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.

5 Annoying Pieces of Parenting Advice

Posted by on January 21st, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

1. Arguing With Your Kid? DON’T ARGUE WITH THEM It’s so true. Maybe we could apply this same advice to achieve world peace? It’s not like we’re tired, hungry, burnt out, and exasperated. Right? 2. Kid Won’t Eat? JUST MAKE THEM EAT Also applicable: if they eat it five times they’ll keep eating it. Picky […]

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Dying Dreams

Posted by on January 16th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

He’s running motionless, his little legs seeming to slip backward, toward the monster he’s feverishly trying to escape. It’s not real. He’s standing at the jagged edge of a murderous cliff, an evil wind ripping at his Darth Vader pajamas, pulling him over. It’s not real. They’re just dreams. His nightmares. – The other night […]

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7 Signs You’re A Parent

Posted by on January 13th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

1. You Repeat Yourself You don’t like telling the same stories, giving repeat instructions and pleading over/over/over again that you need something vital to happen. But that’s what happens. Every day. All the time. 1. You Repeat Yourself You don’t like telling the same stories, giving repeat instructions and pleading over/over/over again that you need […]

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Harry Potter and the Curious Cancer

Posted by on January 7th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

I used to think life was a process of growing older and wiser. You put the puzzle pieces together, finding those intellectual edge pieces to the larger picture and placing them to make sense out of a 2,524,554,080 second blank jigsaw. Boys, take care of yourselves. Before you can't. I lost three close family members […]

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The Magic 8-Ball of Parenting

Posted by on December 30th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

On a daily basis, I wonder if I am doing the right thing. Am I trying hard enough? Am I listening intently enough? Am I guiding while correcting when necessary? Am I learning fast enough at this parenting thing that I can stay a few steps ahead of my own children? It feels like the […]

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End of Year Whispers

Posted by on December 26th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Can you hear that? The new year is calling our names. He’s off in the distance, waiting for someone to answer. Like a child, he stumbles toward us as he takes his first steps. We don’t know whether to protect this young thing from itself or let him fall. Luckily, he will make his way […]

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Santa Claus Photos: An Evolution

Posted by on December 24th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I’ve written about the majesty and major PAIN IN THE ASS-NESS of Santa Claus photos before. When I decided to display these lovely moments in time on this little blog, people claimed I was harming my son. Remember that? This is just one stone thrown my direction. You can read all of them here, if […]

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What It’s Like Being A Parent: Part Eight

Posted by on December 18th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Last time, we described what it’s like having twins. Today, let’s talk about friendship, shall we? Friendship with kids is unlike any other kind human relationship. Between the volatility, lack of cohesive thought, and quicksilver amendments, kid friendship borders on looking like an abusive relationship with a stuffed animal. But rather than type all the […]

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Robots Will Want Babies Too

Posted by on December 17th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Let’s face it. Science fiction has done a pretty interstellar job of predicting the future. Computers, smartphones, lasers, 3D printing, space travel, velcro, all fortune-told by sci-fi long long ago in a galaxy, well… right here. Of course we’ll impose our stereotypes and body-image issues onto robots, so they’re not likely to look like a […]

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3 Bad Moments in Advertising for Parents

Posted by on December 16th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Advertising has hit an all-new level of weird, guys. Not only are advertisers taking over social networks and the entire internet with paid ads, but sometimes these “marketers” lack in creativity and common sense often found in the hands of thoughtful artists and publishers so much that we are subjected to some really ridiculous media. […]

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