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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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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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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Dandelion Wine for the DIYer with Weeds

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I’m a big fan of DIY projects, especially if they’re a little unusual and double especially if they involve trying out foods that are tied into the natural world around us. So when life fills your front yard with dandelions, what better way to put them to use than to make dandelion wine? Now, this isn’t something that your kids can partake of when it’s done, but it’s certainly something they can help out with. I certainly don’t condone underage drinking and my kids have not, nor will they, be…

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Dissolving the Dad Bod, Part 2 Exercise

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Exercise. Ugh, that word, exercise, always seems like it’s accompanied by a groan (at least in my head if nothing else). But when you’ve got a gut like I do–affectionately referred to by my wife as a “papa belly”–and you want to get rid of it, exercise is a necessary thing. If you’re not familiar with the majesty that is the dad bod check out my previous post about it. Anyway, if you’ve got a dad bod and want to do something to get rid of it, there are probably…

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Woodworking Projects for Dad

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I have fond memories of doing woodworking projects with my dad as a kid. He had all sorts of tools and equipment and did a fair amount of woodworking on his own. I built a bookcase, completed a couple of projects on the lathe, and helped out with some odds and ends. My dad would say that he was never able to pound a nail straight, and that was a trait I inherited from him. I often think about starting a woodworking project, but I don’t always know where to…

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