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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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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3D Drawing is Awesome!

I have been interested in 3D printing since it started hitting the consumer market a few years ago. The thought of being able to design and print just about anything you want is so futuristic, it’s like having a replicator from Star Trek. Unfortunately, the price is still too high for me to justify having a toy to print the occasional custom action figure or random thing I find online. But there are pens that function like a 3D printer, so instead of 3D printing you’re 3D drawing. I haven’t…

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Dissolving the Dad Bod, part 1

Dad Bod Are you familiar with the term dad bod? According to Urban Dictionary a dad bod is “A guy who has kids and was once in shape and still has guns that can crush beer cans but also with a belly that says I drank those beers and I can eat 6 slices of pizza in one seating.” That’s basically me, accept maybe without the guns that could crush beer cans. The belly was definitely a problem though. My wife calls my dad bod a “papa belly,” but despite…

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Toilet Trouble is Flushing Fun!

Have you every shot your children’s great grandma with toilet water? I have! About a week ago the older two went to my mother-in-law’s house for a sleepover and when they came home they had a new game: Toilet Trouble. Toilet Trouble is a new game from Hasbro that, much like the original Pie Face is basically Russian roulette for kids. In Toilet Trouble players spin a plastic roll of toilet paper that tells them how many times to pull the flush handle. The bowl of this little plastic toilet…

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Is My Toddlers Car Seat Safe for Them?

Is My Toddlers Car Seat Safe for Them? - TFDS

Can you drive anywhere without asking “Is my toddlers car seat safe for them?” My wife is driving down the highway with me in the passenger seat and I happen to look back to see my son almost out of his seat! Now I know I personally tightened the belt snug! (And after 3 kids, I should know how to make sure a care seat is secure!) How the heck is he able to get out of the seat? Well, I found out that he reaches up and loosens the…

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Fidget Toys for Fidgety Boys (and Girls)

Last December I took my 10-year-old to see Star Wars Rogue One with my best friend growing up. The movie was incredible, but my 10-year-old didn’t stop shifting around in his seat the entire time. It drove me a nuts and I felt a little bad for the guy sitting on my son’s left. He’s always been fidgety like that (just like me) and has problems sitting still, just like a lot of other kids (and some adults) I know. If I’ve got a quarter in my pocket I’ll take…

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Dinosaur Dig Kit is Surprisingly Engaging

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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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Poo-Pourri, a Refreshing way to Refresh your Toilet

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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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