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.

Reality Sometimes Bites

Posted by on May 25th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

We all grow up wondering what our futures will be, but the cast of 1994’s Reality Bites had the market cornered on wandering thoughts about the subject. Some of the characters were more committed to the idea that they should be something while others languished in the feeling that it was all a bullshit system […]

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What Would It Be Like

Posted by on May 19th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Sitting in the darkness of a campsite, stars above and the light of a campfire licking my face, I was struck with a thought that made me feel like I was living an alternate future. I stared harder into the flowering flames. What if social media hadn’t been invented? Boys, this is my happy place. […]

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5 Parenting Lessons from Game of Thrones

Posted by on April 29th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

If you’ve ever thought parenting was a tough ride, you should try Game of Thrones. The HBO series is essentially a parenting manual in the form of a fantasy series with boobies and bloody battles. Sure, there are lots of moments with family politics and questionable decision-making, BUT THAT’S JUST LIKE REAL LIFE. Here are […]

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4 More Books My Sons Have To Read Before They’re 11

Posted by on April 21st, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

As I said in my last post, which you can visit if you want to get more ideas about some really amazing books, my older son Finn and I love to read together. He also loves to read on his own and then boast about how he’d finished books without me. Anyway, your mileage may […]

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Dad Mode Senses Are Tingling! (25 Amazing GIFs)

Posted by on April 20th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

People loved the Dad Mode ACTIVATE! post, so I’ve scoured the internet to put together even more, and found a bunch you’ve probably never seen before. Some are overwhelming, some are just whelming, and some are anti-whelming, as far as Dad Mode moments go. Enjoy!   Catch the Monkey Rating: ​★★☆☆☆ Not too dramatic, but […]

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5 Reasons My Single Mom Helped Me Become A Better Father

Posted by on April 15th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at the White House. From morning until the early evening, we heard from panels of educators, researchers, marketers, brand representatives and parents all talking about the topic of gender disparity and stereotypes that face our children. We heard how girls are driven to great lengths to achieve […]

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Dads: What People Think

Posted by on April 12th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

This kind of “what people think” internet joke showcases the misconceptions about a type of person or job from the various clichéd perspectives of others. I was pleasantly surprised at how hard this was to put together for Dads. Not everyone’s MIL thinks their grandchildren are being neglectfully left to some laptop Skynet nanny setup, […]

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​Surprisingly Awkward Stuffed Animal Anatomy

Posted by on March 31st, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

He skidded up to me, shouting, “Daddy, look what I got!” Holding a tiny stuffed animal aloft for me to behold, he beamed with the triumphant pride kids radiate about a new possession. “Oh, very cute! A little hedgehog.” I said, playing my parental role: identifying the prize correctly and nodding with the appropriate amount […]

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Maybe You’re The Problem

Posted by on March 4th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

It’s been weeks of fighting illness in my house, and the hits just keep on coming. We’ve been to doctor’s offices, urgent care lobbies and laid in beds with fevers over 103 degrees. Then my youngest was hit like a freight-train by an 8-year-old on the asphalt jungle of my older son’s school playground during […]

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Pizza Is Its Own Food Pyramid (3 Comics)

Posted by on March 1st, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

When I was a teenager, I could eat an entire large pizza by myself. Not a (violent air quotes) “large” pizza, but an honest-to-hugeness LARGE pizza. It took time, of course. And probably a violation of the laws of physics somehow. Heck, I love pizza so much, I once flew back from New York with […]

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