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  • So bleibt die Ordnung in der Garage bestehen

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    Marian
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Viele Haushalte kennen das Problem: Sie halten eine Garage, die im Endeffekt aber als Abstellraum für Dinge verwendet wird, die im Haus überflüssig sind. Wenn der Dachgeschoss und der Keller für solche Zwecke unnutzbar oder sogar schon überfüllt von Gerümpel und Krimskrams sind, dann muss oft die Garage herhalten. Die Zwischenlagerung wird schnell zur Gewohnheit. Nach einer Zeit stellt sich das Chaos ein, Unordnung macht sich breit und die Garage kann nicht mehr effizient genutzt werden. Doch man kann durchaus dagegen etwas tun. Die Garage als Zwischenlager-Station Viele Haushalte…
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    mdhoge
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
  • Talk to your kids about Ferguson

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    breyeschow
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    A few months ago I was asked to speak about race at a cooperative pre-school here in San Francisco. The group was mostly white middle to upper middle class and socially progressive. There were a few folks of color in the room. Some were church folks, others academics and others stay-at-home parents. These were good folks who really wanted to be better about understanding race in order to better navigate an increasingly diverse world. One of the best interactions happened a little like this: White mom, “What is the best way to talk about race with my child? To just bring up race always…
  • My Kid Just Said… #55

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    Andy
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    “Daddy? How does Dark Vader eat?” -Lucas (2014, 5 years old)   To answer your question: the Disney store. That’s where we got these ridiculously amazing PJs. (ALSO IT HAS A TINY DETACHABLE CAPE!) There he stood, my little Dark Vader in his new PJs. My feelings were conflicted at first, the wincing inner nerd doing battle with my melted dad heart about the fact that he calls him Dark Vader. The Dad side of the Force won, though. It’s just too damned adorable. And Vader IS dark both literally and figuratively, after all. My little lad did try saying it correctly…
  • How to Win at Strategy Games

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    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…
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  • So bleibt die Ordnung in der Garage bestehen

    Marian
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Viele Haushalte kennen das Problem: Sie halten eine Garage, die im Endeffekt aber als Abstellraum für Dinge verwendet wird, die im Haus überflüssig sind. Wenn der Dachgeschoss und der Keller für solche Zwecke unnutzbar oder sogar schon überfüllt von Gerümpel und Krimskrams sind, dann muss oft die Garage herhalten. Die Zwischenlagerung wird schnell zur Gewohnheit. Nach einer Zeit stellt sich das Chaos ein, Unordnung macht sich breit und die Garage kann nicht mehr effizient genutzt werden. Doch man kann durchaus dagegen etwas tun. Die Garage als Zwischenlager-Station Viele Haushalte…
  • Steckdose und Lichtschalter richtig anschliessen

    Marian
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    … denn selbst ist der Mann und die Frau. Um Licht, Helligkeit und Strom ins Eigenheim zu bekommen sind nur einige kleine, aber feine Handgriffe notwendig. In Eigenarbeit spart man Geld und ist sein eigener Chef der Elektrizität. Einige kleine Tipps und Tricks helfen zum erfolgreichen Umsetzen. Worauf ist zu achten? Spannung raus – aus die Maus! Ein wichtiger Grundsatz, der umbedingt eingehalten werden muss. Soll ein neuer Lichtschalter eingeschlossen werden, so sollte in der Regel, neben der Blende auch das Einbaugerät, welches in der Anschlussdose sitzt, ausgewechselt werden.
  • Modeaccessoires für Männer – wann kann Mann was tragen

    Marian
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    Auch Männer setzen heute auf Accessoires, welche ihre Persönlichkeit unterstreichen. Dabei kommen viele Hilfsmittel zum Einsatz und die Möglichkeiten sind fast unbegrenzt. Doch was liegt wirklich im Trend und worauf kann man diese Saison setzen? Wir haben nachgeforscht und zeigen, was zur Zeit so richtig In ist. Die richtige Sonnenbrille macht den Stil Schon seit vielen Jahren ist die Sonnenbrille das Accessoire für den Mann. Doch dabei kann man mit der Wahl seines Modells auch in Fettnäpfchen treten. Im Grunde gilt, bis man dreißig ist, kann man alles tragen. Hier herrschen zum Teil…
  • Terassendielen richtig verlegen

    Marian
    25 May 2014 | 5:19 am
    Eine Terrasse kann mit den verschiedensten Materialien belegt sein. Die einen präferieren Fliesen, weitere Natursteine aber viele auch Holz. Ein Dielenboden ist dabei meist die erste Wahl. Die heutigen Terrassendielen sind langlebig, rutschfest und für den Betrachter überaus attraktiv. Mit Terrassendielen entsteht abends gleich ein Spa-Feeling, wenn man sich mit einem Glas Rotwein auf die eigene Terrasse setzt. Natürlich lässt sich der Terrassenbau durch die Vergabe an einen Landschaftsgärtner verkürzen. Doch durch den Eigenbau bekommt man eine viel engere Bindung an seine selbst…
  • Anleitung zum richtigen und sicheren Baum fällen

    Marian
    25 May 2014 | 3:46 am
    Einen Baum zu fällen kann viele Gründe haben. Häufig ist der Stamm erkrankt oder der Baum selbst steht neuen Projekten im Wege. Das Fällen ist jedoch nicht so einfach, weshalb einige Schritt beachtet werden müssen, damit ein Baum auch gefahrenlos und sauber abgeholzt werden kann. Absperrung und Schutzkleidung beim Baumfällen sind das A und O Egal, wo auch immer ein Baum gefällt werden muss, die Sicherheit geht dabei immer vor. Es ist von größter Wichtigkeit, dass das Gebiet um den Baum herum abgesichert wird, damit weder Passanten noch Arbeiter zu Schaden kommen. Schutzkleidung ©…
 
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  • 完全に悪なのです

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

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

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

    mdhoge
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:17 pm
    ただ、このようにSNSサイトでは、こういった場合に専門知識に長けたWEBライターに依頼をし、どこかのお店に行ってみてもらうイメージがあったんですけれど、電話かけてみたんです。…
  • 副業の選択肢の幅が非常に広くなっています

    mdhoge
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:07 am
    ?CMSツール(ブログツール)を使ってつくる?ホームページ作成ソフトを使ってつくる?テキストエディタを使ってつくるそれぞれの特徴については手作業内職求人 茨城県工場勤務がない方のガテン系副業を選びましょう。まずは基本中の基本である履歴書の書き方について確認しておきましょう。…
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  • Talk to your kids about Ferguson

    breyeschow
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    A few months ago I was asked to speak about race at a cooperative pre-school here in San Francisco. The group was mostly white middle to upper middle class and socially progressive. There were a few folks of color in the room. Some were church folks, others academics and others stay-at-home parents. These were good folks who really wanted to be better about understanding race in order to better navigate an increasingly diverse world. One of the best interactions happened a little like this: White mom, “What is the best way to talk about race with my child? To just bring up race always…
  • My 24 Hours With the All-New 2015 Lexus NX

    Kile
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Growing up I looked at my Uncle John as the prototypical “cool” guy. He worked in sports, he still was playing sports, and he was always cracking me up with dirty jokes. He was the guy who would let me watch a rated ‘R’ movie if he was babysitting. Then everything changed. You can imagine my horror when my “cool” uncle rolled up to my house one Spring afternoon behind the wheel of a ruby red minivan. It was one of those life hitting you with a ton of bricks moments. The coolest dude I know, the guy who told me the dirty jokes I would impress my friends with, was now the owner of a…
  • Join our USA Swimming Twitter Party Co-Hosted by 5-Time Olympian @DaraTorres #FunnestSport

    Mike Johnson
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    We had such a great time with our USA Swimming Twitter Party last week that we decided to have another one before summer’s end to celebrate The 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, CA from August 6-10. Nearly 1,000 swimmers including Olympic gold medalists and world-record holders Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky will be competing and we’ll be sharing updates from the event during our Twitter Party. You can download a schedule of events for The 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships here. This second round of our USA Swimming Twitter…
  • Giveaway: Frito-Lay is giving you ways to celebrate #GOODFUNFORALL!

    Mike Johnson
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    The Skylanders game has been a huge hit in my house and the kids are always looking for more and more ways to interact with the characters. Lucky for them the folks at Frito-Lay and Activision have partnered with the cool augmented reality app Blippar to give families the opportunity to interact with their favorite Skylanders characters in a really cool way. Download the app and check it out. Iphone: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/blippar/id410604563?mt=8 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blippar.ar.android&hl=en Once you download the app there are 2 ways for…
  • Shoe Carnival’s Buy One Get One Half Off Takes Care of Your Back to School Shoe Needs

    Mike Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    As we get close to the end of July, we’re already thinking about back to school shopping. My kids go back to school on August 19th, so the time is now to get organized and make sure that my 4 daughters have the supplies and gear they need to get a great start to the school year. With four kids to shop for, we’re extremely value conscious —but I have to admit, at the same time it’s important to me that my kids leave the house looking stylish. My kids are out there representing “Brand Johnson” and their style is a big part of that. Also, I’m a pretty big sneaker freak so as a dad,…
 
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  • My Kid Just Said… #55

    Andy
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    “Daddy? How does Dark Vader eat?” -Lucas (2014, 5 years old)   To answer your question: the Disney store. That’s where we got these ridiculously amazing PJs. (ALSO IT HAS A TINY DETACHABLE CAPE!) There he stood, my little Dark Vader in his new PJs. My feelings were conflicted at first, the wincing inner nerd doing battle with my melted dad heart about the fact that he calls him Dark Vader. The Dad side of the Force won, though. It’s just too damned adorable. And Vader IS dark both literally and figuratively, after all. My little lad did try saying it correctly…
  • Tough Little Guy

    Andy
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Since I was a kid I had a problem with the concept of “being tough.” I’m sure some meathead out there will explain to me this is because I was a total wuss and then crush a beer can on his forehead. As I grew up though, my understanding of “toughness” slowly evolved from the simplicity of a flinty action hero’s physical prowess or pain tolerance to a much broader and personal meaning. I might scream and bolt from a bee while changing a tire, or scoff at burning the hair off my knuckles while grilling and then weep like a baby at the end of Edward…
  • Your #Dadchelor Moment

    Charlie
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Every dad has experienced that moment when they got “the news” they were going to have a baby. But everyone’s story is different. Reactions and emotions can be as varied as a snowflake, or as similar as a pair of socks. Some feel the elation of being given a powerful, beautiful gift while others feel the weight of duty enclose around them like some futuristic robot suit. Some laugh, some cry, some stare dumbly at nothing for a little while. A glimpse into your foreseeable future can be a beautifully chaotic and intense moment. Whatever a man’s response was to…
  • Memories on the Run

    Whit Honea
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Summer is short and passes quickly, and it is far too easy to lose the season somewhere between the couch cushions—most likely lodged against an old piece of candy and enough spare change to park for hours while waiting on the sweet spot between shade and sunsets. One minute you have plans for the great adventures that summer surely holds, and the next you’re looking for the remote and wondering where the time went. It happens. This summer my family decided to make the most of it. We were not going to let summer pass us by like a sweat-soaked slideshow. We vowed to squeeze every drop like…
  • TODDLER BINGO! Because Parents Deserve to Win Something

    Andy
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    The thing about playing Bingo is that you’re going to go through an epic crap ton of numbers before anyone hits five in a row. The same is true for Toddler Bingo. Parents will experience a vast array of toddlerisms before they hit the jackpot. Refusing to eat something, wanting to eat things they shouldn’t, making snot bubbles, screaming to hear the sound of it, dismantling couch cushions, breaking things and “making” you things, the list goes on. You’ll have good experiences and not-so-good experiences with your toddler, but they are most assuredly going to pack…
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  • 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…
  • Monopoly: A Love-Hate Relationship

    Dan
    11 May 2014 | 3:45 am
    When you think of a classic board game, you probably think of Monopoly. Versions of the game have been played by friends and families for over 100 years. Based off the 1906 game The Landlord’s Game, the first version of Monopoly was created in 1933, which launched Parker Brothers distribution of a version in 1935. A few years later, Parker Brothers earned licensing rights to sell the game outside of the US. Today, it has been translated into 43 different languages, and is sold in over 111 different countries across the world. Every once in a while, it can be fun to break out the classic…
  • Five a day? Healthy party food – how hard can it be…..?!

    Dan
    25 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    For many years we’ve been led to believe that 5 portions of fruit and veg a day will ensure a long and healthy life, so long as it’s not balanced out with copious quantities of stuff that’s bad for you – like butter, chocolate, crisps – stuff that tastes as good as it looks! Not, of course, that fruit and veg taste looks or tastes bad, but there’s something comforting about the bad stuff, isn’t there? Something tempting, something irresistible…. And then, just when we thought we’d got it cracked, ‘THEY’ tell us we aren’t eating enough. Well, we’re eating enough, far…
 
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  • Could Food be the Culprit?

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

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

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

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

    Bernard
    15 Dec 2013 | 5:08 pm
    Makenzie is 5 months old now, but here is a picture of her. She is a very easy baby (knock on wood). Loves to smile and adores her older brothers. It is hard to believe that I started this blog before Eli was born. That is over eight years ago. Long before I knew he had Aspergers. It has been such a joy to be a dad, crazier now that I am a dad to three kids, but the most rewarding thing I have ever done.  Watching him now is such an eye opening experience. He is becoming a young man right before my eyes. He is long past the baby, little boy and now leaving the boy stage. I physically feel…
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  • help me build the treehouse spiral staircase!

    snowdeal
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    now that the more supportive supports are in place, the next project is to make safe staircase. a ladder is just asking for trouble, especially when you ascending and descending at night in the dark while watching movies. i think a spiral staircase would look great and not take up as much space a regular stairscase. i’m going to try and follow a modified version of this plan build mostly from wood and not metal (except for a few important parts ). and you can help me build it! i need a metal plate that fits curve of 4″ pole with 1″ hole in center and 5/8″ ( maybe…
  • frida is an Unabashed and Unrepentant Garden Thief.

    snowdeal
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    irregardless regardless, we love her. she’ll take and eat anything but especially loves not quite ripe tomatoes. that’s a pile of about 8 or 9 tomatoes in front of her.
  • recipe: chocolate mayonnaise cake with whipped cream frosting ( and a glass of grassmilk ) .

    snowdeal
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    speaking of grassmilk i have long thought i should start a recipe series for “things that pair well with a Big Glass of Grassmilk”. i guess now is as good a time as any make a chocolate mayonnaise cake and top with whipped cream frosting ( you could use something other than organic valley heavy whipping cream, but really, why? ). grab a glass of the cream on top grassmilk. enjoy the perfect pairing. very much odin approved.
  • that sound you hear this week is grassmilk consumers rejoicing.

    snowdeal
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    every day since we launched our 100% grass-fed, cream on top grassmilk, i’ve heard from loyal fans who wanted a screw cap on the carton so they could shake up the “cream on top” milk to get the cream mixed back in without spraying milk all over the place which would happen if you didn’t very precisely pinch the entire old school gable top opening. seriously, if you call in to our consumer hotline or email a comment, i read it. every. single. one and so, i’m happy to announce you’ll be seeing caps on the grassmilk that’s in stores east of the rockies (…
  • mutatio.

    snowdeal
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:29 pm
    walking along and this leaf catches my eye and for whatever reason i first think of leaves of grass and then wonder what the latin word is for change. ah, right, mutatio. random neural firing remnants of a liberal arts education i suppose.
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  • Honey, I’m Hungry!

    Bruce Sallan
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
  • Is it Okay to Cheat on Your Taxes? #IRS

    Bruce Sallan
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Taxes. About half of Americans pay them. So, this question is for that half. Do you think it is alright to cheat on your taxes? If "cheat" is too volatile a word, let's say "fudge" a bit here and there? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
  • Baboon Bazaar and Battling Boars

    Bruce Sallan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    The baboons were so entertaining. We saw a couple mating, but I wasn't quick enough to get "that action" but I did get the aftermath and it's quite amusing.
  • Coming Out, #Family, and #Music with Lord Christian at #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Every parent wants the best for their kids. I asked the Moral Question of the Week, WHICH do you want most for your kids - to be Happy, Good, or Successful? Yes, we want all three but not on that list is, do you care about your kid(s) sexuality? I would assume that most of the #DadChat community is open-minded and, dare I say, inclusive. I know there's no homophobia in our community BUT that doesn't answer the question of how YOU would deal with a child that is questioning his or her sexuality? We are going to TAKE THIS ON with co-host Christian Hollingsworth aka Lord Christian, who has…
  • Baby Boomers Get Old, Too!

    Bruce Sallan
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    I was born in the fifties so I guess that qualifies me as part of the Baby Boomer generation. I’d rather not be part of what I consider as the most destructive modern-era generation of self-involved human beings the planet has ever seen. But, I had no choice as to when I was born. I’m fond of saying that the ONLY good thing to come out of the sixties was some decent rock ‘n’ roll and, sadly, I stand by that statement. Okay, the Civil Rights movement was a good thing, too. Now, we Boomers are getting old. But, of course, we have to re-invent “old” and re-define it with sayings…
 
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  • BlackBerry Z30 vs. My iPhone: The Grudge Match

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

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

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

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

    Jim Lin
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Remember when cell phones first came out and you were like "I'll only use this in an emergency, so it'll go in the glove compartment." You know you said that. When smartphones first came out, you also said "who needs email so bad that you have to check it on your phone, Mr. I'm-So-Important." That's just the way things go. When scary new technology comes out, our reaction is to say we've lived this long without it, so it's probably not necessary. Then we pop a Starbucks K-cup in our Keurig and binge watch House of Cards on Netflix.A few months ago, Fury asked me for a Pebble for his upcoming…
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  • 4 Marketing Schemes to Watch Out for when Buying a Treadmill

    Paul Samson
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Over and over again, I’ve visited a person’s home to fix their treadmill and I find out they’ve been completely mislead and misinformed about the product they purchased. Like when a customer says they’ve never done any maintenance to their treadmill because they thought they bought a “maintenance-free” machine. Or like when a customer finds out they have to pay a big repair bill when they were absolutely positive that the treadmill came with a “lifetime warranty.” If you want to avoid these common pitfalls, take a few moments to find out what…
  • Precor EFX 225 Elliptical

    Paul Samson
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The EFX 225 comes from Precor, a brand that’s long been the leader in the fitness industry for producing the best elliptical machines. With a sturdy, top of the line frame, an adjustable ramp, dual motion handlebars, and the latest features and programs, this exercise equipment is running several laps ahead of the competition. Durable and Long Lasting Quality Precor is the same brand that you’re going to find in health clubs, like 24 Hour Fitness, across the country because their machines are built for heavy and continuous daily use. The techs at All Around Fitness run across these…
  • How to Know if it’s Time to Replace your Treadmill Belt

    Paul Samson
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Q: I was told by a fitness repair company that I need to replace the belt on my treadmill, but when I look at it, the belt seems totally fine. It’s not torn or ripped and there seems to be no visible damage. How do I know if it’s time to replace it? A: I am going to assume that you’re talking about the walking belt, sometimes called the running belt or the treadbelt. First, it’s helpful to know that how the belt looks on the top side is usually not indicative of the shape it is in. It can look brand new on top, but still need to be replaced, and vice versa, it can look…
  • LifeSpan TR5000i Treadmill

    Paul Samson
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The LifeSpan TR5000i is the perfect budget treadmill for a serious marathon runner or the type of small fitness centers found in apartment complexes, hotels and housing communities. It comes with a commercial AC motor that will give you the most power for the money you’ll spend. 3.0 HP Continuous Duty AC Motor Unlike other brands that promote their treadmills as Commercial or Light Commercial, this treadmill actually has a commercial AC motor in it. That, combined with its price, puts this machine several laps ahead of other treadmills in the same price range. Designed so you can Tread…
  • Home Exercise Equipment

    Paul Samson
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:30 pm
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    Fatherhood Channel

  • Journalist Jim Foley Died Because He Loved Life

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

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

    Seth Eisenberg
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Robin William's greatest contribution may be helping people who are the least trained -- the closest of family and friends -- learn to help loved ones who are anxious, depressed or struggling with the impact of trauma.
  • Blue Mountain Doesn’t Send Cards to Heaven

    Seth Eisenberg
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    A morning reminder of dad's upcoming birthday that arrived nearly three years after his death helps me realize my gratitude for a dad I barely knew.
  • Getting Started with the Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Relationship

    Seth Eisenberg
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The most important thing you can do for your relationships is looking for what's right in the people closest to you and developing the habit of generously, sincerely, and specifically appreciating them. Here are 300 inspiring examples to help you get started.
 
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  • A Balanced Approach to Off-Season Nutrition

    Jonathan Winkle
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:17 pm
    The triathlon off period, that period after the last significant race of your training pattern and your following one, is a time to recuperate and relax. When triathlon season is in full swing, it’s a time to engage in the activities yo u don’t have time for. With lowered training and the winter season woolies to cover those tricky additional pounds, it can be a difficult time to stay on track when it visits nourishment. Here are some pointers to help balance consuming well and appreciating on your own this off season. Eat well -Believe periodic. It seems paradoxical, yet the very…
  • I Turned My Dad Into A Triathlete

    Jonathan Winkle
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    “Gary, you can’t use those around the community!” my mama screamed to my daddy. It was a Sunday early morning and he was strolling in the door of my parents’ house in Queens, New York with a lots bagels and the paper in his hands– and putting on head-to-toe Spandex. You see, a few months in the past, I had actually turned my 58-year-old father into a triathlete. Signing up for an Olympic-distance triathlon was a big deal for my daddy, considering that prior to this the only sport he on a regular basis participated in throughout his adult life was bowling. The…
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  • Qui Sait? Pas Moi

    greg
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    How could anyone guess that bringing a 1yo kid to McDonald's at 10pm, and then ignoring him completely while you eat, might lead him to screaming fits for food, attention, bed, whatever? These things just happen. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • How You Say Meltdown?

    greg
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I know everything is a phase, every single thing, but holy crap, when is this phase gonna end and how could whatever comes next be any more exhausting?
  • It's 2 Micks And A Dog, Baby

    greg
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Mickeys These creepy Mickey Mouse nightstands in Isle sur la Sorgue are definitely the find of the trip so far. So wrong in so many awesome ways, including the price: EUR1480 each. As if you could imagine ever breaking up the set. The bench is more conventionally awesome, though it is also molded plastic that'd make me a little nervous about loading it up with too much weight (i.e., an adult's). It was either EUR600 or 900, I can't remember.
  • Repainted Kids Table At Isle sur la Sorgue

    greg
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Isle sur la Sorgue is full of antique malls, which, on a slow (week)day feel a little like a strange zoo, where each dealer gets to decorate his or her own cage. Anyway, this little table and chair was sitting by the delivery truck, with what looks like a fresh coat of blue paint. Basically everything was stripped, blasted, refinished or distressed.
  • Camargue Safari Land Rover

    greg
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    We went exploring in the Camargue today, the Meadowlands to Arles' Manhattan. In the best way possible, of course. Anyway, we drove to the end of the road past Salin de Giraud, which has the last publicly accessible restrooms for 25km, btw, and it dead ended in a vast, salt & sand spit, covered with caravans and tents. It was Black Rock City by the Sea, minus the body paint, and plus wild horses and flamingos. So win win. Except, again, for the bathrooms, which were more Mad Max than Burning Man. On the way back we stopped to take in a view of some. Massive salt mounds and evaporation fields,…
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  • Legends of Oz Giveaway – win the Dorothy’s Return Blu-ray

    Ken
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving away the Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Blu-ray on my dad blog. I have not seen it yet, but I expect a review copy soon. I think my family will like it. We’re fans of Oz. BTW, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return will be released on Blu-ray and DVD next week on August 26th. Read more: Legends of Oz Giveaway – win the Dorothy’s Return Blu-ray Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go To School! is a Wonderful Book for Young Kids

    Ken
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Princess Cupcake Jones has a new book coming out. It’s called Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go To School! Belle Publishing sent me a copy of the book for review on my dad blog. In my honest opinion, I think the story is wonderful, I love the illustrations in the book, and the main character makes me smile. Cupcake Jones actually reminds me of my two girls. I’m happy to add the book to our library. Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go To School! will be available on September 1st. The 32-page hardcover book is priced at $12.28. Read more: Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go…
  • Summer of Giveaways Sweepstakes – $10,000 in prizes every week

    Ken
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    On Saturday, I went to the grand opening of a new cabinet and countertop showroom. I love what I saw in the showroom, but a dream kitchen isn’t cheap. That’s why I’m happy to tell you about the Summer of Giveaways Sweepstakes. The contest isn’t hosted on my dad blog, but you can win some great prizes — like a dream kitchen ($25,000 kitchen makeover). Other prizes include a Troy-Bilt Riding Lawn Mower, $1,000 Target gift card, and Dyson D65 Vacuum. The deadline to enter is September 29, 2014. Read more: Summer of Giveaways Sweepstakes – $10,000 in prizes…
  • Peppa Pig Giveaway Winner

    Ken
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Good morning, dads and moms. I have a busy weekend. Today, I’m off to a company BBQ, and tomorrow I have a family reunion. Before I eat myself to death, I have one giveaway winner announcement. But first, below is the current giveaway running on my dad blog. Hey Arnold! Giveaway (dad blog, ends 8/22) Read more: Peppa Pig Giveaway Winner Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • Hey Arnold! Giveaway – win the 16-disc DVD box set

    Ken
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I have a great giveaway for fans of the Hey Arnold! TV series. Thanks Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon, a reader of my dad blog will win the Hey Arnold! The Complete Series on DVD. The 16-disc box set includes all 99 big-city adventures from the classic Nickelodeon animated series. The Hey Arnold! The Complete Series DVD box set is available exclusively at Wal-Mart (current price: $26.94). The release date is August 19th, but you can pre-order it now if you can’t wait. Read more: Hey Arnold! Giveaway – win the 16-disc DVD box set Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog |…
 
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    Nordquist Blog

  • How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone

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

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

    Brett Nordquist
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    I enjoyed John Dehlin’s balanced presentation in tackling a difficult subject of why Mormons leave their church.
  • Working Through Beliefs Together

    Brett Nordquist
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    I enjoyed this article written by a women coming to terms with her husband’s change in beliefs. But I wanted to understand him. This was Sean, the man who stood by me during years of clinical depression. The man who pretended to be a dinosaur while he chased our shrieking sons around the room. He wasn’t some heathen. I couldn’t believe that. I wouldn’t believe it. He’d always been a skeptic, and even though I didn’t agree with him, I knew intellectually that he’d never make this decision without careful consideration of the fact I’ve been lucky because my spouse has tried to…
  • Everything Else Is Secondary

    Brett Nordquist
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
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    Danz Family

  • Michael Bublé in Concert

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Tonight, after dinner at Tallgrass, Mary and I saw Michael Bublé in concert on his To Be Loved tour at the Tulsa BOK Center. I got tickets when they first went on sale. The seats were straight on just a few rows off the floor but still quite a distance from the stage. Earlier today an opportunity presented itself to pick up some floor seats, dead center, just a handful of rows from the stage, for a bargain price. I gave my original tickets to a co-worker and waited to surprise Mary with her new Bublé-sweat-catching seats. Mary got suspicious as we walked past the entryway to the section of…
  • Muskogee River Country Water Park

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    With Aunt Donelda in town for Will's birthday, we took advantage of the great weather and all went to Muskogee's River Country water park. We spent most of our time on the Willow Creek lazy river. But, we also ventured out to the Whoop'n Holler Hollow water slides... ...the Crawdad Corner water playground... ...and even the Gator Walk obstacle course. But, we only got the camera out for the lazy river ride. We all had a great time in the sun and water. We broke for a little lunch at Bait Shop and then got right back to it. The boys really enjoyed spending the day with Aunt Donelda.
  • 4th of July Fireworks

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    This evening we all headed out to see the Tulsa River Parks fireworks display and, thanks to our matching patriotic t-shirts and adorable children, channel 8 news stopped to interview us for a montage about people's thoughts on the meaning of the 4th of July. Landon couldn't get through the inflatable obstacle course fast enough and would dart off at the end to go get into line again. Will was Landon's obstacle course partner. They had a great time racing each other. Drew braved the challenge of the Vertical Extreme. I'm sure the climbing wall looked even higher from Drew's vantage point. It…
  • Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Today is the 75th anniversary of the greatest sports related speech ever made and one of the greatest speeches of all time by a truly great man. After one of the indisputably greatest baseball players of all time had his career cut short by ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) he stood before his fans and declared himself "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" who had merely "been given a bad break." There is not a professional sports player, Hollywood celebrity or everyday man or woman who could not learn something from the humble grace displayed by Lou Gehrig. "Fans, for the past two…
  • 4th of July Parade

    4 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Our neighborhood had its annual 4th of July parade this morning. Everyone decorated their bike, scooters, and other means of transportation and followed a fire truck from our local fire station around our neighborhood to our park. The boys got to go inside and on top of the fire truck. Landon, Drew and Will sitting on the fire truck in what has become an annual photo (2013, 2012, 2010). For the grand finale, the firemen hosed everyone down. Happy 4th of July!
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    Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords

  • Unwanted monsters

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

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    This morning at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Beyond mythological figures, there's the gradually disintegrating gentle lie we tell our children, the one that says that if they work hard enough or want it bad enough, they can do anything they want in the world. For kids with special needs, I suppose it's not all that different. As parents, we overbelieve, and we sell that overbelief to our kids, and that's not a bad thing, I don't think. As they grow older, like Santa, they begin to see the flaws in our lie, and as they deconstruct it bit by bit, they begin to incrementally build a…
  • The High School Chapter, Page One

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Schuyler started her summer band camp this morning, so I guess this is sort of the unofficial beginning of her high school years. Two weeks of 7am-to-noon rehearsals, a week of evening practices, and then ninth grade classes begin for real. I remember my own high school days, of marching band practice beginning in August, under a hot West Texas sun. It sounds miserable, and it was. It was also kind of glorious. In a weird way, I envy her, although it must be said, I also predict I'll be back in bed by 7:30.
  • The World in a Room

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: The hard part comes in trying to help Schuyler decide what to give away and what to keep. We stay out of her way, even though honestly, she's not making a lot of progress. But it's up to her to decide, not so much what's appropriate to her age, because her age gives an incomplete picture of who she is and what's appropriate for her. No, for Schuyler, it's a process of deciding what is relevant to her now, to her life at this stage. When she starts high school in the coming weeks, I suspect her choices might change.
  • Eleven Years

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Mostly, though, the last eleven years have given me Schuyler. They've allowed me the time to let go of my selfish expectations of who I thought my daughter was going to be, and they've allowed me to adapt and appreciate and unconditionally love the weird and wonderful girl she is. It's the girl she is despite her condition, and because of it. And I'm the father I am because of the many mistakes I've made and the occasional things I've gotten right. None of us in this family are the people we were then. The past eleven years have been a crucible…
 
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    GoFatherhood®

  • Video Review: AT&T Amber Alert

    Dave Taylor
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The AT&T Amber Alert is a GPS device and tiny one-button cellphone that lets you track where your child is and communicate with them in an emergency situation. But is it marketing to our fears or a legitimate solution to the increasing dangers our children face in a world of child abduction and strange people around every corner? My take in this video commentary: You can learn more about the Amber Alert device from AT&T’s Web site: Amber Alert. What’s your opinion, though? Would you buy one for your child?
  • You’re Always Connected with Chevy 4G LTE

    Dave Taylor
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    I should start right out by saying that I’m not a fan of non-stop always-on Internet access. Sometimes ya just gotta take a breather from the Web, skip the latest email update and take some time off from those favorite websites or Internet-enabled games. If nothing else, it’s essential for your mental health. At the same time, there are also times when you are far away from a Starbucks, public library or other Internet hotspot and you really need to get online. Or you’re halfway from Omaha to Dallas and your kids have already watched everything you downloaded onto their…
  • Are all those screens messing up our kids eyes?

    Dave Taylor
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    I grew up with really good eyesight until I started working with computers in high school, then went to college and spent hours and hours every day staring at computer screens. Then like so many young adults i found that I needed glasses, and needed increasingly strong prescriptions as the years passed. Maybe it was just me growing older, but if you read the research, there is indeed a connection between screens, computer screens, TV screens, tablet screens, smartphone screens, and eye health, and it’s not a good one. And I really worry about my children and their eyesight. In the last…
  • 2014: The Summer of Soccer

    Dave Taylor
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I knew that there would be a lot of soccer in my summer plans because this year saw the FIFA 2014 World Cup, a month of the beautiful game played beautifully — mostly — and my favorite sport becoming the top of the zeitgeist list, the trending topic, what even Americans paid attention to for a short period of time. It’s weird, really, because globally soccer is by far the most popular sport and in any culture other than the USA big soccer matches like the World Cup are cause for a national holiday as people pile into parks, pubs and front rooms to cheer on their regional or…
  • Watching the slow motion train wreck…

    Dave Taylor
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    There’s a certain point in parenting when you need to accept that you are no longer steering the rudder or controlling the prop and that the best you can hope for is that you’re still in the front of the ship in the navigator’s seat instead. “You’d do best to turn left here, cap’n, to avoid the reef” is about as good as it gets once your children hit their teens. I’ve always likened parenting to ship building, actually. When they’re young, you’re building the ship, but you’re building it on the launch ramp, always keeping one…
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    Clark Kent's Lunchbox

  • 5 Things I Wish My Bosses Knew About Fatherhood [TODAY Show]

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

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

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

    8 Jun 2014 | 1:47 pm
    My father as a Green Beret in VietnamMy father is, hands down, the toughest, hardest working man I have ever met. A lot of people say this about their fathers, and I don’t doubt them, but how many can say they watched their father calmly hobble into the house to take a shower and then drive to the ER after accidentally sticking an ax blade into his shin? What truly amazed me about that memory, though, was waking to the sound of the crunching gravel from our driveway as my father left for work the following morning. At the time he was the company president, and everyone would’ve certainly…
  • How Social Media Ruined Me as a Parent

    30 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    I’ve been blogging for a little over six years now, seven if you count that first year when I posted nothing but inane drivel. In that time I also gained familiarity with the various social media channels—Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, the Twitters, etc. And while blogging provided me with an outlet to work through my journey as a stay-at-home dad, social media granted access to a community of fellow parent bloggers sharing their own stories.  Eventually this lead to substantial freelance gigs, a published book, speaking engagements, and media appearances, not to mention numerous…
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    Mocha Dad

  • A Father’s Greatest Fear

    Frederick J. Goodall
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    I’ve watched the events in Ferguson, MO with dismay. My wife is from St. Louis and several of her relatives lived in Ferguson. I’ve visited the city many times and I have wonderful memories of spending time with our family. I’m deeply troubled that one of my cousins or uncles could have suffered the same fate that Mike Brown did. What scares me more is that it could happen to my sons. I often worry about their safety and well-being. Knowing that someone could take my boys’ lives because of their race frightens me. My sons are kind, considerate, respectful, and…
  • Do Dads Matter?

    Frederick J. Goodall
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Nearly every day, someone arrives to this website after searching for the phrase, “do dads matter.” While I am thankful that they are taking the time to research the matter, I am frustrated that this question continues to be asked. DADS MOST DEFINITELY MATTER! Children who live without their fathers are more likely to likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience behavioral problems, or engage in criminal behavior (see “The Father Absence Crisis in America” for more details). But I don’t want to dwell on the negative impact of life without fathers. I prefer…
  • Kohl’s Back to School $100 Gift Card Giveaway

    Frederick J. Goodall
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    It’s back to school time and parents and kids are getting ready for the new school year by stocking up on new outfits, backpacks, pencils, lunch boxes, etc. This year, Kohl’s has all of your back to school shopping needs covered including school supplies (via a partnership with Office Max). To help you with your back to shopping, I’d like to give one Mocha Dad reader a chance to win a $100 Kohl’s Gift Card. To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments section: What do you and/or your kids like most about back to school season? Additional Entries…
  • 10 Inspirational Fatherhood Quotes for Dads

    Frederick J. Goodall
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Many people have said wise things about parenting in general and fatherhood specifically. I’ve gathered 10 of my favorite inspirational fatherhood quotes. These wise words have motivated me, encouraged me, and inspired me. I hope they do the same for you as you continue on your fatherhood journey.  photo by Matthew Paulson via Flickr Creative Commons photo by Joelle Inge-Messerschmidt via Flickr Creative Commons   Photo by cheriejoyful via Flickr Creative Commons photo by Reema via Flickr Creative Commons photo via Wikimedia Commons photo by Jerald Jackson via Flickr Creative…
  • End of Summer Play Ideas and Giveaway

    Frederick J. Goodall
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Summer may be winding down, but there is still time to get in those last moments of summertime play before school begins. In Texas, we have to come up with creative play ideas because temperatures in the 90s and 100s make outdoor play a bit uncomfortable. I’ve discovered several activities around town that allow my kids and I to be active while beating the heat. Jump, Jump There are many places around town that have indoor bounce houses. The inflatables are quite elaborate and include slides, obstacle courses and fitness challenges. The new fad around town is indoor trampoline centers. I…
 
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    The History of Daddy Claxton

  • Thoughts On Death And Dying

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

    Donny Claxton
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    The following are portions of my eulogy for my grandma, Retha Jackson Claxton, delivered at Rees Funeral Home in Hobart, IN, Aug. 20, 2014. The passing of grandma marked the last of my living grandparents.  Eulogy For Grandma Claxton This morning I will attempt to deliver a eulogy the last time as the eldest grandchild […] The post Eulogy For Grandma Claxton appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • “Leader Chain,” The PC Way Of Saying “Choke Collar”

    Donny Claxton
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    “Leader Chain,” The PC Way Of Saying “Choke Collar”  We took Maycee, our 12-week-old Great Pyrenees to the vet this week and I mentioned to him that our pup, when we go for walks, tends to make the first portion a drag. Literally. And so he started talking about harnesses, which he said aren’t effective, […] The post “Leader Chain,” The PC Way Of Saying “Choke Collar” appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Happy 90th Birthday Grandma Claxton

    Donny Claxton
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Happy 90th Birthday Grandma Claxton Today is the 90th birthday of my grandmother, Retha Jackson Claxton. She was born this day in North Alabama in 1924. There are so many wonderful things this woman has done for me in these past 48 and a half years, probably should add another nine months and kick it […] The post Happy 90th Birthday Grandma Claxton appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • The Death Of Squeaky Toy

    Donny Claxton
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Death Of Squeaky Toy 1 Word is fast-spreading this Saturday morning that Maycee, our 12-week-old Great Pyrenees puppy, has indeed killed Squeaky Toy 1 by biting it to death and dispersing its synthetic cotton inners across the living room floor. We are writing to affirm those reports and to provide additional insight.  This morning, after our […] The post The Death Of Squeaky Toy appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
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  • Kohl's Back to School $100 Giveaway

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Not every picture turned out great.....Reader's, if you read my most recent post about the back to school haul we received from Kohl's, you'll remember I promised that I would also do a special giveaway. Okay, so I am a little late, but I've been on vacation, mostly unplugged, and spending some terrific quality time with the kids.  But as they say (and 'They' are really all of us, right?) "Better late than never!"So, here's the deal.  Leave a comment on this post, and also on one other post of mine and I will enter you for a chance to win your own Kohl's back to school haul with a…
  • Back to School Haul

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Push me Brutha!  We're off to school!Wow, summer is speeding by here like a 7-year-old chasing his little sister around a dead lawn.And that is fast, readers!!  We don't have a dog, but the dog days of summer are certainly upon us now, with August in full swing. August used to only mean dog days, hot weather, water fights, and stay-cations in the LIAYF household.  But in the past couple of years August has taken on a whole new, not so fun meaning.  Back to school shopping. You can tell how I feel about shopping, can't you?In fact, a mall or department store is the last…
  • Free Hugs

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Lukas and I stopped in to pick up Annabelle a yesterday at her day care center.  Once we had punched in the secret code to the front door, signed her out, navigated the hallway, and entered the main room where the toddlers are usually congregating, we didn't immediately see her. Of course, we wondered where she was.It was at that time that both he and I heard emphatic crying from another room.  "Is that Annabelle?" Lukas asked.  "Maybe, but there are a lot of babies in here bud, so it could be anyone." I responded. At that point we opened, door #3 (really, it was the third door…
  • Red Bike Specials

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Yowzers readers, it's been a looooong time since I posted here!  Sorry about that.  Life has been......busy. Yeah, busy. A lot has happened since my last entry here too.  It's Summer after all, and we are already thinking about back to school shopping.  But the last time I wrote anything here Lukas was still a first grader.  Not anymore though, as our little guy will be in a 2/3 split class this coming fall.  Hard to believe when I look back through my archives here.Oh, and he also turned 7 during my absence.   Happy birthday Buddy! (In case you were…
  • Father's Day Gift Guide + Giveaway

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Yay! Father's Day is almost here readers. I love Father's Day for multiple reasons, including all those extra hugs and kisses I get from the kids, and also getting the chance to spend the day with them doing something fun.  I'm not sure yet what Mrs. LIAYF has planned, but honestly it doesn't matter as long as I am spending the day with my family.Another reason I love Father's day is the fact that I get a chance to try out some cool gifts, as a part of my Father's Day Gift guide.   Below are 5 products which were sent to me,  and which I think are pretty cool and would…
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  • Right place, right time

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

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

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

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

    mattdaddy
    19 Jan 2014 | 5:54 pm
    So the new job rocks my socks, it’s exciting, amazing, chaotic, you name it. Just fixed the blog, going to post again tomorrow.
 
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    Halftime Lessons - A Dallas Daddy Blog

  • The Fall Of Rome.

    Jay
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I once stood in a doctor’s office, in my pre-social media life, waiting to have a brief conversation with him about the benefits of the drug I promoted. click to enlarge, full image credit at end of post.And standing there I noticed a picture he had framed on the wall of his practice, a histogram of world history (shown left). Being an insatiable nerd, I loved this thing. Dated all the way back to 2000BC, it showed, for example, how ancient Rome grew from being founded around 750BC, to its peak around 100AD in the time of Hadrian, to its breakup around 350AD. Rome spent 500 years as one…
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    Makes Me Wanna Holler.com - How To Be A Man, Dad And Husband In A World Gone Mad

  • It's A Boy!

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

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

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

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

    26 May 2014 | 7:48 am
    “Man this thing is big! It looks like a Transformer.” This is what I said when I walked up to the gleaming “Ooh La La Rouge” (that’s the actual name of the color) 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited waiting for me in the parking lot of the Toyota dealership near my home. It was brand brand new with only a handful of miles on it. I smiled anticipating what a fun week I was going to have on Toyota’s weeklong Make Room campaign. Then I did what any man would do. I walked the perimeter of the vehicle, taking in it’s curves and lines, kicked the tires and smiled at the bright shiny…
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  • This electric motorcycle/car could be the future of transportation

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

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

    Derek Markham
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    When you combine education, job training and entrepreneurial skills, food production, and community enhancement, and throw in a little food activism and awareness of the health/diet connection, great things can happen, as educator and inspirational community activist Stephen Ritz has shown. It’s one thing to take kids from average middle class backgrounds, living in suburbia, […] The post Inspirational teacher uses urban farming in the classroom to grow a brighter future appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • 5 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs

    Derek Markham
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Being independent of geographic location or an employer allows you more freedom to pursue lifestyles like the one I live at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in rural northeastern Missouri. Environmental sustainability depends on economic sustainability. Becoming a social entrepreneur is a way to marry your values with your independence. I love being a social entrepreneur and […] The post 5 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • 100 push-up variations will ensure you’ll never get bored with them

    Derek Markham
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I’m a fan of bodyweight exercises, because they’re effective, accessible, and usually don’t cost a penny to get set up for. And while there may be more exciting choices for workout options at your local gym, you can’t beat the convenience of exercises that can be done with just your own bodyweight and a little […] The post 100 push-up variations will ensure you’ll never get bored with them appeared first on Natural Papa.
 
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    Out-Numbered

  • 44...

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

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Remember the scene in the Untouchables when Al Capone (Robert De Niro) gathers together all of his hit men for a dinner party, pulls out a bat and proceeds to beat one of them to a bloody pulp?If you haven't seen the movie, long story short, two of Capone's men were plotting to kill him, Capone got wind of it and SPLAT!!!I don't necessarily condone violence as a way to settle disputes of any kind but in a situation like that one, it was a flat out case of kill or be killed.Capone isn't going to cry to the police and he certainly can't let these dudes just walk into some Italian bistro and…
  • The Meaning Of Hate Is...

    9 Jan 2014 | 6:58 am
    First of all, Happy New Year.Moving on...As an adult, I've been blessed with a full life. By full, I mean rich with experiences.The blessing part is made up of tons of micro experiences and emotions that we get from the learning part that comes with those experiences.Stay with me.We humans like to call this wisdom.Some are wiser than others. I'd like to think I'm somewhere in the middle.This wisdom we acquire enables us to make choices. Choices that are grounded in reason.What I'm trying to say is...MY KIDS DON'T KNOW SHIT! They don't know shit about anything because they don't yet…
  • Firsts, Seconds, Lasts...

    27 Nov 2013 | 6:58 am
    Today my little meatball turned seven.2555 sunrises.2555 morning stretches.2555 goodnight kisses.2555 days traveling a dirt road off the beaten path. A path on which, this year, we saw the greatest puppy ever known, chocolate chip pancakes and lazy Sundays anchored by nothing but bacon and feety pajamas. It seems as if every year is just another year closer to further away... from me.She walks.She talks.She loves.She hurts.She contributes.The meatball is my youngest daughter.A lot of firsts for her were seconds for me.I take less pictures. I shoot less video. I spend less time…
  • Alleged Handjobs and The Musings of a Racquetball King...

    15 Oct 2013 | 8:49 pm
    I was 12 when I had what was maybe the greatest 3 1/2 weeks of my life.That summer I attended sports camp at the Y. Not the YMCA that inspired the Village People but the Jewish Y that inspired my Nana. A.K.A. the "cheap camp".Man, that camp was a total shit hole but it was perfect.That first part of the summer I beat the snot out of a kid named Shep in a racquetball tournament.Shep sounds like a pussy name and racquetball sounds like a pussy sport but I swear to God it was a big fucking deal at the Y.Being 12 was simple but it was awkward.I distinctly remember that in the 80's the…
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  • no responsibilities.

    rockabyedad
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    no responsibilities.
  • storm is creep’n

    rockabyedad
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    storm is creep'n
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    rockabyedad
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:09 pm
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    16 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
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    C.C. Chapman

  • September Looks Busy

    C.C. Chapman
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Yesterday morning, our flight home from Arizona arrived at Boston Logan at 6 am. It was a quick flight for me since I had the latest season of Homeland to pass the time and a nice quiet plane. I’ve never taken three weeks of vacation in my life and it is a bit sad that it took this long to do it. Wow, did it feel good. Of course now comes the fun part of catching up and pushing forward. In addition to school starting next week for the kids, I’ve got several things on my plate that will make September busy. Writing continues on the new book. I’ve spent plenty of time this…
  • Helping a Friend in Need

    C.C. Chapman
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    I’m on vacation with the family. We are at the in-laws in Arizona and enjoying mostly every minute together. When I finally decide to check in to see what is going on with everyone I discover that my dear friend Justin Levy is in the hospital. Long story short, he is having brain surgery in the coming days and has a possible long road ahead of him. Justin and I have known each other for a while now and he is always there whenever I need a sounding board, have a crazy business idea or just to hang out with over a great meal. He is the type of person that if you need anything he is there…
  • Our First Family Road Trip Can Help Save Lives

    C.C. Chapman
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Today we are picking up our rented RV and tomorrow morning we will set off on our family’s first true road trip. We are driving from Boston to Arizona and you can follow along as we each post our images and thoughts along the way to ChapmanRoadTrip.com. But, today is also the first day of Blogust 2014 and as a proud alumni of the campaign and as a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow, I’m excited to tell you about it. ​The theme this year is a virtual summer road trip celebrating a lifetime of firsts. Blogust writers will be posting ​​about “first​s​” ​- in…
  • What Technology to Bring on a Family Road Trip

    C.C. Chapman
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    This weekend we are heading out on a three week adventure. The Chapman Road Trip will find us in an RV, going from Boston to Arizona. Along the way we are keeping a very open schedule with our only major stop being to see an exhibit of Laura’s Great Grandfather’s paintings in Memphis. Above is a photo of our current packing list, but with two teenagers along for the ride and me being a gadget lover, I thought it might be fun to share the technology that we’ll be bringing along to keep us sane, happy and on track. Links are affiliate links in most cases. I’ve got to pay…
  • One Night Escape to Vermont

    C.C. Chapman
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Echo Valley is a quiet spot in Vermont that our family likes to escape to. We don’t get to go there as often as we’d like, so even a single overnight is special to us. The car was packed, the dogs were ready to go and at the other end of our drive we’d find my parents and our children. There was a water bottle full of rye and a cooler keeping steak tips cold. I’d end up leaving my camera out over night and woke to find it soaked with a heavy morning dew. Thankfully, it kept on shooting and it gave me another reason to like it. An early morning walk gave me ample time…
 
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  • Taking My Kids On A Visit To Endor

    Buzz
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    It's not that hard to imagine you are on different planets from the Star Wars system. I've taken my kids to Hoth and Tattooine and this summer we made a visit to Endor. Continue Reading → The post Taking My Kids On A Visit To Endor appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • The Tough Question No Parent Wants to Think About

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    What would you do if you had a few months left to live? It's the tough question no parent wants to think about, but too many I know are currently answering. Continue Reading → The post The Tough Question No Parent Wants to Think About appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • TIL: Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Not Appropriate For Four Year Olds

    Buzz
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Is Guardians of the Galaxy for kids? Well that depends how old your kids are. It's not appropriate for four year olds, I can tell you that much. Continue Reading → The post TIL: Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Not Appropriate For Four Year Olds appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • The Fashion Sense Of Fathers

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Something changes when you have kids - you need to pay for them. The first thing to get cut is clothing, which is maybe why the fashion sense of fathers is a little unique. Continue Reading → The post The Fashion Sense Of Fathers appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • I Forgot How To Live My Life Without Kids

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    When you get deep into a parenting routine, how to live a life without kids is something you don't really remember how to do. We had a week of freedom from parenting responsibility this summer and .. we forgot how to do it. Continue Reading → The post I Forgot How To Live My Life Without Kids appeared first on DadCAMP.
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Bowing Down To the 'Enemy.'

    Jack Steiner
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Cellphone is going crazy but not because it is ringing. It is because it is dying and the damn thing is freaking out. If it had ‘real’ intelligence I would say it is acting bat shit crazy because it fears what comes next but that is not the situation.I have been down this road with phones before so I know the signs and know it won’t be long before this one goes to wherever that electronic place in great beyond is.It just needs to last long enough for to me to get the new iPhone.Yeah, I think I am going to join the Kool Aid drinkers and bow down to Voldemort. Haven’t decided for…
  • Whatever Are They Looking For?

    Jack Steiner
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    After ten years of blogging I can't say I have seen it all but I have seen a lot. Gotten death threats for political posts, engaged with more trolls than I care to think about it and made all sorts of friends.There is no doubt the good outweighs the bad by fare more than a little and so I shouldn't look at people digging through the archives as being negative.If they like my writing it is both possible and likely they are having fun reading old posts and getting a greater sense of what this wacky old man has written and is writing about.But I would be lying if I said I am not curious about…
  • Blog Maintenance: Details Matter

    Jack Steiner
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Sometimes I feel like a walking contradiction because if you ask me about whether details matter I will tell absolutely not and then tell exactly why they do. Course I'll probably break it up into chunks of stories about when it is true and when it is not because both are applicable here.Anyhoo I don't plan on boring you with a list of those things or giving you a post dedicated to how people think they are logical but often aren't.Instead let's talk about my main blog and cover some of what I have been doing.Every day for the last week or so I have put time in trying to remove/repair broken…
  • Some Things Are Worth Watching Again

    Jack Steiner
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Sean: You're not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you've met, she's not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you're perfect for each other.
  • The End Of Summer Makes Me Sad & Blog Housecleaning

    Jack Steiner
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    listen to ‘The End Of Summer Makes Me Sad & Blog Housecleaning’ on Audioboo
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  • Oh Captain My Captain

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

    Steve
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    My five-year-old starts kindergarten in the fall. To his credit, he seems acutely aware that it’s time for him to start acting like a ‘big kid.’ Which includes less reliance on what used to be affectionately called his ‘baaboomaa’, then just ‘baaboom’, and more recently, just ‘blanket’. He’s also trying to wean himself from sucking his thumb at night while he sleeps. As far as I can tell, this was a decision he made on his own. Rather than going cold turkey, he proclaims at bedtime on alternating nights that it’s either a ‘suck night’ or a ‘non-suck night.’ I was…
  • Traveling to Paris – 12 Lessons Learned

    Steve
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I recently had the privilege to travel to Paris this June for a medical conference. My wife joined me and we stayed for a couple extra days to make a vacation of it. This was my first time in Europe, so I was excited but also not quite sure what to expect. We had a wonderful time, but also some hiccups along the way. Here are some fresh off the plane thoughts that might just help if crossing the pond is in your near future. 1.  Take a direct flight. There’s too many things that can go wrong with connections internationally. Lost baggage, having to reenter security after customs, transfers…
 
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    Digital Cameras: Camera Store: Cheap Cameras and Camcorders - Digital and Film : Camera Store

  • Canon Powershot SX520 HS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 42x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full HD Video

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Buy New: $399.00New (1) from $399.0042x Optical Zoom (24-1008mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens, 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor, Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button and zoom while shooting, Zoom Framing Assist makes it easy to track and capture subjects while using the extreme telephoto, High Speed AF greatly helps improve focus speed (more)
  • Sony W800/B 20 MP Digital Camera (Black)

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    List Price: $79.99Buy New: $78.00You Save: $1.99 (2%)New (6) Used (13) from $71.81MP Super HAD CCD sensor for beautifully detailed images, Sony Lens w/ 5x Optical Zoom, Reduced blur with SteadyShot Image stabilization, Capture your videos in 720p HD Movie mode, Simplify camera menu with Easy Mode, Take stunning images in Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360, Smile Shutter technology automatically captures smiles, Creative shooting with Picture Effects, Conveniently charge your battery via USB3, In camera guide helps navigate features (more)
  • Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Buy New: Too low to displayNew (22) Used (6) Refurbished (4) from $169.9534x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies (more)
  • Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Red)

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Buy New: Too low to displayNew (19) Used (5) Refurbished (4) from $169.9534x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies (more)
  • Kodak Easyshare C195 Digital Camera (Red)

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:00 pm
    List Price: $99.95Buy New: $43.99You Save: $55.96 (56%)New (11) Used (2) from $42.9514 megapixels for high-quality pictures, 5X optical zoom, 3 in. bright LCD, One-button upload to e-mail, Kodak Gallery, YouTube, Facebook, ORKUT, and FLICKR sites, Kodak’s Smart Capture feature (more)
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Unbalanced Attention, Twin Nursery, Stop Fighting – Podcast 68

    Joe
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Episode 68 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss these questions: Is their a concern if one twin needs more attention than the other one? How do you design a nursery to fit both babies? How to stop twins from fighting Subscribe to the Podcast To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: iTunes (for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) Stitcher Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) Share Your Thoughts Please let me know what you think of this episode of the podcast, you can contact me with any questions or comments or leave a comment on the blog. If you…
  • Difference Between Parenting Twins and Just One Child

    Joe
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Today we’ve got a great question from the community of fathers of twins like you. The question is, “What can I expect to be new after twins are born that isn’t what I deal with having just one baby?” So this dad says that he’s helped to raise one child already, and now they’re expecting twins and wants to know in advance what is going to be different between twins and a singleton. It’s a very similar situation to what my wife and I had when our twins were born. When our girls were born, we already had two boys. So we had experienced singleton births…
  • Do Twins Develop Faster than Singletons?

    Joe
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    We got a question about whether twins develop faster than a single child because they can feed off of each other’s progress and development. The answer here is not necessarily. They’re not necessarily going to develop faster than a singleton child would. Remember, of course, that each twin is unique and they won’t necessarily follow the same development course as each other. You’ll see that even though twins may be identical, they will pass their milestones at different times. Now of course your babies are going to go through several different milestones. It could be…
  • Can Twins Ignore Each Other’s Cries?

    Joe
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Today we’ve got a great question: “Will twins learn to ignore the other’s cries or will it be an automatic family cry fest?” As we were expecting twins, we had similar concerns, especially as they arrived and we realized that they do cry a lot as newborns. But we were surprised to find that our girls didn’t really wake each other up. It didn’t really bother them when the other was crying. Now there is an exception to that and that was when both of them were ready for feeding time. If one would wake up and be crying and the other would be hungry and wake up…
  • Favoritism When Raising Twins

    Joe
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    The circumstances of having twins often highlights the differences between each child, and you might find yourself gravitating toward one child over the other. Favoritism when raising twins is natural, but doesn’t have to be a problem. Favoritism may be due to your twins’ behavior or physical needs. If one baby self-soothes or sleeps well while her sister needs constant care, you will find yourself spending more time with one over the other. Time spent with each twin may lead to favoritism of one twin over the other. This may be because you spend disproportionate time with one or…
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  • Marvel Universe Live– Coming Soon to A City Near You!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    If you or your children happen to be big superhero fans, you are going to love Marvel Universe Live! The show brings together a team of heroes– including Spider-Man, the Avengers, and some of the X-Men– to fight against Loki and a host of other villains, like Red Skull, the Sinister Six, and more, for a total of over 25 of your favorite Marvel characters battling it out before your very eyes! The story to the show goes as such: Thor, in possession of the Cosmic Cube (or Tesseract, as it is also known) decides to split it into four pieces and scatter them across the globe in hope…
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    If you’re looking for The Avengers, look elsewhere. Even though Guardians of the Galaxy shares some features with the 2012 superhero team-up hit, this movie is its own beast entirely, and quite an interesting one at that! Gone are the familiar heroes that typically inhabit the Marvel Cinematic Universe; there’s not a cape or a mask in sight (well, one mask, but it’s more like a breathing apparatus), and instead we’re met with a crew of misfits that includes a treasure hunter, an assassin, a vengeful warrior, a genetically-enhanced talking raccoon, and a humanoid…
  • New Sensi-Stop Tooth Sensitivity Strips From Crest!

    DaDa Rocks!
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    If you avoid cold foods (like me – thanks AskAGreatDad for the photo), if you avoid hot foods, or if you feel that your teeth are overly sensitive and you didn’t know what to do, this product is for you! If your tooth brushing ritual is affected by sensitive teeth, then you need this as well, and fast! Sensitive teeth toothpaste often contains potassium nitrate which helps to diffuse tubules and calm nerves. For many with more sensitive teeth, this is not enough. For those who want to know the secret of how the Crest Sensi-Stop Strips work, it is the Oxalate technology! It has been…
  • BloggerBash 2014: KidzVuz Back to School Bash

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    While we’ve previously taken a look at the more parent-centric elements of BloggerBash 2014, there was plenty for kids at the conference too. In particular, there was the KidzVuz Back to School Bash, a chance to see some of the hottest kids’ products in movies, toys, games, entertainment, and more that are on the market right now! Guardians of the Galaxy Sure to be one of this summer’s big hits, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest installment in the comic book company’s expansive cinematic universe. Building on the success of…
  • BloggerBash 2014: Mommy Tech Summit and BabyPalooza

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Being a parent is no easy job, but thankfully, there’s something new around every corner to help moms and dads like us. At Blogger Bash 2014′s Mommy Tech Summit and BabyPalooza, we got a look at some of the great products available to give parents some much-needed assistance in the challenges of everyday life with kids. Here’s some of our highlights from the showcase: “BOB-B-SAFE” by Britax From its inception in 1938, automotive safety company Britax has always focused on protecting people from the potential dangers faced during travel. You can bet that care and…
 
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  • Noah’s Ark

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

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

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

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

    Adam
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Some of you may know this, but…there are times when I’m not above shameless self-promotion. So, this holiday season, if you’re going to be buying a lot of Christmas and holiday gifts for friends and family through Amazon…maybe you could take 10 extra seconds and go to Dazed Dad first, and then click to Amazon through the banner on the right of my site. I used to be able to cover at least my hosting costs for this site (and others) through ad sales on my other blog, Pomomusings, but those have been falling through over the past year or so, and so it’d be really…
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  • The Showdown in My Front Yard

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

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

    Craig Playstead
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    You don’t look this good after 5 hours of sleep. It’s been a while since I’ve published anything here (more on that later), but I promise these sleeping tips and health “test” will worth the effort and make life a little better. I recently turned 45 which doesn’t freak me out. What freaks me out is that in five years I’ll be 50. That’s almost too much to stomach. Plus, I’ve been waiting for my mustache to come in ever since a girlfriend in high school said I’d look good with one when I grew up. So that didn’t happen. As I get older, my body is…
 
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  • Review: Spy Gear Undercover Spy Cam Phone, The Walls Now Have Eyes

    nessel
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Moms and Dads, we can’t hide in the shadows anymore.  No more sneaking into the kid’s room to play with their toys while they are at school.  No more night trips to the kitchen to grab the last donut and then sprinkling powder on the dog’s snout in the morning to try to frame him.  The gig is up for us, for siblings…for everyone. The Spy Gear Undercover Spy Cam Phone has now been released.  Kids can now suction cup a motion activated camera where ever they want and grab still shots of everything that goes on in the house.  We can try to deny everything, but all…
  • New Dad Does Study Finds: People Who Do Yoga, More Likely To End Up In London

    nessel
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    If you have spent any time at all on Dad Does, you know we are all about ground breaking scientific studies.  After spending some time doing extensive research at this site, we have now come to this earth shattering conclusion… Between the period of 8/20/14 – 9/14/14, people who do “yoga” are much more likely to end up in London. While we wait for the various scientific journals to do their peer review and publish our study, we figured we would give you a few more details… The Lenovo #YogaMyWay Contest is On Like Donkey Kong Fine, maybe our science is a little…
  • Nerf Mega ThunderBow Blaster, Mega Fun In Bow Form

    nessel
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Some things are better as they get thinner, lighter and smaller.  Phones, Laptops, Tablets, Fitness Trackers – sure, keep on shrinking them down.  On the other hand, when it comes to being able to use a bow to pick off your target from 100 feet away, bigger really is better. Today we review the Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega ThunderBow with its claimed 100 foot range.  Please watch our full hands-on review of the Nerf Mega ThunderBow Blaster - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLdVTdhBi3E The Nerf Mega ThunderBow Lives Up To Range Claims As we show in the video, the Nerf Thunderbow was able…
  • Review: Tiggly Shapes, Maybe Toddlers and iPads Do Mix

    nessel
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Here at Dad Does we love toys, toddlers and technology.  The thing is, when we have tried to mix all three together at the same time…let’s just say we have had less than stellar results.  Is it really sound parenting to hand your toddler your brand new iPad Air so they can try to beat your top score in Angry Birds while you try to finish a work call? Now along comes Tiggly Shapes, an interactive toy for toddlers that works with your iPad.  Tiggly Shapes, with the included Tiggly Apps claims to help your toddlers learn…while having fun.  Does Tiggly Shapes provide the…
  • Review: Air Hogs Roller Copter, Walls and Ceilings Are Your New BFFs

    nessel
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    When you combine the phrases “RC helicopter”, “walls” and “ceiling” the sentence usually ends with…”and now my RC helicopter is broken.”   Luckily this is not the case with the new Air Hogs Roller Copter.  The Roller Copter is an RC Helicopter that lives its life in a protective cage (ah, if only they made one for me).  Smash it into the ceiling?  No problem.  Crash it into walls?  So what?  Fly it into the mouth of a fire breathing dragon? Okay, that’s going to be an issue… Please watch our full video review of the Air…
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  • The Water Is Lovely Today

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

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

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

    Caleb
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    From the always-wonderful Brain Pickings comes this gem from legendary author John Updike. Some of my favorite highlights: Try to develop actual work habits and, even though you have a busy life, try to reserve an hour, say, or more a day to write. Very good things have been written on an hour a day. Don’t try to get rich… If you want to get rich, you should go into investment banking or be a certain kind of lawyer. On the other hand, I like to think that in a country this large and a language even larger, that there ought to be a living for somebody who cares and wants to entertain…
  • The Green Chicago River in 30 Seconds

    Caleb
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Yes, the green Chicago river is a thing every year. At this speed, it looks kind of gross. On that note, happy St. Patrick’s Day. The post The Green Chicago River in 30 Seconds appeared first on The Exceptional Man, Chicago.
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  • The Most Brain-Damaging Word in the English Language

    Mark Brady
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Shortly after I completed my terminal graduate degree, it was time to put it to use. I was 42 years old and had been a homebuilder for almost 25 of them. But now the body was tired and needed to cut back on the rough and tumble work of daily construction. But what to do next? I didn’t have any interest in following the traditional trajectory and becoming a job superintendent – telling other people what to do has never been something my brain and body much resonate with – so that was out. I didn’t care to become a developer/producer. Too much stress and I couldn’t…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Beat Your Wife Between 10PM and 7AM

    Mark Brady
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    We haven’t come very far since 1895. Back then it was against the law to beat your wife between the hours of 10PM and 7AM in the City of London. And not because abusing others was against the law in general – it was fine to beat her after 7 in the morning. It was because her wailing violated London’s noise curfew. It kept the neighbors up at night. Across the pond in America those noise curfews are seldom enforced. As a result, women find themselves being beaten in large numbers, day and night. During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 6614 American troops were killed. Compare…
  • Does Wild Weather Adversely Impact Your Brain?

    Mark Brady
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    I can’t recall a single time I’ve tuned in over the last few months when weather hasn’t been a front page story on the nightly national news – tandem tornadoes, baseball-sized hail, furious flood-waters, drought-generated forest infernos – the world’s wild weather is in a significant transition phase, promising only to get wilder. As I watch these news accounts I can feel my breath stall and my body tighten as I imagine the stress of suddenly being homeless, with all my worldly possessions destroyed in a heartbeat. I could simply decide to stop watching…
  • Should You Organize and Run Your Life Like a Skydiving School?

    Mark Brady
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    You would think that jumping out of an airplane 2 1/2 miles above the earth would be a crazy, dangerous thing to do. But you would be not only wrong, but wrong on any number of counts. 100 year-old’s birthday skydive Statistically, you’re more apt to be injured on the way to the airpark than you are jumping out of the plane. Not only that, but you’re more likely to be stressed for a much longer time than it takes you to return to earth, and … you don’t feel anywhere near the same sense of exhilarating relief when you do finally reach your destination. Jumping On…
  • How to Know Where You’re Going

    Mark Brady
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Whether we realize it or not; whether we agree with it or not; whether we believe it or not, the human race is on a developmental trajectory. Individually, or as a species, we’re not fully cooked yet. Below is a list, borrowed from former Hospice of Seattle director, Rodney Smith’s book, Awakening, indicating the direction that your development and mine is generally taking, even if in our day-t0-day living, we may feel far removed from this reality… From form to formless From noise to stillness Rodney Smith From self to selflessness From divided mind to unified mind From…
 
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  • Dancing GROOT is coming thanks to Funko

    Troy Lyons
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    We’ve all been asking for it and now we know that at least one company will be releasing a dancing Groot figure and it is none other than Funko!  Of course it is just a bobble head so not really “dancing” in the sense of what we see in the movie, but he’s so cute [...]The post Dancing GROOT is coming thanks to Funko appeared first on Geekasms.
  • First Look: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25 – Final Issue!

    Troy Lyons
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25 Assembles Epic Artist Lineup For God-Sized Issue!                                                                                                              On a bellow of thunder and the crack of lightning comes the Thunder God, one last time! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25, the oversized final issue from New York Times Bestselling writer [...]The post First Look: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25 – Final Issue!
  • First Look: AVENGERS #35 – Oversized Special Issue

    Troy Lyons
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Time Runs Out! Your First Look at AVENGERS #35!                                                                    New York, NY—August 22, 2014—This September, it all comes crashing down as Earth’s Mightest Heroes face judgment day – and today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at the oversized AVENGERS #35! The star-studded creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Dustin Weaver, [...]The post First Look: AVENGERS #35 – Oversized Special Issue appeared first on Geekasms.
  • First Look: X-O MANOWAR #0

    Troy Lyons
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    First Look: Robert Venditti, Clay Mann, and Dave Johnson Enlist for X-O MANOWAR #0 – Coming in October!   Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O MANOWAR #0 – a colossal comics milestone and an all-new jumping-on point arriving in October from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green [...]The post First Look: X-O MANOWAR #0 appeared first on Geekasms.
  • First Look: UNCANNY AVENGERS #24 – March to AXIS!

    Troy Lyons
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Continue the ‘March to AXIS’ in Your First Look at UNCANNY AVENGERS #24! There’s a storm brewing in Genosha. A dark secret that is about to be revealed as the thrilling lead-up to Avengers & X-Men: AXIS continues in UNCANNY AVENGERS #24! What is happening behind the closed doors of the once proud mutant haven? [...]The post First Look: UNCANNY AVENGERS #24 – March to AXIS! appeared first on Geekasms.
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  • Stop Worrying About Whether Anyone Reads Your Blog

    Jack Steiner
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    I often write about the 17 long time readers but I know I have more than that. If I looked up the stats for everyone who follows via RSS, Jetpack subscriptions and or other methods I would come up with a much larger number and then I would ask myself if it really matters. Once […] (Visited 85 times, 85 visits today) The post Stop Worrying About Whether Anyone Reads Your Blog appeared first on The JackB.            CommentsBy: It Is Happening | Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning? by It Is Happening | Random Thoughts- Do They Have…
  • Weapons of Mass Blog Destruction

    Jack Steiner
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
      It is probably better not to write about Weapons of Mass Blog Destruction when you are listening  to a Robin Williams interview. He is not doing comedy the whole time so there are serious moments and some of his comments about being a father resonate with me. I relate to them and I wonder what […] (Visited 20 times, 21 visits today) The post Weapons of Mass Blog Destruction appeared first on The JackB.            CommentsLardavbern That would be too good for them. It is awful, simply ... by TheJackBThe beheading of the…
  • Misanthropy Is An Under Appreciated Art

    Jack Steiner
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    The Dale Carnegie Institute would probably recommend against using a headline like Misanthropy Is An Under Appreciated Art because it doesn’t sound like a useful way to win friends and influence people. They might be surprised to learn just how many people are interested in a career based upon misanthropy or maybe not. I haven’t asked […] (Visited 14 times, 14 visits today) The post Misanthropy Is An Under Appreciated Art appeared first on The JackB.            CommentsFaryna Thanks. It is all part of the job. by TheJackBI…
  • I Am The Bruce Lee Of Dad Bloggers

    Jack Steiner
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I Am The Bruce Lee Of Dad Bloggers is probably only slightly less obnoxious than calling myself The Original Dad blogger, but not much. But if you want to win the magical game of building your blog you have to market yourself. You can’t rely upon your love of writing to make it work because […] (Visited 30 times, 30 visits today) The post I Am The Bruce Lee Of Dad Bloggers appeared first on The JackB.            CommentsI missed those days of rec soccer. It sounds like a Kicking and ... by Sebastian Aiden DanielsRelated Stories500…
  • You Must Embrace The Ancient Art Of Blogging

    Jack Steiner
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    I am a murderer. I am a thief. I am the worst person you have ever met. There is a reason why just being in my presence makes the hackles on the back of your neck stand up. But most of you will ignore the soft whisper in the back of your mind that tells […] (Visited 51 times, 52 visits today) The post You Must Embrace The Ancient Art Of Blogging appeared first on The JackB.            Comments[…] it is fun to rant about the number of people who don't ... by Stop Worrying About Whether Anyone Reads Your BlogGlad to hear that opening…
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  • Lily met a pickle today.

    Thomas
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    It’s always a good time when we go to the Minnesota State Fair. The post Lily met a pickle today. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Happy 5th Birthday Lily!

    Thomas McMahon
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    5 years ago we welcomed Lily into our life. Now, in what seemed like a blink of an eye, she’s turning 5. Everyone says that time flies, but until you have a little one, you don’t realize how fast. We’re about to start kindergarten in a few weeks and it seems like just the other day she could barely walk. It’s amazing watching a little girl grow up. Watching them learn to walk, learn to talk, learn everything. The best thing about having a little one is the joy they bring to the world. Not only does Lily love her mom and dad, but she brings smiles to everyone she meets.
  • Sunday Funday Lego Zoo

    Thomas
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
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  • Big Scary Kindergarten

    Thomas McMahon
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Kindergarten is going to be great. There will be lots of other kids, you’ll do fun projects, and it’s going to so much fun. That’s what we tell our kids. While the whole time thinking in the back of our mind that this is the scariest thing ever. Where did the past 5 years go? How can we be starting kindergarten already? Why is my kid growing up so fast?! SLOW DOWN. STOP! What happens if she gets picked on? What happens if she gets lost? What if she needs something and I’m not there to help her?! What if I need her? I know other parents have all done this and that there…
  • Building Lily a Playset

    Thomas
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Currently I’m working on building Lily a playset. Mainly it’s a stand for a slide, but I’m working on making it a bit more than that. So far it’s a slide, tree climbing wall, and there is a shelf under it so she can play store/restaurant. The best part is that we’ve got most everything for free. The slide and tree climbing wall was given to me by a co-worker, the 2x4s I got from the in-laws, and the plywood on top came from HomeDepot as free scraps. The only things I’ve had to buy so far are the 4x4s and screws. Unfortunately I don’t have a clear plan…
 
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  • Parents: It Is Never OK to Change a Diaper at the Table

    Aaron Gouveia
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I want you to imagine you’re at a restaurant, with your kids, and a man walks inside holding a paper bag. He orders some food and sits down at a nearby table. Then, without warning, the man opens the paper bag and you see it is full of shit. Yup, that’s right. I’m talking actual human feces out in the open where you and your family are eating. He closes the bag up quickly but you’ve already seen it and the smell of piss and crap is now wafting through the air. Outrageous, right? If you’re anything like me, you’d complain to the manager immediately to have…
  • Working Parents Squeeze In Their Moments

    Aaron Gouveia
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The canoe glides along silently, save the “plunk/whoosh” sound of the paddle slicing through the water’s surface. The gargantuan clouds are puffy and impossibly white, but not foreboding — no rain checks needed today. A summer zephyr gently prods us along toward a cove spotted with lily pads, as the oldest and I look to add to our summer bass total. “Dad, this is very calm. And peaceful,” he says from the front of the canoe. But all I can do is look down into the clear water to see the milfoil just below the surface. Thick, green submerged weeds like…
  • The #PretzelGuys Go Fishing

    Aaron Gouveia
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Disclosure: I was compensated by Life of Dad and Snyder’s of Hanover for this promotion. Will and I love to fish. What started as a fishing derby on a whim one year ago has quickly turned into a passion the two of us share. It’s strange that a 6-year-old who can’t be still for six seconds and his ridiculously impatient father have taken such an interest in an endeavor that requires patience first and foremost. Yet that’s exactly what has happened. Simply put, during the last 12 months, fishing has become something that fuels our relationship and gives us common ground.
  • The Year of Sam

    Aaron Gouveia
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    A moment and an eternity. That’s what it’s felt like, Sam, since you entered our lives exactly one year ago. One year. That amount of time has never seemed so brief and simultaneously endless. Fleeting yet perpetual. And if we’re being honest, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I endured your first year just as much as I enjoyed it. I’m not particularly proud of that, but it’s the truth. You had colic and didn’t sleep well. You scared the shit out of us with a stint in the hospital. And frankly, I failed to bond with you like I did with Will. But…
  • Please Look Back Every Once in a While

    Aaron Gouveia
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I worry sometimes about losing sight of you. Today it’s scenic Borderland State Park, a wooded expanse of trails, trees, ponds, and greenery so lush it should be it’s own Crayola color. The seat belt can barely contain you as we look for a parking space, as your energy has you bouncing in your seat, waiting for the millisecond I put the car in park so you can tear open the door and breathe in the scent of the outdoors. I used to demand you carry your own fishing rod, which you did without complaint. But your running combined with the sheer jubilation of being 6 in a state park is…
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  • “Is a Camel a Mammal?” by Dr. Seuss

    CuteMonster Staff
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The influence of Dr. Seusss lives on in the digital world. An interactive ebook version of Dr. Seuss’s “Is a Camel a Mammal?” starring The Cat in the Hat is now available on the iPad courtesy of Oceanhouse Media. We were given a download code to review the app. How’s the Story? Fun and educational.... The post “Is a Camel a Mammal?” by Dr. Seuss appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Come and get your love

    Vincent Daly
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    About a year ago, I read that Marvel Studios was producing a movie titled “Guardians of the Galaxy” which would be based on characters from the comic book series. Admittedly I’d never heard of these Marvel characters before. The movie trailer offered a glimpse of the story yet ultimately left me feeling perplexed. Was it... The post Guardians of the Galaxy: Come and get your love appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Kid Conversations #3

    Vincent Daly
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Things that kids say on any given day.. The following is an excerpt of an overheard conversation on a recent vacation road trip. The post Kid Conversations #3 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue

    Vincent Daly
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Review of Walt Disney Pictures "Planes: Fire & Rescue", sequel to 2013's hit animated movie "Planes". The post Planes: Fire & Rescue appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Batman Day: July 23, 2014

    CuteMonster Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Batman has always held a special place in comic book fans’ hearts. He has no superpowers yet may be arguably the greatest superhero ever. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight. To celebrate, DC Entertainment is partnering with thousands of comic book stores nationwide for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.... The post Batman Day: July 23, 2014 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
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  • Journalist Jim Foley Died Because He Loved Life

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

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

    Seth Eisenberg
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Robin William's greatest contribution may be helping people who are the least trained -- the closest of family and friends -- learn to help loved ones who are anxious, depressed or struggling with the impact of trauma.
  • Blue Mountain Doesn’t Send Cards to Heaven

    Seth Eisenberg
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    A morning reminder of dad's upcoming birthday that arrived nearly three years after his death helps me realize my gratitude for a dad I barely knew.
  • Getting Started with the Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Relationship

    Seth Eisenberg
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The most important thing you can do for your relationships is looking for what's right in the people closest to you and developing the habit of generously, sincerely, and specifically appreciating them. Here are 300 inspiring examples to help you get started.
 
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  • SUMMER HOLIDAY TIP:  OPEN A KIDS ART GALLERY 

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

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

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

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

    9 Jun 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Are you worried that your baby might be possessed by evil spirits. Well don’t worry all you need is a man in fancy dress to jump over your child. Every year in Spain they hold a Baby Jumping Festival to purify babies. El Colacho as it is known  is held in Castillo de Murcia near Burgos in the Spring. It is the culmination of the Spanish Catholic Festival of Corpus Christi. The babies are laid on the ground and then grown men, dressed as devils (or bizarrely Elvis) jump over them. The act of flying in the air over the babies is supposed to cleanse them of all evil spirits. This bizarre…
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    C.C. Chapman

  • September Looks Busy

    C.C. Chapman
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Yesterday morning, our flight home from Arizona arrived at Boston Logan at 6 am. It was a quick flight for me since I had the latest season of Homeland to pass the time and a nice quiet plane. I’ve never taken three weeks of vacation in my life and it is a bit sad that it took this long to do it. Wow, did it feel good. Of course now comes the fun part of catching up and pushing forward. In addition to school starting next week for the kids, I’ve got several things on my plate that will make September busy. Writing continues on the new book. I’ve spent plenty of time this…
  • Helping a Friend in Need

    C.C. Chapman
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    I’m on vacation with the family. We are at the in-laws in Arizona and enjoying mostly every minute together. When I finally decide to check in to see what is going on with everyone I discover that my dear friend Justin Levy is in the hospital. Long story short, he is having brain surgery in the coming days and has a possible long road ahead of him. Justin and I have known each other for a while now and he is always there whenever I need a sounding board, have a crazy business idea or just to hang out with over a great meal. He is the type of person that if you need anything he is there…
  • Our First Family Road Trip Can Help Save Lives

    C.C. Chapman
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Today we are picking up our rented RV and tomorrow morning we will set off on our family’s first true road trip. We are driving from Boston to Arizona and you can follow along as we each post our images and thoughts along the way to ChapmanRoadTrip.com. But, today is also the first day of Blogust 2014 and as a proud alumni of the campaign and as a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow, I’m excited to tell you about it. ​The theme this year is a virtual summer road trip celebrating a lifetime of firsts. Blogust writers will be posting ​​about “first​s​” ​- in…
  • What Technology to Bring on a Family Road Trip

    C.C. Chapman
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    This weekend we are heading out on a three week adventure. The Chapman Road Trip will find us in an RV, going from Boston to Arizona. Along the way we are keeping a very open schedule with our only major stop being to see an exhibit of Laura’s Great Grandfather’s paintings in Memphis. Above is a photo of our current packing list, but with two teenagers along for the ride and me being a gadget lover, I thought it might be fun to share the technology that we’ll be bringing along to keep us sane, happy and on track. Links are affiliate links in most cases. I’ve got to pay…
  • One Night Escape to Vermont

    C.C. Chapman
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Echo Valley is a quiet spot in Vermont that our family likes to escape to. We don’t get to go there as often as we’d like, so even a single overnight is special to us. The car was packed, the dogs were ready to go and at the other end of our drive we’d find my parents and our children. There was a water bottle full of rye and a cooler keeping steak tips cold. I’d end up leaving my camera out over night and woke to find it soaked with a heavy morning dew. Thankfully, it kept on shooting and it gave me another reason to like it. An early morning walk gave me ample time…
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  • My Kid Just Said… #55

    Andy
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    “Daddy? How does Dark Vader eat?” -Lucas (2014, 5 years old)   To answer your question: the Disney store. That’s where we got these ridiculously amazing PJs. (ALSO IT HAS A TINY DETACHABLE CAPE!) There he stood, my little Dark Vader in his new PJs. My feelings were conflicted at first, the wincing inner nerd doing battle with my melted dad heart about the fact that he calls him Dark Vader. The Dad side of the Force won, though. It’s just too damned adorable. And Vader IS dark both literally and figuratively, after all. My little lad did try saying it correctly…
  • Tough Little Guy

    Andy
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Since I was a kid I had a problem with the concept of “being tough.” I’m sure some meathead out there will explain to me this is because I was a total wuss and then crush a beer can on his forehead. As I grew up though, my understanding of “toughness” slowly evolved from the simplicity of a flinty action hero’s physical prowess or pain tolerance to a much broader and personal meaning. I might scream and bolt from a bee while changing a tire, or scoff at burning the hair off my knuckles while grilling and then weep like a baby at the end of Edward…
  • Your #Dadchelor Moment

    Charlie
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Every dad has experienced that moment when they got “the news” they were going to have a baby. But everyone’s story is different. Reactions and emotions can be as varied as a snowflake, or as similar as a pair of socks. Some feel the elation of being given a powerful, beautiful gift while others feel the weight of duty enclose around them like some futuristic robot suit. Some laugh, some cry, some stare dumbly at nothing for a little while. A glimpse into your foreseeable future can be a beautifully chaotic and intense moment. Whatever a man’s response was to…
  • Memories on the Run

    Whit Honea
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Summer is short and passes quickly, and it is far too easy to lose the season somewhere between the couch cushions—most likely lodged against an old piece of candy and enough spare change to park for hours while waiting on the sweet spot between shade and sunsets. One minute you have plans for the great adventures that summer surely holds, and the next you’re looking for the remote and wondering where the time went. It happens. This summer my family decided to make the most of it. We were not going to let summer pass us by like a sweat-soaked slideshow. We vowed to squeeze every drop like…
  • TODDLER BINGO! Because Parents Deserve to Win Something

    Andy
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    The thing about playing Bingo is that you’re going to go through an epic crap ton of numbers before anyone hits five in a row. The same is true for Toddler Bingo. Parents will experience a vast array of toddlerisms before they hit the jackpot. Refusing to eat something, wanting to eat things they shouldn’t, making snot bubbles, screaming to hear the sound of it, dismantling couch cushions, breaking things and “making” you things, the list goes on. You’ll have good experiences and not-so-good experiences with your toddler, but they are most assuredly going to pack…
 
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    Daddyplace.com

  • The 5 Best Firearms for Self-Defense

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    When you first load a website like GrabAGun (grabagun.com), you're immediately shown hundreds of different guns across more than a dozen categories. While this variety is useful and even desirable, it can also be completely overwhelming for the first-time gun owner who just wants a weapon for self-defense. Here are five light, uncomplicated models that will take ...
  • Staples - For Your Home or Hobby

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Staples are critical for the functionality of everything from doors to protective enclosures, but they can also be undervalued by those who don't realize their worth in an industrial setting. If you're in the market for new staples, here are a few useful tips for choosing the right kind for your business: 1. Decide Material Type Stainless steel stap...
  • hello hello

    3 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    hey there guys its has been far to long since ive been able to post on here or do anything..but I figured I got me a internet line id see how everyone is doin..as for me sadly I am moved out of cali an into a new form of hell in Campbell, tx an having a hard time trying to adjust to my new surroundings. wife wanted to follow a friend out here so we are living out here with them an yea lets just...
  • What is a Piling Boat Lift?

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Boat lifts can make the ownership of a boat a much more pleasurable experience, as you won't have to deal with the physical exertion of manually transferring a boat into and out of the water. There are several types of boat lifts available, with each type designed with certain features and uses in mind. One type of lift is the piling boat lift. This style of boat lift is perfect for lake-front ...
  • I'm Back again!

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Well this is like the 5th time I've done this.. I come back to the forum and then disappear again.. I need some motivation to keep it consistent lol. I don't know probably anybody on here anymore and most of you won't remember me. But here is what I have been up to if anybody cares..• I am still in the Air Force (hit my 9 year mark this month)• My son is 7 now - geeze they grow fast• I am li...
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    Bobblehead Dad

  • 38 Years as a Driver. And the Pledge I’m Taking to Improve.

    jimhigley
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Raising teenagers isn’t a bed of roses. Trust me. I’ve got two down and one to go. One still in the thick of it at the age of 18. Old enough to vote and serve our country. Too young to drink. He’s stuck in never-never land. A child waiting to become an adult. And I get to go along for the ride. There are a lot of potholes parents need to navigate through during the teen years. Bad attitudes. Stressed communication. And the pushing of boundaries and the breaking of rules. But it’s all part of a kid’s road map to independence. The list is long. Some of it is agonizing. And some of it…
  • The First Big Good-Bye: When Your Oldest Goes to College #Blogust

    jimhigley
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    This post is my contribution to Blogust ’14—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for children in need around the world. I’m writing on the theme of “Happy and Healthy Firsts.” Here’s the cool part: YOU can help change the life of a child by making sure they get vaccinated. All you need to do is either “comment” (with anything!) at the end of this post. Also you can “Tweet” this, “Like” or share on social media.  (Details at the end of the post.) Thank you for supporting this important effort! —…
  • And For the Next Chapter of My Life…

    jimhigley
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:42 am
    “What are you going to do when Drew heads off to college?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that question in the last two years. For those of you who don’t know, “Drew” is my youngest. The runt (not really) of the litter. The one who – in concept – was never supposed to grow old and leave. His job in life was predisposed to be my forever baby. He obviously ignored the memo. Off to college he goes. In less than 20 days. “What are you going to do when Drew heads off to college?” For years, I’ve answered that…
  • Join Rotary In Being a Part of a Guinness World’s Record!

    jimhigley
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:35 am
    Wow! When Rotary International sets out to do something, they do it! About a year ago, I wrote a story about Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio from the globe. Their commitment started almost 30 years ago when they began immunizing children everywhere against this disease. And after immunizing more than 2 billion children against polio, Rotary and its partners are on the verge of wiping polio off the planet. When they began the fight in 1985, polio affected 350,000 people – mostly children – in 125 countries every year. Since then, however, polio has been reduced by 99…
  • Chicago Tribune: If Fatherhood Came With a Redo Button

    jimhigley
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:37 am
        I’m proud to be a contributor to the Chicago Tribune. This story is part of their Father’s Day 2014 section: I was in the home stretch of a talk about parenting. It’s a talk I’ve given many times. This time I was in front of a group of parents in a Buffalo Grove middle school gym. I invited them to join in the conversation. The first few questions focused on specific problems: A daughter who stopped communicating. A son with questionable friends. Drinking. Pretty common topics. Then came a question from a young dad in the back of the room. “Would…
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  • It hurts, but it's ok.

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

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

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

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

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

    aee1412004564098
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    This is funny. That’s all… The video is titled: “Hand swallowing cars and traffic.” I call it The Muncher. Brilliant stuff. -Mike
  • Maurice Sendak Google Doodle

    Wolfy
    9 Jun 2013 | 10:46 pm
    I usually don’t post, or really care about Google Doodles, but this one is too good not to stop and take a look. Google honors Maurice Sendak with an nice animated doodle. He was born on June 10, 1928 — 85 years ago. Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books. He is best known for his book „Where the Wild Things Are”, first published in 1963. The book’s depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents, as his characters were somewhat grotesque in appearance. More about Sendak:…
  • Shredding with your kid

    Wolfy
    6 Jun 2013 | 7:31 am
    The best thing about being a kid is shredding with your dad. All my life, from the time I could walk, to this very day, I’ve been hiking, skiing, riding, climbing and adventuring with my dad. Stoked to be doing the same with my boy now. Here’s a video Andy and Charlie from How To Be A Dad made about shredding with their boys. Love it! What’s your favorite father son activity? -M
  • Dad Gear: REI Nesting Tableware Set

    Wolfy
    13 May 2013 | 4:07 pm
    Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Nesting Tableware Set? This is what qualifies as dad gear in your world? IT’S FOR CAMPING!!!! In my world, camping is the man’s domain. The kitchen at home is man’s domain too, but I really only get excited about the camping part, and this camp utensil and dish set is pretty nice. REI Nesting Tableware Set Service for 4: $44.95 REI Nesting Tableware Set Fork x 4 Knife x 4 Spoon x 4 Cup/Mug x 4 Bowl x 4 Plate x 4 Wash tub x 1 Cutting board x 1 Drying rack x 1 All of this nests inside a square plastic tub that doubles as a wash…
  • The Third

    Wolfy
    9 May 2013 | 11:00 am
    Yesterday he asked me if we could wear our space shuttle boots next time we go into space. It was a rainy day. He was pulling on his green and blue striped rubber boots to go outside and play. We live on a flood irrigated ranch property on south Reno so we all have rubber boots. His cousin has black rubber boots. My sister calls them puddle boots. My son heard ‘space shuttle boots.’ With all the space books we read, it stuck. Today is his third birthday. This morning my wife gave him a cigar box full of marbles she found at a junk shop. He loved it, and it wasn’t until I saw…
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    Dad and Buried

  • “Family Vacation” is an Oxymoron

    Dad and Buried
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Things are going to be quiet around here for the next week or so, because Dad and Buried is going on vacation! I’m actually a little reluctant to call it a vacation, since I’m bringing my toddler along. Yes, I’m taking the week off from work, and from my blog (I’ll still be updating my Facebook page every now and then, so be sure to follow me there!), and I’ll be at the beach. But I don’t know how much relaxation will be happening, as it’s not exactly my son’s middle name. His middle name is actually “GET THE F*** DOWN FROM THERE…
  • [E-card] A Whole New World

    Dad and Buried
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The post [E-card] A Whole New World appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • The Worst Baby Names Ever!

    Dad and Buried
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    There’s nothing parents enjoy more than judging other parents. Don’t believe me? Go post a picture of your toddler in his car seat and see how long it takes for someone to question the way he’s strapped in. Nobody knows better for your child than some other child’s mom or dad and nobody is quicker to let you know. Especially when it comes to names. If I were to write a list of things that get parents feeling superior, this post would literally never end. I would be writing it on my deathbed and new topics would be popping up on my Google Contacts Lenses every two…
  • How To Avoid Buying Crap For Your Kids

    Dad and Buried
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Lat night, I took my kid to see Marvel Universe LIVE!, an arena-based stunt show featuring what seemed to be every single major, minor and tertiary character from Marvel Comics history. Let’s just say it was a little overstuffed. At least the second act was (there’s a twenty-minute intermission while they rework the sets), which was all I really saw. I spent almost the entire first act in line at the concession stand waiting for twenty dollars worth of hot dogs (i.e., 3 hot dogs). By the time I got back inside to the show, Loki had already made off with the cosmic cube (or…
  • [E-card] Common Ground

    Dad and Buried
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The post [E-card] Common Ground appeared first on Dad and Buried.
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    Joshua Wilner

  • Use This To Improve Your Understanding Of Google Analytics

    Joshua Wilner
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    I have ongoing discussions with a variety of people regarding their understanding or lack  of Google Analytics. More than a few people have told me they dislike it because it feels like they are back in school desperately trying to understand the formulas on the chalkboard. If you are among those who dislike Google Analytics because you find it hard to follow you are in luck because Narrative Science has developed a free tool you can use to translate those numbers into plain English. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and thus far I really like it. It has definitely helped me…
  • 763 Reasons Sexy & Smart People Use Facebook

    Joshua Wilner
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Some marketing research somewhere says that I have six seconds to grab your attention before you point and click your way elsewhere. I really don’t know if that is accurate but since I don’t need the exact number I am not going to look it up. What I know is 763 Reasons Sexy & Smart People Use Facebook is the sort of goofy headline that will generate clicks and that if I ask people to take a moment to read beyond the first few lines some will. Don’t worry I am not going to bore you with the 1,983,382 post about how to improve your social media marketing with Facebook.
  • How Do You Motivate The Unmotivated?

    Joshua Wilner
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. I have shown that video to my kids several times and told them I will always be the guy who comes out of the stands to help them stand up when they fall. Every time we discuss it I tell them I’ll give them a hand up but I expect them to finish the race. Some of these conversations have led to some of my favorite moments with the kids and I can say without question that I have learned as much about life from them as they did. During one particular moment I mentioned to my son that this video is used by many different people and organizations to…
  • What Is The Price Of Fame?

    Joshua Wilner
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Two hours ago my daughter told me there was a leak in the garage ceiling and I went in search of the source of the leak. Took about two minutes to determine it was coming from the powder room bathroom and that the toilet inside had mutinied. I turned off the water in the bathroom, grabbed some rags and a mop to dry the floor and then ran back to the garage to confirm that I had shut down Niagara Falls. While I waded through the flood I pretended I was Indiana Jones being chased by angry natives shooting poison darts at me and then collapsed upon the couch and wondered about the timing of this…
  • Distilled Wisdom- Some of My Favorite Quotes

    Joshua Wilner
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Some of My Favorite Quotes By no means should this be considered a complete list but it contains a series of quotes that have meaning for me personally and professionally. Some of these are brilliant and some are not but the beauty of a quote isn’t always tied up in whether it is brilliant but whether it inspires you to action, especially for someone like me who makes his living by trying to craft a compelling phrase that moves people to…move. “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”…
 
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • Here's the Full List of 285 Songs Cleared for THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD Release...

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    I've been posting news about this October's release of THE WONDER YEARS - COMPLETE SERIES on DVD for for a bit now, and on the heels of the box set specs on three highly detailed configurations of the set - Standard, "The Experience" and one that's being limited to just 500 copies - The Signature Edition - the big looming question has now been answered... a question that often plagues classic series' DVD releases: What about the music? The folks at StarVista Entertainment and Time-Life have worked diligently to clear over 96% of the music used in the ABC series, with 285 new song…
  • Late Summer Action: THE ROCK FATHER's Explosive Netflix #StreamTeam Picks

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    "Daddy, why do you always watch movies late at night?" That was a question posited by oldest daughter a few days ago. "I can hear the noise from them coming from your office." She's got me there, and just solidified why I should be wearing headphones after hours. See, lately I've been streaming movies to my laptop while I do work from the desktop... including right now, this very second as Adele sings the theme song to James Bond's SKYFALL to my right, while I type these words and see them appear on the screen to my left. While my days have been spent largely preparing for the start of school…
  • SEW-Infectious: The LALALOOPSY GIRLS Music Video Hits the Streets...

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    There's a new earworm in town this evening, and it comes from an unlikely source - Lalaloopsy. A new live-action music video inspired by MGA Entertainment's Lalaloopsy Girls doll line just been released, and you could say it's SEW infectious... or, it certainly is here at Rock Father HQ. I've already had both of my girls on my lap requesting it ("Play it again!"), and after watching it three times, they were upstairs singing the chorus and dancing with sunglasses on while they should be in bed getting rested for school. Speaking of "school," this new video features the girls rocking the halls…
  • Toy Review: Hasbro MARVEL Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Crane Capture Track Set

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    With THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 now available on Blu-ray, the folks over at Hasbro hit me up to take a look at a couple more of their toys based on the iconic web-slinger - ones that weren't included when I did my feature on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 toys back in May. This time, we took their new MARVEL Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Crane Capture Track Set for a spin, part of an interesting new line that combines "Action Figures + Racing" - two things that kids absolutely love. But that's not all - Power Charged Electro from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Power Charged Action Figure assortment…
  • Preview: The Bridge Direct's Large-Scale Smaug from THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    If you're a fan of Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT films, or just a fan of cool action figures, The Bridge Direct has something worthy of a look - an all-new, large-scale action figure of Smaug from THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. Limited to just 3,000 individually-numbered pieces, Smaug just went live for pre-order exclusively at WBShop.com, and I've got all the details for you, right here on THE ROCK FATHER... The HobbitThe Bridge DirectWarner Bros Consumer ProductsWBShopAction Figures
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    The Talking Dad

  • Enter to win a family 4-pack of passes to see DOLPHIN TALE 2

    Christopher
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Copyright © 2014 Warner Bros. It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater…
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Activities

    Christopher
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris…
  • WWE SummerSlam 2014 annihilates August for only $9.99

    Christopher
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    You read the above headline correctly. $9.99 The month of August is notoriously awful in terms of entertainment offerings. It’s where movies go to die and TV is a virtual ghost town. That is unless you are a fan of professional wrestling. WWE’s second largest event, SummerSlam, is a PPV juggernaut. The sports entertainment spectacle draws in unparalleled viewership as the company begins it’s march towards WrestleMania. It is a don’t miss event, especially for new viewers jumping on board. Earlier this year, WWE made all of its previous and future blockbuster PPV…
  • Grab tickets to see WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, in theaters 8/22

    Christopher
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    When the Game Stands Tall is in theaters this August 22nd! Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. (TRISTAR PICTURES) This film is rated PG. The Talking Dad is excited to announce that 50 of our readers will win a pair of passes to see When the Game Stands Tall! The screening will be held August 19th at the Emagine Theater in Novi, MI. No purchase…
  • Giveaway: DISNEYNATURE BEARS on Blu-ray, available 8/12

    Christopher
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Disneynature Bears is available on DVD and Digital formats this August 12th! From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth and Chimpanzee, comes Bears — an epic story on a breathtaking scale. Showcasing a year in the life of a bear family — mother Sky teaches her two impressionable cubs, Amber and Scout, about life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop, their journey begins as winter ends. Emerging from hibernation, the three face the bitter cold and an exciting but very risky outside world. Astonishing footage captures the fast-moving action and…
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • A Castle in Indiana?

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

    Matt Todd
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    I had a great time at Mixwest 2014. I got to meet some new people, catch up with some old friends, and learn some pretty amazing stuff from the fabulous collection of speakers and presenters.It’s always hard going to a conference like this and deciding what workshops to attend – especially when you want to go to all of them. But you can only go to one at a time, unless you’ve managed to figure out a way to be in three places at the same time. If you have, please contact me! I want to learn your secrets.My friend, Leah, calls this the Mixwest Struggle. And let me tell you,…
  • 3 more things my high school band director told me

    Matt Todd
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Yesterday, I shared three things that my high school band director told me that have stuck with me over the years. But I wasn’t done. There are three more things that I need to share… “Don’t mess with the Star Spangled Banner.”You march onto the field, play the song exactly the way the audience expects to hear it. Then you march off. No fluff. Nothing artsy about it.He was right. He still is. Every time some pop sensation tries to do something cute with the national anthem, that person gets lit up on the social networks. In a different context, it could be…
  • 3 things my high school band director told me

    Matt Todd
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that participating in the instrumental music program while I was in high school had a profound influence on my life. I’m not a professional musician (and I don’t play one on TV), but I don’t think it’s that much of a stretch to say that the music program might have been more influential on me than the English or science classes I took.Don’t misunderstand me. This isn’t a slam on my English, math, and science teachers. Those classes were important. You hear me? They’re important! Don’t go dropping…
  • The Red Velvet Revolution at the Indiana State Fair

    Matt Todd
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Funnel cakes.They’re awesome. They’re probably my favorite non-Fall Festival fair food. Sure, they’re pretty horrible for you. But there really isn’t much that can beat the warm, sticky, fried dough goodness of a fresh funnel cake.I remember when I first tried a funnel cake topped with cherries. I think I was at Kings Island. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I didn’t think there was anything that could have made a funnel cake taste any better than it already was. After all, you can’t improve upon perfection. Adding cherries? That took funnel…
 
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    A Daddy Blog

  • 7 Tips for the First Day of Kindergarten

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

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

    Michael Schmid
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    From 1930's "Tom Sawyer" through 2000's "Toy Story 3", here are 7 decades of top grossing movies for each year. What was the big movie the year you were born?
  • 7 Tips Parents Must Know About Child Safety in Hot Cars

    Michael Schmid
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    As much as you and I want to respond, That could never happen to me! It could. Here are 7 tips that may save the life of your child or a friend's. Please share!
  • There’s No Place Like Homes!

    Michael Schmid
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:40 pm
    My wife and I are down-sizing (right-sizing?) from our big Arlington Texas home to a gorgeous little "cottage" in Viridian DFW's master planned community...
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    The Amateur Dad

  • Why Its Important To Protect Our Children’s Innocence

    theamateurdad
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In her 80’s hit single “The Greatest Love of All” the late Whitney sang: “I believe the children are our future; Teach them well and let them lead the way; Show them all the beauty they posses inside.” Decades later the actions of some business operations in society today contradict that way of thinking. Recently while eating dessert in a family restaurant with my wife and two children, we had the unfortunate opportunity to view racy Pink and Justin Timberlake videos. Apparently someone from the establishment thought it would be a good idea to change the channel of all the…
  • Saturday Video: The Best First Date

    theamateurdad
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood and other things dads would love on the web. If there’s a video or short film you’ve created or one you’d like to share, click HERE to contact me to pitch an idea.   Hey Everyone! This week’s Saturday Video is for Dads and their little girls. The Daddy daughter date. I can’t stress the importance of spending quality time with your little girl from the time she can walk continuing through to when she becomes a young lady. We have 2 girls now, ages 8 years old and 4 months old. I can testify to the…
  • Why We Need To Raise A Generation Of Dreamers

    theamateurdad
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    When you have a dream that you can’t let go of, trust your instincts and pursue it. But remember: Real dreams take work, They take patience, and sometimes they require you to dig down very deep. Be sure you’re willing to do that. - Harvey Mackay   Working Friday evening at the office, its not uncommon for me to have one of my children accompany me to get some much needed quality time in together while I work. What was uncommon however was the blindsided question my son decided to throw at me, which he seemed to be waiting all day to ask: “Dad, what’s your dream? Do…
  • Infographic: Which TV Dad Is Most Like Yours?

    theamateurdad
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Every other week I post a cool Infographic that relates to the subject of men or fatherhood. The topics may vary but they will be either interesting, fun or just plain cool. Click HERE if you have a Infographic you’d like to share.   Hey Everyone! From time to time I like to post something that’s fun and interactive on this blog. This week’s Infographic: Which TV dad is Most Like Yours? is no different. Check it out. Follow the directions and post your result in the comments section. The TV Dad with the most results will be identified as the most accurate portrayal of…
  • How I Survived A 72hr Daddy Daughter Date

    theamateurdad
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Daddy Daughter Dates. From the beginning of time our little princesses have used these events to weaken our resistance against them in hopes of getting whatever they want.  Let face it, we’re no match for the lethal combination of those beautiful eyes, big cheeks and high pitch voice calling out “daddy!”  Though it does seem easier to resist the older they get, still there are times when we as fathers pretty much melt when our daughters show us affection when we’re busy doing something else. Most daddy daughter dates last an hour or so. Some longer. But my most…
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    Chilldad

  • Would You Convict This Father?

    Michael Berman
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    The trial of David Barajas began yesterday. In 2012 Barajas was pushing a truck down a rural road with his sons, ages 12 and 11, when Jose Banda, who was drunk, slammed into them.  Both boys were killed. Barajas allegedly then ran home, retrieved his gun and returned to shoot the drunk driver in the head, killing him on the spot. The details of that night remain murky, as the murder weapon has not been retrieved and the video surveillance systems outside the Barajas home were inactive, unable to provide video evidence. Barajas defense attorney claims his client never left the scene of the…
  • Amazing Video: Are You Protecting Your Kids’ Skin?

    Michael Berman
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    This stunning viral video uses an Ultraviolet camera to show what human skin looks like from the sun’s point of view. If you aren’t taking the time to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful rays, this video will make you think twice. The post Amazing Video: Are You Protecting Your Kids’ Skin? appeared first on Chilldad.
  • Is Your Daughter’s Princess Obsession Okay?

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

    Brian Fields
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    If someone were to ask you to envision the natural American landscape, it might be tough to come up with an exact image. There are forests and deserts and canyons and mountains and rivers and lakes, close to 60 national parks, all of it subject to change with the seasons. Ours is a diverse landscape so vast and beautiful and celebrated, people fly in from all over the world to witness it first-hand. Why wouldn’t they? We market the crap out of it each time we get together to belt out America, the Beautiful. What better way to appreciate any of it than the great, age-old recreational…
  • 20 Groan-Inducing Dad Jokes

    Michael Berman
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Every dad has them tucked away in their repertoire, just waiting for the right moment to trot them out and elicit a chorus of groans from the family. That’s right. They’re dad jokes, and they’re here to stay. If your steady rotation is feeling a little stale or you simply want to add some depth to your bench, here are 20 Groan-Inducing Dad Jokes to drop on your kids. Disclaimer: we take no responsibility for any groans, eye-rolls or face-palms that result from the use of these jokes: ~1~ When a big bug splatters all over your windshield… Dad: “He won’t have the guts…
 
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    City Dads Group

  • 7 Things I Stopped Worrying About As A Parent

    Jeff Bogle
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Stop fretting every decision and judging yourself against the people of the Internet. Half that shit is Photoshopped anyway.
  • Keep Calm and Parent On

    Homemaker Man
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A lot of parenting advice boils down to being even tempered. The truth is, some of us have called our toddlers fucking assholes when they're acting like fucking assholes.
  • What Cancer Can Teach My Son

    Don Jackson
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I attended my brother’s funeral recently. Cancer took him, just as it’s taken other members of my family and just like it tried to take me.
  • ’7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens’ Updated for Digital Age

    Trey Burley
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" is updated for the digital age and it could be very helpful ... if you can just get your child to read it.
  • A Quantum Leap into Fatherhood

    Creed Anthony
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Seven years ago, I wasn't quite sure exactly what being a father meant. What I have learned is that you just embrace what you know and respect the unknown.
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