How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Heroic Dad of the Week: Robert Wright

Posted by on September 2nd, 2015, under VIDEOTAPE

As a father, you have certain responsibilities under your purview. Your job: keep your family alive, provide what they need, and keep the ribs from burning. Both literally and figuratively. This week’s hero dad is a gentleman from Fresno. His domicile caught fire. He managed to rescue to his family to safety. Not to be […]

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My Wife Just Said… #228

Posted by on August 31st, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

“Let’s play a game called, ‘Don’t touch Mama.’ Okay?” -Avara   When you spend time with kids there are often side effects. But if you spend excessive time, the side effects can read like a pharmaceutical commercial. And those things go on endlessly. Recently, we went on a trip and let’s just say the kids kinda […]

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My Son’s Receding Hairline

Posted by on August 27th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Of my many faults, some stand out more than others in my day-to-day activities. Being born to Irish descent, I contend with more than a few stereotypical issues I feared my first son would inherit, namely: bad teeth, skin and devout stubbornness. I am piously pigheaded. When my first son was born with a pretty […]

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Little Girl Gets A Rad Helping Hand!

Posted by on August 25th, 2015, under VIDEOTAPE

It occurs to me occasionally that I’m complaining endlessly about nothing. I have a lot to be thankful for. This thought is usually dashed by something new to complain about, or something that hasn’t gone my way. But you know what? There are certain things in life I’ve never had to worry or wonder about. […]

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13 Lies Parents Have Told Kids

Posted by on August 21st, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

I was browsing Tumblr the other day, and came across a post that blew my mind. Someone had written out lies they’d heard people told kids when they were little. Yikes. Some of these are beyond nuts. In my weaker moments, I’ve fast tracked the truth and sanded down some edges on reality. Do you […]

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Things I Wanna Do, But Don’t Want My Sons To Do… #1

Posted by on August 19th, 2015, under VIDEOTAPE

Parenting can feel a little duplicitous sometimes. You tell your kids to get sleep, and then you don’t. You tell them to eat certain vegetables when you can’t stand them. You tell them there are no more cookies, but secretly you’ve hidden a stockpile for yourself so huge, the IRS is going to come knocking. […]

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My Wife Just Said… #226

Posted by on August 17th, 2015, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“This is yogurt. You should see his joy when it’s .” -Avara   My wife sent me images as this mess progressed. It started easily and sort of timid. Then it progressed into a full-blown fist fight with a spoon and a cup of yogurt. You could almost imagine someone insulted his mother and my little […]

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The Pinocchio Complex

Posted by on August 13th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

A small boy with matted brown hair and small, painted blue eyes sat on a shelf looking out a window into the night sky. The black expanse above him stretched as far as all of his dreams stacked end to end. The boy tugged on his marionette strings and felt their threads pulling on his […]

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Vine Picks: That Happy Family, Clayton Farris & Robby Ayala

Posted by on August 11th, 2015, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

We’ve been spending a bit more time on Vine, Periscope (@HowToBeADad) and Instagram lately. Facebook was fun and then someone decided you shouldn’t be able to see all of our posts. Twitter is getting a little muddy, and they can’t even decide on a CEO. Google+ might or might not be going away. So that […]

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21 Things I’m Nervous About With My Son Going Into Kindergarten

Posted by on August 7th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

My son starts kindergarten in less than two weeks. I’m feeling a little pantspoopingly nervous about it, if I’m being honest. The worst part is when I look for resources on preparing for Kindergarten, the articles usually state or start with “stay calm.” I WAS ALMOST CALM UNTIL YOU SAID THAT. Those articles with lists […]

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