Monthly Archives: August 2013

by in / Humor
7 Alternative Bens who could play Batman

7 Alternative Bens who could play Batman

Are you one of the thousands of Batman fans disappointed about the announcement that Ben Affleck is going to play the Caped Crusader in the Man of Steel sequel, Batman Vs. Superman ? Me too! In the midst of all of the Miley Cyrus Twerkgate hullabulloo, we seem to have lost focus on this stunning bit of news. But I haven’t!

Why Ben Affleck, when there are so many Bens, any one of which would have been a better — or at least more interesting — choice?

Like these fine Bens, for instance…

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Can #SuperMilkMan stop the evil Robot from DESTROYING ALL BREAKFASTS?

Can #SuperMilkMan stop the evil Robot from DESTROYING ALL BREAKFASTS?

As I mentioned, I’m an official entrant into the #SuperMilkMan Contest, put on by my friends at Life of Dad and the Breakfast Project campaign. I’m competing to win a chance to meet The Rock!

The assignment was simple: make a quick, fun Instagram video that tells the story of how milk with breakfast turns me into #SuperMilkMan! With the help of my lovely wife, we put together this fun little micro-film, co-starring my charming boys and a recently constructed Mega Bloks Skylanders robot (who frankly owes more than a little from his performance to the legendary Daleks), with a supporting role by some delicious brioche french toast, and featuring a cool glass of milk.

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Bounty Gets the Modern Dad Right.

Last week during the premiere of Modern Dads, A&E Network’s new reality series about a group of stay-at-home dad friends, I was following along on Twitter to see what people thought of the show. Beyond my happiness to see that, for the most part, the show itself seems to be a real step in the right direction in how at-home dads are portrayed on television, I was also happy to see several people mention a Bounty paper towels commercial that aired during the show and featured a positive portrayal of a dad too.

I finally managed to track it down, and I have to agree, this is really nice.

What I love about it is pretty basic: There’s no “Doofus Dad” element, no eye-rolling or killjoy spouse, no smart-ass kids showing dad how to use a paper towel, and no outward attempt to make a big deal that this is a dad with his kids at all. It’s just a dad spending quality time with his kids, competently managing a messy situation, and knowing what’s what. This is exactly the kind of thing I hope to see more and more.

So, kudos to Bounty for this one. Great job. Keep it up!

If you agree, drop them a line on Twitter or Facebook and let them know!

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by in / Daddy Stuff
Interview with One Bad Mother

Interview with One Bad Mother

I had the honor of being the guest this week on the fabulous One Bad Mother podcast! I think it was a pretty fun interview, a great conversation, and they seemed really interested in my perspective on being a stay-at-home dad.

Go here to listen and learn more about the show. You can also listen with the embedded player below!

***Caution: There is lots of cursing! Not by me (mom) but lots by the Bad Mothers! So, you are warned not to listen with your kids, or if that sort of thing gives you the vapors.***

They call me at about the 41:45 point, if you want to skip right to the interview portion!

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“You Define Your Family.”: How One Modern Hospital Welcomes Dads to the Delivery Room, and Beyond

“You Define Your Family.”: How One Modern Hospital Welcomes Dads to the Delivery Room, and Beyond

You define your family.”

That statement was the real take-away for me, when I recently had the opportunity tour the Labor and Delivery and Women and Newborn Care units of the Kaiser Westside Medical Center, just outside of Portland in Hillsboro, OR. These units are just part of what is the first ground-up new hospital facility in the area in 40 years, and to say it’s impressive would be an understatement.

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#SuperMilkMan Twitter Party this Thursday!

#SuperMilkMan Twitter Party this Thursday!

Don’t forget to join me and some other rad dads this Thursday for my first ever gig co-hosting a Twitter Party!

This is your chance to win one of five “The Rock – Milk Gift Packs” (valued at $98 each) and one Grand Prize of a 16GB iPad Mini Grand Prize (valued at $329)!

Please follow and join me, @ChrisRoutly, our hosts @LifeOfDadShow and @MilkMustache, along with my fellow co-hosts @TommyRiles@CuteMonsterDad, and @DiaryDad this Thursday, August 15, at 12:00 noon EST.

Use the hashtag (you guessed it!) #SuperMilkMan!

No idea what a Twitter party is? No idea how you “attend” one? Here’s a great rundown of everything you need to know.

Disclaimer: I am being compensated Life of Dad, LLC for my participation as an Official Entrant in, and promotion of, the #SuperMilkMan Contest. Seriously, they are paying me to compete to meet The Rock. How cool is that?

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Dear Parents Who Are Panicking About Secret Stalker-Friendly GPS Data Embedded In Every Photo Of Your Child: Stop it. Just stop it.

Dear Parents Who Are Panicking About Secret Stalker-Friendly GPS Data Embedded In Every Photo Of Your Child: Stop it. Just stop it.

UPDATED! See update below.

You’ve almost surely seen this, which has been making the rounds the last day or so everywhere parents gather. By which, of course, I mean on Facebook:

WARNING!!!! If you take photos with your cell phone

“Warning” If you, your kids or grand kids take pics from your phone—WATCH THIS!

This is truly alarming – please take the time to watch. At the end they’ll tell you how to set your phone so you don’t run this risk!

PLEASE PASS THIS INFO TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO TAKES PICTURES WITH THEIR CELL OR SMART PHONE AND POSTS THEM ONLINE.

I want everyone of you to watch this and then be sure to share with all your family and friends.

It’s REALLY important info, about what your posting things on your cell phones can do TO YOU!!!

Too much technology out there these days so beware………..

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THIS VIDEO, AND TAKE THE RECOMMENDED PRECAUTIONS.

If you have children or grandchildren you NEED to watch this. I had no idea this could happen from taking pictures on the blackberry or cell phone. It’s scary.

Are you scared yet?

Because if the above is to be believed, this threat to our children is “legitimately terrifying.”

This “menu of nearby children” is unknown even to Internet Crime Experts (!) … but apparently well known to local cannibals!

Well. Thank goodness that this video, posted by NBC Action News in Kansas City onto YouTube back in November 2010, is around to remind us how terrified to be… three years ago! If only we’d all seen it then, how many children could have been saved!?

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My Starbucks #VIA Moment Video

My Starbucks #VIA Moment Video

I’m not exactly a coffee connoisseur, but sometimes I like to pretend I am.

You know, the guy who only buys his beans whole, then coarsely grinds just enough for a single pot at a time, brewed in a French press — of course! — to preserve the natural oils and what-not.

(Then I add a lot of flavored creamer, and lose all credibility.)

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by in / Daddy Stuff
Team Singles Jingles & Man UP Monday!

Team Singles Jingles & Man UP Monday!

It’s Man UP Monday!

Testicular Cancer Foundation Parent BloggerI’m proud to be a member of the Team Single Jingles Man UP Monday PARENT BLOGGING TEAM! Today, I’m doing my part to spread an important message about Testicular Cancer.

Those of you who have a son, without fail have — or will someday — run into the situation when your son takes a sudden keen interest in his dangly bits. Sometimes this is in the privacy of your home, but frankly, it’s usually at the worst possible time and the worst possible place. Like a public restroom stall, or in the middle of a preschool admission interview. The floodgates open with questions. What is this for? Why do I have those, an Mama doesn’t? Is it like a tail?

Even for those of us who tend towards a desire to not run away from such conversations, and maybe even committed long ago to freely use technical names like penis and vagina instead of cute nicknames, it can be easy to get embarrassed. We cut the conversation to a minimum, and hope it doesn’t come up again. Then, eventually, The Talk comes along later in your child’s life, and everyone is awkward and embarrassed again. Basically, the subject of a guy’s private parts is just relegated to a place where it is talked about mostly in code, or as part of crude jokes with friends.

And so, it is easy to understand why — even while the wisdom of girls and women doing self-exams for breast cancer have been rightly spread far and wide —  the issue of self-exams among boys and men for testicular cancer is still something of a taboo subject.

Heck, not just taboo, I’ll guess most guys don’t even know such a thing exists!

The Testicular Cancer Foundation (formerly “Single Jingles”) is trying to change that.

Some Facts About Testicular Cancer:

What can you do?

And if you’re feeling just a little AWKWARD about this conversation, check out this video from some parents who feel the exact same way!

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I’m an Official Entrant for the #SuperMilkMan Contest!

I’m an Official Entrant for the #SuperMilkMan Contest!

“The #SuperMilkMan Contest?” you ask. “What the heck is the #SuperMilkMan Contest?”

I’m so glad you asked!

My friends at Life of Dad and the Breakfast Project campaign are teaming up with The Rock — yes, THE The Rock — to hold an awesome contest, and I am one of the lucky few who have been invited to be a participant.

In the coming few days, with the help of my production crew (a.k.a. my 2 year old and my 4 year old) I will be creating a short video for submission, then posting it here, there, and everywhere. Watch for it soon, and when you see it please share! I could win a trip to hang out with The Rock in LA or NYC, and maybe — just maybe — he will share with me whatever he has been cooking all these years that smells so great.

In the meantime, this Thursday I am really excited for my first ever gig co-hosting a Twitter Party!

#SuperMilkMan Twitter Party

This is your chance to win something, as we’ll be giving out 5 “The Rock – Milk Gift Packs” (valued at $98 each) and one Grand Prize of a 16GB iPad Mini Grand Prize (valued at $329)!

So please follow and join me (@ChrisRoutly), our hosts @LifeOfDadShow and @MilkMustache, along with my fellow co-hosts @TommyRiles@CuteMonsterDad, and @DiaryDad this Thursday, August 15, at 12:00 noon EST and use the hashtag (you guessed it!) #SuperMilkMan.

Who knows? Maybe The Rock himself will even show up.

Watch for my video soon! And in the meantime, here’s The Rock’s meager entry, from SuperBowl XVII:

Disclaimer: I am being compensated by Life of Dad, LLC for my participation as an Official Entrant in, and promotion of, the #SuperMilkMan Contest. Seriously, they are paying me to compete to meet The Rock. How cool is that?

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Daddy Doctrines Goes to Washington (Again)

Daddy Doctrines Goes to Washington (Again)

Our boys are both, all things considered, pretty well traveled. Living on the east coast for so long, while most of our family lives on the west coast, has meant more than a few cross-country flights, and a few long drives. All in all, they do well. But traveling with kids is a tricky thing at the best of times, that gets all the more tricky when you have more than one.

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