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Think Vegas is Just for Adults? Think again

When you're thinking about family-friendly vacation destinations, Las Vegas probably isn't the first (or second, third or 15th) location on your list.Rather than inspiring touching memories of fatherhood, Las Vegas likely calls to mind gambling, showgirls, alcohol and Mike Tyson with a tiger. While, yes, most of those things can defi ...read more

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Top 4 Things Near Orlando That Aren’t Theme Parks

If your kids are old enough, the mere mention of Orlando inspires a wave of pleading and "I want to go to Disney World" discussions. So know now that you're probably going to end up spending time with Mickey. You'll survive.There are several other theme parks in Orlando too, and they all have their perks - but between the parkin ...read more

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1 Step for Dads to Foster more Sex

Sex is wonderful. It's our way to play, love, connect and savor one another. But having kids kills our sex lives and even our motivation, especially for moms. Without these moments of real bonding, the crazy challenge of parenting gets debilitatingly harder. Unfortunately, us men don't handle the lack of sex well and we often make the situ ...read more

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Tech gifts under $30 for dads (and grads)

Trying to find something a little different this year? The TrackR (pronounced “track-R” is a great little gadget for distracted dads prone to losing their keys around the house, or even around town. It looks like a little key charm, but thanks to a low energy Bluetooth signal that will connect to any phone running the TrackR app. It can ...read more

How Do I Explain Our Home Security System To My 5-Year-Old?

The morning routine is a solo process. Flip on the coffee pot, jack up the blind, feed the cat who’s been nudging at my face since dawn. The regimented process occasionally gets a 32-pound cog thrown into the well-oiled machine in the form of a 5-year-old boy. If the routine generates too much noise – and in my 100-year-old home a mouse farting ...read more

My Favorite Father’s Day

I’ve been a father for thirty-four years, which means I’ve been the singular object of my family’s affection for at least one day on thirty-four occasions. When my father-in-law and my father were still alive, I’d usually wake up to a sweet Father’s Day welcome and then drag myself, my kids, and our parenting gear to various parts of t ...read more

Anti-parenting makes me sad

I watched an old episode of Bill Maher last night. He was interviewing Dave Barry the humorist, and discussing some of the content in his new book Live Right and Find Happiness Dave likes to reminisce that years ago parents used to send their kids out to play, and say, “Be back by September." The implication is that we over-parent today and that ...read more

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Shittake Mushrooms! How to handle when children swear

No matter how much you try to shelter your child, they'll probably have the vocabulary to curse like a proverbial sailor sooner than you might have thought. Between television, music, and just being in public, "bad language" is everywhere.This isn't a fatherhood lecture, so whether or not you think cursing is acceptable is your ...read more

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What Dads Really want for Father’s Day (It’s not an Apple Watch!)

You are right that most of us men love a new toy for Father's Day. And yes a nice 'lap kiss' can make our day! BUT that isn't what we deeply desire. Knowing what your partner truly wants and how to give it to them is a key step in supporting your family to thrive. Of course it's hard to do that on a consistent basis and that's why Father's Da ...read more

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Secrets to Alone Time

Once your child is born, it doesn't take long for you to realize that the concept of free time is now a thing of the past.Unfortunately, you need that time to help keep yourself sane. After all, a dad who is present - but totally burnt out - isn't going to be very helpful.Here are some tips to carve out the time that you need.Make Sure Sp ...read more

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