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How to Be a Dad

The Gloaming Light

Posted by on July 9th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS

There is a wakefulness between the purity of the aware and the somnolence of sleep that feels like anything is possible. It’s better than a dream. It’s a waking dream under my command. I haven’t felt it in some time, but I know it could be just past the horizon line. I am nearly there. […]

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Juicebag – Scrabble Scribble #9

Posted by on July 8th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS

  You’re there. Life is happening to you. You respond. And your kid observes attentively. A reckless automobastard cutting you off for no good reason; a ferocious toy attacking your poor unsuspecting toe; a lengthy support call (that was aaaaaaaaaall call and no support) suddenly dropping off. Occasionally, some dirt hits the kid-filter so hard […]

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My Wife Just Said… #168

Posted by on July 7th, 2014, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“That moment when you start humming a song while getting your toddler dressed when he asks what song it is, you realize it’s ‘Push It’ by Salt-n-Pepa and say, ‘Sorry honey, I don’t remember the name.’ Yeah, that just happened.” -Avara   We don’t shield our kids from every little thing but there are certain realizations […]

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“Electricity” : Convos With My 2-Year-Old

Posted by on July 4th, 2014, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

Explaining danger to your kid can be kind of hair raising for parents, but if it’s someone else who’s doing the explaining, it can be pretty flippin’ funny. We’re big fans of stick figure signs here at HowToBeADad.com, so this is especially priceless. Enjoy! Subscribe to ConvosWith2YrOld to follow the series. (Liking, favoriting and commenting […]

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Alternative Diets for Parents

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

The biggest problem with food is that it’s delicious and available. So, wouldn’t the overarching concept behind an effective diet be to reduce the amount of food available or to suppress the desire for it, or simply remove its deliciousness? Maybe not, but whatever, right?! If you choose the Kid-Made Diet, you’ll have no problem […]

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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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My Wife and Kid Just Said… #167

Posted by on July 1st, 2014, under "MY KID JUST SAID...", "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

Wife: “No, I don’t have a penis. I have a vagina.”   Son: “A bagina? Where does the pee come out???”   Wife: “There’s a… hole.”   Son: “In you butt?”   Wife: “No, the front… The fluffy part.”   Listening to my wife, Lizze, and my youngest son Lucas (5yo), I wanted to laugh […]

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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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