How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad


What If ‘Santa Clause’ Was A Horror/Thriller?

Posted by on December 23rd, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

I do enjoy the holidays so very much. But there comes a time when people need to ease up on the throttle just a bit. The holiday spirit is a little overwhelming, honestly. So many people to think of and consumerism. Finding joy is important but it has be an authentic experience that’s self-determined, not […]

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A Little Boy’s Very Cute First Time as Santa

Posted by on December 17th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK, VIDEOTAPE

I partnered up with Target to share this adorable new chapter in my son’s Christmas experiences.   My little son is 6 and a half now, and he’s really starting to get how the whole gift giving thing works. Beyond receiving as many of them as he possibly can. He’s in that vague place between […]

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Santa Claus Photos: An Evolution

Posted by on December 24th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I’ve written about the majesty and major PAIN IN THE ASS-NESS of Santa Claus photos before. When I decided to display these lovely moments in time on this little blog, people claimed I was harming my son. Remember that? This is just one stone thrown my direction. You can read all of them here, if […]

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Home Intruder Claus

Posted by on December 26th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

By now, many of you have experienced of one of the most invasive experiences to ever face mankind: Santa Claus. For years, we’ve struggled under the shadow of this overweight cat burglar. Though he “brings presents” to us, we all know he breaks into our houses through our chimneys, the most available weakness of our […]

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How To Traumatize Your Kids

Posted by on December 11th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

If you were to ask, I would be the first to tell you I am not a perfect father, perhaps not even a great one. I know some of you have said I seem like a “rad dad” but I often think I am more of a “dud” than a “dad.” So, before I utter […]

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Shifty Santa

Posted by on December 22nd, 2011, under SNAPSHOTS

I’m sure at the time this photo of me was “cute” and “adorable” and “heart-warming.” But looking at it today, I see something else… SHIFTY SANTA: Keep your hands where we can see them. Maybe I’m interpreting it with my 2011 cynicism? But, the more I look, the more photos of my son below further […]

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Santa Claus vs. Pregnant Woman

Posted by on December 21st, 2011, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

  [ click the image to enlarge ] In our Versus series, normally we’re all about pointing out the striking similarities between a baby and unusual figures like a zombie, Godzilla, a redneck, etc. But today we’re taking a look earlier, before a baby is even born. A pregnant woman. And Santa Claus. We know […]

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Stop Lying to your Kids about the Holidays

Posted by on December 16th, 2011, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

It’s a tough call for some parents… Which holidays stories do we tell our kids? Yikes. Whatever you do, make sure you’re very clear about your plan of attack and its storyline. A poorly assembled sentence here… A word they don’t understand there… and the result is major miscommunication about the characters and the tales […]

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Revenge of the Santa Photo!

Posted by on December 2nd, 2011, under SNAPSHOTS

We decided to take a poll in last Thursday’s post featuring Finn’s meltdown on Santa’s lap… And now… THIS YEAR’S SANTA PHOTO! That’s not an icicle coming out of my son’s mouth, people. It’s a crycicle. This Santa was very professional, but you can still almost see the fevered look in his eyes, silently screaming, […]

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Santa Photos for Pro Parents

Posted by on November 24th, 2011, under SNAPSHOTS

I took my son to his first Santa photo op as a toddler last year… Maybe my son is Jewish? ¡Fail-is Navidad! His very first experience as a tiny worm-monkey-baby doesn’t count because he wasn’t big enough to fight back. But this time, just as we arrived to perch him on Santa’s lap, the photo […]

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