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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Teenager Parenting: Friend or Father Figure?

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admin
Whether you are a single dad or a married dad, this is the age old question: Teenager Parenting: Friend or Father Figure? More:  Teenager Parenting: Friend or Father Figure?

Educational and Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in San Diego

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admin
Some of the best learning takes place when one can acquire knowledge through experiencing things hands on. The following list suggests affordable San Diego destinations for single parent families. Read more here:  Educational and Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in San Diego

Back To School Tips

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Summer routines are replaced with school day routines, and with a puff of smoke we are thinking back-to-school time! Whether we, as parents, work outside the home or stay at home, whether we have school-age kids or pre-school youngsters – all families have to reckon with the seasonal transition. Here is the original post:  Back To School Tips

The Art of Transition: Knowing the Needs of A Nest

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Advice for single parent families: with a few ground rules and some basic one on one with your kids you will learn really quickly that it’s not only easy to decorate your home, it’s fun. Here is the original: The Art of Transition: Knowing the Needs of A Nest

[FRESH BROOD] Hell on (Two) Wheels – Part 1

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TheFatherLife.com
Editor’s note: THE FATHER LIFE is pleased to welcome David Paull to our pages.  You’ll find his column, Fresh Brood, appearing regularly right here at thefatherlife.com.  Leave David a comment and make him feel welcome! I’m one of those people for whom things are rarely simple. Don’t get me wrong, I like simple. I strive for simple. But the more I seek simple, the more things get complicated. My latest installment of “nothing’s easy” started with what should have been a simple-enough trip to the “big-box” store for my son’s first bicycle. I first considered trying to find one from a private seller online. Then I decided I didn’t really want to risk ending-up dismembered...

[A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW] Patience Is My Middle Name

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TheFatherLife.com
First, a disclaimer.  It seems the reactions to my family’s nicknames have been mixed from readers.  I respect my readers, and I also got the same feedback from a new friend, via this column, in Australia.  Isn’t the Internet amazing?  So, hereafter, I will dispense with the nicknames.  My wife is Loren, my older son is Will, and my younger one is David.  And I love them dearly. I’m sure you catch just a little sarcasm in the title of today’s column.  Patience has been and is my biggest personal struggle — with me, with others, with the world at large.  You’d think that having kids would moderate that poor characteristic.  And, I suppose, to some degree...

[POEM] A Grandfather’s Contributions

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TheFatherLife.com
Boy, when you need laughter, go call up your grandfather.  He may be as rusty as a 1948 Buick Eight convertible, but his jokes will be as fresh and new to you as each pair of sneakers your mother got you for the advent of every school year. Boy, when you need guidance, go knock on your grandfather’s door.  He may be as traditional as a Swiss Army knife, but his words will resonate within you, like the very first time your father read you a bedtime story in his favorite rocking chair. Boy, when you need company, go walk right through your grandfather’s door.  He may be as outdated as a Johnny Mathis record, but his presence will inspire you. Was it not he who informed you that...

Juicy Gossip – Book review by Hadley, age 9

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Paul Banas
Juicy Gossip is a story about a girl named Jenna who is not to popular. She is the editor of the school news paper. When Jenna’s parents open a juice store at the mall and asks Jenna to help them she gets embarassed. But when the store opens, Jenna realizes she can hear all the secrets of the most popular girl in school! Soon after Jenna finds out that her school is drowning in a budget. Their about to cut the news paper when Jenna has the idea to write a colume that will be called ”Juicy Gossip.” Soon almost every body is going around buzzing about the school news paper. But then Stacy (one of the most popular girls)starts to get suspicious. Will Jenna be able to keep a secret...

Webkinz and and the new Webkinz Jr.

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Paul Banas
Webkinz is a fun game for kids who are less than ten years old. I think Webkinz is better than Club Penguin. On Webkinz.com, you can buy more rooms, you can send packages, you can even chose your own wall paper and flooring and much more! Webkinz has more advantages then any other computer game. Webkinz, unlike Club Penguin, has another site that is good for kids who are just starting to read. Webkinz is a fun game for all children! By Hadley (age 9), owner of Julianna, a Webkinz Golden Retriever. Dad’s POV: Webkinz Jr. is for pre-readers so a lot of it is easier for them to do. As a parent, I’m kind of amazed that they have the motivation to play sorting games with little “wow”...

“My Parents are Divorced, My Elbows have Nicknames…”

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Paul Banas
My Parents are Divorced, My Elbows have Nicknames, and Other Facts about Me is a new book by Bill Cochran that helps kids understand that living in a divorced situation might not be as weird as all the other idiosyncrasies a kid might have. This book, written for kids 4-8, is well-done with good and real examples of the complexity of living in two houses, and the frustrations of not having mom and dad literally on the same end of the soccer field.  It even treats the stepmom issue with grace (taking the side of the stepmother, of course). Not to be overly politically correct, I was disappointed that the parents got stuck in stereotyped roles. Dad can’t cook, mom can’t do math, and...
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