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.

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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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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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