In case you missed it, I was fortunate to be one of several dad bloggers quoted in a great piece on the front page of yesterday’s New York Times business section about the Dad 2.0 Summit, and the ever-evolving relationship between dads and advertisers.
Most of my interview and section of the article was a brief rehashing of last year’s “Huggies Thing,” but I want to draw special attention to one line I sort of… feel like I should explain.
Don’t you hate that awkward moment when you step out of the shower and realize that in your sleepy stupor you may have just scrubbed using your toddler’s SpongeBob Squarepants body wash?
Who doesn’t love a warm, freshly baked biscuit? Slather on some butter, honey, or preserves. Mmm. Yes please!
I saw these made on the tee-vee a year or so ago now, as part of a schnitzel sandwich recipe. The sandwich looked good, but I was mainly intrigued by the biscuits. I’d never seen them made in a cast iron skillet before, and as a lover of cast-iron cooking, I had to try them.
So glad I did.
I’ve been drawing since I was really, really young.
How young, I honestly have no idea. Maybe I should ask my folks. Anyhow, I do have some old pictures I did at a very young age, but more than that I literally cannot remember a time when “drawing” wasn’t one of my absolute favorite things to do.
I doodled on everything, growing up.
On walls. On church pews. On light switches (to turn them into faces, of course). In the margins and margins of school notebooks. My brother and I even made our own comic books at one point — a stick-figure love letter to Batman called The Bat. Later in life dad would proudly call on me to perform my own little party trick of being able to turn any random closed shape into a cartoon character. Many a birthday or wedding would come and I’d produce a caricature as a unique (and cheap!) gift.
Drawing and cartoons and illustrating… it’s just always been with me, and I have long felt really lucky that something so dear to me for so long is still an ongoing part of my life as an adult, husband, and dad.
I love how dad doesn’t have the cutesy “Dad Mom” nickname.
I love how dad isn’t called a “stay-at-home dad” at all. He’s just a dad! Does he stay home? Is he single? Is he doing this on the weekend? Guess what? It doesn’t matter. Dads of all stripes do laundry, it turns out, not just the ones who are forced to do it. The non-specificity is great.
I love how the daughter is shown loving to dress like a fairy princess and have tea parties, but also likes dressing like the sheriff. Take that, Princess Culture!
And I love how dad isn’t just shown as competent with the laundry, but also with his parenting solutions!
I’ve written before about how Tide has come so close, but missed the mark. I’m so happy to see that they didn’t stop trying, and have put together one of the most accurate depictions of what dads in the 21st century look like that I’ve seen in ages. Kudos to whoever at Tide and Downy was involved in this.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some laundry to do.
At the Dad 2.0 Summit a couple of weeks ago, one of the nice little gifts (a.k.a. “swag”) that I left with was this awesome silicone cereal bowl from the good people at the National Milk Mustache Campaign. When I got home I gave it to my boys, and they loved it. So much so, that they fought over who got to use it.
I sent them a message on Twitter to thank them for the excellent bowl:
— Chris Routly (@ChrisRoutly) February 5, 2013
To my shock, they got in touch and said they may have a solution.
Moving across the country is a big life change for a young family, but I quickly fell in love with Portland.
There are a lot of reasons for this, and how as a city it just felt like “home” so quickly. But more than the food trucks, the art-friendly vibe, the close proximity to family, or the chance to unashamedly wear orange pants, I love how Portland has made me into a better dad.
Here are a few ways that come to mind.
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As much as I enjoyed being in Houston for Dad 2.0, before I headed there and the entire time I was away I had one particularly ongoing thought: I have never been apart from my kids for this long. My in-laws picked the boys up on Wednesday afternoon. My flight didn’t get home until very late Sunday night. That felt like an eternity to be apart from the two people I spend the most time with each and every day.
Somehow, I got through it, but not without experiencing a Kübler-Ross-esque “Five Stages of Missing My Kids.”
Denial”Oh, it will be fine. I know I have never been apart from them for this long, but it’s not like we’ll actually be out of communication, right? I mean, it’s 2013. I’ll call to say hi a couple of times each day, and I’m sure we can get on Skype every night.”
“What do you mean they’re already in bed? I’ve been waiting all day to talk to them!”
“If you nap really good for Mama, yes, I will bring you back a special treat.”
“My children are going to forget me.”
“I could get used to this ‘sleeping in’ thing!”
How do you deal with it, when you are away from your kids?
Somehow, when I turned on that Pandora channel of random children’s music, I never expected that it would include lullaby xylophone covers of “Somebody That I Used to Know” and “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.”
I’m finding it really hard to sum up, or maybe even just wrap my head around, the weekend in Houston that was the Dad 2.0 Summit.
I’m not sure what I expected, going in, but I feel pretty confident that whatever I was expecting would have been pretty lame compared to what I actually got.
To understand my experience I’ll steal an object lesson from BusyDadBlog himself, Jim Lin, in saying that I sort of wore three hats to Dad 2.0…