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  • Five DreamWorksTV Videos to Entertain Kids on the Go

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    Wendi Williams
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    This is a regularly occurring scenario in my life. I’m at a doctor’s office normally with more than one child.  The doctor is about 15 to 20 minutes late and the fair on my child’s behavior meter is running low.  First, I try to distract my kids with a toy.  When they grow tired of that, I hand them a graham cracker.  When those are all gone, I will try something new.  I will continue trying until I have everything in my bag from car keys to credit cards strewn out across the floor. Let me make your life easy.  Subscribe to DreamWorksTV Youtube Channel and it will…
  • Erstausstattung für Babys und Mamis: Checkliste für die Zeit nach der Geburt

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

    Genuine
    Genuine
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Tweet Letting the sun hit you in the face is what dogs do best!
  • CHANGES ARE COMING TO DADLABS!

    DadLabs Blog
    concretin_nik
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    Hello everyone! We have good news and we have bad news. Both are this: There are changes coming to DadLabs.com. We will still bring you Dad-centric parenting advice/suggestions/information/entertainment as well as car, travel, gear, app, and toy reviews via blog posts and video formats. We will still interact with you as much as we can via comments (and it will get easier for you to comment) here on the site and our Facebook page (facebook.com/thedadlabs). We will still be twits, er, twittererers. I mean, we will still send out tweets (@dadlabs – twitter.com/dadlabs) and we’re…
  • Loving Our Kids in the Face of Exhaustion

    Daddy Brain
    babbo
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Every day, I get out of bed and do my best to be the most incredible dad, husband, business owner and man I can be. But sometimes I fall short. Short on energy, patience, answers, compassion or time. Lately, my struggle with exhaustion seems more tough than usual. And whatever self pity I experience is […]
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  • Erstausstattung für Babys und Mamis: Checkliste für die Zeit nach der Geburt

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

    Marian
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Das Internet spielt im heutigen Zeitalter der digitalen Medien eine immer größere Rolle. Nahezu alle Kinder oder Jugendlichen besitzen inzwischen ein eigenes Handy oder Smartphone und haben Zugriff auf Onlinemedien – sehr oft ohne ausreichende elterliche Begleitung. Dabei werden sie häufig mit Webseiten konfrontiert, die sie nicht verstehen, die sie ängstigen oder ihnen sogar schaden können. Das komplexe Thema der Medienerziehung wirft bei den meisten Elternteilen zunächst viele Fragen und Unsicherheiten auf: Wie und in welchem Maß kann oder soll ich Einfluss auf das…
  • Hausautomation in den eigenen vier Wänden

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

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

    Marian
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Schon bei der Planung eines Gartenhauses entscheidet man mit über den späteren Pflegeaufwand und macht sich die künftig notwendig werdende Arbeit eventuell schwerer als es sein muss. Holz des Gartenhauses bestimmt die Pflege Es beginnt mit der Auswahl des Holzes, aus dem das Gartenhaus besteht. Hier gibt es Sorten, die witterungsbeständiger sind als andere. Wählt man aus optischen oder Kostengründen eine Sorte, die empfindlicher auf Umwelteinflüsse wie Regen, Wind und UV-Strahlung reagiert, erhöht man damit automatisch den späteren Pflegeaufwand. Auch die Platzierung des Hauses auf…
 
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  • Let The Sun Hit Your Face Once In A While

    Genuine
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Tweet Letting the sun hit you in the face is what dogs do best!
  • Genuine Family On Father’s Day

    Genuine
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Tweet Father’s Day 2014.  Taken from Rocky Mountain National Park.  It has become a family tradition to have a Father’s Day celebration in Estes Park, Colorado.  The kids have a blast and Dad loves to watch them play and ride the rides and I won’t lie I like to drive and race them in go-karts!  This is taken near the summit of the pass going through Rocky Mountain National Park. Genuine Mom is behind the camera!
  • Pot of gold rainbow!

    Genuine
    26 Apr 2012 | 6:39 pm
    Tweet   Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless Posted via email from genuine’s posterous
  • OPENING DAY!! ROCKIES VS GIANTS

    Genuine
    9 Apr 2012 | 12:00 pm
    Tweet   Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless Posted via email from genuine’s posterous
  • What really happened to dinosaurs?

    Genuine
    2 Apr 2012 | 8:33 am
    Tweet Yes.  They were put in the wash with the rest of the laundry. Posted via email from genuine’s posterous
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  • CHANGES ARE COMING TO DADLABS!

    concretin_nik
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    Hello everyone! We have good news and we have bad news. Both are this: There are changes coming to DadLabs.com. We will still bring you Dad-centric parenting advice/suggestions/information/entertainment as well as car, travel, gear, app, and toy reviews via blog posts and video formats. We will still interact with you as much as we can via comments (and it will get easier for you to comment) here on the site and our Facebook page (facebook.com/thedadlabs). We will still be twits, er, twittererers. I mean, we will still send out tweets (@dadlabs – twitter.com/dadlabs) and we’re…
  • Boys Night – Chrysler 200

    concretin_nik
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Boys night. Steak house. And we are rolling out. You can almost hear the soundtrack thumping as my two sons and I slow walk to our ride. And what better way to roll on a night out with my boys on the town than in a ride imported from Detroit. Ready to roll. My wife and daughter are in Dallas for the weekend at a soccer tournament, leaving me and my boys, now 16 and 10, to fend for ourselves. It seems the right time to splurge, to get my boys off the sheltered boarding school campus where we live, and into the big city. Time for some boy talk. Time to live large. To help us to that end, we…
  • Crafting with Kix! You can WIN!

    concretin_nik
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    As a DadBlogger, the internet today would have me believe I should be outraged with Kix cereal and the “Kid Tested. Mother Approved” tag line. Sure, it could say Dad Approved. Or perhaps, Parent approved. But guess, what? (ChickenButt) I don’t care. It really doesn’t bother me. They’re not dissing Dads like so many companies and sitcoms. Just stating that Moms dig ‘em. Well, me too. And now, even MORE. Why? I’m glad you asked. Crafting. That’s right… cardboard, construction paper, glue sticks, and make-a-mess-with-your-kids creativity. Kix has launched new packaging with…
  • GenderBent Halloween 2014

    concretin_nik
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    So what do you do when your 6 year old boy wants to dress up as a female character for Halloween? Let me spend some time thinking about that… no, I don’t think I will. You let him. End of story. (What? You were expecting controversy? #sorrynotsorry) Moving on. That grin! I’ve begrudgingly accepted that TheBoy doesn’t dig StarWars and superheroes. (My disappointment is selfish and action figure/toy related, it has nothing to do with him.) We’ve completely embraced the fact that he digs My Little Pony(hey, they have action figures). Yea, almost the entire MLP Universe is female…
 
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  • Loving Our Kids in the Face of Exhaustion

    babbo
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Every day, I get out of bed and do my best to be the most incredible dad, husband, business owner and man I can be. But sometimes I fall short. Short on energy, patience, answers, compassion or time. Lately, my struggle with exhaustion seems more tough than usual. And whatever self pity I experience is […]
  • The Daddy Brain Workshop: Upcoming Events

    babbo
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    The Daddy Brain Workshop Dads and dads to be, join us at one of the following Daddy Brain Workshops: Dads Day @ Meriter Hospital February 7, 2015, from 9-11am 2650 Novation Parkway Madison, WI 53713 Register for the workshop The Daddy Brain Workshop @ Matrix Collaborative March 4, 2015 from 6-7:30pm 6302 Odana Rd. Madison, WI 53719 […]
  • Daddy Brain’s Appearance on the NBC Evening News

    babbo
    29 May 2014 | 9:56 am
    Tune into NBC TV Channel 15 (WMTV) tonight at 6pm for a special segment on dads featuring Daddy Brain! We’ll be talking about some of the challenges dads face when learning to engage with their children (pre & post birth). We’ll also touch upon the Daddy Brain Workshop @ Meriter Hospital (Dads’ Day). Here’s the […]
  • Spending More Time with Our Kids

    babbo
    18 May 2014 | 3:12 pm
    My boys Max & Joss are 10, and almost 8, respectively. They’re awesome boys and I love spending time with them. With so many things on my to-do list (including three jobs), it’s often a challenge to cast all of it aside and simply be with my kids — while they’re still super psyched to […]
  • The Loss of Time & the Art of Surviving

    babbo
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I find it hard to believe that it’s been 4 months since my last blog post. I have plenty to say, but three jobs, karate, swimming, financial stress — and doing my best to be a good dad and husband have left me tired and out of time. Blogging, which was once done 3X per […]
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  • Five DreamWorksTV Videos to Entertain Kids on the Go

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

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

    Wendi Williams
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte are two of the most recognizable names in swimming today.  They boast 15 Olympic Medals between them.  Recently,  they joined forces with USA Swimming to raise awareness of the sport of swimming to young people.  In the video, they speak to children and parents about the reasons they chose to pursue competitive swimming and why they love the sport.  As parents, it instills all the important things we want for our children:  ambition, discipline, and physical well-being. Introduce swimming to your children to consider when deciding if sports are right for…
  • H&R Block Budget Challenge: Teaching Personal Finance Basics

    Wendi Williams
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Growing up, the most financial guidance I received in high school was a brief, semester-long economics class. It taught me how to balance my checkbook and how to clip coupons, but that’s where my personal finance education ended. It wasn’t until I grew up and took on complicated endeavors, like starting a business, that I realized how unprepared I truly was. From that point forward, I jumped up on my financial literacy soapbox and started screaming at the top of my lungs, in an attempt to help others from making the same mistakes. It is a fact that most adults are not financially prepared…
  • Giveaway: Win a SpongeBob Squarepants Lunchbox!

    Playground Dad Staff
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Kids and adults alike enjoy an escape to Bikini Bottom now and then.  That’s why we at Playground Dad are counting down the days until “SpongeBob:  Sponge Out of Water” hits theaters this Friday, February 6th.  We are so excited, we wanted to bring our joy to the masses. We joined forces with our friends from the deep and have two UNBELIEVABLE SpongeBob Squarepants lunch boxes to giveaway to our readers.  WE HAVE EXTENDED OUR DEADLINE and will now be choosing a winner on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 12PM PST. Follow “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” Movie on…
 
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  • For Oren

    Charlie
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    My mind is a sweatshop of emotion right now. I keep waiting for the bell to sound so I can go home. But closing time doesn’t seem likely for a good while. This past Saturday was a banner day in existential pain. Post by HowToBeADad. First, it was my late father’s birthday. When I say late, I don’t mean he forgot to set his alarm, though the guy was perpetually late to everything. He was probably late to something in the afterlife. He died back in 2005. I sent my brother a text message asking if it was weird that I still had the urge to wish him a happy birthday. He replied…
  • Saturday Morning: With Kids Vs. Without Kids

    Andy
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 am
    Here’s a painfully funny and accurate before-and-after comparison by @robfee, showing how a person’s Saturday morning goes WITH and WITHOUT the wild, miniature humans we call kids. For those of you with kids, you’re probably laughing or simply rolling your eyes with really breathy been-there-done-that sighs. For those of you without kids, pay close attention to this and wear a helmet. Have a happy Saturday, folks! For more from Rob Fee… Follow @RobFee on Twitter – One of the best accounts to follow. View his original post on Mandatory.com. – Get ready for…
  • Boot Camp for Feeding Kids

    Andy
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:32 am
    We partnered up with Gorton’s to bring you this post because we feel your pain, parents. Also because of the bazillions of fish sticks my kids and I have gobbled up.   There are all kinds of boot camps to prepare for extreme challenges or achieve difficult goals. Feeding kids clearly fits these points, so the need for intense drills and exercises specifically designed to ready parents is DUH-level obvious. Aside from solving the maddening Rubik’s cube of a kid’s appetite, there are also the challenges of the chef-reality-show-style time and pressure of food preparation…
  • Does Having Kids Make You Happier?

    Charlie
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:47 am
    I’m sitting up in bed staring through the darkness as my one-year-old cries just a short distance away. It’s about 65 degrees in my room but I’m sweating. I’ve been through this before, with both boys, but it doesn’t get easier. If I had a crystal ball, I’m sure it would show me that he’s teething or hungry or God knows what. But he can’t exactly tell me. Today was absolutely soul nourishing at my son's school. A photo posted by Charlie N Andy HowToBeADad.com (@howtobeadad) on Feb 7, 2015 at 11:48am PST It feels like so much of parenting is…
  • Sesame Street’s ‘House of Cards’ Parody Wins My Vote

    Charlie
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    Have you guys noticed how on point Sesame Street has been about their online content lately? It’s almost disconcertingly good. They always seem to have something that communicates to grownups as effectively as it teaches kids about a subject. And for that I am grateful. They have a long history of amazing parodies, from True Blood to Birdman, and this latest digital short is no different. What do you do when Frank Underwood is about to take to the screen on Friday for the premiere ofHouse of Cards? I’ll tell you… this. “Unfortunately, for some little piggies,…
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  • 58/365. noisemakers are strictly prohibited.

    snowdeal
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    signage apparently doesn’t apply to hockey parents.
  • retail could do to health care what uber has done to taxis

    snowdeal
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    “There is no doubt that retail is making a big bet on health care. If it succeeds, the payoff will be enormous. But just as Uber is at war with the taxi industry, retailers will soon be at war with the large, publicly-traded health care chains.” venture beat
  • no one could see the color blue until modern times

    snowdeal
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    “And without a word for the color, there’s evidence that they may not have seen it at all.” business insider
  • 57/365. don’t tell odin.

    snowdeal
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
    if eating chocolate koala crisp with
  • 56/365. cosmojetz.

    snowdeal
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:06 pm
    cosmojetz is a wind up toy designed by rio de janeiran chico bicalho as last piece in a series of available from kikkerland design. circa 2000, but for the life of me I can’t remember who gave it to me. someone who loves design! it’s been wound up and let go too many times to count and keeps going and going. odin loves it. I’m never getting it back.
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  • What’s On Your Mind? #DadChat is Open Forum This Week!

    Bruce Sallan
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Sometimes, I envy my dogs' lives! So simple. The world is a complicated place these days - always has been. But, as a parent we face concerns beyond ourselves. Let's share what is on OUR minds - whether it be serious or light this Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. I might have a cool giveaway, too!
  • Men vs. Women: Sleeping #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    Ah, the joys of sleeping. Do you think men and women approach and do sleeping at all differently? Well, of course they do because – gulp – men and women are so inherently different, as this 25th installment in this blog series will demonstrate with its usual careful analysis, astute observation, and painstaking research! However, as I always do, I will offer this apology up front to Women’s Studies students and faculty everywhere, as well as anyone who might foolishly label themselves a feminist. These observations are generalities and stereotypes for which there are always exceptions,…
  • Dad Has a Nightmare – #Humor #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
  • A Visit to LucasFilm – #Dad2Summit #StarWars #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    As part of the Dad 2.0 Summit this year - in San Francisco - we were privileged to visit the campus of LucasFilm. Here is some video as we walked from their awesome screening room (yes, we did see the Star Wars trailer and it looked incredible) and saw some of the wonderful movie memorabilia and art along the way. We also met some Lucas "friends" that you'll recognize!
  • #Divorce returns to #DadChat with @Adryenn

    Bruce Sallan
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    When we took on divorce, we had our biggest #DadChat EVER - and perhaps one of the biggest hours ever on Twitter, with over 250-million impressions. So, why have we waited so long to re-visit this provocative topic? Heck if I know, but we're TAKING IT ON again this Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET with a special co-host to be announced! And, coming back for a second time we have @Adryenn as our co-host! She brought us that record #DadChat and she's back again! Adryenn Ashley is a serial entrepreneur and sought after startup advisor. As one of the top entrepreneurs in the…
 
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  • The Dad 2.0 Thrival Guide

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

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

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

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

    Jim Lin
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    I couldn't decide on a title for this post. Mostly because I am dehydrated and sore. Also, the blisters. So many blisters. They mock my near-fail of a promise I made to myself when I became a dad. That promise was that in the event of a catastrophic civilization-altering event, I would be able to protect my loved ones and ensure that we at least would outlive our neighbors. This is the reason I did Muay Thai into my 40's. This is why I endured Crossfit. This is why I have always held myself to the standard of "I need to be able to vanquish anyone within a 100-foot radius of me at any given…
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  • Smokey Sue Smokes For Two

    greg
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Guess skymall's going out strong. pic.twitter.com/S6fcuzCjwJ— Mike Levine (@bizmichael) February 24, 2015 Smokey Sue Smokes For Two is designed to teach powerful lessons, including: the harm caused to mothers and their fetuses by smoking during pregnancy. the unsustainability of a business model based on renting pages in an airline seatback catalogue to the manufacturers of secondhand smoking fetus dolls. the balls it takes for someone to buy a Smokey Sue on SkyMall and turn around and flip it on Amazon for nearly twice the price. Don't buy a Smokey Sue Smokes For Two at this price…
  • The Little Girl, How Much For A Mug With The Little Girl?

    greg
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Koppie Koppie is a new online store that wants to teach us all an Important Lesson About Privacy--by slapping photos of random kids they've scraped from flickr onto mugs you, a total stranger, can buy. Their point is about how we unwittingly give control of our images, text, and video--our entire online lives--to companies and websites who can sell or exploit it however they want. I'm not sure that selling mugs with Creative Commons-licensed flickr photos is the cleanest way to make this point. But as someone who long ago decided not to post pics or names or other info of his kid on the…
  • Danh Vo X Nanna Ditzel

    greg
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    In 2013 the Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo began creating exhibitions in Berlin using his own artworks, Galleri Feldt's mid-century Danish furniture, and Leonor Antunes' brass objects. Which means that since it's not on Feldt's 1st dibs page, this Nanna Ditzel high chair is probably only available as part of a mindblowingly priced art installation. Sure looks pretty, though. Danh Vo at Galleri Feldt with Leonor Antunes, through Apr 2015 [contemporaryartdaily]
  • The First Production Baby, Screengrabbed

    greg
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    A couple of years ago Cabel Sasser wrote about Pixar's production babies, the kids born during the years-long creation of animated films, who get shoutouts in the credits. And he found evidence of what still stands as the earliest production baby, a birth announcement in the 1988 Intellivision video game Spiker! Super Pro Volleyball. Steve Ettinger had worked on Spiker and put an easter egg announcing his daughter Jessica's birth in the game code. Cabel found the text, but the secret combo of button & joystick moves that located the egg were long lost. Until now. Intellivision high priest Joe…
  • 'I hope I'll live long enough that she has some memory of me.'

    greg
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Paul Kalanithi is a Stanford neurosurgeon and a new dad with metastatic lung cancer. And his most recent essay and interview for Stanford Medical School's magazine about his experience is the reason I am crying right now. Before I Go [stanmed.stanford.edu] Previously, when he was diagnosed: How Long Have I Got Left? [nyt]
 
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  • One Mind

    D is for Dad
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    The topic of the sermon was “One Mind”. The base scripture referenced can be found in the book of Philippians. Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. To get a more complete picture of what the apostle Paul is referring to when he said, “have this…
  • One Heart

    D is for Dad
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:15 pm
    I’ve always been fond of the Church as described in the book of Acts. I remember being introduced to this historical account not long after I was saved and finding myself completely enamored by the notion of a group of believers in Christ having such a sense of faith and community. Acts 4:32 Now the … Continue reading One Heart
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  • Barbie and Justice League Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    Good morning, dads and moms! Today we’re going to a Chinese New Year party. It’s the year of the goat. Anyway, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad blog. Funny Shirts Giveaway (dad blog, ends 3/5) Night at the Museum Giveaway (dad blog, ends 3/6) Read more: Barbie and Justice League Giveaways Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • Night at the Museum Giveaway + Activity Sheets – win Secret of the Tomb Blu-ray

    Ken
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    My kids and I can’t wait to see the third and final installment of the Night at the Museum trilogy. If you or your kids can’t wait to watch the movie too, then you’re in luck. Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog will win the upcoming Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb Blu-ray. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 10th. BTW, I also have some fun Night at the Museum activity sheets to share on my dad blog. Read more: Night at the Museum Giveaway + Activity Sheets – win Secret of the Tomb Blu-ray Daddy Forever…
  • Funny Shirts Giveaway

    Ken
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hey t-shirt lovers! I have a great giveaway for you today. Thanks to Shirts.com, a reader of my dad blog will win a funny t-shirt of their choice. I love t-shirts. I have a closet full of t-shirts. If I could, I would wear a t-shirt to work everyday. BTW, Shirts.com has an awesome selection of t-shirts — including funny shirts! Read more: Funny Shirts Giveaway Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • The Harlem Globetrotters Will Make You Laugh – discount promo code: FAMGUIDE

    Ken
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    The kids and I went to see the Harlem Globetrotters over the weekend. It was the first time any of us have seen the Globetrotters. The game was a nail-biter and went into sudden death before the Globetrotters finally beat the Washington Generals. BTW, the Generals have not beaten the Globetrotters since 1971. Even though the game was close, it wasn’t a great game because neither team played defense. However, the game was very entertaining and my kids laughed their heads off. Read more: The Harlem Globetrotters Will Make You Laugh – discount promo code: FAMGUIDE Daddy Forever Dad…
  • Dumb and Dumber To and Strawberry Shortcake Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Good morning, dads and moms! Today we’re going to see the Globetrotters. We’ve never seen them play before. I’ve heard they are a lot of fun. Anyway, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad and Portland blogs. Barbie In Princess Power Blu-ray Sweepstakes (Portland blog – Oregon and Washington only, ends 2/25) Justice League vs. Bizarro League Blu-ray Giveaway (dad blog, ends 2/27) Read more: Dumb and Dumber To and Strawberry Shortcake Giveaways Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog…
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  • Masks

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

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

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

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

    Brett Nordquist
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    I stood at the Qdoba register fumbling for my loyalty card when I realized I’d given up. Life has become a sea of suckage, and I’m tired of swimming in it. Remember when, to pay for a meal, you handed cash or a credit card to your friendly cashier? The transaction took less than 20 seconds. You give me food in exchange for money. But loyalty cards add an extra layer of negotiation.  Am I paying more because I’m not as loyal? Are there some amazing benefits the card affords me? I don’t know. But I long for days of the simple transaction. No, “Do you have a Qboda card?” No…
 
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  • iPhone 6S & 6S Plus Rumor Round-up

    Michael Sheehan
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    The Apple Watch is here…well almost. But we all pretty much know what it will have, what it will look like, what it will cost, and many of us are just waiting for it to adorn wrists around the world. But many people, myself included, are looking further down the road, past the March 9th event (most likely about the Watch) and on to WWDC 2015 (the Apple World Wide Developer Conference) where new (or updated) Apple products are announced. I, and others, expect Apple to announce the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Here’s a list of rumors around the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus from a…
  • The Epson XP-820 is a Tiny “Small-In-One” Printing, Scanning, Copying & Faxing Powerhouse

    Michael Sheehan
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    Don’t judge a book by its cover, I’ve always been told. So with that in mind, when I unboxed the Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-In-One printer (whew, that’s a mouthful), I was wondering how the heck it could do all of the things that it claims to do. I have tested quite a few ink jet printers in the past, many of them Epson’s, and I must say that in a crowded home where shelf or table-top space is a scarcity, it is really nice to find a printer that doesn’t hog up a bunch of real estate. Oh, and it has enough features for just about every member of the family. Let’s…
  • Safety, Performance and Comfort Define the 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Wagon

    Michael Sheehan
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    My family and I have an unwritten love affair with Volvos. We have never owned one (apart from when I was about 6 years old), but we have always wanted one. Volvo has always been known as a safe car, and over the years, the quality and comfort has grown to be part of the mix. With the 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Wagon  I can now throw “performance” into the mix of adjectives describing Volvo. The 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design, in my opinion, is all about conquering the various aspects of engineering: design, features, comfort, performance and safety. The model that I tested for about a…
  • Blogger Warning: LLT Consulting Banner Ad Scam

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

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

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’m feeling nostalgic these days. Nostalgic for global warming. New England winters like San Diego springs. Oceans rising all around us. The landlocked unwittingly blessed with beachfront property. Sigh. Sure, the environmentalists screamed and moaned about losing the polar bear but, deep down, they went to bed salivating at the prospect of increased access to fresh fish tacos. Now we have “climate change.” Idiotic name. “Change” implies a shift in the routine. Instead it’s day upon day of subfreezing temperatures and foot upon foot of snow. You know: winter-like weather in…
  • Vaccines Can Save Kids Who Can’t Get Them

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:03 am
    My conversation with the school nurse at the start of every academic year ends with me say this: If anybody comes down with chickenpox, call me immediately -- it could save my daughter's life. Chickenpox – deadly? Most adults remember chickenpox as an irritating childhood rite of passage. No one ever died from excessive itching, right? I didn't, though I still bear a small, circular scar on my right cheek from my fingers getting the best of me during my bout. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, however, show that before development of a vaccine in the…
  • Sledding – It’s Been Downhill All the Way

    9 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    When the frosty flakes start to stick, most children rush outside to build snowmen, toss snowballs or flap their arms and legs for snow angels. Mine grab a bowl and spoon to make a meal. Yo, kids—they are “frosty flakes” not “Frosted Flakes.” Once sufficiently stuffed (or intestinally hypothermic), my offspring then often head for the garage to dig out their sleds. For me, growing up among the rocks and trees of North Stamford meant only being able to venture out to our pre-shoveled driveway or the backyard for a zip downhill on an ancient wooden Speedaway with half-rusted runners.
  • Christmas Lights: Them’s The Breaks

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The late Mel Torme, back before he croaked, sang that there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway. As I will not be outdone by any one nicknamed “The Velvet Fog,” let me croon about my developing a headache for every broken light at my house. Ooh, the colors of Hell ARE pretty … when lit. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his wife what he's up to all day at home. Cheers!
  • I'm an always home and uncool #HealthyDad

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Being a #HealthyDad is all about making time for myself as well as my family. That’s why I have been working hard at working out of late, hitting the elliptical and treadmill to lose my annual summer microbrew gut.Getting enough exercise isn’t just good for the body, it is good for the mind, and when you are healthy it makes everyone around you feel healthier, too. Hence, I’m proud to be part of the #HealthyDad campaign.Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield -- which has very good to our family in dealing with Lil Diva's Juvenile Myositis treatments over the years -- knows a thing or two…
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    Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords

  • The Separation Box

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

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

    16 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: I have a confession to make, one that on the surface would seem a little awkward, given the public position I've taken on the subject. Sometimes I'm baffled by technology. There, I said it. I mean, I'm not at that "old man standing on the porch in shorts and black socks, shaking my fists at the newfangled world" level of befuddlement. In fact, I don't feel threatened by technology at all, which I suppose is something. By and large, I live a life driven by technology to a certain extent, so I'm getting by okay. But there are embarrassing gaps. I…
  • In Defense of Monsters

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs, with a lot of input from Schuyler:Excerpt: Schuyler doesn't hate monsters. She loves them, because she understands them. Monsters are misunderstood. We think monsters are scary because they're different, and she's learned the hard way that the world doesn't like different. And I've always recognized that Schuyler's view of monsters makes for a perfect metaphor for her disability. I use it because it's brilliant. I don't mind allowing the world to give me credit for this metaphor because I'm selfish that way, but like most of my views on disability and…
  • A Complicated Girl

    3 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    This week at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Schuyler's evening was complicated. That much I can say. It was complicated for all the reasons that are obvious, and for all the ones you never think about. It was complicated because she looks like any other fifteen-year-old girl dressed to the nines at a high school dance, and it's complicated because she's not like any other girl there, or most places. It's complicated for the things she understands about her peer relationships, and it's complicated for the nuances that escape her. Her feelings about boys are complicated, and her…
 
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  • A Conversation on Taxes and Texas’ Economy, Armored Car Robberies in Houston, and Safer Craigslist Transactions [Audio]

    Frederick J. Goodall
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    In this episode of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, my esteemed colleagues, Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen; Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg; Vladimir Davidiuk, Chairman of the College Republicans & Junior Senator in the Student Government Association at the University of St Thomas.; and I discuss tax cuts in Texas, armored car robberies to Houston, and an idea on how to make Craigslist transactions safer. Listen to our conversation and share your thoughts in the comments section. Stay Strong,     The post A Conversation on Taxes and Texas’ Economy,…
  • Give Your Kids the Skills They Need for the Future: Free Coding Classes for Kids

    Frederick J. Goodall
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    I first learned about computer programming in 1978 when I was in third grade. Each Friday, we were allowed to go to the computer lab to learn a new programming language called BASIC. There was only one computer in the whole school so we had to go two at a time in 15 minute increments. Our teacher taught us some simple commands and allowed us to try them out on the computer. My first program was something like this: 10 PRINT “Hello, my name is Fred Goodall” 20 END Although, this program would not have gotten me into MIT, I was amazed by the possibilities. Watching the dot-matrix…
  • 8 Small Changes Dads Can Make to Have a Healthy Heart

    Frederick J. Goodall
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Dads live busy lives. With work, family, and social responsibilities, it is sometimes difficult to schedule the time to take care of yourself. You know you should pay attention to your heart health, and to your credit, you really do try. But taking care of others always ends up being your main priority. The good news is that having a healthy heart is possible by incorporating a few simple habits into your lifestyle. If you commit to making the following 10 small changes, you’ll not only have a healthier heart, but you will also have feel better and have more energy to take care of your…
  • Dangerous Texting Terms Your Child May Be Using

    Frederick J. Goodall
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Teenagers are skilled at developing new ways to communicate. Their ability to secret massages via text or social media is not only amazing, but it is also confounding to parents. In my “Teens and Social Media” class, I hear from parents who are overwhelmed by technology and feel helpless when it comes to monitoring their children’s online behavior. The key to protecting your children online is to be actively engaged in all aspects of their lives. Asking questions about their online activities, monitoring their devices, and installing security software can go a long way…
  • How to Keep Your Family Safe and Secure with Master Lock Vault

    Frederick J. Goodall
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:33 am
    In January, I turned 45. These milestone birthdays really make you step back and revaluate your life. As a husband and a dad of three kids, I have to think about my family’s safety and security. In addition, my wife and I have to consider our aging parents’ well-being. When you’re in your mid-40s these concerns can consume lots of brain power. Although I’m healthy and in good shape, I have noticed that my memory isn’t as good as it once was. I lose my keys daily and I often find myself walking into rooms and forgetting why I went there. A bad memory plus being responsible for…
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  • On Winton Blount III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    How many roads must a man walk downBefore you call him a Dad?It was a stormy night last night here in Seattle, readers.  With winds gusts up to 60 miles and hour in our neighborhood, Lukas was having trouble sleeping.  He even described looking out his window once to see what he thought was lightening.  But since there was no lightning in Seattle last night, we think he actually saw some transformers blow.  Either way, it was an impressive show to him.There were a lot of power outages as a result.  But not ours thankfully.I sat with him in his bed for a while,…
 
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  • March Blogging U. Courses: Blogging and Photo 101

    Michelle W.
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Registration for March’s Blogging U. courses is now closed, and both courses have started. Check back later in the month to learn more and register for April’s offerings! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — March 2 – 20 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community. Whether you’re just getting started or want to revive a dormant blog, we’ll help you build blogging habits and…
  • New Theme: Lyretail

    Caroline Moore
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme: Lyretail Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominently below the site’s title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. Secondary information, like a Custom Menu or Widgets, are tucked behind a convenient slide-down menu, while bold featured images grace the header, putting your photographs front and center. Read more about Lyretail on the Theme Showcase,…
  • WordPress for iOS: New Visual Editor and More!

    Meredith
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements. Visual Editor We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, links, and lists naturally as you type. You can also insert images with a tap, seeing real-time uploading progress and images right in the post. Before New Editor App users have long wished for a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor on iOS. Until now, a rich mobile editing experience on the iOS app was reserved for those…
  • Five Themes for Poets (and Other Text-Loving Bloggers)

    Ben Huberman
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Over at The Daily Post, our first poetry-focused Blogging U. course, Writing 201: Poetry, has just entered its second week. It’s been a blast, with hundreds of poets sharing their work, experimenting with new forms, and commenting on their peers’ poems. After working hard on polishing their elegies, haiku, and ballads, most writers want to make sure their readers can enjoy their work to the fullest. This is where choosing the right theme can play an important role (this is true for non-poets too, of course): you want your posts to be readable, clean, and inviting. Here…
  • A Year of Reading the World: A Q&A with Ann Morgan

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Several years ago, writer Ann Morgan noticed that she didn’t read much literature from countries outside of the United Kingdom and United States — and had yet to dive into stories from around the globe. From this realization, her blog, A Year of Reading the World, was born. You can read about Ann’s journey in her new book, Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, available now in the UK. (The US version, The World Between Two Covers, will be released on May 4.) I chatted with Ann about the blog-to-book journey and her experience of reading and blogging about…
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  • Somebody’s gotta pay

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

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

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

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

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

  • Raising kids who are grounded, generous, and smart about money

    Armin
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled. Topic: Raising kids who are grounded, generous, and smart about money. Issues: Why we need to talk about money; how to start the conversation; the allowance debate; the smartest ways for kids to spend; how to talk about giving; why kids should work; how much is enough? The post Raising kids who are grounded, generous, and smart about money appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Straight Talk on Parenting + The Opposite of Spoiled

    Armin
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:47 am
    Vicki Hoefle, author of The Straight Talk on Parenting. Topic: A no-nonsense approach to growing a grown-up. Issues: Creating a blueprint of where you want to be; understanding that parenting is more about on-the job training and less about being perfect; bedtime bedlam, morning meltdowns; sibling squabbles; sass and backtalk; the trouble with tech. Ron […] The post Straight Talk on Parenting + The Opposite of Spoiled appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Baby, It’s Still Cold Outside

    Armin
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    If your family is one of the millions that have been affected by the recent Polar Vortex-induced weather craziness and you’re spending more time inside than usual, we’ve got some great ideas for fun, imaginative, affordable indoor play. Fashion Doll Coupe (American Plastic Toys) You won’t be driving a real convertible for at least another […] The post Baby, It’s Still Cold Outside appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce?

    Armin
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    Coping with divorce is never easy, but you can make things a lot easier if you choose a strategy that allows you to divorce without going to court. Staying out of court reduces time, expense, and trauma for everyone involved, especially the children. There are several ways to handle a divorce without court. Ultimately, your personal and family […] The post Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce? appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • How to Give Your Child a Cultural Education

    Armin
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    If you asked your kids what culture is, would they know? Today’s society seems to have little focus when it comes to cultural education; however, understanding culture of all types is necessary for a child’s social and academic development. This is an area your kids might not learn at school, so consider doing it yourself. […] The post How to Give Your Child a Cultural Education appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
 
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    Daddy Press

  • 7 Habits That Build A Lasting Marriage

    Jon Stolpe
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    How to have an active love affair with your spouse, even when life gets in the way. A few weeks ago, I visited my wife’s family for the holidays.  As part of the visit, I spent a fair amount of time with my wife’s aunt and uncle.  Uncle Dave is in his mid-eighties. He has always had a wit and charm about him.  Over the last couple of years, I’ve been able to see that Uncle Dave is starting to lose a little pep in his step.  He has struggled to stay alert and to remember things he normally would recall with ease.  This visit in particular, I could see how he is heading further…
  • Like A Girl

    John Noonan
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    As a father to a little girl, I often notice the term “like a girl” being used in an offensive way.  I realize the attached video is part of an advertising campaign, but it articulates the way I feel.  Please watch and enjoy.
  • 5 Ideas for Teaching Our Sons

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

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

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

  • Judgment Call: Understanding the Teenage Brain

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ian Newbold
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:51 am
    This year I’m helping the Football League decide which of its 72 members deserves to be crowned their Family Club of the Year.I’ll be part of a judging panel that will evaluate entries from football clubs of all three tiers of the Football League, and as well as recognising divisional winners, will look whose doing the best job of providing a quality experience for families.Whilst plaudits and prestige are rightly awarded for the performance of football teams on the pitch, the Football League has recognised the importance of rewarding the efforts that go on off the pitch.Families, and the…
  • I Love My Nephew (and Jonny's Sister)

    Ian Newbold
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    It was my nephew's Christening at the weekend.He's approaching his first birthday, and it was about time that his arrival was something those that love him should get together and celebrate.His parents did a marvellous job of arranging a Christening that one guest described as the Christening if Carlsberg did Christenings.Enough said.Even if I has my doubts when I was wrestling with a load of tangled balloons minutes before we should all have been in Church.I'm in there somewhereMy nephew, Bertie, was the real star.It's unbelievable how you seem to find new love for a new person, and there…
  • Should we reward expected behaviour?

    Ian Newbold
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    How do you reward your children? Or anyone else's for that matter?For your kids do any of these warrant reward?Doing their school work.Putting their clean clothes away.Cleaning their plate and putting it in the dishwasher.Making their bed and opening curtains.Or is this expected behaviour that should go unrewarded?I've long had a problem with the 'good middle' when it comes to children.  And what I mean by the good middle, is the children not particularly excelling at anything, but still plodding on with a decent and expected level of performance.I've spent a little time mentoring in…
  • Married Parent Dad

    Ian Newbold
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    I finally got round to butchering my already pants blog banner in Photoshop changing my blog’s header.And for good reason.I got married.Yes.  Moi.  Married. What can I type, my wife loves a man that can pretend to speak French.We had a glorious day, and summer in general really, topping all our previous epic summer holidays.The best, best man ever kept me calm, in-check(ish) and incredibly well supported. There really was no other person for the job.  And I mean that in the positive sense.His auntie helped him prepare his wedding speech, which turned out to be a pre-recorded…
 
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    thedaddycast.com

  • A Few Good (Sports) Parents

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is It Ever Too Late For a Great Opportunity?

    C.C. Chapman
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    You never know when a door might open to a great opportunity. I’ve heard “it is just too late” a few too many times over the past few days around looking for sponsors for something I’m working on at SXSW and I had to record a new episode of Managing the Gray to share my thoughts. Hope to see you all at SXSW.
  • Time and What We Choose To Do With It

    C.C. Chapman
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    A week isn’t a long time. A day is a little more than a blink in our lives. Time and what people choose to do with it has always fascinated me. This morning our exchange student from China left. The whole family woke up at 4am so that we could properly say goodbye to him. J was only here for a week, but last night as we gathered for our final night together I felt a sense of missing him already. His reaction when I handed him a Chinese translation of Content Rules is one that I will always cherish. Even after only a week, I hope I see him again. In a perfect life, my family would find…
  • More Phones Need To Be Like the Motorola DROID Turbo

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    Right up front, you need to know that I was given a Motorola DROID Turbo phone for free as part of the VZWBuzz Influencer Program. We get access to a variety of devices and it is always fun when I like one enough to write about it. I made the switch to Android from iOS last year. Being able to customize my phone, use widgets and direct integration with all things Google makes my life easier. I’ve only had the phone for a week, so I can’t do a full review, but what motivated me to write this post is several features that I’d love to see all phones have as soon as possible.
  • Does Your Brand Want To Be At SXSW 2015?

    C.C. Chapman
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    SXSW is one of those events, that you have to experience to fully understand and appreciate. I’ve attended for a number of years and every time I leave with new friends, ideas and a peek at the upcoming trends in the world of technology. This year, I’m attending, but I’m also excited to be working on a brand activation and we are looking for sponsors. For years I’ve watched the evolution of marketing campaigns at SXSW and too many brands spend large amounts of money without understanding SXSW. I want to help a couple of smart brands to do good and hit their goals at…
  • Not 50 Shades of Managing the Gray

    C.C. Chapman
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:40 am
    Long time listeners know that when I hit record on my microphone you never know what might come out of my mouth. In the first ten seconds of this episode I once again laughed at myself as words came out of my mouth and in my mind I was already thinking, “Did you really just say that?” Listen to Episode 143 of Managing the Gray and you’ll hear what I’m talking about. Show Links 50 Shades of Grey movie 50 Shades of Grey book My Tolerance Post Miami Dolphins Have a great weekend.
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    DadCAMP

  • How To Catch Your Kids Up On The Star Wars Saga Before Episode VII

    buzz
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    Before Episode VII comes out, you'll need to get your younger kids up to speed on the complete Star Wars Saga. LEGO Star Wars' Droid Tales on Disney XD is exactly the way to get everyone back on the same page before Episode VII. I caught a sneak preview at the Lucasflm campus in San Francisco. Continue Reading → The post How To Catch Your Kids Up On The Star Wars Saga Before Episode VII appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • These Men Make Me Want To Be A Better Dad

    buzz
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    I am part of a fraternity of fatherhood that makes me want to be a better dad. This week we lost our leader, Oren Miller. It's been a high and low week. Continue Reading → The post These Men Make Me Want To Be A Better Dad appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Baking With Boys

    buzz
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    I love baking with my boys. From licking the spoon, to turning on the mixer too high, to cutting out and decorating ccokies, baking with boys is awesome. Continue Reading → The post Baking With Boys appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Seeking Out Real Baja Fish Tacos At Home

    buzz
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    [twitter]Every day for a week, I’d walk the 100m from the pool to the beach bar cafe and order tacos. Chicken, beef, pork, fish, it didn’t matter. A cerveza, and a plate of three open-faced tacos with a cup of… Continue Reading → The post Seeking Out Real Baja Fish Tacos At Home appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • The Time I Went Camping With Dead Batteries

    buzz
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    I suck at camping. I forget gear, I give up, I come home, I go camping with dead batteries and pee in the dark. Don't be like me, win some batteries here: Continue Reading → The post The Time I Went Camping With Dead Batteries appeared first on DadCAMP.
 
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Time For Changes

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

    Jack Steiner
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    listen to ‘Mr. Spock, Friends & Blog Comments’ on audioBoom
  • What Does 11 Years Of Blogging Provide

    Jack Steiner
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    What does 11 years of blogging and calling yourself a dad blogger provide you with?It is a question I think I should answer but I am not sure how I am going to approach it yet. I figure I'll run it on the main blog and that some of it will be tied into what you see below.Who Do We Thank For All This?Bloggers Are Narcissists  The Etiquette of Unfriending  Dealing With DivorceSpit Or SwallowThe Rhythm Of LifeBut there are other post and influences that I have to consider. More to come on this later.
  • Humping, Cars, Tools & Technology

    Jack Steiner
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:18 pm
    listen to ‘Humping, Cars, Tools & Technology’ on audioBoom
  • It Is Black And White Or Is It

    Jack Steiner
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:56 pm
    There was a time many years ago when I saw life in black and white terms. Things were one way or they were another and it was only on rare occasions I allowed for them to occupy shades of gray.Somewhere during the last decade or maybe before, who can remember, I recognized things were different.It wasn't necessarily by choice and it wasn't by desire.Experience provided me with ample reason to look at the world in a different way and I left the shelter of black and white.It doesn't mean there aren't things to me that are black and white because there are many but it is not like it once was.And…
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    MyBoys3

  • Indie Publishing Update

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

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

    Steve
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Today is our golden retriever Charlie’s second birthday. Normally I wouldn’t remember the actual birthday of our dog, but his is easy to remember, even for me. 12/12/12. Not bad. Enough to earn him a new doggy bed and an extra-large bone this morning. Of course he didn’t know what to do with it and was desperate to take it outside to bury it (which I didn’t allow as the last thing I need right now is for him to put another big hole in my yard.) While still a bundle of energy most days, Charlie is an awesome dog and we couldn’t imagine our family without him. We…
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • New Book + Giveaway!

    Joe
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    Big news! My new book, the Dad’s Guide to Raising Twins, is now available! Get your copy today. Keep reading below for how you can win… If you read my first book for fathers of twins, the Dad’s Guide to Twins, you’ll know that it helped get you through the twin pregnancy and ready for your twins’ arrival. This new Dad’s Guide to Raising Twins book continues the journey and helps you from the moment you get the twins home. It guides you through what to expect and how to handle your precious twins through the first couple of years. Giveaway Celebration…
  • Psychology of Raising twins and Dad’s Vital Role

    Joe
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    I read a very interesting article over at Psychology Today that talks about the psychology of parenting twins by Dr. Kristi Pikiewicz. As we’ve talked about a lot, it is different being a parent of twins and raising twins. There is a psychological burden of raising twins. All parties involved: mom, babies, and dad can feel guilty that they’re not giving enough attention and not receiving enough attention, or that they’re stealing attention from each other. For example, a twin distracts mom from the other twin, and mom feels guilty that she can’t tend adequately to both…
  • Different Size Twins and Due Dates During Pregnancy

    Joe
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    I got a question from a mom who is about 29 weeks pregnant with twins. She says that at the last ultrasound, one of her twins was measuring 30 weeks and the other twin was measuring 29 weeks. She asks if that’s reason for concern. Is it cause for concern? It depends. During our twin pregnancy, our girls did measure differently throughout the twin pregnancy. One was consistently bigger than the other, just like you’re describing. The ultrasound technicians and the doctor used size to determine due dates, but you can always view those as just estimates. Like in your example, one was…
  • Preparing Your Dog for the Twins’ Arrival

    Joe
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    A dad who is expecting twins writes in and asks, “We’ve got some dogs at home. Do you have any suggestions for preparing them for the twins?” In the Rawlinson household, we don’t have any dogs since I’ve been allergic to dogs ever since I was a kid. However, in talking with other parents who do have dogs, I’ve heard several things that work very well in getting them prepared for twins. Introduce Smells One method that I’ve heard works well is to let the dogs become familiar with your babies’ smell before they arrive home and meet each other. For…
  • Dogs and Twins, Psychology of Raising Twins, Different Due Dates – Podcast 81

    Joe
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Episode 81 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss: Preparing your dog for the twins Is it normal to have different size twins and due dates during the twin pregnancy? Psychology of raising twins and dad’s vital role Mentioned in this episode: Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) The Psychology of Parenting Twins Subscribe to the Podcast To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: iTunes (for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) Stitcher Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) Share Your Thoughts Please let me know what you think of this episode of…
 
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    DaDa Rocks!

  • LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – will be the force behind Disney XD

    DaDa Rocks!
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    As its title suggests, Droid Tales is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C-3P0 and R2-D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the…
  • House of Cards season 3 rolls out in all its binge glory

    DaDa Rocks!
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Its finally here… House of Cards season 3 has finally rolled out onto Netflix! So if you havent watched the first two seasons leave now… stop reading quickly… Spoilers AHEAD after clip!       Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is president now, which means he has to take a break from murder and manipulation to actually run the country. For those who don’t remember, Frank convinced Senator Hector Mendoza to start a smear campaign against President Garrett Walker (because he and his wife had been to couples’ counseling) and persuaded a special prosecutor to…
  • Big Hero 6 saves the day by flying on to DVD & BluRay

    DaDa Rocks!
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Now you can bring it home on Bluray Combo Pack & DVD With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios,Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends — adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy…
  • New YouTube Kids App Available Beginning Today

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    The YouTube Kids app, the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind, is available for free on Google Play and in the App Store App Store in the U.S., starting today, February 23, 2015.  Families worldwide are already watching millions of videos on YouTube. The app makes it safer and easier for children to discover and explore videos on topics they are curious about with family-friendly features, including:   Playful, Fun Design: The YouTube Kids app is delightfully simple and packed with age-appropriate videos, channels and playlists with a focus on content…
  • Sesame Street Live comes to the Theater at MSG

    DaDa Rocks!
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    Find furry friendship with Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” playing at the Theater at Madison Square Garden from February 19 – March 1, 2015. No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Use code SAVE50 and visit…
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  • What You Have To Do As A Parent Or Gaurdian To Raise Happy Children Version 5.09

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

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

    singledad
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:24 am
    Learning concerning the unique challenges of Step-Dating could possibly be the difference between having a successful or unsuccessful relationship. Family and relatives should be in a position to... This is only a taste of the post. Check it all out at www.sexandthesingledad.com
  • Why I Didn’t Put Together My Daughter’s Swing Set

    singledad
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    I’m a man.  A manly man.  But that doesn’t mean I have to do everything on my own.  As a single dad, sometimes we forget these things.  We spend all day, every day, taking care of... This is only a taste of the post. Check it all out at www.sexandthesingledad.com
  • Single Parent Dating Success

    singledad
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Raising children and exerting your influences through parenting is surely an awesome responsibility for one to have. Combining the following tips with your instincts and better judgment can help. The... This is only a taste of the post. Check it all out at www.sexandthesingledad.com
 
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  • Update: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

    Craig Playstead
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    It’s about adapting to change … I hope 2015 has gotten off to a great start for you and that things are humming right along. I just wanted to communicate my plans for this blog (I think this is year 8 — wow). Last year I launched my writing/content blog that took an enormous amount of planning and figuring out. The problem? I found myself with two blogs. Keeping up one blog is tough, two is just asking for it. The other issue with taking so long to launch Man vs. Words is that the content industry has changed a ton. Again. Man, it’s tough to keep up. I also was able to do…
  • Want Happiness in 2015? Emulate This Guy

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

    Craig Playstead
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I wrote a new piece over at my writing blog today that has literally been kicking around in my head for 13 years and thought you guys would appreciate it. It’s a 9/11 tribute about the smartest person I’ve ever met. As a guy who’s worked in tech since the late 90’s, that’s sayin’ something because I’ve worked for some of the most powerful companies in the world with some insanely smart people. But none of them as smart as this guy … The post The Smartest Person I’ve Ever Met appeared first on shake your foundation.
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  • Toy Fair 2015 In Full Living Color Video, Part 1

    nessel
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Yes, we spent 4 days at the International Toy Fair in NYC in February 2015.  We saw thousands of new toys coming out in 2015.  We saw things that can never be unseen…like a pet dog that poops…and then you feed him his poop and…wait for it…he poops some more.  That was a hard one to wipe from the memory. The thing is, not only did we see toys, we used one of those amazing devices that captures what you see and makes a video…in color and everything! Toy Videos, Toy Videos and More Toy Videos Coming Soon We are still editing away, but below will give you a taste…
  • The Good, The Bad and the Ugly from Toy Fair 2015

    nessel
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:47 pm
    This post is not what you think it is.   From the title this may seem like a coherent roundup of the best and worst products at the 2015 International Toy Fair that just took place in New York City.  Sorry, it is actually incoherent therapy for me after the emotional roller coaster of attending Toy Fair.  Please submit your bill for listening to me to my insurance company. How Spending 4 Days With Thousands of Toys Can Nearly Drive You Insane I am not expecting a lot of sympathy here.  I spent the last 4 days roaming the halls, booths and private showrooms of the International Toy Fair.
  • Toy Of The Year Awards 2015, And The Winner Is…

    nessel
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:14 pm
    We are getting ready to hit the show floor at Toy Fair NYC tomorrow.  We will be looking at thousands of new toys, trying to figure out what will be the hits of 2015.  While predicting what will be popular come the 2015 holidays is a bit of challenge, figuring out what was super popular in 2014 is now very easy.  We just need to look at the Toy Of The Year (TOTY) Award Winners for 2015 that were just announced moments ago… And The Winners Are… Specialty Toy Of The Year Winner: Gravity Maze By Thinkfun http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSnl2yr9gO0 Full Review of Gravity Maze…
  • Review: LeapBand from LeapFrog, Because Marching Like An Elephant Is Fun

    nessel
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    You know what, I’m just going to say it – growing up sucks.  I mean if my watch suddenly told me to start Marching Like An Elephant or get on the ground and Wiggly Like a Worm, I’m not gonna do it – because I am an adult and adults don’t behave like that.  Man I hate being an adult! Kids on the other hand, they love to have fun and be active and don’t care what other people think.  The problem is, sometimes with all the video games, kids need a little push to be active, to let loose…well, to be kids again. Enter the LeapFrog LeapBand, an activity…
  • Tasty Tuesday: It’s A Miracle, Van’s Gluten Free Snacks Are Not Taste Free

    guestbloggerX
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    by Ann Burniske It’s back!  It’s been way too long, but we are excited to say that Tasty Tuesday has made a triumphant return.  Simply put, Tasty Tuesday is the day when we talk about some of the yummy stuff we have been digging at Dad Does.  Amazingly, Tasty Tuesday always falls on a Tuesday…good thing we didn’t call it Tasty Thursday, that would have been awkward. It Started With Gluten Free Snack Bars That Didn’t Taste…Gluten Free Gluten-Free, or GF, diets have become increasingly popular. Some people suffer from celiac disease and have been advised…
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  • Will It Matter?

    Caleb
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    Boardwalk (Mouse) Empire. || #vscocam #nocrop #ragandisney A photo posted by Caleb Gardner (@calebgardner) on Feb 19, 2015 at 1:40pm PST I arrived at the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday for a bit of an escape from the bleak Chicago cold. The next day I was to give another presentation to my peers, exhorting them once again to (hopefully) new content heights. Opportunities to engage with new people and help them based on my experience are some of the most fun parts of what I do. When I got in, I took a walk on the boardwalk. The air was a crisp 60 degrees, and felt great on my winter-blown skin.
  • Chicago is Snowy as Hell

    Caleb
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:50 am
    Stopping by the Merch Mart on a snowy evening. A video posted by Caleb Gardner (@calebgardner) on Feb 3, 2015 at 3:22pm PST And hard to maneuver. Pretty though. The post Chicago is Snowy as Hell appeared first on The Exceptional Man.
  • Portrait of a Superwoman

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Brady
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:41 am
    It’s funny how sometimes just the right teaching by just the right teacher at just the right moment comes rolling through my extroverse. When it does, it seems to remain embedded in my neural network forever. It’s like my brain had been growing and changing for awhile, pruning old connections here, growing new connections there and then suddenly this teaching shows up and makes an unmistakeable and undeniable “Aha” vital connection between two Rich Club centers. And that’s all she wrote. This particular teaching was initially kindled by Dean Ornish, the MD who…
  • How Unkept Promises Compromise Brain Function

    Mark Brady
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:13 am
    Even as a little kid I hated people making promises to me and not keeping them. I can still hear my six-year-old voice plaintively wailing, “But you PROMISED!” In one of my early blogs I wrote about my mother promising me a Wilson A-2000 baseball glove for Christmas. Not getting it left me hugely disappointed and it adversely impacted my neurophysiology on many levels, far more than anyone would ever suspect (just seeing the picture of the glove on the right below, activates the feeling of that crushing disappointment; I can literally feel that memory affecting my endocrine system…
  • Why Are High Maintenance People In Your Life?

    Mark Brady
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    According to research by the Laboratory of Neuroimaging at USC, yesterday I thought an average of 70000 thoughts (some percentage of which could be classified as clinically insane!). I’m going to be thinking in the ballpark of the same number of thoughts today. Probably tomorrow as well. And the day after that. Which is generally okay. Except for one problem: roughly 63000 of those thoughts I think tomorrow will be the same ones I’m thinking today, and yesterday, and the day before. But there’s a good reason for such thinking: It doesn’t send my stress hormones…
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  • Schleich Now has Justice League Figurines

    Michael
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
    I was introduced to Schleich’s by my ex-girlfriend and her daughter.  At the time, he daughter collected Schleichs.  At the time, I had no idea who or what they were, or that they were such a big to-do.  Now I do, and even more so now that they’re selling Justice League figurines!For those that are still not sure what I’m talking about.  When you’re in Walmart or another store, and you come across those individual animal figurines, like horses, hippos and giraffes, or the cool Dinosaurs that are typically on the top shelf, those are likely and typically are Schleichs.  (The more…
  • New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Full Body Promo Shots

    Michael
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Word is that we’re going to be getting a new trailer in the coming days, with it being assumed that is what is most likely Robert Downey Jr’s “big announcement” but until then we can check out these new, detailed, full body looks at the Vision, Ultron, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black widow, Hawkeye, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, and the Hulkbuster, thanks to Advanced Graphics. These images are for life-sized cardboard standees (well mostly life-sized) and definitely give us our best look yet at Earthy’s MightiestThe post New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Full Body Promo Shots appeared first…
  • David Ayer Trolls Everyone, Simply by Teasing Jared Leto’s Hair for SUICIDE SQUAD

    Michael
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    David Ayer seems to be having a little fun riding the fence on being an internet troll.  Yesterday, he promised something new from his upcoming Suicide Squad film, and while not hinting towards everything, most felt it would be some type of juicy reveal, especially giving a heads up the day before.Something will happen. Tomorrow. #skwad— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) March 2, 2015Well, today he did share something.  That of Jared Leto getting a haircut, then another photo of Leto, clean shaven  with is new look. While not really even a full reveal, it does show us that production is…
  • Teenage Boys Can Start Saving the Planet with the Wankband

    Michael
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Pornhub has joined the wearable device market, with the Wankband! (Don’t judge until you at least read about the “Wanking Warriors”)Sounds like a joke, but nope!  Pornhub has developed a wearable device that will generate power from the up/down motion of masturbating, and can then be plugged in and be able to charge any USB device.  Pornhub’s desire to be promote a more pleasurable ecosystem, and not only that, they’re looking for beta testers that they’re calling the “Wanking Warriors” program.…one small stroke for man (and women), but one giant wank for mankind.You can …
  • Hawkeye is the Latest to get an AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Character Poster

    Michael
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Looks like we’re in for tons of Avengers: Age of Ultron fun this week, with a potential trailer hitting, and likely a handful more character posters to go with our collection of the Hulk, Iron Man, Nick Fury, Thor, and Black Widow.Looks like our Monday poster boy is none other than Hawkeye himself.Now, if the theory holds, that we’re getting posters up through Thursday, is there a chance we get a Vision or a Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver poster?  One can hold out hope!The post Hawkeye is the Latest to get an AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Character Poster appeared first on Geekasms.
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  • People Die & We Move On

    Jack
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Oren Miller died yesterday but I am not going to write much about him. I am going to leave that for others who knew him better. I met Oren online somewhere around 2008 or ’09 I think, I am not really sure. I know that when I was writing the Festival Of The Fathers- A Blog […] (Visited 29 times, 29 visits today) The post People Die & We Move On appeared first on The JackB.
  • Mr. Spock, Friends & Blog Comments

    Jack
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    listen to ‘Mr. Spock, Friends & Blog Comments’ on audioBoom For those who don’t want or can’t listen to the audio above: After almost 11 years of blogging I have used and or wrestled with a million different commenting systems. Each time I have made a switch it was with the goal of making it […] (Visited 33 times, 33 visits today) The post Mr. Spock, Friends & Blog Comments appeared first on The JackB.
  • 69 Ways To Insult People While Having Sex Or Blogging

    Jack
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:03 pm
    My dear Shmata Queen will yell at me if I say a day in cleveland felt like a life sentence so I won’t make any cracks about it but I will say today feels like I was drowning in stupidity and none of it was my own. Would have been easier to deal with because […] (Visited 52 times, 52 visits today) The post 69 Ways To Insult People While Having Sex Or Blogging appeared first on The JackB.
  • Men Shouldn’t Hold Their Feelings In

    Jack
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    Editor’s Note: This post originally ran here but the world needs more silliness today so I am trying to help. New post coming later. Not long ago I received an email from someone who said that I shouldn’t be such a serious blogger. I thanked them profusely for their advice and then asked them if they […] (Visited 30 times, 30 visits today) The post Men Shouldn’t Hold Their Feelings In appeared first on The JackB.
  • Humping, Cars, Tools & Technology

    Jack
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Audio blogging has been one of my favorite tools for building engagement with readers. Those of you who have been around for a while know I first got into it when Blogger had their partnership with Audioblogger circa 2004-06 or so. Back then if you embedded voice into your posts it made you really cool. […] (Visited 14 times, 14 visits today) The post Humping, Cars, Tools & Technology appeared first on The JackB.
 
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  • Everyone makes bedazzled cat necklaces on the weekends right?

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

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

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

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

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

    Aaron Gouveia
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    It’s Friday. And I love Fridays. For the last couple of months I’ve been volunteering on Friday mornings at my son’s school. I was nervous at first because I’m not someone who volunteers for anything. I’ll happily lend support from the sidelines where I can blog and snark from the cozy, reclusive cheap seats, but actually volunteering? It always gave me the willies. But after getting leveled with some hurtful but totally accurate criticism from my wife about being a naysayer who never throws his hat in the ring to actually make a difference, I decided it was time…
  • What To Do the First Time Your Baby Gets Sick

    Aaron Gouveia
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The first time your baby gets really sick is freaking terrifying. I know that’s not going to win me any literary awards or cement my status as a wordsmith, but it’s the damn truth. Will was about five months old the first time he came down with a fever. Which turned into a cough. Which turned into wheezing. Which all combined to scare the absolute crap out of me and his mother, and forever redefine our concept of fear. Every parent knows what I mean. Even first-time parents, which I was at the time, know something is wrong before any thermometer shows a reading. The baby just…
  • The Fall of Life

    Aaron Gouveia
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Fall in New England is beautiful decay. Autumn’s appeal is not always readily apparent if you’re still blinded by summer’s glare. That’s understandable. Summer is exuberant and full. Summer is heat and life and everything dazzling in bloom as the sun splashes its warm rays on our cheeks. Summer is fun and vibrant with the sun coming out to play longer than at any point during the year. For these reasons, summer has better PR than the other seasons on which it throws considerable shade. In the fall of 2014, I drove to meet my friend Oren Miller in the autumn of his…
  • 7 Things New Englanders Can Love About This Snow

    Aaron Gouveia
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    So I live in New England. Massachusetts, to be exact. And if you haven’t heard, we’ve got a little bit of snow up here. Boston has seen 95.7 inches of snow this winter. But what’s really amazing is 90 inches has fallen in the last three weeks. I repeat, more than 7 feet of snow has pummeled us in the last 21 DAYS! Granted, we’re used to snow up here. But this? This is a lot. This is record-breaking. And understandably, this region is quickly reaching its collective breaking point. In my town, school was canceled an unprecedented six times. It’s more in other…
  • A Love of Dinosaurs, Netflix Style

    Aaron Gouveia
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    February is for lovers. But since we’re not really a Valentine’s Day household, we don’t get all sappy with overpriced cards, chocolates, and schmoopy movies. Instead, we engage in hobbies we love. Will wants to be a paleontologist. It’s been that way since he was in daycare. That means he is OBSESSED with all things dinosaurs, and so we spend a lot of time nurturing that. And when you’ve had six days of school canceled in a three-week span due to 7 feet of snow that’s fallen, that time has increased exponentially as we have to find things for him to do…
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    CuteMonster.com

  • Kid Conversations #6

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

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

    Vincent Daly
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Our picks for Best and Worst Parenting Websites of 2014. The post Best and Worst Parenting Websites of 2014 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Breaking the Bullying Habit

    Vincent Daly
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Looking at how we can break the bullying habit. The post Breaking the Bullying Habit appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Kids School Winter Break: 5 Reasons It Needs to End

    Vincent Daly
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    Reasons kids need to go back to school early from Winter Break. The post Kids School Winter Break: 5 Reasons It Needs to End appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
 
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  • Beachcombing on London Beach

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is It Ever Too Late For a Great Opportunity?

    C.C. Chapman
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    You never know when a door might open to a great opportunity. I’ve heard “it is just too late” a few too many times over the past few days around looking for sponsors for something I’m working on at SXSW and I had to record a new episode of Managing the Gray to share my thoughts. Hope to see you all at SXSW.
  • Time and What We Choose To Do With It

    C.C. Chapman
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    A week isn’t a long time. A day is a little more than a blink in our lives. Time and what people choose to do with it has always fascinated me. This morning our exchange student from China left. The whole family woke up at 4am so that we could properly say goodbye to him. J was only here for a week, but last night as we gathered for our final night together I felt a sense of missing him already. His reaction when I handed him a Chinese translation of Content Rules is one that I will always cherish. Even after only a week, I hope I see him again. In a perfect life, my family would find…
  • More Phones Need To Be Like the Motorola DROID Turbo

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    Right up front, you need to know that I was given a Motorola DROID Turbo phone for free as part of the VZWBuzz Influencer Program. We get access to a variety of devices and it is always fun when I like one enough to write about it. I made the switch to Android from iOS last year. Being able to customize my phone, use widgets and direct integration with all things Google makes my life easier. I’ve only had the phone for a week, so I can’t do a full review, but what motivated me to write this post is several features that I’d love to see all phones have as soon as possible.
  • Does Your Brand Want To Be At SXSW 2015?

    C.C. Chapman
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    SXSW is one of those events, that you have to experience to fully understand and appreciate. I’ve attended for a number of years and every time I leave with new friends, ideas and a peek at the upcoming trends in the world of technology. This year, I’m attending, but I’m also excited to be working on a brand activation and we are looking for sponsors. For years I’ve watched the evolution of marketing campaigns at SXSW and too many brands spend large amounts of money without understanding SXSW. I want to help a couple of smart brands to do good and hit their goals at…
  • Not 50 Shades of Managing the Gray

    C.C. Chapman
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:40 am
    Long time listeners know that when I hit record on my microphone you never know what might come out of my mouth. In the first ten seconds of this episode I once again laughed at myself as words came out of my mouth and in my mind I was already thinking, “Did you really just say that?” Listen to Episode 143 of Managing the Gray and you’ll hear what I’m talking about. Show Links 50 Shades of Grey movie 50 Shades of Grey book My Tolerance Post Miami Dolphins Have a great weekend.
 
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  • Help for Parents of Defiant Teens: Part II – Advice for Parents

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

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

  • The Hill

    @AnOrdinaryDad
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    “I know what time it is. It’s 4:56″ Pax rambled off the time while we tried to jostle him into his snow pants. “Yup. Four minutes until go time” I replied. “Say goodbye to mommy.” “Goodbye mommy. It’s go time!” and we were out the door. It’s a day I look forward to more than … Continue reading The Hill →
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  • For Oren

    Charlie
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    My mind is a sweatshop of emotion right now. I keep waiting for the bell to sound so I can go home. But closing time doesn’t seem likely for a good while. This past Saturday was a banner day in existential pain. Post by HowToBeADad. First, it was my late father’s birthday. When I say late, I don’t mean he forgot to set his alarm, though the guy was perpetually late to everything. He was probably late to something in the afterlife. He died back in 2005. I sent my brother a text message asking if it was weird that I still had the urge to wish him a happy birthday. He replied…
  • Saturday Morning: With Kids Vs. Without Kids

    Andy
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 am
    Here’s a painfully funny and accurate before-and-after comparison by @robfee, showing how a person’s Saturday morning goes WITH and WITHOUT the wild, miniature humans we call kids. For those of you with kids, you’re probably laughing or simply rolling your eyes with really breathy been-there-done-that sighs. For those of you without kids, pay close attention to this and wear a helmet. Have a happy Saturday, folks! For more from Rob Fee… Follow @RobFee on Twitter – One of the best accounts to follow. View his original post on Mandatory.com. – Get ready for…
  • Boot Camp for Feeding Kids

    Andy
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:32 am
    We partnered up with Gorton’s to bring you this post because we feel your pain, parents. Also because of the bazillions of fish sticks my kids and I have gobbled up.   There are all kinds of boot camps to prepare for extreme challenges or achieve difficult goals. Feeding kids clearly fits these points, so the need for intense drills and exercises specifically designed to ready parents is DUH-level obvious. Aside from solving the maddening Rubik’s cube of a kid’s appetite, there are also the challenges of the chef-reality-show-style time and pressure of food preparation…
  • Does Having Kids Make You Happier?

    Charlie
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:47 am
    I’m sitting up in bed staring through the darkness as my one-year-old cries just a short distance away. It’s about 65 degrees in my room but I’m sweating. I’ve been through this before, with both boys, but it doesn’t get easier. If I had a crystal ball, I’m sure it would show me that he’s teething or hungry or God knows what. But he can’t exactly tell me. Today was absolutely soul nourishing at my son's school. A photo posted by Charlie N Andy HowToBeADad.com (@howtobeadad) on Feb 7, 2015 at 11:48am PST It feels like so much of parenting is…
  • Sesame Street’s ‘House of Cards’ Parody Wins My Vote

    Charlie
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    Have you guys noticed how on point Sesame Street has been about their online content lately? It’s almost disconcertingly good. They always seem to have something that communicates to grownups as effectively as it teaches kids about a subject. And for that I am grateful. They have a long history of amazing parodies, from True Blood to Birdman, and this latest digital short is no different. What do you do when Frank Underwood is about to take to the screen on Friday for the premiere ofHouse of Cards? I’ll tell you… this. “Unfortunately, for some little piggies,…
 
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  • With spring around the corner (Tuning up your motorcycle)

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

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

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

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

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

  • 25 Weeks of Rediscover: Chapter 6 – I Can’t Believe You Said That

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

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

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

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

    jimhigley
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    So. Yesterday I told you the story about my mom. And her “mean loads of laundry.” All true. Bless my father for highlighting to me – as a young boy – the gifts given our family every day by my mom. In her laundry. In her cooking. In her housecleaning. In every chore of love she gave us. But there’s more. You see, my father washed a meaner load of laundry. I just never knew. I was one of those kids who hit the lottery when it came to having parents who knew how to show every day care. But it wasn’t until after my mom died – when my dad took care of me…
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  • YouTube for Kids Available on Android and iOS!

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

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

    dadastrophic
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Grayson got some Valentine’s Day Gifts from Pop Pop today in the mail! Jungle Boogie Tiger and 20$ in a card that Gray already put in his piggy bank himself!
  • DIY Snow Paint – Hours of Fun For Everyone!

    dadastrophic
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    We had our first major snowfall of 2o15 on January 24th, 2015 in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania! Grayson turned 2 on 1/25/15 so the timing was perfect! Last year, the EXACT same thing happened on his 1st birthday! However, this storm didn’t slow down the party and it didn’t slow down my sister from coming up with SNOW PAINT for Gray’s birthday weekend! What is “snow paint” you ask? I had no idea but now I’m a snow paint expert (Not Really)! To create your DIY Snow Paint, grab a couple of spray bottles from the dollar store, or your local BIG BOX…
  • Fears of Baths, Showers, and Water

    dadastrophic
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
      For the past 4 weeks or so, Grayson was having TERRIBLE issues in regards to water. I’m specifically talking about when I gave him a bath but the shear terror that consumed him even crossed over into when I took a shower.  When he simply heard the water turn on and I hopped in, he would break down in tears and screams. I just could not figure it out. I was the only one to give him baths, besides his mom, and I never had any water incidents with him. In fact he LOVES WATER!  Swimming, brushing his teeth with water for fun, playing with the garden hose, and splashing around…
 
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    Dad and Buried

  • I Won’t Let My Son Join the Military

    Dad and Buried
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” ran a parody of the earnest and sentimental “my kid is joining the military!” commercials. Only instead of the man’s daughter joining the army, she joined ISIS. The target of the bit, to these eyes, was the commercials themselves, not the war and not even ISIS, but some people got upset. Similarly, controversy erupted over this winter’s American Sniper, a Best Picture nominee and huge box office hit. Some thought the film fudged the facts, others felt it was pro-war propaganda that removed any shades of gray from the…
  • Parenting Superpowers

    Dad and Buried
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    I spend a lot of time complaining about all the things parenting has taken away from me. My energy, my free time, any instance of silence, the ability to open a bag of chips without a mop-headed midget running in and demanding all of them, without even knowing what they are. But today I’m looking at the bright side. Parenting doesn’t just take, it gives. And over the past five years, I’ve acquired some amazing talents that never would have manifested if I weren’t responsible for a child. Because with great responsibility comes great power… My Nine (Fairly…
  • More Than Meets the Thigh

    Dad and Buried
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
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  • Am I a Good Parent?

    Dad and Buried
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    Last week, I wrote a piece about many ways parents constantly second-guess themselves. I surely missed a lot of examples, which was inevitable; every parent has different anxieties, and every parent questions themselves in different ways. But no matter the specific details of your insecurities, it all boils down to asking yourself the same thing: Am I a good parent? I’m not. I get irritated with my son far too easily. I’m nearly forty and he’s under five; our energy levels rarely match up, our stress levels never match up. I know this and yet I allow myself to get aggravated…
  • Under the Influences

    Dad and Buried
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    In a recent post for Lifetime Moms, I mentioned that the issue of my son having “bad influences” – i.e., influences that aren’t his parents – wasn’t one I was expecting to encounter for a while. I expected him to be primarily under the influence of me for the next few years. And then he met Xander. And Xander ruined my son’s childhood. A few weeks ago, Detective Munch was playing with some of his Star Wars figures, and things got a little awkward. (And no, it had nothing to do with Luke and Leia. Or R2 and Threepio. Or Han and Chewbacca. Or Jabba and Leia. Or…
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  • The Great Facebook Purge of 2014

    Joshua
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Someone once asked me if my confession would make a priest blush and I laughed. Laughed because this Jewish kid doesn’t go to confession and though I have my share of things to confess about they are run-of-the-mill stuff that any priest who has been doing his job for more than a day has heard. Laughed because I am not someone who carries around much in the way of guilt or regrets. Ok, that is not entirely true because the few regrets I have in life tend to be large and the guilt when it hits is the same. But I spend very little time thinking about or paying attention to either one of…
  • What Would Happen If You Stopped Blogging?

    Joshua
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Another blogger once asked me what would happen if I stopped blogging. I told them I am a writer and a writer never stops writing. Is it possible I might stop blogging? Sure, it is possible but I won’t ever stop writing. It is like breathing, I’ll do it in one form or another until I die. But I like turning these questions upside down, inside out and around just to see what I come up with. What Would Happen If You Stopped Blogging? I see the real question as would people notice that you stopped producing content. I see it as asking yourself to answer whether your content is…
  • Sometimes Analytics Are Meaningless

    Joshua
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Sometimes Analytics Are Meaningless is the kind of headline that I try to avoid because it puts me to sleep but there are moments where it makes sense to be direct and not try to capture attention with traditional link bait. I stumbled onto a discussion today in which people were talking about importance of having detailed analytics for every part of their blog and I rolled my eyes. That was because it was clear that the person pushing it didn’t understand there is no point in tracking information unless you understand what you are looking for and why it is important. For example I can…
  • What Would Happen If Your House Was On Fire?

    Joshua
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Have you ever thought about what would happen if your house was on fire and you had moments to get out the door? It is not something I wish to experience first hand but it is worth thinking about because if you take it seriously it will help you identify what is important to you what is…less important. I have been evacuated from a forest fire and been through several large earthquakes so I have had experiences that I can fall back upon to help motivate me to consider what it is I would take. Concept Versus Reality I didn’t lose my home in any of the experiences I mentioned above…
  • The Power Of Pictures & Video

    Joshua
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Shot by CheWei Chang Tunnel View If you have never seen something so breathtakingly beautiful it rendered you speechless you need to put down your phone and or push yourself away from the computer and go outside. That is not hyperbole because I know not just from personal experience but from the tales and stories other people tell there are places worldwide that epitomize magnificent and or majestic. Some of them are natural creations and some are man made but I am not here to serve as an advocate of either. I am just a man who loves a good story and believes some of the best come from the…
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • Listen Now: FAITH NO MORE and MARVEL Debut "Superhero" from SOL INVICTUS!

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    What a great way to start the week... FAITH NO MORE have just unleashed the second single from their forthcoming SOL INVICTUS (out May 19 on Reclamation/Ipecac), and they picked the perfect partner to do it with - MARVEL. "Superhero" popped up over on MARVEL.com yesterday, racking up over 107K streams for the song in just 24 hours - a welcome feat for a band that hasn't released an album since 1997. The track debut came alongside Ryan Penagos' interview with FNM Bassist Bill Gould (read it) in which some serious love for Jack Kirby and the Silver Surfer are thrown down.  Check out the track,…
  • NETFLIX: What's New in Streaming Content and Binge-Watching for March? #StreamTeam

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    With a new month comes new additions to Netflix, and as a member of their online #StreamTeam, THE ROCK FATHER has the full rundown on 37 titles being added to the service this month. As usual, there's something for everyone, from the debut of the new Netflix Original Series'  UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT and BLOODLINE, to new family titles like Mattel's new MONSTER HIGH: HAUNTED and the MARVEL/ESPN FILMS collaboration 1 of 1: GENESIS. Check out the full listing below and get those Instant Queues loaded up! Curious what's leaving Netflix this month? Click here for that list! NetflixStreaming…
  • NETFLIX: Last Call - What's Leaving the Streaming Service in March? #StreamTeam

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    It's a new month, and that means a changing of the digital guard over at Netflix. As a member of their online #StreamTeam, THE ROCK FATHER is bringing you the full rundown on the "last call" titles for the month - 59 movies and series' that are leaving the service this month. If you haven't seen them yet and want to, act now because time is running out. Actually, in some cases, it already has... NetflixRoboCopStreaming ContentTelevision NewsMovies
  • LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES coming to Disney XD...

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    For all the goodness that LEGO STAR WARS has brought fans over the past 16 years, it's almost surprising that one thing that they haven't done until now is re-tell the actual STAR WARS Story. That changes later this year when Disney XD will air LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES, a five-episode mini-series that will re-tell the STAR WARS Saga through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2, beginning with a gathering of Original Trilogy heroes after the Battle of Endor following RETURN OF THE JEDI. After the two Droids tell their story leading up to the beginning of THE PHANTOM MENACE, "an accidental kidnapping…
  • Get Ready for #CrazyHairDay with Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair Dolls and Chances to Win Sew-Cool Prizes!

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Ready for a day that will be Sew-much fun? To celebrate the launch of Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair Dolls, MGA Entertainment has declared March 6, 2015 as #CrazyHairDay, and by taking part in all the fun YOU could win some really cool prizes from Lalaloopsy (more on that in a minute)! Curious what these Crazy Hair Dolls are all about? As a 2015 Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Ambassador, my girls got a full set of four dolls to evaluate and style here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house), and it became a true family affair. Below the break you can check…
 
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  • Win Penguins of Madagascar Blu-ray & Detroit Zoo Tickets

    Christopher
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Penguins of Madagascar is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray formats this March 17th! Download free coloring and activity sheets for your kids and enter to win the Blu-ray and Detroit Zoo tickets! Penguins of Madagascar is coming to Blu-ray! They’re cute…they’re cuddly…they’re back! From the creators of Madagascar comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds! In DreamWorks’ Penguins of Madagascar, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world. Directed by Eric…
  • Swag Giveaway! The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water Now Playing

    Christopher
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
    SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet! The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water View on Instagram Now playing in theaters, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, is the sure pick this weekend. Our two year old had a blast last weekend on date night with his mommy. He hasn’t seen anywhere near the treasure trove of Spongebob episodes on TV, but that didn’t stop him from learning every character’s name and motivation. I should know, he talked my ear off about it! The…
  • LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales to Debut on Disney XD

    Christopher
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:42 am
    LEGO announces LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales, new animated mini-series set to debut on Disney XD. Last week Talking Dad toured the LUCASFILM campus in San Francisco with LEGO’S Marketing Team. It was a “dream-come-true” for this life-long fan of Star Wars and LEGO! LEGO snuck in a special treat for press and event attendees, including an advance preview of their newest animated mini-series, LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales, as well as the 2015 LEGO collection. View on Instagram LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Mini-series LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales is the perfect mix of…
  • OMG! Pee-wee’s Big Holiday to premiere on Netflix!

    Christopher
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:47 am
    Pee-wee’s Big Holiday to premiere on Netflix In #HolyCrap News today, Pee-wee Herman’s (b)log announced that his new film, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday will premiere to the global Netflix audience, with production set to commence March of this year. In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Judd Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) and Paul Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy…
  • BIG HERO 6 Blu-ray Giveaway: Where is the Hidden Easter Egg Video & Hidden Mickeys?

    Christopher
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Where is Disney’s hidden BIG HERO 6 Easter Egg video? Good news! Finding the hidden video containing all of those delicious Big Hero 6 Easter Eggs is actually pretty simple. It is hidden within the Special Features section, selectable through the menu bar. Once inside this section, scroll left through the options — you won’t see the Easter Egg video at first — because it’s also a hidden Easter Egg! Press the UP button on your Blu-ray remote and a hidden Baymax will appear to the left of the screen. Press enter and your video will appear. Watch my Youtube video below for…
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • Egyptian Christians, St. Bartholomew, and counting the cost

    Matt Todd
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:59 pm
    In light of recent news of the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt because of their faith, I was reminded of something that I had written 10 years ago for a church history class while in seminary. It was a meditation based on the painting of St. Bartholomew. Christian tradition says that Bartholomew the Apostle was martyred for his faith. It was a brutal execution.You can read the whole devotional thought here, if you’re really interested. It’s OK if you aren’t. That’s not really the reason I’m writing today.I really want to share one of the…
  • It’s cold. And I need a beach.

    Matt Todd
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    A few years ago, I published a well-reasoned argument outlining why I wasn’t a fan of going to the beach. I still agree with the majority of those points, but after visiting Myrtle Beach in October, I came to love everything about the beach. It wasn’t super-hot. It wasn’t over crowded because it wasn’t really their prime tourist season. Shoot, even the sand didn’t bother me. Too much.Even though we were on a tight budget, our family had a great time. Yes, we had to say “no” to doing a few of the touristy things, but that was OK. That gave us more time…
  • Let’s talk about flowers and Valentine’s Day

    Matt Todd
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Purchasing flowers for Valentine’s Day has always a struggle for me. Don’t get me wrong. I think flowers are a nice gift. They can brighten up a room and can make a loved one’s day better. I get that. I agree with that. Flowers are a good thing. Especially on Valentine’s Day.I’ve always had trouble buying flowers for Valentine’s Day. You can’t get them too early or they will wilt by the time Valentine’s Day gets there. So I’ve had a tendency to wait and try to get some flowers from a nearby Big Box Store. They’re relatively cheap.
  • 4 signs I’m turning into a grumpy old man

    Matt Todd
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:24 pm
    One of my students has consistently called me Grandpa since the day I showed up in his class in October. Granted, he does occasionally call me “Daddy,” too. And there was one day a few weeks ago where he walked down the hall with me and introduced me as “Mr. Matt” to everyone he met – real or imaginary. So there are days where he’s all over the place with what he calls me. But his go-to name for me is Grandpa. Maybe I look like his super-young, super-hip (is that what the young whipper snappers call it nowadays?) grandpa. Or maybe it’s just the head…
  • Breakfast in bed. So simple. So amazing.

    Matt Todd
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    They’ve always said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although some are saying that this might not necessarily be the case anymore, breakfast is still awesome. And you know what makes breakfast even more awesome? That’s right. Breakfast in bed! It’s a great way to show the person you love how much you care. And if your schedules don’t allow for you to serve breakfast in bed in the morning, you could always make this breakfast in bed for a late-evening snack. Right?The thought of preparing breakfast in bed can be a little intimidating. But it really…
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    A Daddy Blog

  • The Leprechaun on the Shelf – A New Holiday Tradition

    Michael Schmid
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Our daughter has come to believe our home is being visited annually by a Irish leprechaun. Each day she wakes to find what mischief he made while she slept…
  • Daddy Picks the 2015 Oscar Winners – adaddyblog.com

    Michael Schmid
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Who will win an Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards? It's been a tradition since my wife and I first started dating many years ago, for us each choose the winners...
  • Social Media: I Hug Back!

    Michael Schmid
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Are you a "hugger"? Here's a test... if someone hugs you, who lets go first? What about online? Do you give your friends virtual *hugs*? Does it matter?
  • My Name is Not Pumpkin!

    Michael Schmid
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    After I finished her bedtime story and started to turn off the light, our six-year-old daughter said, “Don’t call me Pumpkin. That’s not my name.” While I don’t remember saying it, I must have said, “Goodnight, Pumpkin. I love you.” The pet-name is now a long established habit. She followed up with, “Goodnight, Banana!” complete … Continue reading »
  • What Will You Do When You Win the 2015 HGTV Dream Home?

    Michael Schmid
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    Do you enter each year to win the HGTV Dream Home? Personally I don't usually enter sweepstakes, but I have a confession to make... [read more]
 
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    The Amateur Dad

  • 5 Things You Need To Know About T.A.D. in 2015

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

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

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

    theamateurdad
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood, and other informative things dads would love from the web. If there’s a video or short film you’ve created or one you’d like to share, click HERE to contact me to pitch an idea. I’ve never been more excited to share a Saturday Video than the one I have for you today. On October 17, 2014, my niece Zien Elizabeth Barrocks was born to my brother Tristan Barrocks and his wife Natanya. We all love a good birth story, and like many other fathers, my brother wanted to capture every moment of the birth for his…
  • Infographic: 6 Easy Steps To Becoming A Healthier Dad

    theamateurdad
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every other week I post a cool Infographic that relates to the subject of men or fatherhood. The topics may vary but they will be either interesting, fun or just plain cool. Click HERE if you have a Infographic you’d like to share. Becoming a healthier dad isn’t easy, but its simple. Sorry, did I confuse you? Well, by saying ‘isn’t easy’ I mean it takes a lot of will power to make healthy choices on a daily basis. When I say ‘its simple’ what I really mean is it isn’t complicated to get started. This brings me to today’s Infographic, which…
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    Chilldad

  • Parents Get Same Tattoo As Daughter’s Birthmark

    Michael Berman
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    The post Parents Get Same Tattoo As Daughter’s Birthmark appeared first on Chilldad.
  • What Your Zodiac Sign Says About You As A Parent

    Michael Berman
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Say what you will about Astrology, it sure is persistent. The idea that the alignment of the stars and planets when you were born can hold sway over your personality dates back more than 5,000 years. According to the National Science Foundation, for about 55% of Americans, it’s all a bunch of hogwash. Just a load of malarky. Complete codswallop. But for the other 45%, Astrology is thought of as a legitimate scientific field of study. If you’re unsure where you stand on the topic, consider what the great psychologist Carl Jung had to say about it: “We are born at a given moment in…
  • This Website Lets You Paint Like Jackson Pollock

    Michael Berman
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    This is one of the best time-sucks on the internet, fun for kids and adults.  Just drag your mouse across the screen to start painting your masterpiece. Click Here To Paint Like Jackson Pollock.  Click mouse to change colors.  Press spacebar to wipe canvas. The post This Website Lets You Paint Like Jackson Pollock appeared first on Chilldad.
  • Am I A Bad Mom If…

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

    Michael Berman
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    “When it comes to raising kids, there are very few clear-cut rights and wrongs,” says Psychiatrist Alex Strauss of Marlton, NJ. “Still, there are definitely instances when you might be engaging in bad parenting.” Here are 10 of the most common “Am I a Bad Dad…?” scenarios that Dr. Strauss is asked about, followed by his insights and analysis. Am I Bad Dad If… 1. I Don’t Enjoy Spending Time With My Kids Not always wanting to spend time with your kids is part of being a normal parent and is nothing to feel guilty about. For many parents,…
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    City Dads Group

  • Oren Miller: Tribute to a Father and a Blogger

    Kevin McKeever
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Oren Miller and family in 2012. Photo courtesy: Oren Miller A special father lost his life over the weekend, and that loss brings great sorrow to not only to the wife and two young children who loved and cherished him as only family can but also to hundreds of other fathers who made up his extended family, virtual and IRL, in the dad blogging world. Oren Miller of Owings Mills, Md., author of the blog A Blogger and a Father and the founder of the “Dad Bloggers” Facebook community of more than 1,000 fathers strong, died Feb. 28 after a nine-month battle with lung cancer. He was…
  • Fathers Needed for Children’s Healthcare Study

    Kevin McKeever
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Northwestern University needs the help of fathers with young children for ongoing research it’s doing to better understand how modern dads are involved in their children’s health care. They may even pay you for your assistance. The Chicago-based institution wants to add to and improve upon information it has previously collected from fathers on the subject, according to Dr. Craig Garfield, an associate professor of pediatrics and medical social sciences with the university’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “We have published data from interviews with a diverse sample…
  • City Dads Speak Volumes at Dad 2.0 Summit

    Kevin McKeever
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    NYC Dads Group members Dave Lesser and Christopher Persley at Dad 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Lessons learned from being an imperfect parent and from being the preferred (and not-preferred) parent came from the lips of two City Dads Group members, bringing many smiles, a few tears and much applause from the audience gathered at the annual Dad 2.0 Summit in San Francisco last week. Dave Lesser and Christopher Persley, both members of our NYC Dads Group outpost, were two of five featured speakers in the conference’s blogger “Spotlight” reader series. The Dad 2.0 conference,…
  • What the Dad 2.0 Summit Meant to Us

    City Dads Group
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Just a few of the members from our 16 City Dads Group outposts who met in San Francisco last week at the Dad 2.0 Summit. We asked some of our City Dads Group members to reflect on what they took away from attending the recent Dad 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Here are a few of their thoughts:  Michael Moebes, Atlanta Dads Group The opening keynote inspired me to be a “good man” over a “real man.” I was astounded to learn that children actually have fewer mental and behavioral issues if they see both parents helping with housework (and daughters’ career aspirations will be higher).
  • Stay-at-Home Dads are Real Men

    Chris Bernholdt
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    “Real men can be straight guys, gay guys, working men, stay-at-home dads … all men who take an active role in their children’s lives and do so with pride.” Oh, you stay at home? You must be gay. You’re a stay-at-home dad? When are you going to get your balls back? Man up. Stop being such a pussy. Looks like this dad likes shopping more than his wife. How gay is he? These words were spoken by people with some skewed idea of what it means to be a “real man.” Believe it or not, the person who asked if a stay-at-home dad was gay was a woman. The second…
 
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    Father Nerds Best

  • Why Having Kids Doesn't Kill Your Social Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • Comedian Patrick Maliha Talks About Being A Dad

    Mike Granek
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Comedian Patrick Maliha Talks About Being A Dad by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Comedian Patrick Maliha Talks About Being A Dad TopDaddies goes live on-stage with famous comedian & world record holder Patrick Maliha to ask him a few questions about being a dad. Patrick talks about the influence his kids have had in his comedy as well as his career. More about Patrick: patrickmaliha.com Follow Patrick on Twitter: @PattyFatty The post Comedian Patrick Maliha Talks About Being A Dad was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Playgro Clip Clop Activity Gym

    Mike Granek
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Playgro Clip Clop Activity Gym by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Playgro Clip Clop Activity Gym Our baby has been using the Playgro Clip Clop Activity Gym for about 3 weeks now, and he is really loving it! The bright colours really get his attention and keep him interested in exploring both visually as well as physically. There really is a lot for him to look at and reach for with four hanging toys, and another one attached to the mat. The toys are designed to help in sensory development with crinkle and rattle sounds, as well as tactile and visual components such as hanging rings,…
  • Sea To Sky Gondola

    Mike Granek
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Sea To Sky Gondola by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Sea To Sky Gondola – An Adventure For The Whole Family Mike from TopDaddies.com visits the Sea To Sky Gondola, one of the Gold Sponsors at the Healthy Family Expo in Vancouver. After taking a 10 minute gondola ride, Mike meets with Trevor the general manager at the Summit Lodge to learn about all of the great things that you and your family can experience at the Sea To Sky Gondola – Beautiful views and adventures such as hiking, nature walks, rock climbing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, tubing, and some great food at…
  • Bryan Baeumler Talks About Being A Dad

    Mike Granek
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    Bryan Baeumler Talks About Being A Dad by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Bryan Baeumler Talks About Being A Dad TopDaddies goes behind the scenes with Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s hit show Leave It To Bryan to ask him a few questions about being a dad. Bryan talks about going from 1 to 4 kids, balancing a demanding schedule with family, and his most memorable moments as a dad.  About Bryan The Gemini-award winning host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan and House of Bryan, Bryan Baeumler doesn’t believe he’s put in a hard day’s work unless he gets his hands dirty. Popular for…
  • Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker Review

    Mike Granek
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker Review by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker Review Mike from TopDaddies.com reviews & demonstrates the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker. For more information about the Baby Brezza Food Maker, check out babybrezza.ca! Also make sure to like Baby Brezza on Facebook for more recipe ideas and things to do with your food maker. Disclosure: Although TopDaddies received a product to review, our opinions are absolutely authentic! TopDadddies was not financially compensated for this review. The post Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker…
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    Dad Story Project blog

  • Making joyful connections

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

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Things are looking up! (For anyone who knows me, that’s pretty much how I feel every day.) But right now I’m talking specifically about the awesome initial reactions to the Exploding Cat book. Thirty-three reviews so far and they’re all 5 stars! And some of the reviews are from people I don’t even know (which eliminates the possibility of bribery)! Thanks everyone. Please like this or share it or tweet it, or do any of those social media things to help me get the word out. I just want to encourage dads!    
  • Jelly Bean Sprouts & Whopping Amphibians: Sticky Sweet Memories

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: For reasons of full disclosure, the story that follows is from my daughter, Amanda. That’s us, above, during a trail run when she was a junior in college. Her story was unsolicited. No, really. I was going to ask her and my son to write guest posts, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. She dashed it off while in the midst of getting her second college degree. I have no idea where she found the time to do this. One of the key parts of the story has to do with rescuing amphibians on country roads at night in the rain in the spring—this is totally legit, and…
  • Barn Boots

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    Portrait of father and daughter (dad is on the left)   From: THE DAY WE BLEW UP THE CAT: And other stories from a normal childhood Volume 1 in The Dad Story Project series By award-winning author S. Peter Lewis Download it from Amazon for just $0.99 Barn Boots I walked out into our meadow on a recent morning to hear the news from the dawn birds and check the dew. I start most summer days this way and recommend it—goldfinches and robins spread unbiased cheer better than CNN, and droplets condensed out of the night sky lubricate the day better than drive-through espresso. As I swished…
  • Stepping Up: a new ministry from Dennis Rainey

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Dennis Rainey, founder of Family Life Today has launched yet another powerful ministry—Stepping Up—which takes dead aim at manhood: husbands and fathers. Play the video and get ready for the good kind of goose bumps.
 
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