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How Canadians Vote:  A 100% Accurate & True Representation of Voting Ballots in Canada.

How Canadians Vote: A 100% Accurate & True Representation of Voting Ballots in Canada.

This is a 100% accurate and true representation of voting ballots in Canada.

Sorry.

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Why Are My Kids Fighting NOW?

Why Are My Kids Fighting NOW?

Sometimes the things that my boys end up fighting about are astounding.

“He told me to put in PANTS!”

“He’s not SAVORING his cookie!”

“He keeps singing ALONG with me!”

“He said I’m NOT a NINJA!”

“He ALWAYS gets to hold the Costco receipt!”

“But I wanted to finish lunch FIRST!”

And of course

“HE HIT ME BACK!”

What crazy things do your kids fight about most?

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Whose Job is _______? The Ultimate Parenting Task List, Divided by Gender

Whose Job is _______? The Ultimate Parenting Task List, Divided by Gender

It used to be that the roles of parents were fairly well defined, based on whether the parent in question were a man or a women. Here in the 21st century, where such roles are no longer so clear, many often express confusion about which parenting responsibilities should fall on which parent.

If you too find yourself wondering if you are doing something in the course of raising your children that is really your job, or should be done by your partner, here is a handy guide to help you…

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How the DVD release of Frozen has forever changed Family Movie Night

How the DVD release of Frozen has forever changed Family Movie Night

I don’t know what it is about Frozen that has made it such a huge hit — I mean, other than the obvious all-around excellence that makes it massively appealing to children and adults — but clearly Disney is not oblivious to it. The release of Frozen on DVD yesterday felt like it happened really fast (strike while the fire is hot, I guess), but man, I have never in my life heard from more parents who were happy to go pick up a movie on the week it was released.

Get comfy, moms and dads and aunts and uncles and grandparents the world over, because you’re going to be seeing this one a lot.

 

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A Parent’s Prayer

A Parent’s Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the poops I have to change…
(like, right now, in the middle of the parking lot)
The courage to risk a major blow-out in those I cannot change until I get home…
And the wisdom to know the difference.

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How to Eat a Cupcake like a Pro

How to Eat a Cupcake like a Pro

I learned this technique years ago, and it has served me well in avoiding a dreaded case of Frosting Bite on my nose. But it always amazes me how many people have never heard of it.

Consider yourself enlightened to a better way!

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Why Parents Gain Weight

Why Parents Gain Weight

Parenting is stressful. Parenting is full of joys. It takes you to the deepest lows of self-doubt and frustration, as you carry the burden of trying to mold a new human into a functional member of society. It takes you to the highest of highs from the smallest things, like a child who goes a day without an accident, or the feeling of a job-well done when you see your child show kindness to another.

Remarkably, both extremes make me want to eat my feelings, as reward or as comfort. I’m beginning to believe that this is why I am still fat.

How about you?

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What To Expect, and Fatherhood Today

What To Expect, and Fatherhood Today

I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to have a chat with Heidi Murkoff, author of the What To Expect series, talking about dads in the media.

Joining us were some other voices in the dad world, including Matt Schneider and Lance Somerfeld, founders of the NYC Dads group, author, producer and actor Dan Bucatinsky, media consultant and daddy blogger Benjamin Floyd, author and MIT professor Don Unger, teacher and blogger Seth Taylor, and author and cancer fightin’ advocate Jim Higley.

Heidi is a strong advocate for dads, I am happy to say, and it was a great conversation:

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Parenting Truth: It USED to be CUTE…

Parenting Truth: It USED to be CUTE…

It used to be cute when he would fall asleep in the car, on the drive home for lunch, after a fun morning out.

Now it means he won’t nap this afternoon.

Is this true for anyone else, or is it just me?

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The Ugly (but delicious) Truth About Pi Day

The Ugly (but delicious) Truth About Pi Day

It’s March 14th again, and unless you live somewhere with no internet you probably know that geeks everywhere are celebrating Pi Day, when the date (3/14) matches up with the mathematical constant known as “pi” (or π) that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and is approximately equal to 3.14 when rounded off neatly.

Here’s the thing, though. It’s not people that love math and actually understand the significance of “pi” who really celebrate — though they certainly do! — it’s all people who want an excuse to eat more pie.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Enjoy your pie!

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The Most Important Question About the Dad 2.0 Summit

The Most Important Question About the Dad 2.0 Summit

Have I mentioned that I’ll be at the Dad 2.0 Summit in Houston, Texas in a couple of days? I totally will! I’m going as a representative for the National At-Home Dad Network, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m really looking forward to getting to meet and hob-nob with a chorus-line of my favorite dad bloggers from around the interwebs, not to mention people from various brands who want to “discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood.”

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When Does My Toddler Tell Me That He Has to Go Potty?

When Does My Toddler Tell Me That He Has to Go Potty?

Is there any element of raising young children more frustrating than potty training?

If there is, I have yet to meet it.

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Is today really the day that Marty McFly traveled to the future?

Is today really the day that Marty McFly traveled to the future?

Edit:

Yes. We now live in the future.


I’ve seen this pop up a lot this past year, and felt I needed to do something about it.

Did someone post an image, seemingly a screenshot from one of the Back to the Future films, along with a claim that today’s date is the very day that Marty McFly arrived in the future?

You know the one, with hoverboards and automatic shoelaces?

Well, to verify such a claim all you need to do is follow the simple chart above.

Or just watch this clip from the movie itself:

Not October 21st, 2015? Then no. Marty isn’t here yet.

You’re welcome.

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What Do My Toddlers Want for Lunch?

What Do My Toddlers Want for Lunch?

For a long time I’ve considered both of my boys to be, all things considered, “good eaters.” Battles over food are fairly few, and they’ve both been willing to try (and sometimes end up liking a lot) many different, sometimes surprising foods.

That said… they are still toddlers. And given the choice, what they want to eat seems to be the same thing every toddler wants: something other than what I’ve made.

I imagine even the most adventurous toddler’s meal selection would look something like this.

Does this look familiar? What sorts of foods are the “go to” requests for your kids?

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What Makes a Toddler?

What Makes a Toddler?

For thousands of years, doctors and scientists and parents have tried to determine what it is that makes toddlers tick.

I think I finally figured it out.

Does this describe your children too?

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If a Dad Can…

If a Dad Can…

What other sorts of parenting responsibilities do you find that dads are ridiculously not expected to be able to handle?

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Look Who’s Honoring Me Now! OnlineSchools.com!

Look Who’s Honoring Me Now! OnlineSchools.com!

Got a nice shout-out* from OnlineSchools.com, in their new Proud Papas infographic about involved dads in the 21st century using social media to discuss, debate, encourage and learn about how to be better parents.

I don’t know if I’d say I yet qualify as “popular,” but I do like to think I have something to say.

So, thanks for including me!

Lots of great info here.

The image of moms getting together at the play park to compare notes and swap stories on kids is timeless. Blogs, message boards, and other versions of social media geared to moms are the high-tech versions of this meeting of the minds. But it’s time for moms to move over, because modern dads are using their social media skills to brag and commiserate about their offspring and fatherhood. In past generations, dads were removed from the day-to-day care and feeding of their offspring, but times are changing. Diaper commercials no longer just feature mom and baby…new ad campaigns feature dads in a variety of baby care, shopping, and cooking scenarios. Dads are taking on more child care responsibility and talking about it online.

Proud Papas
Courtesy of: Online Schools


* Just so we’re clear, the blog post title is a Stephen Colbert reference. I’m not quite that self-absorbed yet.

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Irrefutable Proof That the Creators of Octonauts Were Major Firefly Fans

Irrefutable Proof That the Creators of Octonauts Were Major Firefly Fans

This show called Octonauts premiered fairly recently on Disney Junior, based on a series of adorable books by some fantastic and inspiring artists that call themselves Meomi. It quickly became a favorite in our household. It looks great, it’s fun, actually interesting, and just downright cute.

But I could never quite get it out of my head though that there was something might familiar about Captain Barnacles Bear and the Octonauts. I finally figured out why.

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What People Think I Do

Wordless Wednesday: Doot-Doots

This “What people think I do” meme has been making the rounds. I figured I would jump on the bandwagon. 🙂

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Will I Have a Shower Today?

Will I Have a Shower Today?

This past year my wife and I joined a local gym that has two amazing things going for it over other gyms who have taken my membership money but are little used:

  1. They offer FREE child care while you exercise! The hours this is offered are slightly limited, but this is a massive incentive for me to get to the gym a couple of times every week.
  2. Unlike many gyms, each of the showers are private, rather than a wall and a dozen shower heads. Call me crazy, but a couple of extra walls and curtain make me feel a lot more comfortable.

It’s so nice to be able to drop the boys off for an hour or so while I simultaneously get a break, get some exercise, and am able to get a hot shower uninterrupted by a crying baby or invading toddler.

What I have noticed recently though is a startling correlation between the days I don’t get to the gym and the days I never am able to find time for the luxury of a shower. The only exception seems to be days when my lovely wife is home to run defense for me AND I have somewhere I need to go that requires some consideration of personal hygiene.

Is this your experience too? How do you manage to find time for a shower with little children around?

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