How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

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Our commentary, our experiments, our failures (more often than not) and our experiences in the field. Except for the ones our wives won’t let us share. This is our lives as dads.

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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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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How We Family (DOG!)

Posted by on August 18th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

This How We Family post is sponsored by Tylenol.   We’ve been talking about getting a family pet for years. I was the hold out. I love pets, but after weighing everything I just didn’t feel a strong enough… want. Maybe my family pet cup had long ago runneth over? Growing up, my house had […]

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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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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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20 Brutal Things Kid Say About Our Appearance (Gee Thanks, Kid!)

Posted by on August 4th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Our readers are awesome. These are THEIR stories. Who needs Photoshopped magazine covers or Hollywood’s gratuitous scenes of hard-bodied celebrities who inexplicably need to shed clothing to give you crippling insecurity about your body and physical appearance when you’re a parent. You have a live-in demotivational speaker with absolutely zero percent filter and 100% oversharativeness: […]

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The Untold Story of Charlie Brown

Posted by on July 30th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie N Andy HowToBeADad.com (@howtobeadad) on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:13pm PDT Forty-seven years ago tomorrow marks a day, I would venture to say, no one in any of my circle of friends and their circle of friends even knows took place. A week ago, I flew up to Santa Rosa, […]

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3-Year-Old’s First Skateboard Trick!

Posted by on July 28th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Milestones vary in shape and size when you’re raising kids. And we all have ways of measuring our kids’ accomplishments. We mark lines on the doorjambs of life, to record how far they’ve come and things yet to be done. As a former skateboarder, I can say unequivocally that this dad’s video of his son […]

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100 Years of Dangerous & Banned Toys

Posted by on July 24th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye, or a finger, or gets cancer. Wait. WHAT?! Before I begin, I must admit that I’ve got a slight nagging worry that the only non-digital toys my children’s children will be legally allowed to play with are… well, none. Not even dirt. Or biodegradable gummy […]

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Diners, Dives & Dribble

Posted by on July 22nd, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Recently, a story hit the news cycle and stirred up a ton of debate online about a certain diner in downtown Portland, and its cheerfully enraged owner, Darla Neugebauer. The debate, at its core, centers around etiquette and proper table manners, which is obviously the most important issue, both foreign or domestic, that could be […]

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