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.
Good dadvertising includes fathers in their natural roles without the brand explicitly pointing out that you’re watching a dad that is made better by the advertised product. That’s why the Dove Men+Care “Real Moments” campaign has been a great tent pole in the circus of NCAA March Madness beer advertising.
Starring NBA all-star Dwayne Wade and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, the commercials show day-to-day moments of parenthood, told by these two dads.
Fathers are invited to write their children letters discussing the importance of childhood literacy as part of a contest – and some letters will be featured on the Barbara Bush Foundation website!
Barbara Bush took an interest in literacy issues while Second Lady of the United States. She worked with literacy organizations and researched links between illiteracy and different life conditions. She even wrote a children’s book and donated the proceeds to literacy organizations. So, you know, she’s serious about this reading stuff.
Video game reviewer (and commentary guy) Gus Mastrapa just welcomed his first son into his home a couple of weeks ago. Naturally, as a video game guy, your first thought is “this life is over.” But, as Mastrapa finds out, having a newborn is a great time for gaming, even if you don’t know what the future holds.
“I imagined a life without videogames and metal shows,” says Mastrapa in his Unwinnable piece (linked below). “I tried to imagine how I’d fit into that kind of life, not because I thought that all of those things would be gone from my life with the arrival of my new offspring, but because I had, and still do, have a hard time imagining the degree to which my life would change.”
In August 2012, we pointed out an Icelandic study that found older dads are more likely to have autistic kids. New research now says that the older a man is when he conceives his child, the more likely it is that autism will show up in his grandchildren.
Because we know you want to have to think about multiple generations while piping out the baby batter.
A New Jersey father got a visit from the police and the NJ Department of Children and Families after posting a picture on Facebook of his son holding his birthday present – a .22 caliber rifle.
The New Jersey Police and the Department of Children and Families declined follow-ups with the media, but the DCF did say that they follow-up on tips they receive from the public.
In our series Old Games for New Kids, we suggest a great past-generation game to play with your new-generation children.
by Data East – NES (and more, see below)
The beauty of old Nintendo games is that the two-button limitation kept games simple. In Rampage, you play as either Lizzie the giant lizard, George, the King Kong clone, or Ralph, a giant warewolf. You’re presented with a couple of blocks-worth of cityscape per level, and in the simplest of terms, you destroy it. You climb buildings and punch holes in them, often discovering food and traps inside. You can also smash the cars, tanks and helicopters that chase you as you move city to city.