How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

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My commentary, experiments, failures (more often than not) and experiences in the field. Except for the ones my wife won’t let me share.

Are Ads Reading Your Mind?

Posted by on June 21st, 2019, under NOTEBOOK

  Have your kids ever begged for something, or you saw a new product you wanted to try, and the next thing you know, you’re miraculously seeing ads for it everywhere??? It can kinda freak you out and make you wonder if your phone or home is bugged. You’re just idly scrolling through Facebook or […]

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Know-It-All Parenting Method

Posted by on May 6th, 2019, under NOTEBOOK

Unlike all other parenting styles, Know-It-All Parenting isn’t actually a method for raising children. It’s for educating other parents on how they’re doing it oh so WRONG. Amazingly all that’s required for Know-It-All Parenting is the ability to speak or type. Another singularly unique advantage is that you don’t need to have a child of […]

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QUIZ: 9 Alcohol Cheats in Animation

Posted by on December 21st, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

Brought to you by responsibility.org for their TalkEarly campaign.   In the past, animated films and shows were, um… rather boozy. A review of every G-rated movie created from the 30s up to 2000 said 47% showed alcohol consumption, and in that same period about 9% percent of all cartoons did as well. That’s a […]

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A Store Is Born! shop.howtobeadad.com

Posted by on December 15th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

Like most everything in parenting, this store’s delivery, I mean launch is very late to the holiday party! Now you can shop a few items just in time for last-minute, probably-too-late panic shopping! [ VISIT THE STORE ]     Cast Your Vote for the Future! Also like a baby, this store is starting out […]

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Baby Sleep Positions: 11-20

Posted by on December 11th, 2018, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS, NOTEBOOK

[ click the image to enlarge ] The term “co-sleeping” is an odd one, because it implies that sleep is actually happening. When the topic of the baby sleeping in the grown-up bed comes up, some parents or not-yet-parents will sneer and growl, “NEVER!” That’s their choice, to not co-sleep, or to be a jerk […]

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Excelsior!

Posted by on November 13th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

I won’t say I had the “rare” opportunity to meet Stan Lee, because the man was a famously extroverted character, and he saw and met an unbelievable amount of humanity in his 95 years. But our meeting was rare for me. The year was 1987 and I was (11 years young) already ferociously addicted to […]

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How to Test Steak for WRONGNESS

Posted by on October 23rd, 2018, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS, NOTEBOOK

Everyone has their preference, of course. And one could say there is no WRONG way to have a steak prepared for you, but the person who said that would be very sadly mistaken. However, in today’s day and age, it’s totally okay for people to like absolutely awful things. It’s 2018! You do you. But […]

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Awareness

Posted by on October 11th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

photo credit: Bodies of Subversion: A Secret Hisotry of Women and Tattoo by Margot Mifflin Several months ago, and probably way past when I should’ve been asleep, I laid in bed with my face cradled lazily in one hand, with the other holding the rectangle of light we all use to travel aimlessly around the […]

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INCREDIBLES 2 Non-Review & NYC Shopping Spree Sweepstakes

Posted by on June 12th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

I partnered with Clorox, who partnered with Incredibles 2, and I got to see it early so I’m basically living the dream!   How was Incredibles 2? It was… INCREDIBLE! (ba-dum-bum-TISH!) Seriously though, you don’t even need a “review.” If you’re in doubt, you’ll know all you need to know when the internet blows up […]

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Couch Pillow Architecture

Posted by on May 17th, 2018, under "MY KID JUST SAID...", NOTEBOOK

WIFE: Go thank Daddy for making dinner. 8YO: No. I will go thank him for the couch fort instead. It is the best fort in human history. WIFE: Oh wow! Well thank him for dinner after that. I loved making couch forts when I was a kid. My mom and dad loved my job as […]

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