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  • So bleibt die Ordnung in der Garage bestehen

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

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    Mike Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    As we get close to the end of July, we’re already thinking about back to school shopping. My kids go back to school on August 19th, so the time is now to get organized and make sure that my 4 daughters have the supplies and gear they need to get a great start to the school year. With four kids to shop for, we’re extremely value conscious —but I have to admit, at the same time it’s important to me that my kids leave the house looking stylish. My kids are out there representing “Brand Johnson” and their style is a big part of that. Also, I’m a pretty big sneaker freak so as a dad,…
  • My Wife just Said… #171

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    Andy
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Okay. Honey! The toilet and I just became best friends. Let’s take it easy on the romance.” -Elizabeth   The flower of romance can bloom suddenly in the rays of spontaneity. Or it can hit a very firmly closed bathroom door. There’s a time and place for everything, and sometimes “the mood” needs to take a raincheck. Sometimes it also needs to light a match. Because, despite what you learn from fairy tales, true love often has a lot of really honest moments. P.S. If my wife kills me for posting this. Please scatter my ashes and my earbuds near the giant…
  • On Paper This is an Awful Idea

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    Sean
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sterling & Stone’s simple yet ambitious business model is the future of our company. But until today it was like any one of our stories — a great idea that required hard work and reality to manifest its magic. Once upon a time I had a few flower shops. This is a tough business with low profit margins and everything is perishable. It’s hard for florists to carry a lot of product, because cooler space is expensive and even the best blossoms can only bloom for so long. Yet, our shop was always packed with buckets. Flowers are for holidays and special occasions. Trader…
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  • So bleibt die Ordnung in der Garage bestehen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shoe Carnival’s Buy One Get One Half Off Takes Care of Your Back to School Shoe Needs

    Mike Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    As we get close to the end of July, we’re already thinking about back to school shopping. My kids go back to school on August 19th, so the time is now to get organized and make sure that my 4 daughters have the supplies and gear they need to get a great start to the school year. With four kids to shop for, we’re extremely value conscious —but I have to admit, at the same time it’s important to me that my kids leave the house looking stylish. My kids are out there representing “Brand Johnson” and their style is a big part of that. Also, I’m a pretty big sneaker freak so as a dad,…
  • Join Us for the USA Swimming and Speedo #50TopSwimCities Twitter Party!

    Mike Johnson
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Earlier this week, USA Swimming and Speedo announced the Top 50 Swimming Cities in America. The cities were picked on a variety of parameters such as percentage of active swimmers and swim clubs, number of accessible pools and volume of top-level swimmers from the area. USA Swimming and Speedo also released an awesome infographic to give details on the top 10 cities on the list. To celebrate the top swimming cities and swimming in general, during these summer months we’re having a twitter party to spread the love of swimming and to give away some great prizes for your days at the pool!
  • Infographic: 50 Top Swim Cities In America

    Mike Johnson
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    My wife grew up going to a swim club every summer, so making sure that our four daughters “aren’t afraid of the water” has always been a huge priority for her…and in turn, for me. We’re fortunate that our neighborhood has a fantastic pool that is now a fun summer community for our kids. My kids love swimming, they love the community within our neighborhood pool and I’m proud to say that our kids spend an awful lot of summer days water logged from a day splashing around the pool. I had some pride after seeing USA Swimming and Speedo’s list of the 50…
  • Preparing for my Daughter’s Bright Future

    Mike Johnson
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:48 pm
    This summer my oldest daughter — my first born — becomes a teenager. It’s also a big summer for her because she’s getting to travel, without mom and dad, for her passion of dancing. The summer has made me reflect on how fast she has grown up and how dance has always been a constant thread in her life. It all goes by so fast. Cliche, but true. You literally look up and all of the sudden, you have a teenager in the house. As my daughter embarks on her summer and heads into 8th grade in the fall, she’s already taking note of the older kids in her dance community and…
  • Our Frito-Lay and Skylanders Gaming Party

    Mike Johnson
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    We’re in week two of summer break and it was a fantastic time to surprise the kids with a little weekday morning gaming party. It was a perfect day to do it as the kids were having a sleepover with their cousins who are also huge Skylanders fans. We laid out all of the cool swag supplied by Frito-Lay and Skylanders the night before so that the kids woke and wondered what was going on. Almost like a Skylanders Christmas in June. The kids were super excited and couldn’t wait to start gaming in full on Skylanders pajama gear. Then it was onto some Skylanders AM gaming on our Wii. Everyone…
 
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  • My Wife just Said… #171

    Andy
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Okay. Honey! The toilet and I just became best friends. Let’s take it easy on the romance.” -Elizabeth   The flower of romance can bloom suddenly in the rays of spontaneity. Or it can hit a very firmly closed bathroom door. There’s a time and place for everything, and sometimes “the mood” needs to take a raincheck. Sometimes it also needs to light a match. Because, despite what you learn from fairy tales, true love often has a lot of really honest moments. P.S. If my wife kills me for posting this. Please scatter my ashes and my earbuds near the giant…
  • Things You Can’t Do When You’re Not A Toddler

    Charlie
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Having kids and taking them out in public is basically a clown parade. For some kids, growing up is the process of being told what to do and knowing how to act in public. We strip them down to the behavior only we prescribe. But we reserve the right to act equally childish. Grownups can be such hypocrites. But what if we acted like toddlers? I mean even more than we do already. Because who are we kidding? Follow us on Facebook. Or we’ll fall all over you.  
  • Daddy Vader Says… Rank Side of the Force

    Andy
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Sometimes your baby or child does things that impress you beyond the normal “wow, he squeezed my finger” or “holy crap, she ate the whole thing!” Stuff that’s extraordinary. These achievements can even get you thinking they’re prodigies at something, or what they’ve done is somehow foreshadowing of some specific future for them, some destiny. And then, sometimes it’s just farts. Farts that say your child could go toe to toe (or poison gas cloud to poison gas cloud) with a lumberjack after a burrito festival. Wow. Seriously? Wow. Follow us on…
  • The Wanted

    Charlie
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Finn, this weekend after I put you on a timeout you said to me, “You don’t want me anymore?” If I never hear those words again in my life it will be too soon. We talked about why you thought that, what it means to be an older brother and then I asked you a question back. “Do you know why I became a father?” You didn’t know. So I told you, “So I could have you in my life. I became a dad so you and I could spend our lives together.” No matter what happens, no matter where I am — I will always love you and want you around. In case you…
  • Scareded – Scrabble Scribble #10

    Andy
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
      The most innocent things can backfire on parents. There’s really no “winning” with kids. No sure formula. What was delicious today may be the worst thing they’ve ever eaten tomorrow. A lullaby might send them to sleep or to the mad house. Seriously. I laughed at my son’s joke the other day and he started crying. So yeah.   Follow us on Facebook. We promise not to be juicebags. Too much. More Scrabble Scribble Comics There’s more potato-shaped characters where these came from. Lots more. Instructional Diagrams Buckle up for laughs. 
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    Sterling & Stone

  • On Paper This is an Awful Idea

    Sean
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sterling & Stone’s simple yet ambitious business model is the future of our company. But until today it was like any one of our stories — a great idea that required hard work and reality to manifest its magic. Once upon a time I had a few flower shops. This is a tough business with low profit margins and everything is perishable. It’s hard for florists to carry a lot of product, because cooler space is expensive and even the best blossoms can only bloom for so long. Yet, our shop was always packed with buckets. Flowers are for holidays and special occasions. Trader…
  • Why This Community Rocks — and Why the Forums Will, Too

    Jacob
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When Fiction Unboxed started, I wasn’t yet working for Sterling & Stone, at least not directly. I was transcribing, and that’s about it. But as an indie author and diehard SPP fan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join in on the Fiction Unboxed fun. As the Kickstarter campaign drew to a close, and days for the FU mayhem were waning, my expectations couldn’t have been higher. I imagined daily videos, stuffed with excitement, tearing at the seams with creative enthusiasm. I expected daily updates and all the inside tricks that Johnny and Sean use to breed their unique brand of…
  • Eager to Share All That We’re Building

    Sean
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been an amazing few months. As long as they felt they’ve also flown right by. Our Kickstarter campaign for Fiction Unboxed felt like it lasted a year, a lot like the 90 days of Dream Engine work compressed into 30. Before we started the actual unboxing, the seeds of our Sterling & Stone site had already been planted. I was itching to get in our garden and grow things. This is all exciting, so much of what we’re doing is wild frontier. The three of us are lucky that we get to make a living from our ideas, and do it by coloring outside the generally accepted lines…
  • The Sterling & Stone Logo Design Contest

    Sean
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sterling & Stone has needed a logo forever. We were starting an initial design more than two years ago, just before the company’s first version crumbled. It has been a want and in no way a need ever since, and thus has stayed on the back burner. But there’s no doubting a logo’s significance, or its ability to quietly foster our growth. Our logo will surely evolve over time, improving as we do, but it’s key to start Sterling & Stone with a strong visual representation of our brand. As with almost everything we do, our logo will evolve along with our…
  • The Authorpreneur’s Almanac

    Sean
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    I’m guilty of sometimes mistaking what I wish to be true with what actually is. For too long the three of us were making the same mistake with our broadcasts. We had a lot going on, too much really, and talked about it constantly. And yet, we’ve never really talked about it all in a single location, or as cohesively as our audience deserves. Yes, we regularly discuss our business on The Self-Publishing Podcast, but it’s easy to tip over into too much self-promotion. That’s not the case here. Sterling & Stone’s biggest benefit to us as creators is that it allows us to do what…
 
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  • JIBO: The World’s First Family Robot

    snowdeal
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    i ran across a video for JIBO “The World’s First Family Robot” and automatically assumed it was a parody or some attempt at viral comedy. but no – it’s legit! maybe it’s just me but that video really strikes my creepy nerve ( along with other concerns ) but it is an interesting way to avoid the uncanny valley. could go in interesting directions if it’s going to end up being a platform you can build on.
  • the beastie boys’ ‘paul’s boutique’ remixed and re-imagined from all the original samples

    snowdeal
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    from the new-to-me dept: a tribute to paul’s boutique by DJ Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot and DJ Food. an appropriate way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the seminal recording. [download] [via]
  • don’t fly drones here ( but kite aerial photography o.k. sometimes )

    snowdeal
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    don’t fly drones here is an interactive map showing areas where you’re not supposed to fly “unmanned aerial vehicles” including airports, military bases and national parks. but as far as i can tell – since it doesn’t technically involve a uav – kite aerial photography is still allowed at national parks but probably not a great idea near military bases and airports. [ via kottke ]
  • Life on Earth is dying again

    snowdeal
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    in 1996 or so i saw noted biologist E.O. Wilson give a talk in which he said we would soon see the signs that we are in midst of the next mass extinction and that not many species would make it through. to him the evidence was clear ( and even him admitted ) and a bit of a bummer. now almost 20 years later, new research published in science confirms we are in earth’s sixth mass extinction and “…more broadly, it suggests that if we are unable to end or reverse the rate of their loss, it will mean more for our own future than a broken heart or an empty forest.”…
  • day 3649: finally flying the kite aerial photography rig!

    snowdeal
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:41 pm
    a little over a year ago i thought about getting into kite aerial photography with odin and almost exactly a year ago we beta tested the rig and took frida goes for her first ride in the galaxie 500 in search of the wind. and then we waited. and waited. and waited for a non-stormy windy day when we had the time to fly a kite. turns out that combination of conditions is a rarity! and i started to believe that waiting for the wind was the wrong strategy and we needed to start thinking about heading to windy places. so we planned ahead and brought the gear on vacation in the upper peninsula of…
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  • Sunrise at the Equator

    Bruce Sallan
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    I did a simple time-lapse short video of sunrise - at sea, at the equator. Beautiful. Somewhere off the East Coast of Africa
  • Who’s Watching YOUR Kid? #SocialMedia Safety at #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    It's no joke. There is identity theft and all kinds of shenanigans going on with the Internet. Yet, how many parents are really aware of what their kids do online? What they watch and WHO may be watching them? Social Media Safety is our topic for this Thursday's #DadChat, July 31 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. We have special guest DJ Thistle as our co-host this chat. DJ is a the co-founder of SteamFeed.com, a marketing, social media, business, and tech website that with the help of his two partners, Daniel Hebert & Gerry Michaels, grew to over 125,000 views a month in…
  • The Once-and-Still Married vs. The Divorced

    Bruce Sallan
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    I was jogging around our nearby lake when I saw two women walking. As I passed them, I recognized one as a former friend of mine. Our eyes met but she quickly averted them. I realized who it was by the time I was way past them. It brought back many memories of what I call The Dark Days of (My) Divorce. During my first marriage, our family belonged to a local synagogue. Most temples and churches are very family-oriented and this one was no exception. We made many friends through the family-services and other family-centric events including “Rhonda’s” family of five (Rhonda is her real…
  • Son Finds His Passion at Thrively

    Bruce Sallan
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    I'm working with Thrively.com because I think it's an awesome website and tool for parents and their kids. Unlock YOUR child's potential! For now, you can register free and have your kid(s) take their free assessment test. I had my boys do it and was amazed at how good the results were. Do it now!
  • Unconditional Love and Find Your Kid’s Passion with Thrively.com

    Bruce Sallan
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Thursday, July 24, 2014 Featured guests: Jon Kraft and Girish Venkat of Thrively.com. Pastor Drew Sams for "Spiritual Talk." Dr. Jennifer Weberman (The Parenting Playground) for "Therapy Talk." Today's radio show is inspired by this week's column, There's No Such Things as Unconditional Love and special guests representing the new website to find your kid's passions and strengths, Thrively.com. Click on the link to stream online: Part 1- Introduction and Opening Remarks by Bruce. [jwplayer mediaid="21361"] Part 2 - Special guests Jon Kraft and Girish Venkat of Thrively.com. [jwplayer…
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    All Around Fitness

  • How to Know if it’s Time to Replace your Treadmill Belt

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

    Paul Samson
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The LifeSpan TR5000i is the perfect budget treadmill for a serious marathon runner or the type of small fitness centers found in apartment complexes, hotels and housing communities. It comes with a commercial AC motor that will give you the most power for the money you’ll spend. 3.0 HP Continuous Duty AC Motor Unlike other brands that promote their treadmills as Commercial or Light Commercial, this treadmill actually has a commercial AC motor in it. That, combined with its price, puts this machine several laps ahead of other treadmills in the same price range. Designed so you can Tread…
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    20 Jun 2014 | 9:30 pm
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    20 Jun 2014 | 9:29 pm
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    Fatherhood Channel

  • Blue Mountain Doesn’t Send Cards to Heaven

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

    Seth Eisenberg
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The most important thing you can do for your relationships is looking for what's right in the people closest to you and developing the habit of generously, sincerely, and specifically appreciating them. Here are 300 inspiring examples to help you get started.
  • Most Important Thing to Do for Your Relationship

    Seth Eisenberg
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The most important thing you can do for relationships isn't difficult and is possible for anyone, says an industry leader in marriage and relationship education. Get inspired with 300 examples of loving, affirming words to strengthen the relationships you want to last.
  • Couples Need More Bonding Time, Therapist Says

    Carson Abrir
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    For older couples especially, fear of 'rocking the boat' can get in the way of learning skills to bring more love and pleasure to their marriages. North Carolina marriage pros Gary and Deanie Hurst help couples overcome those fears and have fun creating happier, stronger marriages.
  • Veterans, Caregivers Learn to Be Healing to Each Other in Innovative Warrior to Soul Mate Programs

    Rob Henthorn
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Nearly 5.5 million Americans are caring for service members and Veterans, many of whom are impacted by post traumatic stress. The VA is expanding innovative efforts to help Veterans and their loved ones learn to be healing to each other through the Warrior to Soul Mate program.
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  • He's Showing

    greg
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    One unfortunate trend begets another. Redditor. druishprincess99's pregnant wife, obviously the brains in this operation, didn't want to take glam maternity photos. So Druish, apparently the looks, hired the photographer and posed himself. There are many more photos in the set, which cannot be unseen. Manternity Pics [imgur.com via neatorama thx @heideland]
  • Failed States, B4 Armored Mercedes Wagon By Jill Magid

    greg
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Failed States is the title of a book by artist Jill Magid, and it is also the title of her 1993 Mercedes 300TE station wagon, which she had armored to B4 level protection, and exhibited last year at the Texas State Capitol:In training [in Texas to embed with US troops], I learned that in Afghanistan, we would drive around in a 'hard car'-- an armored vehicle, usually a Mercedes, that invisibly blends into traffic. I thought of my used 1993 Mercedes station wagon back in Brooklyn that my husband and I had bought when our son was born, and immediately wanted to armor it.And who wouldn't? Failed…
  • My First Rifle Series by An-Sofie Kesteleyn

    greg
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    After hearing about a 5-yo who shot his 2yo sister, Amsterdam-based photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn set off to understand American families where little kids get guns. After scouring shooting ranges around the country, she found and photographed fifteen kids for her My First Rifle series. She also asked the kids to write down their biggest fear, which, frankly, seems a little heavy-handed. But after looking through the small selection of Kesteleyn's images of kids posing in their bedrooms with their guns, I can say that my biggest fear is trigger discipline. WT actual F, people. Oy: Bubblegum…
  • Actually, I Want You To Freak Out About Racist Preschool Suspension Policies

    greg
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Oh my gosh, how outrageous is this, the exact opposite of the buy-your-kid's-way-into-socialite-preschool story. Tunette Powell writes in the Washington Post about discovering that her sons were getting suspended from preschool like crazy, for what amounts to age-appropriate behavior, behavior for which other [i.e., white] kids were not getting suspended for.The problem is not that we have a bunch of racist teachers and administrators. I believe most educators want to help all children. But many aren't aware of the biases and prejudices that they, like all of us, harbor, and our current…
  • CNN Would Like To Freak You Out About Preschool Admissions

    greg
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Here is a CNN story about the Preschool Admissions Diary, the NYT Motherlode blog series about Judy Batalion's account of applying for preschools in Manhattan. Amazingly, there's not even a link to the Times itself. The numbers don't lie: expensive, private preschools are expensive and small. Large populations of applicants are trying to get into tiny classes. People also have no idea what they're supposed to do, and the process is fraught with anxiety, anxiety which is fed by articles about articles like this one. [I guess technically, this is now a blog post about an article about a blog…
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  • Book Review ~ Keep Out! Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse

    Ken
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    If your kids are like my children, then they probably play too much electronics. That’s why I love the Keep Out!: Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse book (by Lee Mothes). As you can probably tell by the title, it’s a step-by-step guide for building a clubhouse for kids. There are plenty of books about building clubhouses, playhouses, sheds, and treehouses. But this book is a little different because it’s aimed at kids. The book provides instructions that most tweens and teenagers should be able to understand. There’s another nice thing about the book. Even though the…
  • Transformers Giveaway Winner

    Ken
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Good morning, dads and moms. I’m headed out to see the Street of Dreams today. There’s nothing more fun than seeing houses you can never afford. Anyway, I have one giveaway winner announcement. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad blog. Power Rangers Giveaway (dad blog, ends 7/31) Frito-Lay and Skylanders Giveaway (dad blog, ends 8/2) Read more: Transformers Giveaway Winner Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • 5 Things Related to Skylanders® Trap Team – win a prize pack

    Ken
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The summer has been going by fast and before we know it, the kids will be headed back to school again. Between trips to Oregon State University, Mary’s Peak, and Longview to visit the in-laws, I’ve been busy with home improving projects. I recently finished building a play court for the kids and now I’m starting on a big deck project. We also plan on going on a few more trips — like to Hood River for a ride on the dino train, cooling off at the beach on the Oregon coast, and a fun day at the Enchanted Forest near Salem. Before I return to my busy summer, I have five…
  • Power Rangers Giveaway – win Volume 1 of In Space DVD set

    Ken
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1 will be released on DVD on August 5th, 2014. The first volume of Power Rangers: In Space includes 22 episodes, three discs and is 450 minutes long. As some parents know, the Power Rangers series emphasizes the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others. And thanks to Shout! Factory, I’m giving away a copy of the Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1 DVD set on my dad blog. Continue reading to find out how. Read more: Power Rangers Giveaway – win Volume 1 of In Space DVD set Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog…
  • Transformers Cybertron Features 52 Episodes of the Robots in Disguise

    Ken
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios sent me the upcoming Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series DVD set for review on my dad blog. The DVD set includes all 52 episodes of the series on seven discs. The DVD set is a staggering 1180 minutes long. The box set will keep the kids busy all summer long if you let them. But that would be crazy. My suggestion is to limit the kids to a few episodes a day. Otherwise your Transformers-loving children will turn into sofa zombies. That wouldn’t be good. Not good at all. Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series will be available on August 5,…
 
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    People in the Sun
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    There should be one more update here, since, well, there's been some changes in my life. This used to be a very personal blog, so I feel like the update deserves to be at least linked to through here. Well, two updates.Since the last post I wrote here in 2010, the two dogs have died. There were about 17 and 18 when they died, which is insane for pure Pit Bulls. My other blog, which didn't start as a very personal one, has become gradually more personal, so I wrote about the dogs there. It's a nice little post about what happens when a young couple with two dogs deludes itself into thinking…
  • On Self-Examination

    Oren Miller
    29 Oct 2010 | 2:32 pm
    I'm losing it. It's not that I'm less confused, but that I don't feel I have the time to be confused. Like it's a luxury. I still like writing and blogging, but dealing with my own self seems out of place right now.Here, you can always count on Saul Bellow (from the short story, "Something to Remember Me By"):. . . self-examination, once so fascinating to me, has become tiresome.I now have a blog about fatherhood, and who knows, maybe I have more of them blogs lying around somewhere, but I feel like I'm losing my steam here. Like this one is becoming the dumping ground for things that don't…
  • If I Don't Play, No One Gets to Play!

    Oren Miller
    19 Oct 2010 | 11:07 pm
    Now that he's older, raising him is not just about making sure he gets through the day. It's not just about feeding him and making sure he naps. It's also about making sure he grows up to be a good kid. It's about finding the balance, which I think my mom always tried to find, between these two contradictory statements: One, be good. Two, don't take shit from no one.I love this video. Before we got in to see a soccer match between Manchester City and Inter Milan, a group of older kids got some cones and started playing in the parking lot. They were nice to the little guy who really didn't…
  • I Understand the Haters

    Oren Miller
    6 Oct 2010 | 11:05 pm
    There are websites devoted to people who hate parents (found via Sex and the Single Dad).Well, there's everything on the Internet. It's like that parallel universe theory. If the universe is infinite, then there's bound to be another planet just like this one, only a little bit different. Like, rainbows smell bad different. I'm trying to say that everything is on the Internet--including a site devoted to people who call parents breeders. It doesn't mean the Internet is full of haters, just that it's infinite and that infinite things contain all the beauty of the world and all its…
  • Madeline's Name

    Oren Miller
    24 Sep 2010 | 9:56 pm
    A couple of months ago, a high-school friend asked me (on Facebook) what was Madeline's Hebrew name. In his defense, maybe he was joking. You don't know with some people. Still, it's common for Jewish people to have a Hebrew name, and even though I don't believe in that whole God and His Talking Snake thing, it was on my mind when I was thinking about a name.When the name Madeline came up for the first time, I wasn't sure. It wasn't just a non-Jewish name--it was a New Testament name. The only way it could work was if I found an example of a non-observant Jewish Madeline who was also a cool,…
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  • Muskogee River Country Water Park

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

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

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

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:18 pm
    I participated in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central Consulting for The Calling Wines. I received a product sample and promotional item as a thank you for participating. I was asked to review The Calling Pinot Noir from the Dutton Ranch vineyard in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, California. The Calling is a joint venture between Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits CEO Peter Deutsch and legendary sports commentator Jim Nantz. Both men credit being inspired by their fathers which makes a selection from The Calling particularly appropriate for Father's Day. My Pinot Noir arrived this afternoon…
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  • NETGEAR ReadyNAS Review – Enterprise Network Attached Storage for the Home

    Michael Sheehan
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    I was dreading writing this review actually. And it wasn’t because the product is bad, quite the opposite actually. The product is actually quite good. It’s the number of features and configuration options that were making me drag my feet in doing my review. I was a bit overwhelmed as I had a couple of directions I could follow – one would be a complete geek-out on everything that the Netgear ReadyNAS can do (and it’s a lot) or I could try to over-simplify the product and my explanation and not give the product justice. I think, in order to be fair, I’m going to do a little of…
  • Has the Magic Kingdom lost its Magic?

    Michael Sheehan
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:33 am
    My family and I headed down to Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was to reward my kids for a successful year at school and a way for all of us as a family to do something together before we splintered off in different directions during the summer and even the coming years. So, I figured it would be good to write one of those “Tips” or “Did You Know…” or “How To..” or “Disneyland Secrets” articles about visiting the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland. But as my kids and I started doing research prior to our trip, we realized that there weren’t any secrets left, or…
  • 15 Things Families Can Like about the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali

    Michael Sheehan
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    I decided to take a slightly different approach to this automotive review. For a week (which included a road trip down to LA to Disneyland), my family and I experienced the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali. We compiled our thoughts and came up with a list of about 15 features of the Yukon that we particularly enjoyed. For our trip, we wanted a larger vehicle (for passenger comfort) as well as something that would safely protect us on our long drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back. With 6+ hours each way, we really got to test out many of the features. Here is a highlight of the top features…
  • A Quick Neighborhood Adventure Video – “Helping Echo” #EarthToEcho

    Michael Sheehan
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    I remember when I was a kid, we used to go outside and have adventures. Sometimes these adventures were simple, but many times they had complex plots and ran well into the night. We were not tethered to our homes in any way other than how far our parents’ voices could carry. Often, we simply gave a time when we would come home and that was it. Nowadays, kids seem to have become a bit lazy and frequently distracted by the electronics around them. But that is reality, smartphones, gadgets and gizmos are now part of our lives and sometimes we need to incorporate them in our play and our…
  • Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead Vacuum – Review & Dog Does Unboxing Video

    Michael Sheehan
    8 Jun 2014 | 10:58 am
    I was going to be very cliché and have the title of this review of the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead cordless vacuum be…”this vacuum sucks” or “yet another sucky vacuum from Dyson” but I figured that has probably been overplayed and over used. And anyway, we all know that Dyson vacuums are known for the vacuum power, even as the dirt collection canister fills up…the “sucking power” still remains strong. But what happens when you couple that Dyson power with battery power? Is the vacuum still strong enough? Read on to learn more. There are a couple of things that plague…
 
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    Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords

  • The World in a Room

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

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

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: It really is a beautiful photo, haunting and sweet. In most of her pics, Schuyler is laughing, and not gently, either. But as she gets older and more secure in her sense of self, and as she continues to construct and deconstruct her personal sense of who she is, the Schuyler she wants the world to know is more nuanced. She's growing up, and she knows it. I think it's beginning to excite her, the knowledge that she's in control of the person she is to become.
  • Independence Days

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Watching Schuyler and her friend navigate their shared space was an eye-opening experience for me. I observed the ways in which they connected, and watched them dance around the ways that they simply couldn't connect. It gave me a sense of what a friendship with a neurotypical kid might look like, as well as why it has been so hard for Schuyler to make those friendships work out for long. I don't always have a very good concept of how far Schuyler really is from the developmental norm of kids her age. It's not something of which I should be so…
  • "Thanks, but..."

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Special education is a funny thing. (Not so much “ha ha” funny, more like “Huh, that doesn’t make a lick of sense” funny. Not actually all that funny at all, sorry.) We believe deeply in early intervention and a robust special education system in place from the very beginning, but there’s little agreement on what success actually looks like. And to those of us who live in the world of special education, there are few things that make us at best roll our eyes and at worst lay awake at night than hearing even the most well-intentioned…
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  • Cheap Wireless Plan + Budget Phone = Back To School Win

    Dave Taylor
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    My poor 10yo. She’s been lobbying for a few years now to join the big kids club and have a gadget, a device, a cellphone of her own. She’s only in 5th grade (well, as soon as school starts up again) but everyone else in the family not only has a mobile device, but seems to use it far more often than is healthy and rational. Still, without a cheap wireless plan and, frankly, cheap cellphone, it just doesn’t make sense. And even then, I’m still waffling on whether a 5th grader really needs a cellphone. What almost pushes me over the edge is seeing how valuable…
  • Soccer comes to Denver with ManU and AS Roma

    Dave Taylor
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I’m very grateful to the fine folk at Cricket Wireless for sponsoring my attendance at yesterday’s exhibition “friendly” between the winningest team in the English Premier League, Manchester United, and one of the best teams in Europe, Associazione Sportiva Roma from the Italian Seria A League. Now don’t worry, I’m still a loyal Tottenham Hotspur fan, my Premier League team of choice, but their US tour doesn’t include Colorado (they beat The Chicago Fire last night, 2:0, but that was in Chicago) so I haven’t switched my allegiance to ManU but…
  • In a week, my daughter can drive by herself…

    Dave Taylor
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    It’s so close. July 31st my oldest, now 17yo, is going to be taking her driving test and will then, according to Colorado law, be able to drive by herself and drive her siblings without another adult in the vehicle. She still won’t be able to be the driver for her posse, but oh, the freedom that she’s going to be experiencing the first time she just jumps in the car and drives to the market or to meet a friend at Pekoe, her tea house of choice! This is a profound moment in our lives, as any teen parent knows, because it’s a big step for our child becoming an adult…
  • 25% of US Workers have No Vacation Time?

    Dave Taylor
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    According to the Center for Economic Policy & Research, the United States of America is the only so-called advanced economy in the world that doesn’t gaurantee employees paid vacation. The report says: European countries establish legal rights to at least 20 days of paid vacation per year,  with legal requirements of 25 and even 30 or more days in some countries. Australia and New Zealand both require employers to grant at least 20 vacation days per year; Canada and Japan mandate at least 10 paid days off. The gap between paid time off in the United States and the rest of the…
  • Our Outdoor Party, Indoors with Dr Pepper

    Dave Taylor
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    The plan was simple enough: Invite some friends over for an afternoon of gaming but move things outdoors so we could enjoy the lovely weather, use the BBQ to avoid heating the house up unnecessarily, and generally have a backyard bash, albeit small. I was inspired by the Dr Pepper #BackyardBash blog, actually, which you can find at DrPepperBash.com. When the day came, however, the games were ready, the snacks were ready, the drinks — Dr Pepper all around! — were chilling, but it was not only ridiculously hot (97F on the thermometer) but ominous dark clouds were heading our way…
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  • 5 Things I Wish My Bosses Knew About Fatherhood [TODAY Show]

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

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

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

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

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

    Frederick J. Goodall
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Having dinner together is a great way to connect with your family and relax at the end of a busy day. However, getting to dinner time can be stressful. As the dinner hour approaches, I often feel some anxiety. Not only do I have to figure out what to make, but I also have to manage my time carefully because meal prep can be time-consuming. In addition to these concerns, I also worry about making meals that my kids will eat without complaining. Over the years, I’ve learned a few techniques to help make dinner time less stressful and more enjoyable. Plan Meals Although I don’t do this as…
  • A Cure for Boredom

    Frederick J. Goodall
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    My children have dozens of entertainment options – toys, video games, books, movies, mobile devices; however, they always seem to be bored. When I was their age, I always seemed to keep myself occupied. I’d watch TV, read books, or explore the neighborhood on my bike. If I started to feel bored, I would go to my friends’ houses to see what they were doing. They were always up for an impromptu game of football or hide-and-seek. I know things are different today. My kids don’t have the freedom that I did, but their constant bored still baffles me. I once attended a…
  • 2014 Toyota Highlander: For Dads Who Want a Minivan Alternative

    Frederick J. Goodall
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    In 2006, I bought a minivan. As a dad of two children and a third on the way, I realized that I needed a vehicle that would accommodate my growing family. Actually, my wife was the one who convinced me. I was willing to load my family into a car that more suited my personal style. As my wife’s belly swelled, her minivan argument became more compelling. Despite my misgivings, I acquiesced because I wanted to make her happy (note to husbands: do whatever it takes to make your pregnant wife happy). As I signed the paperwork for the minivan purchase, I felt all of my cool points…
  • 5 Ways for Families to Save Money at Amusement Parks

    Frederick J. Goodall
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I’ve been a fan of amusement parks ever since I first visited Peppermint Park as a young child. It was a small Houston-based amusement park that had rides, games, and the best fair food. I was fascinated by the sights, sounds, and smells. I often begged my mother to take me there, and she would abide when she had some extra cash. When I was a little older, I started going to Astroworld, Houston’s big amusement park. It had roller coasters with names like Excalibur, Greezed Lightnin’, XLR-8, and Texas Cyclone. I rode most of the coasters, but I never had the courage to ride…
  • Helping to End Summertime Hunger

    Frederick J. Goodall
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Ending childhood hunger is something I’m passionate about. More than 16 million kids in the U.S. live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That translates to 1 in 5 children in America. The problem is exacerbated during the summer when access to food is even more limited. When school is out for the summer, these kids, who relied on regular breakfasts and lunches at school, often spend their vacation worrying about having enough to eat. Childhood hunger is a major problem in our country – but it’s solvable. As a person who has dealt with hunger, I know how…
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  • My Great Pyrenees Maycee At 10 Weeks

    Donny Claxton
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    My Great Pyrenees Maycee At 10 Weeks Life has certainly changed around here the past week with the addition of Maycee, our now 10-week and two-day old Great Pyrenees. Wednesday we went to the vet for our nine-week’s shots. Our wonderful breeder had said she might have weighed about 8.5 lbs when we got her. […] The post My Great Pyrenees Maycee At 10 Weeks appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Cafe Del Rio – The Great Mexican Restaurant in Mesquite

    Donny Claxton
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Cafe Del Rio – Mesquite Finally Has  Great Mexican Restaurant Again If you’ve been longing for great Tex-Mex in North Texas and you’re fatigued with the more popular chains, your taste buds are in luck. Cafe Del Rio is open in Allen and Mesquite. More importantly that means that Mesquite, Texas has a great Tex-Mex restaurant again. […] The post Cafe Del Rio – The Great Mexican Restaurant in Mesquite appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • It’s A New Day – My Walk With God And Maycee

    Donny Claxton
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    It’s A New Day – My Walk With God And Maycee Yesterday at the vet Maycee, our new Great Pyrenees, weighed in at 16 lbs.  She’ll double that in about six weeks. Last night before bed, we took her on an extended walk. She didn’t whimper for a potty break in her crate all night. […] The post It’s A New Day – My Walk With God And Maycee appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • CNN Money video policy is going to lose them my viewing

    Donny Claxton
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    CNN Money video policy is going to lose them my viewing It’s bad enough that many news websites have resorted to putting a freaking commercial at the beginning of every news clip on their websites.  Now CNN Money has turned off the controls when their stories pop up and you HAVE to watch the spot. […] The post CNN Money video policy is going to lose them my viewing appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • My Great Pyrenees Molly & Maycee – Letting Go And Letting In

    Donny Claxton
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    My Great Pyrenees Molly & Maycee – Letting Go And Letting In When my twin daughters were on their way, my mother-in-law at the time told me that loving the new daughters would be done in a special way–not replacing the daughter I had, but making way a new space in my heart for the […] The post My Great Pyrenees Molly & Maycee – Letting Go And Letting In appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
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  • Red Bike Specials

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

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

    7 Jun 2014 | 2:05 pm
    There are certain times when all the late night wakings, diaper changes, and cleaning food off the floor, in a instant, all seem worthwhile.Of course, having kids you always know it's worthwhile, but it's often stuck in the back of your head while you are dealing with the above mentioned 'dirty jobs'.On Sunday morning I was doing another of those unsavory jobs, loading the dishwasher, when Mrs. LIAYF called from the other room "Go show Daddy, Annabelle".   I then looked over at our dining room, and around the corner pattered my 18mo girl, followed closely by her mother.She was holding a…
  • The Power of Dad

    6 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    #powerofdadHappy Friday readers.  It's hard to believe, but Father's Day is just over a week away now.  I mean, wasn't it just Father's Day 2013?  And it really seems only a short time ago that I was taking my first bicycle ride with Lukas. After all, it was such a happy day, and one that I certainly will never, ever forget.Amazingly, that was on Father's Day back in 2008.  Lukas not only had his first bike ride, strapped into his Wee Ride bike seat that day, as I mentioned in the post, he also had his very first Ice Cream as well! Every once in a while I love to take a…
  • Now Both of My Kids Suck

    24 May 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Yep, Annabelle has now reached that toddler milestone of sucking liquid through a straw!What? You thought I meant something else?  Not a chance.  My kids are awesome!! Annabelle has been attempting to drink from a straw for quite some time now, but just hadn't quite put it all together.  We knew she was overdue to do so, being 18 months old now, but we weren't too concerned knowing that all kids reach milestones at their own pace. You could tell she knew what the concept was, but just couldn't quite figure it out.  It wasn't until we ordered a little flavored milk for her…
 
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  • Disconnect & Reconnect

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

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

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

    mattdaddy
    19 Jan 2014 | 5:54 pm
    So the new job rocks my socks, it’s exciting, amazing, chaotic, you name it. Just fixed the blog, going to post again tomorrow.
  • Ch…ch…ch…ch..chaaaanges

    mattdaddy
    10 Sep 2013 | 1:25 pm
    Turn and face the strain…. Nah.  I’m going to turn and face the new job.  Yup  I handed in my notes at my current company on Monday and I begin work at my new company on Sept 23rd.  I will be the IT Development Manager in charge of….development They needed a project manager who knew how to read and write code and voila, they got me! So excited.  New adventure, new surroundings, new commute.  Yes, sports fans.  I’m trading in my 2 hours commute into NYC for an 18 minute commute two towns over.  YES!  TWO TOWNS!  I can wake up at 7:30, get a shower, breakfast,…
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  • Inspirational teacher uses urban farming in the classroom to grow a brighter future

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    I can speak as somewhat of an authority on this subject because I have experienced the consequences of handing out cars with both positive and negative results. I have thus far supplied two children with vehicles which resulted in very different outcomes. My oldest child is a girl and has always been of a practical […] The post Buying Your Teen a Car: Is It Always a Good Idea? appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Natural Ways to Help Your Child Focus

    Guest Author
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    Approximately 20 percent of ADHD cases in the United States are misdiagnosed, which leads to many kids being medicated when they do not need it. One reason for these children being misdiagnosed is the age difference within school classes. Children who are in the same grade can be born 364 days apart, so the younger […] The post Natural Ways to Help Your Child Focus appeared first on Natural Papa.
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  • Sport of a Different Sort

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

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

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

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

    DaddyCast
    8 Feb 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I am still not asking “What have we done?” but that is probably because I am too tired to think.  But then I sit and look at the cute (because she is sleeping) puppy under my left arm as I type this and realize there are benefits.  After several years without a dog, we have become dog owners again and like several other things in our life, we didn’t go small or easy.  We got two puppies at the same time. The Proclaimers had their song “I’m Gonna Be” where they say they will walk 500 miles and 500 miles more.  Well, we didn’t walk but we did drive 1000 miles for these pups.
 
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    C.C. Chapman

  • One Night Escape to Vermont

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

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Over coffee yesterday at Flour Bakery and Cafe, I was discussing camping with Mitch Joel. Mitch is a dear friend, but spending time in the great outdoors is not his idea of a great time. For me, I’m excited as I pack up my kit bag and get ready for a night in Echo Valley. One night isn’t a long time to get away from it all, but it is better than none. The kids have been with my parents for a week and they are meeting us there. Tonight there will be red meat cooked over an open fire and bourbon under the summer stars. That sounds pretty darn close to perfect to me. Nearest cell…
  • Managing the Gray 136 – Updates and Thoughts

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    With summer upon us, I wanted to share some updates on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. Plus, share some thoughts on recent news and events. Enjoy the latest episode of Managing the Gray. Links to items mentioned on the show. Turks and Caicos Social Business Summit Scott Monty joins SHIFT Communications GORUCK Kammok and National Hammock Day Esther Havens Aphex Microphone X Caleb Chapman Hope you are all doing well and be sure to let me know if you have any leads on organizations who might want to work with me.  
  • Sailboat Lunch in the Ocean

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Captain Tibi cut the engine and we slowly coasted directly for the island in front of us. Laura joked that it looked like another boat had crashed into the limestone on the beach and she hoped we wouldn’t share their fate. Like a graceful dancer, the seventy seven foot boat softly slid into the sand without so much as a nudge upon settling. We were in Turks and Caicos to speak at the first annual Turks and Caicos Social Business Summit and the organizer wanted to thank us with a day out on a sailboat before the conference. The water was the most beautiful shade of blue that I’ve…
  • Move & Make Up – Two Inspiring Videos to Make Your Day Better

    C.C. Chapman
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Sharing beautiful things I find online is something I love to do. Follow me on any social network and you are bound to discover a variety of content that crosses my path and that creates a response in me that makes me want to share it with other. This week two videos jumped out at me so much that I wanted to share them again here on the site. The first came via my daughter. Emily and I are close and understand each other because we are extremely similar. She is a fellow misfit who is going to change the world in some way, so whenever she tells me that she thinks I’ll like something I…
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  • Rainbobo, The Fish, Is Dead. Long Live Rainbobo.

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    How do you tell your kids the fish is dead? You tell them, and then you let them mourn. Because mourning is good. Then you get a new fish. Because fish are good too. Continue Reading → The post Rainbobo, The Fish, Is Dead. Long Live Rainbobo. appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • 3 Ways To Clean LEGO

    Buzz
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    When we went to the LEGO KidsFest this spring, my wife only wanted to know one thing: how do you clean LEGO? She surprised to find out 3 ways to clean LEGO. Continue Reading → The post 3 Ways To Clean LEGO appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Hey Dad! What Time Is It? Stylish Watches For Men

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Here's a rundown of some stylish watches for men and dads. From digital to leather to heavy chronograph, here's a look at them: Continue Reading → The post Hey Dad! What Time Is It? Stylish Watches For Men appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Truth In Dadvertising: Cheerios Celebrates #HowToDad

    Buzz
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The latest commercial from Cheerios is the most perfect celebration of Fatherhood ever. They nail #howtodad with a genius of understanding the modern man. Continue Reading → The post Truth In Dadvertising: Cheerios Celebrates #HowToDad appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Pulling Out Your Kid’s Loose Tooth Is Like Pulling Teeth [VIDEO]

    Buzz
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Zacharie has had a loose tooth for a while now. The first one came out easy, the second hung in. I tried creative ways to pull the loose tooth, but it was like .. pulling teeth. Continue Reading → The post Pulling Out Your Kid’s Loose Tooth Is Like Pulling Teeth [VIDEO] appeared first on DadCAMP.
 
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Some Rules For Life

    Jack Steiner
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    I remember a day from a time not so far past. I was walking down 42nd Street towards Times Square. It was the middle of July and the day was relatively warm. For a kid from L.A. the heat wouldn't have been noticeable but I was dressed in a suit and carrying a laptop. There was business to conduct.The sky was blue and relatively free of clouds. The usual noises of the city surrounded me. Cars, taxis, buses and people all moving in every direction, semi organized chaos. I was lost in thought about someone who had offered to pepper my pike. I'll let you wonder what that means, it doesn't really…
  • A Gaggle Of Girls

    Jack Steiner
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Got a gaggle of girls in the house today for the never ending slumber party. Taking a quick moment of quiet to type these words before we head to the pool.Love seeing my daughter smile and having such a good time but I don't know how much I'll love it if they don't go to sleep at a relatively decent hour.Guess I am old and cranky. ;)As per my custom here are other posts to read:Your Best Posts Aren’t Always The Most PopularWhen Fathers Become Human16 Sensational Ways To Murder Using LinkbaitWhat Door Will You Choose?The Guest Post That Was Too Provocative To RunA Battle Between Heart &…
  • Reality Check

    Jack Steiner
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Andrew Sullivan's post about Israel made me wonder what sort of reality he lives in. It is inaccurate, misinformed, misguided and wrong.Not to mention it is misleading and a mischaracterization of what is really happening. I suppose I should mention that the people he talks about in such loving terms, Hamas would kill or beat him for being gay.Sometimes we have to accept that the world doesn't think as we do or act as we wish they would. We like to believe that if we are nice to people they will be nice to us. We like to believe if we act in good faith they will to.Sadly that is the kind of…
  • The Apology

    Jack Steiner
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
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  • What Sherman Said

    Jack Steiner
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    What Steiner said can be found here.
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  • Not A Suck Night

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

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

    Steve
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:43 pm
    I’ve enjoyed writing all my life, from simple stories and rhymes in grade school to creative short stories and poems in high school and college. There were often long stretches of time when I didn’t write anything, but it was always there, just below the surface. When my third son was born, just over five years ago, I started writing a blog. It certainly wasn’t because I had more time. If anything, our move to zone defense had squeezed even more of what remaining free time that I might have had. Regardless of our new arrival, and more likely because of him, I started writing as often as…
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Framework for Twin Sleeping and Feeding Schedules

    Joe
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Here’s a good question: “Will I be able to create a framework that encompasses both sleeping and feeding schedules for the twins?” The answer is yes, but it’s going to take some work on your part. As an overarching theme to remember is try to keep your twins on the same schedule. Your activities and efforts should be focused on getting your twins aligned on the same schedule, and it will make your life a lot easier. Now, as far as frameworks go, we really like the framework that is outlined in the book, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and…
  • Crying Twins, Pace of Development, Infant Activities – Podcast 66

    Joe
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Episode 66 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss these questions: Will the twins learn to ignore the others cry’s or will it be an automatic family cry fest? Will they develop faster then a single child because they will keep up with each other? What activities are good for infant twins? Mentioned in the podcast: Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Station 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…
  • Can We Travel Once the Twins Arrive?

    Joe
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    One of our readers asked, “Will we be able to continue traveling once the twins arrive?” You will, but not at first. We traveled with our girls for day trips by car when they were still infants and by plane when they were just shy of one year old. Traveling with your twins is totally possible, and if you have to travel out of necessity even when they’re newborns, as we’ve talked about in a previous episode of the podcast, it is possible and you can do it. The logistical challenges, of course, change over time based on the age of your children. You may want to…
  • Communicating with Your Partner About Raising Twins

    Joe
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I was asked, “Will I be able to communicate with my partner about what is needed to be productive and caring parents?” You should be able to do this, and you should be able to start right now. That starts with being open and honest in your communications with your spouse even during the pregnancy. You don’t have to wait for the twins to arrive. In fact it’s probably better that you get practice in before the twins arrive so you can get in a good rhythm of communicating and having open, frank, and honest discussions so that when the twins come you can quickly and easily…
  • How to Stop Twins From Biting Each Other

    Joe
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Here is a question from Justin. He says he has 20-month-old boy/girl twins, and he says the biggest issue right now is biting. “Do you have any advice on how to keep them from biting each other? That would be great.” Biting is a challenge with any kid, of course. But particularly twins because they’re usually playing together, or spending time together and it’s much easier for them to want to reach out and bite each other. So when our twins would bite each other, we would stop the behavior, we would verbally explain that biting was not acceptable, and then we would…
 
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  • Sweet Suite by The Big Toy Book at Blogger Bash 2014

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Blogger Bash 2014 kicked off with Sweet Suite by the Big Toy Book, a look at the hottest toys and games hitting shelves soon, from classic toy staples like Lego to dolls, board games, and more! The standout hits of the evening, though, were definitely the two video games that were showcased: Skylanders Trap Team and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition). Skylanders Trap Team is the latest in the franchise that began with 2011′s Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure. In the footsteps of its ever-inventive predecessors (Skylanders Giants in 2012 and Skylanders Swap Force…
  • Here are 5 Signs You Need New Tires

    Ted Hicks
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Checking your tires is like going to the dentist. “It’s something we don’t do often enough, that we put off until we absolutely have to.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire failure causes around 11,000 car crashes each year. The NHTSA recommend doing a quick tire inspection once a month. Here’s what to look for: Bulges, gouges or cracks When a tire deflates, it bulges at the sides. This is a sign of low tire pressure or a slow air leak. “If you see cracks in the sidewall, gouges or anything that looks odd, take it…
  • Self-Confidence Begins in the Home

    Ted Hicks
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    A child’s sense of self is shaped by every interaction he or she has, but is shaped most powerfully by how they are loved and parented in their home.  How a child sees themselves will influence every aspect of their life from their education, relationships and over-all well-being.  Life is about feeling good enough, competent, loved, successful and happy and the outer world doesn’t always reflect this, so the unconditional love and acceptance at home is the catalyst for their greatness. 6 Truths Our Children Deserve to Hear About Themselves 1. They are amazing:  They are amazing just…
  • CE Week Highlights

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Aside from what we saw via Techlicious, there was plenty of exciting technology to get a look at during this year’s CE Week. Here are our highlights from the show: Paper and Pencil by FiftyThree App developer FiftyThree kicks off our list of CE Week hits with their app and stylus combo “Paper” and “Pencil.” The simply-titled inventions work together to give artists, designers, and the like a unique way to work with and create digital art. Pencil in particular (which connects with its precursor and companion Paper through Bluetooth integration) is an easy-to-use,…
  • CE Week 2014: Techlicious Lunch and Presentations

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    As part of our CE Week coverage, we were treated to a private lunch event at BLT Fish. The lunch included special presentations of the leading products and services from Phillips, LG, and TripIt, as well as one-on-one time with representatives from those companies and our host, Techlicious. Phillips’ presentation focused mainly on their audio devices. The company showed off their line of water-resistant sports headphones (which can easily even be washed without damage to the product), two different types of portable handheld speaker, and headphones of various styles and price points for the…
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  • Catlike Kitten Helmet Review: A Great Bike Helmet for Toddlers

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

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

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

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

    Adam
    8 Nov 2013 | 1:32 pm
    A friend sent this to me a few weeks ago, and as I watched it, and as I reflected on my own journey through infant loss, I remembered the first few weeks after we lost the boys, when I was just doing a ton of reading. For some reason, it was both cathartic and therapeutic to read through the grief journeys of others as I was starting mine. Of the many books that I read, one of the most meaningful was Hope Deferred: Heart-Healing Reflections on Reproductive Loss; I highly recommend it. It was very moving to hear how these women had dealt with their miscarriages and losses. And they were…
 
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  • How to Raise an Entrepreneur

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

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

    Craig Playstead
    30 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    Well, I did it. We have lift off for Man Vs. Words. Embracing the “it’s better late than never” motto, I finally launched my new blog over at Man Vs. Words. I’d love to say it was inevitable, but it was touch-and-go there for a while. I’m thrilled, relieved and a little freaked out. You’d think we’d finally get to an age where we stopped getting freaked out, but no such luck. In any creative project, there comes a point where you begin to hate the sight of what you’re working on. This was no different. The nice part is if you can grind through the fog you can…
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  • Review: Electric Bolt Ghostrider Scooter, Twist and Gooooooo

    nessel
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    I’m so old I remember when you used to have to kick your foot to make a scooter go.  People also had these bizarre land-lines in their homes…those were some crazy days.  Here in 2014, kids don’t need to kick to zip along at 13 MPH, they simply twist the throttle on the Pulse Performance Products GhostRider Electric Bolt scooter and off they gooooo…. Well, that is what we were told, but at Dad Does we are all about Doing!  So, we got our hands…or feet…on a GhostRider Electric Bolt and tested it out.  Please watch our video review of the GhostRider…
  • It’s Official, Kale is King!

    nessel
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    How long before Disney options the rights to Kale.  Come on, who doesn’t love a good rags to riches story?  Hmm, I wonder how one becomes the agent for a green leafy vegetable… You Better Get On The Kale Bandwagon While You Can Way back in the day, kale was an inexpensive dark, leafy green – a sort of poor man’s lettuce.  Back in these ancient times, kale was at best a garnish.  I am of course talking about the heady days of 2001.  Then a guy did a “Eat More Kale” shirt and things started to change for this chewy, leafy green.  Flash forward to today…
  • Review: Mattel BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster – Fast, Sticky Fun

    nessel
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Nerf line from Hasbro have long ruled the kids blaster world.  Is it possible for any other toy company to blast its way into the world of flying darts?  Mattel thinks so!  New for 2014 is the line of BoomCO blasters from Mattel that feature Smart Stick darts.  To test the BoomCO line out we tested the awesomely named Rapid Madness Blaster.  Who doesn’t like Madness?  Rapid Madness…even better! Please watch our video review of the Mattel BoomCO Rapid Madness Blaster - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaP9VIhO-uA The Smart Stick Darts Are Pretty Smart When we heard about…
  • Review: The Pocket Tripod, Your iPhone Has A New Best Friend

    nessel
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    What is a best friend?  A best friend is always there for you and always supports you.  By this definition, The Pocket Tripod is your iPhone’s new best friend.  It is the size of a credit card, so small and easy to carry – it is always there for your iPhone.  A couple of quick twists and turns and the Pocket Tripod fully supports your iPhone as a stand that offers 90 degrees of rotation. Pocket Tripod and your iPhone are BFFs. Please watch out video review of the Pocket Tripod - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNsmHVzvgM0 Sure, Technically This Is Not A Tripod Tripod (n)…
  • eZoom GPS Tracker, Keep Track of Your Bag, Bike, Car and Teens

    nessel
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    When your teenager says he is just driving to Jimmy’s house, is that all he is doing? Does your teen have a lead foot? Did someone just steal your car? Maybe, most important of all, who keeps stealing your lunch? All of these questions can now be answered thanks to the eZoom GPS Tracker.  The eZoom is a tiny box that you can place in your car, bike, bag, pocket or even lunch box.  Using an app or web browser you can track the eZoom and get instant alerts based on its location and speed…at least those are the claims in the press release. Of course here at Dad Does we review…
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  • Selecting Italian Red Wines, A Helpful Guide

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Original Source: Flow Chart of Italian Red Wines
  • My Favorite Fruit

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Allow me to rhapsodize about one of my favorite food experiences in Los Angeles. On the Ocean Front Walk in Venice, just a few hundred feet north of the famed Muscle Beach Gym, is a small stand on the corner of 17th street. A sign proclaiming “Viva la fruta” might catch your attention. Cups of already cut fresh fruit beckon, but you don’t have to commit to those — you can choose your own composition from the menu of the day’s available options. Berries, bananas, kiwis, melons and more are on hand, but befriend the attendant and he/she might dissuade you from the mango (“too…
  • Super Easy for the Super Bowl!

    admin
    30 Jan 2014 | 6:49 am
    Pigs in Blankets are a classic. And great for your Super Bowl menu. But can you make your own? YES. TWO INGREDIENTS ONLY. So it’s super easy! Watch me show you how here. Do it!
  • Short Order Dad’s Top 9 Tools for the Super Bowl

    admin
    29 Jan 2014 | 7:58 am
    You need the right (kitchen) tools to win the big game. Click here to see my recommendations, published on The Daily Meal.
  • All About Knives

    admin
    18 Jan 2014 | 8:31 am
    A very complete visual guide.
 
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  • Should You Organize and Run Your Life Like a Skydiving School?

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

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

    Mark Brady
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    Like many things in life, my brain acquiring language at around age 2 had some pluses and some minuses. On the plus side of the ledger, I could use words to let people know what I needed, I could understand that they used words and took actions differently than me, and I could use words to socially connect with people (although many other things can connect us to others much more powerfully than words. Things like similarities of experience, humor, kindness, well-matched, interlocking trauma histories, simple proximity, energy intensity and resonance, for starters). Those are a few of the…
  • Unraveling the Anatomy of Intention

    Mark Brady
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Way back in the day, the days of free love and the back-to-the-land movement, I was particularly enamored of the freedom and flexibility of a lifestyle like the one being lived by Scott and Helen Nearing. No bosses, no schedules, nowhere to go and nothing to do. Except by personal, deliberate intention. I didn’t need a lot of external motivation to set my own intention to work toward getting some of that freedom and flexibility for myself. First on the Freedom List: I would have to learn to build my own house. Since I was working a minimum wage job at the time and knew next to nothing…
  • How to Increase the Probability of Making Wise Choices

    Mark Brady
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:01 am
    Houston child advocate and neuroscientist Bruce Perry likes to say that “no matter what business you’re in, first and foremost, you’re in the brain change business.” And if you’re in the Operational Wisdom Business, it’s probably a good idea to know how what you’re trying to change actually works. And it’s probably an equally good idea to start knowing how your brain works as early as possible. Especially whether or not your TUBB5 gene is running mutant on you. Before we get to the TUBB5 gene though we might take Bruce’s advice to heart,…
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  • The Doctor and Sherlock Together in WHOLOCK – The Musical

    Michael
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:43 pm
    The ultimate fandom dream comes true in this Doctor Who and Sherlock mash-up, where they join forces, in Wholock – The Musical from AVbyte.  I musical find’s Matt Smith’s Doctor and Sherlock finding one another, and the guy who plays Sherlock does a pretty good job. So what happens when two of the most brilliant [...]The post The Doctor and Sherlock Together in WHOLOCK – The Musical appeared first on Geekasms.
  • New Look at THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION OGN

    Troy Lyons
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The Mad Titan Returns in Your New Look at THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION OGN! Next week, the Mad Titan embarks on a new journey. But first, Marvel is proud to present your new look at Thanos: The Infinity Revelation OGN – the next original graphic novel in Marvel’s all new OGN line. Featuring the world’s [...]The post New Look at THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION OGN appeared first on Geekasms.
  • New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster hits a nerve

    Troy Lyons
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Paramount is releasing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Australia on September 11th.  Of course that day is sensitive to all Americans, but just releasing a movie on that date isn’t a big deal, right?  Perhaps not, unless you choose to market it with a large poster of four figures falling from a large skyscraper that [...]The post New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster hits a nerve appeared first on Geekasms.
  • ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 – Coming in November!

    Troy Lyons
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 – The Explosive New Series Coming in November! New York, NY—July 29th, 2013— This coming November, the Marvel Universe’s newest star is about to show you why she’s the most dangerous in ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 – the newest ongoing series launching as part of Avengers NOW! The star-studded creative team [...]The post ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 – Coming in November! appeared first on Geekasms.
  • EVIL EMPIRE #3 Review

    Frank Arena
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    After I almost forgot about it, Evil Empire is back with the third installment. This is a really interesting book and the turn that this chapter took at the end came way out of left field. Just like the previous 2 issues, we get a flash forward but with a shocking twist. Back in the [...]The post EVIL EMPIRE #3 Review appeared first on Geekasms.
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  • The Crazy Old Man Of Dad Blogging

    Jack Steiner
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    They said they didn’t understand how he could call himself  The Godfather Of Dad Blogging or how he could pretend to be the Jedi Master of Dad Blogging either. “He is a kook, a nut and a wild man. Stay away from him, we don’t know if he is contagious.” He heard their comments and […] No visits yet The post The Crazy Old Man Of Dad Blogging appeared first on The JackB.          Related StoriesThe Crazy Old Man Of Dad Blogging - EnclosureOne Click Might Change Your LifeHe Is The Godfather Of Dad Blogging 
  • Dancing With Demons

    Jack Steiner
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Got a cold bottle of Blue Moon on my right and The Number Of The Beast blowing out my speakers now. Stretching in my seat, working out the kinks in my neck my mind is moving between the Fall of ’82 when I picked up the album and the present. Doesn’t take any effort to […] (Visited 19 times, 19 visits today) The post Dancing With Demons appeared first on The JackB.            CommentsDamn 98 pounds. How old were you when you were 98 pounds? The ... by Sebastian Aiden DanielsRelated StoriesAbout That Circle of Life Thing10…
  • One Click Might Change Your Life

    Jack Steiner
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:41 pm
    The Shmata Queen and I once had a conversation about whether I needed to be more strategic with my blog posts. The idea was to be more focused on a particular topic and to try to secure a better SEO ranking for certain topics. We wondered if it might be faster, easier and more effective […] (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today) The post One Click Might Change Your Life appeared first on The JackB.            CommentsYou had me at Shmata Queen. And I'm guessing you know my ... by D. A. WolfTrolls online and in real life make for good blog…
  • The Elevator Ride From Hell

    Jack Steiner
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I have written many times about the lack of elevator etiquette. There are the people who try to take a cigarette into the car, those that dump buckets of perfume/cologne over their heads and then enter the car and there are those that think that it is ok to hold the door while they finish […] (Visited 19 times, 19 visits today) The post The Elevator Ride From Hell appeared first on The JackB.            CommentsBrutal man. I think this could lead to claustraphobia. Larry ... by LarryRelated StoriesThe 37 Most Annoying BloggersContent…
  • About That Circle of Life Thing

    Jack Steiner
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Spent some time thinking and writing about my own Simba and was given the gift to share those thought at my friend Larry’s blog. If you want some insight on some of the thoughts I have regarding parenting a kid on the verge of high school you should click on this. Really, go visit Larry […] (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today) The post About That Circle of Life Thing appeared first on The JackB.          Related Stories10 Years Proves You Can’t Stop The ClockWhen Did I Become Darth Vader?Does It Matter Whether You Rely Upon…
 
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  • On an Adventure at Book Worm Gardens

    Thomas
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Book Worm Gardens is a garden filled with book themed statues and play things. It’s a great place for little readers. The post On an Adventure at Book Worm Gardens appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily’s Boat Themed Hotel Room

    Thomas
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    One of the reasons we picked Blue Harbor resort for our vacation was that Lily got her own themed room. She has a boat bed and a bunk bed in there. Plus the wallpaper is animals and other lake scenery. It’s really cool and she feels very special. The post Lily’s Boat Themed Hotel Room appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Sparklers!

    Thomas
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    At a safe distance if course. The post Sparklers! appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Making Chicken in Lily’s Oven

    Thomas
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:38 am
    Lily has a frozen chicken in her oven. She’s making it for supper. Hopefully it’ll be done by then. The post Making Chicken in Lily’s Oven appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Relaxing at the Park

    Thomas
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    Sometimes it’s fun to find the relaxing chairs in the shade and just sit there. Lily sat in one and I was in the other. The post Relaxing at the Park appeared first on TwisterMc.
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  • Please Look Back Every Once in a While

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

    Aaron Gouveia
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Dear Will, Today you came home near tears because someone told you two gay people can’t get married because it’s wrong and gross. Your aunts are gay and your cousins — who you love with a wonderful ferocity — are a product of their very much legal marriage (Massachusetts has had gay marriage since 2004). When someone insults your family, it hurts. You hurt right now, and I’m sorry for that. I’m also sorry that it’s not the first time, nor will it be the last. I absolutely despise having to tell you about this ugliness at such a young age. Last year,…
  • Why I’m Fine With My Kids Growing Up So Fast

    Aaron Gouveia
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    Sometimes I look around at all the other people on this parent blogger landscape and wonder what the hell is wrong with me. As the month of June stretches its legs and summer takes off into a full gallop, school is coming to an end for our kids. That means lots of photo montages of the first day of school in September compared with the last day this month. Which is great — I did the same thing. But what I didn’t do — what I can’t seem to understand — is the average parent constantly lamenting the supersonic speed at which time passes and their inability to stop…
  • Of Time, Cancer, and Snapping Turtles

    Aaron Gouveia
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Will was getting sick and I was just starting to feel the beginning stages of what would turn out to be a raging case of poison ivy. We had just spent two hours outside in the hot sun. I was sweaty, tired, and I just wanted to get back home and mentally check out for a while. As I was driving home I noticed what looked like an odd rock on the side of the road — but then the rock started moving. As we passed it I realized it was a fairly immense snapping turtle. I instinctively let out a “Whoa! Huge snapping turtle!!” and then immediately kicked myself. Although Will’s…
  • The #PowerofDad is a Lasting Legacy

    Aaron Gouveia
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Even though I’ve been a dad for six years, I’m not sure Father’s Day will ever truly feel like it’s for me. Because it’s for my dad. When I talk about the #PowerofDad, I’m talking about the impact dads truly have on kids. Despite grounding me and harping on me at every turn for my entire life, my dad is and will continue to be one of my best friends. My mentor. My guide through uncertainty. He’s the first one I want to call with good news and he’s the one whose advice I seek when things go awry. In short, the #PowerofDad is the ability to raise…
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  • Planes: Fire & Rescue

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

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

    CuteMonster Staff
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Weird Al released a new song called "Word Crimes." We think the music video is brilliant. The post Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” wins like School House Rock appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • A Parent’s Dilemma: Where are the G-Rated Movies for my Kids?

    Vincent Daly
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    An open question about why there is a lack of G-Rated movies for kids and what Parents can do about it. The post A Parent’s Dilemma: Where are the G-Rated Movies for my Kids? appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • How Time Travel and Fatherhood are one in the Same

    Vincent Daly
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Thoughts about how time travel and fatherhood are one and the same. The post How Time Travel and Fatherhood are one in the Same appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
 
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  • Blue Mountain Doesn’t Send Cards to Heaven

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

    Seth Eisenberg
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The most important thing you can do for your relationships is looking for what's right in the people closest to you and developing the habit of generously, sincerely, and specifically appreciating them. Here are 300 inspiring examples to help you get started.
  • Most Important Thing to Do for Your Relationship

    Seth Eisenberg
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The most important thing you can do for relationships isn't difficult and is possible for anyone, says an industry leader in marriage and relationship education. Get inspired with 300 examples of loving, affirming words to strengthen the relationships you want to last.
  • Couples Need More Bonding Time, Therapist Says

    Carson Abrir
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    For older couples especially, fear of 'rocking the boat' can get in the way of learning skills to bring more love and pleasure to their marriages. North Carolina marriage pros Gary and Deanie Hurst help couples overcome those fears and have fun creating happier, stronger marriages.
  • Veterans, Caregivers Learn to Be Healing to Each Other in Innovative Warrior to Soul Mate Programs

    Rob Henthorn
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Nearly 5.5 million Americans are caring for service members and Veterans, many of whom are impacted by post traumatic stress. The VA is expanding innovative efforts to help Veterans and their loved ones learn to be healing to each other through the Warrior to Soul Mate program.
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  • One Night Escape to Vermont

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

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Over coffee yesterday at Flour Bakery and Cafe, I was discussing camping with Mitch Joel. Mitch is a dear friend, but spending time in the great outdoors is not his idea of a great time. For me, I’m excited as I pack up my kit bag and get ready for a night in Echo Valley. One night isn’t a long time to get away from it all, but it is better than none. The kids have been with my parents for a week and they are meeting us there. Tonight there will be red meat cooked over an open fire and bourbon under the summer stars. That sounds pretty darn close to perfect to me. Nearest cell…
  • Managing the Gray 136 – Updates and Thoughts

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    With summer upon us, I wanted to share some updates on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. Plus, share some thoughts on recent news and events. Enjoy the latest episode of Managing the Gray. Links to items mentioned on the show. Turks and Caicos Social Business Summit Scott Monty joins SHIFT Communications GORUCK Kammok and National Hammock Day Esther Havens Aphex Microphone X Caleb Chapman Hope you are all doing well and be sure to let me know if you have any leads on organizations who might want to work with me.  
  • Sailboat Lunch in the Ocean

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Captain Tibi cut the engine and we slowly coasted directly for the island in front of us. Laura joked that it looked like another boat had crashed into the limestone on the beach and she hoped we wouldn’t share their fate. Like a graceful dancer, the seventy seven foot boat softly slid into the sand without so much as a nudge upon settling. We were in Turks and Caicos to speak at the first annual Turks and Caicos Social Business Summit and the organizer wanted to thank us with a day out on a sailboat before the conference. The water was the most beautiful shade of blue that I’ve…
  • Move & Make Up – Two Inspiring Videos to Make Your Day Better

    C.C. Chapman
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Sharing beautiful things I find online is something I love to do. Follow me on any social network and you are bound to discover a variety of content that crosses my path and that creates a response in me that makes me want to share it with other. This week two videos jumped out at me so much that I wanted to share them again here on the site. The first came via my daughter. Emily and I are close and understand each other because we are extremely similar. She is a fellow misfit who is going to change the world in some way, so whenever she tells me that she thinks I’ll like something I…
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  • 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.
  • Are Stepmoms > Stepdads?

    Daniel Ruyter
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    According to the U.S. Council on Contemporary Families there are five times as many stepfathers as stepmothers.  Stepdads are a majority.  Really?  Well, this data is based on census figures which don’t count stepmothers who don’t live in the same house with their children. This is usually the case for the majority of stepmoms who […] The post Are Stepmoms > Stepdads? appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Four Things Every Parent Wants to Say to Society (but Doesn’t)

    Daniel Ruyter
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re a parent, then I can pretty much guarantee that there’s been at least one instance since the birth of your child that you just wanted to slap the sense into someone. A stranger said something to you that made you stop, think for a moment, and debate either telling them off or slapping […] The post Four Things Every Parent Wants to Say to Society (but Doesn’t) appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Is Fast Food Recycling America’s “Other” Fast Food Epidemic?

    Daniel Ruyter
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Most Americans already know about our addiction as a nation to convenience. Fast food is one convenience that many Americans abuse. The success of movies like Supersize Me by Morgan Spurlock illustrate the issue. While the movie’s facts may be debatable, the issue remains that Americans consume more fast food per person per year than […] The post Is Fast Food Recycling America’s “Other” Fast Food Epidemic? appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Five Confessions of a Dad on Father’s Day

    Daniel Ruyter
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    Tomorrow is my day – Father’s Day, so I’m going to do what most dads would like to on this special occasion. I’m going to “let it all hang out“. Wait, sorry. I only mean figuratively. Don’t worry. Tomorrow is the day to celebrate our father’s (and father figures). Of course, I’d argue it should […] The post Five Confessions of a Dad on Father’s Day appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
 
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  • My Wife just Said… #171

    Andy
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Okay. Honey! The toilet and I just became best friends. Let’s take it easy on the romance.” -Elizabeth   The flower of romance can bloom suddenly in the rays of spontaneity. Or it can hit a very firmly closed bathroom door. There’s a time and place for everything, and sometimes “the mood” needs to take a raincheck. Sometimes it also needs to light a match. Because, despite what you learn from fairy tales, true love often has a lot of really honest moments. P.S. If my wife kills me for posting this. Please scatter my ashes and my earbuds near the giant…
  • Things You Can’t Do When You’re Not A Toddler

    Charlie
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Having kids and taking them out in public is basically a clown parade. For some kids, growing up is the process of being told what to do and knowing how to act in public. We strip them down to the behavior only we prescribe. But we reserve the right to act equally childish. Grownups can be such hypocrites. But what if we acted like toddlers? I mean even more than we do already. Because who are we kidding? Follow us on Facebook. Or we’ll fall all over you.  
  • Daddy Vader Says… Rank Side of the Force

    Andy
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Sometimes your baby or child does things that impress you beyond the normal “wow, he squeezed my finger” or “holy crap, she ate the whole thing!” Stuff that’s extraordinary. These achievements can even get you thinking they’re prodigies at something, or what they’ve done is somehow foreshadowing of some specific future for them, some destiny. And then, sometimes it’s just farts. Farts that say your child could go toe to toe (or poison gas cloud to poison gas cloud) with a lumberjack after a burrito festival. Wow. Seriously? Wow. Follow us on…
  • The Wanted

    Charlie
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Finn, this weekend after I put you on a timeout you said to me, “You don’t want me anymore?” If I never hear those words again in my life it will be too soon. We talked about why you thought that, what it means to be an older brother and then I asked you a question back. “Do you know why I became a father?” You didn’t know. So I told you, “So I could have you in my life. I became a dad so you and I could spend our lives together.” No matter what happens, no matter where I am — I will always love you and want you around. In case you…
  • Scareded – Scrabble Scribble #10

    Andy
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
      The most innocent things can backfire on parents. There’s really no “winning” with kids. No sure formula. What was delicious today may be the worst thing they’ve ever eaten tomorrow. A lullaby might send them to sleep or to the mad house. Seriously. I laughed at my son’s joke the other day and he started crying. So yeah.   Follow us on Facebook. We promise not to be juicebags. Too much. More Scrabble Scribble Comics There’s more potato-shaped characters where these came from. Lots more. Instructional Diagrams Buckle up for laughs. 
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    Daddyplace

  • Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

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

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

    Keith
    14 Jan 2014 | 5:54 am
    There's something out there to help mend even the most stubborn hearts. Nip that pesky little argument in the bud and get out of the dog house before it becomes your permanent residence.The post 4 Ways to Get Out of the Dog House Fast appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • Daddy Cool: You Don’t Have To Ditch the Cool When Buying a Family Car

    Keith
    29 Dec 2013 | 5:43 am
    As you grow older and wiser, you might look for something more economical with practicality the priority, but that doesn't mean you have to Ditch the Cool when buying a family car.The post Daddy Cool: You Don’t Have To Ditch the Cool When Buying a Family Car appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • For Dads: One More Thing From Which to Protect Your Teen

    Keith
    26 Dec 2013 | 11:03 am
    A father's job is never done. You may feel as though you've covered the bases with your teen. You've talked to her about safety in numbers, being a defensive driver, and the importance of choosing friends wisely. Still, there are more bases to cover.The post For Dads: One More Thing From Which to Protect Your Teen appeared first on Daddyplace.
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  • What is a Piling Boat Lift?

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

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

    21 Jun 2014 | 5:50 pm
    An outdoor deck or patio should be a comfortable setting for homeowners to entertain guests and enjoy some great family time. High quality hardwood should be used to construct a deck that is designed to last. There are plenty of problems that could be avoided when the right type of materials are used and installed properly. For example, splinters could cause injuries to people that walk barefoo...
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    29 May 2014 | 12:46 pm
  • Winter Care Tips for Your Lawn Mower

    11 May 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As you pull your lawn mower out of the garage at the end of the winter, you may discover it's not running as well as it used to -- or possibly not at all. Lawn mowers are used heavily all summer long and then stashed away in cold, sometimes damp environments, so it's no wonder that they sometimes fall apart when it's time to use them again. Fortunately, a little extra maintenance before you put...
 
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    The Crazy Daddy

  • This may happen to you...

    Chong Beng LING
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Monday, 19 August 2013, 11:30pm.As usual, Jennifer was getting ready to complete her writing on her diary after a long day. Taking out her diary, Jennifer realized that she finished writing on the last page of her diary yesterday night. "Damn it!" Jennifer shouted at herself for not remembering to buy a new diary on her way home this evening."Of all days!!! Why must it be today and at this hour that I need a new diary?"Jennifer again grumbled to herself. In her office this morning, her colleagues had just warned her to go home earlier tonight, as the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival…
  • No, I really can't.

    Chong Beng LING
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The other day, I was delighted to read a heading of an article that says:"From a fat tummy to a six pack abs in 8 weeks. If he can do it, so can you!"Ya, ya, ya... That’s too good to be true, right? But you know, I do have a fat tummy so why not learn something that may help me drop a few more kilos! ;-)After reading the articles, my dreams got crashed. Went down to nothing, you may say. The writer of the article is a Director cum owner of his own company. He engaged a Director/Owner/famous fitness trainer of a popular gym to assist him with his plan. He ate specifically cooked meals…
  • Just some random thoughts.

    Chong Beng LING
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It has been 2 years since I began this blog. It was started with a very simple objective. To leave words behind for my daughter if she does decide to find out about me and what we did when she was young.2 men were instrumental in getting me to write and put up this blog. My late father and father-in-law. Both were men of the 60s. The old resilient Asian men that we hardly see in today's generation. They were good men with few words who prefer to bring in the money and ensure a minimum standard of living for their family. Both prefer not to explain their action, and let their action speak for…
  • Characters vs Disability

    Chong Beng LING
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Vesak Day, Tuesday, 13 May 2014.Experience the opportunity to witness 2 entirely different people in the same restaurant while enjoying my buffet.See, when it comes to buffet, I don't just eat and eat. Haha...Person A is a Chinese Singaporean with well-to-do family. Both parents dressed well with expensive accessories. Father is only concerned with imitating the slang of his European friend and impressing him. Mother is busy giving in to person A.Person B is a European with an average family. The whole family, including his sister and her family were seated together, talking and enjoying…
  • Another bad dream?!

    Chong Beng LING
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Sunday, 1 June 2014.Remember the bad day dream I had about having a morning jog with yt and 小tz? I had been thinking about it and I really like the idea, but not the sport. So here comes the idea of having a morning swim together. That is what 小tz and I did this morning.Well, what happened next caught me by surprise. She brought along her new swimming board, we bought her upon her request. It is supposed to help her to better her strokes in front crawl, said her swimming instructor. Yes, her front crawl still needs lots of effort, but her kicks are powerful. Holding on to her board in…
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  • Grayson And The Garden Hose

    dadastrophic
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    I’m glad I got Grayson a little pool for the backyard. I filled it with water and he pretended it did not exist because he was more mesmerized with the garden hose. I decided to roll video and put together a movie trailer for his next Summer film, “Grayson And The Garden Hose“! Click HERE to watch the movie trailer!
  • Summertime 2014 Part 1!

    dadastrophic
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    It’s been a pretty exciting Summer so far with Grayson and we’ve had a lot of fun together. He’s hit a few milestones and he’s really developed both his motor skills and his vocabulary. Grayson still has a love of the water. Whether it’s the bathtub, a backyard pool, or the ocean, he simply smiles ear to ear the second he sees the wet stuff! Last weekend I had him at my Brother-In-Law’s condo along with my sister and Adam’s family! Sandy, Larry, Adam, Debbie, and Jessica are wonderful people who have always opened their home and hearts to us! If you…
  • A Gift You MUST Buy For Yourself…and Family!

    dadastrophic
    14 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    How I found the time to write this post is beyond me. When I started this blog in June 2012, I could not wait to post EVERYDAY! I noticed other “Dad Bloggers” were not postinjg often and I thought that was an easy way for me to climb up the “dad blog” charts on the internet! I soon learned that the other guys, who were way ahead of my time, simply “had their baby” and simply had no time to blog as much as they wanted to. Lesson learned. Grayson is asleep, it’s a Friday night, and I wanted to toss up a quick post about Father’s Day Weekend! This…
  • First Haircut! Kind of…

    dadastrophic
    17 May 2014 | 3:01 pm
    If you are in the Greater Lehigh Valley Area, I highly recommend a haircut at Eskandalo on Bethlehem’s South Side near Lehigh University. It’s where I’ve been getting my hair cut for years and where I took Grayson to get his 1st Haircut! Harley, was my one and only choice for this historic event! We did good! He did good! Sure I would have liked to have a bit more taken off, etc., but for it being a 1st haircut, Grayson did not do that bad!   The biggest issue was the massive collection of curls on the back of his head. As cute as they were, they had to GO!  Harley was…
  • How NOT to Play Hide & Seek

    dadastrophic
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    #FAIL REMEMBER KIDS, THIS IS NOT HOW YOU DO IT!
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    Dad and Buried

  • Moms are Overrated

    Dad and Buried
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    For the third week this month, Mom and Buried is traveling and I’m on my own with my kid. DON’T PANIC. We’re okay. Sure, maybe the first time my wife went away I was all: what am I gonna do? But several weeks in and now I’m all: ain’t no thing but a chicken wing on a string. I’m a real-life dad, not a Seth Macfarlane character; I can handle it. Newsflash: it’s parenting, not the Thunderdome, and dads can do it just as well as moms. I’d even venture to say we do it better. It’s time to end the parenting wars. You know what I mean: Moms hate dads because we…
  • The Story of My Life

    Dad and Buried
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Most parent bloggers have a gimmick, even if we don’t call it that, or think of it that way. Maybe you’re the “creative dad” or the “do-it-yourself dad” or the “sensitive dad” or the “tattooed mom” or “the vodka-drinking mom” or the “traveling mom”. Or maybe you filter every parenting experience through an “I’m a gay parent” or “I’m a single mom” or “I’m a stay-at-home dad” or “I have twins.” We all have a hook. Of course we do! With so many of…
  • [Ecard] Kids Are Gross

    Dad and Buried
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The post [Ecard] Kids Are Gross appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • Bet On It

    Dad and Buried
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Over the weekend, professional golfer Rory McIlroy won the Open Championship. In the process he netted $1.66 million. His father, meanwhile, scored big himself, having placed a bet in 2005 that his son would win the Open Championship by 2015. Daddy McIlroy collected (approximately) $171,000 merely for having confidence in his son’s golfing ability. Which got me thinking… What would I bet on my own son to accomplish within the next 10 years? Mr. McIlroy made that bet when his son was 15; the wager wasn’t all that far-fetched. After all, Rory had already shown his talent for…
  • Permissive Slips

    Dad and Buried
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Last week, when I asked my Facebook followers for topic ideas, someone suggested I tackle the mixed feelings parents have when their kids misbehave. Which almost sounds crazy. Why would anyone have anything but bad feelings when their kids misbehave? Then, earlier this week, I got yelled at by a bunch of people who got angry that I let my son run rampant on airplanes. Never mind that I don’t do that, and that my son has (thus far) been very well-behaved on airplanes; these people said HURTFUL things that MADE ME CRY. And it got me reconsidering that reader’s request, especially…
 
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    Joshua Wilner

  • Do You Still Read Books/Magazines?

    Joshua Wilner
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Cover via Amazon A while back I asked you to let me know how many magazines you read because I was curious to find out if the magazines you subscribed to were actually read of if they served as decorations or paper weights. Yesterday afternoon I overheard a conversation in which a woman told her friend that she won’t read anything that can’t be found on her Kindle, phone, tablet or computer. I can’t tell you what reason she gave for this. It might be because she thinks the electronic version is better for the environment or maybe it is the convenience of carrying 983,732…
  • These 15 Posts Will Change The World

    Joshua Wilner
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    My Facebook feed tends to be filled with a plethora of headlines that are similar to the one I used above. Certain colleagues of mine assure me the only way to get people to actually click on a post is to use something similar. I am not a big fan of that. It reminds me of the little boy who cried wolf. Sooner or later you destroy the trust people have in you and they stop paying attention/responding to those headlines. The ‘Importance of Analytics’ One of the things I try to do around here is a periodic analysis of what posts are the most popular. I base that upon the amount of…
  • What Is the Best Layout For Your Blog?

    Joshua Wilner
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    What Is the Best Layout For Your Blog? It is a question I ask with great regularity. I look at the themes I have and try to determine which ones provide me with the best tools and most effective ways to communicate with you. Which theme makes it easiest to read not only on the computer but on mobile devices. Responsive design is helpful for making sure that we have a uniform experience on all devices but I don’t just rely upon that. I like to try and figure out who is reading the blog and to do some tests to make sure that what we are producing here is designed to make it easy for as…
  • Is Content Shock Killing Your Blog?

    Joshua Wilner
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Eighteen months ago I sat in a job interview and listened to a man tell me he didn’t know why he asked me to come interview because he didn’t think I had the skill set to do the work. He told me the deciding factor was my cover letter because it had an almost zany quality to it. I did my best to leverage that moment and explained my goal was to overcome content shock and find a way to make sure someone took more than a quick glance at my resume, He nodded his head and complimented me on a job well done and I did my best to maintain a poker face and not do a celebratory dance. …
  • Free Advice Because You Need It

    Joshua Wilner
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Some people claim that free advice is worth as much as you paid for it but I can’t say I always agree with them because free is powerful. Or maybe it is more accurate to say free is one of the most powerful words in the English language. Business discovered long ago the power of free which is why it is common to see businesses try and lure new customers in by providing them with a free something or other. Sometimes people try to enhance the value of whatever free thing they are giving away by associating a dollar value to it. For example an attorney might offer 15 minutes of free…
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • The Random Rock: HARVEY DANGER, The MELVINS, REVEREND HORTON HEAT, BAYSIDE, ALICE IN CHAINS and more...

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    As I decided to resurrect my old "Random Rock" Column this week, I started looking at the news in my inbox and having flashbacks to a pre-email era. MELVINS... ALICE IN CHAINS... HARVEY DANGER... REVEREND HORTON HEAT? Was it 1997 again? I say that in jest, of course, since I love all of those bands. Below, you'll find rapid-fire updates on those artists and more, right here on THE ROCK FATHER. Enola FallSepulturaAlice in ChainsHarvey DangerFlyleafReverend Horton HeatBaysideIpecac RecordingsVictory RecordsMetallicaMELVINS
  • What Does the Atlas Corporation have to do with CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE?

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    #ForGrownups: I almost started the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide tonight. Almost. Very tempting, because this is the type of thing that goes well as a gift - so well that the folks at Activision even dropped the word "Holiday" into their announcement, as "upping the ante this Holiday" season. When you think about it, November pretty much is a holiday for COD enthusiasts - myself included, as it's the one game I indulge in like clockwork once a year. On November 4, it happens again with the release of CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE, and today comes news of three special editions... The Atlas…
  • Celebrate National Friendship Day with Strawberry Shortcake...

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    This coming Sunday (August 3) is National Friendship Day, and for 2014, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE aims to help kids celebrate by offering up a chance to win some cool prizes. Grownups that share a picture of their little one along with their BFF on the Strawberry Shortcake Facebook Page, Instagram or Twitter (@berrybestbits) and hashtagged with #BerryBestFriend will be entered into a drawing to win one of the new Strawberry Shortcake dolls that are being released this fall. Five BFFs will be chosen to win* National Friendship DayThe Bridge DirectStrawberry ShortcakeGiveaway
  • 2014 Rock Father Fitness Challenge: Week 30 Results

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Rock Father vs. Rock Father - It's been 30 weeks since James Zahn and Tom George (read the kick-off story here) began a year-long journey to not only lose weight, but get fit. These two Work-at-Home Dads had let time and their jobs take their toll on their personal well-being. For each week of the journey, we've been checking-in to find out how their efforts are paying off. This past Sunday, July 27, 2014, both men did their weigh-in, and these are the results... FitnessLifestyleFiXTWeight LossHealth
  • Summer Superhero Action: THE ROCK FATHER's Netflix #StreamTeam Picks

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Ahhh yes, the end of July. As many of you know, the annual Comic-Con International just wrapped-up in San Diego this past weekend, bringing together the best in pop culture fandom under one roof. While I was not there, I still covered some of the news here on THE ROCK FATHER, all while intently keeping an eye on all things super - because, at the end of the day, it's still Comic-Con, and while it's everything entertainment at this point, the event has a history rooted in the panels of comic books. With that in mind, I'm putting a post-SDCC spin on my Netflix #StreamTeam column this month,…
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    The Talking Dad

  • Movie Pass Giveaway: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

    Christopher
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It’s the movie Pal and I have been waiting for all summer long. We collect the comics, we play the toys and we never miss an episode of the new animated series. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in theaters August 8th! Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick…
  • Everything I know about Parenthood, I learned from Jack Burton

    Christopher
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Wildly entertaining, yet massively underappreciated; John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China was the quintessential 80′s pop-culture movie. Please hear me out. Big Trouble was flawlessly choreographed, B-movie level cinema. It displayed perfectly executed tongue-in-cheek humor, bad-ass kung fu, crazy cool sorcery and monsters, and let’s not forget the romantic undertone. It was pretty much everything you could ask for in a feature-length film, and it is still relevant today. Okay maybe not, however, it did have bad guys that could shoot lightening bolts out of their…
  • Hot summers call for energy-efficient NewAir AF-1000R Cooler, #AD

    Christopher
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Here we are approaching the hottest time of year and I can only imagine what my friends and family back in New Mexico, must be going through right about now. You see, the Talking Dad family haven’t always resided in the magnificent 4-season climate of Michigan. We are transplanted from the very dry, very hot southwest desert. Roof-top evaporative coolers (or swamp coolers as we so lovingly call them) were an absolute necessity, however, they weren’t always capable of cooling an entire home. Portable evaporative coolers were our saving grace. But here we are in Michigan. The summer…
  • Linklater’s BOYHOOD is astonishing, relatable childhood tale

    Christopher
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Astonishing, transcendent, relatable, sobering. All words that describe Richard Linklater’s sweeping coming-of-age tale, gradually debuting in theaters this week. Boyhood is a fictional drama of an ordinary boy, it refrains from bending to typical Hollywood melodramatics and plot twists. Filmed over the span of 12 years, Boyhood follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a boy raised within a fractured American family. Mason and his sister Samantha (Linklater’s daughter, Lorelai Linklater) undergo dramatic physical changes during the course of the movie as they, literally, grow up before our…
  • Giveaway: Celebrate RIO 2 on Blu-ray + Free Activity Sheets

    Christopher
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Rio 2 is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on July 15th! The cast of the animated hit comedy Rio returns — along with a new flock of all-star voice talent, including Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia and more — in this high-flying sequel for the whole family. The party continues when Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids take a walk on the wild side and embark on a colorful, comical, music-filled journey through the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit into his new surroundings, he goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of…
 
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • Give a Shot@Life with Walgreens Get a Shot, Give a Shot Program

    Matt Todd
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.As recently mentioned, the 2014-15 school year is almost upon us in the Indianapolis area. That means that we are in full-scale Back to School mode at our house. Football practices are in full-swing. We’ve made sure that the kids are up to date on their required vaccines. New backpacks have been acquired. New wardrobes have been purchased for the semester. First day of school outfits have been carefully selected. Class schedules have been picked up and new teachers have been…
  • Flash shirt sale!

    Matt Todd
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    A missions team has adopted our shirt design as their official team shirt! So, we are ordering another round of adult t-shirts (sorry, we are not including any of the yellow Youth-sized t-shirts with this order) this Tuesday (July 29).The t-shirts are available inS-XXXL and cost $20 each ($22 for XXL and XXXL). They are still available in Coral, Grey, and Cadet Blue.We have also added sweatshirts to this batch of orders. They are $30 apiece ($32 for XXL).As we did with the previous batch of shirts, there’s a flat $5 fee to ship your shirt(s) if you live outside of the Evansville, IN…
  • 6 books that changed my life

    Matt Todd
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    We’re in the midst of back to school madness here in Central Indiana. That’s right. It isn’t even August yet and Summer Break is already over! Long gone are the days of starting after Labor Day and ending before Memorial Day. If I’m honest, I usually like the new balanced calendar – except when we get to the end of a not-long-enough Summer and wonder what happened to the kids’ break. And since Mihret has been asking us how many days until school starts since…oh…the last day of school, let’s just say that the early advent of the school year…
  • Savior’s Serenade is changing the world

    Matt Todd
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    As part of the ongoing, yet somewhat irregular Change the World Wednesday series that I began in January, I’m taking a moment to highlight an organization called Savior’s Serenade…Our family has been in the hospital on a few occasions with Mihret. I know what it’s like to walk through those halls with some uncertainty on your heart. It can be confusing, heartbreaking, scary, and exhausting. It can be a very dark and lonely place for your body, mind, and spirit. I can only imagine that these feelings of fear and isolation would be magnified if you’re the patient…
  • Unfinished Sentence #2: “Next year will be better…”

    Matt Todd
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Complete this sentence…“Next year looks better to me because…”That was #52 on the list of incomplete sentences. Oh man. This one could be good.If you have something to share, don’t hesitate to send it to me - even if it’s just a sentence or two. This is a fun one!The post Unfinished Sentence #2: “Next year will be better…” appeared first on Life in the Fishbowl.
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    The Amateur Dad

  • Saturday Video: Fatherhood Is..

    theamateurdad
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood and other things dads would love on the web. If there’s a video or short film you’ve created or one you’d like to share, click HERE to contact me to pitch an idea.   Hey Everyone! I’ll be honest. My greatest passion for this blog to inspire all dads everywhere to be better fathers today then they were yesterday. That being said, there is a special place in my heart to change the broad, inaccurate perception of black fathers. This week’s video, Fatherhood Is,  is another great project depicting…
  • 5 Things I Love About The New Cheerios Dad Campaign

    theamateurdad
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Introducing the new Peanut Butter Cheerios. This is #HowToDad.” And there you have it. Summed up in a nice neat package, General Mills introduced the ad campaign for their new Peanut Butter Cheerios by choosing to focusing on fatherhood (or dadhood as they so cleverly put it). Dads in commercials is nothing new, but this one for me come across different than others in the past. I liked the commercial. I might be biased due to my un-dying love for peanut butter. But all that aside, I really loved what the commercial stood for it and how they articulated the message. If…
  • My First Dance Recital: A Dad’s Memoir

    theamateurdad
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    My wife and I try to de-brief on a nightly basis. You know, go over the day’s events and hopefully plan for next one. It’s one of the few things we’ve picked up now that our house is officially a full one. Having 4 kids is no joke. I mean, yes having one makes things interesting when you’ve never had any, but with each addition schedules have to be tighter, while our pocketbook gets lighter, and everything should be written down for fear or forgetting a permission slip, birthday party or dance recital. Yes the all too important dance recital. As a dad I feel a higher…
  • Saturday Video: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood

    theamateurdad
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood and other things dads would love on the web. If there’s a video or short film you’ve created or one you’d like to share, click HERE to contact me to pitch an idea. Hey Everyone! I know I haven’t written a blog in a few weeks. My apologies friends. You can expect one this upcoming week and every week, once a week thereafter. This week’s Saturday Video is a piece I found a few months back called Father Figure – Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood by photographer Zun Lee. I’ve…
  • Saturday Video: A Boy’s Imagination, or Dad’s?

    theamateurdad
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood and other things dads would love on the web. If there’s a video or short film you’ve created or one you’d like to share, click HERE to contact me to pitch an idea. Hey Everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in for few weeks. Sometimes being a dad gets in the way of being a dad blogger. And that’s okay with me! This week’s Saturday Video is a breath of fresh air. What happens when a dad with special affects editing skills wants to make his son’s imagination come to life? A whole lot of awesome,…
 
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    Chilldad

  • 20 Must Eat Foods For Dads

    Michael Berman
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Whenever you hear a person say they are eating clean or going on a diet, we often think of a complete lifestyle 180. However, improving overall health doesn’t require more than one small change at a time. We understand that your life is busy, so small changes will allow you to take care of your health and still leave time for you to be there and support your family. With busy lifestyles we often forget how important taking care of our nutrition and health is and how easy it is to put yourself last. I will reveal how you can effortlessly obtain optimal health for you and your family by…
  • 5 Incredible Albums Your Kids Will Love

    Matthew Eisenberg
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Why does “Children’s Music” exist? How did that become a genre? I don’t mean to degrade the work of Raffi, Laurie Berkner, Dan Zane, et al. I’m sure they are all very talented artists— actually, I’m not sure. Because I’ve never listened to them. Because although I have 2 children, I have no need for “Children’s Music.” I have a need for good music. And an abundance of the good music that I enjoy is music that my children enjoy as well. Below are 5 stellar musician/album recommendations that you will (or already do) love, and that your children will love too. They’re…
  • 10 Tips For Surviving A Gymboree Class

    Michael Berman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    At this point, it’s almost a rite of passage for American parents. Maybe the weather stinks and you’re trapped indoors. Or maybe you’ve read that it’s good for your toddler to get a little group “socialization”. Or maybe your wife screams at you with a voice drawn up from the netherworld that you need to take the kids and get out of the house, now. It’s time for Gymboree. If you haven’t checked out one of these indoor play gyms yet, weather it’s Gymboree or Little Sport or My Gym, you’re in for a little shock to the system. Don’t misunderstand… they’re fantastic, in…
  • Viral Video: RUDE (Dad’s Side Of The Story)

    Michael Berman
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    If you listen to pop radio at all, you’ve probably heard the song “Rude” by Magic! a few hundred times already this summer.  It tells the story of a cocky young kid who wants to run off with a girl, despite her father’s objections.  Very sweet.  Very romantic, in a way. Well, here’s the dad’s side of the story.  Funny and well-sung acoustic version re-imagined by Benji Cowart with background vocals (and laundry) by his wife Jenna.       The post Viral Video: RUDE (Dad’s Side Of The Story) appeared first on Chilldad.
  • 10 Tells Your Kids Are Bluffing

    Michael Berman
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    For the most part, kids make terrible liars. But every now and then you find yourself in that tricky position as a parent when you just can’t tell if your child is lying or not. They may get violently defensive, or they may put on a stone-cold poker face that could fool even a seasoned gambler. Or they may create such a mindbogglingly elaborate story that you have to stand back, stunned, and quote Ron Burgundy from Anchorman: “I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.” Here are a few things to look for when you can’t quite figure out if your kid is pulling the wool over your…
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  • Find Your Tribe: 19th Annual At-Home Dads Convention

    Matt Schneider
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Join us at the 19th Annual At-Home Dads Convention in Denver, Colo., to connect with and learn from some of the best dads around the country.
  • BabyBjorn Take NYC Dads Out to the Ball Game

    Lance Somerfeld
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    BabyBjorn welcomed the NYC Dads Group to a fun-filled MLB All-Star Dads Night Out with all the baseball essentials.
  • San Francisco Exploratorium Worth Exploring

    City Dads Group
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    We explore the Exploratorium in San Francisco as our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" rides into the sunset.
  • Boston Common is Where It’s At, Kids

    James Mahaffey
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s Note: Boston Common is anything but common – a huge public park in the middle of a great New England city. Come up north with us on the final day of our week-long celebration […]
  • DeKovats Playground: An Oasis in NYC

    Brandon Garcia
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Our celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" heads back to New York City and a little gem of playground - DeKovats Playground on Manhattan's East Side.
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