Hiding Veggies: Cauliflower

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It’s a struggle to get my kids to eat their veggies. That’s a struggle that I know a lot of parents go through. My oldest dislikes veggies in general. If absolutely forced to eat a vegetable he may resort to putting as small a piece as he can in his mouth and then swallowing it with some water, like a pill. My middle child will eat some veggies. Spinach usually isn’t a problem, carrots if they’re raw, sometimes broccoli. The toddler is still pretty good about eating the vegetables I…

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Flu Shot Follies

Yesterday I loaded the toddler into the car, picked up the kids from school, and headed to the pediatrician for annual checkups! What fun! You see, my oldest two kids have birthdays that are 4 days apart, so we can double up on things and get a two-fer in for trips to the doctor. (Our pediatrician is almost an hour’s drive away. We moved when my oldest turned 1, but the doctor is so good we’ve kept going back to her rather than find someone closer.) It’s also fall, which…

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How a Simple List Can Help Your Relationship AND Relieve Stress

How a Simple List Can Help Your Relationship AND Relieve Stress To help your relationship, start discussing your chores! This is what is recommended to start helping you and your partner. I hate doing chores! Who doesn’t? However, when you’re a parent, the chore lists seem to grow and grow! After a while, these chores may make you start to resent your partner or think that you do more than they do. Well, according to Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger who have a podcast about work and life balance, there…

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Advanced Technique for Catching Vomit

It starts with a runny nose and a lot of sniffles during the day. You know it’s coming, but you just don’t want to believe it. You make the kids stay away from milk and dairy and anything else you’ve heard an old wive’s tale about that might be linked to increased mucus production. Eventually, the time comes that you have to send your kids to bed with a wicked head cold. So you send your kid to bed, prop him up with all the pillows you can, maybe put…

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Slide Belts: a Review

Tales from the Dad Side - slide belts

My wife can certainly agree to this statement: I do not enjoy spending money on clothes. My normal attire from day to day is t-shirts and jeans, and I don’t often buy new clothes for myself. When I do buy new clothes, I try to spend as little as possible. So, after a couple of belt failures, I spent a little more on myself than I normally would, and I ordered a Slide Belt, and I can say that this is probably the best belt I have ever owned. (Note:…

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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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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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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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