in two years, when I’m hitting 40.) Of course, having a kid forces one to reevaluate the passage of time, and having a kid whose birthday is a mere six days after mine isn’t helping. It’s almost like he’s chasing me. Last night, on the eve of…
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    Joshua Wilner

  • Does Your Blog Need A Logo?

    Joshua Wilner
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Does Your Blog Need A Logo? The answer to the question is yes, your blog needs a logo. It needs some kind of image that helps distinguish it from the others. There is an awful lot of noise out there and if you want to memorable and recognized a logo can go a long way to making that happen. But bear in mind that it doesn’t replace the need for good content. Anyone who says otherwise is a damn fool and in need of my size 12 boot in their ass. How is that for a friendly sort of hello. Ok, it is not very friendly and not particularly endearing unless of course you like grumpy forty something…
  • The Advantage Of Being Part of Generation X

    Joshua Wilner
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Generation X is the bridge between past, present and future. I have been a part of several recent discussions about what benefits Generation Y and the Baby Boomers bring to the workplace and the world in general but none them spent much time talking about Generation X. Since I am part of Generation X I found myself wondering why my generation was left out of the discussion. Call me biased but we should be a fundamental part of all of these conversations. In large part it is because we are the bridge between the past, present and future. We are the people who grew up without the overwhelming…
  • How To Improve Engagement On Facebook

    Joshua Wilner
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    More than a few people have spent significant amounts of time trying to figure out the Facebook algorithm so they can improve engagement but not me. That is about as effective as trying to figure out how many plastic pink flamingos are on lawns in Parma and just as interesting. You might as well try to determine whether the aforementioned flamingo is more useful than the garden gnomes people place on their lawns. Here is the solution: STOP BORING PEOPLE. If all you ever do is use your page as a place to publish press releases in their entirety and or fill it with insomnia curing material…
  • What Story Should You Tell?

    Joshua Wilner
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    He Rode A Blazing Saddle… I am the real reason the devil went down to Georgia. Ask my kids and they’ll tell you that cloven hoofed bastard knew if he decided to mess with me I would expand his understanding of eternal torment and hell on earth in a way he wouldn’t ever forget. Really. I don’t wear a black hat just because it goes with anything and I can assure you that supernatural beings don’t enjoy riding the pointy end of one those Texas Longhorns any more than you do. Talk about the colonoscopy from hell. The Impact of Social Media On Storytelling Social…
  • He Is Too Old To Jump Off The Roof

    Joshua Wilner
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    One of the great joys of aging is realizing you are questioning participating in activities that never bothered you before because you never worried about getting hurt because if you did you weren’t concerned with recovery times or mysterious aches and pains. The sane is true regarding falling jumping down/off from places. I cannot confirm nor deny that I might have jumped from cliffs into lakes or from roofs into swimming pools. What I can confirm is that when I was 37 I had to jump off of the roof of a house because it was part of my job. About General Contractors and Project Managers…
 
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  • 10 Years Ago Today, I Quit my Job. Here's what Happened...

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    September 17, 2004. That was the very last day that I worked for the late Musicland Group in their Sam Goody division. It was not a "small step," but a "giant leap" into the unknown, the second major risk I'd taken in the early 2000s - the type of dice roll you only take when you can, and for me, a chance I was only able to take thanks to the support of my wife - the same girl that encouraged me to take another drastic measure just a few years prior. The bottom of my "voluntary resignation" form read like this... FuseOceans TwelveRoll BouncePrison BreakSam GoodyMoviesWorkMusic IndustryRock…
  • Back-to-School: Celebrate National #PlayDohDay with Sculpts Inspired-by FERRIS BUELLER, CLUELESS and More!

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Did you know that September 16 is National PLAY-DOH Day? It's true, every year there's a day-long celebration of Hasbro's iconic modeling compound, and for 2014, Hasbro has placed a Back-to-School spin on the affair, having their master sculptors lend their skill to creating some true works of art based on schools and students from classic movies and television shows. The sculpts include Cher’s plaid back-to-school suit from CLUELESS, the infamous Burn Book wielded by The Plastics in MEAN GIRLS, Rydell High’s infamous T-Birds & Pink Ladies jackets from GREASE, Mike & Sulley…
  • Video Premiere: DANI - "Beauty Land"

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    It was just about a year ago when BEAUTY LAND, the fairy tale-inspired debut album from DANI first hit my radar. It’s a little Disney, a little pop-rock, and a lot of fun - a record that mixes styles and is one of a rare few releases of late that successfully pulls off any form of narration. On the title track, the storytelling begins immediately, with Dani laying the somber groundwork for her tale, just before opening into a country-tinged anthem filled with "purple waterfalls and unicorns." Now comes a music video for the track, helmed by Phil Dornfeld (producer of SCARY MOVIE 3, 4, and…
  • Rides: Xtreme Xperience Speeds Back to Chicago for more Supercar Action...

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Real Supercars. Real Racetracks. Real Instruction. That's the mantra for the Xtreme Xperience, the premier touring supercar driving experience, which returns to the Chicago area this weekend for two days at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet. There, car enthusiasts or budding racers can get behind the wheel of some of the world's finest vehicles, from a fleet that includes the Lamborghini LP560-4, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 458 Italia, Audi R8, Mercedes SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R, and McLaren MP4-12C, among others. Under the instruction and guidance of seasoned professionals, amateur drivers can…
  • 90s ReSURGEnce? Coca-Cola Brings Back SURGE Soda (but I'm not trying it)

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Oh, the late-1990s were such a strange place, indeed. In 1997, the same year I met the girl who would eventually become my wife and the mother of my children, the Coca-Cola Company unleashed their citrus-tinged SURGE as a competitor to reigning "extreme" beverage, PepsiCo's Mountain Dew. The commercials were the epitome of late 90s culture - embracing a mix of the "Nu-Metal" look and extreme sports lifestyle (including cross-promo with WCW Nitro) while bearing a soundtrack featuring artists like Fatboy Slim. I drank more than a few cans and bottles of SURGE in that time, but by 2003, SURGE…
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    The Talking Dad

  • THE BOXTROLLS Cardboard Contest at Oakland Mall

    Christopher
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Copyright © 2014 Focus Features The Boxtrolls have partnered with Imagination Foundation to host a “Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge Contest” this Sunday at Oakland Mall. Children will be building crafts inspired by the new movie The Boxtrolls and using cardboard boxes and recycled materials as their main source – just like the Boxtrolls themselves do in their amazing world. Participants will be entered to win a “What’s in the Box” themed prize pack at the event which includes a Xbox One Console & a Box pizza package from Buddy’s Pizza. Contestants who share their…
  • Win family passes to premier of STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION

    Christopher
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Copyright © 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. Against the might of the Galactic Empire, an unlikely band of heroes emerges to renew the fight for freedom. Five years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the reigning evil Empire continues to tighten its grip of power and fear throughout the cosmos. But even amidst the tyranny and oppression of these dark days, a glimmer of light emerges. Meet the ragtag crew of the starship Ghost : Twi’lek pilot Hera, street-smart pickpocket Ezra, team leader Kanan, alien enforcer Zeb, explosives expert Sabine, and Chopper, the cantankerous Droid.
  • Giveaway: Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour at The Palace

    Christopher
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Oprah Winfrey headlines an unprecedented U.S. arena tour, “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,” at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sept. 12th-13th. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $99 at oprah.com/tour “All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it.” The tour stop will span two days. On Friday night, Oprah will take the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind…
  • Huge Savings at CEDAR POINT this Labor Day

    Christopher
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    There is still time to get your thrill on at Cedar Point! This weekend, Cedar Point will be celebrating Labor Day with its first-ever Dollar Days, two nights of fireworks, money-saving offers on admission and exclusive deals and benefits just for season passholders. Dollar Days The highlight of this weekend’s events are Dollar Days! For only $1, hungry thrill-seekers can enjoy hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream, popcorn and more at select locations while supplies last. Also, several games of skill will be just $1. Guests of all ages can enjoy learning more about the mammoth creatures that once…
  • Enter to win a family 4-pack of passes to see DOLPHIN TALE 2

    Christopher
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Copyright © 2014 Warner Bros. It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater…
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • Our lives changed after we took this picture 5 years ago

    Matt Todd
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    We took this picture five years ago today. It was the last time we were together as a family of four.A few minutes after this, the kids drove off with their Papaw. Soon after that, Christy and I boarded a plane. Our ultimate destination was a Little Girl in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Five years ago today, we were ending one leg of our family’s journey.Five years ago today, we were starting another leg of our family’s journey.Five years ago…Wow.How has it already been five years since we went from being a family of four to a family of five?It couldn’t have happened without…
  • 9/11, ISIS, and a different response (aka the post I don’t want to write)

    Matt Todd
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    I’m going to be honest here. I’ve been struggling with writing this post for quite some time. I don’t really feel like I have any real answers here. And I like answers. I like to have my posts tied up in a neat little package with a nifty bow to present to you, dear reader.I also hesitate to post this because it feel like I’m choosing to be a little naïve. And nobody likes to appear naïve.And maybe I’m struggling with this thought that’s been rattling around in my head and my heart because…well…I don’t LIKE these thoughts. But I have to…
  • Walgreens #GetAShot Twitter Party 9/17, 1-2 pm ET ($550 in prizes)

    Matt Todd
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    RSVP for the #GetAShot Twitter PartyThis post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.Do you love a good Twitter Party?  I do! that’s why I’m excited to co-host a party about how you can Give a Shot when you Get a Shot at Walgreens! On Wednesday, September 17 at 1:00 pm ET, please join me for the #GetAShot Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing this wonderful opportunity to give back to children in need and giving you a chance to win prizes.As you might know, the Get a Shot, Give a Shot program at Walgreens is something that is very near and dear to…
  • Wait till next year…

    Matt Todd
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I’ll bet you thought I forgot. I’ll bet you thought I was going to just let this series of posts fade away like Wonderful Wookiee Wednesday and Flashback Friday (which started waaaay before the whole Throwback Thursday trend. Yet again, I’m a trend-setter) and Thankful Thursday.I’m happy to say that you were wrong.It’s just taken me a while to finish this sentence:“Next year looks better to me because…”….things are in place for 2015 to be a dream year. Obviously, I cannot predict the future. But here are some things I would love to see happen by…
  • A Castle in Indiana?

    Matt Todd
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Yes!A castle in Indiana!Clayshire Castle, to be precise. You should go check them out. It looks like a fun place to visit!The post A Castle in Indiana? appeared first on Life in the Fishbowl.
 
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    A Daddy Blog

  • Hilarious Video Spoof of Apple Ads by IKEA

    Michael Schmid
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    IKEA unveils their new BookBook in a hilarious video spoof that channels Apple's minimalist advertising style. It's a great video pitting low-tech against high!
  • Top 5 Random Acts of Road Kindness

    Michael Schmid
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Top 5 totally awesome random acts of road kindness we all can and should commit. It's really fun! Also, did you sign the "Drive Safe Today Day" pledge? Do it now!
  • 7 Tips for the First Day of Kindergarten

    Michael Schmid
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Here are the 7 top tips from parents regarding a child's first day of Kindergarten. I'd love your advice. Is there anything you'd add to this list?
  • My Name is Not Pumpkin!

    Michael Schmid
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    After I finished her bedtime story and started to turn off the light, our nearly six-year-old daughter said, “Don’t call me Pumpkin. That’s not my name.” While I don’t remember saying it, I must have said, “Goodnight, Pumpkin. I love you.” The pet-name is now a long established habit. She followed up with, “Goodnight, Banana!” … Continue reading »
  • 70 Top Movies by Year – What was #1 on Your Birthday?

    Michael Schmid
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    From 1930's "Tom Sawyer" through 2000's "Toy Story 3", here are 7 decades of top grossing movies for each year. What was the big movie the year you were born?
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    Chilldad

  • Funny Video: Peekaboo Surprise!

    Michael Berman
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If you’re thinking about surprising your kids with a clean-shaven face… think twice.   The post Funny Video: Peekaboo Surprise! appeared first on Chilldad.
  • 7 Reasons To Shave With A Double-Edge Razor

    Michael Berman
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Double-Edge razors are all the rage these days. From Baxters of California to Jack Black, a number of companies are trying to convince us that we’ve been shaving all wrong and it’s time to hearken back to the days of old. So is there any merit to this growing trend? What are the benefits of switching from your typical 5 bladed razor to a double-edge? We spoke with a self-styled shaving connoisseur to learn what all the brouhaha was about. Turns out, he makes some pretty convincing arguments. Here are 7 reasons to consider switching to a double-edge razor. 1. Shave Money That’s…
  • Dad Takes Most Important B-Ball Shot Of His Life

    Michael Berman
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    This Dad from down under makes a bet with his wife that he can hit a backwards b-ball shot. The prize if he hits it? Never have to pay for anything ever again. Click above to see what happens…                 The post Dad Takes Most Important B-Ball Shot Of His Life appeared first on Chilldad.
  • 10 Rock Star Dads

    Michael Berman
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll… and diapers? Just doesn’t have a ring to it, does it? How do you maintain the aura of a rockstar when you’ve got kids back home? In the same vein, how are we as modern dads supposed to “keep our cool” as we transition from freewheelin’, beer-drinkin’, late-night partyin’ 20 year olds… to 30-something dads? It’s more of a question we’re asking than an answer we’re providing: can dads keep their cool? Here’s a look at 10 rock star dads who managed to keep their families together despite the ‘highs’ and lows of incredible fame. 1. Steven…
  • Is Your Daughter’s Princess Obsession Okay?

    Michael Berman
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    It’s impossible to escape the Disney juggernaut. The reach of the mouse house is overwhelming, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the global brainwashing of little girls into wanting to become princesses. In fact, it’s such a concern, there’s even an actual term coined: “Princess Syndrome”. Heard of this? It’s the idea that Belle, Ariel and company are perpetuating gender stereotypes and creating a generation of girls who focus only on the pretty things, put themselves at the center of the universe, and obsess about their looks. But hold on. If you ask most dads,…
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    City Dads Group

  • Parents: Don’t Dread Middle School

    City Dads Group
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    Middle School Makeover author Michelle Icard talks about how that time that many parents dread -- the middle school years -- can be fun and exciting if we leave the baggage from our time in school behind and modify our parenting style on our latest Modern Dads Podcast.
  • Car Seat Safety Tips, Stroller Deal from Britax

    City Dads Group
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is your child one of the three out of four kids who are not properly secured in a vehicle because their car seats are not correctly installed?
  • Child Car, Booster Seat Safety Resources

    City Dads Group
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is your child ready for a car booster seat? Is that used car seat really a good idea? Perfect questions to ask today, the start of Child Passenger Safety Week.
  • 100 Shades of Green

    Trey Burley
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Next summer the kids won’t have the same interests, so part of me wants them just to stop where they are, so that I can spend as much time as possible here.
  • Sept. 11 Children Who Never Met Their Dads

    Kevin McKeever
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    On this day of remembrance, we offer this report ABC World News did about the children of the fathers-to-be who died at the hand of terrorists during the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001.
 
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