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How To Be A Dad

  • Excelsior!
    I won’t say I had the “rare” opportunity to meet Stan Lee, because the man was a famously extroverted character, and he saw and met an unbelievable amount of humanity in his 95 years. But our meeting was rare for me. The year was 1987 and I was…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Nov 18, 9:29pm -
  • My Wife Just Said… ( • )( • )
    We were arguing about the dumbest most unimportant thing, as married people do. It was late and we were both tired (though it’s probably unnecessary to qualify that it was late since tiredness is our constant companion). To make things worse, we we…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Nov 18, 8:29pm -
  • Halloween Health-EVIL Ideas
    Okay so, maybe these are all DEFINITELY terrible ideas. Based on a recent “Candy Confessions” survey from Crest, 86% of parents eat candy that was given to their child while trick-or-treating. We are all looking to fulfill our sweet tooth! Around…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Oct 18, 6:26pm -
  • How to Test Steak for WRONGNESS
    Everyone has their preference, of course. And one could say there is no WRONG way to have a steak prepared for you, but the person who said that would be very sadly mistaken. However, in today’s day and age, it’s totally okay for people to like a…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Oct 18, 8:44pm -
  • 5 “Parenterms” That Need to Be Real Words
    Parents make stuff up all the time. To sound like they have even the slightest clue, to shut some situation down or simply because they can’t remember the right thing to say. We need to adapt, improvise and overcome when it comes to raising kids. T…
    - 30 days ago, 19 Oct 18, 10:01am -
  • My Wife Just Said… (Zipper Struggle)
    It’s hard to have a grown-up discussion with your wife when your fly is down or your shirt is inside-out. But it can be done! I’m living proof of this. Frequently. The trick is to compensate by using big words and deep philosophical concepts. For…
    - 32 days ago, 17 Oct 18, 7:39pm -
  • Pop-Tarts, If They Made ‘Em for TODDLERS
    Why not feed your young ones sweet snacks based on the freaky foods they already go nuts for? Pop-tarts for toddlers can’t be the dumbest food product idea you’ve ever heard of. But if it is, than I’m even prouder for whipping it up in the carn…
    - 37 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 10:30am -
  • Awareness
    photo credit: Bodies of Subversion: A Secret Hisotry of Women and Tattoo by Margot Mifflin Several months ago, and probably way past when I should’ve been asleep, I laid in bed with my face cradled lazily in one hand, with the other holding the rec…
    - 38 days ago, 11 Oct 18, 10:02pm -
  • STRESS & Don’t Wake Daddy Game Time (Funny Video)
    Some games are intense and can get pretty stressful! Often the results can be very very funny. But life can be incredibly stressful. The kind you live, not the board game LIFE (that one’s pretty tame). I feel like now, more than ever, it’s an imp…
    - 44 days ago, 5 Oct 18, 7:40pm -

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 -