How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

What Heroism Looks and Sounds Like

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When I was young teenager, my house burned down. It gutted us. All of our belongings, if not melted were so smoke damaged that they were nearly irretrievable. To add to the sadness, the fire occurred just a few days after Christmas. My trophies, family photos — so much was lost. I vividly remember skateboarding […]

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10 Insider Tips for Playing with Kids

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Here are some tips and warnings for parents signing up for the full-contact, mind-bending sport known as Playing. I’ve added 6-second videos to each point to demonstrate more fully humorously. You can turn the sound on and off in the lower-left of each video. (Some of these get a bit festive, so you may want […]

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My Kid Just Said… #58

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“Did you know I like you more than my iPad?” -Finn (2015, 5 years old)   I mean, that’s fair. Right? If only there were ways to measure true love from our kids. This is as close as I’m gonna get, I think. How have your kids expressed their love for you? A photo posted […]

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My Wife Just Said… #197

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[ To our 5yo son ] “It is Daddy’s birthday today, but no he’s not turning 10. Well… it just seems like he’s 10 years old.” -Elizabeth   It’s my vaginal-launch anniversary today. However, since Monday isn’t the most convenient day to celebrate a birthday or… well, anything… I spent the past weekend having various […]

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NSFW: Dad Nails Parenting

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I’ve been seeing this make the rounds on all the normal internet avenues. Who knows if it’s true. I don’t really care either way. The sentiment, however, is truer than true. It’s fatherhood, itself. You don’t have to be a 6’3″ ex-navy seal to demonstrate masculinity. Embarrassment comes in a lot of colors and flavors. […]

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Baby Sleep Positions: “The Deflector Shield”

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A shield is up! RED ALERT! Evasive maneuvers! All hand to battle stations! (Sorry for that.) You see, once a mother ship does fire a new little cosmonaut out of her launch bay, I’m afraid a deflector shield is now quite operational. And will be for a what can seem like lightyears. In space, no […]

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5 Annoying Pieces of Parenting Advice

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1. Arguing With Your Kid? DON’T ARGUE WITH THEM It’s so true. Maybe we could apply this same advice to achieve world peace? It’s not like we’re tired, hungry, burnt out, and exasperated. Right? 2. Kid Won’t Eat? JUST MAKE THEM EAT Also applicable: if they eat it five times they’ll keep eating it. Picky […]

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“Shopping” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

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Every parent that takes their youngling out and about, no matter the age, has probably suffered from Post Tantrum Stress Disorder. You would have bet a Bugatti that they weren’t anywhere near the corner of hungry and tired. You totally thought that nap did the trick. You almost couldn’t believe the plate wasn’t part of […]

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My Wife Just Said… #196

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“The circus called. They want their baby back…” -Avara   My boys are a unique kind of creature. Intensely cuddly, immensely vulnerable and singularly desirous of putting themselves in harm’s way by climbing, running or otherwise tumbling into trouble. They like to push the envelope, and we like to make sure that envelope is sealed. Calculated […]

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Dying Dreams

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He’s running motionless, his little legs seeming to slip backward, toward the monster he’s feverishly trying to escape. It’s not real. He’s standing at the jagged edge of a murderous cliff, an evil wind ripping at his Darth Vader pajamas, pulling him over. It’s not real. They’re just dreams. His nightmares. – The other night […]

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