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Five Oceans?
Five Oceans?

A confusing thing happened to me when doing Leapfrog’s Summer Camp with my twins recently.  In an effort to teach kids the names of continents, biomes, and oceans, Leapfrog went over each one in decent detail for younger children.  However, there were 5 oceans!  To my memory, there were only 4 when I was a […]

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Change Is Good: Too T.V. or Not too T.V.
Change Is Good: Too T.V. or Not too T.V.

The one thing that can be a hassle with living in an apartment is figuring out the best way to use the space you have available. Especially with being a Stay At Home parent, having a defined area for Arts & Crafts and learning is early impossible. So my Wife decided to make a plan […]

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Want To Learn How To Make Pixar Films?
Want To Learn How To Make Pixar Films?

Attention all you movie lovers and aspiring directors there a new program that can lift up your creative spirits. It is called Pixar in a Box. It is a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process – goes live on KhanAcademy.org. Through a series of video lessons, interactive […]

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How To Exercise With Your Kids in Tow
How To Exercise With Your Kids in Tow

My oldest daughter goes to school five days a week. My son goes three days each week. Our two-month-old studies milk all day long. My wife and I are still trying to figure this all out every day, and with our ever-changing schedule, one things stays consistent…Dad needs daily exercise, and most likely I’m taking one, […]

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Just For Kicks – Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras Recreate 90’s Commercial
Just For Kicks – Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras Recreate 90’s Commercial

It seems that we as fans are always trying to create rivalries in every sport. We might miss the ones from back in the day and look to create one just to make it feel like the good old days. There are some legitimate rivalries in sports today, but the media looks to create more […]

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Back to School with Major Payne
Back to School with Major Payne

Public school teachers are real life McGyvers. We have to defuse bombs using random, unconventional tools at our immediate disposal… and sometimes those tools are shockingly inappropriate, yet effective. Thus I warn my readers that this story contains censored language that is essential to reflect the level of inappropriateness (and humor) of the situation. I […]

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Are We Too Stupid for Google?
Are We Too Stupid for Google?

Ten years ago, I emailed a friend and asked him if he wanted to see the movie Walk the Line. He did, so I sent him the following note. “Cool, starts at 2:30. Meet you in the lobby at 2:15.” He responded, “OK. What time?” I stared at my screen. Emails stack, meaning you can see previous […]

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Art and Crafts: Make Your Own Crown
Art and Crafts: Make Your Own Crown

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making some royal crowns. My daughters wanted to make crowns to match some of their princess dresses. So we went to our local craft store and found some cool foam stickers to match their dresses. We also found a crown […]

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I Hate Choking Children
I Hate Choking Children

Growing up in a large family and being the eldest I’ve learned a lot from my mom about taking care of kids. She taught me how to change diapers, treat rashes, make homemade wipes for sensitive bums, burp, feed, treat fevers, colds and how to drop the grid when they got out of control. After […]

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Make-A-Wish & WWE Honor John Cena As He Grants A Historic 500th Wish
Make-A-Wish & WWE Honor John Cena As He Grants A Historic 500th Wish

WWE Superstar John Cena has done more than his fair share of doing tremendous work in the community to give back. Don’t believe me? Well his actions speaks for themselves. This past Monday John granted his 500th wish on Monday Night Raw. The 15-time World Champion and current United States Champion on the Today Show […]

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Jump Start The School Year With Your Own Family Field Trip
Jump Start The School Year With Your Own Family Field Trip

People have told me that kids experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Some research has shown that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. How as parents do […]

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The Power Ballad
The Power Ballad

There’s something special about a husband-wife created Pandora station that blends two very different, and at times opposing, music styles. And that moment is even more special when the hive mind of Pandora decides to play all husband-music for the entire 45 minute drive. We were about 15 minutes late to a doctor’s appointment and the […]

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Perfect self-presentation – Tips for job interviews
Perfect self-presentation – Tips for job interviews

We know it’s said a lot, but it’s true – first impressions count. It is important to keep this in mind when you think about how you present yourself, especially in your professional life. One situation where your self-presentation is particularly important is when you are going for a job interview. Here are my top […]

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Victor Cho – My Life of Dad
Victor Cho – My Life of Dad

Victor Cho is the Chief Executive Officer of Evite. Cho looks to lead Evite into a new phase of development that will redefine the brand and the party planning space. Cho has been part of many different types of companies. Ever since he was a young kid Victor knew that he wanted to work for […]

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Fun Indoor Activities for the Family
Fun Indoor Activities for the Family

Once the winter or rainy season starts, it can be really difficult to go outside and play with your kids. However, just because you are stuck inside your home doesn’t mean that you will be bored to death. With a little bit of resourcefulness and imagination, you can spend a fun time with your kids […]

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Dear Son, I Hope You Fail
Dear Son, I Hope You Fail

I hope you fail creatively and spectacularly. I hope you find new and original ways to fail that I can’t pretend to dream up yet. I hope you get to know the taste of rejection intimately and often. This isn’t to be some kind of morbid hard ass, and it’s not out of some misguided effort […]

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The Junkyard
The Junkyard

I recently had an unfortunate encounter between my van and a mail box, which left my passenger side rearview mirror smashed. After receiving a $400 quote from the Kia dealer, I found myself motivated to explore my own Undiscovered Country: The Junkyard. Up until now, the only exposure I’d had with junk yards was from […]

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My New Fitbit Made Me Lose 8 lbs, Just Not the Way You Think
My New Fitbit Made Me Lose 8 lbs, Just Not the Way You Think

I am married to a Dietitian. This is important as she is super smart, and has been telling me exactly how to lose weight for as long as we have been together – and I have never listened. My parents gave me a new Fitbit for my birthday this year, and I have been wearing […]

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How to Design a Gaming Sanctuary
How to Design a Gaming Sanctuary

Do you want to set up your very own gaming sanctuary in your home where you can release all of your stress by diving into a virtual world of fighting, battles, and victories? Then continue reading for a few helpful tips that will help you design a space that will have everything you need to […]

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The DadBod Bible. Getting you from DadBod to DadGOD
The DadBod Bible. Getting you from DadBod to DadGOD

Meet John Doe. He is between 30-58, a father of one to four kids, 5 foot 11 and married to his wife Jane Doe. They are happy most of the time but like all couples they have their fair share of arguments of the normal life things, money, house keeping etc etc. Before the kids […]

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Star Wars Rebels Will Showcase A Sneak Peek At New York Comic Con
Star Wars Rebels Will Showcase A Sneak Peek At New York Comic Con

Fans attending New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 8th will receive an exclusive sneak peek of what’s to come in the second season of Star Wars Rebels with a panel featuring special guests plus a preview screening of two new episodes from the series. As the second season of Star Wars Rebels opens, the […]

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Just for Kicks – The Story Behind Michael Jordan’s Statue
Just for Kicks – The Story Behind Michael Jordan’s Statue

When Michael Jordan first retired in 1993 the Chicago Bulls wanted to honor MJ. To do that they had sculpters Omri Amrany and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany created a 12-foot sculpture that was dubbed “The Spirit.” They placed the statue right in front of the United Center in Chicago. The statue has MJ in his iconic Jumpman […]

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the first week
the first week

three things i’ve learned in my first week of being a father: 1) certain words and numbers have special meanings applicable only to newborn things. for example, i don’t go to chipotle and order a chicken swaddle, but it’s pretty much an identical process. (i now refer to it as “burritoing” the baby.) also, somehow […]

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What’s Your Super Hero Name?
What’s Your Super Hero Name?

I love Q4Kidz, daily questions for children that are fun for the whole family to discuss. http://parents-together.org/q4kidz-daily-creative-questions-for-your-family/ I repost their questions on my social networking sites all the time because they really do lead to some fun AND interesting conversations with the kids.  I mean, if you ask your child, “What do you think colors […]

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5 Reasons You Should Play with Your Kids
5 Reasons You Should Play with Your Kids

I have a 3-year-old daughter, and a 1-year-old son. All summer, I’ve been taking them to either the local playground, or, when the mercury brushes up against the 90-degree notch and humidity hovers around 1,000,000%, to an indoor squishy-floored play area. While doing this, I have noticed three basic parent types. The Helicopter, standing over their child […]

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What It Means to be Adopted
What It Means to be Adopted

Contrary to what the website says, this post was written by my wife, Trudy, in honor of her 30th birthday. I know it’s weird to have a mom posting on Life of Dad, but I think her writing and her story are both amazing and worth sharing. The post also first appeared on my personal […]

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Art and Crafts: Sea Creatures Craft
Art and Crafts: Sea Creatures Craft

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making some fishes and other sea creatures out of Play-Doh. When we went to the library we got a few magazines that had a craft section in each magazine. One of the magazines had made sea creatures out of modeling […]

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Disney’s D23 Expo Showcases That The Best Is Yet To Come
Disney’s D23 Expo Showcases That The Best Is Yet To Come

This past weekend at the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, CA, Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event. […]

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Steve Smith – My Life of Dad
Steve Smith – My Life of Dad

Steven Smith takes a lot of pride in being from Michigan. His parents Donald and the late Clara Bell Smith taught Steve a lot through their words and actions. Steve saw the many sacrifices and acts of kindness not only in his family, but to others in his community. Being a witness to all of that […]

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Mash Up Marvel Heroes In Real Life And On Your Phone
Mash Up Marvel Heroes In Real Life And On Your Phone

Hasbro seems to always be looking for different ways for kids to interact with the latest and greatest toys. Today a new and fun app was released by Disney called “Mix+Smash: Marvel Super Hero Mashers.” My daughters and I were able to test out the game earlier this week and have fun creating our own […]

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How to Protect Your Child’s Eyes
How to Protect Your Child’s Eyes

Protecting your eyes is essential. It is critically important that people take the time to learn what they can do to protect their eyes, as well as their children’s eyes. One of the biggest threats to our eyes is the harmful UV rays of the sun that we are exposed to each and every day. […]

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Just for Kicks – Converse Upgrades A Classic
Just for Kicks – Converse Upgrades A Classic

On July 28th Converse released their classic Chuck Taylor All Star shoe, but added some modern innovations to the shoe. The sneaker still has their famous Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette. They added the Nike Lunarlon technology to support the always-on creative lifestyle. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II is has a unique white […]

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WhooHooo! It’s Summer Vacatio ……….aaaaand It’s Over.
WhooHooo! It’s Summer Vacatio ……….aaaaand It’s Over.

It’s August 12th today??? Well, that just can’t be right. Summer just started like…. 15 minutes ago, right? I know for sure that I was making lunches at 6 am just the day before yesterday and making my thrice daily drop off and pick up pilgrimages to and from school. So there’s no way that […]

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Art and Crafts: Paper Plate Stegosaurus Dinosaur Craft
Art and Crafts: Paper Plate Stegosaurus Dinosaur Craft

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making a Stegosaurs out of a paper plate. We are big fans of dinosaurs so we decided to make one for this week’s craft. Most of the materials should already be in your house. So there is no need to […]

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The Dad’s Guide to Dressing Like a Cowboy
The Dad’s Guide to Dressing Like a Cowboy

We all enjoy a good day out with the kids, whether it’s dancing in rain puddles, throwing the ball across the field, or heading out to a major school event. Sometimes, we might even have to traverse the plains of the Old West and gear up with an incredible Cowboy outfit. Here are a few […]

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Collecting All Things Pop Culture Can Be Fun
Collecting All Things Pop Culture Can Be Fun

It almost feels like a line from Star Wars, but I am a collector like my father before me. Ever since I was a kid I would be collecting something. From football cards and action figures I was brought up in a house where collecting things was the norm. Other people might not get it, […]

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LEGO Surprises NYC
LEGO Surprises NYC

 You never know what you might see when you are in New York City. This past week people got a huge surprise from LEGO. The good folks at LEGO challenged LEGO Makers from their community to show that you can build COOL things from LEGO bricks. The challenge was accepted and these builders created a […]

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The WWE Wants You To Do Something
The WWE Wants You To Do Something

DoSomething.org, one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change, and global entertainment company WWE and its Be a STAR anti-bullying initiative, are teaming up for The Bully Text: Superstar Edition. The campaign, now in its second year, gets young people to take action around bullying by playing an SMS text message […]

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Curtis Martin – My Life of Dad
Curtis Martin – My Life of Dad

Curtis Martin didn’t think that he would make it into the NFL. Other people felt the same way. Curtis missed most of his games his final season while he attended the University of Pittsburgh. Yet he was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round. All of his doubts were pushed aside from […]

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Parenting Perception Versus Reality
Parenting Perception Versus Reality

At 33, I became a late entry into the parenting game. Age broke down many potential misconceptions of life’s greatest miracle before my wife was ever pregnant. For instance, I knew how utterly useless I’d feel when my wife went into labor. I knew that childbirth is 99.99 percent on women, reducing their men to cheerleader status. I […]

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The 7 Best Las Vegas Attractions For The Whole Family
The 7 Best Las Vegas Attractions For The Whole Family

Las Vegas is a great place for a young couple or single person to go, but hasn’t always been the best place for a family vacation. However, recently Las Vegas has been trying to change it’s image, as it has successfully done in the past. Offering more and more family friendly attractions to suit the […]

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Be Their #1 Fan: Let Kids Do Their Own Homework
Be Their #1 Fan: Let Kids Do Their Own Homework

If there was a ranking for the most misunderstood word in the history of education, it would probably be “homework.” When children come home from school at the end of a long day, tired and out of sorts, the last words a dad wants to hear are: “I have homework due tomorrow.” Some parents try […]

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Just for Kicks – Back to School
Just for Kicks – Back to School

I hate to say it, but summer vacation for the kiddos is almost over. Stores already have huge sales for backpacks, pencils, lunch boxes, and clothes. The back to school shopping is now turning into a frenzy to make sure you got everything that is on your list. One thing you might forget about is […]

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Embrace the Insane: Bath Time with a Toddler
Embrace the Insane: Bath Time with a Toddler

Babies are easy. I know because I have one at the moment; my son just turned one. My daughter is about to turn three, and she is… well, challenging is a polite way to put it. She used to love baths, like her brother currently does. She’d sit in the couple inches of water, happily […]

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Art and Crafts: Marshmallow Rainbow Craft
Art and Crafts: Marshmallow Rainbow Craft

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making a rainbow cloud out of mini marshmallows. We had some leftover marshmallows from our s’mores we had earlier that week. So we decided to make a rainbow and a fluffy cloud. Materials Needed: Mini Marshmallows White card stock Glue […]

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#LifeConnected:  WiFi Made Simple
#LifeConnected: WiFi Made Simple

Last week I travelled to Las Vegas for business. Yay, sounds like fun, right? It was a blast, but in a whole different way than it used to be. With three young kids at home, I was most excited about having an empty hotel room and being able to knock some things off my work […]

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Bakersfield is the Capital of California, and Other Facts I Made Up
Bakersfield is the Capital of California, and Other Facts I Made Up

I have been wrong before, that is going to come as a bit of a shock to many people I know.  Not the fact that I have been wrong, but rather the fact that I am admitting it. I like being right. I like knowing more about any given subject than other people do. I […]

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Steve Weatherford – My Life of Dad
Steve Weatherford – My Life of Dad

If you are a football fan then you probably have heard of Steve Weatherford. He is a punter for the New York Giants. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Illinois. He also played for the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville […]

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How a Boogie Board Got Me Back in the Waves
How a Boogie Board Got Me Back in the Waves

When was the last time you rode a Boogie Board? I recently started this blog, with the hopes of building a community of other Dads, parents, and like-minded individuals who need to be reminded that anything is possible, especially when learning from their children, and applying those experiences in their everyday struggles. I had one […]

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Watch Disney Pixar’s LAVA Available for Limited Time on Disney Movies Anywhere‏
Watch Disney Pixar’s LAVA Available for Limited Time on Disney Movies Anywhere‏

Disney Pixar’s newest short LAVA, will be available to watch exclusively on digital on the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® for a limited two week window starting today, July 30th (7/30/15 – 8/12/15).   Currently in theaters with “Inside Out,” Disney Movies Anywhere offers the only place where you can fall […]

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