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.

Netflix & Chill…dren

Posted by on June 1st, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

The popular slang expression “Netflix and chill” is basically what young people these days are calling a “booty call,” getting together to hook up for sex, or the prospect of it. Maybe hang out and get in a few shows if it doesn’t turn into gland-to-gland combat, I guess. Anyone with kids knows, after you […]

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Putting a Mattress to the KID TEST (Video + GIVEAWAY)

Posted by on May 26th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, VIDEOTAPE

With just a few seconds of hand jive on a smartphone you can order food, clothes, auto parts and even deer urine (it’s true, don’t ask). What a time to be alive! Or something. Now, you wouldn’t think to order something like let’s say a MATTRESS online. But, you can! And I did. Of course, […]

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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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