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Seven worst pet gifts and two good ones

It's December 23rd and still time to answer a Craiglist ad for a new horse, pet pig, or used rabbit cage. Here's our advice on six pets not to get: 1. Tarantula - Sure, they are cute, furry, and cuddly when you take them home, but wait until your son lays one on your face while you're taking a post-football Sunday nap. Your heart attack won't be as ...read more

Review: BabyGiraffe Accessory Holder

One thing we’ve learned about Rosemary, our three month old baby girl, is that she loves to stare at things. Especially fuzzy, hanging things. Put something fuzzy and hanging in front of her eyes and she'll be captivated for period of time. And the more things you can dangle in front of her, the better. In an effort to keep her distracted and the ...read more

Five electronic gifts that are not video games

My kids think I'm a bad dad in our house on at least one score. I don't let the kids play video games during the school week, and so far, we have not let them have a DS or other personal gaming device. We do let them play on the iPad, again on weekends. However, when it comes to video games, we mostly limit use to multi-player games on the Wii, whi ...read more

Five gifts for pre-readers that dads will play with too

One key thing all dads (and moms) should be looking at when choosing a new toy is whether dad is going to have fun with it too. Quite often this aspect is overlooked and the new toy that was meant to give so much joy becomes a source of conflict or frustration between a child who wants to spend more time with dad, and the father who can't imagine p ...read more

Last minute gifts for moms, some without leaving your seat

Right up until morning of December 25, there are still last minute gifts you can give to the mom in your life, whether she is your own mother, parenting partner or just a good pal. Here are a few ideas with the lateness of the hour in mind. 1. iTunes gift card - okay, it's not the most romantic gift in the world, but iTunes gift cards are appreciat ...read more

You know your kids are getting older at Christmas when…

Christmas, with all its traditions, marks time for all of us, with the annual photos of us all in traditional poses, changing slowly over the years, but it's most marked in how our kids change over the years. You may notice some of the following if your kids are now in school and beyond the toddler years. 1. You decorate the tree and only need one ...read more

A Family That Rocks Together (Video)

Forming a musical group is great activity for both parents and kids. DadLabs offers a few suggestions on how to make a great family rock band.

Best building toy yet….

This will surprise you, but Citiblocs are just a bunch of pine blocks, all cut in 1 X 4.5 X 1/4 inch rectangles. But they are perfect for creative play for little hands, and dads. When I opened the box, I was surprised not to find extra pieces like triangles and rounded edges. Citiblocs has none of that. They are just simple blocks. But my son (5 ...read more

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