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  • Die richtige Wahl der Fenster ist nicht nur Geschmackssache

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    Marian
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    Bis zur Einführung von anderen Materialien galten Holzfenster lange Zeit als Standard, mittlerweile sieht man die Thematik zur Zusammensetzung der Komponenten jedoch anders. Holz hat als Werkstoff viele Vorteile und wird daher wieder vermehrt verwendet. Aluminium hat auch seine Qualitäten, wenn diese auch sicher nicht in der Optik liegen. Aber kombiniert mit Holz, ergeben sich interessante Möglichkeiten. Holz-Fenster Die Wohnung oder das eigene Haus werden als Rückzugs- und Wohlfühlraum für viele Leute immer wichtiger. Da spielt dann auch die Optik eine große Rolle. Außerdem kommt dem…
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    mdhoge
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    ?実際は、異性との出会いは色々な所に転がっています。出会いが欲しいのなら、引っ込み思案にならずに、ちょっとずつ行動パターンを変えたりして、出会いが生まれやすい条件を作らなければなりません。…
  • Enter for a Chance to Win a $1000 Scholarshare College Savings Account

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    Mike Johnson
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    It’s that time of year again…and in the the spirit of the 2015 NCAA basketball tournament, ScholarShare is hosting the College Savings Madness sweepstakes on its Facebook page. ScholarShare partnered with Lillybee to offer one lucky winner from each round of the sweepstakes a pair of Lillybee U flats and shoe clips. If you Dads have a spouse that is not interested in college hoops, this may be a great way to get them involved in overconsumption of March hoops. The flats come in a variety of university colors and logos so that you can cheer on your favorite college team in style.
  • Kid or Dog: Which is harder to raise?

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    Andy
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Comedy writer Rob Fee poses the question: which is harder to raise, a kid or a dog? Since we love making odd comparisons ourselves, between human offspring and other unlikely things (like Zombie vs. Baby), I had to put his question to you and present his eye-opening analysis. And also because it’s really friggin’ funny! See the original post here.   Pet owners can dress their little critters up, and even carry them around stuffed in a purse or backpack, or create Facebook pages for them, but when they call their dog or cat their “furry little BABY” or their…
  • First World Kid Problems

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    Creative-Type Dad
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    With all of the things happening around the world and even nearby, it amazes me at some of the things I’ve been hearing all this week:4YO ran out of space on his iPad.9YO dropped and cracked her iPhone screen (again.)No new movies on the iPad to watch while on a Road Trip. "Road Trip" meaning 20 minutes in the car. Pad Apps (while on "Road Trip”) that require an internet connection.Nobody answers the landline home phone or checks the messages. “Wait...who was going to visit (last) Christmas?"Kids think using a MacBook Pro is archaic, but love vinyl records and think rotary phones…
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  • Die richtige Wahl der Fenster ist nicht nur Geschmackssache

    Marian
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    Bis zur Einführung von anderen Materialien galten Holzfenster lange Zeit als Standard, mittlerweile sieht man die Thematik zur Zusammensetzung der Komponenten jedoch anders. Holz hat als Werkstoff viele Vorteile und wird daher wieder vermehrt verwendet. Aluminium hat auch seine Qualitäten, wenn diese auch sicher nicht in der Optik liegen. Aber kombiniert mit Holz, ergeben sich interessante Möglichkeiten. Holz-Fenster Die Wohnung oder das eigene Haus werden als Rückzugs- und Wohlfühlraum für viele Leute immer wichtiger. Da spielt dann auch die Optik eine große Rolle. Außerdem kommt dem…
  • Regelmäßig Gartenhaus streichen erhöht den Witterungsschutz über Jahre

    Marian
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Wenn Sie ein neues Gartenhaus aus Holz angeschafft haben, haben Sie sicherlich eine gute Wahl getroffen. Holzhäuser wie sie beispielsweise auf http://www.naturholz-gartenhaus.de/ zu finden sind, sind nicht nur hübsch anzuschauen, sondern sie sind umweltbewusst, da sie aus natürlichen Materialien hergestellt sind. Damit Sie jedoch recht lange Freude an Ihrem neuen Gartenhaus aus Holz haben, sollten Sie es auch dauerhaft schützen. Zunächst einmal müssen Sie es mit speziellen Holz-Lasuren imprägnieren, um es wirksam vor Witterungseinflüssen wie UV-Strahlen, Feuchtigkeit sowie Pilz- und…
  • Spanferkel am Spieß grillen – mit diesem Rezept wird die Familienfeier ein voller Erfolg

    Marian
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Wer gerne grillt und viele Gäste erwartet, liegt mit einem schmackhaften Spanferkel genau richtig. Ein knuspriges Spanferkel ist garantiert das Highlight auf jeder Party. Damit das Festessen gelingt, sollten Sie darauf achten, einen geeigneten Grill zu verwenden, das Ferkel richtig aufzuspießen und Marinaden sowie Gewürze genau abzustimmen. Der richtige Grill für Ihr Spanferkel Um ein hygienisches Grillen zu gewährleisten, sollten alle Bestandteile des Grills die mit dem Spanferkel in Berührung kommen aus Edelstahl gefertigt sein. Als Feuerstätte eignen sich ein ausreichend großer…
  • Erstausstattung für Babys und Mamis: Checkliste für die Zeit nach der Geburt

    Marian
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    Ein Baby bereichert das Leben, bedeutet jedoch auch eine ganze Menge Planung. Damit während und nach der Geburt alles glatt läuft, sollten werdende Eltern Kleidung, Nahrung und andere Utensilien sorgfältig wählen. Folgende Checkliste hilft dabei. Was es zu beachten gilt: Grundlegende Dinge Vor der Geburt eines Babys stehen einige Besorgungen an. Immerhin benötigt das Kind Kleidung, einen Schlafplatz, die richtige Ernährung und eine umfassende Pflege. Bei der Kleidung sollte beachtet werden, dass ein Baby rasant wächst. Es empfiehlt sich deshalb, erst einmal nur die Grundausstattung zu…
  • Internetsicherheit für Kinder – so können die Kleinen sicher online die Welt erkunden

    Marian
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Das Internet spielt im heutigen Zeitalter der digitalen Medien eine immer größere Rolle. Nahezu alle Kinder oder Jugendlichen besitzen inzwischen ein eigenes Handy oder Smartphone und haben Zugriff auf Onlinemedien – sehr oft ohne ausreichende elterliche Begleitung. Dabei werden sie häufig mit Webseiten konfrontiert, die sie nicht verstehen, die sie ängstigen oder ihnen sogar schaden können. Das komplexe Thema der Medienerziehung wirft bei den meisten Elternteilen zunächst viele Fragen und Unsicherheiten auf: Wie und in welchem Maß kann oder soll ich Einfluss auf das…
 
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  • 心置きなく登録することができるという証明だと言えます

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

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

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

    mdhoge
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    ?異性との出会いがない事を不満たらたらの人は、「いい条件での出会い」に執着しているものです。運命の相手なのかどうかはずっと後になってわかるものです。始める前から、先入観だけで自分勝手に決めてしまうこともないでしょう。…
  • オンライン取引に特化したスタイルになっています

    mdhoge
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    レバレッジが違うだけで利益・損失ともに大幅に異なってきます。、この副業にはふさわしいんではないでしょうか。そのモチベーションを保ち続けスキルを磨くのに余念がなければ、みんながみなFXの知識を持っているわけではありません。どれだけ忍耐強く続けてきたかということに他なりません。…
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  • Enter for a Chance to Win a $1000 Scholarshare College Savings Account

    Mike Johnson
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    It’s that time of year again…and in the the spirit of the 2015 NCAA basketball tournament, ScholarShare is hosting the College Savings Madness sweepstakes on its Facebook page. ScholarShare partnered with Lillybee to offer one lucky winner from each round of the sweepstakes a pair of Lillybee U flats and shoe clips. If you Dads have a spouse that is not interested in college hoops, this may be a great way to get them involved in overconsumption of March hoops. The flats come in a variety of university colors and logos so that you can cheer on your favorite college team in style.
  • Giving Kids The Best Possible Start With Fisher-Price #FPBabySweeps

    Mike Johnson
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    Those of you that have read any of the early Playground Dad posts know that we love to partner with brands that cross generations. It’s always so much fun to watch your kids interact with brands or products that you loved as a kid. Fisher-Price is certainly one of those great brands. So we’re excited to work with them on their sweepstakes that is helping parents to give their kids the best possible start. When I think of giving my kids kids the best possible start, I think of me and my wife’s desire to start reading to our kids from the very start of their lives. I grew up in a house…
  • Join us for Fisher-Price’s #FPBabySweeps Twitter Party for Your Chance to Win!

    Playground Dad Staff
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Fisher-Price’s “Be A Fisher-Price Baby Sweepstakes” is a great program bringing together parents to tell their stories about raising kids and the challenges that each learning stage inevitably holds for both parent and child. By coming together, we raise awareness of childhood education, learn from each other’s successes, and understand the importance of each stage of development. The stories I could tell you, and I’m sure you have plenty yourself. We are Giving Away Four (4) Fisher-Price Toys 1) Fisher-Price Go Baby Go Poppity Musical Dino 2) Fisher-Price…
  • Five DreamWorksTV Videos to Entertain Kids on the Go

    Wendi Williams
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    This is a regularly occurring scenario in my life. I’m at a doctor’s office normally with more than one child.  The doctor is about 15 to 20 minutes late and the fair on my child’s behavior meter is running low.  First, I try to distract my kids with a toy.  When they grow tired of that, I hand them a graham cracker.  When those are all gone, I will try something new.  I will continue trying until I have everything in my bag from car keys to credit cards strewn out across the floor. Let me make your life easy.  Subscribe to DreamWorksTV Youtube Channel and it will…
  • Join us for #DreamWorksTV Twitter Party Monday, March 2nd @ 5PM PST/8PM EST To Win Great Prizes!

    Playground Dad Staff
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    Shrek, Hiccup, Puss N’ Boots, and Penguins.  Over the years, these memorable characters have made their way into our hearts and homes.  DreamWorksTV allows you to instantly watch all of your favorite DreamWorksTV videos, reconnect with your favorite characters and meet amazing new ones. It’s true what they say, “you can find laughter and dreams on every screen.” Join us and DreamWorksTV on Friday, March 2nd at 5PM PST/8PM EST for a #DreamWorksTV Twitter Party.  We will be giving away great prizes: Twenty-five (25) DreamWorksTV Prize Packs One (1) Grand Prize of a…
 
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  • Kid or Dog: Which is harder to raise?

    Andy
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Comedy writer Rob Fee poses the question: which is harder to raise, a kid or a dog? Since we love making odd comparisons ourselves, between human offspring and other unlikely things (like Zombie vs. Baby), I had to put his question to you and present his eye-opening analysis. And also because it’s really friggin’ funny! See the original post here.   Pet owners can dress their little critters up, and even carry them around stuffed in a purse or backpack, or create Facebook pages for them, but when they call their dog or cat their “furry little BABY” or their…
  • Wallet – Scrabble Scribble #15

    Andy
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:28 am
    Every kid picks up and makes up various symbols of adulthood. Things that say they’re all growed-up. They can clearly see that there are some pretty cool things we vertically-superior people can do that they can’t. As well as things we DON’T have to do. Terrible things like holding hands when crossing a street, sit frozen in the web of straps and buckles car seat, and most espeically and in particular, go to school. With these powerful incentives, some kids try to cheat the system a bit. Some still-green little humans might grab a permanent marker and draw tattos all over themselves to…
  • 30 Years of Walt Disney Logos

    Charlie
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Back in 1985, a movie came out called “The Black Cauldron.” It marked the first time Walt Disney logo was added before their films. You’re probably familiar with this one… But what happened after that was an evolution in thematic concepts and it was pretty cool. Some of them are better than others, but it was always an opportunity to be creative. Check out the changes that took place over 30 years of Disney films.
  • Maximumble: Play with Food

    Charlie
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
      I can’t tell whether the thing my sons do with food could be considered playing with it, but they sure do mess around with it. Is there such a thing as food bullying? In an event, distracted eating seems to be a universal theme. Join Maximumble’s Facebook page: GO HERE! Check out his other comics: GO HERE!  
  • My Wife Just Said… #205

    Andy
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    “Have a safe flight!” -Elizabeth   She says it every time I travel. Lots of peolpe do. It’s kind of just… what’s said. Like people saying “How’s it going.” as a sort of greeting without it really being an actual inquiry into how your day or life is going. It’s something that’s said to say hello, and that some degree of “oh, you exist” level of polite care or consideration is there. And in this case quite a bit more. So, when my wife says sputters something about safe travels, I smile and resist the urge to tell her that there’s really nothing I can…
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  • First World Kid Problems

    Creative-Type Dad
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    With all of the things happening around the world and even nearby, it amazes me at some of the things I’ve been hearing all this week:4YO ran out of space on his iPad.9YO dropped and cracked her iPhone screen (again.)No new movies on the iPad to watch while on a Road Trip. "Road Trip" meaning 20 minutes in the car. Pad Apps (while on "Road Trip”) that require an internet connection.Nobody answers the landline home phone or checks the messages. “Wait...who was going to visit (last) Christmas?"Kids think using a MacBook Pro is archaic, but love vinyl records and think rotary phones…
  • Apps, Social, and Cell Phone Contracts for Kids

    Creative-Type Dad
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    My wife and I recently let our 9YO acquire a (hand-me-down phone after hearing so much about how her other friends have “had them forever!” to which I used the standard parental handbook page 93 answer of, “well if all of your friends had hungry pet tigers, should we get you one too?”Her getting one didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t come without hurdles. After a few discussions, making her write out a list on why she’s responsible enough to own one and presenting it, then I agreed. It does still seem strange to me that kids have cell phones (or “mobiles” as they call…
  • Monopoly: Destroying Family’s Since 1933

    Creative-Type Dad
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    My 9YO daughter asked me a few days ago, “Have you ever played Monopoly?”“Uh, yeah…of course I have! Like, millions and millions of times.”When I grew up we didn’t have the Internet. After the sun went down my family only had a few options for entertainment: 7 channels of TV with virtually nothing to watch (we didn’t have cable as that was for the “rich".) Read. Draw. Or played games with the family such as cards, usually poker, Uno, Parcheesi, Life, Battleship, and Monopoly.Then I realized how crazy it was to be 9 and to have never played Monopoly. What kind of parent am I?
  • The Products of the Maker Movement And Those That Don’t Deliver (Namely LittleBits)

    Creative-Type Dad
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    My nearly 10YO daughter and her friends are what the marketers these days call “Makers.” She likes to make and create her own games using a really inovative App called Hopscotch that teaches programming and allows her to share the creation with other kids. Minecraft has become a staple with her now. She makes iPhone videos with friends and posts them. Usually my wife and I find weird contraptions around the house, “inventions” as she calls them. Wants to make her own “(insert anything).” It’s actually quite refreshing for us and we encourage it all the time as good parents…
  • Why Do DJ’s Hate Father’s So Much? Depressing Songs At The Daddy-Daughter Dance

    Creative-Type Dad
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Maybe they don’t have daughters? Maybe they don’t have father’s themselves? Maybe they wake up each day and say to themselves, “today’s the day…the day I want to make father’s CRY!” and then laugh all the way to Trader Joe’s.Like unicorns, I’ve only heard stories of these Daddy-Daughter dances by a few friends with daughters. I was pleasantly surprised when my daughter came home from school with an invite to one.First of all whoever came up with the idea of this dance I’d like to personally thank. The idea of an event like this with your daughter is just…
 
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  • 80/365. spring snow in wisco.

    snowdeal
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    the first day of spring was a few days ago and with no snow on the ground for some time, lots of folks just put away shovels for the season. of course, mother nature didn’t get the memo about winter being over. it could get heavier overnight with 8 inches of total accumulation possible! odin’s betting there’s a good chance for school delay or cancellation
  • 79/365. aerobie’s law.

    snowdeal
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    it will find any branch within 1000 feet of playing area and get hung up just out of reach.
  • day 3912 – 78/365. priorities.

    snowdeal
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    one of us is watching girls hockey tourney and one of us is buried in a book and being antisocial.
  • 77/365. kumquat!

    snowdeal
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    i love the word but it always seemed wasted using it as a name of a fruit. seems more appropriate as a term of mild derision. i.e. you’re such a kumquat!
  • 76/365. digital answering anachronism.

    snowdeal
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    our ancient voicemail machine that compliments our westinghouse model 500 and uses a physical tape icon while touting “digital answering system”. i’m sure anyone under 30 years old would have trouble identifying the icon. and yes we have a landline without caller id or integrated voicemail. get off my lawn.
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  • Dad Is a Chaperone #NYCTV #DadChat #Humor

    Bruce Sallan
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
  • Fast Approach #Travel #DadChat

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    25 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
  • My Son’s Kahoonas Paid Off (In Unexpected Ways) #Risks #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    I’m a firm believer that if you don’t take risks, you will likely not get many rewards. Life is tough. I even think it’s tougher today – for our kids – than it was for me/us when we grew up. I’ve written about the importance of taking risks before, but I have a very personal story to share now. I also have my own memory of taking a risk that proved unbelievably and unpredictably prescient and literally valuable. That was during my showbiz career when, as was often the case, I was between jobs. I also was a new father. It was a tough time in my business and the job offers were not…
  • The Empty-Nest Comes to #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    The Empty-Nest Syndrome. We all hear about it but when our kids are young we believe it's so far away. Trust me, it happens in the blink-of-an-eye. We are a few months away from our second son leaving for college. Are you prepared for the empty-nest? Will your kids even be able to leave home? More kids are returning home - after college - to live than ANY time in our history - I believe it's over 80% for extended periods of time! This Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET we will TAKE on the Empty-Nest for those in the throes of it and those that will face it - hopefully! Some…
  • Feet in Mahe in The Maldives #Travel #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am
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  • Amazing! Kale! Recipes! Wow!

    Jim Lin
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    I got my hands on some kale. So I did what any self-respecting blogger would do: I fancied myself a food expert and created THE MOST AMAZING KALE RECIPES THAT WILL NOM YOUR MOTHERNOMMING MIND! I better see these on Pinterest sometime. That's all I'm saying. Enjoy:THE KAELSTROMWhat do you get when you combine Kale with the two most popular food ingredients of our time? The unholy trinity of the culinary world. The perfect storm. The opposite of stock art. Start with some beautiful kale. I actually have no idea what constitutes beautiful kale, since it all just looks like a used…
  • The Dad 2.0 Thrival Guide

    Jim Lin
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    Are you going to the Dad 2.0 Summit? If so, this might be useful. If you’re not, but you like cigars, scroll to the bottom of this post because I am giving away a humidor and a mess of cigars. If you’re into both, then jackpot. I wrote this just for you. Since this is going to be the fourth year that I will be attending Dad 2.0 (actually, I might have skipped one of the middle ones, so let’s say third, lest I be Brian Williamsed and cast from blogging for six months, which really wouldn’t impact my current cadence in the least come to think of it), I figured I probably have something…
  • My procrastination means that Mini Hornit is the entire BusyDad Gift Guide

    Jim Lin
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A few months ago, I got a pitch for a cool kids' gadget. It's called the Mini Hornit, and it's a bicycle horn/light that makes a bunch of different sounds and lights. I usually would have passed on it, but all the kids had coincidentally acquired new bikes this year, so I sent an email back that said something along the lines of "this is really cool, but unless you can send me five, there will be bickering." That usually thwarts my having to open this blog and put words in it. But not this time. They sent me five. Man! Foiled by generosity.So here I am, months later. I've…
  • The OneDay App is really a diabolical time machine disguised as an easy movie maker

    Jim Lin
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Don’t be fooled! There’s an app out there called the OneDay App. It’s this free app that supposedly helps you create really cool “interview” movies of your loved ones answering questions without requiring any editing skills whatsoever. In fact, you do it all via your smartphone. They asked me to try it out and even compensated me for it (for those of you more comfortable with legalese, “the following post is a sponsored piece of content” and for those more comfortable with Jim-ese “I played with a wicked cool app and will now entertain you with content I made with it…
  • Fried Chicken Fried Rice. Y'all.

    Jim Lin
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    This is going to be one of those dishes that everyone takes for granted at every county fair in the year 2029, and someone will decide to wikipedia its origins and they will find this blog post. It's so humbling to be a part of culinary history that hasn't yet happened. Reckless fusion leads to wonderful things, sometimes.There's no story behind this - only circumstances.Circumstance #1: four pieces of leftover fried chicken, and no creative way left to coax anyone into eating them.Circumstance #2: cheap dad who refuses to throw food away simply for the sake of maintaining variety on the…
 
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  • OG Etruscan Baby Wrap

    greg
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    A kourotrophos is a type of Etruscan sculpture depicting a female figure carrying a child. Like on this amber pendant at the Getty Villa, where she's got her kid in a baby wrap. OG. There are more pics at the Getty site, in case you want to recreate this look yourself. Pendant: Female Holding a Child (Kourotrophos), c 600-550 BC [getty.edu via @queensclassics]
  • Les Carrats Kids Furniture By Georges Candilis & Anja Blomstedt

    greg
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
    I'd kind of given up hope, but one of my favorite design/inspiration blogs an ambitious project collapsing is back in the swing again. It's great. And one of Andrew's new finds: kids resort furniture by the French architect Georges Candilis. In the early 1970s Candilis and Anja Blomstedt designed Les Carrats, a modernist family vacation resort in the south Mediterranean beach town of Port-Leucate, just north of Perpignan. The supremely simple, functional furniture was made locally from lumber and L-shaped brackets. There were tables, stools, benches, and chairs in a couple of sizes, but most…
  • Kid Meets Heroes

    greg
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    2yo Quincy got to meet his heroes Friday, the guys who collect garbage on his Cincinnati street on Fridays. And it was a little overwhelming, reported his dad. To the local news station, because I guess nothing more awesome than this has happened in Cincinnati for months. Keep on recycling, little man! Toddler breaks down after meeting garbage collecting heroes [6abc.com via dt reader jp]
  • The Ten Best Ways To Get Headphones To Fit Your Kid

    greg
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    1. Headphones too big and keep falling off? Come see y Dad.... pic.twitter.com/QXo2tLyd9u— Craig Potter (@CraigLPotter) March 18, 2015 Nos. 2 -10 are doing the same thing, just with a different stuffed animal.
  • Uh Oh, NHTSA Fines Graco

    greg
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
    NHTSA has fined Graco $10 million for failing to report customer complaints to the government in the run-up to the Jan. 2014 recall of several million car seats. The car seats had defective buckles that were extremely difficult-to-impossible to release. Graco said it was NDB, just kids gettin' goo on the buckle is all. The federal safety agency disagreed, and declared the buckles to be a safety hazard, which the company had known about since 2009 but did jack about. Once the government found out, they demanded a huge recall, which Graco resisted, then caved on. Having been on the car seat…
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  • Harlock: Space Pirate Giveaway

    Ken
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Have you guys heard of Harlock: Space Pirate? Until recently, neither have I. According to the press material, the animated film takes place in the future and is about a space pirate (duh). The story is based on a comic book and TV series. I have not seen the movie, but the trailer (see below) looks interesting. Harlock: Space Pirate will be available on Digital HD, Video On Demand and DVD on March 31st. Thanks to Ketchup Entertainment, I’m giving the DVD on my dad blog. Continue reading to find out how you can enter my contest. Read more: Harlock: Space Pirate Giveaway Daddy Forever…
  • Chilling Out on Family Movie Night with Penguins of Madagascar

    Ken
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment recently sent us a bunch of goodies to host a family movie night. We watched Penguins of Madagascar (giveaway | review). This is actually the second time for my youngest son. He really likes the animated film. The main activity while watching the movie was making ice cream. We’ve never made ice cream before. It’s actually fairly easy with the YayLabs Ice Cream Ball — just add rock salt and ingredients. The product included several recipes. We made the mint chocolate chip ice cream. It was yummy! Read more: Chilling Out on Family Movie…
  • 4 Things About the Home Movie – a Lilo and Stitch wannabe

    Ken
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    My two youngest children and I saw an early screening of Home recently. The animated film from DreamWorks Animation is about an alien named Oh. He and his people invaded Earth and then relocated all the humans to a rural area of the planet. The story isn’t great, but the movie is humorous and there’s plenty of action. My kids and I enjoyed the film. The movie will appeal to both kids and adults, but I think children will enjoy the animated film more. Home opens in theaters this weekend, March 27th. Continue reading to learn four things about the movie. Read more: 4 Things About…
  • Jasper and Flintstones Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Good morning, parents! We’re going to an early screening of Home today. Before I go, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad and movie blogs. Penguins of Madagascar Blu-ray Giveaway (dad blog, ends 3/25) Exodus: Gods & Kings Blu-ray Sweepstakes (movie blog, ends 3/28) Read more: Jasper and Flintstones Giveaways Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • 5 Things About the Penguins of Madagascar Blu-ray

    Ken
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    The kids and I watched Penguins of Madagascar (giveaway) earlier in the week. DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray to review on my dad blog. As some of you know, the main characters in this animated movie are the penguins from the Madagascar series. Just like in the Madagascar movies, the penguins in this film are both annoying and funny. My kids really enjoyed the movie. However, this is one of those animated films that many parents will not enjoy as much as their children. Penguins of Madagascar is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Continue…
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  • Confessing Loss of Faith to Parents

    Brett Nordquist
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    Touching story (To Russia with Love) from Elna Baker who traveled to Siberia to tell her parents she has left Mormonism. ‘In the end, you just hope you let go of the right things.”
  • This Is What It’s Really Like

    Brett Nordquist
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    One benefit that’s come from starting my own business and working from home has been the time I’ve been able to spend with my children. When I had a longer commute and worked a corporate job, I was occasionally able to attend important school events like awards assemblies or field trips to the zoo. These events are planned in advance. I always looked forward to witnessing first hand how my children interacted with adults and their peers. Kim handled the day-to-day activities while I cherry-picked the best activities which I could join. But now that I’m home during the day I see events…
  • Masks

    Brett Nordquist
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
  • Lunch Detention

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

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

    Kevin Lyons
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    In this space I am going to periodically track my son’s progress as he learns to ride a bike. He is still learning to get over his fear, still learning how to balance the bike – though he is a little … Continue reading →
  • My 7-year-old son made the Tee-Vee news the other day

    Kevin Lyons
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    My 7-year-old has a food allergy (peanuts and tree nuts). Halloween is right around the corner. An Austin television station (KEYE-TV) thought it’d be smart to detail how a child with peanut allergies can enjoy a holiday where most of … Continue reading →
  • Video: Trying to teach Noah to ride a bike

    Kevin Lyons
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    We’re getting there
  • Looks like a 10-minute mile to me

    Kevin Lyons
    19 May 2014 | 10:22 am
    President, vice president getting in some exercise. Somebody needs to get these guys a pair of running shoes. Source: @BarackObama twitter feed.
  • Jay-Z Should Have Got Off That Elevator

    Kevin Lyons
    13 May 2014 | 9:52 am
    ESPN’s Jay Harris, of one of the famous This is SportsCenter commercials, has some advice for the hip-hop mogul who got into a little kerfuffle with Beyonce’s sister, Solange.
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  • Drew's Third Soccer Game

    21 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Drew had an exciting game today. Here he is breaking up a drive towards our goal. Drew and his long legs on the run. Getting ready to clear the ball. His team won 6-5 in a heated match. Our goalie did a great job. There was even one amazing shot on goal that hit both the left and then the right goal posts before bouncing out.
  • Drew's Second Soccer Game

    14 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Will had an overlapping baseball practice, so I got the Drew's game a little late but was still able to get a few good pics. Fortunately, the team had a few subs this time so the action was fast paced. While on defense, Drew stole one away from the other team. My knees hurt just looking at Drew's plant foot twisting as he turns his body to clear the ball away from his goal. The game was actually a lot closer than the final score reflects, 1-5, as we had quite a few shots on goal that just barely missed.
  • Drew's First Soccer Game

    7 Mar 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Drew had his first soccer game of the season today. The boys did really well despite having only one practice due to the recent bad weather and no substitutes against a team with a full bench. My postings have dropped off in the last year, I haven't even finished last year's baseball/soccer season postings. So, this year I plan to just post a single photo or even just a place holder if time doesn't allow. And, look how well I did here, apparently one photo means five. This was a good series. The ball was kicked to Drew while he was defending and he went to get it under control. As Drew got…
  • Pinewood Derby Race 2015

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Drew and Will's pack disbanded and they joined a new one that's a bit larger as can be seen by the increased number of cars (34) in this year's Pinewood Derby race. First up, Will in lane number 3. Will won 4 of 6 heats with the green car coming in first or second with him each time. Will had the fastest average time over all 6 heats for the Bears. He beat the green car, number 27, by just 2/100ths of a second. Next up was Drew in lane number 3. This is Drew's last year participating in the Pinewood Derby so he's hoping to end on a high note. Drew won every one of his heats against the other…
  • New Year's Eve - Five Crowns

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Drew, Will and I played Five Crowns last night while we were waiting for the New Year. On the very last hand of the evening, I went out first with the above hand. 3's, 6's and 9's for the year Drew, Will and Landon was born, two wild cards for our two wild animals Amber and Bobbie and the Queens and King for Mommy and Daddy. Seriously, what are the odds?
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  • How To Restore a Previous Version of an iOS App

    Michael Sheehan
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Have you ever wished that you could roll back or downgrade an iOS application running on your iPhone or iPad? You may want to do this because the newest version has issues or crashes all of the time. Or maybe you simply liked the previous version a bit more. Unfortunately there really isn’t a way that you can do this automatically via iTunes or on your iOS app. However, there is a way to restore previous versions of iOS apps, and it doesn’t take that much effort. Before you get all excited about this, I have to warn you that this doesn’t always work and it really depends on your…
  • NETGEAR Arlo Security Camera – Look Ma, No Wires and It’s Super Easy to Install

    Michael Sheehan
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    I love webcams, not only for security reasons but also they connect me to your home so that I always know what is going on and what I am missing. My home is probably one of the most web camera-enabled ones in the neighborhood. I have installed some that use PowerLine technology where Internet-connectivity is passed through your electrical infrastructure and others that I use inside the house that are pretty much plug and play. I even have a couple tied into my security system. The new NETGEAR Arlo smart home security camera takes the installation and usage to a whole new level of easy of use.
  • “Reading” – What You Need to Know about Reading by my 11-Year-Old

    Michael Sheehan
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    My 11-year-old daughter recently had an assignment to write 3-4 pages on a particular subject that was important to her and that she knew a lot about — “expert” topic writing. She chose a subject near and dear to her heart, reading. My daughter is a book lover. She devours them like they are going out of style or will be taken away from her. She considers herself an expert on reading. When she was finished, she wanted me to read it to check for anything that was strange or incorrect in the essay. Apart from her using an abundance of exclamation points (“I’m really excited about…
  • How To Fix Repeating Black Boxes in a Row in Microsoft Word

    Michael Sheehan
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    This How-To article comes by way of a HighTechDad.com reader who had seen my Fix-It article, “How to Remove Little Black Square Paragraph Formatting & Page Break in Microsoft Word,” but had a completely different issue that seemed to be related. What she had encountered was a row of repeating black boxes within Microsoft Word and she couldn’t figure out what they meant nor how to fix it. Usually, a black box or square within Microsoft Word signifies some sort of formatting or a break or a non-printing character. Non-printing characters are show by hitting the ¶ button on the…
  • Auto Design Tip: Put Volume Controls on the Left Side of Steering Wheel

    Michael Sheehan
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    I have a little pet peeve about the way some car manufacturers lay out the steering wheel controls. While I remember the day when a steering wheel was just that, a round thing to turn the car. Now it seems that a huge amount of controls are now embedded throughout the steering wheel. You have cruise controls, audio controls, paddle shifters, phone controls, menu controls…you get it, lots of controls. The concept is to make important controls at hands reach, well, right where your hands should be. Honestly, it’s almost becoming overloaded with the controls. That’s fine, but I have one…
 
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  • Dads’ Advice to Their Sons

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    I’m not a fan of Buzzfeed. Not the “What kind of bellybutton lint are you?” quizzes that over populated my Facebook feed until I found a way to banish them. Not the listicles loaded with animated GIFs ripped off from other people’s sites. However, I’m not opposed to appearing on its pages because, damn, it’s hard to be an aging parent blogger, yo. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his wife what he's up to all day at home. Cheers!
  • Dear Amazon: Parenting No Longer Just Moms’ Domain

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Moms and dads – we differ in so many ways, obvious anatomical naughty bits aside. Yet regardless of childrearing style, regardless of who wins the bread and who makes it into PB&Js, moms and dads are both parents and both caregivers. That is the heart of the ongoing campaign for mega online-retailer Amazon to change the name of a discount program from "Amazon Mom" to "Amazon Family," the name it already uses in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and France. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove…
  • What to Expect from an Apple Electric Car

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    The business and tech world has been tripping over itself in recent weeks over word that Apple -- makers of the iPhone, the iPad and iIndigestion – are working on an electric car. Based on the experiences I’ve had with the company’s iGadgets, I predict the following: An Apple iCar will come with a sealed, non-replaceable battery. It will start acting erratically after about two years, requiring you to upgrade to the latest model. Every time you start your Apple car, you will be alerted to upgrade the onboard computer’s software. When you finally do, the car will only travel at a…
  • This Winter Isn’t Even for the Birds

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Spotted this poor guy, buried beak first in a neighbor’s yard, on a walk about the ‘burb during a brief pause in the continuous barrage of cold and snow. Quitter. + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his wife what he's up to all day at home. Cheers!
  • The Winter of This Malcontent

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’m feeling nostalgic these days. Nostalgic for global warming. New England winters like San Diego springs. Oceans rising all around us. The landlocked unwittingly blessed with beachfront property. Sigh. Sure, the environmentalists screamed and moaned about losing the polar bear but, deep down, they went to bed salivating at the prospect of increased access to fresh fish tacos. Now we have “climate change.” Idiotic name. “Change” implies a shift in the routine. Instead it’s day upon day of subfreezing temperatures and foot upon foot of snow. You know: winter-like weather in…
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  • Dragons Transformed

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Sometimes I don't have words for the things that keep me up at night, the things that keep so many special needs parents awake, staring at the ceiling. Institutions that don't adequately value the amazing human beings they've been entrusted with. Voices from the outside tearing us down, in the guise of civic concern or advocacy or just plain ugliness. And most of all that wordless thing waiting in the future, the one that scares us most of all because we can't see it, we can't even imagine it, and when we ponder it, we are reminded of our own…
  • F Word

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt:For Schuyler, I don't think it's being different that bothers her. She'll proudly tell anyone who asks what church she goes to, for example, that she is a theist, which means she believes in God but not religion. In this town, that's a bold statement. But the difference of disability still rankles her. She can hear a thousand times that being different isn't a bad thing, and I'm pretty sure she even believes it, up to a point. But only just to that point, somewhere shy of emotional truth.
  • Families Don't

    10 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    This week at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: When we talk about a disability community, what I think we're really describing is a family of sorts. Much like family, very few of us actually chose this community as our own. We'd much rather be a part of the Easy Living On A Beach Somewhere Community, but this is the one we were handed, and we're mostly stronger for it. The beach still sounds nice, but whatever. Those families are soft.
  • The Separation Box

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    This week at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: This past week was IEP Week, which makes it sound a lot more fun than it is. (It can sometimes feel a little like Shark Week, probably for the wrong reasons.) Our experiences as special needs parents are incredibly varied and diverse, but it feels like for those of us with kids in public schools, the IEP is a universal hurdle. Sometimes it's a success story, but it's hardly ever an easy one. Many of us believe that in a perfect world, every public school student would have an Individualized Education Program. That's mostly because every…
  • Dirty Bird

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: I won't pretend that helping Schuyler program her device to sound like a George Carlin routine wasn't fun. But as I have been so many times of late, I was proud of Schuyler for taking another step in her journey towards independence and self-actualization. She understands, like any kid her age should, that saying those words in the wrong circumstances will result in a quick path to repercussions. The trick for her is going to be discovering the boundaries that she can push. If Schuyler is to truly own her prosthetic language as being truly her…
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  • Teaching Kids the Value of Saving Money

    Frederick J. Goodall
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    When I was a child, my mother taught me the value of saving money. We didn’t have a lot of money and we had to count every penny. My mother was a master of budgeting and making wise financial decisions. She always emphasized the importance of wants vs needs and made it clear that she would take care of my basic needs. If I wanted anything beyond that, I had to save the money to buy it myself. Once when I was in middle school, I wanted an Izod shirt. These polo shirts with the alligator emblem were all the rage. My Garanimals shirts simple were not stylish enough for the middle…
  • MyUntold Stories Google+ Hangout On Air – Family Firsts

    Frederick J. Goodall
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    This is part three of a sponsored series for Wells Fargo’s Untold Stories Collection. On March 19, 2015, I participated in a Google+ On Air Hangout with Ronnie and Lamar Tyler from Black and Married with Kids and Lisa Frison (VP and African-American Segment Manager, Wells Fargo). The conversation, hosted by Wells Fargo, was part of the MyUntold Stories campaign. During the conversation we talked about what it’s like to be the first person in your family to achieve a milestone. I discussed my experiences as the first person in my family to graduate from college. Ronnie and Lamar…
  • 8 Things Dads Should Do to Prevent Injuries While Exercising

    Frederick J. Goodall
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Dads should get regular physical activity no matter your age or stage of current fitness. It lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke, lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes, and can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. At the same time, exercise can increase your flexibility, muscle and bone strength, and stamina. Daily exercise is even good for your mental health. It helps to relieve stress and releases endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals in the brain. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults between the ages of 18 and…
  • Untold Stories from Buffalo Soldier Harold Cole

    Frederick J. Goodall
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    This is part two of a sponsored series for Wells Fargo’s Untold Stories Collection. Master Sergeant Harold Cole of the Buffalo Soldiers My family has a long legacy of military service. My grandfather served in World War II, my uncles served in Vietnam, and I have several cousins who served in the recent conflict in the Middle East. I am proud by the way my family has served our country because they are a part of the rich African-American military legacy in this country that began with African Americans’ serving in the Minutemen and Crispus Attucks’ being the first person to die during…
  • A Father’s Dream

    Frederick J. Goodall
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? - Langston Hughes Dreams are fragile. Without the proper care and nurturing, they will never become fully realized. I saw many dreams deferred in the neighborhood where I grew up. We all started out with potential and promise, but many of my friends gave up on their dreams because they couldn’t see past the poverty that surrounded us.
 
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  • Chappie Movie is Crappie

    Donny Claxton
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Chappie Movie is Crappie I can’t recall ever having walked out of a movie theater before the movie ended–until yesterday when I tried to sit thru Chappie. The movie is horrible. Save your money. It’s set in 2016 and robot police are keeping the peace in Johannesburg, South Africa. This robot … I’m not even […] The post Chappie Movie is Crappie appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • On Winton Blount III

    Donny Claxton
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:11 pm
    My friend Winton Blount III died in Montgomery, AL this morning at the age of 70. In 1993, after working on the City Stages music festival in Birmingham, I interviewed with Winton the day after it ended in his Montgomery offices at the corner of the Boulevard and Vaughn Road. That week in Birmingham, I’d […] The post On Winton Blount III appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • I’ve got an idea for news websites–just have news on them

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

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

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

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Annabelle doesn't have a ton of words yet.  But that certainly doesn't stop her from wanting to participate in family discussions.Case in point.  A couple of nights ago, as we do every night, the family sat down for dinner together, sans media, to fortify ourselves and talk about our respective days.  Mrs. LIAYF went first, telling us about what she had learned that day at her work.  For all that she already knows, it's pretty cool that she never fails to think of something new that she picked up during the course of her day.Next, we asked Lukas about his day at school,…
  • Wheels Off The Ground

    22 Feb 2015 | 4:32 pm
    I mentioned in a previous post, that since the kids were into scootering so much I was thinking about getting a scooter of my own just to keep up.   You thought I was kidding about that, didn't you?  Not to worry, so did I at the time.However (and surprisingly), where I would normally just talk about something of the sort, and then be distracted by many other of lifes important things, I actually did something about it this time. I got myself a scooter too.  It's pretty cool.After a quick bit of reseach on adult scooters, I found that Razor made an adult version, called the A5…
  • Skating Through Life - Starting Now.

    15 Feb 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Lukas has always had incredible balance for his age. This was never more evident than when he picked up riding a 12" bike without training wheels at the tender age of 3.  It took him all of 5 minutes, and he was riding a pedal bike. We never tried with the stabilizers, since he started riding a balance bike at 2 1/2.He also has been riding a razor scooter the past couple of years, and is so comfortable with it he has been taking it to skate parks to ride amongst the older kids on boards.  If fact, he has rode the Razor so much that Annabelle watched and followed behind him on her…
  • On Worm Holes, Awards, and Scooters

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

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

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
  • New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

    Takashi Irie
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images. The combination of gorgeous images and beautiful typography creates posts that make an immediate visual impact. Read more about Resonar on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Scrawl Scrawl,…
 
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  • First class

    mattdaddy
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Today was the first day of teaching at the health club so I was pretty excited.  Until I looked at the weather report.  Ugh.  It started snowing around 3:30pm and started sleeting around 5pm. So what perfect weather to get started!  The office closed at 4:15pm, so the people who were coming from work stopped by to tell me they couldn’t stay – I didn’t blame them at all, I would have split too.  So I crossed my fingers and got my stuff together and headed over.  Rich, one of the guys I work with in my dept was still there and went over to the club as well.  Cool, one…
  • Somebody’s gotta pay

    mattdaddy
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    So here we are, Sonny boy is ready to take the plunge and make a decision when the rest of his letters come in. How are we going to pay for everything?  I’m looking for advice on loans, grants, student loans, etc that will prepare me for the battle that is about to begin.  How did you do it, and if you could go back and do something different, what would it be?  Besides save more
  • Do I have to?

    mattdaddy
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    That was me at 8am this morning coming up with reasons not to go to my jujitsu class this morning.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the class.  Great people, Sensei is amazing, it’s outside in the elements.  All around a great way to spend a sunday morning. I got in last night from Gillian’s tournament at 11:30, had to do some work on the CampCeliac website and some other stuff for work, so I didn’t go to sleep until close to 12:30.  I knew I would be upset with myself if I didn’t go, but I was tired, had a sinus headache, and came up with every single excuse not…
  • Don’t always roll your eyes when people order gluten free

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

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

    Armin
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    We all know how great exercise is for us—it’s been shown to have positive effects in almost every area of our life, whether that’s reducing disease risks, combatting depression, or just improving overall wellbeing. But exercising together as a family has some additional benefits. Of course, there’s the bonding part. But besides that, family exercise […] The post Family Fitness: Strike a Pose and Get Ready to Sweat appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Homework — Is It Your Child’s or Yours?

    Armin
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    Dear Mr. Dad: I’m an involved dad and I often help my kids with their homework. Sometimes, in the interests of speeding things along, I give them the answers. Over the past year, both kids (11 and 9) are coming to me more and more often, asking for help even when I know they don’t […] The post Homework — Is It Your Child’s or Yours? appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Lexus ES300 Hybrid

    Armin
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    I’ve never stolen a car—even though the “Fast and Furious” movies and “Gone in 60 Seconds” make grand theft auto seem so glamourous. But after spending a week with the Lexus ES300 hybrid, I was more than a little tempted (yes, Lexus loaned me the car, but that in no way influenced my opinions). Really […] The post Lexus ES300 Hybrid appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Five Ways to Get Your Child Enthusiastic about Learning Music

    Armin
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Introducing children to music early in childhood—regardless of their musical aptitude—has a lot of advantages. One of the most important is that it greatly enhances their coordination, concentration, and cognition. It also instills the love of storytelling and teaches them to appreciate art and its different forms. Exposure to music also helps kids explore new […] The post Five Ways to Get Your Child Enthusiastic about Learning Music appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Poop. Nothing to Us, But CARE Knows How to Use it to Save Lives

    Armin
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Thanks to CARE for sponsoring this post. We flush our own down the toilet, but there’s something amazing about animal poop. For decades, anyone who’s had a garden knows the value of horse manure and steer manure. More recently, conservationists have been raising money to save African elephants by creating and selling artwork from elephant […] The post Poop. Nothing to Us, But CARE Knows How to Use it to Save Lives appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
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    Makes Me Wanna Holler.com - How To Be A Man, Dad And Husband In A World Gone Mad

  • Look at Me! Look at Me...The Ugly Side of Social

    14 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    I'm a man, a father, a husband. In that order. Not by priority, but chronology. There was a time I really, really, really, really wanted to succeed as a full time blogger. Why not? It was a marriage of so many things I enjoyed - writing, technology, creativity, and of course unknown opportunity. And man, did I go in. I did everything back then that everyone now is calling one-to-one consumer engagement. I experimented with Twitter until I finally got it. I toiled and tooled around on Facebook until I got it. Pinterest, Google+ (yes that too) and LinkedIn. Even Friendster, just to get really…
  • March 8th is International Women's Day: A Call To Action For Men

    8 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    It's been many days since I've written here. I've spent a lot of time exploring me and trying to shift my thinking from self-serving and rather negative, to one that is more open and less self-righteous.Today is International Women's Day. I've written about more than once here on the blog. It was cool, I got the gist of it of the day. One year I shared a video starring Daniel Craig. I figured his scripted piece was better than my own thoughts. Then a couple years later, I wrote about my daughter's amazing light but spent most of the post writing about my role as a father to facilitate this…
  • 2014 In Review: The Good, The Bad & What's Next

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Originally published on Fix. By Abby Quillen The days are short, the ground is cold, and most vegetable gardens are dormant. But that’s no reason to neglect them. A little prep now can give gardeners a head start on a productive spring. And the best part is, some of the planning can take place while […] The post Get a Head Start on Spring with These Garden Prep Tips (Infographic) appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Judgment Call: Understanding the Teenage Brain

    Guest Author
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Kids do incomprehensible things: every parent knows this. Of course, that doesn’t mean our responses as parents are necessarily any more logical. Teens have a good excuse, though: their brains are at a volatile moment of development, between childhood to adulthood. Medical evidence has proven that teens are hardwired to act more on emotion, avoid […] The post Judgment Call: Understanding the Teenage Brain appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • 7 Foods that Do Not Affect Blood Sugar

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

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

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

    Ian Newbold
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    With the Easter holidays nearly upon us, and them also being the traditional season opener for all the UK’s major theme parks, I’m timing a review of all my favourites.I know they won’t all suit all parties, so I’ve split them in to the best for little ones, for those after bigger thrills, and for when your family has a mix of all types, like ours.Hope you find our experiences useful for choosing where to visit this year.Best for little onesThomas Land at Drayton Manor Park & ZooThis one is a toss up between Legoland Windsor and Drayton Manor Park & Zoo. It’s a close…
  • Well done Walsall FC, we're off to Wembley!!!

    Ian Newbold
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    I am a very proud Walsall Football Club supporter.I’ve supported them since my early teens.It was love at first sight. Not because they were brilliant, far from it.  But because the experience of physically watching football matches, and watching The Saddlers in particular was so much fun.Standing on the terraces, joining in with the singing, the celebrations and the sarcastic jeers had me hooked.Up The SaddlersI sold the idea to other friends, even going to midweek reserve team games and as I grew up a little, my dad then started to come with me to watch.We’ve been through some…
  • My Child’s First School Residential Trip

    Ian Newbold
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    In any normal set of circumstances, as the parent of a ten year-old boy, I’d pay good money for a little peace and quiet.You get used to the noise, but occasionally it can get a little too much, and you really notice it when it isn’t there.Blissful silence.However with my son currently on his first school residential trip, the house has become instantly eerie.And I don’t like it.Passing on my anxietiesI told Max I’d miss him while he was away. It’s a tough call and balance of making a child feel loved and always wanted, but not burdening them with worrying about leaving us to our…
  • When is a Widower Ready to Date Again?

    Ian Newbold
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    I was wondering, when this blog post was percolating somewhere above my neckline, just how many clichés I could include here, and there’s some I feel I just can’t avoid.So, CLICHÉ ALERT.How long is a piece of string?Situation, circumstances and individuals are all different.  For example I took 25 years to be in any sort of serious relationship, I was a prolific non-dater. Then I met my wife.And not long after, lost my wife.I took some bereavement counselling in the almost immediate aftermath of entering widowhood in 2005, and I can distinctly remember being ‘warned’ about…
  • My Parents Evening Balls Up

    Ian Newbold
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:48 am
    Last summer, my boy, Max, started at a new school.  We put a great deal of effort into making sure his introduction to a new – and much bigger – school went smoothly.I even consulted with a parenting expert on the subject of changing schools.In reality we probably went a little too far, and the result was Max immediately lost enthusiasm for his existing education provider, and was counting down the moments until he was to start with a new one.But while Max’s transition was smooth(ish) and well planned out, I didn’t put any consideration into my own.See, I’m an idiot.  An…
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    C.C. Chapman

  • First Impressions of the FiOS Mobile App

    C.C. Chapman
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    As an itinerant, hours spent in airports is a common part of my life. Recently, I found myself alone at a gate early on a weekday morning waiting for others to arrive. Still in the haze of waking up, I mindlessly watched the television that was cycling through the standard airport fare of news and travel information. An ad rolled about a new show called The Wonder List that would be premiering on CNN. As a fan of Phillip Bloom’s work, I had been keeping an eye out for this show, but completely forgot about it. I had recently downloaded all of the Verizon FiOS apps to my phone and…
  • What Millennials Are Looking For In Presidential Candidates

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    I never thought I’d use Ted Cruz and Taylor Swift as examples in my online marketing course I teach at Bentley, but last night it happened. After discussing the difference between smart and stupid brand management online, I thought it would be an interesting side topic to discuss the upcoming election. This will be the first election with no incumbent for all of the students and at most only the second election that they’ve been able to vote in. I set the ground rules that I didn’t want to discuss any candidate or party specifically, but rather focus on what any candidate…
  • A Weekend in Wine Country Speaking at WTFconf

    C.C. Chapman
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    When a friend asks for help, I do everything in my power to assist them. So, when David Baeza asked me to be part of a new conference he was organizing I wanted to make it work. When I saw that he had asked several of our closest friends for the same favor and they had already said yes, I tried even harder to make it happen. WTFconf stands for Wine, Technology and Food and David assembled a diverse group of speakers to enlighten and inspire the sold out audience. The Santa Ynez Valley is a beautiful slice of California full of creative and smart people, but there was not yet a true…
  • Celebrating My Dad’s 60th Birthday in True Chapman Style

    C.C. Chapman
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Family is the most important thing in my world. I’ll take quality time with those I love over almost anything else in the world and this past weekend certainly qualified as quality time. My dad turned 60 and we made plans to spend it together as a family. My youngest sister drove up from Maryland with her dog Bow, so all of the siblings were there. I’m blessed that our family not only can spend time together, but genuinely enjoy it. We certainly made the most out of a gorgeous weekend by heading up to the Echo Valley in Vermont to burn some brush, eat ham stew and enjoy a quiet…
  • My Time at SXSW 2015

    C.C. Chapman
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    Every March, a chunk of the Internet arrives in Austin, Texas for copious amounts of barbecue, frosty drinks and hopefully some mind expanding conversations. I’ve certainly got older as SXSW has grown and every year I look at my experience with a fresh set of eyes, while remembering what it use to be like. This year was different for me on all levels. I wasn’t just there as an attendee, but I was there with a campaign that I was helping execute and thus my time was limited for some of the hallway magic that I love about the event. SyncYourInk.club was an idea hatched from many…
 
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    Welcome to Boltonshire

  • Welcome to Boltonshire has relocated

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    I've imported my other older blogs to this one.  Mainly so I can have the page count and companies will see I have a history of blogging and haven't only talked about Teen Titans for a couple weeks.Blogs Imported Are:Welcome to Boltonshire (which contained Juggling Eric)Dad HacksCrappy Writing BlogI also figured since I'm trying to be more rounded and not just a "Dad Blogger", I should have them all in one place.So...Yeah.  Go to #HashtagBolton now.
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    DadCAMP

  • You’re Grounded! What Happened When My Kids Had A Week With No TV

    buzz
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    When you ground your kids, you need to follow through. So when I declared a week with no TV for my kids, that meant I had to deal with it too. Oh noes. Continue Reading → The post You’re Grounded! What Happened When My Kids Had A Week With No TV appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • The 4 Types Of Family Vacations Every Family Needs To Take

    buzz
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    There are 4 types of Family Vacation everyone needs to experience. You don't all just do everything together, you need to break it up and get out of routine Continue Reading → The post The 4 Types Of Family Vacations Every Family Needs To Take appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • So You Want Your Kids To Be Elite Athletes? Listen To This Advice From Steve Nash

    buzz
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Parents wanting their kids to make it to the pros should listen to this advice from Steve Nash. Stop pushing your kids and let them play. Elite athletes often echo the same refrain; private coaches dont get you to the top, free play and creativity does. Continue Reading → The post So You Want Your Kids To Be Elite Athletes? Listen To This Advice From Steve Nash appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • I Could Watch Charlie Draw All Day

    buzz
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    [twitter]Charlie is an artist. I don’t know if this is what he will do when he grows up, or how it will serve him in the future, but the kid loves to colour, paint, scribble, draw, design, etc. We skipped… Continue Reading → The post I Could Watch Charlie Draw All Day appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • 5 Geeky Ways To Spend Time Indoors Without Getting Bored

    buzz
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    From spring break to summer vacation, you can't always get outside and play with the kids. Here are some indoor ideas to entertain without getting bored. From Minecraft to movie making, building music to building computers, check out these ideas. Continue Reading → The post 5 Geeky Ways To Spend Time Indoors Without Getting Bored appeared first on DadCAMP.
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • What Will Break First?

    Jack Steiner
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    A friend and I had a conversation about my job search and how it has been going.His first comment was about how much activity I have had and I had to agree with him. I have had quite a bit but activity isn't the same as receiving an offer.When I mentioned that he told me I should try to maintain a positive outlook and feel good about things.Since we have been friends for almost thirty years I didn't rip off his arms and beat him to death with them.I am not a fan of platitudes that are shared without thought or meaning and that is often how people deliver them.Don't worry, it will all work out…
  • Trusting My Gut

    Jack Steiner
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Been through at least a dozen interviews the last month or so and thus far none have officially panned out.Makes me a little crazy because a full third or more haven't said yes or no to me. They just went silent and I don't know why.I understand the urgency I feel isn't the same for them and one or more might still come through. It wouldn't surprise me to get a call and be told to be in city XZY in two weeks for the new job or to continue hearing nothing at all.Reminds me of college when I would hear stories about how someone would break up with others by slowly fading away.They never…
  • The Demise of Communication

    Jack Steiner
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    listen to ‘The Demise of Communication’ on audioBoom
  • Surprises

    Jack Steiner
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Sometimes you can be shocked by how much something bothers you because you never expected to feel that way.Certain moments in life make it crystal clear that you are on the right or wrong path and so you respond.I am generally not a fan of responding or reacting because I prefer to be proactive but sometimes you don't know how something will affect you until it happens.My heart looks east.Links to read just below:Different Is Always Wrong987 Reasons Why Monetizing Your Blog Makes You SexierWhere Bloggers Fear To TreadShould You Delete Old Posts?People Die & We Move On
  • Time For Changes

    Jack Steiner
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:16 pm
    I am done with this moment in time and this period of my life. Done all I can do and it is time for changes.Tired of working harder than I should to get less than I need let alone want.So I am done.The end has come and now it is just a matter of figuring out how.
 
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    MyBoys3

  • Four and Six

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

    Steve
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    If I were to choose a word to describe the current state of the creative and business side my writing efforts with MyBoys3 Press, it would be “connections.” The last two years have squeezed a lot of writing and publishing into my evenings, nights, and weekends. During that time, I’ve released three middle grade children’s books and a standalone short story, all in-between the busy efforts of my day job and being a dad and husband. While I still have plans for additional books in 2015, I’ve been working hard to tie things together, both with my products but also in my relationships…
  • The End of Christmas (Cards)

    Steve
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    It was bound to happen, I guess. One of those things that slowly starts to fade away like buying film and going to the record store. This is the year that we (mostly) killed Christmas cards. Which is somewhat shocking, since I used to really get into them. I think I was in college when I started sending my own cards to friends and family, and I really got into picking out the card that set just the right tone for how I wanted to be portrayed. I suppose when you’re 18 and single, it’s a lot easier to make it all about you (although I’d argue we all still have that problem sometimes). Not…
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Twin Baby Gear Parents Never Use

    Joe
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    I recently surveyed the Dad’s Guide to Twins community and asked, “what is some twin baby gear you bought before the twins arrived that you never really used?” Different For Everyone It’s very interesting to see the different types of answers come back, because different parents had different experiences with different twin baby gear. Some found something very useful, and others found that same thing not useful at all. So here’s a few things that I made note of and that you may want to consider as you’re planning for your twins or planning your next baby…
  • Were you shocked to find out you were having twins?

    Joe
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Were you shocked to find out you were having twins? Yes. I mean SUPER yes. I don’t think “shocked” fairly describes the beating I took emotionally and physically when we discovered that we were having twins. I was in total disbelief. I couldn’t sleep. I lost my appetite. I was dazed and confused. People will ask you if you were shocked in two main situations: 1. When you tell your family and friends that you’re having twins 2. When you’re out of the house with your twins and are approached by random strangers Either well intentioned family or inquisitive…
  • Baby Gear You Don’t Need, First-Time Dad Expectations, Breastfeeding NICU Twin – Podcast 83

    Joe
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Episode 83 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss: Baby products twin parents thought they’d use but never did What should a first-time father of twins expect? Breast feeding both twins when one twin is in the NICU and the other at home Mentioned in this episode: Dad’s Guide to Twins Facebook Page 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…
  • Raising Twins Your Own Way

    Joe
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are a lot of different ways that we can parent our twins. And it’s not always the same between each of our twins, and it’s not the same between families. There are lots of opportunities to find advice and examples of what’s working out there from other parents of twins. However, you are the parent. And ultimately, you make the decision of what’s going to happen in your home, with your family, and with your twins. Today I want to share ten things to keep in mind of how you can raise your twins your own way and be confident and happy in so doing. 1. Learn From…
  • Are your (boy/girl) twins identical?

    Joe
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    As you might have already experienced, people ask all types of questions when you are out in public with your twins. One frequent question for parents of twins is, “Are they identical?” This is particularly awkward when you have boy/girl twins. The absurdity of this question in light of the obvious differences in boys and girls makes you wonder why people even ask this question in the first place. Isn’t it obvious that your twins are different genders? Or are people just oblivious to that which is so plain to see? Babies All Look the Same When your twins are infants, they…
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    DaDa Rocks!

  • Skylanders Trap Team is nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award get voting!

    DaDa Rocks!
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Skylanders Trap Team is nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award in the ‘Most Addicting Game‘ category! Villains and Skylanders alike have come together to encourage our most supportive Portal Masters to vote! The awards air March 28th at 8PM If you havent picked up a starter set by now – if you check out DaDa Rocks on Facebook now for your chance to win one!
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort – Where Everything is Awesome

    Guest Contributor
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    For the better part of least the last 35 years my family has been venturing to the theme parks of Central Florida. As the father of two Lego-obsessed boys ages 3 and soon to be 7 who loved the Yonkers New York LEGOLAND Discovery Center we were excited to check out LEGOLAND Florida Resort for the first time for Dada Rocks. Sandwiched between trips to Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios Florida we packed up the grandparents and our kids into our rental minivan and headed Southwest from Orlando to Winter Haven, Florida home to LEGOLAND Florida Resort, which was built beside the old Cypress…
  • Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales comes to the NY/NJ Area

    DaDa Rocks!
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. This enchanting journey features more than 25 Disney characters in an unforgettable theatrical experience for all families. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they embark on an unexpected quest to find a magical storybook hidden in Mickey’s attic. As the four pals curiously turn the pages, they magically bring to life the timeless fairy tale adventures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,…
  • Night at the Museum 3 is out now on Blu-ray/DVD & Digital Download

    DaDa Rocks!
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    I must have visited the American Museum of Natural History a ton of times and even recently spend the night sleeping there… Which is why I loved the first Night at the Museum movie. It’s just ridiculously fun. I enjoyed the sequels and this 3rd edition Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb is a great capping off of the series.  Its now out on Blu-ray/DVD and on digital downloads (theres a great priced 3 pack of the movies on iTunes). If you want to hear more about the movie be sure to read our review and our interview with the cast of Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the…
  • TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise Premieres Saturday, March 14 on Cartoon Network

    DaDa Rocks!
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Cartoon Network will unleash TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise on Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m. (ET/PT) with a special one-hour premiere event. The latest installment in the iconic franchise features an all new animation style, and builds upon the lore of the iconic Transformers franchise filled with great humor and lots of fun adventure for fans of all ages. The new series begins as Bumblebee must step up to be a leader in the years after we left the Autobots in Transformers Prime. Summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new Decepticon threat, Bumblebee puts his light-hearted mettle to…
 
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  • Ease up Your Burden With Single Parents Grants

    singledad
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Raising children and exerting your influences through parenting is an awesome responsibility for anyone to have. Combining the following tips with your instincts and better judgment can help. The... This is only a taste of the post. Check it all out at www.sexandthesingledad.com
  • The Advantages Of Online For Free Dating For Single Parents

    singledad
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    Learning about the unique challenges of Step-Dating could be the difference between having a successful or unsuccessful relationship. Many folks was raised as an only child or were the youngest... This is only a taste of the post. Check it all out at www.sexandthesingledad.com
  • What You Have To Do As A Parent Or Gaurdian To Raise Happy Children Version 5.09

    singledad
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Single mothers face a great deal of problems while mentioning children in USA. Combining the following tips together with your instincts and better judgment can help. However in the wedding you sum... This is only a taste of the post. Check it all out at www.sexandthesingledad.com
  • Government Assistance For Single Mothers – Daycare Support For Single Parents

    singledad
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Learning about the unique challenges of Step-Dating could possibly be the difference between having a successful or unsuccessful relationship. It\’s not easy, but it\’s not even... This is only a taste of the post. Check it all out at www.sexandthesingledad.com
  • The Advantages Of Online For Free Dating For Single Parents

    singledad
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:24 am
    Learning concerning the unique challenges of Step-Dating could possibly be the difference between having a successful or unsuccessful relationship. Family and relatives should be in a position to... This is only a taste of the post. Check it all out at www.sexandthesingledad.com
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    Man Vs Words

  • The New Rock Stars

    Craig Playstead
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:20 am
    Content pros are the new rock stars … it’s about time. I thought I knew everything when I was 18. Now that I’m in my 40’s I realize I don’t know anything. I hope that’s the definition of wisdom. You know, I spent a ton of time trying to decide what to do on this blog. How to make it “different,” and not like all the others out there. In fact, I spent so much time trying to find an angle that wasn’t like every other blog out there I sort of got away from what the hell I’m doing. That’s what happens when you ingest too much information and lose what you wanted to…
  • 16 Brutally Honest Writing Tips

    Craig Playstead
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Ernie taking aim on his first draft. Brutally honest writing tips from the masters of the craft. “I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit, ”Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the shit in the wastebasket. ― Ernest Hemingway “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” ― Philip Roth “You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work.”    - Bill Gibson Neil Gaiman is always good for a writing quote (photo by Clinton Steeds) “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job:…
  • The Only Way You Can Stop Procrastinating

    Craig Playstead
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:04 am
    The computer is ready, but my brain has other plans. (photo by W.E. Jackson). “A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.“ -Hunter S. Thompson I had all the focus of a teenage boy at a Grand Theft Auto convention, sponsored by Red Bull. Just to give you a little taste of my failure and procrastination, here are all the things I did when trying to write a post for today. Keep in mind, these are the things I did after sitting down at my computer with a strong cup of tea, dog at my feet, perfect music picked out, Evernote primed…
  • 5 Things Louis C.K. Can Teach You About Writing and Creating

    Craig Playstead
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    The man dominates the content game. So, I’m reading this really cool article about what Bill Murray can teach you about life a couple of days ago and thought, “I wish I’d written that.” So, I basically copied the idea and thought I’d write about the best comic/writer/societal mouthpiece we have right now, Louis C.K. He’s a creative force whose writing and delivery is not only hilarious, it can also be deep and cause you to think. Just like any great writer. Louis has altered the landscape in content distribution on the Internet, how he creates his TV show (he…
  • Your Writing Environment Sucks – Here’s How to Fix It

    Craig Playstead
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:23 am
    Your writing and creative environment is everything. I’ve been writing for a long time. I won’t say exactly how long, but we were many years away from the pager blowing our minds when my first article came back from the editor with more red on it than Putin’s jammies. In all that time, I guess I’ve approached where I wrote the same way. And maybe that’s the problem. This never dawned on me until I watched Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl’s new HBO show documenting the Foo Fighters journey to record each song for their new record in a different legendary music city. Especially when he…
 
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    Dad Does

  • Toy Fair 2015 In Full Living Color Video, Part 2

    nessel
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Toy Fair 2015, which took place in February 2015, was filled with thousands of new toys coming out in 2015.  Some were awesome, some were terrible and many were, well, just ordinary. In Part 1 of our Toy Fair 2015 in Full Living Color Video we gave a taste of some of the toys we saw on display.  Now we are doing something truly revolutionary.  This is unprecedented and if Hollywood gets a hold of this idea, watch out!  We are making a sequel! Toy Videos…Lots and Lots of Toy Videos Wow, how lucky were we to have called the first Toy Fair Video Post “Part 1″?  That sure…
  • Sengled Pulse Review, It’s A Dimmable Light, It’s A Wireless Speaker…It’s Both!

    nessel
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Every once in a while we review a gadget and say “Man, how come we didn’t think of that!”  This is exactly the reaction we had with the Sengled Pulse.  The Sengled Pulse Starter Kit is a set of two light bulbs that fit in a standard light socket.  Not impressed yet?  What if I told you you could dim the lights by using an app on your phone?  Still not that impressed.  Well, you will be blown away…literally..once music starts blasting out the JBL speakers inside the light bulbs! That’s right the Sengled Pulse is a dimmable light and bluetooth wireless…
  • Review: LightUp Edison Kit, Electronics Kit Meets Augmented Reality

    nessel
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    I ask you, is there anything that magnets don’t make better?  Our love of magnets is well documented, but that love just grew stronger with the LightUp Edison Kit. We first saw the LightUp electronics and circuit building kits at Toy Fair 2015, but now we have had a chance to play and learn with the LightUp Edison Kit and we are impressed! Please watch our video review of the LightUp Edison Kit - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGUvgdQnOrU An App That Actually Makes a Toy Better? I think some memo went out to the CEO of every toy company – “add an app to any toy we…
  • Swimbuds Sport Review: Don’t Let Being Underwater Stop the Music

    nessel
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    My guess is you have probably listened to music just about everywhere.  Throw on some headphones and listen to your tunes while walking, biking, hiking, running, shopping, commuting, flying… in a desperate attempt to drown out cranky kids.  However, there is still one place that tends to be void of your sweet tunes…underwater. But wait, with all the technology we have today, why should some water stop you from getting your groove on?  Well, according to Underwater Audio, water is no longer a buzz kill on your party!  The Swimbuds Sport are underwater headphones that allow you…
  • The Cancer Connection Campout IX, Insane Proof That Good Lives On!

    nessel
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    What could possibly motivate a man, who hates camping, to camp out in the snow, sleet and rain?  The forces of Good….or pure insanity…but let’s go with the forces of Good! Forget all the negativity you see on the news each night.  Pretend that Washington, DC does not exist.  Assume that the person who just cut you off had a medical emergency.  Ants and Anteaters become BFFs, Democrats and Republicans won’t stop hugging each other….on Wednesday, 3/4/15 – Monte will show us that Good, Caring and Compassion are alive and well! The Cancer Connection Campout…
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    The Committed Parent

  • What Info-Besity Does to Your Brain

    Mark Brady
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    Don’t know how to handle the flood of information that streams into your life daily? Don’t know what to do with the 100,000+ smartphone and tablet apps being released every year? What if you want to pare down and sharpen your focus? Say, winnow things down to only the 40,000 – 50,000 peer-reviewed neuroscience papers published every year? One way to deal with the overwhelm is to go shopping – spend an hour or two sorting through the 120,000 items the average Walmart carries or the 40,000 items your typical supermarket stocks. The amount of raw data available in today’s world has…
  • How to Orchestrate a Magical Year for Your Brain

    Mark Brady
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    The year was 1992, and what a magical year it was. More dreams became birthed into being in the short window that began in 1992 than in any other time in my life. Check it out… My lifelong dream was to complete a terminal degree. In 1992, after a ten year “distraction sabbatical,” I buckled down, assembled a committee, wrote “a page a day, come what may,” and finally completed the work required to be awarded a Ph.D. Because I cranked it out so fast (if I don’t count the 10 years of non-cranking when I wasn’t working on it), and because I qualified…
  • Why So Many People Hate Their Jobs

    Mark Brady
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    One of the greatest gifts I ever gave my brain unfolded as a result of me paying attention to the signals my body was giving me. At age 21, I virtually gave away my stake in a very successful hardware manufacturing business just to be free of it; and in it’s place I put on a carpenter’s tool belt. Without me really knowing anything about neurophysiology, that decision unwittingly accomplished a number of beneficial things for my body and brain. The first thing selling my stake in the business did was get me out from under the enormous stress of being in business for myself. I can…
  • The Book Inside You: How to Seduce Your Brain into Setting It Free

    Mark Brady
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” ~ Wisdom Teaching Next month I’m giving a presentation to our local island writers and writer wannabes. The two questions I’m doing my best to answer are: How Does Your Brain Keep the Book Inside You Held Hostage? and What Effective Brain-based Strategies Can We Apply to Successfully Liberate It? 80% of Americans report they have a book inside them yearning to be set free; perhaps even paroled early for…
  • Making Empathy Operational

    Mark Brady
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:05 am
    When I was a baby grief counselor just starting out, if you had asked me if I was an empathic person, I would have promised you I was. And you probably would have believed me (the agency apparently did, since they kept me involved on and off for 20 years). With the benefit of hindsight, however, what I actually was, was someone who had a strong cognitive understanding of empathy. I had bold and lofty thoughts about empathy, but not actual feelings. That’s a big energetic and neurobiological difference, one it turns out that involves a variety of structures in differing hemispheres of…
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    Geekasms

  • Official DEADPOOL Logo and Synopsis Released

    Geekasms Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    After Ryan Reynolds blew our minds with that first look at him in full Deadpool gear, comes Fox releasing the official logo and synopsis along with the launch of the official Twitter account and website.The official synopsis reads:“Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool…
  • The Walking Dead Spinoff Series Revealed: FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

    Geekasms Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    The Walking Dead’s spinoff series has officially had its name announced ahead of the first trailer for the series during this Sunday’s season finale of The Walking Dead.  The series will be called, wait for it….”Fear The Walking Dead.”Robert Kirkman, creator of all things dead and walking tweeted out the news, confirming the rumored title.IT’S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015Along with the official…
  • First Official Look at Ryan Rynolds Suited Up as DEADPOOL

    Geekasms Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Ryan Reynolds has revealed via Twitter, the first official image of him suited up as Deadpool, and if you want to see a character that looks like he’s ripped from the page itself, you’re not going to be finding anything better than this!UPDATE: Seems Reynolds was just the start, as we’ve received a look at the official logo and our first synopsis of the film here. With great power, comes great irresponsibility. #deadpool #officialsuit @deadpoolmovie pic.twitter.com/MPM89bYz1B— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015The post First Official Look at Ryan Rynolds…
  • SPECTRE – See the First Teaser Trailer!

    Geekasms Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Check out the first teaser trailer for the next James Bond outing; Spectre.  Where it seems Bond has secrets“See the first teaser trailer for the 24th James Bond adventure SPECTRE. A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”The post SPECTRE – See the First Teaser Trailer! appeared first on Geekasms.
  • MAJOR Spoilers for Both ARROW and THE FLASH!!

    Geekasms Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Well now, if you thought previous photos from the filming of The Flash gave away spoilers, you might want to sit down for these next ones, as not only does it spoil The Flash, but these photos also reveal a massive Arrow spoiler.  So be warned!  These spoilers are massiveSo, back story: it seems these photos come from is being presumed as the season finale of The Flash.  The photos show us that we get another crossover as we see The Arrow, The Flash, and Firestorm, confronting an unmasked Reverse Flash!!  So we know that everyone Firestorm returns, and that Oliver comes back to help…
 
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  • Secrets You Might Only Share With Dad Bloggers

    Jack
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:35 am
    You might call that headline linkbait or you might ask if old Jack Steiner is engaged in keyword stuffing. Might be a combination of both or it might be something else. Don’t put too much thought into it, because I didn’t. At the moment I am recovering from a food coma. Went out for some […] (Visited 16 times, 16 visits today) The post Secrets You Might Only Share With Dad Bloggers appeared first on The JackB.
  • Dumb Dad Bloggers & Silly Storytellers

    Jack
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:55 am
    It is almost noon and I am standing in line at a job fair at a local university. The scholars of yore would tell me I should use the Latin and refer to it as my Alma Mater because that adds some gravitas and a double dose of respect. But it doesn’t really feel that […] (Visited 28 times, 28 visits today) The post Dumb Dad Bloggers & Silly Storytellers appeared first on The JackB.
  • 69 Rules of Blogging Bloggers Break

    Jack
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    A little girl with dark eyes and freckles asks me to tell her a story about life when she was very little. She knows she is daddy’s girl so I won’t deny her request. I tell her about how for years I used to pick her up and twirl her around to this song and […] (Visited 47 times, 47 visits today) The post 69 Rules of Blogging Bloggers Break appeared first on The JackB.
  • Can You Find Joy In The Journey?

    Jack
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    If Monday were a person there is a good chance I would have been arrested for first-degree murder because I would have given it the sort of beating that would make veteran cops feel sick. The funny thing about it is if I told you what happened you would be concerned about my judgment and […] (Visited 27 times, 27 visits today) The post Can You Find Joy In The Journey? appeared first on The JackB.
  • He’s Just Another Dad Blogger

    Jack
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:20 am
    There is a teenage boy who went to sleep feeling frustrated and guilty because he is nervous about going to school tomorrow. I told him that he did the right thing and that the appropriate response to what happened with this other child isn’t something he should worry about but I know it didn’t ease […] (Visited 40 times, 40 visits today) The post He’s Just Another Dad Blogger appeared first on The JackB.
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  • A Tale of Two Minnesota Winters

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

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

    Thomas
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:09 pm
    We took Lily bowling for the first time this weekend and she’s pretty good at it. It seems that Lily has been learning bowling in school and she already knew how to properly hold a bowling ball. I thought this was pretty impressive. She put her fingers in the right holes, walked right up to the line, and tossed it down the lane. Her swing could use a little improvement, and I’m not sure how many bounces a bowling ball should make, but at least it stayed in our lane. We had bumpers too of course. They came in very handy. Not only for Lily, but Mom and Dad as well. This is how all…
  • Welcome to our Princess Pirate Spaceship Hotel

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

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

    Aaron Gouveia
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    “Are you OK?” This is the dumbest question to ask her. First of all, she always say she’s fine. Always. Without fail. But the real reason it’s a terrible question is because I already know she’s not fine. I’ve known it for a couple of months. I just haven’t wanted to face it, so I accepted the falsity of fine. Much like our region has been covered in snow since January, winter dark and dreary has blanketed her. But blanket gradually turned to noose, as icy fingers wrapped around her neck and squeezed. Depression’s choke-hold isn’t new…
  • The Unfortunate Results of Overprotective Parenting

    Aaron Gouveia
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    View image | gettyimages.com “Hey mom and dad, can I start walking the dog on the dirt road to do an extra chore and get a little more allowance?” It was a perfectly reasonable question from my son, who is turning 7 in a couple of weeks. We live in a small suburban town where both my wife and I grew up. We are friendly with most of the neighbors, with one glaring exception. In order to walk the dog, he’d have to cross one quiet side street in front of our house and then walk on a dirt road with only one house on it. He’d be out of sight for a bit but still within shouting distance.
  • The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Is a Role Model

    Aaron Gouveia
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a new show on Netflix. And it is freaking spectacular. Seeing that it’s co-written by Tina Fey, I had a feeling it’d be great. But I underestimated how wonderful, funny, smart, silly, and simultaneously uplifting it would be. You see, Kimmy was part of a cult for 15 years and spent that time in an underground bunker with her sister-wives. Then one day she was freed by the authorities, and despite being completely out of touch with modern living, she joined the world. Does she have issues and some life turbulence? Oh yeah. But remarkably, she never…
  • Where Parents and Serial Killers Meet

    Aaron Gouveia
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Sam had his first haircut this morning. Goodbye curly mullet locks of baby blonde cuteness, hello to him looking 10 years old in minutes. Such is life when you have young ones.  When the hairdresser began cutting, she turned to us and asked if we wanted to keep some of the hair. My initial reaction was to laugh, but before I could say or do anything my wife gave an enthusiastic yes. So we took it. When we got home, MJ immediately went to the bookshelf and took out a Daddy Files book my brother put together for me as a gift. She opened it up and I was floored at what I saw. More hair.
  • The 11 Most Obnoxious Internet Commenters

    Aaron Gouveia
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Ima?ge: FLICKR/babbletrish (license) Internet trolls. I hate them. And yet I’m habitually guilty of feeding them. I’m not proud of it. OK, I’m a little proud of it. Sometimes. But after seven years of writing about controversial topics online, I can say with complete certainty I’m exhausted by Internet trolls and the terrible (yet inevitable) kinds of people who lurk (mostly anonymously) in the dreaded comments section. The ones who you think can’t possibly be that stupid or misguided, yet manage to surprise you every time. The people who have you wondering…
 
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    CuteMonster.com

  • Cinderella and Fatherhood

    Vincent Daly
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Review of Director Kenneth Branagh’s "Cinderella". A new live action Disney movie based on the classic fairy tale. The post Cinderella and Fatherhood appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • 2015 New York Toy Fair in Pictures

    Vincent Daly
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Images from the 2015 New York Toy Fair. The post 2015 New York Toy Fair in Pictures appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Kid Conversations #6

    Vincent Daly
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    Kids have unique conversations. Here is one of them. The post Kid Conversations #6 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • 2015 New York Toy Fair Preview

    Vincent Daly
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Random thoughts about the Toy Industry's biggest annual event, the New York Toy Fair. The post 2015 New York Toy Fair Preview appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Best and Worst Parenting Websites of 2014

    Vincent Daly
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Our picks for Best and Worst Parenting Websites of 2014. The post Best and Worst Parenting Websites of 2014 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
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    Daddy Dazed » Dad Blog Parenting Fatherhood

  • Beachcombing on London Beach

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:19 am
    Here’s a little piece on one of my favourite father/daughter activity that I wrote for the lovely Bubele people. http://bubeleapp.com/beachcombing-on-london-beach
  • Babies Going Through Tunnels

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
    Daddy Dazed loves this compilation video of babies driving through tunnels. Their reactions are hilarious. They probably think they are re-birthing!  
  • 50 Shades of Grey and a Baby

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:28 am
    It all started with an innocent question over breakfast. Darling have you got a pilots license? Asks my wife. You mean can I fly a plane?  I say. Yes. No. Oh.   A few days later….. Darling. Have you got a pilot’s uniform?  She asks. What like a fancy dress outfit? Kind of. No. And you know how I hate fancy dress parties.   The following morning. Darling I want you to tell me what to do. I want you to assert your manliness. Really? Are you sure? Yes. But you hate it when I tell you to pick up your dirty clothes off the bathroom floor. You get angry and tell me not to treat…
  • How to buy gifts for other dads

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:22 am
    It seems like once someone’s a dad there’s a mental barrier about buying gifts for them, and it’s even worse if you’re a dad yourself. Suddenly you’re representing your family when it comes to your gifts selection, and in turn the dad on the receiving end is likely to get some family scrutiny over your choice of present too. Here are some basic ideas when it comes to finding gifts for a fellow patriarch. Indulgences Food and drink is usually a good choice for anyone. If you want to buy booze for your friend or relative, but want something a bit more grown up than…
  • Why the right room temperature is vital for children and new-borns

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    We all worry about doing the best for our children. Sometimes that means protecting them from harm, and sometimes it means giving them the best opportunities possible. The problem is that we can only protect our children against the things we can foresee. Dehumidifiers can help to make your baby’s room more comfortable. One major factor in the immediate health and future wellness of new-borns and children alike is the temperature and humidity of the environments in which they spend their time. Children’s bodies are constantly trying to acclimatise to their surroundings – that’s…
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    C.C. Chapman

  • First Impressions of the FiOS Mobile App

    C.C. Chapman
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    As an itinerant, hours spent in airports is a common part of my life. Recently, I found myself alone at a gate early on a weekday morning waiting for others to arrive. Still in the haze of waking up, I mindlessly watched the television that was cycling through the standard airport fare of news and travel information. An ad rolled about a new show called The Wonder List that would be premiering on CNN. As a fan of Phillip Bloom’s work, I had been keeping an eye out for this show, but completely forgot about it. I had recently downloaded all of the Verizon FiOS apps to my phone and…
  • What Millennials Are Looking For In Presidential Candidates

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    I never thought I’d use Ted Cruz and Taylor Swift as examples in my online marketing course I teach at Bentley, but last night it happened. After discussing the difference between smart and stupid brand management online, I thought it would be an interesting side topic to discuss the upcoming election. This will be the first election with no incumbent for all of the students and at most only the second election that they’ve been able to vote in. I set the ground rules that I didn’t want to discuss any candidate or party specifically, but rather focus on what any candidate…
  • A Weekend in Wine Country Speaking at WTFconf

    C.C. Chapman
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    When a friend asks for help, I do everything in my power to assist them. So, when David Baeza asked me to be part of a new conference he was organizing I wanted to make it work. When I saw that he had asked several of our closest friends for the same favor and they had already said yes, I tried even harder to make it happen. WTFconf stands for Wine, Technology and Food and David assembled a diverse group of speakers to enlighten and inspire the sold out audience. The Santa Ynez Valley is a beautiful slice of California full of creative and smart people, but there was not yet a true…
  • Celebrating My Dad’s 60th Birthday in True Chapman Style

    C.C. Chapman
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Family is the most important thing in my world. I’ll take quality time with those I love over almost anything else in the world and this past weekend certainly qualified as quality time. My dad turned 60 and we made plans to spend it together as a family. My youngest sister drove up from Maryland with her dog Bow, so all of the siblings were there. I’m blessed that our family not only can spend time together, but genuinely enjoy it. We certainly made the most out of a gorgeous weekend by heading up to the Echo Valley in Vermont to burn some brush, eat ham stew and enjoy a quiet…
  • My Time at SXSW 2015

    C.C. Chapman
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    Every March, a chunk of the Internet arrives in Austin, Texas for copious amounts of barbecue, frosty drinks and hopefully some mind expanding conversations. I’ve certainly got older as SXSW has grown and every year I look at my experience with a fresh set of eyes, while remembering what it use to be like. This year was different for me on all levels. I wasn’t just there as an attendee, but I was there with a campaign that I was helping execute and thus my time was limited for some of the hallway magic that I love about the event. SyncYourInk.club was an idea hatched from many…
 
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  • Dear Son: I love your brother more.

    Daniel Ruyter
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The below is a fictional letter. No actual father wrote this his hehon. No son actually had to read these words from his father. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Dear Son, I love your brother more than I love you. There, I said […] The post Dear Son: I love your brother more. appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Pavlov’s Dad Theory – How to Train Your Dad

    Daniel Ruyter
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    I think I speak for all dads out there when I say we men are not very complicated creatures, especially when it comes to making and keeping us happy. Aside from love, hugs and the occasional action movie, we only require a few morsels every once in a while to keep us going and to […] The post Pavlov’s Dad Theory – How to Train Your Dad appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Dear Son: On the Gravity of Life & Oren Miller

    Daniel Ruyter
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dear Sons, Many of these “Dear Son” posts likely won’t carry much meaning for you until you’re older and more mature. Children should not be made to understand the gravity of life. That’s part of the appeal of childhood and no one should take that from you. But as I grow older (I’ll turn 40 this […] The post Dear Son: On the Gravity of Life & Oren Miller appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Help for Parents of Defiant Teens: Part II – Advice for Parents

    Robert Erdei
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    It is important to get the right diagnosis for your child, if he or she needs one. Not all children who show signs of noncompliance or defiance have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), but some of them may have. Noncompliance, defiance and aggression might indicate other diagnoses as well, such as Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, […] The post Help for Parents of Defiant Teens: Part II – Advice for Parents appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Confessions of a Co-Parent Dad: Top 5 Crazy Ex Conversations

    Daniel Ruyter
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I must confess, crazy conversations with ex’s are events that both amuse and frustrate me to no end. Many of us don’t think clearly after we part our ways, and that often leads to some downright maddening conversations. Now, just because you have crazy conversations with them doesn’t mean they (or you) are crazy, but […] The post Confessions of a Co-Parent Dad: Top 5 Crazy Ex Conversations appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
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  • Kid or Dog: Which is harder to raise?

    Andy
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Comedy writer Rob Fee poses the question: which is harder to raise, a kid or a dog? Since we love making odd comparisons ourselves, between human offspring and other unlikely things (like Zombie vs. Baby), I had to put his question to you and present his eye-opening analysis. And also because it’s really friggin’ funny! See the original post here.   Pet owners can dress their little critters up, and even carry them around stuffed in a purse or backpack, or create Facebook pages for them, but when they call their dog or cat their “furry little BABY” or their…
  • Wallet – Scrabble Scribble #15

    Andy
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:28 am
    Every kid picks up and makes up various symbols of adulthood. Things that say they’re all growed-up. They can clearly see that there are some pretty cool things we vertically-superior people can do that they can’t. As well as things we DON’T have to do. Terrible things like holding hands when crossing a street, sit frozen in the web of straps and buckles car seat, and most espeically and in particular, go to school. With these powerful incentives, some kids try to cheat the system a bit. Some still-green little humans might grab a permanent marker and draw tattos all over themselves to…
  • 30 Years of Walt Disney Logos

    Charlie
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Back in 1985, a movie came out called “The Black Cauldron.” It marked the first time Walt Disney logo was added before their films. You’re probably familiar with this one… But what happened after that was an evolution in thematic concepts and it was pretty cool. Some of them are better than others, but it was always an opportunity to be creative. Check out the changes that took place over 30 years of Disney films.
  • Maximumble: Play with Food

    Charlie
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
      I can’t tell whether the thing my sons do with food could be considered playing with it, but they sure do mess around with it. Is there such a thing as food bullying? In an event, distracted eating seems to be a universal theme. Join Maximumble’s Facebook page: GO HERE! Check out his other comics: GO HERE!  
  • My Wife Just Said… #205

    Andy
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    “Have a safe flight!” -Elizabeth   She says it every time I travel. Lots of peolpe do. It’s kind of just… what’s said. Like people saying “How’s it going.” as a sort of greeting without it really being an actual inquiry into how your day or life is going. It’s something that’s said to say hello, and that some degree of “oh, you exist” level of polite care or consideration is there. And in this case quite a bit more. So, when my wife says sputters something about safe travels, I smile and resist the urge to tell her that there’s really nothing I can…
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  • What do SAHD's do during the day?

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Share what you do during the day?
  • Protecting Children During Child Custody Disagreements

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Hey all, here's a post I worked on that I figured would be able to spark some discussion.Life after a divorce can be tough on parents and their children, both emotionally and financially. Depending on the child custody and support agreements the former spouses reached in the divorce, disagreements about child custody could arise after a [url=http://www.nccourts.org/County/Wake/Courts/Family/Pr...
  • With spring around the corner (Tuning up your motorcycle)

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Hey there, just thought I'd post a little reminder on tuning up your motorcycle if you have one and some things to look for! Better to be ahead of the curve sooner rather than later!As a responsible motorcycle rider, you understand how important it is to your safety that you wear a helmet every time you go for a ride. In fact, reports indicate that, of the more than [url=http://www.sevenishlaw...
  • Starting the Process To Drill American Oil

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Many people in the United States believe that drilling for oil on our own land would be cost effective and save the public countless dollars. Until recently, the government want to strictly use the oil provided by other countries. There were valid reasons for this approach, which will be discussed in a later paragraph, but things have started to change. Now, we are looking towards the future of...
  • Let Your Baby Root for the Team

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:37 pm
    If you are a major sports fan, you want the whole family to be your cheering section. Shop now at BabyFans.com to outfit your littlest one in a way that will really show team spirit. Name your sport. Whether you love football, basketball, baseball, or hockey, you can find the clothes to fit the moment. When the season is underway, your little tyke can be deck...
 
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  • Here’s the LA Marathon Fundraising Link!

    jimhigley
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Thank you for supporting my efforts to raise AT LEAST $5,000 for Camp Kesem – to sent 10+ children to free summer camp this summer. Camp Kesem is the only national nonprofit providing support to children touched by a parent’s cancer. CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE BELOW AND YOU’LL GO DIRECTLY TO MY FUNDRAISING PAGE! THANKS!        
  • 25 Weeks of Rediscover: Chapter 6 – I Can’t Believe You Said That

    jimhigley
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    (This is the seventh week of a six-month journey of self-discovery. Thanks for joining me. Today we begin with Chapter 6 from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  I hope you’ll come back this week for more thoughts on this chapter. Chapter 6 I Can’t Believe You Said That It was a couple of weeks after my mom died. I was fourteen and just beginning to grasp the reality of what had happened. I was feeling something I hadn’t yet felt since the beginning of the ordeal surrounding her death a few weeks earlier. It was a void bigger and deeper than…
  • 25 Weeks of Rediscover: Chapter 5 – Give and Take

    jimhigley
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    (This is the sixth week of a six-month journey of self-discovery. Thanks for joining me. Today we begin with Chapter 5 from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for some background on this chapter as well a few thought questions for you to think about. Later this week, I’ll share a new story focusing on this week’s lesson.  Chapter 5 Give and Take It’s interesting to me that my mom, who had the most wonderful gift of gab, was given few opportunities to speak during the final eight days of her life.
  • 25 Weeks of Rediscovery: Chapter 4 Discussion – Tuning In. Tuning Out.

    jimhigley
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:56 am
    (This is the fifth week of a six-month journey of self-discovery. Thanks for joining me. Earlier this week I shared Chapter 4 from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Today we take the topic presented in that chapter a little deeper – and I share some thought questions for you. Tomorrow, I hope you’ll come back for a new story about receiving – and giving – advice.. Thanks for being here.  Lesson 4: Welcome good advice with action. Every time I read chapter 4 of my book, I feel grateful. There’s an interesting parallel between…
  • 25 Weeks of Rediscovery: Chapter 4 – I’m Sorry, What Did You Say?

    jimhigley
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:16 pm
    (This is the fifth week of  a six-month journey of self-discovery. Thanks for joining me. Today we begin with Chapter 4 from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for some background on this chapter as well a few thought questions for you to think about. Later this week, I’ll share a new story focusing on this week’s lesson.  Chapter 4 I’m Sorry, What Did You Say? The sun wasn’t shining when my mom died, so it must have been nighttime. My brothers and I were together in the hospital waiting room…
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  • Graycasso 2.0

    dadastrophic
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    We are off to a GREAT start this Sunday morning. We began with sulking for the letter P in bed then decided we were feeling artistic this morning. Today canvas: a door and a window sill! Masterpiece! Simply stunning! Picasso would be proud.    I really like what he did here ⬆️⬆️⬆️!   This seems to be a new trend⬆️! He’s one of the first to experiment with this style. 
  • Sick Day 

    dadastrophic
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    someone is having fun being sick today! Home with mom two days now it’s daddy daycare this weekend! Need to get more Popsicles and waffles. We are almost out! It’s the toddler’s version of bread and milk
  • Introducing “Graycasso”!

    dadastrophic
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    I’m not sure where this came from…actually I know EXACTLY where it came from. Grayson finally “vandalized” enough things that I thought it was time to take photos for evidence yet at the same time, encourage his artistic talent.  Unfortunately, I didn’t consider leaving a sharpie out for 5 seconds as I let the dog in, part of that encouragement.   -SHARPIE DRESSED MAN – 03 / 2015     I then remembered that he likes using the bathtub and tile as a canvas as well as his green bedroom walls. Now On the other hand, he does amazing paintings, drawings, lithographs,…
  • YouTube for Kids Available on Android and iOS!

    dadastrophic
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:34 pm
    It is the  YouTube App parents around the world have been waiting for: YouTube for Kids! It is available for Android and iOS , YouTube for Kids offers choices for young viewers of all ages. It’s design is bright, colorful, entertaining, and perfect to hold your little one’s attention video by video!  YouTube for Kids  contains four sections: shows, music, learning, and explore. And with this being YouTube, you’ll find a pretty extensive vault of popular children’s content from Reading Rainbow, DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and…
  • Pepperidge Farms Fish Holder!

    dadastrophic
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    I went shopping yesterday for the usual: Food for Grayson and I, Dog Food, Household Items, etc. While at Giant Markets, I found this Hidden gem! There’s no big story here other than the fact that for about $2.49 you can get a pretty awesome snack holder for your toddler that I GUARANTEE they will love! I’m sure it’s available at most major grocery stores. Pepperidge Farms: You owe me a box of goldfish!
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  • Use Your Words (Carefully)

    Dad and Buried
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    Parents are a pretty sensitive group. Perhaps because they themselves are the King of the Judgers, parents are more attuned to perceived slights than most. No group of people is more “victimized” than parents — and the word “victimized” is in quotes for exactly the reason you think it is. These days, there’s just not a lot you can get away with saying to or about moms and dads without someone getting offended. You have to use your words very carefully. You’d probably have better luck suggesting that Hitler had some good ideas than saying just about…
  • March Sadness

    Dad and Buried
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Every year around this time, a million different websites do some goofy version of a March Madness competition. So far I’ve seen brackets for beer, TV shows, bands, even junk food. But has anyone done one about parenting? Probably! But now I have too! Introducing March Sadness: Dad and Buried’s Tournament of Complaints! Where even the winner sucks! The post March Sadness appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • [LINK] My Son, Road House, and Band-Aids

    Dad and Buried
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    My son has a Band-Aid fetish. (Don’t get weird; he’s four.) The dude loves wearing Band-Aids. For any reason. For no reason. FOR ALL REASONS. (It is weird, just not in that way, pervert.) Here are the top five “reasons” he’ll ask for a Band-Aid: Because Boo-boo! Actual bleeding There’s a chance at some point he may bleed sometime later on maybe? Batman is on them I wrote a piece about Detective Munch’s obsession with Band-Aids – they’re nothing but glorified stickers! – for Lifetime Moms, and I wouldn’t be even the littlest bit…
  • The Sad Reality of the Tired Parent

    Dad and Buried
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Most of the stuff people tell you about having a baby? Total garbage. It’s either too much or too little, too intense or too laid back, too judgy or too deadbeat, too scary or not scary enough. And all of it – every single bit – is refracted through each “helpful” person’s own prism, informed by their own experiences and their own specific circumstances, all of which are unique and personal when it comes to even the most generic of tasks, and so esoteric as to be meaningless when it comes to raising children. But the stuff about losing sleep and being…
  • The Not-So-Sweet Sixteen

    Dad and Buried
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Parenting has a lot in common with sports. Raising a child requires the energy and stamina of an athlete, the vigilance of a referee, the devotion of a die-hard fan and the patience of a coach. Being a parent is basically like competing in a daily, year-long, rest-of-your-life tournament in which your endurance and your wits are constantly being tested, usually by someone much smaller who has to constantly be told what to do while even though they’re a lot more important than you. Coincidentally, except for the fact that your kids go to college after you’ve (mostly) finished,…
 
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  • Have Electronic Devices Killed Conversation?

    Joshua
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    A short while ago I mentioned to a friend that I was frustrated because people weren’t returning telephone calls and he just shook his head at me. “Josh, no one uses the telephone any more. It is ancient technology and it would be better if it died.” The universe must not have wanted us to have that conversation because in the midst of my reply both of our cellphones rang but we responded differently to them. He let his call go to voice mail and then replied via text message while I chose to answer mine. “Don’t you screen your calls?” I nodded my head at…
  • Playing Not To Lose

    Joshua
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    When I was around 13 or 14 a kid in school said I was the biggest loser I had ever met. I don’t remember what prompted it but I remember knocking him over a trashcan and telling him if he didn’t stop messing with me I was going to try rip his head from his neck with my teeth. Ok, that last line might not be entirely accurate, it is hard to remember things that happened decades ago with the perfect recollection some people claim. What I am certain of is that I was this boy had been messing with me and his refusal to listen to my requests to find something else to do. And I remember…
  • Don’t Suffer From The Stupidity Of Forward Thinking

    Joshua
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Another father told me that he would never yell at his children because it was the type of behavior that would lead to his kids turning into “unthinking animals.” When I didn’t respond he took that as a prompt to continue and told me he believed “forward thinking” parents understood that “progressive parenting” meant you explain everything you do to your children every time. For the next five minutes he regaled me with tales of his parenting skills and theory while I wondered when my number would be called and I would be given an excuse to say goodbye…
  • You Don’t Need 98 reasons To Defenestrate People

    Joshua
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Kincaid’s Hamburgers in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by QuesterMark One of the first things people told me about Texas was to be prepared for the Summer. “You Californians don’t know real heat, Texas is different.” I nodded my head and smiled because I knew they didn’t know I grew up in the San Fernando Valley where it wasn’t uncommon for it be in triple digits during the summer nor was it unusual to be beach weather during the rest of the year. When I talk about being a seventies kid and playing on steel playground equipment I never forget to mention how hot…
  • 98 Things You Blame Upon A Flatulent Dog

    Joshua
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:38 am
    Neither of the boys in the picture above look like they did then anymore but the little guy has changed far more than I have. That little Monster is far bigger than he was then but tonight he learned that his old man can still handle an average size teenager with one arm. We had some father/son bonding time this evening that included sub sandwiches, pie for Pi day some good conversation and a healthy dose of wrestling. Now he is almost asleep in his bedroom and I am left with a flatulent dog who has unleashed copious amount of biological weaponry upon me. When the stench hit me I turned and…
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  • Watch: Time-Lapse Video Shows Construction of Disneyland Park in One Minute...

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Despite all the Disney coverage I post here on this site... and all of the trips to Los Angeles, it often surprises people when I reveal that I've never been to Disneyland. In fact, I've only visited Disney World and Epcot Center once - and that was back in 1988. One day, though - when my girls are a tad older, I will take them to these places, and I'll be just as excited as they are when we finally get to visit Disneyland as a family for the very first time. For now, there's a new bit of history that's arrived as part of the #Disneyland60 celebration that shows the construction of the park…
  • Watch: The First Teaser for SPECTRE Has Arrived with Classic JAMES BOND 007 Action...

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Like my headline says, the first teaser for the latest 007 adventure is classic JAMES BOND. Daniel Craig's latest outing as Bond is SPECTRE, and the first-look at the new film has arrived courtesy of the folks at MGM. Watch it below, then share your thoughts on it. SPECTRE will be released theatrically on November 6, 2015. 007James BondToy StateMGMMoviesDaniel Craig
  • First-Look at Ryan Reynolds as DEADPOOL... swanky

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Ryan Reynolds just may be the most prolific player of comic book characters out there. He's been in the MARVEL realm as Hannibal King in BLADE: TRINITY, then over in the DC Universe he was Hal Jordan (aka The GREEN LANTERN), and now he's back over in the MARVEL realm as the character he's always wanted to play: DEADPOOL. If you're not familiar with DEADPOOL, get ready - because there's no other hero quite like him. He knows that he's a character in a comic book (or film), and frequently breaks the fourth wall to speak with the audience. He's also finds himself to be quite good-looking... in a…
  • Covered: DEATHTHROB vs. KRISS KROSS - "Jump" (Metal Version)

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    My embarrassing confession of the day is that somewhere... there exists a VHS tape in storage... one that contains footage of myself and a high school friend... both wearing our clothing backwards. Kid rap duo KRISS KROSS started a ridiculous fashion fad, and we spoofed it on my infamous cable access series, ZTV. I remember it as being terrible, and I'm sure that it was. On the flipside, I have no regrets in liking Kriss Kross' 1992 hit "Jump," and that's why I'm bringing you this tonight - the official music video for a new cover version by New Jersey band, DeathThrob. A little metal…
  • Every day, care™: Spring Break or Spring Training? Time to Play Ball…

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:06 pm
    THE ROCK FATHER is participating in The Every day, care™ Project from Whirlpool® as part of a sponsored campaign for Socialstars.#EveryDayCare Funny thing happened when I looked at a school calendar on the fridge earlier this month while the whole family was gathered around the table for dinner… I realized that we have an official “Spring Break” now. While Spring Break has always been there, it’s a new thing for us since Addie is in kindergarten. This is the first year of “big girl school,” so it seemed like the concept just crept up on me with no real fanfare. Since I work…
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    Talking Dad Blog

  • HOME is latest in string of DreamWorks flops

    Christopher
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    I felt “mad sad” sitting through DreamWorks’ latest uninspired, lazy animated comedy Home. It’s in theaters March 27th. Synopsis When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the…
  • CINDERELLA is playing now! Get free activities and coloring sheets!

    Christopher
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Cinderella is a magical live-action translation of Disney’s classic animated feature. We’re celebrating with free activities and coloring sheets! Related Review: CINDERELLA is strong-willed, traditional and completely magical! About Cinderella The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s…
  • Pistons Kids Night at the Palace Anti-bully Campaign Seeking Sponsors

    Christopher
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Pistons organization is seeking sponsors for ant-bully promotion, Kids Night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons Kids Night at the Palace Click the images below to download a sponsorship form designed to send children to see your Detroit Pistons take on the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers or Charlotte Hornets! The promotion seeks to spread awareness to the organizations anti-bullying platform. The post Pistons Kids Night at the Palace Anti-bully Campaign Seeking Sponsors appeared first on Talking Dad Blog.
  • Michigan-made A GIRL LIKE HER opens in select theaters 3/27

    Christopher
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    A Girl Like Her I wrote about my childhood experience dealing with bullies last year during a campaign for the WWE. Bullies never change, but their tools have evolved exponentially. The advent and acceptance of social media has the potential to achieve so much good, but the anonymity has created a platform for intimidation. When I first read about Michigan native, Amy S. Weber’s A Girl Like Her movie, I was instantly intrigued. These types of films are important. Even more interesting is Weber’s decision to move ahead without a script. That’s right, the film is improvised.
  • The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown is return of an era!

    Christopher
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Yes! Yes ! Yes! Warner Bros. nails WWE and Flintstones spirit with return to Bedrock. About a month ago I wrote a review of Tom & Jerry’s return to their cartoon antics. Despite a saturation of new characters, Warner Bros. turned in a shockingly outstanding set of animated shorts. From heavy pencils to subdued color tone, everything was as I remembered as a child. Same goes for WB’s The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, a brand new animated feature released this year. The look of the classic cartoons is lovingly recreated, almost as if it’s the top priority…
 
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  • 16 ways you can support our adoption

    Matt Todd
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    It’s no secret that adoption can be expensive. Of course, it’s also no secret that giving birth to a child can be just as expensive. It’s just paid in different ways by different people. So as we’re waiting to meet “W” and ultimately bring him home, we’re busy finding the funds to complete this journey. And that’s where you come in. Just like are plenty of ways you can help orphans without adopting, I’ve come up with 16 ways you can support our adoption. And most of them won’t even cost you a cent! Here they are:1. Buy Coffee.image…
  • Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

    Matt Todd
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBiasGreat Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. Click this link to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can…
  • The paper chase: A big adoption update

    Matt Todd
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    This whole adoption process has definitely been a marathon and it is not for the faint of heart. There have been days, weeks, and even months where it has felt like nothing was happening. That’s part of the reason I haven’t given much of an update on this blog recently. There really wasn’t much to report, other than the fact that we were still caught in the grueling process that is known in adoption circles as the paper chase. Now, we aren’t new to the paper chase. We’ve done it before. But I guess I’d forgotten how long the process actually takes. Or maybe…
  • Cherry Coke Pulled Pork makes college basketball even better [Recipe]

    Matt Todd
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  Coca-Cola is a corporate champion of the NCAA. #FinalFourPack #CollectiveBiasI love this time of year. The air is starting to warm up. The birds are returning. The flowers are starting to bloom. And a select few college teams are still playing basketball. All are signs that March is upon us. And I believe it’s the most wonderful time of the year.NCAA® March Madness is about to descend upon us. It promises to be full of s the proverbial David vs. Goliath stories, surprising…
  • March and basketball go together like peanut butter and jelly

    Matt Todd
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    High school tournaments are in full swing. Student athletes are delivering heartfelt speeches on Senior Nights. Conference tournaments have started. Selection Sunday is just around the corner. Some upsets have already happened. Congratulations, Illinois State, for knocking off the Shockers today. The ball will soon be tipped for that One Shining Moment. And people are talking like coaches will gladly jump from the NBA to coach the Cream and Crimson. I think they’re dreaming, by the way. But that’s a different post for a different time. Maybe. I’m not sure I have the energy…
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  • Winter Stars

    Kip Durney
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    When I got home last night, the kids were already in bed. It was about 8:30pm and Val told me that she thought Connor was still awake so I headed upstairs to check and hopefully be able to say good night. I walked into his darkened room quietly so as to not wake him if he were in fact asleep. “Hi Daddy.” “Hi Buddy. Why are you still awake?” “Sometimes when you aren’t home I have a hard time falling asleep.” “Well I’m here now so it’s time to hit the sack my little friend.” He protested mildly with “But it’s so hot in here.” It was pretty warm outside so his room…
  • Why Did I Run the Falmouth Road Race?

    Kip Durney
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:13 am
    I am not a runner. In fact, there was a distinct possibility that I would finish last in the “race” and would require reflective gear for when the sun set and I would be crossing that finish line.  But with a little encouragement, some oxygen, and with the knowledge that the funds that I helped to raise just might – or WILL - save someone’s life is all I need.   I dare say we all live pretty good lives.  And we all take life for granted to some degree.  Lives can change in an instant and sometimes, sometimes, people are given a new chance at life as a result of…
  • A Modern-Day Love Story

    Kip Durney
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Recently, I sadly lost my grandmother.  Of course losing someone you love is difficult and tragic but the strongest emotions I felt were not of sadness and loss but rather of appreciation and gratitude.  In fact, it was rather a time to to celebrate her life and the family she created with my grandfather.  She was an amazing woman and, well, her story is a modern-day love story to be shouted from the rooftops near and far as we all could learn a thing or two. I was asked to write and share a eulogy at her funeral.  The priest later asked for a copy so that he could share it with newly…
  • True heroes even in the eyes of a 5 year old

    Kip Durney
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    Yesterday, I watched from my office window in Cambridge the horror that was taking place just across the river with that sinking feeling that what I was witnessing was going to end horribly. I heard the voices on the scanner, saw the MAYDAY tweets, and watched the flames and smoke violently swirl around that building as the emergency vehicles ascended and ladders extended as they tried so desperately to get it under control. It was hard to watch knowing what was probably happening inside that building. When I got home, I turned on the news. My three young kids were sitting there and knew…
  • 10 1/2 bands your kids need to know

    Kip Durney
    23 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It would be hard to find someone that doesn’t love music or say that it has not influenced their life in some way. We all are certainly no different. And as parents, it was inevitable that the musical influences with which we grew up would be shared with our children as well. For many of us, music has had an enormous impact and influence on our lives. There were the songs that got us through that first break-up and the loss we felt the first time someone close to us died. There were the songs that made us dance and sing in our bedrooms with the door closed (think Kodachrome) and those…
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  • Daddy Needs New Wheels

    Michael Schmid
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I've been thinking for some time about buying a new car, and being a father has changed the way I think about transportation. When I was born my father traded in his sexy two seat convertible for a wood-paneled Ford station-wagon. So what choices are available to the modern dad? Let's look at some of the options...
  • Dads Just Want to Have Fun

    Michael Schmid
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Or at least they should. Let me explain. It was brought to my attention by my loving wife and also by at least one commenter on my recent blog: 7 Ways to be a Better Dad (aka: “Stop and Smell the Diapers”) that I had left something important off my list. So, here is that missing guideline on how to be a better dad: HAVE FUN!
  • Inspiration For a New Beginning

    Michael Schmid
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    If you know someone in need of inspiration for a new beginning in any area of their life, I hope you will share this with them.
  • Never Pass Up a Chance to Dance with Cinderella!

    Michael Schmid
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    While reading her Cinderella, our 3½ yo daughter asked me to dance. I'm ashamed to say my first thought was, "I'm too tired to dance with you tonight."
  • The Leprechaun on the Shelf – A New Holiday Tradition

    Michael Schmid
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Our daughter has come to believe our home is being visited annually by a Irish leprechaun. Each day she wakes to find what mischief he made while she slept…
 
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  • 10 Reasons Why I SUCK at Fatherhood

    theamateurdad
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Yes title says it all. I SUCK at fatherhood. Funny because when I started this blog I thought about all he “knowledge” and “experience” I’d be sharing with you all from my 11.5 years as a father, and then I every once and a while show you the places (ones which I only want you to see) where I fall short. But the sobering fact about blogging is at some point reality hits and you realize how unqualified you are at saying anything to anybody. So I decided to take it a step further and just show you how much I really SUCK at fatherhood. No really I think this list is…
  • 5 Things You Need To Know About T.A.D. in 2015

    theamateurdad
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hey Everyone! So I’m back. It’s been quite the layoff from blogging. About 2 months to be exact. But it’s been a refreshing break though. Its always good to step back and review why you do what you do. In my case, I started blogging to encourage current fathers, soon to be fathers and want to be fathers, to want or become better ones. The importance for fathers to take their role seriously in our society today can’t be overstated enough. I’m one voice of many dads who blog on hundreds of topics relating to fatherhood everyday. With that in mind, it’s also…
  • Review: Threadsmiths Hydrophobic 100% Cotton T-Shirt

    theamateurdad
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Less Laundry. Isn’t that what life as a parent is all about. ANYTHING that can help moms and us dads do less laundry during the week is something worth talking about. Enter Threadsmiths’ Hydrophobic 100% cotton T-shirt. Yes that was a mouth full to say, but for good reason. In simple terms, its a shirt made a special material that can resist stains easily by just applying water to it. Threadsmiths was kind enough to send me a free T-shirt to test and review on this blog. But before I go into my testing and results, here’s a few more details on the product: We make…
  • The Best Kept Secret To Getting Your Kids In Bed

    theamateurdad
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I know why you clicked on this link. Like most parents with young kids, it doesn’t seem like there’s an end in sight. You’re suffering. Every night its the same routine. And every night they defy that routine. “Why won’t they just stay in bed???!!” Your kids and my kids have this knack of, well…not wanting to go to sleep at their pre-scheduled bedtime. Starting from the terrible 2’s right up to 6-7 years old. There always, ALWAYS seems to be a reason to stay up longer. “Dad I’m thirsty.” “Can I get a glass of…
  • Saturday Video: The Birth Story You’re Looking For

    theamateurdad
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood, and other informative things dads would love from 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. I’ve never been more excited to share a Saturday Video than the one I have for you today. On October 17, 2014, my niece Zien Elizabeth Barrocks was born to my brother Tristan Barrocks and his wife Natanya. We all love a good birth story, and like many other fathers, my brother wanted to capture every moment of the birth for his…
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  • Put Play Back in Playgrounds

    Chris Bernholdt
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “When I told my son a school district wanted to take away swings because kids got hurt walking in front of them while they were being used, he said, “Sounds like it’s an improper education on the dangers of swings and not the actual swings that are the problem.” (photo: Chris Berholdt) Remember feeling weightless as you rode on a swing as a child? Remember feeling the warm sun on your face while a sky of azure looked back down on you, tempting you to touch it? I remember thinking that if I kicked enough and extended my arm beyond my physical limitations that I would…
  • My Dad Was Fatherless, My Son Won’t Be

    Adam Gertsacov
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    When my dad was 1 year old, his father Eddy abandoned his mother and three kids (he was the youngest). I’m not sure why he left. He clearly wasn’t happy. I asked my grandmother about it years later, and she said she was not an easy person to live with. That may be, but leaving your kids — I just can’t fathom it. I can understand the urge to leave, and I can imagine leaving, but I can’t imagine actually leaving. Years later, Eddy made contact with my dad, trying to repair the relationship. My dad refused to see him. He felt that wound deeply. The author, his…
  • 5 Parenting Techniques to Help You at Work

    Mike Julianelle
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kids operate from an unrelatable place, often with no logical motivation or rationale for their behavior. Kind of like your boss. Or your clients. Or your annoying coworker Karen. While nothing you bring from work will help you at home, as a man with a college-degree and almost two decades of experience in the professional world, I believe there are many things you can learn from interacting with your kids to help you at work. I mean, if you can survive dealing with your toddler, you can deal with anyone. Here’s how parenting can make you a better employee:* 1. Focus Up It’s hard to get…
  • March Madness Sweeps City Dads Nation

    City Dads Group
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    City Dads Groups across the country came together last night to get mad for March Madness. Dove Men+Care graciously sponsored events to let fathers get out of the house for the evening and into the start of the nation’s biggest college basketball tournament. Here are reports and photos from our members: “You really need to be a part of this.” The San Francisco Dads Group drafted a new member in the process of getting this photo set up during its March Madness viewing event , sponsored by Dove Men+Care. (photo courtesy: Mike Heenan) At one point I thought I’d have to pry the pizza…
  • The Problem with Bugs

    City Dads Group
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “I am ashamed of my thoughts. My daughter was afraid, and all I could think about were my fears.” That’s how NYC Dads Group member Christopher Persley pulls you into our organization’s latest contribution to the “Word of Dad” section of WhatToExpect.com. His article “What Not to Do When Your Kid Is Scared of Bugs,” discussing confronting his own fear of showing weakness in front of his daughter during a playground encounter. Read his article on WhatToExpect.com. Related posts: The Frightening Fly Coney Island for Young, Young at Heart…
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  • The Surprising Lack of Changing Stations in Men's Rooms

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    There are plenty of things you take for granted before becoming a parent.  I've talked at length about a number of them, but one that is near and dear to my heart is the lack of changing tables in men's restrooms.  Recently, Ashton Kutcher posted on Facebook about this issue and the story was picked up by a number of news sources.  Most seemed to agree that this was a problem that needed addressing.  Ashton then went on to make a petition targeted at Costco and Target which was a huge missed opportunity because Target already has them in their stores.  Regardless,…
  • A Baby Memory Book for the Geeky Parent

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Finding out you are going to become a parent is a really exciting time.  A ton of emotions are pretty much par for the course and when they begin to settle, you'll begin to do a lot of research.  One form of research my wife and I did was buy pregnancy books.  We got the typical week by week pregnancy book that costs 60 bucks and weighs more than a newborn, plus I even got a few dad-centric ones as well.  Another type of book that is popular around this time is the baby memory book.  Your parents may have had one when you were younger and they typically document…
  • Why Having Kids Doesn't Kill Your Social Life

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    It's pretty much a known fact nowadays that having a child is going to do a number on your existing social life.  Before kids, you really only had to be accountable to two people, yourself and your partner.  If you chose the correct partner, chances are you guys like the same things and prefer to be in each others company, so staying out late to have drinks or sleeping off that hangover the next morning is no biggie.  When you have a child though, every fiber of your being is spent making sure this precious being is raised in the best possible manner (and is not killed by the…
  • New Nintendo 3DS XL Review

    16 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Nintendo recently released their newest handheld to market called The New Nintendo 3DS.  To the casual observer, there doesn't seem to be much different with this new installment, but nothing could be further from the truth.  After spending a weekend putting it through it's paces, I'm here to report on the changes in the latest handheld release and why it's the best Nintendo handheld ever to hit store shelves.The New Nintendo 3DS XL, which hit store shelves this past Friday, doesn't actually look that different from it's predecessor.  It's about the same size and the screens…
  • Metamorphabet: An Upcoming iOS App For All Ages

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    Yesterday, Jack and I were given a unique opportunity to test out a new iOS app that will be coming to the app store soon called Metamorphabet.  The app isn't available just yet (it comes out on February 12th) but thanks to the app creators we were able to test drive it early to give you some impressions.  Metamorphabet, simply put, is an app that helps kids learn the alphabet.  Each letter is beautifully drawn and is interacted with by touch.  The app begins with the letter "A" which upon touching, will morph into different objects that begin with the letter "A".
 
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    Top Daddies

  • Toyota’s Eco-Friendly Solutions For The Family

    Mike Granek
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Toyota’s Eco-Friendly Solutions For The Family by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Toyota’s Eco-Friendly Solutions For The Family Mike from TopDaddies.com meets with Stephen from Toyota Canada, one of the Gold Sponsors at the Healthy Family Expo in Vancouver. Stephen talks about Toyota’s eco-friendly technology such as The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) Concept – the inspiration behind the production ready Toyota Mirai, and Toyota’s i-Road, a unique three-wheeler that combines the convenience of a motorcycle with the stability of a car. We also take a look at…
  • Medela Breastpump Products | Harmony, Freestyle, Calma

    Mike Granek
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Medela Breastpump Products | Harmony, Freestyle, Calma by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. MOMMY GUEST POST Tamara Granek | Mom Medela Breastpump Products Review | Harmony, Freestyle, Calma First of all I have to say that I have been extremely lucky to be able to breastfeed all 3 of my children. It is something that I have always wanted to do and am grateful that I am able to. I did not pump much for my first two children, so even though this is my third child, pumping is a new experience for me. The reason I am embarking on this new experience with my third child is because my middle…
  • Rob Evans Talks About Being A Dad

    Mike Granek
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Rob Evans Talks About Being A Dad by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Rob Evans Talks About Being A Dad & Parenting A Teen Rob Evans, dad and host of HGTV’s “The Expandables” talks about being a dad and parenting a teenager. About Rob Motorcycle aficionado, donut fanatic, and single dad, design-trained contractor Rob Evans is a man’s man with a point of view about almost everything. Now a specialist in renovating residential properties, Rob began his career as the owner and operator of a successful design firm which inform his creative and aesthetically…
  • Michael Eckford On Co-Parenting After Separation

    Mike Granek
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:24 am
    Michael Eckford On Co-Parenting After Separation by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Michael Eckford Talk About Co-Parenting After Separation Michael Eckford, radio host and dad to three kids, shares his story about making co-parenting work after a separation. Michael is currently the host of The Michael Eckford Show on CKNW98 in Vancouver, and has also co-hosted various television programs including Daytime, Urban Rush (later renamed The Rush), and Breakfast Television on CityTV. Find Michael on Twitter: @michaeleckford The post Michael Eckford On Co-Parenting After Separation was…
  • TravelSmart & The Benefits Of Walking Your Kids To School

    Mike Granek
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:51 pm
    TravelSmart & The Benefits Of Walking Your Kids To School by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. TravelSmart & The Benefits Of Walking Your Kids To School Mike from TopDaddies.com meets with Carol to learn about TravelSmart, one of the Gold Sponsors at the Healthy Family Expo in Vancouver. Carol speaks about the benefits of walking, cycling and taking public transportation with your kids to school. For more information visit: travelsmart.ca The post TravelSmart & The Benefits Of Walking Your Kids To School was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies…
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  • Just six words…

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Karen and I were having lunch with our daughter-in-law Jen and our granddaughter Sophie last Sunday after church when Sophie took off with her G-ma scurrying behind her in hot pursuit. The restaurant had a very distracting store in its lobby with brightly colored things all over the place and right at a toddler’s eye level. And Sophie’s favorite word is “Please?” Hold on to your debit cards, ladies! So Jen and I had a few minutes of perfect peace while the girls were off fingering trinkets. We talked about many little family things, and at one point this little dad…
  • The value of just two ginger snaps

    admin
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    My daughter Amanda lives 492 miles away from me. She’s in New York getting her second college degree. (Over-achiever.) We text and tweet and email a lot. Just little silly things, mostly. And sometimes I send her cookies. With maybe a sticky note inside. Or maybe nothing but a smiley face on the envelope. And sometimes I don’t even send the cookies at all because something bad happens to them on the way to the post office. It’s like a ten-minute drive, after all. Last week I sent her two homemade ginger snaps, all alone in an envelope without even a smiley.  And she posted…
  • New book on the way

    admin
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    I’ve begun working on Volume 2 in The Dad Story Project book series, and thought I’d share the cover with you. There are two main reasons for doing this: 1) to get people excited, and 2) to give myself a kick in the pants! Making books isn’t hard, it’s mostly just time consuming—but I always seem to figure out a way to point my time and energy in other directions. It’s all good, ministry stuff mostly, so it’s easy to rationalize doing the easier things (Bible study, writing letters, napping). The Kite Book (its short working title) will be very much like…
  • The joy of airbags and new neighbors

    admin
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story, the second by my friend David Rath, must come with a disclaimer. The pyrotechnic activities depicted are not necessarily normal, or recommended. Yes, the story is funny, but it’s the kind of funny that borders on something else. Something else like sledding off the shed roof or hunting for snapping turtles, or using sling shots in the house or any number of things that I did with my kids and later regretted only because we got caught by mom. Us dads are always getting caught by mom, and we always have to take the responsibility because…
  • Making joyful connections

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:42 pm
    One of the most delightful aspects of this whole let’s-encourage-dads-ministry-thing (LEDMT) is making connections with like-minded people all over the place. It’s just been about eight weeks, and the Facebook and Twitter connections keep on growing, the exploding cat book reviews keep pouring in (click this), and little by little the hits to the website go up. Getting traction for things like this is never easy, and (in the words of Malcolm Gladwell), I haven’t reached the “tipping point” yet, but I’m hopeful and expectant nonetheless. I’m not a…
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