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.

4 Parenting Clichés that Need to Go Away

Posted by on April 5th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

There are expressions and jokes that become common catchphrases, buzzwords or clichés you hear all the flippin time. They can get reeeeeally old, or they just sucked from the very start. They’re like that fart joke your kid told that may have been funny the first time, but after the ensuing hundredth telling (within an […]

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Fashion Felonies: Jeans Edition

Posted by on April 2nd, 2018, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

Every generation experiences a gaping canyon of a cultural divide with the younger crop of humans: FASHION. Admittedly, I’m no fashionista (afashionado?), but having no great style oneself never prevented anyone from being the fashion police, judge and jury for new trends. Even as a kid, I proclaimed the “alternative” (wrong) angles for wearing a […]

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Farewell, Toys ‘R’ Us – We ‘R’ Sad

Posted by on March 15th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK, VIDEOTAPE

Today, Toys ‘R’ Us begins closing the doors on its stores, and with them, part of my childhood. There’s a vast universe of “My Kids Will Never Know” memes out there. This is really a timeless theme; generations always have and always will advance forward, turning the things of today into antiquated and unfamiliar footnotes […]

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6 Awful Relaxation Tips for High-Stress Parents

Posted by on March 9th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

Parents are some of the most stressed out people out there. We even stress about how stressed out we are. Stressception. Y’know, there’s that whole saying about how when you have a kid “your heart forever walks around outside your body.” Let’s go a little further. Imagine you literally had a heart that beat outside […]

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“Let’s Make a Deal!” -Kids

Posted by on February 21st, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

I walked into the living room and straight into an intense parent/child negotiation between my wife and our 8-year-old: Wife: No more apple juice, you said your tummy hurts. 8yo: It’s not hurting. Wife: 100% not hurting? 8yo: 50%. Wife: [stern look] 8yo: Okay 75% not hurting. [raises eyebrows hopefully] I wrestled my chuckle into […]

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Can You Guess Which Animated Films Have Alcohol? (QUIZ)

Posted by on February 1st, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

As part of the TalkEarly team for Responsibiliy.org, (encouraging early convos with kids about responsible drinking), I had the idea of putting together an interesting quiz that may even surprise you! This isn’t to highlight good or bad impressions of alcohol, just to show that early impressions do exist. Some are just seconds, but try […]

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Goodnight, Butt

Posted by on January 26th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

It’s easy to get laughs making jokes about how horrific kids can be about going to bed, and it can be throbbing-forehead-vein frustrating when it’s so late you know with dread that they’re just going to rise like cranky zombies at their usual butt crack of dawn. But there are also those really sweet moments. […]

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12 Rad Dad Moments

Posted by on January 25th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

Rad dad moments aren’t just ninja reflexes for those lightning-fast saves. Teaching, playing, wrangling, soothing, patiently enduring; it can be any kind of dadding. These moments don’t even have to be experiences that anyone else witnesses – moments your kid might not even be aware of their specialness. When you’re just proud of yourself and […]

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5 Tips for “Entertaining” a Sick Spouse

Posted by on January 18th, 2018, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID...", NOTEBOOK

We all try to be supportive when our significant other is sick. But I’m of the opinion that adding a little levity into the situation can’t hurt. My wife, or most wives or spouses for that matter, may ferociously disagree. Heck, I’m not such a fan of jokes when my body feels like the physical […]

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The 2 Types of Parents on New Year’s Eve

Posted by on December 30th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

This post is brought to you by Responsibility.org, but (hopefully) it’s funny and relatable af!   There are two types of parents on New Year’s. Those that stay home for the evening, and then there are the lunatics. Okay, maybe the couples who go out aren’t lunatics exactly, and sure, there are more types than […]

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