Here is a copy of the press release that appears on prweb.com:
Every quarter, the two leading dad websites look for products and services that are meaningful for modern dads who are involved in every aspect of parenting.
Mr. Dad and GreatDad.com have awarded the seals to products from small companies as well from some of the world’s biggest brands including National Geographic, HABA USA, and Nintendo. The combined awards recognize companies whose products and services help dad in his role and provide experiences that keep him close to his kids.
“This Fathers Day, we’re more impressed than ever about new products oriented toward dads. More manufacturers are understanding not only the key role dads play in kids’ lives, but also how they make purchases in a different way than moms. Our goal is to help consumers find products that dads can relate to and that will help them get closer to their kids, whether that is in the basics of changing and feeding, or playing together on the floor. Some products and toys just fit better into the dad style of parenting,” said Paul Banas of GreatDad.com.
“Dads consistently tell us that time with their children is the most precious thing in their lives,” adds Armin Brott, founder of MrDad.com and author of eight best-selling books on fatherhood, including the recently released The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads. “The products and services that receive our Seals of Approval are ones we—and our panel of dad testers—believe are excellent tools for helping fathers get the best out of that time and build and maintain strong relationships with their children, regardless of their age.”
A panel of dad experts judged products or services based on whether the products:
- Improve the quality of father-child time
- Improve father child relationships
- Help dads be better parents and partners
Father’s Day awards recipients in each category are:
Pregnancy and Infancy
- Baby Hip Hugger
Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Las Estaciones (The Seasons) Spanish DVD and Cha, Cha, Cha Spanish Music CD
- Building Block Technics (HABA USA)
- Where is Leo? (HABA USA)
- Animal Jam (National Geographic Kids)
- Roll-Up Roads (Wild Creations)
- Find It: On a Hunt (Find It Games)
- Anamalz (Anamalz)
- “Does Your Daughter Have Dad Hair?” (book) by Craig Lawrey
- GeoPalz Kid’s Pedometer
- Fire Station (Box-O-Mania)
- Makedo Freeplay Kit
- Now I’m Reading! Plays: Jack and the Beanstalk (Innovative Kids)
- PiggyBack Bandz (Fungrins, LLC)
Tweens and Teens
- Oh, Really! (Find It Games)
- Reverse Charades
The Mr.Dad Seal of Approval and GreatDad Recommends awards were launched to recognize deserving products and services that give fathers the resources, tools and information they need to parent effectively and enrich the lives of their children. Awarded quarterly, the seal is widely recognized and valued by consumers and provides an opportunity for increased brand recognition and credibility for companies.
For more information about products that have received the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval and GreatDad Recommends Award, go to GreatDad.com/RecommendsWinners. To see program criteria and submit an application, visit GreatDad.com/recommends. The deadline for Back to School Awards, which will be announced in mid-September, is August 26, 2011.
Headquartered in Oakland, California, MrDad.com, along with founder, Armin Brott, has helped millions of men around the world become the fathers they want to be. The author of eight bestselling books on fatherhood, Armin also writes the nationally syndicated newspaper column, ‘Ask Mr. Dad,’ and hosts the syndicated ‘Positive Parenting’ radio show.
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, GreatDad.com is a leading source of experience, recommendations, inspiration and advice for dads – delivered from the male perspective. GreatDad.com has the only weekly pregnancy newsletter written for dads.