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When Dads Toy Battle (Crazy Special Effects VIDEO)

Posted by on October 11th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

Kids can get pretty carried away when they’re playing, augmenting reality with their powerful imaginations. They can reach cruising altitudes of thousands of feet by sticking out their arms when speed-toddling. They’re the defender of the realm when they pick up a stick. Anything is possible. Adults have a harder time stepping into a world […]

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“Favorites” – Scrabble Scribble #18

Posted by on August 18th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

When you get right down to it, kids are basically hoarders. Parents quickly learn that whole “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” applies to ALL trash for most kids. You just wouldn’t think that a crumpled juice box straw was THE BEST MOSTEST FAVORITEST THING EVER. But they’ll be sure to inform you loudly […]

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The World’s Largest Nerf Gun Is The Only Toy You Need

Posted by on June 22nd, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

When you’re a kid, the world is larger than life. So you reenact the adult world and all its glory: foot races, gunfights, negotiations, playing house — the full continuum, as far as you’re concerned, is up for grabs during playtime. Generationally, however, it now seems we’re predisposed to reversing the order. We want all […]

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5 Reasons My Single Mom Helped Me Become A Better Father

Posted by on April 15th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at the White House. From morning until the early evening, we heard from panels of educators, researchers, marketers, brand representatives and parents all talking about the topic of gender disparity and stereotypes that face our children. We heard how girls are driven to great lengths to achieve […]

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Barbie Made Her Do It! (Adorable VIDEO)

Posted by on October 21st, 2015, under VIDEOTAPE

After countless comics of Calvin talking and playing with his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, and after all the Toy Story movies, parents still just don’t seem to get it. TOYS ARE ALIVE! To kids, anyway. Especially when they need a scapegoat. Or, in this case, a scapedoll. Watch this little cutie get all passionate snotted-up while […]

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100 Years of Dangerous & Banned Toys

Posted by on July 24th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye, or a finger, or gets cancer. Wait. WHAT?! Before I begin, I must admit that I’ve got a slight nagging worry that the only non-digital toys my children’s children will be legally allowed to play with are… well, none. Not even dirt. Or biodegradable gummy […]

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Maximumble: Use for Toys

Posted by on June 24th, 2015, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

  Call it a side effect, a byproduct or an outcome, but fatherhood can lead to some rad consequences. It’s the most responsibility and pressure you can earn, but it’s also a perfect opportunity. I see a lot of “dads are buddies” stereotypes. It can be confusing to witness. There’s a pervasive myth that we’re […]

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8 Honest Names for 1980s Toys

Posted by on June 16th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

There were so many toys I wanted growing up. We had a rule, when I was a kid, that we had to sell a toy to get a new one. It was like a strange banking system. Inevitably one of the toys would break, sending the whole system into a tailspin (also, a great reference […]

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Maximumble: Toy for Jimmy

Posted by on May 19th, 2015, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

  There’s no doubt about it. Becoming a parent opens the Jurassic Park doors of childhood fun. Between introducing your kids to things you grew up with and getting current with the coolest new toys and technology, it’s pretty awesome how much parenthood has to offer. I mean, yeah, the love, compassion and responsibility and […]

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Baby Sleep Positions: “The Junkyard”

Posted by on October 10th, 2014, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

From the beginning of parenting, sleep becomes a bit of a half-remembered dream, one that you daydream about while staring vacantly at a wall as you overfill a coffee cup. Everyone with mini humans knows this, but there’s also a point in the condition known as parenthood when the toy infestation begins. At first it’s […]

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