Usually, I don’t like to copy/paste reasons for doing anything from a manufacturer. However, these reasons just...
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It’s almost always a good idea to shop used, especially for kid stuff, since they grow out of it so quickly. However,...
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7 Tips for Keeping Students’ Minds Sharp This Summer

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Children love summer—mostly because it’s a break from school—but that doesn’t mean learning should come to a halt. ‘Summer Slide’ is a phenomenon where skills that have been acquired during the school year start to slip away due to lack of practice. Yet, summer presents some of the best times for practical math lessons. Here are some ideas for keeping students’ minds as active as their bodies this summer: Transform Routine Activities into Mini Math Lessons. Teach your children the practical side of math by incorporating it into your routine activities, giving it an outside-of-the-classroom appeal. Try giving the kids a budget for grocery shopping, letting them keep track of the...

Your best friend shouldn’t be your five year old

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Harry Harrison
Being our child’s best friend seems the right thing to do. We don’t want them scared of us; we want them to like us. We don’t want them to feel alone; we want them to feel like they belong. We play catch with them, take them shopping, have tea parties with them, help them study and have pajama parties all to show them “Hey, we’re your buddy. You don’t have to fear us. You can like us.” This is not saying we shouldn’t go horseback riding with our kids, or engage in a fantasy of dolls and teas with them or chase them in a swimming pool. Playing with our kids is an activity dads need to do with our children. Our soul needs the joy of hearing them laugh, of experiencing their affection. But...

The (Dreaded) Semen Test: How it Works & What to Do

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When I think back to all of the experiences I expected to have in life, this never quite made the list. After years of avoiding fatherhood, here I am, trying to conceive with the missus. Thus far we haven’t had any big news to break to the folks, and avoid it as I may, the time has come to check things out with the boys downstairs. With one in six couples having infertility issues – and half of those diagnoses attributed to the male – there is a possibility that I may be a contributor to our current situation. Luckily there are simple options to privately solve that mystery. Unfortunately, they involve the slightly demoralizing action of ejaculating into a cup. But with Tom Arnold and Chef...

Four Set-And-Forget Summer Dinner Parties To Celebrate Mom’s Birthday

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It’s nice to be able to do something special for your wife’s birthday and sometimes the best birthday gifts for mom are the ones that let her forgo her day-to-day household duties and take a break. Dinner parties can be a great way to take the pressure off of your wife on her birthday, and summer is a great time to throw them. There are many different ways to throw a dinner party, even for those of us with less than adequate cooking skills. Here are just a few suggestions that you can try out if you’re nervous in the kitchen. The Do-It-Yourself Buffet-Style Dinner Mexican food can be prepared in ways that let people create their own dinner platters. Set up a buffet line from which...

Top Five Safest Cribs

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Babies are very intuitive and they are influenced by anything they come in contact with including their parents, siblings, and possessions, including cribs, clothes, and bedding. Often parents shop for a nice looking crib within their budget neglecting other important quality concerns. Organic cribs are considered the safest for babies, but these are undoubtedly more costly than the average non-organic cribs. Natural cribs are equally good as they are made of high quality wood and non-toxic finishes. Choosing a natural or organic crib helps reduce health concerns to a minimum and you can be assured of your baby’s safety. Here are some of the best cribs for concerned parents. Top Five Cribs...

Neutering the American Male

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Paul Banas
One of the biggest challenges that dads face in these days of shifting roles is that of maintaining a healthy masculine/feminine balance within themselves. Both men and women have the ability to be masculine or feminine in their approach to life and the situations that life presents. It is this ability that makes it possible for women to defend their children and for men to be brave and courageous and still be able to express tenderness. For centuries, the roles that were set for both sexes dictated what they could do and could not do. The roles for men were totally masculine, while roles for women were totally feminine. The side-effects of these older roles were that many men had difficulty...

Dads at Toy Fair – Martin from Ohio Art

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Paul Banas
In our series, “Dads take on Toy Fair,” Martin from Ohio Art writes: I am a Dad of a 7 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. When I am at toy fair I am generally focused on selling our company’s products but do get the opportunity to sneak out and walk the show to see what catches my eye. From a Dad’s perspective, I like toys that allow me to spend some memorable time with the kids in a way that is fun for kids and Dad. From a tech perspective, I am always looking for cool new innovations in the RC category and from a learning perspective, I look to the science based activities. What’s better than taking a 2 liter bottle of coke, dumping in some mentos and watching the kids...

Last Minute Shopping Tips

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Don’t Cry or Pout. Last Minute Shopping Doesn’t Have to Stress You Out The holidays can be a wonderful time or togetherness and celebration and it can also be a time of stress and anxiety. Don’t let the rush and excitement of the season allow you to overspend or be careless with your money and purchases. Here are a few last minute shopping tips to help you keep your sanity. Stocking Stuffers Don’t forget stocking stuffers – when creating your holiday budget, stocking stuffers are usually not in the budget. To avoid blowing your bank account at the last minute, look at the dollar store for trinkets. Another great place to look are the dollar shelves at your local retailer. Gift Cards When...

The Power Struggle Continues

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Bill Bounds
If your child is anything like my little girl, they’re clamoring to find where their lines are drawn and how much control over anything they have. This often manifests itself in rather loud ways and bitter arguments between you and your child. (If your child isn’t like mine, they probably will be soon.) Lately, our girl has begun making very spur-of-the moment decisions about what she is and isn’t going to with respect to things like going out to dinner or going to the store with us. As my wife and I are getting ready to leave, she will just say, “Daddy, I’m not going. I’m going to stay here by myself.” Initially, we’d respond by telling her she was going to go with us, she’d...

Dads taking over as carpool kings

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I’m surprised this appears to be a national trend, but it sure is true at our house. My wife works at a traditional job downtown (with no parking). I work at home and supposedly have lots of time to take breaks and drive kids all over town to the doctor, soccer, and assorted playdates. I have to say it’s a part of parenting that is the least ennobling to me. I know some moms and dads say it’s a special time where they actually get to talk to their kids, and maybe I’ll feel that way when they are teens and I’m glad for any time I have to plug into what they are doing. But right now, it feels like underpaid taxi work An online survey conducted by Harris Interactive®...
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