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.

Epic Target Black Friday Pep Talk

Posted by on November 25th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I know people in the US are a bit divided over Black Friday. Some are opting outside, while others still camp out overnight for the best deals. Meanwhile, other stores are starting ON Thanksgiving. So, it can be a confusing time for many Americans, especially for those bent on massive overconsumption and an obsession with […]

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The Rogue Ones

Posted by on November 11th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Thank you to Verizon for giving me the opportunity to geek out over Star Wars. Though this is a paid partnership, I would’ve been writing about it regardless because that’s just how big of a nerd I am. I am seriously just this excited about it. If you’re a Star Wars fan like me, you’ve […]

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Say Goodnight

Posted by on November 9th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I don’t feel like being funny or clever or inspirational or right or wrong or angry or sad or political or fatherly or parental or protective or judgmental. Donald Trump is a joke. But it’s never been funny. Sorry, America. I’m tired. I’m going to pick my kids up from school. I’m going sit with […]

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Vote For Pizza!

Posted by on November 8th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

It’s Election Day! Hopefully you’re out there voting or already have. Whatever anyone’s political party or views are, I’m sure we can all agree that this election has been an emotional roller coaster ride through a carnival freak show. In light of that, I want to give you a break from the grim seriousness of […]

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Always With You

Posted by on October 20th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT FINN is lying in a bottom bunk, the faint glow of a nightlight on his face. His brother is already asleep in an adjacent crib. His father approaches to give him a kiss and a hug goodnight. Finn clasps his hands around his father’s neck, unremitting. FINN Don’t go. Finn stares […]

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Seven

Posted by on October 6th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

My son turned seven yesterday and I don’t know exactly why but I’m feeling this birthday more intensely. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s grown to more than half my size or that he’s the age when my life dramatically changed, but there’s something unique about this year of his life. I’ve been capturing my […]

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Our Parents Had It Sooooooo Easy

Posted by on September 27th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

You know that old “back in my day” line, where older folks grumble about how hard they had it; carrying half a library, barefoot for ten miles to school, uphill both ways, that sort of thing? Well, you don’t hear too much from them like that about how they had it as parents. Earlier generations […]

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If the Harry Potter Books Were Written From Voldmort’s Perspective

Posted by on September 21st, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

  SPOLER ALERT: For anyone who hasn’t read all of the books… what have you been doing with your life!?! Sorry I mean, c’mon! Anyway. If you’re not done with the books, click here.   I recently began the wondrous adventure of reading the Harry Potter books to my 7-year-old son. We raced through the […]

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Kids Failing Majestically (13 GIFs)

Posted by on September 13th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

(Don’t worry, none of these are those awful fails that are followed by a trip to urgent care or the ER.) Everyone has to go through a lot of awful before they get to awesome, and since kids are pretty much new at everything, there is a wealth of awful that can be pretty entertaining. […]

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Drugs, They’re a Hell of a Drug

Posted by on September 7th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

  Talking to your kids about drugs is positively awesome. Knee-jerk sarcasm there, sorry. It’s awful. How do you explain something like drugs to someone who still collects sidewalk pebbles and thinks of bagels as fake doughnuts? You wait ’till they’re older? Well yeah, but I was recently forced to give it a shot with […]

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