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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 Ways Fitbit Is Ruining My Life

Posted by on July 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Man, everyone is wearing some kind of strap on their wrist these days. We’re counting our steps, calories from the foods we eat and everything else that has a number on it. Sometimes I see people pacing and wonder if they’re stressed out or just trying to reach their walking quota for the day. We […]

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Pizzaissance!

Posted by on July 2nd, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I have been designing pizzas in my mind since I was a very little boy living in San Francisco. While everyone else was eating macro-chaotic, mega-veggie, orange peel pizzofu or whatever, I craved the real deal. Finn had an idea to make this little video. Such a rad, little writer! You see, my childhood heroes […]

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Parenting Hindsight is 20/??

Posted by on June 30th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

If time travel were possible you can bet that most of the travelers would be parents desperately seeking to undo things that have happened or check up on their kids down the line. We live in a constant state of hindsight and it’s honestly the lamest superpower anyone could have. Today, we’ve partnered with Lifelock […]

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Hunting For Treasure In L.A.

Posted by on June 26th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

The other day, I took my boys on a treasure hunt — an actual hunt for actual treasure. And as we crisscrossed Hollywood on the trail of [REDACTED], we naturally discussed aliens. Well, one alien in particular… Let me explain. In the film Earth to Echo, a group of kids discover a mysterious life-form and […]

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Infomercial Parenting Style

Posted by on June 26th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

There are all kinds of parenting styles that have been given clever little labels and been written about thoroughly out there. There’s an even greater word-count online in the debates and commentary about which one’s are the happy-go-bestest and which ones will lead to a child’s utter and total dysfunction, derangement and probably even super […]

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Uber for Parents

Posted by on June 19th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I can’t tell if technology is helping or hurting us. Hell, if Stephen Hawking is worried about the ability of a sentient technology to “design improvements to itself and outsmart us all” — then I’m frigging scared. Well, I think it’s high time we make technology our parenting bitch. Let’s start with transportation because it […]

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What We See vs What He Sees

Posted by on June 18th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

This post is a partnership between Dyson and HowToBeADad.com   Even before he could walk, my youngest son loved “cleaning.” His first obsession toy was a hand vacuum. After he burned out the battery from sheer use, I began to wonder if this was a sign of a future calling. I’ll admit I tilted my […]

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What It’s Like Being A Parent: Part Three

Posted by on June 17th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Last week, we covered the lack of privacy you get to experience when you create life. It’s like that new life has one goal: interrupting yours. But today, I want to talk about what it’s like to try to feed that new addition to your family. Eating, and the process of preparing for consumption, is […]

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Father’s Daze: 13 Dads Reveal Their Struggle

Posted by on June 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

As I’ve written about before, there is something happening in the lives of fathers and their careers today. While we define ourselves differently than we did 50 years ago, dads of all sorts are finding themselves in this position across the country, and beyond, of redefining who we are with a simple but profound question: […]

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Pain

Posted by on June 4th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Pain. It can remind us we’re alive. And it can also steal a little bit of that aliveness away. I’m sitting, right now, in a surgery wing and my infant son is about to go under the knife. Something we thought would go away has only gotten worse. It’s time to confront it. And hopefully, […]

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