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Meet Spider-Dad
4 years ago

Meet Spider-Dad

Spider-Dad

There’s been a lot of superhero dad action as of late.

There’s this solider who came home to surprise his son dressed as Spider-Man, the always fun-loving BatDad, Lambo BatDad pulled over on the way to a children’s hospital, YABD (yet another BatDad) with BatKid who saved San Francisco that one time, this TrollDad who stood outside on his doorstep every morning for a year waving to his son’s bus, and the ever so popular I know a good dad when I see one dad.

Now, those are just a few of the dads out there that are sharing some superhero awesomeness with their kids. So what could possibly tingle our Spidey-Sense again? Read More

The Ugly Truths Behind Caillou, Curious George and Max & Ruby
4 years ago

The Ugly Truths Behind Caillou, Curious George and Max & Ruby

Cartoon Truths

Oh sure, the cartoons that your child watches seem okay. They seem educational. They teach our little ones about emotions by showing them a funny character in all sorts of mayhem. But did you know that some of your child’s favorite shows are harboring big secrets?

It’s true! The networks would never come right out and say this, but I have it on good authority that the cartoons our kids watch – such as Caillou, Curious George and Max & Ruby – have very grim beginnings and ultimately, ends. Murders, wars, kids living in squalor – those are just some of the situations you’re not being told about when your child watches these cartoons.

But I, dear readers, will give you the scoop. The truth wants to be free.

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Making Retro Video Game Pixel Art With Perler Beads
4 years ago

Making Retro Video Game Pixel Art With Perler Beads

One of the best parts of being a this-generation parent is doing nerdy stuff with your kids. And it’s just a bonus when you get to nerd-out with your kids while revisiting an old summer camp craft.

Making Retro Video Game Pixel Art With Perler BeadsThe most awesome of all summer-camp-crafts-turned-nerd-craft has to be Perler beads. These things basically look like pixels, so you know where I’m going with this (also, you saw the header image and you, dear readers, are not stupid).

Perler beads give you the opportunity to revisit some super-rad 8-bit classics while doing crafts with your kids. I’ll show you how to make a simple goomba from Super Mario Bros. 1 that you can stick on the fridge or wall. And just think – if you get the hang of this, you can create your own retro video game scene on your kid’s wall and be the envy of…well…me, at least.

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An Open Letter to My Son About Microsoft Excel
4 years ago

An Open Letter to My Son About Microsoft Excel

Letter To My Son About Excel

Dear Son,

I know you’re only four, and I know that you can’t read. I know that I haven’t let you on my computer much, and I’m sorry. Because what I’m about to tell you is of utmost importance: it’s high time you learned Microsoft Excel.

A lot of people think that Excel is simply a tool for boring suits to map out data. Well, son, that’s partially true. But Excel is exciting and Excel can be pretty rock and roll if you trust Excel.

I’ve got a book on pivot tables that we can start reading together before bed. It’s not exactly Shel Silversteen, but I do consider it no coincidence that both the cover of The Giving Tree and the Microsoft Excel icon are both resplendently green.

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Work-Life Balance At the Intersection of Dad & Athlete
4 years ago

Work-Life Balance At the Intersection of Dad & Athlete

adrian peterson smewch

It’s not a rare thing to see athletes father-up and put family ahead of their careers. But some athletes are also having very private battles in very public arenas concerning their kids. This is the intersection of dad and athlete: where work-life balance is always in the spotlight.

Recently, there have been a lot of interesting sports stories including the likes of golfer Hunter Mahan, the NBA’s Dwayne Wade, the MLB’s Joe Mauer and the NFL’s Adrian Peterson – and, of course many more than we could cover.

Who’s taking official paternity leave? Who’s banned from saying anything about their ex on Twitter? Who left a tournament to be with their wife during labor?

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Clorox Says New Dads Are “Lacking” Judgement & Motor Skills, Dads Fight Back
4 years ago

Clorox Says New Dads Are “Lacking” Judgement & Motor Skills, Dads Fight Back

Clorox

Clorox underestimated the power of dads and lost the battle in the span of less than 24 hours. They initially dealt a blow to new dads, saying that they lack “the judgment and fine motor skills to execute well.”

The line came from an article – now pulled from the Clorox site – called “6 Mistakes New Dads Make” (Cached by Google).

While many brands are jumping on the dadvertising wagon and releasing pro-father material aimed to encourage and involve new fathers, Clorox is caught in the age-old game of marketing household products to new moms by bashing their husbands.

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Sorry, Son: You Might Not Get My Nerd-Hoard
4 years ago

Sorry, Son: You Might Not Get My Nerd-Hoard

Sorry Son Nerd Hoard

I’m nerdy. And I’m a hoarder. This was bad enough news for my wife, who made the mistake of telling me when we met that she had a box of old Nintendo and Super Nintendo games in her parents’ garage. Most of them corroded beyond repair, I still kept them. She may not know this fact.

But my nerd hoarding is worse news for my son. Now, most nerds love to share their wares with their children; true, no one’s teaching their kids to read with collectible comics, nor are they donning their potty-training toddlers in “rare” shirts they picked up at Comic-Con. But many nerdy dads are more than happy to peel off a page of video game themed stickers they got somewhere, or make their kid the envy of his class by passing along a Super Mario Bros. rubber bracelet to them or a Nintendo hat. Not this guy.

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Five Non-Existent Classes For Dads That Totally Should Exist
4 years ago

Five Non-Existent Classes For Dads That Totally Should Exist

pokemon classes for dads

When my wife and I first found out that we were going to have a kid, we instantly became aware of the “parenting class” industry that had existed in our community for years without ever attracting our attention. Suddenly, there were all of these flyers, newspapers ads, and emails, offering us practical parenting instruction in friendly classroom settings.

And, as new parents-to-be, we were game for them. Almost immediately, we signed up for the childbirth class, the baby care and CPR class, the “how to install a car seat” class, the breastfeeding class, you name it.

(The only classes I remember us opting out of were the “baby massage” class and the “parenting for dads” class, which I found more than a little insulting.)

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