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  • Ein Hasenstall selber bauen – klingt komplizierter als es ist

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    Marian
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Die Konstruktion eines artgerechten Hasenstalls ist keine Raketenwissenschaft. Und dennoch sollte sorgfältig geplant und einige wichtige Punkte berücksichtigt werden, um den Anforderungen der Tiere Genüge zu leisten. Der Bauplan Unser Vorschlag für eine hasengerechte Unterkunft besteht aus zwei eigenständigen Bauteilen. Zum einen aus dem eigentlichen Stall, in dem die Tiere ruhen und sich bei Bedarf verstecken können und zum anderen aus einem direkt angeschlossenen und nach oben hin lichtdurchlässigen Freigehege, das genügen Freiraum zur Bewegung an der frischen Luft bietet. Der Stall…
  • Inside Out

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    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    I was a little doubtful that Pixar could pull off another incredible animated masterpiece going into the theater to see their latest release, “INSIDE OUT” but all of my doubts were erased within the first few minutes. I was smitten with this story immediately. It was all about the emotions of an 11 year-old girl named Riley. The emotions included were Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. I was happy that I had all of my kids with me to see this movie which is so rare because the oldest is a 16 year-old teenager. Everyone enjoyed the movie which was another treat. Of course my…
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    mdhoge
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    お手軽な無料長野県塩尻市逆援助交際の中でも、利用料0円なのは登録に限られていて、実際に使うときにはお金を請求されたというサイトもよくあると聞きますし、そうした落とし穴に意識が回らないとトラブルになります。 自分自身が関心を持っているフィールドの集団に複数入ってみることで、自ずから自分とよく似た好みの人間との出会いの機会が広がっていくわけです。躊躇せずに出席することが肝心です。…
  • Support the March of Dimes this Father’s Day

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    concretin_nik
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Father’s Day is different for every family. Some Dads want to relax and do nothing all day, while others want time and tools to do a Summer project. Some want to get away for a round of golf, and some want to spend every moment with their children. No matter how you or the Dad in your life plans to spend Father’s Day, please consider the one thing absolutely required to get that title… a child. Did you know that 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely in the U.S. each year? The March of Dimes is committed to researching and developing treatments and preventions for the serious problems that…
  • Here Are Some Things About Swimming You Probably Didn’t Know

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    Amanda Torres
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    This past weekend we were lucky enough to attend a Swim Today event hosted by three-time Olympic gold medalist, Rowdy Gaines, who was joined by Dick Franklin (dad to four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin) and Pat Dwyer (dad to Olympic gold medalist, Conor Dwyer) at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.  The weather was perfect, the people were great, and we learned some pretty great info about Swimming and how it is the #funnestsport. On top of the numerous benefits one of the first things we learned was about how many swimming clubs and pools are in the…
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  • Ein Hasenstall selber bauen – klingt komplizierter als es ist

    Marian
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Die Konstruktion eines artgerechten Hasenstalls ist keine Raketenwissenschaft. Und dennoch sollte sorgfältig geplant und einige wichtige Punkte berücksichtigt werden, um den Anforderungen der Tiere Genüge zu leisten. Der Bauplan Unser Vorschlag für eine hasengerechte Unterkunft besteht aus zwei eigenständigen Bauteilen. Zum einen aus dem eigentlichen Stall, in dem die Tiere ruhen und sich bei Bedarf verstecken können und zum anderen aus einem direkt angeschlossenen und nach oben hin lichtdurchlässigen Freigehege, das genügen Freiraum zur Bewegung an der frischen Luft bietet. Der Stall…
  • Sonnenschirme sollten nicht nur vor der Sonne schützen

    Marian
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    Wenn die ersten Sonnenstrahlen den Frühling ankündigen, zieht es die meisten Menschen hinaus ins Freie. Jeder möchte dann möglichst viel Zeit im Garten, auf der Terrasse oder am Balkon verbringen. Sonnenschirme sorgen für die richtige Dosis an Sonnenlicht. Ganz gleich, ob eine Grillparty mit der Familie oder den Freunden stattfindet, ob man einfach ein Buch lesen oder nur die Seele baumeln lassen will. Sonnenschirme sind in den unterschiedlichsten Größen, Farben, Ausführungen und Materialien erhältlich. Zum Kaufen gibt es den praktischen Sonnenschutz mittlerweile fast überall. Im…
  • Einrichtungsideen für den typischen Landhausstil

    Marian
    29 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Mehr als nur eine Wohnidee und eher Ausdruck einer Lebenseinstellung ist der Landhausstil. Er steht für Nostalgie und Romantik in den Wohnräumen, vermittelt den Flair vergangener Zeiten und ländlichen Charme. Sein Heim auf diese Weise zu gestalten, macht schon in der Planungsphase viel Freude. Das Wohnzimmer im Landhausstil: Chrom, Stahl und grelle Farben finden im Landhausstil keine Verwendung. Natürliche Bau- und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten wie Holz und Stein, weiche und helle Farbtöne dominieren in Ihren Räumen. Arbeiten Sie mit schönen Stoffen und gerne auch mit romantischen…
  • Gewächshäuser in Kleingärten und Gartenanlagen

    Marian
    5 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Das Bedürfnis nach etwas Gartenatmosphäre wächst mit der erwachenden Naturverbundenheit der Menschen. Gerade in den Großstädten, aber auch in kleineren Gemeinden die ihren Einwohnern nicht genügend Grundfläche bieten können wird nach Alternativen gesucht. Schrebergärten oder Kleingartenkolonien sind aus diesem Grund wieder gefragt und entledigen sich langsam aber sicher dem Image des Spießertums. Richtlinien und Kleingartengesetz beachten! Die Kolonien sind allerdings kein Raum für Wildwuchs, es gelten hier Regelungen, an die es sich zu halten gilt. Das Bundeskleingartengesetz, die…
  • -sponsored video- Respekt wer’s selber macht – Toom Baumarkt ruft neue Kampagne aus

    Marian
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    „Do it yourself“ = „Mach es selber“! Das war schon immer das Motto des Toom Baumarktes. Nun ruft er für das Frühjahr 2015 eine neue Kampagne aus, mit dem Ziel mehr Besitzer von Haus und Garten dazu zu motivieren, dass sie für ihr Heim selbst Hand anlegen, unter dem Claim „Respekt wer’s selber macht!“ Toom und seine Philosophie Der Baumarkt Toom gehört seit längerem zu den größten und erfolgreichsten Unternehmen dieses Sektors im ganzen deutschsprachigen Raum. Das beweisen auch die 360 Märkte und rund 14.400 Beschäftigten. Dabei ist Toom immer seiner Philosophie treu…
 
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  • Inside Out

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    I was a little doubtful that Pixar could pull off another incredible animated masterpiece going into the theater to see their latest release, “INSIDE OUT” but all of my doubts were erased within the first few minutes. I was smitten with this story immediately. It was all about the emotions of an 11 year-old girl named Riley. The emotions included were Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. I was happy that I had all of my kids with me to see this movie which is so rare because the oldest is a 16 year-old teenager. Everyone enjoyed the movie which was another treat. Of course my…
  • Never Say Never!

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:08 pm
    State Farm has nailed the male experience with its latest “NEVER” commercial. The dude tells his buds how he’s never ever going to get married then he’s in the jewelry store getting the rock… and well you know the rest!  
  • 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…
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  • メル友からスタートするお付き合いもよいでしょう

    mdhoge
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    お手軽な無料長野県塩尻市逆援助交際の中でも、利用料0円なのは登録に限られていて、実際に使うときにはお金を請求されたというサイトもよくあると聞きますし、そうした落とし穴に意識が回らないとトラブルになります。 自分自身が関心を持っているフィールドの集団に複数入ってみることで、自ずから自分とよく似た好みの人間との出会いの機会が広がっていくわけです。躊躇せずに出席することが肝心です。…
  • 助言してもらうべきです

    mdhoge
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:37 pm
    ハッピーメール及びワクワクメールには誰でも使える掲示板というシステムが利用可能になっています。この掲示板はようやく出会い系サイトを使ってみる人や、あまり経験が無い人に薦められるものです。 意図が異なれば、使用するサイトにも多かれ少なかれ差が出てくるでしょう。いわゆる無料不倫サイトでは、メンバー数もとんでもない数ですから、豊富な意味合いの出会いを探せることと思います。…
  • 心置きなく登録することができるという証明だと言えます

    mdhoge
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    ?実際は、異性との出会いは色々な所に転がっています。出会いが欲しいのなら、引っ込み思案にならずに、ちょっとずつ行動パターンを変えたりして、出会いが生まれやすい条件を作らなければなりません。…
  • 自分への好意に大きな影響を及ぼします

    mdhoge
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    ?魅力的な異性との出会いが欲しければ、まずは動いてみることが重要です。忙しくて出会いがない、と落ち込んでばかりで、何もしないで動かずにいたのでは、九割九分機会は訪れないでしょう。 お目当てが違っていれば、登録したり使ったりするサイトだって何がしかの差異があるでしょう。近頃評判の無料不倫 彼氏が出来るまでなら、登録者数も相当数にのぼるので、バリエーション豊かな目当てを持つ出会いを探せることと思います。…
  • 大変難しいと考えます

    mdhoge
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    ?どなたも数千円位の副収入であれば、すぐに手に入ります。さらに副収入の仕事を更に充実させるために、さらに上を目指してアフィリエイトを加えれば、別の稼ぎ処が期待できるはずです。 在宅ワークの中でパソコンを使って仕事をしたい人たちの間で、データ入力作業はとても好まれていて、オフィス系ソフトを使いこなせたり正確で速い人は、 報酬の高いお仕事を受注することが可能なのも人気の理由です。…
 
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  • Support the March of Dimes this Father’s Day

    concretin_nik
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Father’s Day is different for every family. Some Dads want to relax and do nothing all day, while others want time and tools to do a Summer project. Some want to get away for a round of golf, and some want to spend every moment with their children. No matter how you or the Dad in your life plans to spend Father’s Day, please consider the one thing absolutely required to get that title… a child. Did you know that 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely in the U.S. each year? The March of Dimes is committed to researching and developing treatments and preventions for the serious problems that…
  • Stouffer’s is your mealtime Wingman

    concretin_nik
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:13 pm
    I’m a pretty picky eater. “Meat and potatoes” is pretty much my meal mantra. When I find something new that I like, I’m going to eat it. And probably often. (If it’s healthier for me, that’s just a bonus.) Last week, Life of Dad approached me to try out STOUFFER’S new FitKitchen meals. Bring it! Now I remember STOUFFER’S French Bread Pizzas from my college days. Very fondly. To say I ate hundreds of those might not be much of an exaggeration. And we’ve eaten many of their chicken enchiladas in this house. (So good.) For this review, I picked up the Cilantro Lime Chicken and…
  • Healthy Babies by the March of Dimes

    concretin_nik
    14 May 2015 | 8:10 pm
    We are happy to have joined the #MoDSquad and the March of Dimes #imbornto campaign. Every baby is born to do something special and unique. But they can’t do it alone. This is a celebration of their parents, the moms and dads who keep them healthy and safe, before and after birth. This campaign is a thank you to them. To you. Share a childhood photo or story with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and tag it with #imbornto. Check out this gem from Concretin Nik! Are you brave enough to share yours? The research and treatments developed by the March of Dimes have helped millions of babies…
  • CHANGES ARE COMING TO DADLABS!

    concretin_nik
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    Hello everyone! We have good news and we have bad news. Both are this: There are changes coming to DadLabs.com. We will still bring you Dad-centric parenting advice/suggestions/information/entertainment as well as car, travel, gear, app, and toy reviews via blog posts and video formats. We will still interact with you as much as we can via comments (and it will get easier for you to comment) here on the site and our Facebook page (facebook.com/thedadlabs). We will still be twits, er, twittererers. I mean, we will still send out tweets (@dadlabs – twitter.com/dadlabs) and we’re…
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  • Here Are Some Things About Swimming You Probably Didn’t Know

    Amanda Torres
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    This past weekend we were lucky enough to attend a Swim Today event hosted by three-time Olympic gold medalist, Rowdy Gaines, who was joined by Dick Franklin (dad to four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin) and Pat Dwyer (dad to Olympic gold medalist, Conor Dwyer) at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.  The weather was perfect, the people were great, and we learned some pretty great info about Swimming and how it is the #funnestsport. On top of the numerous benefits one of the first things we learned was about how many swimming clubs and pools are in the…
  • Want to Try the #FunnestSport? SwimToday and Five-Time Olympian Dara Torres Invite New Swimmers and Families to Jump In

    Wendi Williams
    26 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., (May 26, 2015) — While youth sports participation by children ages 6-12 has dropped 4.5 percent since 2008i, swimming membership in year-round teams increased 37 percent in the same time periodii. Why is swimming growing at such an immense rate? FUN is the number one reason that 99 percent of swim parents stated why their kids swim and swimming tops every category most important to parentsiii. SwimToday ambassador Dara Torres, a five-time Olympic swimmer-turned-swim-mom, and 13 industry partners are banding together to show non-swimmers and their parents why…
  • The “Batkid” Movie Is Coming, and It Looks Amazing

    Amanda Torres
    26 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    If you don’t know the story of Batkid, you are in for a special treat with this movie.  Check out the incredible trailer for “Batkid Begins” and do yourself a favor by having a Kleenex handy for the impending tears. So many feels!  The movie will hit select theaters on June 26th. The post The “Batkid” Movie Is Coming, and It Looks Amazing appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Join Us For a Swim Chat May 28th at 3pm EST, Hosted by 5-Time Olympian Dara Torres, Win Prizes!

    Amanda Torres
    26 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Over this Memorial Day weekend we were lucky enough to be asked to participate in an exciting event taking place this Thursday May 28th at 3pm EST.  None other than 5-Time Olympian Dara Torres will be taking over the @SwimToday Twitter account and answering questions from you, her fans.  The format will be simple where Dara will have a half hour in which she will field questions from anyone who uses the hashtag #FunnestSport.  How cool is that to be able to ask an Olympian anything on your mind that is swimming related? This will be awesome for 2 very big reasons: 1. The Twitter Chat will…
  • Olympic Swimmers Share What Makes Their Moms So Special In Heart-Warming Mother’s Day Video

    Amanda Torres
    9 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Mother’s Day is on May 10th and in anticipation of the big day the good folks at USA Swimming put together a heart-warming video to pay homage to Swim Moms. I have to warn you that you may need some Kleenex while watching the video. Five different Olympian swimmers share why they love and appreciate their swim moms, and it will definitely make you want to go hug the closest mother around. Enjoy the video and don’t forget to check out the Swim Today website for more helpful tips for Swim Moms and Dads. The post Olympic Swimmers Share What Makes Their Moms So Special In…
 
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  • Scratch ‘N’ Whiff (FOR PARENTS)

    Andy
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Remember Scratch N’ Sniff stickers? If you don’t, then I’m sorry for you, either for your being born too late or for your terrible misfortune of being raised by wolves under a rock. For those of us that do remember rubbing the scent genie out of its goofily illustrated, circular adhesive bottle on trapper keepers or designated sticker zones of preference, you know, right? You know the joy of scratching and scrubbing the blessed magical, chemically questionable fragrance out of those magical discs of nasal wishes come true. Sometime wishes turned curse really, if we’re…
  • 17 Ways To Hold A Baby

    Charlie
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    We don’t typically like to showcase much “how-to” content. It would make us seem like we were helpful, which, if you’ve read any of this website, you know we are not. But this guy is on to something here. If you’re an active person, holding a baby can get tricky without a sling or proper baby-wielding apparatus. So, we often invent new ways to hold our little bundles of love. This guy has 17 of them. The steps are simple: Step 1. Find a baby Step 2. Hold the baby. Check it out! Complete List of Holds The Standard Shoulder Hold The Reverse Standard Shoulder Hold…
  • My Kid Just Said… #61

    Andy
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    “That was pretty funny, right, Daddy? … So… Are you going to post it on the internet? Ha ha! Because I think you should post that on the internet.” -Lucas (2015, 6 years old)   NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I swear he doesn’t really even know what that means! He’s just parroting what he’s heard his mom and me say. I know I do this as one of my jobs, posting stuff here and there and everywhere, but he’s SIX… NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I once made the terrible mistake of showing him a video I’d posted on Vine and told him it was doing very well. High fives…
  • Dad + Kids x Dance = YES!!!

    Charlie
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    The internet brings us terrible and awesome things. Mostly terrible, but it makes the awesome that much more rad. Or radder. A raddening occurs. Today’s internet awesome comes from a dance teacher and his 4 year-old son. This dance team of Dad + Son is fantastic. Just what you need on a Friday to get your weekend started off right. Some get these guys on Ellen. Is it weird that this kid is a better dance than I am? Alright, kids. If you and your kids could pick a jam to dance to, what would would it be?
  • “Of Bikes and Ants” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:22 am
    Everything about death is always hard, including explaining what it is. It seems particularly hard because kids are so innocent, naive and positively bursting at the seems with alive-ness. They’re just starting out life, learning how to pedal and steer their little bodies and bikes. Of course, it’s necessary that they understand the concept, but it can seem like we’re staining a bright white sheet with the thick, brown reality of the shittiest part of life: its end. Death. Watch till the end to see the amazing reaction to the “death talk” by Matthew’s…
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  • Poop and Boogies

    WILLIAM
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Happy Fathers Day to the parents that created Poop and Boogies.
  • New Hobby

    WILLIAM
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    I kind of have a new hobby. I make my own pickles. About 10 years ago I tried to cure fresh olives. My experiment failed.About 5 years ago I expressed interest in making my own pickles. That experiment also failed.Last year my wife, Lauren,  remembered I had an interest in making my own pickles and she bought me some pickling spices.  I have been experimenting since the summer. Most of the results are a success.I have tried adding various peppers, spices, and herbs and I now have a fairly decent and consistent recipe. I make about 4 to 5 jars of pickle spears at a time.Lately, in an…
  • Dog House

    WILLIAM
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Last night we had an "issue". The "issue" was with the Xbox and playing time and "games saved" and "progress lost". At least that is what I tell myself.The real issue was when I told my kids it was time to turn off the machine and go to bed.My oldest and I exchanged words. Not positive words. I would like to say they were NOT negative words but anything outside NOT positive is not favorable in a 10 year old's eyes. There were gnashing of teeth,wringing of hands and rolling of eyes.  Tears and mayhem followed. The oldest is punished and privileges revoked.It will be a long week or so for…
  • Kissing Wyatt

    WILLIAM
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The first picture was posted on this blog back in 2006 when Wyatt was not even a month old. It is one of my favorite pictures. The second picture from 2012, just as he was turning six. He was cute and silly.  The latest from 2014, on the eve of his eighth birthday,  Wyatt is putting up a fight. I can't wait to recreate these pics when he is 13.
  • Defending Gwyneth

    WILLIAM
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I have read many articles criticizing Gwyneth Paltrow's recent E-Online interview. Most of the articles with criticism towards Gwyneth Paltrow leave out the part of the interview where, and it is clearly in quotes, where she says "...I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because.." She takes some responsibility for her decisions and how it makes her feel. Also the E-Online Article is talking about how her FILM CAREER is trickier because of kids. Not how PARENTING is trickier because of her career. I also read the next paragraph as Miss Paltrow being  someone who…
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  • A Real Review of Dollar Shave Club

    Creative-Type Dad
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:29 pm
    A friend sent me a hilarious video on YouTube called “Let’s Talk About #2” from a place called Dollar Shave Club. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend watching when the kids aren’t looking over your shoulder. I remember hearing about DSC a few years ago but didn’t think much of them. But after watching the video I thought, “hey, why not try it out... seems pretty cheap and useful” so I broke out the credit card and ordered the famous $1 razor along with some other items that were pretty reasonably priced.The humor of the site really sold me over from the…
  • Preschool Graduation: just like watching an episode of the Muppet Show except with lots of crying!

    Creative-Type Dad
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    And it wasn’t the parents doing the crying. My son graduated preschool yesterday, which is a little bittersweet, because it still amazes me how fast the time just flew by with the second child. Sometimes I just stare at him and think, “whoa little man - when did you get so tall? And how did you beat that FRAMED game on your iPad all by yourself? I can’t even do that. ”I must admit preschool graduations have to be one of the most entertaining events on planet earth. I nearly forgot as the last one I’ve been to was around 5 years ago when my daughter graduated.Kids walking out,…
  • Happy 5th Birthday!

    Creative-Type Dad
    19 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    (A letter to my son on his 5th birthday.)Happy 5th birthday Mr. E! Or as you call yourself, “SUPER-E!"How can you be 5 already?Just a few things you did and said this past year that I’m going to remember forever:Announcing at breakfast that your imaginary friend of 3 years, Sneaky Gumball, died the previous night riding a tiger Tijuana.  Dressing up in costumes (Buzz Lightyear, Cowboy, Vampire) and then playing the piano.Watching Jurassic Park at least 100 times. Telling people to be careful going poop and to go quick because a dinosaur might eat them. Me coming…
  • I Booked My Sons 5th Birthday At Chuck E. Cheese. Shame On Me And My Family For Generations To Come

    Creative-Type Dad
    11 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    How could I? I had no other choice, my options were exhausted from waiting too long. My wife and I have been talking about his birthday for months. My thoughts were to have it at home and invite a few friends, but apparently you can’t do that anymore when inviting friends from preschool - you have to invite half the school so kids don’t feel bad. Maybe that’s why these giant trampoline, child gyms, child activity centers, and indoor bounce house places exist because apparently having that many 4 and 5YO’s over the house is akin to having a late-night frat party where things…
  • Where Imaginary Friends Go To Die

    Creative-Type Dad
    2 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Sad news at breakfast earlier - my 4YO told the family that his imaginary friend of nearly 3 years had died the previous night while riding a tiger in Tijuana.After telling us the gloomy news, he went about finishing his Frosted Mini Wheat’s while watching Woody Woodpecker on Netflix with his sister. Obviously, to say the least, the rest of us were more shocked by the news than he was. I can genuinely say I’ll miss the 1’ 6” little guy.Sneaky Gumball loved living life on the edge of mischief and danger since his appearance in 2012 when our son was about 2 1/2. I still remember the day…
 
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  • Moral Question of the Week: Do You Rescue (Your Loved Ones)?

    Bruce Sallan
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    This is a tough question because like most moral questions, there are nuances to it. For those familiar with AA and Al-Anon, the idea of rescuing a loved one is front and center. IF your loved one is an adult the general thinking is that rescuing = enabling. However, when do we stop “rescuing” our children? When do they begin to “own” their own actions? Of course I do not mean life and death situations, but forgetting to do homework? Do YOU do it for them? And, what about our adult children? How long are you going to let your 22-year-old college graduate live at home?
  • The Case for NOT Having Children

    Bruce Sallan
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    Every parent goes through ups and downs in the parenting journey. Up until recently, I felt every bump in the road was worth hitting the proverbial ceiling from those bumps and that the journey was well worth the costs; emotional and financial. Right now, for the first time in my life, I’m beginning to understand the Millennials that I meet who say they don’t want children. I also fully understand my oldest friend, who declared ever since he was a young adult that he didn’t want to have children. There is a major cost, emotionally, practically, and of course to your bank account when…
  • Dad Goes GaGa #Humor #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
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  • Dad Packs #Humor #Moving

    Bruce Sallan
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:36 pm
    This is our 188th “Because I Said So” comic strip – brilliantly illustrated by VoogDesigns (Michael Voogd). For a variety of reasons, this may be one of our last ones. I’m in the process of re-inventing my life and running this website and writing about being a dad may be soon a thing of my past. Stay tooned for what’s next!The post Dad Packs #Humor #Moving appeared first on .
  • Can a Parent Ever Dislike One of Their Kids?

    Bruce Sallan
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Any parent of a teenager (or a tantrum-throwing younger child) has moments when they simply throw their hands in the air and shrug in total frustration. Is it okay to dislike your child (or children) at any given time? I’ve found myself asking myself that question with a mixture of “You bet it is” and “OMG, I’m such a horrible dad!” What do you say?The post Can a Parent Ever Dislike One of Their Kids? appeared first on .
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  • Love Millennial Style

    Carson Abrir
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    When it comes to feeling loved, millennials are much more likely to be wowed by a lover’s acts of service than older generations. But across the generations, some things haven't changed at all.
  • Appreciations Go a Long Way to Strengthening Relationships

    Carson Abrir
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    Couples and families who create a habit of appreciating each other tend to be happier, healthier and enjoy more fulfilling relationships.
  • How Couples Spice Up Sex with a Sense of Adventure

    Carson Abrir
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    You don't have to invite your lover to climb a tree to add a new dimension of excitement to your love making, but for many, making whoopee in the great outdoors is a big turn-on according to a survey of 891 adults.
  • Want to Know What Your Lover Wants after Sex? Ask!

    Carson Abrir
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Is your lover waiting for you to break out in song after love making? Not likely, according to a study of 891 adult men and women conducted by PAIRS Foundation, a longtime industry leader in marriage and relationship education.
  • Top Ten Ways Couples Get in the Mood for Passion

    Carson Abrir
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    A PAIRS Foundation study offers interesting insights into how couples ignite the flames of passion that most often lead to love-making. Check out the top ten and create your own perfect love-making scenario.
 
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  • Made Like They Used To: Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Shooting Brake

    greg
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:18 pm
    We are on a road trip, and have spent the last week visiting with family in Orange County, Newport Beach, to be precise. Which has presented many opportunities to explain to the kids that Rolls Royces and Bentleys used to come from the same company, and that they were very fancy, and handbuilt cars of some rarity and prestige. And now they are ridiculous embarrassments of bad taste, bought by people who literally have too much money and too little sense for how to spend it well. So it's been a disheartening exercise. The appearance of this 1968 Silver Shadow shooting brake thus comes at an…
  • Children Standing Around Playgrounds Photobook

    greg
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:04 pm
    I'd seen the link to this before, but hadn't clicked through until dt reader Erik sent it along tonight. Photographer James Mollison has traveled the world to show what playgrounds look like, or more precisely, to show what masses of kids photoshopped to fill empty spaces look like. For instance, though it appears to be a deleted Agent Smith fight scene from Matrix: Revolutions, this school in the UK uses its courtyard to deliver beatings and tauntings that will prepare boys for careers at sea. Rum, sodomy and the lash and all that, I guess. Cheerio! James Mollison's Playground is an…
  • Dad Shows Dodgers How Interference Is Done In Chicago

    greg
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    Basically this Cubs fan's catch of a side-retiring foul ball was so awesome that while the Dodgers were demanding a player interference ruling, the crowd was going wild reviewing the tape. He and his 7mo accomplice were allowed to stay. Fan Makes Amazing Catch While Holding Sleeping Baby At Cubs Game [wgntv]
  • Confederate Flag Diaper Wipes

    greg
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Are not out there yet, but they definitely should be. Someone get on it please. LOL there goes that million-dollar bizness idea. As the URL shows, when I first linked to this Fusion story, the headline was "Confederate Flag Sales up 2305% on Amazon." And now it's Reuters reporting that Amazon will stop selling Confederate Flag merchandise.
  • Renate Müller Playsculpture At Design Miami/Basel In Basel

    greg
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    Renate Müller is still alive and awesome, and for the last few years R&Co. in NYC has been bringing new creations by Müller alongside her pioneering East German-era designs. This is a play sculpture R&Co. are showing at Design Miami/Basel in Basel this week. There are storage and new stuffed jute animals and objects at R&Co's site, too. [via @sarafitzmaurice] Renate Müller objects [r-and-company.com]
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  • Home Blu-ray Giveaway and Activity Sheets #HomeInsiders

    Ken
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    My kids are excited about the upcoming release of Home. We saw it at the theater and enjoyed Home (review). In fact, my kids like to repeat a phrase from the movie, “My hands are in the air like I just do not care.” They think the main character (Oh) is pretty funny. Now thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation, a reader of my dad blog can win the Home Blu-ray Party Edition. The party edition includes a Boov-tastic party of never-before-seen bonus features that will persuade the entire family to get their groove on, including “Oh’s…
  • Longest Ride Blu-ray Giveaway

    Ken
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:08 pm
    I have an awesome giveaway Nicholas Sparks fans will love. Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving The Longest Ride Blu-ray on my dad blog. I have not seen the movie yet, but based on other movies adapted from Nicholas Sparks novels, I’m sure I will love it. I can’t wait to see it with my wife. Sounds like a great film for our next date night. The Longest Ride will be available on Digital HD June 26th, and on Blu-ray and DVD on July 14th. Continue reading to find out how to win The Longest Ride. Read more: Longest Ride Blu-ray Giveaway Daddy Forever…
  • Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle DVD – fun entertainment for the whole family

    Ken
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Universal 1440 Entertainment sent me the new Curious George DVD for review on my dad blog. The new title is called Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle. In this new adventure, Curious George goes to space to retrieve a special device from a satellite. George successfully retrieves the device, but then he crash lands in Africa and George ends up having one epic adventure after another. My kids and I enjoyed the new DVD. We love the little monkey! He’s so cute and his curiosity reminds me of my children. Like George, my little monkeys get in trouble all the time, but I can’t help…
  • Young Hercules: The Complete Series DVD Review

    Ken
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Shout! Factory sent me the Young Hercules: The Complete Series DVD set for review on my dad blog. The Fox Kids Network series starred a young Ryan Gosling. Yes, the pretty boy from The Notebook. I knew Ryan was on the Mickey Mouse Club when he was a kid, but I didn’t know he also played the part of young Hercules in a TV series too. Considering how young he was, I thought Ryan was fine as a young Hercules. Young Hercules: The Complete Series is available now on DVD (currently $19.93 on Amazon). The set includes all 50 episodes on six discs. The DVD set also includes a bonus featurette…
  • Minions Sweepstakes – win promotional items and VIP passes

    Ken
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    My kids are excited about the new Minions movie, which will open in theaters on July 10th. We can’t wait to see their new film. According to the synopsis, Minions is an origin story that takes place before both Despicable Me movies. BTW, there’s an early screening of the movie in the Portland area on Tuesday, July 7th. And thanks to Universal Pictures, a lucky reader of my dad blog can win a Minions prize pack consisting of promotional items for the film and an early entry VIP ticket (good for 4 people) to see the screening in Portland, Oregon (Regal Lloyd Center). To enter my…
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  • My Early Years As A Mormon

    Brett Nordquist
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:31 am
    I don’t remember a time when my parents told me I was a mormon. It was like being American or caucasian. I didn’t choose to be either of those, and being a mormon wasn’t a choice either. My parents were mormon, so I was mormon. Most of our neighbors in Ogden, Utah were mormon as well. I did have a good friend named Ken Pretti whose family wasn’t mormon. I believe they belonged to the Catholic church. In church I was taught that it was best to stick close to people who believed the same things I did. When I was 10-years old Ken invited me to his home to play, and I was…
  • Adapt and Refine Your Work

    Brett Nordquist
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:47 am
    Two and a half years ago I approached the owner of Puget Systems and told him I was moving to Utah. I explained that I wanted to remain with the company, and I proceeded to propose the work I could do 1200 miles away from company headquarters. My goal was to walk out of his office with any answer other than a “no”. If I recall correctly, “Let me give it some thought” turned into a “Let’s give it a try” over the next few weeks. I spent my evenings contemplating what I could do for the company. Eventually, I had a pretty good idea of what I could do,…
  • Fundamentalism vs. Secularism

    Brett Nordquist
    27 May 2015 | 8:29 am
  • No Turning Back

    Brett Nordquist
    17 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    How many time has someone told you that happiness is just a matter of being yourself? It seems so simple. But I’m convinced we often don’t mean it. Or we mean it but only within a narrow range of behavior. Schools, companies and churches reward compliance and attempt to categorize us based on traditional roles. Teachers reward a very narrow band of behavior. Companies reward predictable behavior. It seldom pays to rock the boat at work. Churches reward members who toe the line, and punish those who question why things are done a certain way. I’ve spent most of my life being…
  • The Price of Fidelity

    Brett Nordquist
    8 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Unfortunately, I’ve recently heard from a couple of readers of this blog who are dealing with a similar situation portrayed in this video. I can’t think of a single example where Mormon leaders should advise a man or woman to leave their family over differences in beliefs.
 
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  • How to (Maybe) Fix Yosemite Wi-Fi Issues

    Michael Sheehan
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is a pesky Wi-Fi bug plaguing some users of Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite). It doesn’t affect all users but those users it does affect are pretty upset. I have a test MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) that has been affected by this bug over that past half-year or so. And only recently, have I (hopefully) gotten it to a “normal” state with good Wi-Fi connectivity. I tested a huge number of proposed fixes and somewhere along the way, I did something that fixed it. I have an idea of what it is but there are so many variables, sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint the exact solution. So…
  • You Wouldn’t Believe How Much I Packed Into this Mobile Edge Backpack

    Michael Sheehan
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    I’m a bit of a pack rat when it comes to technology. I refuse to throw out cables or connectors and I like having my tech with me at all times. One thing that is critical to me is ensuring that I have a mobile version of my tech horde when I go to work or travel. But this isn’t a trivial matter. There is a lot of stuff that I “need” to bring along. It needs to be organized and protected as well. This is where a good backpack comes in. For the past couple of months, I have been testing out the Mobile Edge Premium Backpack and thus far, it’s been comfortable, convenient and incredibly…
  • How to Prevent Frayed Wires on the MacBook with Juiceboxx

    Michael Sheehan
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:53 pm
    If you have a MacBook or a MacBook Pro, you probably carry your power cord and power “brick” with you everywhere. And, over time, you wind and wrap up your cords in a variety of ways. But, even with the amazing design coming from Apple, the MacBook and MacBook Pro cords still suffer from dangerous fraying of wires which can short out and be potentially hazardous. Juiceboxx, however, has got you covered with a simple yet helpful cover and cord-wrap which is designed to prevent cord fraying. (Scroll to the end for a 10% off promocode too!) While I like to think that I’m a creative guy and…
  • Motorola DROID Turbo Gray “Highlights” – Eliminating the “Gray”

    Michael Sheehan
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    I’m starting to get gray hair. I partially blame my kids. Part of it is stress in general. And part of it is from trying to keep up with tech which evolves faster than most people can adapt to. For me, tech is a hobby. I’m our home’s IT person, the person who makes most, if not all, of the tech decisions in and around our home. So, when I hear about new gadgets, I like geeking out on their specs and try to envision what they could do within my family environment. So when I was asked to write about the DROID Turbo by Motorola in Gray Ballistic Nylon, I started thinking about how my…
  • Turtle Wax ICE Protects & Makes Your Car Look New

    Michael Sheehan
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:25 pm
    There is something Zen-like about washing and waxing your car. I have always enjoyed doing it because I know I will do it right. Blocking out an hour or two of time to make your vehicle look almost like new gives purpose. And it’s good exercise for your arms if you do it by hand. I recently got a great care package from Turtle Wax. It was creatively packaged in a 5-gallon plastic tub and had all of their new product line called Turtle Wax ICE with Smart Shield Technology. While I didn’t use each and every product they sent me, the end result was stellar. Literally, shining like a…
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  • Archive: Late Innings

    PG
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    This one from 2012. Looking back at the set I see it was from the tail end of a long, long, long, Junior League (13 & 14 year old) baseball game.
  • Feed Me! (Part II)

    PG
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    A long, long time ago (December 2010), I posted a photo taken in a gym in a building that no longer exists. A photo of my son, then in the 5th grade, plying his trade on the post. This past February vacation week he, as a Freshman, made his High School varsity debut. In the 50 or so months between the photos he’s worked very hard on his game to earn everything that he accomplished on the court. I’m very excited to see what the next three years of High School basketball will bring. His older brother and he were teammates this past year and I am looking forward to another year of…
  • A Wolf in the Doorway

    PG
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    If you are a long time follower of me or this blog, I have to ask… what’s wrong with you? But if you are, you may also be familiar with a local Boston band, The Ballroom Thieves. If you are not familiar with them, I urge you to get familiar with them. I first became aware of them as the percussionist was our waiter a few years ago. He gave me the band’s card that night and I went home and looked them up. Needless to say, I liked what I found. Thanks to some frenetic touring, the Thieves have garnered a growing following here in Boston as well as in pockets across the US.
  • Archive: Things, Not People

    PG
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    I am most comfortable shooting things not people (unless it’s sports action which is my favorite thing to shoot). I guess it’s the introvert in me. Last August my boys were out of town (for the life of me I can’t recall where or with who) when their new basketball shoes were delivered. My younger son is more of a sneaker head than his older brother so at first I just took his Nike KD VIIs out to the street for a product shoot (pretty much the only time these shoes would touch pavement). Once I sent him the picture and his older brother got word that his shoes were also in…
  • Archive: Wishing Hard

    PG
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    This one from back in February of 2010. My youngest was just three years old. Time goes by too quickly!   She’s still adorable, and she still owns me.
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  • Assembling Schuyler's Armor

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: When things go wrong, when Schuyler meets up with someone who doesn't understand or care, when she hears the words meant to demean her or is simply treated with disregard, I think I've taken that as a larger affront than it probably is. They're not just hurting her feelings or standing in her way. I think on some level, they're tearing down her world. And that's something I simply can't let go unchallenged.
  • Untold Stories of the Secret Heart

    22 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: There's so much that Schuyler is going to learn about her emotions, and the emotions of others. There's so much I want to tell her, the lessons I've learned the very hard way in my own life. I want to explain to her that her heart is fragile, but it's also tough, and that may not seem to make sense but one day she'll get it, when she thinks it's too broken to survive until she wakes the next morning and the morning after that and realizes that it perseveres. Somehow I want to tell her that she'll have people in her life who don't like her, and…
  • The Freedom of Summer

    15 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    This morning at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Summer is Schuyler's time to be herself. She doesn't know what that means, not exactly, and there is always the possibility of change, something that scares the adults in her life a lot more than it scares her. But given her own space and her own pace, she's got a pretty fair chance of beginning to put all the pieces together, and preparing for the chaotic and unpredictable life that awaits her.Filing STAAR test results in the appropriate place.
  • Schuyler will now take your questions.

    9 Jun 2015 | 4:28 pm
    As I have mentioned before, I will be presenting the keynote address on August 3 at the Region 10 Service Center in Richardson, Texas. Here's the information:Title: Ten Years of the Big Box of WordsPresenter: Robert Rummel-Hudson, AuthorSchuyler Rummel-Hudson, Student/AAC user Abstract:Ten years since his daughter’s first encounter with Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Robert Rummel-Hudson (author of Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter, St. Martin’s Press 2008) reflects on his family’s experience and his observations on the present…
  • Might Have Been

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Schuyler is, by a country mile, the happiest human being I know. And it's not because she doesn't know any better. It's because she does. She gets the beautiful parts of the world, while I often only see the pain and the cruelty that it holds for her and for us all, I guess. Schuyler holds on to the aspects of the world that she cherishes, and she tries very hard to throw away the rest. I don't know if that's a plan for success or if it's going to bite her face off one day. I only know that it works for her, and it gets her through days both…
 
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  • The Best Father’s Day Gift Ever

    Frederick J. Goodall
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    I dread Father’s Day. It’s not that I’m against setting aside time to honor dads. In fact, I love having my kids make personalized gifts for me and sharing a quiet day relaxing with my family. What I dislike about Father’s Day is that many people use it as an opportunity to bash fathers. Judging by the comments posted on social media sites, you’d think that deadbeat dads were the norm. Typical posts include: @momsaredads I should get a gift today since I have to be the mother and the father (BTW – There are now Father’s Day cards for moms) @mydadisaloser Just because…
  • 3 Ways to Build a Strong Emotional Connection with Your Children

    Frederick J. Goodall
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    Children need to feel close to their parents. While physically closeness is important, emotional closeness forms a strong bond that gives kids a sense of security. “We are condition setters every day” said parent coach, Meghan Leahy. “Kids take their cues from our behavior.” As parents, we have to examine ourselves to make sure that we are setting conditions that build emotional closeness. Inconsistencies in our behavior can lead to angst and confusion in our children. The bad news is that no parent can behave consistently 100% of the time. We all make mistakes. The good…
  • DadVenture: 2 Awesome Days in Ann Arbor

    Frederick J. Goodall
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    I’ve been to Detroit, MI many times, but I’ve never ventured beyond the city limits. I recently had the opportunity to visit Ann Arbor and I must say that the quaint city, home to the University of Michigan, offers plenty of delights and surprises. Day 1 – Good Eats & Wedding Crashing (almost) I arrived in Ann Arbor in the morning and headed straight to my hotel, Weber’s Inn. I must admit that I was a little concerned about the quality of the hotel because the exterior looked dated. It seemed like a place where Don Draper would stay on his way to a client…
  • How Dads Can Influence Their Children’s Views on Gender Roles and Household Cleaning Responsibilities

    Frederick J. Goodall
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:05 pm
    This post is sponsored  by Merry Maids Father’s Day program. A few years ago, I had to have a serious conversation with my son about gender roles after this conversation with my wife about folding laundry: Son: Why are you teaching me how to do a girl’s job? Wife: There are no boy jobs or girl jobs. We all contribute to this household. Besides, I’m teaching you how to be self sufficient. Folding clothes is a skill you need to know. Son: Can’t I just get me wife to do it? To put it mildly, my wife was not pleased with my son’s comments (click here to read the full…
  • How to Protect Your Children from Heat Stroke Deaths in Hot Cars

    Frederick J. Goodall
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Over the years, I’ve watched news stories about kids’ dying in hot cars. Every time I saw those stories I wondered, “How could that have happened?” Now that I’m a parent, I can understand how easy it is to lose your train of thought. On one occasion, I was driving my sons to the mall to buy shoes. I was dealing with some serious work issues and the time and I was trying to work out the situation in my mind. The boys were unusually quite that day because they were playing video games with their headphones on. Their silence made it easy for me to be fully consumed…
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  • Reinvented Video for WordPress

    Guillermo Rauch
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere. Take a peek at what’s under the hood! Embed anywhere, play anywhere Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern…
  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Gazette

    Ben Huberman
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gazette is a theme that balances rich functionality with a pleasant, non-obtrusive look. Depending on your site’s needs, you can tweak it to look as stark and clean, or as warm and vibrant as you wish. Business owners, visual artists, and bloggers of all stripes can find something (or many things) to love about Gazette. The theme is particularly suited for those with image-heavy content: with striking Featured Images, several custom Post Formats, and an optional featured content area on the homepage, it displays your posts with extra visual oomph. Not sure if it’s the theme for…
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  • Do You Know the Signs of Learning and Attention Issues?

    Armin
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Not every child learns the same way. There are many different ways kids learn, and when a child has problems learning in the classroom, there are ways to help them succeed. Do you know the signs of learning and attention issues ? In the U.S., 1 in 5 children struggle with learning and attention issues. […] The post Do You Know the Signs of Learning and Attention Issues? appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Water Safety:

    Armin
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    Dear Mr. Dad: My 4-year old twins are crazy about swimming or floating or doing pretty much anything in and around water. On one hand, I’m thrilled. I swam in high-school and college and I’m looking forward to having them follow in my footsteps. On the other, I’m scared. I’m a stay-at-home mom and there […] The post Water Safety: appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings

    Armin
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings. Topic: How to stop the fighting and raise friends for life. Issues: The most common mistake parents make with siblings; why you shouldn’t force your kids to share; how and why to schedule meltdowns; ways to foster sibling bonding; when to intervene in a sibling fight; should […] The post Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Parents@Play Review – Wink from Blue Orange Games

    Armin
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Wink (Blue Orange Games) The goal of the game is for players to signal your secret partner (with a wink or some other gesture) without any of the other players knowing that you’ve connected. The rules imply that all the players have to agree on one gesture, but who says you have to follow the […] The post Parents@Play Review – Wink from Blue Orange Games appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Parents@Play Review – Mix Up! Fix Up! from Wonder Forge

    Armin
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Mix Up! Fix Up! (Wonder Forge) A fun logic and memory game for preschoolers. Players take turns being the patient. Without showing any of the other players (doctors), the patient takes an “x-ray card” that has eight pictures of different medical tools (stethoscope, syringe, thermometer, etc,) on different backgrounds (dots, checkerboard, hearts, flowers, or stripes), […] The post Parents@Play Review – Mix Up! Fix Up! from Wonder Forge appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
 
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    Natural Papa

  • Are You Haunted by Ghosts or Mold?

    Derek Markham
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:10 pm
    People around the world have reported seeing ghosts and experiencing paranormal occurrences for eons, especially in dank, dark, older buildings. Coincidentally, these seemingly haunted environments are also prime breeding grounds for toxic molds and fungi. Is there a connection? Associate professor Shane Rogers decided to find out by looking at the link between ghosts, mold, […] The post Are You Haunted by Ghosts or Mold? appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • A Truly Affordable & Efficient Solar Vehicle

    Derek Markham
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The affordable and efficient solar vehicle solution you’ve been waiting for is here! A vehicle so amazing, so quick, so quiet, so green and so easy to obtain! Never before has there been such an abundance of parts and fuel! Never before has there been such a wide variety of colors and sizes and custom accessories! And […] The post A Truly Affordable & Efficient Solar Vehicle appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • The Many Advantages of Using a Water Softener

    Derek Markham
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Hard water can cause a number of problems that some homeowners find frustrating, and that others barely notice, yet can be costly to remedy. Hard water causes scale build-ups that can clog pipes and make water-using appliances run less efficiently. Hard water also reduces the effectiveness of soap, which results in dry skin, dull hair, water […] The post The Many Advantages of Using a Water Softener appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • When was the last time?

    Derek Markham
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    When was the last time you grabbed your wife or husband and pulled them close and wrapped your arms around them and told them how much they mean to you? When was the last time you walked hand in hand together and talked about anything other than the kids or your job, or what your […] The post When was the last time? appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Home Remedies To Keep Your Teeth Healthy

    Guest Author
    28 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    They say the mouth is the window to the health of the body. If that’s the case, then taking care of your teeth and gums should be an important part of your daily routine. Practicing diligent oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly are the best ways to achieve optimal oral health. However, did you […] The post Home Remedies To Keep Your Teeth Healthy appeared first on Natural Papa.
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    Single Parent Dad

  • Win some fabulous sports equipment for your kids

    Ian Newbold
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:36 am
    We are a relatively sporty household here.I’ve played amateur sport since childhood.  I was a member of a cricket club, a hockey club, played football for my school and a local boys team as well as playing golf, badminton, tennis, volleyball and trying other things like horse riding and skateboarding.We had a giant sports cupboard in our home, it had huge double doors, and if you opened them without thought you were likely to get buried under an avalanche of sporting equipment.I was regularly extolled the costs of all these things, and how expensive children getting into sport is,…
  • When your health scares the life out of your children

    Ian Newbold
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:17 am
    2015 hasn’t been entirely kind to the Newbold household.  Since a hospital admission during the first week of January, I’ve really not been at all well.I’ve had undiagnosed digestion issues for 18 months or so now, and they heightened this year, culminating in a couple of hospital admissions, several visits to accident and emergency as well as a multitude of GP visits and investigations.It’s been a worrying time, a time of pain varying from mild to hospitalising, of massive unpredicted weight loss and of bouts of jaundice and fatigue.I've looked betterThen there’s the strongest…
  • Britain's Next Prime Minister?

    Ian Newbold
    8 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    What makes a good politician?Does such a thing even exist in the modern age of politics?Well, one may very well be upon us in the not too distance future.As a parent I am often pondering what my son’s life will be like as an adult, and perhaps how I can have a positive influence on it now.What does your child want to be?Children are always asked what they want to be when they grow up, and I think it truly is a gift if someone knows what they want to do with their life, and what particular field they want to exist in.My son, Max, flits from declaring a wish to be a sportsman of some kind, to…
  • Our Awesome Family Holiday to Mexico

    Ian Newbold
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    I took some convincing to book a family holiday to Mexico.I’d been to the Riviera Maya around 15 years ago, and had a rotter of a holiday. Uncomfortable cramped flight, hurricane esq weather, greasy food, upset stomach and possibly the worst horse ride that’s ever been inflicted on man, and, er, tiny, tiny, horse.After getting married last summer, we’d had our mind set on a proper two-week holiday and honeymoon.  Easter 2015 looked like being the best time to fit this in, with Max and my wife, Helen, both needing any holiday to fit with school terms.We did some serious holiday…
  • My Boy's FA Cup Adventure

    Ian Newbold
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    The FA Cup is rightly heralded as a unique cup competition, steeped in history and sprinkled with more than a little magic.Some of my earliest memories of watching football on TV were FA Cup finals. There was always something different and magical about them.All the build-up, following the teams from their hotels, the stories of success and failure, what links the players together, which records have been broken, all adding to the magic of the cup that was often much more alluring than the predictability of league competitions.We’ve really enjoyed watching the FA Cup this year.  The…
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    Out-Numbered

  • For Wyatt...

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    Today is the day.Today is the day to say, "fuck you day!"I'm gonna take you the fuck out, day. I'm gonna slide tackle you, cleats up. I'm gonna sucker punch you in the back of the head but first I'm gonna polish those brass knuckles my grandpa gave me.I'm gonna rip your heart out while it's still beating, all Bruce Lee like and then BBQ it Kansas City style and feed it to a white tiger.This is what we have to do to the day, almost every day to make it right.So you say you don't have cleats that fit you anymore and your grandpa wasn't much of a fighter. Maybe white tigers aren't…
  • Dancing With The Devil, Jackson Browne and Beef Jerky...

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    While Jackson Browne hums bars of "The Pretender" in the background, I try explaining to my poor wife my inherent need to make Beef Jerky.She gazes at me with that look I have come to recognize. A look comprised of one part derision and two parts sympathy.After 22 plus years, she intuitively understands my idiosyncratic logic.Lately my Sundays have been peppered with Eye Round, Flank Steak and London Broil.Spicy, leathery, dried meat has come to be my Calgon.It relaxes me.Maybe it's the process of it all or perhaps it's just my idea of having purpose.I find that I do better with…
  • The Cross Section of Bar Mitzvahs and Brothels...

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Lately I've had a really hard time figuring out exactly what my role is as a father.When my kids were really young, my job as a parent was fairly straight forward.Don't let them die."Hey honey. I'm taking the girls to the park for awhile."Don't let them die."Hey babe. I'm taking the girls for manicures."Don't let them die."Hey sweet heart. I'm taking the girls for a slice of pizza."Don't let them die.You get the picture.Now that my girls are older, things seem more complex. Particularly with my oldest. She is 12 and this is her first year of middle school.Middle school is hard. Really hard. I…
  • The Digital Tomb...

    28 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    I just said goodbye to my dog.He didn't die thank God. That would have wrecked me.He just went to hang out with his grandma for the night.Those two are old souls. Probably making good on unfinished business from lives past.The thought of it makes me smile.Today I've had the day to myself which is rare.Much needed time to reflect and decompress. Time to reverse engineer the last three hundred and sixty five twenty fours.Life has been busy and slow and empty and full.It's been up and down and all of the above.It's been ad infinitum and whatever else describes the endless flow of days.They pile…
  • 44...

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Happy Birthday my brother.It's funny. I haven't really thought about it until now but your birthday is one of nine birthdays I have always remembered.Birthdays are like phone numbers.We don't need to remember phone numbers anymore. You plug em' into your contacts and you press a button when you need it.It's bullshit.To this day I remember exactly seven phone numbers.Five of them don't exist anymore and one of them is my mom's, which used to be mine. So I'm not sure that even counts.It's kind of a shame it doesn't work that way anymore.I think the love a person has for their friends and family…
 
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    thedaddycast.com

  • Traffic Lessons

    DaddyCast
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Perhaps the most important lesson from driving in traffic is “Don’t live your life like a driver in traffic”.  I remember an old joke that if you wake up looking like the picture on your driver’s license you should go back to bed.  If you start acting like the stressed and impatient person that is typically behind the wheel in traffic, you should probably go back to bed, or at least stay away from people. Traffic is Illogical While sitting on interstate 95 coming home from Northern VA on Father’s Day we entered a work zone.  The signs said the left two lanes were closed ahead so…
  • A Few Good (Sports) Parents

    DaddyCast
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:47 pm
    I write a lot about kids sports.  Perhaps it is because we spend a lot of our non-work, waking hours with games, practices, clinics and all other manner of supporting our kids’ athletic endeavours.  I am not complaining, I love watching the boys play their sports.  But, just in case you were wondering why that topic is so prevalent, now you know. In the world of travel soccer, at least in the circles that we have been involved in, it seems the parents really get into the games.  It is not uncommon to hear parents coaching from the sidelines or cheering loudly or even jeering the ref or…
  • Accepting No

    DaddyCast
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:40 pm
    A couple weeks ago my oldest and I were leaving the volleyball club.  It was a Sunday evening and there was a couple open courts on our way out toward the exit.  He asked if we could stop for a milkshake on the way home.  I told him we could, and then, recalling his tournament the day before and his less than stellar serving, I told him that we could stop if he could successfully server three out of five attempts. He reluctantly accepted my offer and set his stuff down.  He took position, went through his routine and then… served it straight into the net.  He looked at me with a little…
  • Perspective

    DaddyCast
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:27 pm
    If you follow pro football this season you may know the New England Patriots performed some trickery during the playoffs.  Against the Ravens, they confused the Baltimore defense by declaring certain unassuming players eligible to go down field.  This resulted in players whom the Ravens were not covering making big plays.  If you are a Patriots fan you find this to be genius.  If you are not, you find this borderline cheating – completely against the norm and taking advantage of the other team’s confusion.  Bottom line is that it is not illegal (yet) and it is very inventive (and…
  • When it Clicks

    DaddyCast
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Twenty years ago I took a sales job and my boss told me I needed to learn how to play golf.  He even went so far as to sponsor a golf membership at a local course (not a country club mind you, a public course, but where I could play for a cart fee and try to learn the game).  I played about twice a week for a year or more.  I got a little better but definitely not good.  My sister-in-law (who is a good golfer) told me “It just clicks at some point”.  I don’t think it ever clicked but I can understand what she was saying. For many things, at some point, it clicks.  You get the…
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    C.C. Chapman

  • Surviving Summer Vacation With and Without Technology

    C.C. Chapman
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:14 am
    Todays world is full of parents who work from home. For the past nine years, I’ve been one of them. When summer vacation arrives, it comes with new challenges. Our home offices are no longer the sacred, quiet spaces that we love and thrive in. While some build a writing shed or a tiny house to escape the squeals of the summertime kids (and it is something I dream of doing), it isn’t a viable option for most. Thankfully I don’t have to worry about the technology side of the equation. Having Verizon FiOS insures that even when my son is playing Destiny on our Xbox or League of…
  • We Are All Humans. Everything Else is an Adjective

    C.C. Chapman
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    Last night at the dinner table, my daughter and I had a conversation about the term gender fluid. I admitted that I didn’t know enough about it to have an opinion; but that my gut reaction to it was that it didn’t make sense to me. This morning I took the time to read up on it so that I could form an opinion about it. Turns out that I didn’t have a full understanding of what the term means. Now that I do I can understand and appreciate the term. I know Emily will appreciate our follow up conversation. Combine that with people identifying themselves in all sorts of ways and the rampart…
  • Spoiled Brats of the Internet

    C.C. Chapman
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
    This morning my doodling ended up with the above. Being a small town kid at heart who grew up in a blue collar family, I tend to notice these things. The #FirstWorldProblems trend has always rubbed me a bit the wrong way. Sure, I’ve bitched about things that I didn’t need to and I know that. Whenever I do, I tend to feel bad about it not long after hitting the send button. This morning as I enjoyed my bananas and black coffee (I still think that could be a fun name for a band) my mind began wandering about a lot of different things going on in the world and right in my backyard.
  • Teaching Fuels My Soul

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    After the two day “conference” portion of MisfitCon, I’ve made a tradition of going for a walk with my camera and finding breakfast alone to collect my thoughts and decompress from the 48 hours of inspiration I’ve just been through. This year I found myself in a leather and chrome booth at The Boiler Room. Being the first customer on a Saturday morning means instant attention and fresh coffee. Exactly the combination I needed. Reading through my notes there was plenty of quotes and thoughts, but then I started brain-dumping on a fresh page that started with:…
  • Outside Over Tech

    C.C. Chapman
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:18 am
    Technology is a beautiful thing. It allows for the world to be smaller, collaborative and innovative together. Technology also allows us to hide behind our keyboards, be addicted to our phones and forget that there is life beyond a screen. I returned from Fargo with a desire to doodle. It is something I use to do all the time as a kid and my father blames computers for taking me away from doing it. Sure, I still doodle in the corner of my notebooks during conference calls and other bits of boredoms, but I thought it might be fun to focus some energy each day on doodling. This was my doodle…
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    Hashtag Bolton

  • New Shows from Warner Bros and DC Kids [ Sponsored Post ]

    9 Jun 2015 | 7:39 pm
    My children's father is a dork.  The dork gene was the dominant gene between my wife and I. Most of the kids obtained that dorkiness in their DNA.  They like comic books, comic-con, wrestling and super heroes. One of our favorite shows is Teen Titans, GO!  I've mentioned that before a few times on here.Example of their Dorkiness from Alamo City Comic Con 2013It seems we have an infatuation with DC characters. DCKids and Warner Bros' have new YouTube channels.  Included on these new channels are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo!
  • #DIY How to Get Internet Famous

    7 Jun 2015 | 7:53 pm
    On June 1st, I went to the televised viewing of WWE Raw with a friend of mine and my kids.  Russ (my friend), Michael (my oldest) and I have been to quite a few shows before, but this was the first time for Loreli (9), and Seth (7) to attend an event.I did the normal thing I usually do when I go and make signs to hold up in the crowd...John Cena for SethJohn Cena for LoreliSeth Rollins for MichaelOut of all the times we've been, I don't remember ever getting on TV with one of them, but that never stops me from making them.  I've always made them for my brothers, Michael and I'll…
  • #FitKitchen by Stouffers [ Review ]

    3 Jun 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Steak Fajita ShownEating healthy is not one of my, how you say, strong characteristics. Being a father of six kids, I make the excuse of not having enough time for myself or the energy to put back into my well being.  I can drink a Monster Energy Drink or multiple Dr Pepper's a day and not feel bad about it.Heck, I'm even wearing a Dr Pepper shirt as I type this.I don't drink alcohol, I don't smoke, I do drink coffee occasionally, but the caffeinated sodas are my weakness.   Also being the cook of the family, and always trying to beat the clock for bath, bedtime or softball…
  • #MonsterEnergy [ Random Review & #Giveaway ]

    21 May 2015 | 9:18 pm
    The Official Energy Drink of Hashtag BoltonBeing a Dad (or parent for that matter) is tiresome.By the end of the day you're spent.  You have nothing left after dealing with breakfast, poop, pee, lunch, homework, practices, probably more poop, work, dinner and maybe some cereal and a banana  thrown on the highchair because you forgot about lunch.What does Eric, Lord of Boltonshire, Hashtagger of Hashtag Bolton do to get his energy?He drinks Monster Energy Drinks.Yes Monster Energy Drinks.The Official Energy Drink of Hashtag Bolton.How can you make something the official whatever of…
  • #KidsPickTheWinner [ NBA Finals Conference Finals ]

    20 May 2015 | 10:12 pm
    We're through the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs.    After the San Antonio Spurs got ousted by the Clippers in Round One, the members of Boltonshire lost all interest.   Hey, it is what it is.  But we strive on to finish this bit, especially since there's TEN DOLLARS on the line.We play this round by round, with each correct pick getting one point. The points carry over to the next round and after the finals the kid with the most points gets the belt and the cash. In the case of a tie, the prize is split.With logistics out of the way, here are your…
 
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    DadCAMP

  • 7 Kid Camping Hacks For Easier Family Camping

    buzz
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    When I go camping with the kids, I need to make things easy for myself. These camping hacks get it done for me. What's your way to make roughing it easy? The post 7 Kid Camping Hacks For Easier Family Camping appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • How To Stop Your Kids From Smoking (AKA Why I Made A $1000 Bet With My 8 Yr Old Son)

    buzz
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    Want to guarantee your kids won't start smoking? Make a bet with them to stop them before they ever get pressured to start. It works. The post How To Stop Your Kids From Smoking (AKA Why I Made A $1000 Bet With My 8 Yr Old Son) appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • 37 Free Things To Do For Kids In Calgary This Summer

    buzz
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Welcome to summer vacation. There are 87 days of it. What will you do? Here are 37 Free summer things to do for kids in Calgary to get you started with ideas. The post 37 Free Things To Do For Kids In Calgary This Summer appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • These 6 Tweets Prove Ryan Reynolds Wins At Parenting

    buzz
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    Ryan Reynolds tweets about his daughter. Not often, but enough. His humour love and admiration prove Ryan Reynolds wins at parenting. The post These 6 Tweets Prove Ryan Reynolds Wins At Parenting appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • 11 Ziploc Hacks To Survive Summer (And The Most Important One I Ignored)

    buzz
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Ziploc bags are essential to surviving life with kids. From bathing suits to barf bags, here are 11 Ziploc Hacks you need this summer. The post 11 Ziploc Hacks To Survive Summer (And The Most Important One I Ignored) appeared first on DadCAMP.
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Jack The Fireman

    Jack Steiner
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Some days you wake up and discover that all you are going to do is run around putting out fires.That describes today, I have been Jack the fireman. Most of the stuff I have done has been relatively easy, just annoying.But there have been some a few bigger fires and some of those have got my attention. Some of those have got me wondering if they are going to turn into bigger issues and that concerns me because there is not a lot I can do to stop them from getting to be bigger and nastier.Doesn't matter how close I pay attention or how much I do to be proactive because there is nothing in these…
  • Time Moves Too Quickly

    Jack Steiner
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Sometimes the hardest part of blogging is finding the time to do it. That is the real trick in my world these days, got lots to say and little time to do it.
  • Be Who You Are

    Jack Steiner
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    I know whom I am, what I want, what I need and who I am. That doesn't always fall in line with others want or their expectations but I am ok with that.I don't put a coat on because you are cold or change my thoughts, feelings and ideas just because it is out of line with others.Sometimes being who you are is tough but you always end up feeling better about yourself than if you change your behavior to make someone else happy.
  • Lebron Loses Again

    Jack Steiner
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Somewhere in the blog is a post I wrote about how Lebron would have to leave cleveland to win a championship.Some people disagreed and said he would never leave but history proved me right about that and wrong about him coming back.So for kicks let me throw out again a prediction that he won't win a championship in cleveland. It is the kind of thing that will generate an emotional response from fans who will tell me they didn't win this year because of injuries.I don't buy it.That is because with Irving and Love he subjugates part of his game and doesn't play to his ability. Without them he…
  • Whither Shall He Go

    Jack Steiner
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    The thing that people don't understand about being in what feels like a perpetual state of transition is that it is easy for you to feel like you are in a constant state of crisis.That makes it hard to relax and just enjoy the peace of mind that we are all entitled to but don't always receive.So when I look at the recent past I ask myself what I can do to change the equation so that it doesn't always reflect this place. The point is if you do what you have always done what makes you think anything will change.
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    MyBoys3

  • Middle Grade Book Giveaway

    Steve
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:06 pm
    It’s summer and what better to do than to read a book! My friend and fellow Richmond children’s author, Martin Tiller, is holding a giveaway for not one but FOUR free middle grade books! Pretty awesome. I’m privileged to have Summer of the Woods included as one of the giveaway books. Click HERE to sign up now and give yourself a chance to win. Tell more friends about it and earn more chances to win! Good luck and happy reading!
  • Hello Barnes & Noble!

    Steve
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    I’ve done several book signings before, but I’m more excited than usual to have my books sitting on a table next to a big sign at Barnes & Noble this week. It took me two years to get there, and I’m curious to see how it goes. While I still think their days are probably numbered in the long run, there’s no denying that they are the big dog when it comes to brick and mortar bookstores. If you’re local, it would be awesome if you came out this Saturday, April 18th from 1-3PM at the Chesterfield Town Center in Richmond. I’ll also have events at two more…
  • Four and Six

    Steve
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Four years ago around this time, we moved from New Jersey to Richmond. It was a crazy time, as any move is, but looking back, several things stick in my mind. First, the movers severely underestimated the space that our items would take up in their truck, causing the majority of our belongings to be strewn across our front yard until 2AM as they tried in vain to re-pack with a tighter fit. At about midnight, I gave up and fell asleep on our basement floor and prayed that we’d actually make it to Virginia. Second, the weekend we rolled into Richmond, NCAA Tournament March Madness was in…
 
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Questions for Your Doctor – Twin Tip Tuesday

    Joe
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Video Transcription Hi there, and welcome to Twin Tip Tuesday. I am Joe Rawlinson, the founder of DadsGuideToTwins.com. One of the things I need you to do, dad, during the twin pregnancy is go with your wife to the doctor visits. This is going to give you a huge amount of insight into what’s happening with mom and with the babies. I know personally, I loved to go to the doctor with my wife because I could ask questions, and I could hear the answers straight from the doctor. So with that in mind, today, I want to give you several questions that you can ask your doctor when you go with…
  • Why Twin Dads Need to Help (and How to Make a Difference)

    Joe
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    In case you hadn’t heard, having twins requires all hands on deck. Mom and dad need to be actively engaged in all aspects of childcare. There really isn’t a way around that. Our first two boys, as singletons, were born one at a time. As a dad, I tried to help as much as I could. However, since my wife was breastfeeding, my ability to help during the night was limited to changing a diaper and bringing a baby to my wife for nursing. With twins, however, everything changed. In retrospect I realized that I coasted along with our first two sons. With twins, I had to step it up. Fathers of…
  • 8 Twin Sleeping Options from Cribs to Bassinets and Beyond – Podcast 92

    Joe
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Episode 92 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss several sleeping options for your infant twins: Which room will the twins be in? Rock n Plays Twins sharing a crib Simmons kids bassinets Brica Travel Bassinet Graco Twin Pack-n-Play Bouncy Seats Swings Halo Swivel Bassinet Want to have your question answered on the show? Call my voicemail number and leave your name and question: 512-222-9325 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)…
  • Flying with Twins – Twin Tip Tuesday

    Joe
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    Flying with twins can become the biggest adventure of your entire trip if you aren’t careful. In this week’s Twin Tip Tuesday, I share several tips that helped us have smooth flights with our twins: What has worked for you on your trips? Leave a comment and let us know. I talk more about traveling with twins in the Dad’s Guide to Raising Twins: How to Thrive as a Father of Twins. Watch more Twin Tip Tuesday Videos
  • Sleep Training Twins

    Joe
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    David called in with a question about his twins’ sleeping habits and wondered if I “had any tips about sleep training twins, specifically the cry it out method, and how you can avoid making that any worse than it already is going to be. Should we put the girl in the other room while we sleep train the boy? Or should we just give it another month or two? Or should we put them both in the room and do the cry it out method together and just let whatever be will be?” Sleep Patterns First, a note that twins have sleep patterns, and those patterns will change over time, very much…
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    DaDa Rocks!

  • HAPPY FATHERS DAY from WWE Diva Natalya!

    DaDa Rocks!
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Most people know that I have followed in my dad’s footsteps professionally, carrying on the Hart family legacy in WWE. However, what people don’t know, is how much I’ve followed his example outside of the ring. It’s easy for people to think that because of my last name, I was handed my position as a WWE Diva.  The truth is, I struggled a lot to make it to the WWE.  I am grateful for those doors being slammed in my face. I kept going, following my heartbeat, my pulse, and what made me excited to wake up every morning, my love for wrestling. I didn’t realize it at the time, but…
  • George W. Bush honored at 74th Annual “FATHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS” 2015

    Stan Cohen
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:46 pm
    As we all celebrate Father’s Day we think of our Father’s and our children. At the 74th annual Father of the Year event at the New York Hilton, given by the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Emceed this year by Mark K. Shriver, a Kennedy look alike he made reference to one of the awardees, former President George W. Bush and how nauseating it is to play on a family name. Daughter, Barbara Bush gave the presentatoin speech for her dad, and welled in tears “a family trait” as she recounted all her parents and grandparents had done for her and her sister. When the former President…
  • Father’s Day first shave with Schick Hydro

    DaDa Rocks!
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Thanks to Schick Hydro for sponsoring a series of post for Socialstars. Father’s day is one of those days I like to make memories – If you have a son that is on the verge of shaving, I think that father’s day is a great day to make it a lasting memory.  Is there any day more about being a positive male role model?  There are only a handful of memories in a young mans life that will stay with him, then the first time they shave. My friends at Schick, recommended that for the first time shaving you start them off with the good stuff of the Schick Hydro which has five…
  • Disney Pixar’s Inside Out Review

    DaDa Rocks!
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Inside out is a movie for the whole family. “This one has all the feels” as Marc walked out of the theater saying. Literally each character is a feeling and emotionally they do their job making you feel happy, sad, fear and anger throughout the movie.  Also fun is the initial sighting of the secret character who is originally a silly drawing on the wall that almost goes unnoticed until half way through when he comes to life as Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong. Best of all the ah-ha moment where the golden lesson is taught to kids. This film teaches that life has some hard…
  • Bringing home the milk for families in need #MilkDrive

    DaDa Rocks!
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Leading up to Father’s Day, four teams of five dads in the NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, and WEST will compete against each other to see who can raise the most money for The Great American #MilkDrive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most. So I’m on the EAST team with some pretty rad dads…. We’ve been driving people to milklife.com/giveDadsEast to donate any amount of money but $5 deliveries a family in need 1 gallon of milk (so we recommend starting with $5).   Dads never know what…
 
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  • Fred Reed: Sedition, Even

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Democracy. Sort of. Kinda. Maybe, anyway. Part of the conventional hooha is the notion that people want democracy, and will defend it to the death. To believe this is to misunderstand the very foundation of politics. Most people want only to be comfortable -- i.e., fed, warm, dry, secure, amused, and sexually satisfied.
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  • Why Did We Attack The Mighty Mug Go With A Sword?

    nessel
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:27 am
    Review a mug? That is what we said when the folks at Mighty Mug asked us to review their product.  Come on, we review drones, phones with built-in projectors, RC toys that jump over cats…what in the world could be interesting about a mug? Then we decided to attack the Mighty Mug Go with a Nerf Mega Blaster and a sword….yeah, then we got what was special about the Mighty Mug. Please watch our video review of The Mighty Mug, it will all make sense… //www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kCIhRskKzI The Mighty Mug Simply Does Not Fall Over Problem – Knock into your mug of coffee and…
  • Happy Father’s Day…Do We Need a More Clever Title?

    nessel
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Father’s Day.  Such an important day that we have decided to turn our sarcasm and snarky settings to zero for the day. Sure, you can say that Father’s Day is a manufactured day to try to get us to spend more money on endless gadgets…but so what, we’ll take it! Where is Our Father’s Day Gift Guide? We had some readers ask us where our Father’s Day Gift Guide was.  We thought about doing another one this year, but two things stopped us. First, this entire site is basically a Father’s Day Gift Guide.  We do real world reviews of products that Dad…
  • Micro Drone 3.0 – The Wonderful Collision of Drones and Cheap Virtual Reality

    nessel
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    Sometimes the stars do align and you can have it all!  Here at Dad Does we are clearly Drone addicts.  We have marveled at the control and agility of tiny drones such as the Micro Drone 2.0. We have also fallen in love with cheap virtual reality – doing a whole series on Virtual Reality on the Cheap and looking at Google Cardboard type devices such as the DODOCase VR. Today is like Christmas for us, because just moments ago Extreme Fliers launched an Indiegogo campaign for their Micro Drone 3.0 – a drone that can live stream its video directly to the DodoCase VR on your head!
  • Review: AGUA IPX3 Camera Case and Carrier, Bring On The Rain

    nessel
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
      Things that don’t traditionally go well together – Yankees fans and Red Sox fans, magnets and hard drives and finally DSLR cameras and rain storms.  Not much we can do about the first two, but the folks at Miggo have just introduced the AGUA Camera Carrier on Kickstarter to solve that last pairing. Here is the problem – sometimes cool, photographic moments happen in the rain.  How are you supposed to capture these fleeting moments if your camera is packed away in a waterproof case?  By the time you get your camera out, the moment is gone.  The AGUA aims to solve…
  • Review: Amuri Z-Trek Sport Sandal Proves Once Again That Less is More

    nessel
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    If someone walks up to you and offers you a small bundle or a large bundle of cash, sure I guess more cash is better.  However, when it comes to useful products, we have found time and time again that less is often more.  With gadgets, the simpler and easier it is to use, the better. After wearing the Xero Shoes Amuri Z-Trek Sport Sandal for a few weeks we can now confirm that less is also better when it comes to a sport sandal.  The Amuri Z-Trek Sport Sandal weights 70% less than competing brands and basically feels like a cloud on the bottom of your foot. Please watch our video review of…
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  • Abandonment and Neglect: How They Adversely Impact the Brain

    Mark Brady
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    Below is a collection of unintended consequences that frequently show up in the wake of abandonment and neglect. Each one of the topic headings below is a hyperlink that will take you to the relevant research. The good news is that once we understand the implications, we can begin the work of creative restoration … Lack of Modeling When a parent abandons the family one of the main things that goes missing is the energy that person expended to operate inside and outside the home. They can no longer serve us as models – good or bad – for how to make sense of our nescient, unfolding…
  • The Neuroscience of Leadership

    Mark Brady
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    Will you help by taking this One Question Survey? For most of this year the readership, engagement and public commentary on the blog has been steadily declining. While it’s probably to be expected after 7+ years, it’s my belief that whatever use and value readers used to get from my research and writing, they no longer get. So, that suggests I need to either change things up in ways that actually do provide use and value for the time and energy people spend reading what I write each week, or I need to consider moving on and devoting my own time and energy to something that will…
  • 3 Non-Money Ways to Change Your Brain So That Money Is No Longer an Issue

    Mark Brady
    14 Jun 2015 | 12:42 am
    “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” – Jonathan Swift Here are 3 changes plus a bonus that will almost certainly affect your money brain in good ways… Make more friends. Every spiritual economics book I’ve ever read counsels that the greatest riches come from the close connections we obtain in community. It’s magical when we find our tribe (and if you believe Dunbar’s Number your tribe will have 150 members in it, plus or minus). Healthy communities become rich in many ways. An exemplary example in my mind is represented in the…
  • Why Your Money Brain Needs a CAO and Not a CFO

    Mark Brady
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:44 am
    “I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.”       ~ Steve Martin I’ve made a LOT of mistakes with money over the years. I wish I could say I learned something valuable from each of them, but I can’t. I’ve made some of the same mistakes over and over again. It’s by examining the mistakes I’ve made repeatedly that I’ve probably learned the most. One small example: Stop borrowing big…
  • Why Are So Many of Our Brains Money-Challenged?

    Mark Brady
    31 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    “With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome, and you sing well, too.” ~ Yiddish Proverb Take this short, three-question, multiple choice quiz from the Atlantic Monthly… Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2 percent per year. After five years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow? A) more than $102; B) exactly $102; C) less than $102; D) do not know; refuse to answer. Do you think that the following statement is true or false? “Buying a single company stock usually provides a safer return…
 
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  • 6 Tips to Defeating DAD BOD

    Geekasms Staff
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:12 pm
    June is Men’s Health Month and a great time to reflect on the newly trending Dad Bod. While Leonardo DiCaprio and Jon Hamm are able to get away with it, they’re superstars and, let’s face it – you’re probably not Leo or Jon. So how can the rest of us fight off the Dad Bod? Positive Promotions has created an infographic with six easy tips for defeating the Dad Bod that you can check out below! 6 Tips To Defeat Dad Bod – An infographic by the team at Positive Promotions The post 6 Tips to Defeating DAD BOD appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Starting an eCommerce Site? Here’s What Can Put You Ahead of the Pack

    Michael
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Image via Marla Elena on flickr If selling things on the Internet were easy, we’d all be Amazon.com. The truth of the matter is that eCommerce is hard work. Many people start eCommerce sites and end up barely able to cover their hosting fees. The few friends I have that have created successful eCommerce sites did so with elbow grease, sleepless nights, and serious dedication to their product or service. How do you ensure that your site won’t be a 404 page in a year? Below are some tips from successful eCommerce providers that might be useful to you. 1. Pick the right platform.
  • Marvel and Sony have Found their Star and Director for SPIDER-MAN

    Geekasms Staff
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have announced that they have found their star and director for their upcoming Spider-Man reboot! Tom Holland will be playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man under the helm of Jon Watts.  The film is set to hit theaters on July 28th, 2017.  Below is the official announcement from Marvel: Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.  The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop…
  • The Marvel Comics Multi-Character Gym Bag – The Bag for the Superhero Dad

    Michael
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:26 pm
    In the world where women have Thirty One, Mary Kay, Coach, and more to offer them all sizes of bags (and for all conceivable purposes), it’s nice, as a Dad, to find a bag that not only I can use, but my son can use if need be. And it can be something that “we” have together. Such a bag is the Marvel Comics Multi-Character Gym Bag, which is exactly what it says it is, but is also, oh-so-much more! The bag itself measures 22-inches long, 14-inches tall, and 6-inches wide. It features a collage of some of Marvel’s more well-known retro superheroes like Iron Man,…
  • Beginner’s Guide To Home Networking Equipment

    Michael
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Setting up a home network has never been easier, but to get the very best setup, you might want to think about the equipment you will need. Read on for our comprehensive guide to home networking equipment and what it can do for you. Modem Your modem is a device that takes the signal from your Internet service and converts it so it can be used in your home. You could be given one by your service provider (for free or to rent), or you can buy your own – they cost as little as $15-$50. All options will be easy to set up, and you will simply need to follow instructions from your service…
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  • Faking Your Own Death Is Problematic

    Jack Steiner
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    “He is dead.” Three words. That is all they had for her. “He is dead.” Flat, unemotional and yet they still echoed inside my head. She didn’t cry. She didn’t scream and She didn’t flinch. She didn’t do anything. Several years ago a man was convicted of murdering his wife. The jury foreman said that […] (Visited 3 times, 3 visits today) The post Faking Your Own Death Is Problematic appeared first on The JackB.
  • 106 Degrees

    Jack Steiner
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:33 pm
    listen to ‘106 Degrees’ on audioBoom (Visited 10 times, 10 visits today) The post 106 Degrees appeared first on The JackB.
  • Have Bloggers Changed The World?

    Jack Steiner
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
    My daughter hasn’t been to Disneyland since she was a toddler. She says she is tired of hearing all of her friends talk about it and wants to know if I can take her so that she can participate in these discussions. She also wants to know if I can take her to Hawaii, Europe […] (Visited 19 times, 19 visits today) The post Have Bloggers Changed The World? appeared first on The JackB.
  • Should You Blog When You’re Angry?

    Jack Steiner
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    The temperature inside my home is pushing 90, might be a bit below or a bit higher, all depends on how accurate the thermostat is. I haven’t had it calibrated and since I don’t own the place I am living in I don’t particularly care to figure it out. All I want is for my […] (Visited 24 times, 24 visits today) The post Should You Blog When You’re Angry? appeared first on The JackB.
  • 69 Reasons Why SCOTUS & LinkBait Will Make You Gay

    Jack Steiner
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    There is a tremendous cheer and a general gnashing of teeth going on around parts both near and far. I am wondering if I ought to play them Love Sick by Bob Dylan or if I should force them to watch my dear friend Inigo Montoya repeat his lines time and time again. Or maybe […] (Visited 17 times, 17 visits today) The post 69 Reasons Why SCOTUS & LinkBait Will Make You Gay appeared first on The JackB.
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  • Increasing my handyman skills one project at a time.

    Thomas
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    I’ll admit it, I’m not the most handy person. I like to think I am, but quite a few things are over my head, or I just haven’t tried them yet. However, I’ve been able to add a few new things to my handyman list. When we moved into our new house, the first thing we were going to do was change the locks. Probably a good idea right? Course, we never did it at the last house, but this time we’re going to; for real. Instead of calling a locksmith, I took a look at the locks at Mendards and the instructions made it look super easy. So I convinced my wife I could do it…
  • Come to help wash the dog, stay to play in the water.

    Thomas
    28 May 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Lily helped the neighbor wash their dog tonight and, when she was done, she played in the water. A little work, a little fun. The post Come to help wash the dog, stay to play in the water. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily’s Easter Hat

    Thomas
    4 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Always festive around theses parts. The post Lily’s Easter Hat appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • A Tale of Two Minnesota Winters

    Thomas
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Last winter, 2013/2014, we had roughly 70 inches of snow! This year however, we’ve only had about 25 inches. Our biggest snow storm only dropped 3.4 inches. Even when it did fall, it disappeared shortly there after; which means didn’t get the chance to pile up. Snowmobiling was basically nonexistent this winter and sledding was on only a few inches. This winter has all the cold, but none of the snow. What a difference a year can make. The post A Tale of Two Minnesota Winters appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Everyone makes bedazzled cat necklaces on the weekends right?

    Thomas
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Lily had a great idea over the weekend and that was to make the cats some bedazzled necklaces. She did all the designing and I just helped tie the strings. Oddly enough, the cats didn’t mind wearing them. I think they kind of liked them. Maybe we should start selling them on Etsy. What do you think? The post Everyone makes bedazzled cat necklaces on the weekends right? appeared first on TwisterMc.
 
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  • The Importance of Grandparents

    Aaron Gouveia
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:06 pm
    “If you guys moved a few hours away you could afford a really nice house.” I’ve been told this by many of my friends, and it’s 100% true. As MJ and I prepare to buy a house in the next 18-24 months, we cringe at the soaring real estate prices of greater Boston. And that cringe turns into a full-fledged scowl when we look at the much more affordable housing prices should we decide to move to another part of the country. For what we’ll eventually pay to buy a 3BR, 2BA, 1,800-square foot house in southeastern Massachusetts, we could get a house elsewhere…
  • It’s No Longer Gay Marriage, Just Marriage

    Aaron Gouveia
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    Will is 7 and Sam is almost 2. Some day, down the road a bit, they’ll read something in the paper or see something on TV about “gay marriage,” and they’ll be confused. “Dad, what do they mean by ‘gay’ marriage? It’s just marriage, right?” And I’ll have to remind them gay people weren’t always allowed the same rights as the rest of us. I’ll have to remind them it wasn’t until the year 2015 and by securing the narrowest margin of victory by the Supreme Court of the United States, that gay people in America were…
  • Why I Hate Running (Yet Do It Anyway)

    Aaron Gouveia
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    I fucking hate running. Some people love running and happily devote hordes of time to it. These crazy bastards on endorphin highs can’t wait to get out on roads and trails to chase their personal bests and FEEL THE BURN. Honestly, good for them. I’m happy for them (even though their speed and relentless enthusiasm makes me stabby at times). But not me. I’m a big guy, always have been. Even when I lose a bunch of weight I’m still big. Having run four half marathons in my life, I’m prepared to stand out like a sore thumb in a crowd of waifish and highly athletic…
  • My #FirstCarMoment Could Have Ended Tragically

    Aaron Gouveia
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    *Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Michelin for this promotion.  I have received compensation for my participation, but my first car memories are my own. Twenty-eight days. Like most high school relationships, my love affair with my first car — a 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme — was passionately brief, and culminated in tears and heartache. And like most 16-year-old boys, I was a moron. A moron who ignored every single warning from my parents about responsibility and safety, because I wanted to drive fast and be cool. Except I soon found out there’s no way…
  • Lose Yourself in the World of ‘Dragons: Race to the Edge’

    Aaron Gouveia
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    I used to simply watch TV. But after spending two days at DreamWorks last week courtesy of Netflix, that simple feat is now impossible. I know too much. I’ve seen behind the curtain. I’ve talked to the wizards. And believe you me, they are just that — wizards. On June 26, Netflix will air 13 episodes of Dragons: Race to the Edge. It’s a brand new animated TV show venture between DreamWorks and Netflix, that takes place chronologically between the first and second How to Train Your Dragon movies. If you’re a HTTYD devotee, you’ll remember two prior animated…
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  • Love Millennial Style

    Carson Abrir
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    When it comes to feeling loved, millennials are much more likely to be wowed by a lover’s acts of service than older generations. But across the generations, some things haven't changed at all.
  • Appreciations Go a Long Way to Strengthening Relationships

    Carson Abrir
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    Couples and families who create a habit of appreciating each other tend to be happier, healthier and enjoy more fulfilling relationships.
  • How Couples Spice Up Sex with a Sense of Adventure

    Carson Abrir
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    You don't have to invite your lover to climb a tree to add a new dimension of excitement to your love making, but for many, making whoopee in the great outdoors is a big turn-on according to a survey of 891 adults.
  • Want to Know What Your Lover Wants after Sex? Ask!

    Carson Abrir
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Is your lover waiting for you to break out in song after love making? Not likely, according to a study of 891 adult men and women conducted by PAIRS Foundation, a longtime industry leader in marriage and relationship education.
  • Top Ten Ways Couples Get in the Mood for Passion

    Carson Abrir
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    A PAIRS Foundation study offers interesting insights into how couples ignite the flames of passion that most often lead to love-making. Check out the top ten and create your own perfect love-making scenario.
 
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  • Rainy day activities

    16 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    It’s the UK and the chances are that, even in the summer, it’ll be raining somewhere. It’s an accepted, if irritating, part of life, but what are you going to do with your child during a rainy day? Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do, some at home and some by heading off to a local museum or art gallery. Imagination and inspiration Children need to be stimulated, and you can so easily do this in the home if you’re prepared to take the time. Use your imagination to inspire your kid, and in no time they’ll have a whole range of new experiences and…
  • Lounge Casino

    4 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    INT. HOUSE  – LOUNGE – LATE EVENING Six men pushing middle age are seated round the lounge table covered in a piece of green beize bought from Argos, smoking cigars and joints, sipping beer and believing they are in a Vegas Casino. It’s poker night. MIKE How’s being a stay at home dad? JAKE Fucking exhausting! There is a reason why for centuries men have chosen not to do it – they worked out that hunting animals or going down the pits or even going to war was preferable. But childcare is so expensive it doesn’t really make sense for me to work. She earns far more…
  • Netflix TV treats for Dads

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Some Netflix recommendations for dads to watch in their man cave. BREAKING BAD Put-upon teacher turns into bad ass drug dealer. If you are one of the few that hasn’t watched it yet, join the party. You won’t regret it. BETTER CALL SAUL Watch it when you have caned Breaking Bad and you are still craving for a Vince Gilligan fix. HOUSE OF CARDS Politics has never been so watchable or so sexy. FARGO If you can get past Sherlock’s sidekick / The Hobbit doing a William H Macey impression this is one helluva ride. Billy Bob Thornton at his menacing best. #netflixstreamteam
  • Fathers day Jet Pack

    1 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    It’s fathers day soon and wifey if you are reading this can i get one of these water powered jet packs please? M has some child benefit saved in her own bank account i’m sure she’d be delighted to spend it all on me. They are about $100k, so you might have top up the difference!
  • Fool Britannia

    27 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Everybody likes good comedy right? And us Brits do it pretty well. Monty Python, Ricky Gervais and that big guy, James Corden, they’re all pretty funny, right? But you know what? It’s not that they’re so funny because they mean to be – most of the time they just can’t help it. The fact is those guys come from a place that has comedy just oozing out of the ground. It’s not just history that we have a lots of. We also have thousands of years of comic potential just waiting to be tapped as well. Did you take a peek at the people standing to be Prime Minister recently?
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  • Surviving Summer Vacation With and Without Technology

    C.C. Chapman
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:14 am
    Todays world is full of parents who work from home. For the past nine years, I’ve been one of them. When summer vacation arrives, it comes with new challenges. Our home offices are no longer the sacred, quiet spaces that we love and thrive in. While some build a writing shed or a tiny house to escape the squeals of the summertime kids (and it is something I dream of doing), it isn’t a viable option for most. Thankfully I don’t have to worry about the technology side of the equation. Having Verizon FiOS insures that even when my son is playing Destiny on our Xbox or League of…
  • We Are All Humans. Everything Else is an Adjective

    C.C. Chapman
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    Last night at the dinner table, my daughter and I had a conversation about the term gender fluid. I admitted that I didn’t know enough about it to have an opinion; but that my gut reaction to it was that it didn’t make sense to me. This morning I took the time to read up on it so that I could form an opinion about it. Turns out that I didn’t have a full understanding of what the term means. Now that I do I can understand and appreciate the term. I know Emily will appreciate our follow up conversation. Combine that with people identifying themselves in all sorts of ways and the rampart…
  • Spoiled Brats of the Internet

    C.C. Chapman
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
    This morning my doodling ended up with the above. Being a small town kid at heart who grew up in a blue collar family, I tend to notice these things. The #FirstWorldProblems trend has always rubbed me a bit the wrong way. Sure, I’ve bitched about things that I didn’t need to and I know that. Whenever I do, I tend to feel bad about it not long after hitting the send button. This morning as I enjoyed my bananas and black coffee (I still think that could be a fun name for a band) my mind began wandering about a lot of different things going on in the world and right in my backyard.
  • Teaching Fuels My Soul

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    After the two day “conference” portion of MisfitCon, I’ve made a tradition of going for a walk with my camera and finding breakfast alone to collect my thoughts and decompress from the 48 hours of inspiration I’ve just been through. This year I found myself in a leather and chrome booth at The Boiler Room. Being the first customer on a Saturday morning means instant attention and fresh coffee. Exactly the combination I needed. Reading through my notes there was plenty of quotes and thoughts, but then I started brain-dumping on a fresh page that started with:…
  • Outside Over Tech

    C.C. Chapman
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:18 am
    Technology is a beautiful thing. It allows for the world to be smaller, collaborative and innovative together. Technology also allows us to hide behind our keyboards, be addicted to our phones and forget that there is life beyond a screen. I returned from Fargo with a desire to doodle. It is something I use to do all the time as a kid and my father blames computers for taking me away from doing it. Sure, I still doodle in the corner of my notebooks during conference calls and other bits of boredoms, but I thought it might be fun to focus some energy each day on doodling. This was my doodle…
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  • Scratch ‘N’ Whiff (FOR PARENTS)

    Andy
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Remember Scratch N’ Sniff stickers? If you don’t, then I’m sorry for you, either for your being born too late or for your terrible misfortune of being raised by wolves under a rock. For those of us that do remember rubbing the scent genie out of its goofily illustrated, circular adhesive bottle on trapper keepers or designated sticker zones of preference, you know, right? You know the joy of scratching and scrubbing the blessed magical, chemically questionable fragrance out of those magical discs of nasal wishes come true. Sometime wishes turned curse really, if we’re…
  • 17 Ways To Hold A Baby

    Charlie
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    We don’t typically like to showcase much “how-to” content. It would make us seem like we were helpful, which, if you’ve read any of this website, you know we are not. But this guy is on to something here. If you’re an active person, holding a baby can get tricky without a sling or proper baby-wielding apparatus. So, we often invent new ways to hold our little bundles of love. This guy has 17 of them. The steps are simple: Step 1. Find a baby Step 2. Hold the baby. Check it out! Complete List of Holds The Standard Shoulder Hold The Reverse Standard Shoulder Hold…
  • My Kid Just Said… #61

    Andy
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    “That was pretty funny, right, Daddy? … So… Are you going to post it on the internet? Ha ha! Because I think you should post that on the internet.” -Lucas (2015, 6 years old)   NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I swear he doesn’t really even know what that means! He’s just parroting what he’s heard his mom and me say. I know I do this as one of my jobs, posting stuff here and there and everywhere, but he’s SIX… NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I once made the terrible mistake of showing him a video I’d posted on Vine and told him it was doing very well. High fives…
  • Dad + Kids x Dance = YES!!!

    Charlie
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    The internet brings us terrible and awesome things. Mostly terrible, but it makes the awesome that much more rad. Or radder. A raddening occurs. Today’s internet awesome comes from a dance teacher and his 4 year-old son. This dance team of Dad + Son is fantastic. Just what you need on a Friday to get your weekend started off right. Some get these guys on Ellen. Is it weird that this kid is a better dance than I am? Alright, kids. If you and your kids could pick a jam to dance to, what would would it be?
  • “Of Bikes and Ants” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:22 am
    Everything about death is always hard, including explaining what it is. It seems particularly hard because kids are so innocent, naive and positively bursting at the seems with alive-ness. They’re just starting out life, learning how to pedal and steer their little bodies and bikes. Of course, it’s necessary that they understand the concept, but it can seem like we’re staining a bright white sheet with the thick, brown reality of the shittiest part of life: its end. Death. Watch till the end to see the amazing reaction to the “death talk” by Matthew’s…
 
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    Daddyplace.com

  • Children Behavioral Issues?

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Does your child have serious behavioral issues? Does he or she have bad manners? Do they constantly act out by doing inappropriate things? If you have a child who is uncontrollable, you might have started to lose hope for them having any sort of normal life, and becoming a productive member of society. However, there are places out there that specialize in helping children with these types of i...
  • Extend the Life of Your Sofa with New Foam

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Your sofa may be one of the busiest seating areas in your home. The upholstery and frame will stand up for many years, but the couch foam may compress over time. Replace it for additional years of comfort.Before you begin, there a few considerations to keep in mind. Foam density matters and can have a significant impact on the...
  • 4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Crane

    8 Jun 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Are you looking for an industrial crane? Or maybe you just need something to help you with an extensive home renovation. Whatever your reasons for shopping cranes, here are four things you should consider before signing on the dotted line.1. DesignHow do you intend to use the crane? Does its fabrication support that purpose? Is it made of strong, durable materials, and does it come with varia...
  • “Safety First” is Not Enough

    22 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Here's a post I made on safety ‘Safety First’: Nowadays it seems that is more of a phrase we say, than something we practice and teach. It should be more of a creed than a mere slogan. Even more so when it comes to the question of the safety of your children. How often do you come across such benign precepts in the course of your daily activities? But more often than not, most parents tend t...
  • Different Types of Casters

    19 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Are you looking to put something on wheels? You should know right away that not every type of caster will suit every item. Here are just a few different types of casters and how to use them.SwivelSwivel casters have the ability to rotate under their plates. They're excellent for things like office chairs and garage toolboxes where space is limited and maneuverability matters. If you're lookin...
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    Bobblehead Dad

  • Kid Connection Tip: Self-Worth – For You and the Kids

    jimhigley
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    Dear Kids, Want to know a little secret? For years I’ve had one goal for you as my child. And I’ve tried every day of my life to help make that goal become a reality. The goal wasn’t found on the playing field. I was never concerned about home runs, what position you played or how much playing time you had. I loved the fact that you tried things, that you experienced the fun (and challenges) of being part of a team. And while I sometimes tired from driving you back and forth from practice after practice, I knew it was important to help you keep the commitment you made each…
  • When the Caregiver Learns How to be Cared For

    jimhigley
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    This is part of a series of stories and videos I’m sharing during the months of May and June – highlighting the importance of connecting with our children. These memories are brought to you by the wonderful folks at Kimberly-Clark who have compensated me for my writing. All opinions are my own.  Visit the Kimberly-Clark website Join in the Kimberly-Clark Facebook fun Check out Kimberly-Clark on Twitter #CelebrateFamilyValues
  • Never Too Old for a Father-Son Moment

    jimhigley
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    I’ve been to many “Father-Son” events in my life. And the most recent one made me realize that my son is looking less like my “son” more like the other dads in the room. Last weekend I had the fun job of hosting and moderating two different “NBA Fantasy Camps” for a bunch of dads and their children – ranging in age from 5 to 15. The highlight of each 3-hour event was one-on-one time with NBA legend, Robert Horry who – after putting the dads and kids through a 90-minute workout – shared his thoughts about being a dad in a moderated…
  • Kid Connection Tip: Gone Fishing

    jimhigley
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    I never learned how to fish as a kid. Never. Nada. Zippo. The closest I came to experiencing the thrill of catching a big one was annually – at my grade school’s fundraiser – where I’d pay 25 cents to cast a line over a plywood wall and wait for someone to clip a small brown paper bag to the end of it. They’d give my line a little “tug” to let me know I caught something. And I’d pull my catch – a cheap plastic toy insider the brown paper bag – back over the makeshift wall. That – sadly – was my version of childhood…
  • Kid Connection Tip: The Good Part of Student Drivers

    jimhigley
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    I’ve heard it hundreds of times in my life. Complaints – and words of fear – from parents as they contemplate their son or daughter learning how to drive. And for many, a very real trepidation about sitting in the passenger seat with that same child who – seemingly just a few years ago – was wearing diapers. I’ve been through the journey three times. And I’m happy to report that I’m still alive. As are they. Sure, I certainly had many white-knuckle moments (welcome to parenting, right?). But I’ve also come to view those “student…
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    Dad and Buried

  • Is It Bedtime Yet?

    Dad and Buried
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Children will never admit to being tired. They’ll shake their heads while they’re yawning if they think it will buy them five more minutes of doing whatever stupid bullshit they’re doing. My son hates going to bed more than I hate trying to put my son to bed! They simply don’t know what’s best for them. So it’s up to us to decide. Of all the nightmarish aspects of parenting young children, getting them to bed may well be the worst. Especially at the end of a long day, when your patience is at its lowest. Sometimes waiting for your kid’s bedtime to…
  • Don’t Fear the Future

    Dad and Buried
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:41 pm
    I’ve never really liked post-apocalyptic movies. You know the ones, where the world is shit, whether by circumstance or calamity, and everyone left is fighting for survival and scrounging for sustenance. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome‘s dry, desert dystopia just depresses me (although I definitely enjoyed Fury Road). Everyone is so dirty! It looks miserable. One of the reasons people prefer The Empire Strikes Back to Star Wars is because for once, a href=”https://instagram.com/p/4bzR5EjepO” target=”_blank”>Tattoine isn’t involved. The good news is…
  • Not So Fast

    Dad and Buried
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    We didn’t post one of those September/June, then/now photo comparisons. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. You’re on Facebook; those things are everywhere. It’s rare to find a parent who didn’t measure the passage of time by juxtaposing pictures of their kid’s first day of school in September with their kid’s last day of school in June. And then, with a mixture of pride (“He did it!”) and petulance (“He’s growing up too fast!”), they bemoan the passage of time, whine about how fast…
  • Noise Tolerance

    Dad and Buried
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    Parenting is an experiment. You keep trying new things, seeing what works (nothing) and what doesn’t (everything), and shifting your techniques accordingly until you land on the perfect (read: imaginary) combination and tend to your impressionable child until he sprouts into a flawless adult. Unfortunately, that’s all a waste of time. Not only because parenting is impossible to game plan, and because it turns out we’re the test subjects. The primary experiment our kids are conducting on us? Noise tolerance. The post Noise Tolerance appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • The Pop Culture Pass Down

    Dad and Buried
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:12 pm
    These days, parents have it easy. Stop laughing. I just mean we have it easy when it comes to introducing our kids to our favorite shows and movies. I don’t have a lot to pass down to my son. There’s my sense of humor, my inexplicable collection of Garfield books (the same seven jokes reprinted over and over for 40 years = PRICELESS), and a complete and utter inability to build or fix things. But I do have opinions, and many of them center around pop culture: Superman is better than Batman; Die Hard is the best action movie ever made; “The Wire” is required watching;…
 
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    Joshua Wilner

  • Is Your Business Blinded By Familiarity?

    Joshua
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    Last summer I was contacted by a business that said they wanted to find a way to improve the effectiveness of their website. I told them I would be happy to help them and asked them to answer two questions: 1) What did they mean by improving effectiveness? 2) Did their website tell their story? They told me effectiveness referred to generating leads and told me the second question was silly. I asked them why and they told me it was silly because it was obvious what they did and the services they provided. I asked them to humor me and suggested that familiarity with their products/services was…
  • Goodbye Cellphone, Hello Soup Cans & String

    Joshua
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    It’s close to midnight and I am preparing to say goodbye to Thursday and hello to Friday but instead of smiling there is a look on my face that my teenager used to refer to in his toddler years as “the angry face.” Back then he would say, “daddy, don’t make the angry face, I don’t like it.” I would always respond with “why is daddy making the angry face” and then we would talk about what happened and ways to prevent it from happening again. It is too bad this isn’t one of those situations because it would be much easier to explain to…
  • Three Questions To Ask Parents & People

    Joshua
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:21 pm
    My children graduated from their respective schools three weeks ago and as part of my role as proud father I joined the mad scramble to gain the perfect position to take a picture. Some might say that after almost fifteen years as a father I have gotten pretty good at getting the shot because you rarely see me pushing and shoving the way so many others do to obtain that perfect position. It is not because I am strong enough to move the men and the women out of my way or tall enough to see over all of them. Nor is it because I prefer to make snarky comments about the people who think the best…
  • It is Better To Be Offended

    Joshua
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:45 am
    I spent part of Father’s Day at the movie theater with my son where I was reminded again about how intolerant people have become of things they don’t want to hear/see/smell/experience. While waiting for the guy behind the counter to bring over our ridiculously overpriced popcorn I got to listen to the guy next to me complain about reality television and rail on about how many bad episodes he had been forced to watch. I was very curious to find out who forced him to watch these bad episodes because everyone knows that being forewarned is forearmed. But since I wasn’t certain…
  • Your Comfort Zone Is Killing You

    Joshua
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I can’t take credit for saying you need to get busy living or accept the fact that you are busy dying but I can say I agree with the sentiment. Ask me what I mean by it and we might have a long conversation about how short our lives are and how long it takes for some of us to figure out what we really want to do with our lives. It might even turn into the sort of conversation where we both choose to take it beyond the surface and really engage or maybe not. Lately it feels like 89.5% of the people I speak with tell me how busy they are in a way that makes it clear no one else could…
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Darth Vader - 65 Days to Go...

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    It was roughly 4 minutes and 33 seconds into 1977's STAR WARS (before we knew it as "A NEW HOPE" or "EPISODE IV") that audiences first witnessed the cinematic debut of Darth Vader... Dark Lord of the Sith. He didn't even need to say a word, and audiences knew he was the biggest badass in the galaxy. By the next time we see him again just over a minute later, he's choking some guy, and then he just tosses him aside. Evil? Sure, but within a year or so, millions of kids (myself included) were running around dressed as Darth, and his original Kenner action figure from 1978 quickly became a…
  • Guest Post: 10 Things A Parent Can Do To Prevent Addiction

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    In support of their new book, Addicted Kids - Our Lost Generation: An Integrative Approach to Understanding and Treating Addicted Teens, Drs Ron and Cherie Santasiero stop by to share their list of ten important tips to help parents prevent addiction with their children... BooksParentingAddictionParenting BooksGuest Post
  • STAR WARS REBELS Officially Announced for Blu-ray and DVD...

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:08 pm
    On Friday, it was sheer coincidence that I happened to have received an announcement regarding Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS... while standing in a hallway at Disney XD. While I was there to check out a screening of Disney's DESCENDANTS (more on that later), I was excited to learn that STAR WARS REBELS: COMPLETE SEASON ONE had officially been announced for a home video release on Blu-ray and DVD for September 1st. No doubt our favorite show to enjoy as a family right now, SEASON ONE packs all 15 episodes ("Spark of Rebellion" is counted as a two-parter) alongside bonus material and interviews…
  • Here's the Complete Line-up of SDCC Exclusives Being Offered by Toys "R" Us...

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:26 pm
    It feels like it really crept up on us this year, but the annual Comic-Con International is set to take place in San Diego from July 9-12, and the crew over at Toys "R" Us has unveiled their full lineup of exclusive items, which they've once again partnered with the folks from Entertainment Earth to make available on-site. It's a Hasbro-heavy collection, but Mattel, Bandai, Mezco and Schleich are also in the mix this year, with toys also being made available online on July 9th as part of Toys "R" Us' all-new #CollectorVector - a store-within-a-store that will focus on the "mature collector."…
  • Force Friday Countdown: Bib Fortuna - 66 Days to Go...

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Every proper gangster has a solid right-hand man, and for Jabba the Hutt, it was Bib Fortuna that answered the call. This cloaked Twi'lek served as a gatekeeper for those seeking an audience with Jabba, speaking mostly in Huttese, and falling victim to a Jedi mind trick performed by Luke Skywalker himself in RETURN OF THE JEDI. While Fortuna's allegiance to Jabba is said to have lasted decades, it came to an explosive end on a sail barge high above the Pit of Carkoon. Bib Fortuna is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar! DisneyStar WarsSTAR WARS: THE FORCE…
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    Talking Dad Blog

  • My #FirstCarMoment involved taming The Beast!

    Christopher
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Michelin for this promotion. I have received compensation for my participation, but my first car memories are my own. I have deep respect for the road and everything on it. Totaling two vehicles in my lifetime has taught me that you cannot predict road conditions or the actions of other drivers, however, we can control our own driving habits and ensure our vehicles are in proper working order. This includes being alert, ensuring regular vehicle maintenance and understanding the condition of our tires. This week I’ve partnered with…
  • Tom and Jerry: The Gene Deitch Collection….uhhh….yeah

    Christopher
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    DVD Review Do you remember a stretch run of Tom and Jerry cartoons that “felt” different than the Hanna-Barbera classics you fell in love with? When I say felt, what I really mean is, you just couldn’t stand them. If you stumbled upon them today, say, in a DVD compilation, you’d probably understand the forthcoming contempt… I didn’t immediately recognize the culprit when offered an opportunity to review Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s latest DVD release, Tom and Jerry: The Gene Deitch Collection. I was just a kid, I paid no attention to the opening…
  • 2015 Mazda CX-9 Review: Addicted to Dinosaurs

    Christopher
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    Disclosure: I was provided the 2015 Mazda CX-9 for the purpose of this review. Technical specifications were provided by the manufacturer, but the opinions expressed are my own. Dad approved. That might be the first time I’ve uttered the words. But in any case, undoubtedly sincere when it comes to driving the 2015 Mazda CX-9 AWD. It’s a dinosaur in terms of the aging platform, but you see, the CX-9 functions unlike any car I’ve ever owned. I literally burst into joy sitting in the generous rear cabin, where I could freely move my legs. The V6 DOHC purs smoother and louder…
  • Tips and Strategy for Fallout Shelter on iOS

    Christopher
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    Bethesda’s new mobile game, Fallout Shelter, hit iOS like a ton of bricks this week. It’s already an editor’s pick, and for good reason. Fallout Shelter is the tease before Bethesda unleashes the console fan-favorite Fallout. It’s also pretty addictive, though sometimes repetitive and high-maintenance. We’ve been playing non-stop since release and have developed a (so-far) fairly effective guide for resource mining, item gathering and chip saving in the early stages of the game. Consider this the Beginner’s Tips Guide. 1. Name your Dwellers One of the earlier…
  • Win free tickets to the advance screening of MAX

    Christopher
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Enter for your chance to attend an advance screening of MAX on Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00pm at the Emagine Royal Oak. A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service. Sent stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is saved when he is adopted by Kyle’s family. But Justin has issues of his own,…
 
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • Here’s what I love about Indy PopCon

    Matt Todd
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:32 pm
    I have been to several conventions over the years. Several of them were of the geek-related variety in Indianapolis. And what I can say without a shadow of doubt is that Indy PopCon is my favorite of the cons that I’ve attended. Due to the fact that we were moving that weekend, I was only able to attend for a little while during last year’s inaugural run. But I loved every minute I was there. And I can’t wait to return this year.Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy about all the cons that are here. They are great for Indianapolis. And I think Indianapolis is great for…
  • Celebrating Bosse Field’s 100th anniversary!

    Matt Todd
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:08 pm
    This post contains affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale if you make a purchase using the link. I’ve been to sports facilities that just ooze history out of every corner. It’s a mystical, magical experience. Some say Bosse Field has that same kind of feel. There’s good reason for that.Bosse Field is about to turn 100 years old. It’s the third-oldest ballpark still in use in the United States. Only Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are older. From concerts to an NFL team (ever hear of the Evansville Crimson Giants? Yeah, me neither.
  • So what shall I do with @Just_Matt_?

    Matt Todd
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:19 am
    One year ago today, I received an email from the HR Director, asking if I wouldn’t mind stopping by her office for a little “chat.” I knew what that meant. It was early Tuesday morning and very few people had arrived in the office yet. I knew exactly what that meant.Less than an hour later, I was walking out to my car to get a box so I could gather up my belongings. It wasn’t a surprise, really. It had happened to a lot of people in recent weeks. In fact, I was starting to see a bit of a pattern. But it still left me a little disoriented.I had just been fired.I can say…
  • 3 ways you can start changing the world TODAY

    Matt Todd
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    This world is broken. You know it. I know it. It’s full of people who are broken. There’s so much hate and violence and destruction and poverty and loneliness and dysfunction and sickness and bullying and the list goes on and on and on. When you look at all the problems on a global scale, it’s completely overwhelming and it can be tempted to just throw your hands up in the air and say, “I give up. The problem’s too big. I’m too small. It’s not even worth the effort.”Whenever you think that’s the case, I hope you remember this…
  • We’ve been awarded a matching funds grant for our adoption!

    Matt Todd
    31 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
    I posted this announcement on twitter a couple of nights ago…One more big-huge opportunity to raise funds for our #adoption. Once this one is complete, we should be DONE raising money!— Matt Todd (@mattdantodd) May 28, 2015And quickly followed it up with this… I hope to have details posted later this evening. — Matt Todd (@mattdantodd) May 28, 2015Like I said, that was a few days ago. The details were never posted. I’m sorry about that. I had to make sure all our ducks were in a row before making it public. But now? Everything’s a go and I am beyond excited to…
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    The Amateur Dad

  • Saturday Video: Steve Harvey and his Son

    theamateurdad
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    Saturday Video is a weekly feature to help fathers live the dad life better. I know, I know, its been a month since I’ve posted. But trust me, I’ll have a lot to say the next month with all that’s been going on recently. Right now though I’m really, REALLY excited to share this Saturday Video with you today. This is a clip from a recently aired Steve Harvey Show episode. It was a Father’s Day theme, and Steve’s youngest son had a special surprise for him. Watch below and let me know your thoughts in the comments section.   The post Saturday Video:…
  • Tomorrowland: The Movie That Could Have Been Great

    theamateurdad
    24 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    ***This review contains spoilers to the new movie “Tomorrowland” When I was in high school I was beyond excited to go to my senior prom. I got a new suit, new shoes, and my hair faded to perfection in anticipation for the big night. But then the unexpected happened. I was dumped the day of the prom. Everything I was hoping to experience that night, the excitement, the camaraderie with my senior class, the dancing, all went out the window with one phone call. What I had expected to be one of the greatest nights of my life turned into one of the biggest if not the biggest letdown…
  • Saturday Video: Clicking Porn Fuels Sex Trafficking

    theamateurdad
    19 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Saturday Video is a weekly feature to help fathers live the dad life better. Blogging for the last year about fatherhood has made me become aware of several important areas we fathers need to address, not only in our kids lives but in our lives also. Having been addicted to porn at one point in my life (I overcame my addiction with counselling help from my church and family support) I can honestly say there’s no such thing as a “healthy” or “normal” usage of pornagraphy in any form (print, video, web, etc.). Many studies have shown pornagraphy to be highly…
  • Review: Our Trip To The Bata Shoe Museum

    theamateurdad
    15 May 2015 | 8:46 pm
    My wife loves shoes. She really does. I know you don’t need me to prove it, but here’s a picture from her Spring cleaning this year: Okay so you get it now. She really loves shoes. To be honest I don’t know why we’re still married after I had mistakenly arranged to have about 20 pairs of her shoes thrown out in the trash when we were engaged. But that’s another story for another day. Because of her affection for shoes, it was no surprise to me when she requested to go to the Bata Shoe Museum, here in the great city of Toronto, on Mother’s Day. The museum…
  • Saturday Video: Building a Minimal Wardrobe

    theamateurdad
    2 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Saturday Video is a weekly feature to help fathers live the dad life better. Two things might start happening when your start having kids: 1. You begin to have less time and 2. You begin to have less disposable income available. One area many dads, myself included, have a challenge with is maintaining and sustaining a decent wardrobe that can fill the needs of all the areas of our lives (work, casual, formal, etc.). Enter The Art of Manliness. The Art of Manliness was founded by Brett McKay in 2008 and has grown it into the largest independent men’s interest magazine on the web. For this…
 
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    City Dads Group

  • On Same-Sex Marriage

    Kevin McKeever
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    We asked some of our City Dads Group contributors to weigh in with their thoughts on and reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that declared same-sex couples have the right to marry and states must recognize such unions. Scene from the San Francisco gay pride parade on Sunday. Photo: Courtesy of Victoria Lostaunau (http://www.vlostart.com/) “To quote Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to office in California and a tireless voice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer rights, ‘It takes no compromising…
  • Having “The Talk” Down the Road

    Trey Burley
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    (Photo: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net) You know those times you’re innocently talking to a child and they open up a whole new dimension of where you were planning on going with the conversation? Maybe it should be called “the autobahn”or “the cul-de-sac” of a child’s conversation. Sometimes it’s an innocent cul-de-sac. The conversation goes round and round. Other times, it takes that lightspeed Endor jump from innocent to “hold me tightly, I need a moment.” This talk we had is a combination of two types of streets. We were on the highway and…
  • Avoid the Overparenting Trap

    Jason S. Grant
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    How to Raise an Adult, the new book by Julie Lythcott-Haims, discusses the many pitfalls and consequences of overparenting. A former undergraduate dean at Stanford University, Lythcott-Haims recounts stories of young adults who have been left devoid of the basic life skills that are crucial to surviving in a dangerous unforgiving world because of their overprotective mothers and fathers. She writes, for example, that many parents today are hesitant to give their children the freedom to play alone outdoors or in the playground the way they were allowed when they were children.
  • Vegas Dads Get Their Dairy On

    Kevin Zelenka
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    June is almost over, and that means so is National Dairy Month. Members of the Vegas Dads Group celebrated the glory of milk and cheese by visiting and touring Anderson Dairy. Five dads and seven children got a chance to walk the halls of the dairy and learn the history behind this great company that has been providing milk to the residents of Sin City since 1907.. They watched the machines package milk for schools, ice cream for the stores, and little creamers for the local hotel and casino restaurants. In my opinion, the Clark County School District Room was the most impressive. The…
  • Shooting, ‘Blackness’ Makes Father Fear for Daughter

    Christopher Persley
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dear Camilla, I’m writing this letter to you because I’m hurting, and I want you to understand why. I’m writing this because I hope it will help me gain some solace. Something happened that has affected me in a way that I’m trying my best to deal with, Camilla. On June 17, in Charleston, South Carolina, in these United States of America, a man entered a place of worship, Mother Emanuel AME Church, shot and murdered nine people. Nine innocent people who were there to worship their lord. This man entered and apparently took advantage of the generosity and warmth of these…
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    Father Nerds Best

  • Quick Last Minute Gift Ideas for Father's Day - Books

    10 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Father's Day is right around the corner. There are a number of things you can get dad this year, least of which is your time and love will, which will be most appreciated. But, if you want something small to get your dad/spouse before Sunday, I have you covered with a few last minute gift ideas. I was given the chance to review a couple books and heard about another that would make excellent last minute gift ideas for the dad in your life. So, whether you are shopping for dad or buying for yourself, these are a couple dad friendly books that will be a hit come Father's Day next Sunday.Figure…
  • Why Video Games Aren't the Problem

    29 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    It seems you can't go a week without seeing someone blaming video games for something. Growing up, it was the violent nature of Mortal Kombat. When I was in high school/college, it was Grand Theft Auto. Nowadays, it's a mix of the two with the added social features added into games which allow kids to be absolute terrors on voice chat. There is a lot of negativity surrounding video games and the use and abuse of them by children. Most of this negativity though is absolutely misguided and is instead the fault of the parents who use video games as a babysitter and let their kids play video…
  • FNB Review - LabelWorks™ Printable Ribbon Kit

    22 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Thanks to the folks over at Epson, my wife was given the chance to test out a new product they recently released called the "LabelWorks™ Printable Ribbon Kit." For those that don't know, my wife is an avid crocheter who creates and sells her work on her Facebook page: Pocket Full O' Poseys. I'm not the craftiest person around, but my wife has made some amazing items and takes great pains to make sure the products she sells look awesome when she ships them to her customers. It was a no brainer that the LabelWorks kit would work perfectly in this role. After finishing up her most recent…
  • Book Review - Curious Critters: Marine

    13 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    If there is one type of book my son loves, it's books with a lot of pictures. When I was given the chance to review a new picture heavy book by David FitzSimmons called Curious Critters: Marine, I couldn't resist. I received the book a few weeks ago, and while it has taken me a while to finally post about it, it's not because me or my son didn't like it. Quite the contrary - it's an awesome book with a ton of high quality pictures of marine life. My son may not be able to read, with high quality pictures and some text on the page, this book proved to be a nice read to an inquisitive mind.The…
  • Riots in the Place You Love

    1 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    credit: nydailynews.comAs many people know, I'm from Baltimore, MD. If you have been paying attention to the news recently, you'll know that there is currently some turmoil on the streets of Baltimore City. For those unaware, an African American man named Freddie Gray was stopped by police and ran. When he was apprehended, he was handled roughly, thrown in the back of the police van, and taken away. It was later found out that the reason for the arrest was because of a knife the suspect had clipped to the inside of his pants, something that wouldn't be visible if you're just passing by. Some…
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  • ExerSaucer Life In The Amazon Triple Fun Saucer Review

    Mike Granek
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    ExerSaucer Life In The Amazon Triple Fun Saucer Review by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com reviews the ExerSaucer Life In The Amazon Triple Fun Saucer and demonstrates the 3 stages of use – Playmat, ExerSaucer and Activity Table as well as folding for storage and other features.   Product Information For more information, visit the Evenflo website; evenflo.com/Products/ExerSaucer/Saucers/Life_in_the_Amazon/   What is Mike wearing? Check out the Skechers shoes Mike is wearing in the video: Men’s Relaxed Fit: Expected – Avillo Comfort…
  • Behind The Scenes | Skechers Vancouver Showroom

    Mike Granek
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Behind The Scenes | Skechers Vancouver Showroom by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies visits the Skechers showroom in Vancouver to check out their huge selection of shoes and to find out what makes them so comfortable. The post Behind The Scenes | Skechers Vancouver Showroom was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Huggies Little Movers & Snugglers Plus Diapers

    Mike Granek
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Huggies Little Movers & Snugglers Plus Diapers by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. I love being a dad and everything that goes along with that title, even changing diapers! Believe it or not, diaper changing can be fun! I’m not talking about the messes and explosions to clean up, I’m talking about the way I try to make my baby laugh while changing him! I didn’t even realize that this was becoming a routine – funny faces and silly sounds while changing a diaper, doing my best to try to make him laugh, and partly to keep him still! Now he’s come to expect that this is when…
  • A Few Thoughts On Father’s Day

    Justin Connors
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    A Few Thoughts On Father’s Day by Justin Connors is provided by Top Daddies. A Few Thoughts On Father’s Day Guest Post By Justin Connors The articles have been written, top 10 lists compiled and gifts have been bought. Fathers Day is here yet again. I always get contemplative around this time of the year because the online world pumps articles about Dads for almost the entire month of June. (In fact I wrote a top 10 gift idea list for TopDaddies.com!). Through the noise I circle back to my own life and my thoughts on being a father. I can’t help but think about the task I…
  • Ultimate Father’s Day Toy Giveaway!

    Mike Granek
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    Ultimate Father’s Day Toy Giveaway! by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. TopDaddies is giving away an Ultimate Toy Gift Pack from Spinmaster Toys this Father’s Day! Contest runs June 13 until June 20 and is open to all residents of USA & Canada only, excluding Quebec. There will be one (1) grand prize package consisting of the following products (subject to availability, final prize package toy selection may vary and may not be exactly as shown); one (1) Zoomer Dino, one (1) Air Hogs Rip Force Glider, one (1) Air Hogs Hyper Disk, one (1) Air Hogs Sky Stunt Jet, two (2)…
 
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  • Optimism defined

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    1 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    My son and daughter are two of the most optimistic people I’ve ever known. Hold on, that’s not right—they are without a doubt the most optimistic people I’ve ever known. Year’s ago my son (the engineer) was up for a big promotion at his company, but he didn’t get it. There were some internal politics going on and a bit of weirdness and it wasn’t really handled fairly. I talked to my son shortly afterward, and he was understandably disappointed, but then he said to me, “You know what, dad, I’m going to work tomorrow as if I got that promotion…
  • My daughter is slightly nuts (and I love it)

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    27 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
  • Vignettes from a thankful pastor’s wife

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    27 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following little stories were sent to me by my dear friend Sarah Slyman, who began her message with this: “sorry! (sic) We are going non stop (sic) over here. Literally, (sic) non-stop!! now (sic) summer breaks is here already and maybe things will slow down for us! I haven’t been able to sit down and make this sound good, but here is my outline:…” And she ended her message with this: “OK….so those are the two stories I have. I just don’t have time to polish them or make them sound good…but that is what editor’s (sic) are for, right?”…
  • He is always in my heart

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    27 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
    By Surjit Singh Flora He is always in my heart. I will always love him forever…and I have so much pain in my heart. I couldn’t believe I lost him, just like that. My heart will never heal. Underneath the calm and happy mask, pain and turmoil continues to churn. As this weekend on Sunday June 21st we celebrate Father’s Day, the pain of having lost my father overwhelms me. As I remember my father, tears well up in my eyes and stream down my face. My dad always wanted to move to Canada so he could provide better education and a better life for his kids. He applies for the Canadian…
  • Journey back to the secret place

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    16 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    The house stood empty. Dad and I stood exhausted. With our backs against our overloaded trucks, we stared at the home where time had knitted our family together since 1958. Mom was gone now, and we were packing up the house. Bright rectangles on the walls showed where hanging photographs had kept the world from fading. The house echoed and whispered with far off and long ago sounds, like a shell held to your ear, a gigantic shell where something wonderful used to live. Dad looked down at his shoes. “I suppose we ought to leave,” he said, quietly. Neither of us moved. This would be the…
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