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.

Child Labor

Posted by on September 12th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

When dealing with a problematic manager or supervisor, you’ve undoubtedly come to the conclusion that some jobs require no special skill. Like, seriously, a bucket of wet dirt could do the job better. But, since hiring mud is generally frowned upon, I suggest we put kids in these positions. They’d achieve the same results and […]

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How A Father Looks

Posted by on September 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I’ve had a few people tell me I don’t look like a dad. I’m not really sure what that means. Should I have my children strapped to my person? A tattoo of my kids’ names on my neck? Should the dark circles under my eyes have their own circles? What does a father look like? […]

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5 Ducktales Videos You Have to See

Posted by on September 9th, 2014, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY, NOTEBOOK

I grew up with Ducktales in my house. In case you’ve been living under a rock, blocked out your childhood or otherwise forgotten the majesty of Ducktales, here is the main theme song to jog your memory: So, now with that firmly in mind here are four other videos that will make your Ducktales day, […]

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What It’s Like Being A Parent: Part Six

Posted by on September 5th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Last week, we described what parenting is like when kids have siblings. It’s basically like juggling angry kittens Today, let’s chat about getting your kids home from the park, school or some other event. Any time you absolutely have to leave and get the kids in the car, it’s not a good time for your […]

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New More Relatable Superheroes

Posted by on September 4th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

Some popular superheroes are incredibly old if you think about it. Batman and Superman were created in the late ’30s, making them adults for about 75 years now. Super old. What would some new, more relatable super characters be, though? If they arose from the smartphone radiation of today’s plugged-in, socially-connected culture? Let’s imagine some… […]

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My Father’s Search For The Fisher King

Posted by on September 3rd, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

After Robin Williams died, I was unreasonably distraught. In the context of all things, I never actually knew the man and only saw him as much as one could say they’d seen a ghost around San Francisco and Marin County. But he was ever-present. I remember seeing him around town in Marin County. I remember […]

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7 Things That Are Worse Than Going Back to School

Posted by on August 29th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Sometimes it’s easier to soften something by comparing it to something way worse. School can be one of those tough somethings. As our kids go back to school parents and/or kids can dread it. But there’s that great quote that goes: “If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d […]

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Live Free or Drive Safe!

Posted by on August 28th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Driver safety is something you probably thought you’d never have to revisit after narrowly passing your driver’s license test, right? Wrong. Aside from texting or messing around with your phone, there’s a vast number of things that people shouldn’t need to be told not to do while driving but seem to need to be told […]

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Your #Dadchelor Moment

Posted by on August 21st, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Every dad has experienced that moment when they got “the news” they were going to have a baby. But everyone’s story is different. Reactions and emotions can be as varied as a snowflake, or as similar as a pair of socks. Some feel the elation of being given a powerful, beautiful gift while others feel […]

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Memories on the Run

Posted by on August 20th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Summer is short and passes quickly, and it is far too easy to lose the season somewhere between the couch cushions—most likely lodged against an old piece of candy and enough spare change to park for hours while waiting on the sweet spot between shade and sunsets. One minute you have plans for the great […]

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