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How To Be A Dad

  • Preventing the Impossible: Kid Stains
    M’kay. So maaaaaybe these aren’t such good ideas. It’s always surprising, the sheer number of inevitable stains that happen in a family. However, this surprise can sort of pale in comparison to the shock of HOW some of them happen. The other da…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 18, 10:30am -
  • My Wife Just Said… [Got milk]
    This would have been a funny, slightly dysfunctional Got Milk ad. Well, it would have been funnier if I wasn’t living it, and having to drive back to the grocery store for a single item. One thing I was never prepared for in parenthood is the mind-…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 18, 2:17am -
  • GROWN-UP Goosebumps Books
    Most people are familiar with the popular children’s series of scary stories known as Goosebumps. But adulthood is filled with it’s own terrors, too. Real terrors. We don’t need made up monsters or fantasy phantoms to make the hair stand up on…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Sep 18, 8:13pm -
  • Kid’s MIXED Reaction to STAR WARS Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    Whether you love or hate the first of the Star Wars Prequels, you’re probably going enjoy his reactions – they kind of have something for everyone. He was actually really nervous about seeing it for the first time. He knows the whole story and al…
    - 33 days ago, 17 Aug 18, 5:57pm -
  • In Real Life Dad Jokes (Hall of Shame pt. 11)
    Anyone with lungs and the ability to speak can tell dad jokes – man, woman or child really – but it takes a special commitment to turn them into prop comedy. Here are 16 such real-life dad jokes for your en-groan-ment! 1) Strong enough for a man,…
    - 43 days ago, 7 Aug 18, 7:51pm -
  • Father & Son Go Camp Tripping
    Though I don’t get to do as much of it as I’d like these days, I loved camping as a kid. My parents did, too. Which always works out great; when the budgetary stars, parental planets and children moons all align for something. The camping I did a…
    - 47 days ago, 3 Aug 18, 12:37am -
  • Anti-Kid-Sharing Snack Packaging
    It’s almost magical how kids can suddenly appear at the tiniest crinkle of a plastic bag. But it’s that crappy magic like a bad luck curse or the summoning of demons or evil spirits. We’re adults. We have earned the right to have our OWN snacks…
    - 57 days ago, 24 Jul 18, 10:21am -
  • Kid’s ANXIOUS Reaction to The Last Jedi
    [ This post and video contain massive spoilers ]   (open video in a new window) A truly awesome number of people have been thrilled with my son’s reactions to watching the Star Wars movies, and it’s clear to everyone that he’s a huge fan of Lu…
    - 77 days ago, 4 Jul 18, 12:01am -
  • 10 Made-Up Words Parents Just Might Relate To

    - 82 days ago, 28 Jun 18, 10:15pm -

Daddy Types

  • Notes From The Last Day Before School
    <p>"Libraries are the greatest buildings on earth...I want to learn about Plato."</p><p>"I have some good Play-doh recipes."</p><p>"Plato. The philosopher."</p>
    - 4 Sep 17, 1:42pm -
  • Mrs. Stern's Lamborghini Is For Sale
    <p><img alt="mrs_stern_pink_espada.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/archive/mrs_stern_pink_espada.jpg" width="620" height="465" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" /></p><p>Mrs. Stern of Hyde Park…
    - 16 Jul 17, 2:38am -
  • SLEEP, Pleaded David Shrigley
    <p><img alt="david_shrigley_sleep.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/archive/david_shrigley_sleep.jpg" width="525" height="742" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" /><br /><small><em>Untitled</em>, 2…
    - 8 Jul 17, 12:08pm -
  • Moccasins Made From Care Bear Pelts, By Freshly Picked
    <p><img alt="fp-x-care-bear_colabo_shoes.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/archive/fp-x-care-bear_colabo_shoes.jpg" width="525" height="338" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" /></p><p>I see these…
    - 29 Jun 17, 2:03am -
  • Baby's First Mall Hangout
    <p><img alt="kid_porcupine_quill.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/archive/kid_porcupine_quill.jpg" width="500" height="667" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" /></p><p>Oh things are quiet around…
    - 16 May 17, 3:30pm -
  • Pour One Out For Baby Daddy IPA
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">enjoying the last batch of <a href="https://twitter.com/SpeakeasyBeer">@SpeakeasyBeer</a>, fixture of olde 90s SF <a href="https://t.co/JJHJu1QEIJ">pic.twitter.com/JJHJu1QEIJ</a>…
    - 12 Mar 17, 7:11pm -
  • Look At Where We Are. Look At Where We Started.
    <p><img alt="cakepop_emoji.png" src="http://daddytypes.com/archive/cakepop_emoji.png" width="320" height="160" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" /></p><p>One day you're checking into the hospit…
    - 23 Feb 17, 12:41pm -
  • Bambinooo By Cucula: Enzo Mari X Refugee Colabo
    <p><img alt="cucula_bambinooo_kids_bench.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/archive/cucula_bambinooo_kids_bench.jpg" width="500" height="500" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" /></p><p>In late 201…
    - 21 Feb 17, 2:59am -
  • Eliot Porter Photograph Of His Son
    <p><a href="http://daddytypes.com/archive/eliot_porter_baby_swann_723990.jpg"><img alt="eliot_porter_baby_swann_723990.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/assets_c/2017/02/eliot_porter_baby_swann_723990-thumb-525x688-15276.jpg" width="525" height="688" c…
    - 9 Feb 17, 11:43am -
  • The Top 10 Humidifiers To Get When Your 9yo Has Croup
    <p>It's 10 o'clock on Saturday night, and your 9yo is making agony faces like a telenovela diva and barking like a seal colony because she's got croup.</p><p>What are the best humidifiers to buy so your kid, and by extension, you and the rest of th…
    - 6 Feb 17, 4:59pm -

Ask Your Dad Blog

  • Emails I Don't Know How to Answer
    Every once in awhile I get a sincere email (or sometimes a sarcastic one) asking me how to be a good parent. I honestly have no clue. I don't even really know what that means. Learning most things is so linear. You learn, practice, do. Not with kids.…
    - 12 Feb 18, 8:49pm -
  • Guns and Silence
    Did you know you can hear your own heartbeat? You can. All the time. It’s loud too. Try this sometime. Find a very quiet place where you can be still. Close your eyes and listen. It might sound faint and far away, but it’s there and I promise, it…
    - 3 Oct 17, 3:32am -
  • Horrible Moments in Parenting #3569
    Last week during dinner I was trying to ask Duchess about her day and she matter-of-factly told me that she didn't feel like talking. A few minutes later she had chewed her tortilla into the shape of a star and was remarkably proud of herself. "Loo…
    - 13 Sep 17, 2:43pm -
  • 8 Positive Wonder Woman Toys - Dad Picks (Mom Edition)
    Hey everyone! Stevie here. I asked John if I could write this round-up because of how much I have loved Wonder Woman lately.Here's the thing, my daughter has always loved super heroes. For years she cycled through all her favorite Justice League ch…
    - 3 Jun 17, 9:04pm -
  • 10 Best Star Wars Toys for Kids - Dad Picks
    We're a Star Wars Family. It was one of my stipulations of becoming a family. I said, "Stevie, we can make tiny humans, but I need to be able to buy them lots of Star Wars stuff. She really wanted to make tiny humans, and moderately enjoyed Star Wars…
    - 28 May 17, 7:36pm -
  • Sleep and Hard Decisions
    Sometimes the sponsored posts are fun. I get to try something new, sync up with a bunch of cool people, and make a few bucks to keep this blog running. This one was not as fun. It brought up some hard decisions. It caused some difficult discussions.…
    - 28 Apr 17, 3:15pm -
  • Things We Tried - Do Your Part(ner) Follow Up!
    This post is sponsored by my long-time friends at Plum Organics.So a few weeks ago Stevie and I made a fun video and took the Plum Organics Pledge to Do Your Part(ner). The pledge wasn’t just to get jiggy with it (yes I just typed that) but also t…
    - 27 Feb 17, 10:39pm -
  • Stevie and John Talk about Sex, and Being Parents, and Kids, and Stuff [Video]
    This post is sponsored by my long-time friends at Plum Organics.So… yeah. A baby food brand asked me to create a post about sex. Why? (You and I both ask simultaneously?) Well, I believe the first reason is that sex means more babies and babies l…
    - 10 Feb 17, 3:54pm -
  • The King of Soup is Me
    I have partnered with Life of Dad and Idahoan® Foods for this campaign, but all opinions expressed above are unbiased and true. For instance, the soup is actually as good as I say it is. Seriously. It's exceed all my expectations.It's January an…
    - 26 Jan 17, 3:56pm -
  • In Defense of Santa
    The other day, a buddy of mine posted an article about how lying to your kids about Santa is bad for them. He agreed with the article. I disagreed. We're still friends. No big deal. BUT at one point in the conversation he said, "I still have yet to f…
    - 9 Dec 16, 5:52pm -

Beta Dad

  • #BeTheSolution to End Domestic Violence
    I have a lot of disclosures to make. This is a sponsored post, which means, yes, I'm getting paid for it. Also, I have to disclose that I tried to back out of writing it because I didn't think I had anything to add to the conversation. I was supposed…
    - 12 Dec 14, 8:46pm -
  • SHE ALWAYS GETS EVERYTHING RIGHT!
    One day I went to the Celebration of Writing.It was today actually; but as I learned at the event, good stories usually start with "One day..."The participants were the 26 kids in my girls' kindergarten class. They had been working on writing and…
    - 14 Nov 14, 8:15am -
  • Champagne Girls!
    I wrote something for the New York Times today, and they called me a blogger. So here I am, posting something on my blog!This pretty much explains everything about my kids these days.The kids are in kindergarten now, and loving it. We did…
    - 31 Oct 14, 3:23pm -
  • Talking about Death and Asking for Help
    In a few hours, my wife and I are meeting with a lawyer to sign the final version of the living will we set up for our kids. A couple weeks ago, we sat down in a comfy law office and hashed out the details of who would take care of our kids, our medi…
    - 27 Jun 14, 3:22pm -
  • Good Morning, Five-Year-Olds
    My mom still calls my sisters and me on the eves of our respective birthdays to say, "Goodnight, x-year-old." Then the next day, she calls again and says, "Good morning x+1-year-old!" She's been doing that since before I was born, I think. But she di…
    - 25 Jun 14, 8:44pm -
  • The Mother's Day Father's Day Birthday Post.
    There is so much stuff I've meant to write here, but I just can't seem to get around to it. I've been doing quite a bit of freelancing, and carpentry, and parenting, and volunteer stuff for the school where the girls will go to kindergarten next year…
    - 10 Jun 14, 5:38pm -
  • Remember Four and Three Quarters
    We're having good days these days; some of them back-to-back.It's a jinx to mention this, I know;But a curse to forgetWe've had self-control,Backed away from the bitter brink,Negotiated like neighborly nation states.It's a sweet spot.Even th…
    - 21 Mar 14, 8:50am -
  • Just in case you thought I was dead
    Hi! I'm not dead! I've been really busy building stuff and doing kid stuff, and doing some writing, but not so much in this space. Life is full and rich and interesting and dizzying. This just occurred to me: Kids, like grownups, are sometimes inco…
    - 5 Mar 14, 6:32pm -
  • The Time I Took My Daughters to Hooters
    I had hoped I would be able to swing by my house before going to Hooters.  I had been building cabinets all day and didn't really want to show up in grungy work clothes, my face and arms smeared with a paste of sweat and sawdust.  But traffic was b…
    - 8 Jan 14, 3:00pm -
  • That's Not Fair: Teaching Kids to Share
    This was first published in San Diego Uptown News********  “MADDY’S NOT SHARING!”  This tearful, gasping lament regularly resounds through our house.The counteraccusation--“LIVVY’S STEALING MY STUFF!”--inevitably follo…
    - 3 Jan 14, 10:44pm -