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  • NSFW: Dad Nails Parenting

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    Charlie
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    I’ve been seeing this make the rounds on all the normal internet avenues. Who knows if it’s true. I don’t really care either way. The sentiment, however, is truer than true. It’s fatherhood, itself. You don’t have to be a 6’3″ ex-navy seal to demonstrate masculinity. Embarrassment comes in a lot of colors and flavors. I’d venture to say it’s a bigger, more subversive embarrassment to avoid your children, and all the fun they bring. My father taught me the value of enjoying the uncomfortable moment. You have to find the beat when it comes…
  • Why Don’t Dads Read About Parenting?

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    Dad and Buried
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    When I look at my readership demographics, both for my blog and my Facebook page, the numbers are dominated by women. Seriously, it’s something like 90%/10%. This is obviously due in large part to my stunning good looks, but it’s also because of the subject matter. Men don’t read parenting blogs. Or parenting anything. I mean, some men do; I am part of a Facebook community of nearly 1000 dad bloggers who definitely read parenting content (if only to steal ideas). But I dare say most men don’t. At the very least, most men don’t read much. And they certainly…
  • Hausautomation in den eigenen vier Wänden

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    Marian
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Früher gehörten zur gebäudetechnischen Ausrüstung eines Einfamilienhauses eine Heizungsanlage sowie diverse Installationen im Bereich Sanitär. Der Teilbereich Gebäudeautomation hatte bis vor kurzem noch keinen allzu hohen Stellenwert bei Einfamilienhäusern. Der Begriff Gebäudeautomation beschreibt diverse Steuer-, Regelungs- und Überwachungskomponenten, die dazu dienen den Gebäudebetrieb aufrechtzuerhalten sowie den Nutzwert, den Komfort oder die Energieeffizienz des Hauses zu erhöhen. Bei gewerblich genutzten Immobilien hatte die Gebäudeautomation schon immer eine große…
  • Giveaway: Enter To Win Tickets To The Marvel Experience

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    Amanda Torres
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    Join forces with Marvel’s mightiest Heroes on a mission to save the planet! We’re giving away tickets to four lucky fans to attend The Marvel Experience Tour, in San Diego or San Francisco! Comment below & tell us who your favorite Marvel character is for a chance to win! The Marvel Experience is a first-of-its-kind, hyper-reality attraction that covers over two acres and encompasses seven colossal Domes, a life-size Avengers Quinjet, the world’s only 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome attraction and a state-of-the-art 4-D motion ride, interactive touch screens, motion…
  • Board game wars: getting through an epic game of Risk

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    Dan
    1 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    As the long winter nights close in and the weather takes a chilly turn, there is nothing quite like curling up in your living room to play an epic game of ‘Risk’ or one of its similarly challenging counterparts. Originally released in 1950s France as ‘La Conquete du Monde’, or ‘The Conquest of the World’, ‘Risk’ is one of the most enduring strategy board games ever made, and it is easy to lose entire evenings as you take it in turns to conquer your companions’ territories. If you are more of a video gamer than a fan of the classics, throwing your own board game evening can…
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  • Hausautomation in den eigenen vier Wänden

    Marian
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Früher gehörten zur gebäudetechnischen Ausrüstung eines Einfamilienhauses eine Heizungsanlage sowie diverse Installationen im Bereich Sanitär. Der Teilbereich Gebäudeautomation hatte bis vor kurzem noch keinen allzu hohen Stellenwert bei Einfamilienhäusern. Der Begriff Gebäudeautomation beschreibt diverse Steuer-, Regelungs- und Überwachungskomponenten, die dazu dienen den Gebäudebetrieb aufrechtzuerhalten sowie den Nutzwert, den Komfort oder die Energieeffizienz des Hauses zu erhöhen. Bei gewerblich genutzten Immobilien hatte die Gebäudeautomation schon immer eine große…
  • Bodengleiche Dusche fliesen – diese Tipps müssen beim Verlegen beachtet werden

    Marian
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Wer sein Bad modern einrichten möchte, entscheidet sich häufig für eine ebenerdige bzw. bodengleiche Dusche. Sie ist zum einen elegant und ästhetisch und zum anderen auch praktisch. Gerade für ältere Menschen ist es eine Erleichterung, einfach in die Dusche gehen zu können, ohne steigen zu müssen. Gerade bei kleineren Badezimmern ist so eine Dusche auch eine Möglichkeit, den Raum optisch zu vergrößern. Wer handwerklich etwas geschickt ist, die richtige Anleitung erhält und das passende Material kauft, kann eine solche Dusche durchaus selbst einbauen. Die Vorbereitung des…
  • Die richtige Pflege für ein Gartenhaus aus Holz

    Marian
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Schon bei der Planung eines Gartenhauses entscheidet man mit über den späteren Pflegeaufwand und macht sich die künftig notwendig werdende Arbeit eventuell schwerer als es sein muss. Holz des Gartenhauses bestimmt die Pflege Es beginnt mit der Auswahl des Holzes, aus dem das Gartenhaus besteht. Hier gibt es Sorten, die witterungsbeständiger sind als andere. Wählt man aus optischen oder Kostengründen eine Sorte, die empfindlicher auf Umwelteinflüsse wie Regen, Wind und UV-Strahlung reagiert, erhöht man damit automatisch den späteren Pflegeaufwand. Auch die Platzierung des Hauses auf…
  • Gardena Spaltaxt 2800 S und Universalbeil 900 B im Test – Holz hacken war noch nie so einfach

    Marian
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Die Gardena Spaltaxt 2800 S und das Universalbeil 900 B sind die größte und die kleinste Axt des Gartengeräte-Herstellers Gardena. Die in den für Gardena typischen Farben Blau und Schwarz gehaltenen Äxte unterscheiden sich in Bezug auf Material und Konstruktion von Äxten anderer Hersteller. Statt der üblichen Kombination von Stahl und Holz verwendet Gardena hier Stahl und glasfaserverstärkten Kunststoff (GFK), wie er auch bei der Herstellung von Flugzeugen und Booten verwendet wird. Außerdem werden bei der Spaltaxt 2800 S und ihrem kleineren Pendant nicht wie sonst üblich der Kopf…
  • Boxspringbetten: Ihr besonderer Aufbau sorgt für hohen Schlaf-Komfort

    Marian
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Kein Wunder, dass ihre Fanbase immer größer wird: Boxspringbetten sind eine Wohltat für den Rücken und garantieren so eine erholsame Nachtruhe. Verantwortlich für den hohen Liegekomfort ist ihr stattlicher Aufbau. Doch aus welchen Bestandteilen besteht eigentlich das Trend-Bett aus Amerika? Unterbau oder Untermatratze Die Basis eines Boxspringbettes besteht aus dem sogenannten Unterbau, der auch als Boxspring oder Untermatratze bezeichnet wird. Wichtig ist eine gute Qualität des Unterbaus, damit das komplette System halten kann, was es verspricht. Viele Innenausstatter wie zum Beispiel…
 
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  • Giveaway: Enter To Win Tickets To The Marvel Experience

    Amanda Torres
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    Join forces with Marvel’s mightiest Heroes on a mission to save the planet! We’re giving away tickets to four lucky fans to attend The Marvel Experience Tour, in San Diego or San Francisco! Comment below & tell us who your favorite Marvel character is for a chance to win! The Marvel Experience is a first-of-its-kind, hyper-reality attraction that covers over two acres and encompasses seven colossal Domes, a life-size Avengers Quinjet, the world’s only 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome attraction and a state-of-the-art 4-D motion ride, interactive touch screens, motion…
  • Win VIP Tickets To The Advanced Screening Of Black Or White

    Amanda Torres
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    We’ve teamed up with Relativity Studios to give our readers a chance to win VIP tickets to the advanced screening of the upcoming drama, Black Or White. BLACK OR WHITE is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon…
  • Join Us, Tuesday, January 13th 5PM PST/8PM EST For #DuckBrandDads Twitter Party For A Chance To Win A Duck Brand Prize Pack and Gift Cards

    Playground Dad Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    HAPPY 2015!!  Duck Brand wants to start your year off right by introducing easy, do-it-yourself projects every dad can do in their home. We’ll discuss out-of-the-box ways to use Duck Brand duct tape as well as cool ideas for crafts to make with your kids.  In addition, we’ll give away: Two (2) $100 Gift Cards along with a Duck Brand Prize Pack One (1) $300 Gift Card along with a Duck Brand Prize Pack Join us for the #DuckBrandDads Twitter Party on January 13th at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST! THIS #DuckBrandDads TWITTER PARTY WILL BE GREAT FOR TWO REASONS: You’ll learn about great DIY…
  • Top 5 Duck Brand DIY Craft Ideas Any Dad Can Do At Home

    Playground Dad Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    I consider myself the average dad, and if you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to spend time with your children and make life easier. Duck Brand is here to save the day!  We have partnered with Duck Brand to bring you do-it-yourself project ideas any dad can do at home.  Click on each title to get the step by step guide to make each project. Duck Tape Travel Game Kit (checkers) This is the perfect game for travel and getting ready for travel.  Have your children start making the game while you pack everything up, and they can play while en route. Duck Tape Flame…
  • Infographic: Men vs. Women Holiday Shopping Habits

    Mike Johnson
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Here’s what tends to happen in my house during the holidays… My wife sends me a spreadsheet or shared Evernote note of things she wants to buy each of our four daughters for Christmas. I say something like, “looks cool, I’ll look at it more later.” I never look at it. She pings me again to take a look and give feedback. I give her another head fake. Because she’s getting zero participation from her husband, she goes online and strategically buys awesome gifts for our kids while elegantly maximizing our budget for the holiday. Then, because I’m a jerk…
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  • NSFW: Dad Nails Parenting

    Charlie
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    I’ve been seeing this make the rounds on all the normal internet avenues. Who knows if it’s true. I don’t really care either way. The sentiment, however, is truer than true. It’s fatherhood, itself. You don’t have to be a 6’3″ ex-navy seal to demonstrate masculinity. Embarrassment comes in a lot of colors and flavors. I’d venture to say it’s a bigger, more subversive embarrassment to avoid your children, and all the fun they bring. My father taught me the value of enjoying the uncomfortable moment. You have to find the beat when it comes…
  • Baby Sleep Positions: “The Deflector Shield”

    Andy
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    A shield is up! RED ALERT! Evasive maneuvers! All hand to battle stations! (Sorry for that.) You see, once a mother ship does fire a new little cosmonaut out of her launch bay, I’m afraid a deflector shield is now quite operational. And will be for a what can seem like lightyears. In space, no one can hear a sound, but in a bedroom, a baby in a crib or adjoining room can hear a kiss. So, it can get to seeming like the little one has set up an impenetrable blockade, stopping all traffic or trade between parents, left to simply drift in the lonely vacuum. Intimacy then becomes a bit of an…
  • 5 Annoying Pieces of Parenting Advice

    Charlie
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    1. Arguing With Your Kid? DON’T ARGUE WITH THEM It’s so true. Maybe we could apply this same advice to achieve world peace? It’s not like we’re tired, hungry, burnt out, and exasperated. Right? 2. Kid Won’t Eat? JUST MAKE THEM EAT Also applicable: if they eat it five times they’ll keep eating it. Picky eaters suck, but pushy advice givers are worse. 3. Kids Won’t Go to Bed PUT THEM TO BED EARLIER Kids have an innate ability to go to bed late and wake up even earlier. WHAT’S THE DEAL? And not every kid enjoys sleeping. It seems like most are…
  • “Shopping” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    Every parent that takes their youngling out and about, no matter the age, has probably suffered from Post Tantrum Stress Disorder. You would have bet a Bugatti that they weren’t anywhere near the corner of hungry and tired. You totally thought that nap did the trick. You almost couldn’t believe the plate wasn’t part of the meal, they ate so well. A deep, firm feeling in every single one of your bones seemed to indicate your kid was calm, cool, collected, content, composed and other positive C words. So, you decided to tempt fate and sanity, and took them with you to go…
  • My Wife Just Said… #196

    Charlie
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    “The circus called. They want their baby back…” -Avara   My boys are a unique kind of creature. Intensely cuddly, immensely vulnerable and singularly desirous of putting themselves in harm’s way by climbing, running or otherwise tumbling into trouble. They like to push the envelope, and we like to make sure that envelope is sealed. Calculated risks are important in parenting our kids. It gives them the opportunity to fail in the best, most opportune ways possible. But living with the idea that kids are perhaps just adults in little bodies who need guidance as a…
 
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  • Board game wars: getting through an epic game of Risk

    Dan
    1 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    As the long winter nights close in and the weather takes a chilly turn, there is nothing quite like curling up in your living room to play an epic game of ‘Risk’ or one of its similarly challenging counterparts. Originally released in 1950s France as ‘La Conquete du Monde’, or ‘The Conquest of the World’, ‘Risk’ is one of the most enduring strategy board games ever made, and it is easy to lose entire evenings as you take it in turns to conquer your companions’ territories. If you are more of a video gamer than a fan of the classics, throwing your own board game evening can…
  • Five Fun Games With Money

    Dan
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    Ask somebody to name a fun game involving money and they’d probably answer “Monopoly”. However they would be wrong. Because while Monopoly certainly does have money in it, there is no way on earth that it could ever be accused of being “fun”. Tedious, agonising, and frustrating – yes. Fun? Not in my experience anyhow. Here’s five money focused board games that are hands down superior to moving a little metal dog around a neverend board. For Sale For Sale designed by Stefan Dorra and is quick and easy card game for 3-6 players. In it you are a real…
  • How to Win at Strategy Games

    Dan
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Strategy games are all about testing your ability to think and adapt against an opponent or opponents. Practice and patience are important, but your success will also rely upon your natural ability to react. Board Games Examples: Monopoly, Risk, Chess When playing board games, a substantial component to your success is the skill of other players. Learn the rules, play consistently and take advantage of any weaknesses you see in the other player’s defenses. Each game usually has a specific strategy or trick that is difficult to beat. Look online for guides. As an example, in Monopoly a…
  • Games for a Horde of 8 Year Olds

    Dan
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:12 am
    Last week I was feeling the gaming urge rather strongly. Unfortunately all my regular gaming sessions had been cancelled, and even Mike turned my suggestions of an impromptu two-player game of something. So in a fit of desperation shallowly disguised as parental involvement I asked my 8 year old son if he would like to invite some of his friends over for a games night. I play a lot of board games with my children, particularly my son. However I’ve never really played with a larger group of kids before and so I was a little nervous about how well it would go down. A group of 8 year old…
  • Concept: Board Game Review

    Dan
    23 May 2014 | 6:28 am
    Opening the box for Concept feels much like unpacking a new iPad. There is same matt white plastic, the same clean and simple design philosophy, and the same tactile thrill as you pulled the components from the insert. In fact the only real difference in between opening a iPad and opening Concept is that you don’t have to re-mortgage your house in order to do it. Its not just the packaging that shares the aesthetics of Apple products. The game board itself resembles some sort of giant iOS display. Dozens of square icons with rounded corners sitting in neat columns. The only thing…
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  • 25/365. recipe: eggnog pie.

    snowdeal
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:53 pm
    i have no idea how it’s possible that i’ve never posted this recipe for eggnog pie. clearly a great use for our the last carton of eggnog. it’s simple and delicious. i will admit that i sometimes have trouble getting it to set properly and it turns out more like eggnog pudding in a pie shell but it’s still great, just eat in a bowl! this time it set well and has a consistency akin to banana cream pie. ingredients 2T sugar 2T cornstarch 1/t salt 3C organic valley eggnog 6 organic valley egg yolks 1/4 C sugar 2t vanilla 1 8″ graham cracker cracker pie shell…
  • still life of egg utilization.

    snowdeal
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    fresh eggs from The Girls are piling up. so eggnog pie for us ( uses egg yolks ) and macaroons ( uses egg whites ) for odin’s hockey team.
  • 24/365. scorekeeper.

    snowdeal
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:33 pm
    at one of odin’s two hockey games today. it offers a great view of the game, but having to calculate game time versus clock time and saves in real time for official score sheet is a little stressy. after winning 15 games and only losing one, odin’s coaches thought the team needed a more challenge so the rest of the season has been rescheduled to have them play tougher teams outside their regular league. they played oregon ( part of madison metro region ) and dodgeville and lost both games by a wide margin. i think, 8-2 and 9-2 respectively. in both games they held on to keep the…
  • holy waaaaa, NHL and GoPro announce partnership.

    snowdeal
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    wow. “Beginning with this weekend’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game, the NHL will use GoPro cameras to deliver viewers never-before-seen perspectives of the game.” odin and i would watch this all. day. long. A++
  • 23/365. keep calm and carry on.

    snowdeal
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    after the fire at organic valley hq, i made this sign. even though the internet meme is all played out, it still makes me smile. good words to remember after the fire and several other challenges.
 
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  • My Awakening at “Spring Awakening” #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    My son recently was the stage manager for a local production of the musical, “Spring Awakening” which he’d declared for a couple of years as his favorite musical. My wife and I had not seen it before this local production and didn’t know the story other than a brief synopsis that our son provided. He was very proud of this particular production so we attended it with great anticipation and excitement. To our surprise and mild shock, the content of this play was quite provocative and even more uncomfortable – in our view - given that the cast was composed of young adults 18 to early…
  • Dad LOVES His Girls

    Bruce Sallan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
  • Disagreement, Fighting, and Conflict (Resolution) at #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Have you ever fought with your kids? Your partner? Okay, rhetorical questions of course! But, HOW do you fight and HOW do your kids fight and HOW do you all deal with conflict? THAT is the question and topic for #DadChat this Thursday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. The topic was AGGRESSIVELY pitched to us by #DadChat regular Noelle Campbell who will be our co-host this week! She wouldn't take NO for an answer. Interesting...I like strong women (I'm lying...no, I'm not). Here are some suggested tweets to invite people to join us this week: Who likes to Fight? Who likes…
  • The Ex NEVER Goes Away

    Bruce Sallan
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    My boys went to visit their mother over the just-passed holidays. They see her infrequently and this visit also included the first visit with their grandmother in about eight years. I got regular texts from each boy expressing different reactions of discomfort about the visit and tension between each other. As with much in life, things don’t go away and the emotions that were raised by this visit for them – and indirectly for me – were powerful. And, not easy. No one ever said life would be easy! The wounds of childhood are hard to heal. My boys suffered some meaningful hurt from their…
  • Son is Going to College #MONEY

    Bruce Sallan
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
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  • DT Friday Freakout: Arsenic Edition

    greg
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:19 pm
    The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is a compendium of news stories from the worlds of science, health, and parenting, saved up during the week and unleashed here all at once to freak. you out: Though one could easily say, "There's arsenic in rice, and now it's in us!" and be done with this link, Heather Abel's essay is a wonderful, thoughtful, and constructive look at the freakout process itself, and thus, our existence as parents and humans. Read it all. [nyt] Doctors, hospitals, birthing centers, midwives, doulas, everybody, should work to intervene less and to make childbirth less manipulated…
  • Where Did The Bad Formula Commercial Touch You?

    greg
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Bwahaha, at first I was like LOL, then LMAO, then ROTFLMAO, and then I was like, FULL STOP, AS YET UNIDENTIFIED ADVERTISER. Advertiser who was making me laugh at parenting stereotypes one second, but who the next compels me to wince at child in danger. REVEAL YOURSELF, O BRAZEN MANIPULATOR OF MY EMOTIONS FOR YOUR UNACKNOWLEDGED COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. And it's freakin' Similac. Baby formula. I have just been played--hard--by Big Formula. What just happened, exactly? What was it we were laughing at and judging each other about the moment before we were forced to share our common terror for a…
  • A Vacctivist We Can Believe In

    greg
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    This is the first explanation of why not to vaccinate your kid that makes any sense. Of course, it's also from August, so we should be due for some updates? In other vaccination news, the Disneyland Measles are spreading to cast members, and schools are now ordering unvaccinated kids to stay home in areas of California. This from the one Vacctivist Zero at the Magic Kingdom before Christmas. Why We Didn't Vaccinate Our Child [nightofthelivingdad via dt reader philip]
  • We Are Easily Amused: British Buggy Bidders Bonkers

    greg
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    The UK has found its next Susan Boyle, and it's a dad of three trying to unload a beat-up Phil & Ted's stroller on eBay. A viral media frenzy has eruptedover seller ukjoel25's auction, which has received 564 inquiries in less than days, and currently includes four pages of questions, comments, and chastisement, with an s. With more than seven days to go, bidding stands at £154,200. Which he'll never see, of course. He's dreaming a dream his auction would be much better than this hell he's living. No one will follow through, and instead of a quiet, simple Paypal transaction and a quick local…
  • Blurred Wonder Woman Pajamas

    greg
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Let's face it, now that our entire civilization has been turned into it, one cares about the actual America's Funniest Home Videos anymore. But I very much WOULD like to see a pair of toddler-sized pajamas with a blurred out Wonder Woman on the front. In fact, entire collections of blurred logo and character merchandise would be most useful in the viral video-based economy of the future [i.e., today and tomorrow]. Let's get on that, trademark non-infringers! Centipede Surprise - AFV Prize Winner - AFV [youtube via boingboing]
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  • My Weird Kids on National Reading Day – save 10% Pinhole photo products

    Ken
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Friday was National Reading Day. My kids love books. Some of their favorites are Magic Tree House; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; The Sword of Summer; Winter Turning; The World According to Humphrey; and The Year of the Book. To help celebrate reading day and to kick off the release of Book of Life (January 27), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me a kit to help my kids tell the story of our family. I told my kids to use the kit to illustrate a story about our family. What I got was something totally unexpected. I also learned something about my kids — they are weird. Really…
  • Walk Among the Tombstones and Book of Life Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Good morning, dads and moms. The kids don’t have school this Monday… again. It seems like they get a day off every week. Anyway, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below is the current giveaway running on my dad blog. The Best of Me Blu-ray Giveaway (dad blog, ends 1/29) Read more: Walk Among the Tombstones and Book of Life Giveaways Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • The Best of Me Blu-ray Giveaway

    Ken
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Best of Me will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 3rd. I have not seen the movie yet, but I do know it’s based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. If this story is like his other books, the film will be perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you’ve seen movie, you should be happy to know the new release includes a “Tears of Joy” New Storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending. And thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog can win The Best of Me Blu-ray. Continue reading to find out how to enter. Read more: The Best of Me…
  • Get On Up and Guest Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Hello people. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The kids don’t have school that day, but I still have to go to work. What a shame. Anyway, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad blog. Walk Among the Tombstones Blu-ray Giveaway (dad blog, ends 1/21) The Book of Life Blu-ray Giveaway (dad blog, ends 1/23) Read more: Get On Up and Guest Giveaways Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • The Book of Life Blu-ray Giveaway

    Ken
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Book of Life will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 27th. But thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog can enter to win The Book of Life Blu-ray today. I have not seen it yet, but according to the press material, the movie is about a man who goes on a quest to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. The animated film features the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, Christina Applegate and Ice Cube. Read more: The Book of Life Blu-ray Giveaway Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog |…
 
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  • Lunch Detention

    Brett Nordquist
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    I found myself in the principal’s office this morning. Sitting across the desk in my University of Utah hoodie, I explained how my son had been bullied by another student this past week. At least I think he’d been bullied. My son is in first grade, and he loves to tell stories about how he’s been wronged on the playground. My job as his father is to believe his version of the story. One day he had scratches on his face. The next day his lip was swollen and bloodied. And then yesterday he ran to the car after school to tell his mom he’d been placed on lunch detention. I…
  • Mormonthink Responds to Plural Marriage Essay

    Brett Nordquist
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Mormonthink released a response to the LDS church’s essay titled “Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo”, and it’s well worth reading if you’re interested in the early history of the mormon church. The details about Helen Mar Kimball are especially tragic. “Joseph told Heber (Helen’s father) he needed to surrender his wife to Joseph in marriage. Then, after 3 days of agonizing over this, Heber led his wife to Joseph only to be told by Joseph that it was just some sort of Abrahamic test. Then Joseph asked for Heber’s only daughter Helen to take as a plural…
  • Learning to Wet Shave

    Brett Nordquist
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:32 pm
    I purchased my first Braun electric razor in 1987 while I was living in Germany. Up until that time I shaved using cheap disposable razors. That’s what I watched my father use, and I figured I’d continue the tradition of blue Gillette razors and gooey aerosol shaving cream. My father told me I’d eventually want to move to an electric razor because it would be easier to navigate the numerous chin scars with a blade behind an aluminum foil. I found his words to be true after plunking down about $200 for the nifty Braun gadget. Without prepping my face with any oils, lotions or creams, the…
  • The Path of Least Resistance

    Brett Nordquist
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    I stood at the Qdoba register fumbling for my loyalty card when I realized I’d given up. Life has become a sea of suckage, and I’m tired of swimming in it. Remember when, to pay for a meal, you handed cash or a credit card to your friendly cashier? The transaction took less than 20 seconds. You give me food in exchange for money. But loyalty cards add an extra layer of negotiation.  Am I paying more because I’m not as loyal? Are there some amazing benefits the card affords me? I don’t know. But I long for days of the simple transaction. No, “Do you have a Qboda card?” No…
  • Haircuts

    Brett Nordquist
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    A friend from grade school shared with me that he had asked to be released from a time-consuming church calling to spend more time with his children. Another friend lamented how his son had recently left for college, and he wished they had spent more time together. My 6-year old son approached me after school, and asked if I’d play a computer game with him. What we do together matters little. He’ll throw a semi-flat football with me in the house until I tire out. “Sure, I’ll play with you. Just give me a few minutes to finish my work.” Just a few minutes turned…
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  • Blogger Warning: LLT Consulting Banner Ad Scam

    Michael Sheehan
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    I receive a lot of advertising and guest blogger solicitations on my site. To set the record straight, I don’t currently allow guest blogging and the advertisers I choose must be reputable, well-known, and/or part of a network. This morning I received an email via my contact form from a “Josephine Bergson” from “the LLT Consulting company” who said they wanted to place banner ads on my website, stating they could “pay up to $950.00/month.” Wow, I thought, that’s a pretty high rate. But when you get these types of “offers,” as a blogger, you need to be very careful…
  • The NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender Solved My Yosemite WiFi Problems

    Michael Sheehan
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    There is a little WiFi “bug” going around that is affecting some Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) users. It seems that some people’s machines (both old and new) who upgraded to Yosemite are having issues connecting to their WiFi environment. It turns out that I have one machine (one that I just repaired) that is affected by #WiFiGate where WiFi connections are being dropped or have incredibly slow (dial-up speed) connections. While I have been testing just about every “fix” that people are posting, I finally just wanted a reliable connection to the MacBook Pro. That’s where the NETGEAR…
  • How to Reset the TeamViewer ID After Cloning a Mac

    Michael Sheehan
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    Recently, I set up a new MacBook Pro for my step-mom where I used Apple’s Migration Assistant to easily copy over all of her data, applications and preferences. One of the applications that I actually use on her machine is TeamViewer which is fanstanstic if you need to provide remote assistance to a Mac or PC (you can actually set up a free account – I highly recommend this service). So one of the first things that I do is to configure TeamViewer on any machine that I may need to provide remote assistance to. As part of the Migration Assistant process, TeamViewer was copied over to…
  • Kids on Cell Phones Too Much? “Lock” Them in a Book #LifeHack

    Michael Sheehan
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    As like many other parents out there, my wife and I constantly battle with our kids about their cell phones and when it is ok to use them. If left to roam freely, I’m sure our kids would be glued to the tiny glowing screens 24/7 with bits of their mushy brain running out of their ear as they turned into little zombies. While I think a little bit of screen time is ok, there are times when it is not. So, we needed a place to store them where they couldn’t get ahold of them. At home, we have a policy of having all of our children’s cell phones charge in our bedroom at night time. This…
  • How To Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard after a Liquid Spill

    Michael Sheehan
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Liquid and laptop keyboards are not a match made in heaven in any way. In fact, if you don’t act quickly, a liquid spill will fry out the circuitry in your laptop very quickly. I recently received a mid-2012 MacBook Pro (MBP) 15” with Retina display from a family member who spilled some coffee on it. A row of keys wasn’t working nor was the space bar. With some help from iFixIt.com (guides and parts), I was able to replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard. The process is NOT easy, in fact, I would be very careful attempting to do this type of repair. But if your MBP is already broken, you might…
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  • Impossible Things

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Doctors and teachers and therapists, they can be a great many things, but they're generally not very skilled prognosticators. To be fair, I don't think very many of them actually claim to be able to tell the future, and I imagine most of them don't even want to try. As parents of kids with disabilities, we ask them to. We demand that they try. Our world and that of our children is already far too full of uncertainty. As a result, we ask for information that our kids' caretakers and educators can't possibly possess. So I recognize that we really…
  • No Easy Answers

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: It's that time of year again, the beginning of the spring semester, when all the least fun parts of Schuyler's public school experience begin to rise up out of the swamp and demand attention. Soon we'll start worrying about the STAAR test, Texas's state-mandated standardized testing. It's the Godzilla monster that stomps through our little Tokyo ever year. We also begin preparations for Schuyler's next IEP meeting, and the future that it portends. (SPOILER: More monsters, pretty much forever.)
  • A World of Fairness

    6 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    This week at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: I'd like to suggest a new attitude as we begin a new year. There's a lot of concern out there about fairness and balance and making sure no one gets anything they're not entitled to. I think we've got that covered. Perhaps it's time for a little imbalance. Maybe, just maybe, the world won't spin off its axis if we worry just a little more about those families for whom the idea of fairness has always been something of a cruel joke. Not charity, but just a little empathy. Perhaps a pinch more humanity than we've been accustomed to tossing…
  • Theories of Everything

    29 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    This week at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: The film by and large gives a respectful and accurate look at how technology can make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Speech tech gave Stephen Hawking the ability to communicate his powerful vision of time and space and the origins of our universe, and in doing so made the world a far richer and better place. Not just for one man or his family, but for the entirety of human civilization. That's not too bad.Happy New Year to everyone who takes the time to read my stuff. Here's to the future!
  • Christmas 2015

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    This week, at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Nobody I know loves Christmas as much as Schuyler. This might seem surprising, given her own oft-expressed atheism. (Believers who are worried about her soul's peril might be slightly relieved to hear that she recently expressed some wiggle room on the question of the existence of God.) But Schuyler loves the music of the season, and the gift-giving (and the gift-getting, because she's no fool), and the general positivity of the season. Schuyler Noelle, who has as much reason to believe otherwise as anyone, has a seemingly bottomless faith…
 
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  • How Do You Become a Good Father?

    Frederick J. Goodall
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    How do you become a good father? That question motivated me to start this blog seven years ago. My biological father wasn’t around and I struggled to fill in the gaps and learn about fatherhood on my own. Thankfully I encountered mentors and other fathers who shared their stories and gave me encouragement along the way. Every day, I work hard to be a good father and there are millions of men around the world who are working towards the same goal. We want to love and nurture our children so they will feel safe and secure in the knowledge that their fathers are fully present and investing…
  • Mocha Dad Events: Friday Night Tykes Advanced Screening

    Frederick J. Goodall
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    In America, football is king… and nowhere is football bigger than in Texas. With exclusive access to the 8 to 9 year-old Rookies division of the Texas Youth Football Association, FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES, a 10-part docu-series from Esquire TV,  follows five teams on and off the field during the 2013 season. Throughout, coaches and parents offer insight into why they believe they’re teaching valuable lessons about discipline and dedication, but also grapple with serious questions about parenting, safety and at what price we’re pushing our kids to win. But FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES is about more…
  • Keeping Your Family Safe Through Every Season of Life

    Frederick J. Goodall
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    My wife and I have been married for nearly 20 years. Through every season of our lives together, we’ve worked hard to protect our marriage, our family, and our personal possessions. Even if you’re just starting our in your marriage, you need to make plans to keep your family safe during the following life stages: New Home My wife and I bought our first home in 2000. It seemed like a great way to start the new millennium. Although we didn’t have any kids yet, we knew we wanted a children and sought a house that would accommodate our growing family. We searched for several months and…
  • 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Dads

    Frederick J. Goodall
    2 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    A new year always leads to self-reflection. We evaluate our successes and failures from the previous year and make plans to do better. As dads, we know that our kids deserve our best at all times, but we sometimes fall short of that mark. However, we can take steps to be better fathers. A new year gives us a clean slate. The following 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Dads will help you to be the best father you can be in 2015. Be more patient I asked a group of fathers to name one thing they wanted to do in 2015 to be better fathers. The number one answer was “Be more…
  • How to Find Your Purpose in Life

    GlenGuyton
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Who am I? Why was I created? What is my purpose? We have all asked these questions at some point in our lives. Maybe you have asked these questions more than once, I know I have especially after I became a father. With each phase of life, you have to reexamine your purpose. To stay relevant, you must continue to grow and change. If you stop, you will experience both a metaphorical and literal death. To live a fulfilling life, you must find your purpose. But how do you do that? Many books have been written on the topic. In fact, The Purpose Driven Life is the best-selling book of…
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  • I’ve got an idea for news websites–just have news on them

    Donny Claxton
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    I’ve got an idea for news websites–just have news on them Maybe I’ve been watching too many episodes of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, but I’m sick of getting news information from websites like CNN and FOX NEWS. In fact, I’ve got an idea for news websites–just have news on them. Why has that become so hard? […] The post I’ve got an idea for news websites–just have news on them appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • AT&T Rollover Plan Pisses Me Off

    Donny Claxton
    10 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    AT&T Rollover Plan Pisses Me Off I have two teen daughters who live with their mother who lives in the middle of nowhere and doesn’t have wifi. So when my two daughters’ phones renew each month, they start watching YouTube videos and God knows what else until we start getting warnings from AT&T about how […] The post AT&T Rollover Plan Pisses Me Off appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • McDonald’s Archenemies: The Protagonist v Antagonist

    Donny Claxton
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    McDonald’s Archenemies: The Protagonist v Antagonist  The new McDonald’s commercial, Archenemies, is a great 60-second spot all aspiring writers should watch again and again. Why? They say a story is only as good as the battle going on between the protagonist and the antagonist. That’s the battle between the good guy and the bad guy. If […] The post McDonald’s Archenemies: The Protagonist v Antagonist appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Apple Sued Over iPhone Memory

    Donny Claxton
    3 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Apple Sued Over iPhone Memory Here’s the stupid story of the day courtesy of CNN. A few users are upset that iOS 8 is taking up space on their 16 GB phone and they therefore don’t have 16 GBs of space on their unit. I guess it’s supposed to run on ether. This is one […] The post Apple Sued Over iPhone Memory appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Christmas 2014 Is Over

    Donny Claxton
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Christmas 2014 Is Over  It’s been a depressing sort of weekend. With Christmas Day Thursday, and daughter Chandler’s 18th birthday to follow Friday, I went ahead and removed our trees and decorations Thursday evening. Yeah, Christmas night everything came down and was boxed up in hopes I’m still alive to unpack it and put it […] The post Christmas 2014 Is Over appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
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  • On Worm Holes, Awards, and Scooters

    1 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Happy 2015 readers!It's been a while since I last posted here, but there is a very good reason.  You see, I was sucked into raising a 2 year old  a worm hole completely by accident a couple of months back and since then time has moved at a strangely disproportionate rate for me since.*In the corner of the galaxy I occupied (approaching the singularity of a black hole) only hours had passed, while back here on earth it has strangely been a couple of months.  Wierd I know.  And, since then many important things have happened here including Annabelle's 2nd birthday,…
  • Blowin' After The Wind

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    How many roads must a man walk downBefore you call him a Dad?It was a stormy night last night here in Seattle, readers.  With winds gusts up to 60 miles and hour in our neighborhood, Lukas was having trouble sleeping.  He even described looking out his window once to see what he thought was lightening.  But since there was no lightning in Seattle last night, we think he actually saw some transformers blow.  Either way, it was an impressive show to him.There were a lot of power outages as a result.  But not ours thankfully.I sat with him in his bed for a while,…
  • Poop on Pop

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    At the bottom of this hole lies the true meaning of life.Here at LIAYF, we are now fully in the potty awareness stage with Annabelle. Every night she pulls out her new favorite book 'Go Girl, Go Potty', slides the potty across the bathroom floor, and looks at me with a very serious face while saying 'Pooop, Pooop' and pointing towards her bum.And with that I go through the motions getting all those toddler clothes off, and allowing her to sit on her new potty, where she will dutifully grit her teeth, close her hands into fists, and make a pretty convincing pushing motion (one in which her…
  • My Bestie Shot

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Well hello there readers.  You don't know this, but I know you pretty well.  Yep, I do.  And with that knowledge I'm guessing that you have long felt, in the far reaches of the back of your mind, that you'd like to give back to 'Luke, I am your Father' for all of the heartwarming, funny, poignant, and smile inducing moments.No?Well, fine.  But perhaps if you've read and enjoyed the blog in the past you could still do me a solid.You see, this blog is currently in the thick, the thick I say, of a reader contest for the title of 'Best Parenting Blog' in Western Washington…
  • I Would Die a Happy Man

    12 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Kids, they certainly call it as they see it.  For example, take this conversation between Lukas and I in the car on the way home from soccer yesterday.Lukas: "Dad, if you had a choice would you rather be a grown up or a kid?"Me: "Hmmmm.  Well Buddy, I think that I'd rather be a younger grown up."Lukas: "Why's that?  So you won't die so soon?"Me:  "Actually, it was so I'd have more energy to keep up with you little stinkers!"Me:  "But........I guess yours is a pretty good answer too."Lukas (smiling) "Cool."
 
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  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the WordPress.com interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout WordPress.com. (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by WordPress.com’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    Krista
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s in the grip of North American winter that I often dream of escape to warmer climates. Thanks to the WordPress.com Reader and the street photography tag, I can satisfy my travel yen whenever it strikes. Here are just some of the amazing photos and photographers I stumbled upon during a recent armchair trip. My first stop was Alexis Pazoumian’s fantastic SERIES: India at The Sundial Review. I loved the bold colors in this portrait and the man’s thoughtful expression. Photo by Alexis Pazoumian Speaking of expressions, the lead dog in Holly’s photo from Maslin Nude…
  • New Themes: Boardwalk and Sela

    Thomas Guillot
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’re celebrating the New Year with two free themes: Boardwalk and Sela. Boardwalk Designed by yours truly, Boardwalk is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. Powered with horizontal scrolling and built around large featured images, Boardwalk is the perfect choice for photobloggers and those of you looking for an unconventional — yet elegant and creative — theme. Learn more about Boardwalk at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sela Sela isn’t your typical business theme. It’s a vibrant, bold, clean theme with lots of space for large…
  • Im(Press)ive! Your Year in Review

    Michelle W.
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Millions of new sites created and posts published later, 2014 is in the books. We could regale you with big numbers, like these… Total New Blogs 18,300,771 That’s 49,997 new blogs per day! Total Posts 555,782,547 Or more than 1.5 million per day — not too shabby. 47 million were published from mobile devices, because you’re on the go. Bytes of Data per Hour 24.5 Trillion (Thanks for keeping us so busy!) … but the most important part of Automattic is what you make with the tools we offer. This year, we thought we’d look back at some of your successes, and…
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  • Don’t always roll your eyes when people order gluten free

    mattdaddy
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Lately I see more rolling of eyes or sighs from other tables when I ask questions about how food is prepared and what’s being put into my food.  There are always going to be people who dramatise just about everything simply because they want attention or because they are so absolutely particular that everything has to be a specific way. Me, I’m just trying not to puke.  My daughter and I both have Celiac Disease and you have no idea what a luxury it is to be able to finally be able to go out to dinner.  For a long time we always had to bring prepared food for her.  Think about…
  • Moving forward

    mattdaddy
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, seeing my life as it unfolds in front of me every day and have come to the conclusion that something needs to change.  A guy I knew in high school suddenly is dead from a heart attack, my 46th birthday is this week, and there are a lot of things I want to do in this life.  Then Fae posted something on FB that really made me sit back and think about what i’m NOT doing about all of that. “We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell I have…
  • A writer writes, right?

    mattdaddy
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Heh, that was punny. So, if I ever want to write, I need to just shut up and write. So many people, books, articles, and signs all say the same thing – shut up and do it.  How do you prioritize things so that you can accomplish the things you want to, along with the things that you need to?  I have a lot of things I want to do, I’m just inherently lazy – or that’s just the excuse that makes sense for right now. “Make the time” is the most common response.  So, how do I make it so that there are more than 24 hours in a day?  Seriously though, I’ve…
  • Captain America – Winter Soldier

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

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

    Armin
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    Anne Fishel, author of Home for Dinner. Topic: Mixing food, fun, and conversation for a happier family and healthier kids. Issues: Overcoming time-constraints, scheduling issues, and post-work fatigue; bringing gratitude to the table and averting complaints and conflict; the importance of conversation; getting the whole family talking, laughing, and engaging with one another—and keeping it […] The post Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happy Family appeared first on Mr. Dad | Nobody Knows Dads Like Mr. Dad.
  • A Playful Intro to Gaming

    Armin
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Are you looking to add a new layer of fun to your at-home gaming world, or maybe a gentle way to give your little one a taste? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out these toys, which will keep your youngster (okay, and you too) entertained through the rest of the winter and beyond. […] The post A Playful Intro to Gaming appeared first on Mr. Dad | Nobody Knows Dads Like Mr. Dad.
  • Is There More to Life Than Just Taxes?

    Guest Contributor
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    No matter what anyone says, part of being a dad—for most of us—involves providing for our family. I have yet to speak to another father who doesn’t spend at least some time thinking about money—whether he’s the sole provider or shares that responsibility with his partner. So even though we’d much rather just spend quality […] The post Is There More to Life Than Just Taxes? appeared first on Mr. Dad | Nobody Knows Dads Like Mr. Dad.
  • Mindful Parenting + Home for Dinner

    Armin
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, co-authors of Everyday Blessings. Topic: The inner work of mindful parenting. Issues: What is mindfulness? Using mindfulness approaches to become a better parent; learning to respond to our children with greater wisdom and compassion. Anne Fishel, author of Home for Dinner. Topic: Mixing food, fun, and conversation for a happier family […] The post Mindful Parenting + Home for Dinner appeared first on Mr. Dad | Nobody Knows Dads Like Mr. Dad.
  • Pregnancy: Is There Sex After Sex?

    Armin
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Dear Mr. Dad: I’m an expectant father and my sex life has completely disappeared. We’re not very far into the pregnancy but my wife seems to have lost all interest (admittedly, her throwing up a few times a day probably has something to do with that). Are we EVER going to have sex again? A: […] The post Pregnancy: Is There Sex After Sex? appeared first on Mr. Dad | Nobody Knows Dads Like Mr. Dad.
 
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  • Wise words on being a partner to your wife

    Dad
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    “The best possible thing you can get out of a relationship is that you’re with someone who encourages you to be the best version of yourself every day.” ~Nishan Panwar So true. The post Wise words on being a partner to your wife appeared first on A Dad's Life.
  • Happy Monday to you!

    Dad
    27 Jan 2014 | 5:18 am
    Beautiful day in Miami. I hope you have a great week! The post Happy Monday to you! appeared first on A Dad's Life.
  • Twitter Best Practices for Bloggers

    Dad
    26 May 2011 | 1:37 pm
    Are you using Twitter in a way that it’s a clear value to you? Or, like many others, are you REALLY not sure how to use it yet? I’m going to share with you how I’ve come to use Twitter so that it brings value to me and, I trust, my followers. In the early days of Twitter, many people jumped on the bandwagon thinking this was the thing to do to be “in.”  If you weren’t Tweeting and getting followers you simply weren’t one of the cool kids.  This only got worse when Ashton Kutcher jumped in followed by many celebrities.  Unfortunately, once you…
  • Think back Thursday

    Dad
    26 May 2011 | 11:37 am
    Thinking back Thursday. Here’s an oldie but goodie that I’m particularly proud of: Your Coffee My Love. Enjoy! All the best The post Think back Thursday appeared first on A Dad's Life.
  • I Don’t Care if You Read This Article

    Dad
    26 May 2011 | 10:49 am
    The Internet measures everything. And I am a slave to those measurements. After so many years of pushing much of my life through this screen, I’ve started measuring my experiences and my sense of self-worth using the same metrics as the Internet uses to measure success. I check my stats relentlessly. The sad truth is that I spend more time measuring than I spend doing. via Tweetage Wasteland : I Don’t Care if You Read This Article. Hat tip to Shawn Blanc. I really enjoyed this post by Dave Pell. It strikes close to home. I’ve stopped trying to measure myself by Internet numbers and…
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  • 2014 In Review: The Good, The Bad & What's Next

    4 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    2014 has taken its bow after twelve months of highs, lows and some stretches of steadiness. I've been silent for most of it as I've been waging a number of personal battles that consumed so much emotional energy, I simply haven't had the bandwidth to share much of myself via my blog, via photos, via nothing. But in doing this I've learned is it's good sometimes to close the gates, pull down the blinds and focus on self. Because, let's put it into perspective, if you aren't any good or are deteriorating, how can you hope to be of any good to anyone else?2014 was a year of…
  • We Are At The End of The Road

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    What I am writing may very well be my last long form post on MakesMeWannaHoller.com. This doesn’t mean I won't pick up roots and start blogging again or creating again somewhere else but this I believe is the curtain call for this blog. Certain experts in the field say it's good to end a blog. Many in life say all things come to pass.The History LessonWhen I first began this blog I was confused. Confused and without much direction in life. The original name of the blog was Manchild In the Promised Land, after the famous book. My intention was to write about how disconnected I felt from life…
  • Allow Children To Be Exactly What They Are: Children

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Parents give your kids the time and space they need to be children. It's easy for us as adults to be totally blinded by the frenetic pace of our lives, always being on, always having something more to do, never having enough time to do any of it. Understand that kids aren't able to move as fast as us (especially if they have to because you're behind schedule) nor should they have to. They have the rest of their lives to be stressed based on their own actions. Do your best not to stress them out because of yours. For example, if they take "too long" getting ready for school, maybe you…
  • Girls Can Play Sports, Too. And Play Them Well.

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Last week, my daughter asked me why mostly boys wore Nike. So we spent this past Sunday afternoon watching the Nike Women and Under Armor YouTube Channels. The ensuing conversation developed into one that included following your dreams, sports, ethnicity, exercise and fitness and having an honest conversation around feminine physicality.Now, she knows the names of multiple female athletes, across a range of sports and is much more empowered to believe she can do what she wants to through dedication, hard work and opportunity.Meet Ross and watch his testimony on what it means to be a…
  • #BackToSchool - College Style

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

    Jon Stolpe
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
      My son was in a special band concert last night for the area’s best band musicians in seventh through ninth grade.  He had the opportunity to play his trumpet in both the concert band and jazz band portions of the concert.  Sometimes, it can be a challenge to see our son during concerts because the trumpets are usually tucked a few rows behind the flutes, clarinets, and other instruments.  His seat for the concert band portion of this program put him right in my view this time, and it was nice to see him as he played. I noticed my son was wearing a necktie for the program, and…
  • Disc Golf

    John Noonan
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Disc golf is a lot like traditional golf, except disc golf is played with a disc that is thrown into a chain link basket. The disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The landscape and terrain provide challenging obstacles for the disc golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed.  The lowest score wins the game.  Only 1 disc is needed to play, but you can purchase a wide variety…
  • The Parent Rap Song

    John Noonan
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
  • It’s Not About The Nail

    John Noonan
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    I feel like someone created this video to describe how my wife and I approach her life problems.
  • Birthday On A Budget

    John Noonan
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    This year I wanted to make my wife’s birthday a special one, but I didn’t have much money to spend.  I was stuck because I was focused on what I couldn’t give her.  So I changed my perspective. Does your wife care more about her birthday gift or her birthday experience?  If she is anything like mine, the experience is what really matters.  Take the time and energy to give your wife a birthday surprise she will be smiling about all year long. My Idea For my wife’s birthday, my kids and I transformed my living room into a spa.  She received a day of pampering,…
 
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  • 7 Foods that Do Not Affect Blood Sugar

    Guest Author
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Blood sugar is not just something which should be monitored by diabetics, as the way your body feels is quite often determined by these levels. Low blood sugar can leave you feeling dizzy, cold or tired, whereas a high blood sugar level usually means you feel more awake and full of beans. However, high blood […] The post 7 Foods that Do Not Affect Blood Sugar appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Why we choose infant potty training

    Derek Markham
    7 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Practicing elimination communication, or infant potty training, with babies isn’t the same as toilet training for older children, but it sure does make that process much easier. One way to cut back on both the amount of diapers used every day, as well as the amount of time that kids spend in diapers before being […] The post Why we choose infant potty training appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Countertop LED grow box puts a garden in your kitchen

    Derek Markham
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    The latest entry into the indoor “smart” garden market features advanced LED lighting which mimics natural light patterns for faster growth cycles. The interest in local food (especially grow-it-yourself hyperlocal food that can be produced in a small space), coupled with recent advancements in low-power LED lighting technology and automated hydroponic growing systems, has spurred […] The post Countertop LED grow box puts a garden in your kitchen appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Vancouver Island Tiny House Build Ride-Along

    Derek Markham
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Get a taste of tiny house building, thanks to Jake and Kiva, who are documenting their tiny house building process, step by step. Looking at pictures of tiny houses is the gateway to heavier tiny house fixation, and reading tiny house books feeds the tiny house fascination, but when you start to obsessively tour tiny […] The post Vancouver Island Tiny House Build Ride-Along appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Yurt Life: Downsized Living for the Modern Age

    Guest Author
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    There are all sorts of options available for downsizing your living arrangements, ranging from the very basic tactic of just moving into a smaller conventional home, all the way up to the more radical step of moving into a very tiny home, by either building or buying a tiny house of some sort. For those […] The post Yurt Life: Downsized Living for the Modern Age appeared first on Natural Papa.
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  • 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…
  • Delayed Gratification

    DaddyCast
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    I have to admit that I am more than a little surprised at the appearance of mobile game commercials on television.  These games have become so prevalent (and apparently profitable) that they now have commercials on channels and programs that are not just cheap slots (not the middle of the night on the local station).  And I admit that I have supported their model more than once by making an “in app purchase” while playing one of these games.  So the next time you are annoyed with the latest Clash of Clans ad, feel free to (partially) blame me. The boys got me into Clash of Clans.
  • Saving Memories

    DaddyCast
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    While I don’t have any exact numbers, I feel safe in assuming a large percentage of the video cameras sold are purchased by new parents.  When you are expecting, you buy a camera and record all the “firsts”, and “seconds” and anything you can capture and preserve.  The idea is generally to share with other family members and to look back to the “good ole days” once the kids are older and less likely to smile at peek-a-boo. A lot of the current video cameras contain a hard drive or use some form of flash media.  But some still use tape, like my old camera did.  Various…
  • My son won’t sit near me and I am Thrilled!!

    DaddyCast
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    My son doesn’t want to sit near me.  He doesn’t want to ride in the car with me.  He hardly notices I am even there.  And I am thrilled!! I mentioned in my tryouts post that my oldest tried out and made the JV Volleyball team.  This has been a great experience for him, and for us.  Where he was traditionally a quiet, very reserved type he has come alive with stories from practice and goofing off with the team.  He has really come out of his shell and it has been great for his attitude and demeanor.  Not to mention getting a lot of exercise and being involved in a sport for the…
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  • Action 2015

    C.C. Chapman
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    Fifteen years ago, the world entered a new millennium. My kids were born on either side of that magical year and when I think about how much their lives will change in the next fifteen years it gives me pause. Action 2015 is a movement to focus the world on continuing to improve the lives and world around us. This year two important meetings will be happening with global leaders to review The Millennium Development Goals and replace them with a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals. This is an opportunity to end all forms of poverty, inequality and tackle environmental…
  • The Valley

    C.C. Chapman
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Thank you for the feedback on last weeks bit of fiction. I guess I wasn’t clear that I’m going to be sharing a lot of different pieces of fiction and not a serial story as many hoped for. I’m not to that point yet. Over the years I’ve written snippets of stories and ideas. I’ll be sharing these in various forms, so you never know what you might get. Today is a bit of a coming of age story. At least the beginnings of one. The Valley Marcus looked down to the valley before him. It was a mix of pine and birch. There was a lake off to the east and to the west he knew…
  • 2014 in Photographs

    C.C. Chapman
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    Colby Brown inspired me. He inspired me to share some of my favorite photographs I took in 2014. They were taken with a variety of cameras and phones with each being special to me. It was fun to scroll through all my photos and realize the places I’ve traveled, the people I’ve met and the memories I’ve formed all along the way. Enjoy! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-= I can’t wait to see what photos I take this year!
  • Fiction Fridays – The Beginning

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    My daughter has told me numerous times that I need to write more fiction. She has heard the stories about how I use to write stories when I was younger and being a creative being herself, I know she sees it in my eyes how much I’d love to write more of it. With one of my words being ‘create’ this year and with her not letting the idea slip away, I thought it might be fun to challenge myself to share a bit of fiction every Friday. Only time will tell if this continues on a regular basis, but by setting it I have to at least think about it every week. During the holiday break…
  • Hashtags and The Future of Marketing

    C.C. Chapman
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    I don’t write prediction posts. Sure, I get asked to contribute to them every so often and sometimes I’ll give in and share my thoughts on the topic at hand. Last year, Chris Penn of SHIFT Communications sat down with me to talk about the future of marketing. Chris is a dear Friend and I love the team at SHIFT, so I couldn’t say no. It is fun to realize we filmed this in the early fall and then to look at everything being rolled out at CES this week. Guess I was right on a couple of things. On the flipside, I was asked about my favorite marketing hashtag from 2014 and what…
 
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  • Time, Why You Punish Me?

    scott
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Categories: schoolquestionmeltdown The work day came to a close. I shut down my PC and started mentally switching from software developer mode, to husband and parent mode. When I arrived at home I thrust open the door, crossed the threshold, and handed my overcoat to my lovely wife (who was anxiously awaiting my arrival) as she handed me the evening paper. I then tossed my hat lazily, but with perfection, onto the coat rack and slipped into my house shoes. As the intermingling smells of a delicious meal and freshly baked apple pie greeted my nostrils, I heard the pitter patter of little…
  • The Turbulent Twenty-Five

    scott
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Categories: storyhumorswimming There comes a day in every child’s life that they must face their fears. For Special K, today is that day. Several months ago… The excitement in the air was palpable as Special K suited up in her brand new swimwear. She donned her pink swim cap and reflective goggles, which would surely shave seconds off her time, and she was ready to hop into… the car. The ride to the aquatic center was full of quiet, nervous energy as Special K tried to mentally prepare herself for what was to come next. Upon entering the complex, it soon became apparent that…
  • Keep on the Lookout

    scott
    19 Sep 2012 | 9:35 pm
    Categories: advicestory Many years ago there lived a man, we’ll call him Jake. Now Jake was blessed with many children. One of his sons, Joe, was born very late in Jake’s life. As a result, just like many baby’s of the family, Joe was a bit spoiled. For Joe, this was awesome. It meant a TV in his room, all the latest GameStation games, and qPod devices... not to mention the latest designer threads. However, what he didn’t realize was that his siblings despised him because of his special treatment. On top of that, Joe began making up stories about how his brothers were all bowing…
  • Becoming A Brony

    scott
    11 Sep 2012 | 9:05 pm
    Categories: humor It seems that my worst fears have been realized. I’ve been told that the first step in the healing process is admitting that you have a problem. So I admit to you now, that I’m becoming a Brony. What, you may ask, is a Brony? Well... if you take a trip through the neckbeard infested nether regions of the internet, you will find out that a Brony is the name given to male fans of the popular animated series know as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, which primarily targets prepubescent girls. How did this all happen? Quite easily. You see, all the groundwork was…
  • Back to School

    scott
    14 Aug 2012 | 9:58 pm
    Categories: back to school Ah... back to school time. It’s that time of year that either pulls at the heartstrings, or has parents jumping for joy. Whether you’re sending Timmy to a world filled with dioramas or dorm rooms, there’s no denying the electricity in the air as summer comes to an end. So are you ready? Are your kids ready? Have you set them up to succeed? What will Timmy do when he is offered his first beer bong? What will Sally do when the other little girls tell her that Suzy’s not cool enough to hang out with? Will they get terrible grades? The other afternoon,…
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  • Time, Why You Punish Me?

    scott
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Categories: schoolquestionmeltdown The work day came to a close. I shut down my PC and started mentally switching from software developer mode, to husband and parent mode. When I arrived at home I thrust open the door, crossed the threshold, and handed my overcoat to my lovely wife (who was anxiously awaiting my arrival) as she handed me the evening paper. I then tossed my hat lazily, but with perfection, onto the coat rack and slipped into my house shoes. As the intermingling smells of a delicious meal and freshly baked apple pie greeted my nostrils, I heard the pitter patter of little…
  • The Turbulent Twenty-Five

    scott
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Categories: storyhumorswimming There comes a day in every child’s life that they must face their fears. For Special K, today is that day. Several months ago… The excitement in the air was palpable as Special K suited up in her brand new swimwear. She donned her pink swim cap and reflective goggles, which would surely shave seconds off her time, and she was ready to hop into… the car. The ride to the aquatic center was full of quiet, nervous energy as Special K tried to mentally prepare herself for what was to come next. Upon entering the complex, it soon became apparent that…
  • Keep on the Lookout

    scott
    19 Sep 2012 | 9:35 pm
    Categories: advicestory Many years ago there lived a man, we’ll call him Jake. Now Jake was blessed with many children. One of his sons, Joe, was born very late in Jake’s life. As a result, just like many baby’s of the family, Joe was a bit spoiled. For Joe, this was awesome. It meant a TV in his room, all the latest GameStation games, and qPod devices... not to mention the latest designer threads. However, what he didn’t realize was that his siblings despised him because of his special treatment. On top of that, Joe began making up stories about how his brothers were all bowing…
  • Becoming A Brony

    scott
    11 Sep 2012 | 9:05 pm
    Categories: humor It seems that my worst fears have been realized. I’ve been told that the first step in the healing process is admitting that you have a problem. So I admit to you now, that I’m becoming a Brony. What, you may ask, is a Brony? Well... if you take a trip through the neckbeard infested nether regions of the internet, you will find out that a Brony is the name given to male fans of the popular animated series know as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, which primarily targets prepubescent girls. How did this all happen? Quite easily. You see, all the groundwork was…
  • Back to School

    scott
    14 Aug 2012 | 9:58 pm
    Categories: back to school Ah... back to school time. It’s that time of year that either pulls at the heartstrings, or has parents jumping for joy. Whether you’re sending Timmy to a world filled with dioramas or dorm rooms, there’s no denying the electricity in the air as summer comes to an end. So are you ready? Are your kids ready? Have you set them up to succeed? What will Timmy do when he is offered his first beer bong? What will Sally do when the other little girls tell her that Suzy’s not cool enough to hang out with? Will they get terrible grades? The other afternoon,…
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  • Hitting The Mountains For Banff SnowDays

    buzz
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    The mountains are calling. I'm planning a boys' weekend escape to Banff SnowDays for ice climbing, skating, skiing, and tubing. I gotta get me some! Continue Reading → The post Hitting The Mountains For Banff SnowDays appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Flight Time, Big Easy, and The Harlem Globetrotters Are Coming To Calgary

    buzz
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Here's a Harlem Globetrotters coupon code to see Flight Time and Big Easy at the Calgary Saddledome on April 23. Their high flying fun will bring laughs and inspiration for the kids. Continue Reading → The post Flight Time, Big Easy, and The Harlem Globetrotters Are Coming To Calgary appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • See It Or Skip It? Boyhood Is Terrible

    buzz
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    Boyhood is hailed as a revolutionary point in filmmaking. It is a unique idea, shooting one movie over 12 yrs, but there's a problem; Boyhood is terrible. Continue Reading → The post See It Or Skip It? Boyhood Is Terrible appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Zacharie, The Poet

    buzz
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    My kid is quite the poet. After seeing pictures of our Bermuda vacation, he dropped some wisdom on his teacher that just needs to be shared. Continue Reading → The post Zacharie, The Poet appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • When Cheering On Your Kids At Sports, You Only Need To Say These Six Phrases

    buzz
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    When you're cheering kids at sports, you don't need to say much. Just these 6 phrases are all they need to hear to do their best and feel supported. Continue Reading → The post When Cheering On Your Kids At Sports, You Only Need To Say These Six Phrases appeared first on DadCAMP.
 
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Something Worth Thinking About

    Jack Steiner
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Sometimes you write something and you feel good about it because it is well written and sometimes it is because you caught lightning in a bottle.Not sure if this qualifies by either one of those metrics, but there is something there that makes me think it is worth reading again.Need to think about it, maybe flesh it out in a longer piece.
  • Trolls

    Jack Steiner
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Every now and then I find trolls haunting my blogs. Some of them leave offensive comments and forget that their IP addresses make it clear who they are.Sometimes they make the mistake of visiting from their offices or schools and I am able to return their favor by taking screenshots of their visits and sending those to the appropriate parties on the other end.Most of the time that is not an issue, I just block the IP and they go away. There are better uses of their time.
  • Is It Gaming The System

    Jack Steiner
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Is is gaming the system to use this blog to try and build links and relevance? Beats me and I am not entirely sure how effective it is, but I don't think it is hurting anything either.So here are 37 links to material some posts, some of which are even worth reading.What Kind Of Father Are You?I Found You AgainSpirits Of The Future Or Shades Of The PastExperience The Joys Of Blog MaintenanceBad Things Happen When You Get Bored With BloggingDads & Daughters Are DifferentHow To Make Hard Decisions EasierWhat Is Your Mission For 2015?Would You Put Your Life On Slideshare?This Post Won’t…
  • Not Every Post is Perfect

    Jack Steiner
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Some people tell me they don't publish many posts because they aren't perfect but I don't cotton to that way of thinking.If we are not talking about something I am being paid to write I believe in publishing virtually everything. It is part of how I train and work on improving.Not everything is going to be perfect, ideally most will be error free or close to it. But they won't always be as eloquent or as polished as I want.Sometimes I publish posts that I am less happy with because it is important to me to get some thoughts written down on paper and because it helps me figure out what I am…
  • Something Different

    Jack Steiner
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    I just surprised myself and submitted an application to be a writer for a ethnic newspaper in a place I used to live.Not sure they'll be interested because my background might confuse them. Not sure they'll be able to pay me enough to make it worthwhile.Did it because I needed to do something different.
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • When Strangers Try to Touch Your Babies

    Joe
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    I recently got a question from a dad who writes, “How do you handle the constant issue of people coming up to you and your wife and the twins in public and trying to touch your babies?” When I saw this question, I smiled, because we experienced the same exact thing. As a parent of twins, your twins are celebrities. They’re an anomaly. As you travel around in public, people are going to come up and want to talk to you, and they’re going to want to touch your babies. There’s something about twins that attracts complete strangers like a moth to the flame. Health…
  • Your Twins in Public, Terrified of Having Twins, Birthday Invites – Podcast 79

    Joe
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Episode 79 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss: How to handle people coming up to you and your wife in public and trying to touch your babies Terrified of having twins? – Here’s what to do. What do you do when only one twin is invited to a birthday party? Mentioned in this episode: T-Shirts for Parents of Twins Terrified of Having Twins? 18 Pieces of Advice from a Mom Who has Been There 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…
  • How to Overcome Conflicting Parenting Styles When Raising Twins

    Joe
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Today’s question comes from a dad who asks, “what should we do about conflicting parenting styles as we try to raise our twins?” Have the Conversation First of all, it is important that you don’t avoid the conversation. Definitely, don’t let things fester and get worse under the surface, and then explode into conflict or to fights. Definitely make a list of what you would like to do or not do and have your wife make a similar list for the things that you want to do with the twins. How do you want to raise them? What are some area of friction that you’ve…
  • 3 Things Your Wife Feels During the Twin Pregnancy (and Wishes You Knew)

    Joe
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Today’s topic comes from Rachel, who, after reading my twin pregnancy week-by-week guide, had some good insight from a mom’s perspective on how the twin pregnancy progresses and the impact on her. So dads, I want you to read carefully what she has to say as your wife likely feels the same way as she’s going through the twin pregnancy, and maybe she just hasn’t said it to you yet. Rachel says, “I’ve struggled terribly with fatigue. It was definitely worse in the first trimester, but I still have bad days even now at 17 weeks. Take-out eating was common in my…
  • Are your twins natural?

    Joe
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Something about having twins seems to attract the most probing and personal questions from complete strangers. One particularly grating question is: “are they natural?” This question is loaded with implied questions like: “Did you use fertility drugs?” or “Did you have In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?” Your struggles to have children (or lack there of) are really not the business of every random stranger that sees you at the store with your double stroller full of twins. Despite your need for privacy and what would seem to be a reasonable and common sense…
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  • Strange Magic is for the kids! #StrangeMagic

    DaDa Rocks!
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    My six and half year old son loved the movie… sure at some point he leaned over to me and said “HEY you sing that cheesy song in the car!”. I don’t get who watches a kids movie and reviews it as if it needs to entertain a 40 year old.  I certainly don’t… this movie was 100% for the kids! Blending a catalog of over 400 songs that were recorded – this is a rock opera for kids.  My son was grooving in his seat.  Whats not to enjoy – there are princesses and sword fights and singing…  YES its a musical. As the credits rolled my son had…
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day With a Special Episode of “Curious George”!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The ninth season of Curious George, the PBS KIDS hit series, continues with a new episode full of love and curiosity on Monday, February 9, 2015. In “Happy Valentine’s Day, George,” Curious George wants to make his friends the best Valentine’s Day card ever, but even with four paws, it takes a long time to create homemade cards for everyone. Using sponge shapes, red paint, and a waffle iron, George creates the first ever monkey Valentine’s printing press!   “George is a little monkey with a big heart,” says executive producer Dorothea Gillim. “Between George’s monkey…
  • Strange Magic Press Junket with George Lucas & Cast! #StrangeMagic

    DaDa Rocks!
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    I had attended a Q & A with the cast and crew of Strange Magic. That included creator George Lucas, director Gary Rydstrom, music director Marius DeVries, and stars Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Meredith Anne Bull, and Sam Palladio. First, it was pretty awesome to have George Lucas walk into the room… He influenced the better part of my childhood and I’d say like 90% of my friends childhood and even our children. Lucas in particular, who spent 15+ years bringing his vision of Strange Magic to life, had a lot to say about the inspiration behind the film.
  • The Roots, Busy Philipps, Anne Heche and My Son guest star in BRAND-NEW episodes of NICK JR.’S hit preschool series YO GABBA GABBA!

    DaDa Rocks!
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    DJ Lance and the Gabba gang are back with new lessons and exciting guest stars as Nick Jr. premieres brand-new episodes of the hit preschool music series, Yo Gabba Gabba! kicking off Saturday, Jan. 3, at 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The brand-new episodes feature the Gabba crew’s celebrity friends including The Roots (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), Busy Philipps (Cougar Town), Anne Heche (The Legend of Korra), George Clinton, Tom Lennon (Reno 911), Marissa Jaret Winokur (Melissa & Joey) and more! The schedule for the January premieres of Yo Gabba Gabba! is as follows (all times are…
  • Experience the Famous New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square with Spectacular, Live Commercial-Free Webcast

    DaDa Rocks!
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, announced today that revelers across the globe will again be able to experience the excitement of the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration via a six-hour, live commercial-free webcast. The sixth annual webcast will cover the action and festivities in Times Square, beginning with the Ball Raising at 6 p.m. EST, plus live musical performances, hourly countdowns, behind-the-scenes stories, and star-studded interviews as anticipation builds towards the midnight countdown and the famous Ball…
 
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  • Want Happiness in 2015? Emulate This Guy

    Craig Playstead
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Happiness is the one thing everyone seems to chase, except those precious who have it. There’s even a formula for it which you can find here. How do you find happiness? Well, most of us tend to overthink it, but not this genius. He can’t eat with his hands, poops in the backyard, doesn’t have an iPhone, has no money, and has the worst morning breath imaginable. But he’s the happiest thing walking. I asked his secret over some room temperature water that had been sitting in his bowl for about 36 hours with things floating in it that hadn’t yet been identified. These were his tips:…
  • The Smartest Person I’ve Ever Met

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

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

    nessel
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    At 11:45pm last night I started running, like a caged rat, in my basement.  The night before, much to the amazement of my sleepy cat, I started walking loops around my house.  While this may sound like the actions of a Dad who has spent a little too much time around glue sticks, there is actually something else going on here.  I have become addicted to the Misfit Flash that I wear on my arm. The Misfit Flash is a fitness and sleep tracker that somehow guilts you into hitting your goals, being active and even getting more sleep.  While, fitness trackers are not new, the fact that the…
  • 12 Things I Learned At The Consumer Electronics Show 2015 (CES2015)

    nessel
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    Never stop learning.  That is some powerful advice I drop on the kids and usually scores me some major blank stares crossed with a little bit of the “have you taken your meds Dad” look.  No matter, I decided to actually listen to myself and do some serious learning while walking the 2.2 million square feet of show floor space at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 (CES 2015) in Las Vegas. I hope you are not reading this on the weekend or during the summer, because school is about to start… #1. If Not For The Consumer Electronics Industry, We Would Be Dead Hate to start this…
  • Consumer Electronics Industry To Human Race, We Will Return You From the Brink of Death

    nessel
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    I have watched enough episodes of Shark Tank and read my fair share of front covers of business books, therefore I know this to be true – Good Products Solve Problems I have also seen All The Presidents Men, twice, therefore in addition to being a business guru I am also a hard hitting investigative journalist.  Wearing my business guru and journalist two sided hat, I decided to hit the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) floor in Las Vegas looking to discover the underlying problem that the thousands of gadgets on display were solving. Follow The Products I assumed that as CES shows off…
  • Consumer Electronics Show 2015, Prepare To Hate Everything You Own

    nessel
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Remember way back in 2014…say around December 25th, when some loving soul got you that awesome cutting edge tech gadget that you have always wanted?  Remember that happy feeling you had, knowing you had the latest and greatest technology?  Well, be happy you had that feeling for a few days, because it all comes crashing down next week! CES 2015 – The Show That Screams, Everything You Own Is Obsolete Starting Monday, January 5th, 2015 the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas kicks off.  CES 2015 will be obscenely big – over 2 million square feet of gadgets, gizmos…
  • The Shopping Is Done, Your Job Now – Have A Very Happy Holidays!

    nessel
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    You made it!  Take a deep breath, it is Christmas Eve.  For better or worse, the shopping is done.  Yes, there is a decent chance that little Teddy will like the box more than the expensive present that came in the box….but it’s all good. We thought about doing some funny, sarcastic bit about the holidays.  We thought about being that dad blog that tries to offer incredible year end parenting wisdom.  In the end, we decided we really didn’t want to be funny or wise we just wanted to wish all the Dads, Moms and everyone else a very Happy and Healthy Holidays. Okay, We…
 
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  • Portrait of a Superwoman

    Caleb
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    At 31 weeks pregnant, my wife makes me feel inadequate. Because of how our schedules work now, she does most of the heavy lifting (not just a metaphor) for our five-year-old and two-year-old sons. On any given day, that involves driving them, feeding them, delivering on their every whims—or explaining through tears why she can’t. Every breath, every plan, every single drop of energy she has left (after working full time, mind you) goes into the child-need vortex. And she’s constantly carrying around another one waiting in the wings: a fetus that’s supposed to be the size…
  • Awesome Smartphone Photography Tips

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

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

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

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

    Mark Brady
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    1. We grappled with thoughts that generated high-arousal states and managed to redirect at least a few of them. As often as we were able, we thought outside our adrenals. 2. We managed everything we could so as not to give in to the ignorance that contributes to great suffering in the world. Your Kidney-Topping Adrenals 3. We did our best to follow the path of our own heart, brain, mind, body and spirit. 4. We practiced authentic gratitude as much as we could, and when we couldn’t we simply accepted that fact. 5. We did our best to grow our compassion and generosity networks. 6. We…
  • How to Overcome Conventional Psychotherapy’s Fatal Flaw

    Mark Brady
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    I’m pretty sure a combination of my mother’s high levels of stress hormones and unaddressed grief, together with the toxins in the alcohol and tobacco she used daily, worked to interrupt the easy flow of the bonding hormones between us during gestation and after birth. With dire relationship consequences. I was in the fourth grade. It was Parent’s Day at Katherine Brennan Elementary School and I can still remember David Coe cooing “Isn’t my mother … beautiful?” There was total rapture in his voice. In response to him, my thought was, “Why…
  • Joy and Divinity: Might Last Year’s Number One Brain Research Breakthrough Hold a Key?

    Mark Brady
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    I bet you’re sitting there right now wondering how the Number One breakthrough in Neuroscience last year might impact the joy and divinity in your life. Let’s start here: Many of us have had this experience I’m guessing – we’re driving to or from the office or the grocery store and just as we park the car we realize that we haven’t been aware of anything much in the world around us that we passed along the way. We completely missed the moonwalking gorilla that was dancing with the basketball players; we missed the change of clothes, backdrop and table cloth…
  • How to Know When You’ve Gone Temporarily Insane

    Mark Brady
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    “If there’s no sense of rejoicing and magical practice, you find yourself simply driving into the high wall of insanity.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa “Sanity rarely sounds an alarm.” ~ Mark Brady In my mid-30s I voluntarily committed myself into a mental hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. I was there for two months receiving treatment for “Extreme Grief Reaction.” The thing that was most scary to me (besides the freedom granted obvious psychopaths to roam the halls unmedicated and unsupervised at 3AM) was the difficulty I had making clear distinctions between…
  • Are a Brain-Sourced 10 Commandments Better for Your Brain than the Bibical 10?

    Mark Brady
    28 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    How about if you read them over and decide for yourself? You can probably guess what I think. Let us know what you think and why in the comments section below. I let you know some of what I think in response. A Brain-Sourced 10 Commandments 1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter the beliefs your brain generates with new evidence. 2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what your brain wishes to be true. 3. The scientific method is the most reliable way for your brain to understand the natural world. 4. Every person has the right to control of their mind, body…
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  • DOCTOR WHO – April 2015 Comic Book Solicitations

    Michael
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #2 Writer: Cavan Scott Artist: Blair Shedd 32pp – FC – $3.99 On sale: 04/08/2015 Don’t miss the second thrilling installment of Weapons Of Past Destruction – an all-new miniseries adventure featuring the Ninth Doctor – as played by Christopher Eccleston – along with companions Rose and Jack! Get dragged [...]The post DOCTOR WHO – April 2015 Comic Book Solicitations appeared first on Geekasms.
  • “Whiplash” &”Glee” Star Melissa Benoist is SUPERGIRL

    Michael
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:29 pm
    The actress known for roles in “Whiplash” and “Glee” is set to play Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl in the CBS Supergirl series. I will admit, when it was first announced that CBS had given the greenlight to a Supergirl series, I was extremely hesitant.  However, given the fact that its being developed by Arrow and [...]The post “Whiplash” &”Glee” Star Melissa Benoist is SUPERGIRL appeared first on Geekasms.
  • DOCTOR WHO – A Few Series 9 Updates

    Michael
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Here are a few of the latest nuggets of info regarding the upcoming series 9 of Doctor Who. Filming in Spain It appears that some filming will be occuring in Spain for the upcoming season, as Director of Photography Ali Asad, who is set to work on two episodes, tweeted: Going to Spain on a [...]The post DOCTOR WHO – A Few Series 9 Updates appeared first on Geekasms.
  • I WANT!! Marvel Select 8″ Retro Spider-Man Action Figure Set!!

    Michael
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Check out this awesome toy that is a Diamond Select/EMCE Toys Release; the Marvel Select 8” Retro Spider-Man Action Figure Set!  Yes, it’s a set!! Basically a recreation of the MEGO Spider-Man action figure, this is a first in a series of limited edition 8-inch figures meant to capture the nostalgia of the 1970s. A [...]The post I WANT!! Marvel Select 8″ Retro Spider-Man Action Figure Set!! appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Preview – Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #7

    Michael
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Ahh!  Feels good to get back onto the Doctor Who comic book train (and we’re not falling off again!) With our first preview back in the game, we have the first preview for The Tenth Doctor #7 from Titan Comics, that hits shelves on Feb 4th! DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #7 STORY BY​: ​Robbie [...]The post Preview – Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #7 appeared first on Geekasms.
 
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  • The Greatest Dad Blogger You Never Heard Of

    Jack
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Somewhere in the almost 10,000 posts on this blog is one that talks about how I taught Frank Sinatra how to sing. And maybe if you look hard enough you’ll find one where it says I taught Michael Jordan how to play basketball, Babe Ruth how to play baseball and William Shakespeare how to write. […] (Visited 27 times, 27 visits today) The post The Greatest Dad Blogger You Never Heard Of appeared first on The JackB.            Comments@briansorrell:disqus Most days I have no problem not wondering ... by The JackBAh the missed…
  • Do We Need To Shout ‘Help Me!’

    Jack
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    The so called blogging experts tell me that I am doing this wrong. I don’t spend enough time working on my headlines or try hard enough to fill my posts with the perfect mix of SEO laden content. I post too frequently and don’t focus on any one topic. The words you read here are […] (Visited 14 times, 14 visits today) The post Do We Need To Shout ‘Help Me!’ appeared first on The JackB.            Comments@JanineHuldie:disqus Sometimes those conversations about the ... by The JackB@johnkinnear:disqus I think the…
  • Be Present Where You Are

    Jack
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    W hen you are 14 and you feel like you are invisible when you want to be seen and glowing when you want to be invisible the world can seem like a harsh mistress. I know because I remember and I know because my 14 year-old and I have discussed it. There are girls in school […] (Visited 26 times, 26 visits today) The post Be Present Where You Are appeared first on The JackB.            CommentsI enjoy my non-wallflower persona in the social media world. ... by Irene@ionfooddrinklife:disqus The blogosphere is a great way for ... by The…
  • Do You Know How To Ask For Help?

    Jack
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Twenty some years ago I spent around ninety minutes or so of my day lifting weights and or playing basketball. I was single and for reasons I can no longer remember decided I wanted 16 inch arms and the ability to bench press more than 300 pounds. So each day I would hit the gym […] (Visited 27 times, 27 visits today) The post Do You Know How To Ask For Help? appeared first on The JackB.            Comments@Lardavbern:disqus A little time away always helps us regain or ... by The JackBIt seems like your vacation changed you a bit. I…
  • The Best Part About Watching Inappropriate Movies

    Jack
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:56 pm
    When your children gain access to the Netflix password they sometimes discover the unrated version of Anchorman 2. Your daughter helps demonstrate what a hoot this is by reciting lines from the movie about sexually assaulting starfish and then watches your face because she is dying for you to react. So you put on your best poker […] (Visited 29 times, 29 visits today) The post The Best Part About Watching Inappropriate Movies appeared first on The JackB.            Comments@southmainmuse:disqus There certainly are more things going on…
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  • Welcome to our Princess Pirate Spaceship Hotel

    Thomas
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Our hotel on the farm had a spaceship and a pool. The neighboring castle had lots of rooms for staying over night as well. There was a restaurant and amusement park rides. So much fun for anyone. It’s always a good time when we pull out all the toys and make a mashup. We have princesses, pirates, animals, Legos, Duplos, Construx, toy cars, a doll house, a barn, and that’s all I can remember. We’re building the imagination in both her and I. The post Welcome to our Princess Pirate Spaceship Hotel appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Frozen Christmas Coloring Pages

    Thomas
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    My daughter and I were looking for some Christmas coloring pictures to print out and she keep asking for Frozen ones. Since we couldn’t find any, I created some. These are just mash-ups of other images I found. I just tossed a few things together and now we can all enjoy some Frozen coloring pictures. The post Frozen Christmas Coloring Pages appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily lost her first tooth. I’m so not ready for this.

    Thomas
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    I know kids teeth fall out eventually, but she’s only 5! Lily has had a loose tooth for a few days and now she lost her first one tonight. I don’t think I’m ready for this. When I was a kid, I remember being older (or at least I think I was) and I swear it involved some pain. But she said hers didn’t hurt. It was just loose and she kept wiggling it until it came out. Now, when do teeth fill back in? The post Lily lost her first tooth. I’m so not ready for this. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Carnival Fun with Rainbow Hair and a Fish

    Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Lily’s school had a carnival today and she had a lot of fun. There were lots of games and she even won a fish! Plus she got rainbow hair so she was pretty darn happy. We’re hoping the fish lasts longer than a day. The post Carnival Fun with Rainbow Hair and a Fish appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Why be a princess when you can have the keys to the kingdom?

    Thomas
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Lily has two Halloween costumes again this year. The first one was a Minnie Mouse costume that worked perfectly for the beautiful weather we had the weekend before Halloween. We had two parties to go to and had lots of fun. We saw lots of princesses around, but only one other Minnie Mouse. Minnie is a better choice anyway as she rules the kingdom with Mickey. The post Why be a princess when you can have the keys to the kingdom? appeared first on TwisterMc.
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  • Puss in Boots Now Showing on Netflix

    Aaron Gouveia
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I hate cats. Not only am I allergic to them, I just can’t stand them. They’re elitist, holier-than-thou feline devils who only want to give and receive affection on their terms. My wife had three cats when I met her, and I was in hell. One of them routinely pooped in my shoe. And naturally, despite wanting to be left alone, they would proceed to climb on top of me during the night as I slept. My wife told me it was them showing their love for me. I maintain they were trying to drape themselves around my neck and kill me in my sleep. We still had two of the cats when Will was born,…
  • Parental Hypocrisy

    Aaron Gouveia
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    We’re pretty hard on our oldest son. My wife and I push Will hard and expect a lot from him. Why? Because he’s very intelligent and more than capable of above average work. We’re not (completely) unbearable task masters or Tiger Parents, but we definitely crack the whip from time to time and set the bar high. Because you can’t assume you’ll get great results without expecting greatness at the outset. So as you might imagine, we take Will’s performance in school very seriously. Will, who is in first grade and turns seven in April, generally performs very…
  • The Things I Wish For My Sons

    Aaron Gouveia
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    I don’t know about you guys, but current events both globally and nationally have me feeling pretty pessimistic. And frustrated. And sad. And pissed off. ISIS beheading American journalists. Terrorists shooting up magazine offices for religious reasons. Police officers choking people to death for selling loose cigarettes. And the rest of us trying to metaphorically choke one another out in the aftermath, via friendship-ending arguments on social media. I just see so much fear, hate, and division lately that for the first time, I’m beginning to think we’re beyond help.
  • I Will Never “Date” My Kids

    Aaron Gouveia
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    I’m not sure when it got trendy or acceptable to advise people to “date” their kids, but I sure wish it would stop. Look, I get (and appreciate) the sentiment behind it. Essentially it’s a way of saying spend more one-on-one time with your children. Go out just the two of you, make him feel special, do something he likes, and really talk about things without interruption. All of those things are good, and all of those things are necessary. I try to do that with Will as much as possible with our fishing trips and clandestine ice cream parlor visits, and Sam —…
  • The Parents of Leelah Alcorn Broke the Cardinal Rule of Parenting

    Aaron Gouveia
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Love your kids unconditionally, keep them safe, and always be there for them. Leelah Alcorn, born Joshua Alcorn, was a 17-year-old transgender Ohio kid who took her own life last week because her parents couldn’t follow that most basic and universal tenet of parenting. After telling her parents she has long identified as a girl trapped in a boy’s body, they responded by negatively judging her, removing her from school, taking away her online support network, and sending her to Christian therapists who reinforced her parents’ views that what she was doing was against God’s will. And…
 
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  • Action 2015

    C.C. Chapman
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    Fifteen years ago, the world entered a new millennium. My kids were born on either side of that magical year and when I think about how much their lives will change in the next fifteen years it gives me pause. Action 2015 is a movement to focus the world on continuing to improve the lives and world around us. This year two important meetings will be happening with global leaders to review The Millennium Development Goals and replace them with a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals. This is an opportunity to end all forms of poverty, inequality and tackle environmental…
  • The Valley

    C.C. Chapman
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Thank you for the feedback on last weeks bit of fiction. I guess I wasn’t clear that I’m going to be sharing a lot of different pieces of fiction and not a serial story as many hoped for. I’m not to that point yet. Over the years I’ve written snippets of stories and ideas. I’ll be sharing these in various forms, so you never know what you might get. Today is a bit of a coming of age story. At least the beginnings of one. The Valley Marcus looked down to the valley before him. It was a mix of pine and birch. There was a lake off to the east and to the west he knew…
  • 2014 in Photographs

    C.C. Chapman
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    Colby Brown inspired me. He inspired me to share some of my favorite photographs I took in 2014. They were taken with a variety of cameras and phones with each being special to me. It was fun to scroll through all my photos and realize the places I’ve traveled, the people I’ve met and the memories I’ve formed all along the way. Enjoy! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-= I can’t wait to see what photos I take this year!
  • Fiction Fridays – The Beginning

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    My daughter has told me numerous times that I need to write more fiction. She has heard the stories about how I use to write stories when I was younger and being a creative being herself, I know she sees it in my eyes how much I’d love to write more of it. With one of my words being ‘create’ this year and with her not letting the idea slip away, I thought it might be fun to challenge myself to share a bit of fiction every Friday. Only time will tell if this continues on a regular basis, but by setting it I have to at least think about it every week. During the holiday break…
  • Hashtags and The Future of Marketing

    C.C. Chapman
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    I don’t write prediction posts. Sure, I get asked to contribute to them every so often and sometimes I’ll give in and share my thoughts on the topic at hand. Last year, Chris Penn of SHIFT Communications sat down with me to talk about the future of marketing. Chris is a dear Friend and I love the team at SHIFT, so I couldn’t say no. It is fun to realize we filmed this in the early fall and then to look at everything being rolled out at CES this week. Guess I was right on a couple of things. On the flipside, I was asked about my favorite marketing hashtag from 2014 and what…
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  • NSFW: Dad Nails Parenting

    Charlie
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    I’ve been seeing this make the rounds on all the normal internet avenues. Who knows if it’s true. I don’t really care either way. The sentiment, however, is truer than true. It’s fatherhood, itself. You don’t have to be a 6’3″ ex-navy seal to demonstrate masculinity. Embarrassment comes in a lot of colors and flavors. I’d venture to say it’s a bigger, more subversive embarrassment to avoid your children, and all the fun they bring. My father taught me the value of enjoying the uncomfortable moment. You have to find the beat when it comes…
  • Baby Sleep Positions: “The Deflector Shield”

    Andy
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    A shield is up! RED ALERT! Evasive maneuvers! All hand to battle stations! (Sorry for that.) You see, once a mother ship does fire a new little cosmonaut out of her launch bay, I’m afraid a deflector shield is now quite operational. And will be for a what can seem like lightyears. In space, no one can hear a sound, but in a bedroom, a baby in a crib or adjoining room can hear a kiss. So, it can get to seeming like the little one has set up an impenetrable blockade, stopping all traffic or trade between parents, left to simply drift in the lonely vacuum. Intimacy then becomes a bit of an…
  • 5 Annoying Pieces of Parenting Advice

    Charlie
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    1. Arguing With Your Kid? DON’T ARGUE WITH THEM It’s so true. Maybe we could apply this same advice to achieve world peace? It’s not like we’re tired, hungry, burnt out, and exasperated. Right? 2. Kid Won’t Eat? JUST MAKE THEM EAT Also applicable: if they eat it five times they’ll keep eating it. Picky eaters suck, but pushy advice givers are worse. 3. Kids Won’t Go to Bed PUT THEM TO BED EARLIER Kids have an innate ability to go to bed late and wake up even earlier. WHAT’S THE DEAL? And not every kid enjoys sleeping. It seems like most are…
  • “Shopping” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    Every parent that takes their youngling out and about, no matter the age, has probably suffered from Post Tantrum Stress Disorder. You would have bet a Bugatti that they weren’t anywhere near the corner of hungry and tired. You totally thought that nap did the trick. You almost couldn’t believe the plate wasn’t part of the meal, they ate so well. A deep, firm feeling in every single one of your bones seemed to indicate your kid was calm, cool, collected, content, composed and other positive C words. So, you decided to tempt fate and sanity, and took them with you to go…
  • My Wife Just Said… #196

    Charlie
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    “The circus called. They want their baby back…” -Avara   My boys are a unique kind of creature. Intensely cuddly, immensely vulnerable and singularly desirous of putting themselves in harm’s way by climbing, running or otherwise tumbling into trouble. They like to push the envelope, and we like to make sure that envelope is sealed. Calculated risks are important in parenting our kids. It gives them the opportunity to fail in the best, most opportune ways possible. But living with the idea that kids are perhaps just adults in little bodies who need guidance as a…
 
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  • When You Can’t Seem to Help Your Children

    Keith
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    We are doing all that we can to find her new stuff to try and eat plus we are taking her to several different doctors to try and find help. What can you do when you can't seem to help your children? The post When You Can’t Seem to Help Your Children appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • 5 Ways for Parents to Make the Most Out of the Internet

    Keith
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Parents definitely have one of the most difficult jobs and when the kids finally are in bed, they want to relax and enjoy the quiet. This is an excellent time to enjoy some free time partaking in various hobbies, and many of these hobbies can be found online. Here are some top tips for activities that can be enjoyed. The post 5 Ways for Parents to Make the Most Out of the Internet appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

    Keith
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
        Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen    “This infographic was provided by TeenSafe.com“   The post Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • Stay Safe While on the Job

    Keith
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    Workplace safety is one of the most important issues that employees and employers alike must deal with. Keeping workers safe is essential for employers who want to avoid workers’ compensation lawsuits or negligence ones. The post Stay Safe While on the Job appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • 4 Ways to Get Out of the Dog House Fast

    Keith
    14 Jan 2014 | 5:54 am
    There's something out there to help mend even the most stubborn hearts. Nip that pesky little argument in the bud and get out of the dog house before it becomes your permanent residence. The post 4 Ways to Get Out of the Dog House Fast appeared first on Daddyplace.
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  • Four Strategies For Home Optimization In 2015

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    As 2015 gains momentum, more and more homeowners are looking for ways to make their private living space shine. If your goal is to whip your home into absolutely amazing shape, you should know that there are numerous home design strategies you can use to make it happen. Here are four: 1. Invest In Home Maintenance Services.If you're serious about getting your home in absolutely amazing condit...
  • Get the Brushes You Need When You Need Them

    6 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Turn to a company like TOD Thin Brushes Inc. to fulfill your needs when it comes to industrial brushes or brushes needed for high tech applications. Click here to learn more about your options and find exactly what you are looking for in brushes. You need a supplier that you can count on to provide you with quality products that will stand up t...
  • Do I Need Heavy Equipment Mats?

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    If you’re working with heavy equipment in areas of land that are less than perfect, it’s important that you consider the use and implementation of heavy equipment mats on your job site. These mats not only make the job much easier, but also protect sensitive ground and provide the utmost stabilization and level work base to ensure your crew, your equipment, and yourself are protected and able t...
  • I feel a little down.

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
    Hello to all my fellow SAHD. Im new here all so pardon me if i make mistakes where to post. I joined this forum to seek support and advice for being a stay at home dad. Im just going to lay it all out and wait to hear what all of you have to say.a little about me.. I'm 29 years old, I just quit my job of armed security about a month ago. I have been a SAHD before but I had ran into issues I wi...
  • Tips for Having a Supportive Marriage

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Marriage isn’t easy, no matter how well you two get along and how long you’ve been together. When the going gets rough, some people simply get going, while others stay the course and work through their issues. While divorce isn’t unavoidable in every situation, most couples should put in a little more elbow grease when it comes to staying together.Get a Move OnIf you think that your re...
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    Bobblehead Dad

  • Walk a Mile in My Flexon Glasses. And Win Flexon Sunglasses Yourself!

    jimhigley
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    I’ve been on a “Facelift” journey over the last few weeks – picking out a new pair of eyeglasses from Flexon. Check out my stories about picking out my frames as well as my eye exam for full background on what I’ve learned! And be sure to read the section below titled, ” Win a Pair of Flexon Sunglasses!” – today might be your lucky day! I’m Feeling Flexon Fine My new Flexon Laser Precision frames arrived! And after a check-in with my eyecare professional at Lossman Eye Care I was off and running. Er, make that flying. Two hours after I…
  • 25 Weeks of Rediscovery: What Death Taught Me

    jimhigley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    (This is the third week of a six-month journey of self-discovery. Thanks for joining me. Monday I shared Chapter 2 from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  And yesterday we talked about my own experiences with losing family members. Today we talk more about life and deatth. Come back next week for a new lesson and some new thoughts.  Lesson 2: Loved ones die. But they never leave. This piece of paper is my most treasured possession. For those of you who know the storyline of my life – you know why. It’s the small piece of paper I found in my…
  • 25 Weeks of Rediscovery: Chapter 2 Discussion – The Loss of Loved Ones

    jimhigley
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    (This is the third week of a six-month journey of self-discovery. Thanks for joining me. Yesterday I shared Chapter 2 from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Today we take the thoughts presented in that chapter a little deeper – and I share some thought questions for you. Tomorrow, I hope you’ll come back for a new story about life’s losses. Thanks for being here.  Lesson 2: Loved ones die. But they never leave. I admit it. I spent many years of my life sulking. Losing a love one is brutal. Losing two loved ones is unbearable. And…
  • 25 Weeks of Rediscovery: Chapter 2 – Why Painters Use Drop Cloths

    jimhigley
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:06 am
    (This is the third week of  a six-month journey of self-discovery. Thanks for joining me. Today we begin with Chapter 2 from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for some background on this chapter as well a few thought questions for you to think about. On Wednesday, I’ll share a new story focusing on this week’s lesson.  Chapter 2 Why Painters Use Drop Cloths It was March. Winter was ever so slowly giving up its hold on long, cold days—providing an occasional surprise with a warmer, sun-filled…
  • 25 Weeks of Rediscovery: When You’re the Bogeyman

    jimhigley
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
      (This is the second week of  a six-month journey of self-discovery. Thanks for joining me. Monday I shared Chapter 1 from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  And yesterday we talked about that chapter. Today we talk more about “bogeymen.” Come back next week for a new lesson and some new thoughts.  Lesson 1: The scariest bogeyman is the one in your head. Here’s what I’ve learned about bogeymen in the last ten years. It’s no fun to have your own. But it’s worse when you give them to people you love.
 
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    Dad and Buried

  • Why Don’t Dads Read About Parenting?

    Dad and Buried
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    When I look at my readership demographics, both for my blog and my Facebook page, the numbers are dominated by women. Seriously, it’s something like 90%/10%. This is obviously due in large part to my stunning good looks, but it’s also because of the subject matter. Men don’t read parenting blogs. Or parenting anything. I mean, some men do; I am part of a Facebook community of nearly 1000 dad bloggers who definitely read parenting content (if only to steal ideas). But I dare say most men don’t. At the very least, most men don’t read much. And they certainly…
  • Touch and No

    Dad and Buried
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    I’m not a gamer. I never have gamed. And neither has my son. There’s no Playstation in my house, no Xbox, no Wii. My son’s exposure to video games has been limited to the handful of times we’ve stumbled across an old arcade machine and I’ve tried to teach him how to play Pac-Man. He hasn’t been all that into it. (Probably because he’s TERRIBLE. You have to AVOID the ghosts, genius!) But if his interest in the gaming devices his cousins were playing over the holidays was any indication, that’s about to change. Which means I’m going to have…
  • [E-card] Parenting Under the Influence

    Dad and Buried
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    The post [E-card] Parenting Under the Influence appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • Bedtime Stories

    Dad and Buried
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    I spend a lot of time making HILARIOUS lists comparing things. Comparing the ways parenting is similar to different, HILARIOUSLY unexpected things, like being in jail, or like being bullied, or like writing lists about how parenting is similar to different, HILARIOUSLY unexpected things. I even write HILARIOUS lists comparing the ways kids are similar to different, HILARIOUSLY unexpected things, like supervillains, and politicians. But the pure, unadulterated, non-HILARIOUS truth is that parenting is a unique endeavor, and that kids are actually quite different from most things, not similar…
  • The Curse of the Working Parent

    Dad and Buried
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of being a stay-at-home dad and I’m not afraid to say it. It just wasn’t for me. For one thing, when I had the gig I lived in a smaller, sleepier town. For another, my son was only two, and his personality was still just emerging; he wasn’t yet the super-whiny but also super-fun four-year-old that he is now (and that I hope he won’t be soon because I’m TIRED OF IT). Most importantly? I like having a job. And I like working in an office. I enjoy interacting with other adults, and I need that time away from the house.
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    Joshua Wilner

  • What Makes ‘Mythical’ Creatures Mythical?

    Joshua
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A guy like me who is interested in the backstory is always curious about the background and story behind mythical creatures. It is not because I am pedantic and determined to make sure these tales fit the dictionary definition of mythical either. myth·i·cal adjective \ˈmi-thi-kəl\: based on or described in a myth: existing only in the imagination Full Definition of MYTHICAL 1 : based on or described in a myth especially as contrasted with history 2 usually mythical : existing only in the imagination : fictitious, imaginary 3 usually mythic : having qualities suitable to myth : legendary I…
  • It Is A Single Toilet Adventure

    Joshua
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:04 pm
    It is easy to become jaded about how technology has changed our lives and the world in ways that would leave our great-grandparents shocked and amazed. When we talk about what the future of travel might look like it is in terms that few of them could have imagined. The people who scraped together enough to travel by boat across the sea to a land they heard was paved in gold didn’t wonder whether man would live in space or think about a 3,000 mile overnight business trip. But now we think nothing of flying across country and wonder if maybe one day we can wake up in Los Angeles and…
  • What Does The Future Of Travel Look Like?

    Joshua
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    I often dream about the day when we can fly like George Jetson to work or some sort of Star Trek scenario where Scotty can beam us up and down. We’re not at that point yet but we have reached a moment in time where people like my great-grandparents who watched horse and buggy evolve into cars would be amazed. You can start your day in one part of the world and finish it ten thousand miles away. Crossing oceans is still an adventure but not in the way they knew it. From a marketing and advertising standpoint I see all sorts of interesting ways to connect with travelers. The opportunity…
  • Maybe It’s The Secret Ingredient

    Joshua
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:54 pm
    The joy of middle school might lie somewhere between the craziness that comes with the onset of puberty and hormones that turn half or more of the kids into crazy people who don’t know if they are coming or going. Add in interactions with other students, teachers, parents, homework and life in general and things get even more interesting. The middle schooler in this house once asked me if I could help him navigate things better by providing him with a secret ingredient he could use to make life easier. I paraphrased the Mark Twain quote above and told him people always remember how you…
  • The Way Things Were Meets How They Are

    Joshua
    10 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    My friend Kristen’s post about the best sing along songs of all time is partially to blame for what you are about to read. It would be more accurate to say I had intended to spend some time organizing digital pictures so that I could make sure I have backed up precious memories and ended up doing something else. But we won’t talk about anything that doesn’t make me appear to be the finest example of a human being because we wouldn’t want to destroy the Internet by presenting ourselves to the world as we are and not as we want everyone to see us. So ignore any signs of…
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • Toyography: Here's Rocket Raccoon's Hot Wheels GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Character Car...

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Every so often, beyond the normal realm of traditional vehicles, Mattel releases a fresh batch of Hot Wheels "Character Cars" - concept vehicles inspired by a pop culture franchise. In the past, the Character Cars series has seen MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, TOY STORY 3, THE MUPPETS, and even SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS get the Hot Wheels treatment - but right now the two big lines are based on STAR WARS (two of which I showcased here) and MARVEL Comics. From the MARVEL assortment comes the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Rocket Raccoon car, featured in a #Toyography post on my social networks last week,…
  • Don't Believe Me Just Watch: James Brown vs Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - AMERICAN UPTOWN FUNK (Mashup)

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    When it comes to mashups, Austria's DJ SCHMOLLI is one of the best in the game, and as such I've written about his work on a few sites over the years (here's one of my favorites). This week, Schmolli places JAMES BROWN vs. MARK RONSON and BRUNO MARS for "American Uptown Funk," a mashup of the recent hit "Uptown Funk" and the 1985 classic, "Living in America" (ROCKY IV!). While the video was quickly up-and-down over at YouTube, Vimeo has a fresh version that you need to watch... DJ SchmolliMark RonsonBruno MarsMashupRemixes
  • LEGO SCOOBY-DOO is Bringing "those meddling kids" to Brick Form!

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Confirmed: I need a LEGO Mystery Machine to go along with my LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1. This August, that just may happen as  Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and the Mystery Machine, as well as all the ghosts, goblins and other villains that make SCOOBY-DOO adventures complete come to LEGO form for the very first time in a series of five new building sets. Announced today by The LEGO Group and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the sets will be accompanied by a 22-minute LEGO SCOOBY-DOO special, and made-for-video movie titles by Warner Bros. Animation that will feature the Mystery Inc.
  • Test Drive: Rockin' the Road - 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Review

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    It's a rare thing to have a vehicle from a press fleet for more than a week, but that's exactly what happened when a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT arrived here at Rock Father HQ for review over the holidays. The extra time was beneficial both to the vehicle and our family for some real-world testing hauling people and stuff from Northern Illinois to Michigan and back. Marketed as a great value and exceptionally safe Crossover SUV for families looking for a lot of people capacity for a lower price, Mitsubishi has wisely focused on the Outlander's strong points, drawing attention away from some…
  • JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES - BATTLE FOR THE BOOK (An Adventure-Packed Review)

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Growing up, I don't remember there being much love for pirates. In fact, as an 80s kid, the only real "pirate" memory that sticks in my head is One Eyed Willy and his fantastic ship in THE GOONIES (which turns 30 this year), and one of the major reasons why is that most pirates were sorta a-holes, and Captain James Hook was the poster boy. Weird thing is, back then the "talk" of Hook was bigger than the character, as we'd only seen PETER PAN during a theatrical re-release in 1982. Fast-forward a few decades and pirates are everywhere, and as new generations have had instant access to older…
 
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    The Talking Dad

  • Video Walkthrough Tour of SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

    Christopher
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Looking for something new and fun to do in the metro Detroit area? Look no further than the SEA LIFE Michigan aquarium located at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills. Set to open to the public on January 29th, 2015, the new Sea Life branded attraction is an absolute beauty to behold, but it is also very kid-friendly with its numerous portholes, play areas and touch-screen learning stations. The facility is stocked with over 5,000 sea creatures including sharks and octopi, and even includes an interactive touch pool and underwater ocean tunnel. There’s something for everyone! Tickets…
  • THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Pass Giveaway

    Christopher
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Enter here for your chance to win family 4-pack passes to an advance screening of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water on Saturday, January 31st at 11AM at the MJR Theater in Troy, MI. 24 winners! SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet. SpongeBob goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate. a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • Review: The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up!

    Christopher
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Our mission was simple: cartoons cartoons cartoons. The madcap adventures of Tom and Jerry were classic Saturday morning fare. Growing up, Saturday mornings were events my sisters and I looked forward to following a grueling week of school. I imagine mom and dad appreciated the extra sleep as we kids snuck out of bed and tippy-toed down to the living room. Oh how times have changed. What was once a marquee weekend activity, has depreciated into a hodgepodge of fart jokes and supernatural ninja cartoons. Sure, there have been noteworthy children’s programming since then, but nothing as…
  • Sharks arrive at SEA LIFE Michigan, Grand Opening Date Announced

    Christopher
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    The sharks have arrived at SEA LIFE Michigan! The Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets prepares for Jan. 29 Grand Opening. SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, the 35,000-square-foot aquarium in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, welcomed one Nurse shark, three Blacknose sharks and two Bonnethead sharks to their new home, along with the enthusiastic winners of the Young Environmentalist contest—aged 8 to 12—standing by to cheer them on. The creatures arrived in a transport truck, and after some testing and preparation, were rushed inside via stretchers by trained aquarists. The sharks were then…
  • Free Activities & THE BOOK OF LIFE Blu-ray Giveaway

    Christopher
    9 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    The Book of Life is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray formats this January 27th! Download these free exciting recipes and coloring sheets for your kids! The Book of Life is a breathtaking animated comedy with a dazzling visual style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest that spans three spectacular worlds in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. Not your ordinary fairy tale, The Book of Life is a wondrous fantasy-adventure filled with magic,…
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • Breakfast in bed. So simple. So amazing.

    Matt Todd
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    They’ve always said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although some are saying that this might not necessarily be the case anymore, breakfast is still awesome. And you know what makes breakfast even more awesome? That’s right. Breakfast in bed! It’s a great way to show the person you love how much you care. And if your schedules don’t allow for you to serve breakfast in bed in the morning, you could always make this breakfast in bed for a late-evening snack. Right?The thought of preparing breakfast in bed can be a little intimidating. But it really…
  • I’m no Casanova. But we can do better, fellas.

    Matt Todd
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    You might remember the series of  guest posts that I published a year or so ago. They were written in response to this question: “What’s the most romantic thing someone has done for you?” You, Dear Reader, responded . Some pretty awesome posts were written. Here they are, in case you’ve forgotten…“My Romance” by Julie“A Lovely Proposal” by Emily“What is Love?” by Liz“Will Loves Heather, Heather Loves Will” by Heather“Wedding Dreams” by Leah“Motherhood, Romance, and Yearbooks” by…
  • Too many Selfies?

    Matt Todd
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    A few days ago, Aly saw me post this picture…Oh, you know…Just whipping up a grilled cheese and pulled pork sandwich. #metoday #fmsphotoadayA photo posted by Matt Todd (@mattdantodd) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:10pm PSTThe following conversation ensued:Aly: You’re probably the only person I know who gets paid for posting Selfies. Me: What do you mean? Aly: You know. You get paid for posting Selfies. Me: Uh…No. I don’t. I don’t get paid for posting Selfies. Aly: Yeah. You do. Isn’t that why you post so many of them on Instagram? While I do jokingly claim…
  • It’s 2015. Welcome to the Future.

    Matt Todd
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    This is it. It’s finally the year we find out if any of the 2015 that Marty McFly experienced actually comes true. With Back to the Future Day, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the awakening of the Force on the big screen, 2015 promises to be a HUGE year for geeks like me who are into such things.Whether you’re excited about these things or not, I hope 2015 is an amazing year for you, dear reader. I hope that the worst day of this year is better than the best day of 2014. I pray that the Divine reveals Himself to all of us in ways we can’t possibly imagine. Let’s change…
  • The 2014 Matty Awards

    Matt Todd
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The ballots have been cast. The votes have been tallied. They winners are about to be revealed.That’s right, friends! It’s time for the annual release of the Matty Awards! I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat in anticipation of this year’s announcement. This is, after all, a highly coveted award. It’s right up there with The Old Man’s fragile Leg Lamp.So here’s this years winners in all their glory. But before I announce them, please note that the links included are affiliate links. If you happen to buy any of these fine products, a small…
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    A Daddy Blog

  • Daydreaming About Walt Disney World

    Michael Schmid
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Hi. You've just caught me taking a sanity break here at my day-job. I've been doing a bit of daydreaming about family vacations to Walt Disney World. I'm curious. Do you stay "on property" when you visit the Magic Kingdom?
  • 20 Things Guys Should Never Wear | What Women Wish Men Knew

    Michael Schmid
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    You girls know the things we guys should never wear, but some of you are too nice to tell us. You're not doing yourself or us a favor by keeping it secret.
  • 7 Ways to be a Better Dad

    Michael Schmid
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    Stop and smell the diapers. Just a few suggestions from one dad to another on making the most of the most important years of our lives and those of our kids. And just to be clear, I'm writing this not because I think I'm such a great dad or because I know or do it all right. Nope, I'm writing it as a reminder to myself of a few of the things I need to focus on every day to be just a bit better as a father.
  • Great Quote from @BradPaisley to Kick off Your New Year

    Michael Schmid
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    A large graphic poster of the Brad Paisley quote, "Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one."
  • ‘Twas the Night before Christmas – Wordless Wednesday Art

    Michael Schmid
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Hopefully Dr. Clement C. Moore who wrote "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" as a present for his children, isn't rolling over in his grave because of this post?
 
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    Chilldad

  • Am I A Bad Mom If…

    Michael Berman
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Worried you’re messing up your kids? You’re not alone. According to psychiatrist Dr. Alex Strauss of Marlton, NJ, the #1 question asked by moms and dads is “Am I a bad parent?” “There are very few clear-cut rights and wrongs when it comes to raising kids,” says Dr. Strauss. “Still, there are definitely instances when you might be engaging in bad parenting.” Here are 10 of the most common scenarios that Dr. Strauss is asked about, followed by his insights and analysis. Am I A Bad Mom If… 1. I Scream At My Kids… Like, A Lot Screaming indicates that you’re stressed…
  • What Frustrates You Most About Being A Parent?

    Michael Berman
    1 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The post What Frustrates You Most About Being A Parent? appeared first on Chilldad.
  • 10 Reasons You Should Absolutely Spoil Your Kids

    Michael Berman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Recently, we gave our son the very present he wanted more than anything in the world. Yes, it cost a little more money than my wife and I wanted to spend.  Yes, it was a little over-the-top.  And yes, we worried that we might be spoiling him. But once I saw his reaction, all my concerns went out the window. Our son was gracious, sweet and overwhelmed with joy.  And seeing him like that had a profound effect on me. I immediately thought that there was zero chance I was going to spoil this boy with one expensive present, and in fact I came to the conclusion that what we…
  • What Pediatricians Really Want To Tell Parents

    Michael Berman
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Do you take an active role in your kids’ health and well-being, or do you leave that completely up to your Pediatrician? Recently I took a moment to sit down with a very successful, charming and intelligent Pediatrician (okay, my wife) to ask her what issues she would like parents to take ownership of when it comes to their kids’ health. Below are her answers, in no particular order, supported by additional research and studies: 1. There Is No Healthy Juice Steven Depolo/FLICKR According to a study published in Pediatrics, children who drank at least one sugary drink per day were 43…
  • Free Downloadable e-Book For Kids

    Michael Berman
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Orion is an out-of-this-world adventure for kids ages 8+. Click the blue button below to receive the 187 page e-book for free. The post Free Downloadable e-Book For Kids appeared first on Chilldad.
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    City Dads Group

  • NYC Parent Conference to Show ‘Why Fathers Matter’

    City Dads Group
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The third annual parenting conference hosted by New York City’s 92nd Street Y is called “Why Fathers Matter: Creating Successful Parenting Partnerships.” The conference takes place Jan. 25 and will be broadcast live online. City Dads Group and its flagship NYC Dads Group will help show just “Why Fathers Matter” at the third annual parenting conference hosted by the 92nd Street Y in New York City Sunday, Jan. 25. “Why Fathers Matter: Creating Successful Parenting Partnerships” will focus on topics such as how the role of fathers in families are…
  • Dad 2.0 Summit Founders Talk 2015, Long-Term Impact

    City Dads Group
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dads holding a conference? To talk about being better fathers and changing the image of fatherhood in the public’s eye? Seemed like a silly idea only a few years ago, but the Dad 2.0 Summit has grown in size, scope and sponsorship since its start in 2012. Dad 2.0 Summit co-founders Doug French and John Pacini reflect on the impact the experience has had on dads, media, and the decision-makers in boardrooms across America, and preview this year’s event, scheduled for Feb. 19-21 in San Francisco, on our latest The Modern Dads Podcast. Related posts: NYC Parent Conference to Show…
  • Dad 2.0 Summit to ‘spotlight’ 2 City Dads

    City Dads Group
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Dave Lesser and his family. Frequent City Dads Group blog contributors Dave Lesser and Christopher Persley have been selected as “spotlight” speakers for the annual Dad 2.0 Summit to take place next month in San Francisco. Lesser and Persley, both members of our NYC Dads Group, are two of five dads whose writings will be highlighted during the Feb. 19-21 conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood. Each dad will stand before the several hundred people in attendance and read one…
  • More Screen Time for Kids – Now!

    Kyle Eichenberger
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    “What age is appropriate for children to start using devices? Honestly? Birth. Just hand them a cellphone and quit worrying.” Whenever a new study or article about children and screen time is published, I’m hunt through it for the typical bias against technology I’ve come to expect from modern parenting culture. Not a day goes by without somebody complaining about kids and their computer/cellphone/tablet/TV gaming use. The kids are too young, they are getting too exposure or they don’t spend enough time building tree forts anymore. Remember back in the day…
  • How to Get Your Child to Eat (in 51 Simple Steps)

    Beau Coffron
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    “25. Threaten to show your child video evidence of him eating the same vegetable two days ago and loving it.” Got a kid who is a picky eater or just a handful at mealtimes? Here’s are 51 easy steps to help get your child through your next dinner: 1. Start cooking a healthy dinner for your family. 2. Remember your child refuses to come within five feet of one ingredient you used in the dinner and child will use their special abilities to sense that ingredient. 3. Throw chicken nuggets in the microwave for your child to eat instead. 4. Call your family to dinner. 5. Call…
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    Father Nerds Best

  • Athletes Putting Family First

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    With the regular season over and the playoffs wrapped up, football fans are now turning their attention to the coveted Super Bowl and the Lombardi trophy it offers.  But there is another game in between now and then that, while not as popular as the NFL wishes it would be, still represents the best of the league.  The Pro Bowl, the NFL's All Star Game, is coming up and players are being invited to participate based on how well they played during the year.  One player, and a personal favorite of mine, Joe Flacco, actually turned down the chance to play in the game.  This…
  • Jack Knows His Star Wars Characters

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    One of my first (and most popular) posts that I ever wrote for this blog was about our Star Wars nursery for Jack.  If you haven't read it, you can do so here.  It's been a while since that post and I wanted to make sure everyone knew that Jack is enjoying his room and has been studying up on just who is gracing his walls.  He may still be too young to watch the movies, but he's getting an intro to Star Wars lore every night before bed.
  • Love Your Child Unconditionally

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    When you bring a child into this world, you enter into a sort of contract with the universe.  You promise to love and care for your child for as long as humanly possible.  This love isn't dependent upon anything the child may or may not do in their lifetime, as a parent it is your job to love your child and accept them for whoever they are.  Aaron from The Daddy Files made an excellent post about the parents of Leelah Alcorn and how they allowed religion to cloud their unconditional love for their child which ended up forcing Leelah to resort to suicide.  I had thought…
  • Creating Holiday Traditions

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Christmas time has always been one of my favorite times of the year.  This love of the holidays goes back to when I was a child and experienced Santa and all the magic that was involved in the giving and receiving of gifts.  It was also a special time when your parents didn't work, you hung out with family, and everyone was just in a much better mood than usual.  Plus, the no school thing was nice as well.  While I may have grown out of Santa and working a few days before Christmas tends to take the wind out of any holiday cheer, I intend to make sure my son grows up with…
  • Why the Elf on the Shelf Is Banned from Our Household

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    It's the holiday season and you know what that means, pictures of people's trees, decorations, and traditions.  Usually, this is a normal occurrence where I see people with a whole hell of a lot more time and dedication on their hands who deck out their house with awesome light shows or beautiful live trees that probably smell as good as they look decorated.  Most of the traditions that people share are awesome to hear about.  Decorating the tree the night of Thanksgiving, chopping down your own tree and displaying it proudly in your living room, etc.  These are all age…
 
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  • Frozen Wall Decals – Elsa And Olaf

    Mike Granek
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:03 am
    Frozen Wall Decals – Elsa And Olaf by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com takes a look at and reviews Disney Frozen wall decals from RoomMates Peel & Stick Decor, including Olaf and a giant Elsa. Easily turn your kids room into a scene from the movie Frozen with their favourite character! For more information and to view other products by RoomMates Peel and Stick Décor, visit: roommatesdecor.com . Disclosure: Although TopDaddies received complimentary products to review and write about, our opinions are absolutely authentic!  TopDaddies was not…
  • Importance Of Being A Healthy Dad

    Mike Granek
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Importance Of Being A Healthy Dad by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com interviews Dai Manuel, dad, pro blogger and health junkie about why it is important to be a healthy dad. Dai shares his story of making a significant change in his life, going from being a morbidly obese teenager to fitness expert. He offers a few tips on how to get started with a healthy lifestyle. The post Importance Of Being A Healthy Dad was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Disney On Ice Let’s Party Brings Magic!

    Mike Granek
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Disney On Ice Let’s Party Brings Magic! by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Thank you Feld Entertainment for bringing some Disney magic to Vancouver!! If it wasn’t for Feld producing Disney On Ice shows, Vancouver would only have the local Disney Stores to get their Disney fix. While I love the Disney Stores, having a full Disney entertainment production come to our city every year, is like having Disneyland itself drop by for one special night! This year, Feld brought us Disney On Ice Let’s Party! which was truly a huge party on ice!! Disney On Ice isn’t just an ice show,…
  • Gift Ideas For Mom And Dad 2014

    Mike Granek
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Gift Ideas For Mom And Dad 2014 by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike visits London Drugs to get a few customizable gift ideas for moms & dads this holiday. Nikki from the Photo Lab shows us some products that you can personalize with your kids artwork or pictures to create heartfelt and one-of-a-kind gifts. Let your kids use their imagination and creativity to come up with their own ideas as they design a unique and special gift for mom or dad. The post Gift Ideas For Mom And Dad 2014 was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original…
  • Top Daddies Approved Toys For 2014

    Mike Granek
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Top Daddies Approved Toys For 2014 by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. There are a lot of top gifts of the holiday season floating around this time of year. While most are based on top selling toys of the season, we decided to do something a little different. We teamed up with Cowboys and Angels this holiday season and collected a list of unique toys not necessarily found in the big box stores. Take a look at our 9 carefully chosen TopDaddies Approved Toys For 2014!   Elf on the Shelf Many of you may already be familiar with Elf on the Shelf, but for those who aren’t, it is an…
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  • Failure is a matter of perspective

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    So I started this ministry of encouragement to families and fathers, The Dad Story Project (which includes this website and a new book on Amazon) one month ago. Here’s the data so far: 1) books sold: 26, less than one a day; total earnings: $20.84 2) stories submitted to the website: only three. By any reasonable measure, this whole idea is an utter flop. Based only on raw data, it would be reasonable to determine that I cannot build a website that anyone cares to visit or write books that anyone wants to read. But I am not a reasonable man. God placed a calling on my heart to encourage…
  • I see my father running

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    21 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    From the book: THE DAY WE BLEW UP THE CAT: And other stories from a normal childhood (here’s the Amazon link) To send in your own story, go here I’m running. It’s August and it’s the Berkshires and I’m having the time of my life thinking only of jumping into that deep blue swimming pool so I run as fast as my nine year-old legs can carry me through the lobby of the resort and then I turn and race through the restaurant where I see far off my cousins jumping and splashing so I pump my little arms up and down and dream of the perfect cannonball and I never see the sliding glass…
  • Heartbreak and victory

    admin
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    I received a submission a few days ago from a woman who opened by writing, “I don’t think you will be able to publish this story because it is not a feel-good story.” And she was right; I am not able to publish her story as she wrote it, because the subject matter (a first-person account of childhood sexual abuse) was too awful and the descriptions were too graphic. It was horrific, and here at TDSP my goal is to publish “feel-good” stories that make people want to stand up and cheer. However, this very short story ended on a very good note, and even without the…
  • God helps a man cherish his handicapped daughter

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    15 Jan 2015 | 5:14 pm
    I just uploaded Ken Blackmer’s second story on the Author Blog. It tells of how God turned a father’s heart and helped him see and cherish his handicapped daughter. What a joy and a wonder an encouragement it is to watch God at work in the lives of men. Please consider submitting your own story to The Dad Story Project. Here are the submission guidelines.
  • Being the father of a handicapped daughter

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    15 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    By Ken Blackmer, February 1998 Stephen was a happy and healthy little boy who wanted nothing to do with being away from his daddy. It was hero-worship. I could do nothing wrong. I always knew exactly what to do and how to do it. I found fatherhood to be a very rewarding and ego-boosting experience.  Then Stephen started school. It didn’t take him long to realize that Daddy didn’t have all the answers. It came gradually, but by the time he went away to college, Dad really didn’t know much at all. Steve is an electrical engineer now, and he can say in one breath enough technical jargon…
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