Spider-Man: Homecoming, a Dad’s Review

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Last Friday night, due to a thunderstorm cancelling a school event, my wife and I got the opportunity to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13). Now I know that the movie has been out for two weeks, but chances are, if you’re on this site you’re a dad and you might not be able to get out to see a new movie right when it comes out. So, without further pause, here goes with the Tales from the Dad Side spoiler-free Spider-Man: Homecoming review. In case you didn’t know, Spider-Man: Homecoming brings…

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The Most Memorable Homemade Present

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If your kids are anything like mine, you get at least one homemade present every time your birthday or Father’s Day rolls around. It could be a handmade card, a collage, or some kind of little cardboard box. For me, there’s one homemade present that is more memorable than any of the others of I’ve received since. For the purposes of this story the words “homemade” and “present” are taken very loosely. Warning! Things are going to get gross!!! This happened about 10 years ago. I had been a father…

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The Blind Bag Phenomenon

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Have you noticed when you’re walking through the toy aisles that there are a heck of a lot of “blind bag” toys on the shelves? What do I mean by blind bag? It’s usually some kind of small toy that is part of a series in a bag or box with no indication of which toy from that series you’re getting. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids go nuts for them! It doesn’t matter what toy line or franchise the blind bags are from — Minecraft, Teenage…

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Schools Ban Homework!!!

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Schools Ban Homework If schools ban homework, it would be a dream come true for many kids! As strange as this might sound to you and me, this seems to be the growing thought behind schools. With a story that is highlighting this in Florida during a local ABC Newscast, Heidi Maier, the Marion County Superintendent issued a “no homework” mandate to teachers at the district’s 31 elementary schools. The research Heidi refers to is from a study, conducted by Richard Allington, a University of Tennessee professor of theory and practice…

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Balancing Work and Life – Five Key Questions to Ask

Right around the time I was entering the workforce outside of college there seemed to be a shift in balancing work and life. You know, the deciding factors of the way people worked as compared to the way people spent time with their families to decide how they could drive their career future. I remember on my first day when the woman from human resources walked me through the office and introduced me to some of the people I’d be working with. I saw a lot of certificates hanging in…

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Hunger-Free Kids Act Changed by New Administration

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Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act In May, President Donald Trump rolled back the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, one of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s programs, which provided healthier options for school cafeterias. This action, along with much of the current president’s decisions, has caused a fair amount of debate. My first reaction to this news was ‘why would you undo something meant to ensure school-aged kids have a healthy meal?,’ but there are some cafeteria directors that are in favor of the president’s changes. The specific change made by President Trump…

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Father Creates a Home Workout Shared With His Kids Creating Fantastic Bonding Time

Father Creates a Home Workout! OK, there is nothing super exciting about this, people create home workouts all the time. However, what about the father that shares with his family? There are many jobs that prevent spending time with your family. This is true especially during the busier periods of such jobs like a CPA. With this kind of business, when is there time to spend quality family time or time to yourself to do things like working out? Brent Kruithof is this kind of guy. He loves spending time…

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Delicious Italian Dressing that is Good for You!!

My wife and I are always on the lookout for some great food that is not only great tasting, but also isn’t loaded with a bunch of sugar and other preservatives that are not good for you. You know what I mean… the food that can help contribute to Type 2 Diabetes! We are providing way that we can help stay healthy with tips for eating good and exercise tips like our Dissolving the Dad Bod Part 1 and  Dissolving the Dad Bod Part 2 articles. One day, while scanning the net for…

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Bully Proofing your Child

Bullying has become a more serious issue for kids nowadays than I remember it being when I was a kid. There are plenty of news stories about the impact that bullying has on kids. And while a lot of schools are placing a greater emphasis on anti-bullying and being a safe space, your kids aren’t always at school or with you. That’s why bully proofing your child is so important. Whenever my kids come home from school or an outing in a bad mood, one of my first concerns is…

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School’s Out…Sorta

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As of last week, my kids are on summer break. School’s out! The kids got off the bus excited to leave homework and the like behind. And I was more than happy to let them have some time to unwind, however, we want my oldest to work on his reading so we’re having him work on book reports over the summer. Sounds like a bummer, huh? Well, we’ve worked out a system to help encourage him to keep up on the reading and hopefully not make it too much of…

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