How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad


The Evolutionary Progress of Kids’ Games

Posted by on March 26th, 2014, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

Listen, I’m not one of those old men sitting in his boxers on the porch spraying people with a hose as they walk all over his lawn. Okay, fine. I am, but with that completely aside, are kids today too coddled and catered to? I think the answer is “yes” and now I have unequivocal […]

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My Son Is a Loser

Posted by on March 21st, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

We sit bobbing in the pool like pale apples waiting to be plucked. My son is crying into his flotation device and I am expectantly staring at him. This is not going as well as I’d hoped. “This game is boring and dumb. I hate it.” He’s over it. I’m treading water, literally and figuratively, […]

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Daddy Vader Says… No Escape

Posted by on March 7th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS

Hhhhhhhooo-pahhhh…Hhhhhhhooo-pahhhh…Hhhhhhhooo-pahhhh… Yeah, the breathing is really ominous, sure. But it’s the things Daddy Vader says in between all the robotic huffing and puffing that gets an Imperial officer or a child shaking in their boots. Especially if they’ve just let a rebel ship get away, or because they need to “turn a frown upside down” […]

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Notice Anything Different, Honey?

Posted by on February 18th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Hands on buzzers, people. What’s the exciting play-at-home game show of observation, memory and panic most couples have played, where one person is the unwitting contestant (or defendant) and the other person is host (or prosecutor) as well as being the game show board itself? It’s called Notice Anything Different, Honey? Let me explain. One […]

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Daddy Vader Says… Victory

Posted by on February 14th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS

When you’re a kid, parents can be a little like Daddy Vader. Incredibly rad but at the same time intimidating in a way. Playing card games with him has to be a little more exciting than with anyone else. When he throws down, it’s a little more down than anyone else, right? At least when […]

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Parentopoly, The Give ‘n’ Give ‘n’ Give Game

Posted by on December 30th, 2013, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

It’s likely you’ve played Monopoly before (even if you’ve never finished it), since statistically about 11 out 10 households have had the board game given as a gift one year or another. Parenting can truly seem like a game, too. How many times do you think one parent has said, “Go, it’s your turn!” to […]

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Daddy Vader Says… Defend Yourself

Posted by on November 29th, 2013, under SNAPSHOTS

Even if parents can’t wield the Force to deliver wedgies or noogies or zerbers from across a long dining table, kids need to be taught that they should be on their guard at all times. The way you teach them this is by delivering sneak-attack tickles, wedgies, noogies or zerbers. They’ll pick it up right […]

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Daddy Vader Says… Displeased

Posted by on October 25th, 2013, under SNAPSHOTS

What a kid and Imperial staff aboard the Death Star have in common is lots. Sometimes it seems ridiculously generous to use the “progress” for the chore or activity being performed. If something is worth asking to be done over and over and over again, it’s worth doing right. Right? The first time. Not after […]

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Daddy Vader Says… Open Wide

Posted by on September 20th, 2013, under SNAPSHOTS

Whatever mode of transportation you use to shuttle food into the cargo bay in your baby’s face station, we all have to admit that Yoda looked pretty good for a 900-year-old! Right??? And now that we all agree on that, let’s also all agree and admit that making a good tie fighter screech-roar is really […]

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Posted by on September 18th, 2013, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

It’s one of the best kid’s games ever, jumping from furniture to furniture to avoid touching the ground, because it is lava. It turns out it’s also one of the best excuses ever. Come brush my teeth? Hah! Yeah right. The floor is lava! Time to do my chores? LAVA! You see, most parents don’t […]

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