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NBA Playgrounds Is More NBA Jelly Than NBA JAM
7 days ago

NBA Playgrounds Is More NBA Jelly Than NBA JAM

By  •  Blog

I heard about NBA Playgrounds and knew I had to have it. An arcadey 2-on-2 basketball game promising big dunks and fast action harkening back to the days of NBA JAM.

Spoiler alert: some of these big dunks and fast action are delivered. But the game trips over its own shoelaces all too often. This is not an updated NBA JAM you can play with your kids.

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Free Comic Book Day: Tips for Parents Bringing Kids
3 weeks ago

Free Comic Book Day: Tips for Parents Bringing Kids

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday and I’m super excited to bring my son and see which comics we come home with! In my years going to Free Comic Book Day, I’ve come up with a couple of tips – most of these for parents, but great for anyone attending that day.

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Duh, Science: Parents that Play Pokémon GO with Their Kids Say the Game Has Non-Gaming Benefits
2 months ago

Duh, Science: Parents that Play Pokémon GO with Their Kids Say the Game Has Non-Gaming Benefits

By  •  News

In this week’s news that should have come out last calendar year, a recent study found that parents have reported benefits of Pokémon GO with their kids, aside from the obvious clout of catching ’em all.

A small-scale, qualitative survey out of the University of Washington found that parents reported spending more quality time and engaging in more conversation with their kids – in particular, fathers of girls, mothers of boys and parents of teenagers. No word in the study if parents reported the elation of hatching a fully-evolved Charizard from a 10km egg.

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Three Times in the Last Week I’ve Wanted to Disown My Son Over Video Games
2 months ago

Three Times in the Last Week I’ve Wanted to Disown My Son Over Video Games

By  •  Blog

Look, we all love our kids. But sometimes, something deep inside of you becomes a petty monster and you give your kid such a side eye that it actually hurts your own reproductive organs.

That was me last week — three times — over video games.

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How Excited Am I to NOT Share Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix With My Kid?
3 months ago

How Excited Am I to NOT Share Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix With My Kid?

Disclosure: I’m part of Netflix’s Stream Team. All views are mine. I wasn’t paid for this post.

That being said: Iron Fist! Hype!

If you’ve had a conversation with me about Marvel in the last two years (and you totally have), you know that I’m all about the Marvel shows on Netflix. It’s Marvel stuff that appeals to me as an adult – in lieu of the family-friendly, big screen, in-your-face superhero PEW PEW fights and cake mix dialogue, the Netflix shows have a lot more time and space to create human drama. And because they’re on Netflix, they can have adult language and violence that wouldn’t pass on regular television. You’d be surprised how much more engaging a superhero show is for me when someone drops an f-bomb or gets their arm broken in two places.

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Shout-Out to General Mills: the Cheerios Dancing Dads Commercial
3 months ago

Shout-Out to General Mills: the Cheerios Dancing Dads Commercial

Have you caught the “Dancing Dads” Honey Nut Cheerios spot? It’s the dancing dad commercial we all wanted last year when General Mills and Saatchi & Saatchi put out the fatherless “Dancing Families” spot.

But when you got it you got it, and “Dancing Dads” got it.

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Donate Stuff, Do Good With the #Donate3Challenge
3 months ago

Donate Stuff, Do Good With the #Donate3Challenge

By  •  Feature

My son decided that he wanted to donate some toys to kids that don’t have as much as we do. I told my son that I’d match his donation with stuff of my own. Somehow, we decided to make it a challenge. That’s how simply the #Donate3Challenge started!

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Sweden’s Paid Paternity Leave Is Really Making Us Jelly
4 months ago

Sweden’s Paid Paternity Leave Is Really Making Us Jelly

By  •  News

Here we are again, Sweden. We can’t quit you. You treat Dads with respect and we dig it. Not only do you give fathers 480 days to be with their newborns, you had to go and rub our noses in it with some touching photographs in National Geographic.

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