Dinosaur Dig Kit is Surprisingly Engaging

Tales from the Dad Side - Dinosaur Dig

For Christmas my 10-year-old got a dinosaur dig kit, actually a couple of them, and they’ve been sitting in his room waiting for a day when he needed something to do. So last weekend, when his friends weren’t around and he was at his limit for video game time and there just wasn’t anything he wanted to do, we told him to go up to his room and get one of these dinosaur dig kits. Dinosaur Dig Kit The dinosaur dig kit is pretty simple. It comes with a small wooden…

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Simple DIY Gardening Project

Tales from the Dad Side -- Seed Packs

In addition to all the things I do on a day-to-day basis, a few years ago I began volunteering as a leader in my son’s Cub Scout Pack. This means that, among other things, every month I need to coordinate a meeting for about 25 scouts and assorted siblings and provide them with some kind of activity. For our next meeting I’ve been working on a simple DIY gardening product to welcome spring. This simple DIY gardening project uses some pretty basic stuff and will easily transition to a pot…

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Amazon May NOT Always be the Answer!

I like saving money on stuff that I’m buying. Who doesn’t like saving money when they buy stuff? And with three kids in the house, I gotta buy a lot of stuff, so the more money I can save the better. But since I have three kids at home, I don’t always have a ton of time to shop around to find the best prices on stuff. So if I can save money and not really have to think about it that’s like a double whammy of awesomeness. That’s where wikibuy comes…

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A Rainbow Pooped in My Yard!

Hello Friends! Would you like your lawn to look like a rainbow pooped in it? Because I can tell you how to do it in just two easy steps! But first, let’s see what a rainbow pooped lawn looks like. So now I bet you’re mighty impressed and thinking to yourself ‘How do I make it look like a rainbow pooped in my yard?’ Well let me tell you, rainbow poop doesn’t happen by accident! Rainbow poop happens when you make it happen!     You too can have a…

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Poo-Pourri, a Refreshing way to Refresh your Toilet

Tales from the Dad Side Poo-Pourri

There’s a running joke at home about toilet smells and their ability to spread throughout the house like a spilled glass of grape juice will spread across the couch. Time and again, odors from the porcelain throne have been a scourge upon my kingdom. So when I pulled a bottle of Poo-Pourri out of my stocking this last Christmas it was the answer we were looking for. My wife thought it was funny when she bought it as a stocking stuffer, but little did she know how well this stuff…

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When do babies start talking?

Tales from the Dad Side - first 100 words

If you’re a first-time parent, as your stare at your baby who may or may not be making some kind of angry dinosaur-like sounds, you might be wondering to yourself when do babies start talking? And the answer is…there isn’t really a straight answer for that. Every baby is different and every baby develops at different speeds. However, as your baby grows and develops, you’ll want to be on the lookout for certain signs. When do Babies Start Talking? Around 2 to 3 months old, your baby starts making cooing…

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How much time should kids spend on the phone?

tfds How much time should kids spend on the phone

How much time should kids spend on the phone? This is a common question that a lot of parents ask. When it comes to screen time on a phone or tablet and kids it seems like everyone tells you something different, and it seems like they’re always changing what they’re saying too. With my kids I try to go by the general guidelines of our pediatrician and use my own better judgement. The pediatrician says no more than an hour a day for my grade school aged kids is best.…

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Oh the Horror! Head Lice Prevention Made Easy

Tales from the Dad Side - Head Lice Prevention

A few days before Christmas I was off from work and standing around in the kitchen with my kids and somehow we got on the subject of lice and I asked if the kids had been checked at school recently. They had no idea what I was talking about. Needless to say I was pretty surprised. I grew up thinking head lice prevention was a regular part of the school day, but either it isn’t any more or it isn’t in my kids’ school district. I don’t know about you,…

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Like Father Like Daughter

Tales from the Dad Side - Like father like daughter

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘like father like son.’ But what about ‘like father like daughter?’ They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and when I look at my kids and the things they do I can look at them and say “Yep, that’s me.” This goes as much for my girls as it does for my son. When I was a toddler I somehow got a hold of some pennies and started shoving them into the tape deck of my parents’ stereo. I don’t know that…

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