How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad


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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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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My Kid Just Said… #38

Posted by on January 20th, 2014, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“Dis man hewped people become fwiends. Brown people, owange people, pink people… [lists every color possible]. All of dem.” -Finn (2013, 4 years old)   I asked him a simple question: “Why do we have a holiday on Monday?” My son has such an awesome take on race. Here’s hoping that one day, MLK’s dream […]

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My Kid Just Said… #37

Posted by on December 31st, 2013, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“What if I had boobies that made milk and then they blasted off like meteors?” [Walks away] -Finn (2013, 4 years old)   My son knows the finer points of anatomy, apparently. Or maybe just how my wife feels right now? Hope your New Year blasts off like a meteor!   – Previous My Kid […]

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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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My Kid Just Said… #32

Posted by on November 7th, 2013, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“Hey Dada! You want me to dwaw you a pictuwe of poop??” CUE HIS CRAZY LAUGHTER FOR 15 MINUTES. My son is a Poop Picasso. – Previous My Kid Just Said Kids are smarter than adults. Period. My Kid Just Said Facebook Page This is where YOU can post YOUR kid’s quotes. Go for it! 

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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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My Kid Just Said… #30

Posted by on September 17th, 2013, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“I wish we had brown faces. Like Isaiah.” -Finn (August 2013, 3.8 years old)   Finn was so happy and buoyant in his statement that day after school. He looks up this young boy and simply considers his best friend’s color something aspirational, if only on a simplistic level. It’s just this beautiful afterthought about […]

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Daddy Vader Says… Bedtime

Posted by on September 5th, 2013, under SNAPSHOTS

They’ll pay you compliments and pour on the affection. They’ll make promises or deals. They’ll even resort to tormented begging and pouty threats. When it’s bedtime, kids’ll try nearly anything for that precious five more minutes.* * “five more minutes” is defined here in the sense that children use it: until the child passes out […]

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