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Review: Time Tracker Mini

I'm a pussy cat dad, a long way from being a Tiger Dad, but I have amped up my discipline on piano lessons, keeping my kids at the keyboard for up to an hour. We've been using Mark-my-time to keep the kids on track for their time commitment. Unfortunately, it is a pretty poor quality digital timepiece, poorly constructed and worn out quickly. So wh ...read more

Benihana Birthday Party: Ninja Family Meal (Video)

Looking for an interesting alternative to traditional birthday parties? DadLabs suggests hosting a kids birthday party at a teppanyaki Japanese restaurant, which can make for a memorable outing for your family.

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.

The Piano Guy has free video lesson of Silent Night

I'm a late bloomer piano prodigy. I decided to learn piano at the same time as started to subject my then five year-old daughter to lessons. At nine, she already plays more easily than I do, but we have a great time playing the piano together, learning new music, and singing along. My direction to "go practice" sure has a lot more moral authority w ...read more

Best “priceless” fathers day gift

A dad on our forum related how he had made a video of his own son and baby to give to him for Father's Day. Isn't that about the best present you can get as a dad? These fatherhood years go by so quickly and all we all love to try to recapture the feelings we had through them. Videos made in iMovie or in Adobe's Video Editing suite for PC can be th ...read more

Bein’ a Dad – Still the Best Anthem for Fatherhood Out There

We’ve said before and we’ll keep saying it because if you haven’t heard this song by Loudon Wainwright (he’s Rufus’ dad, if you’re under 40), you’re missing out. At every stage of “bein’ a dad,” this song rings true. The first lines go like this:    Bein’ a dad isn’t so bad    Except that you go ...read more

Jazz for Dads

Jazz for Dads (Concord Records) I don't know anything about this, but saw it and had to take a look. It's positioned as jazz hand-picked for dads. AS "Mr. Jim" says in his Amazon review: Jazz lovers will enjoy this album anytime of the year, but with "Dad" this CD touches the heartstrings. Highly recommend to all for an enjoyable listen - "Jazz Fo ...read more

The perfect metronome for beginning musicians

we prefer the sister Qwik Time Metronome to this one (because of its it’s woodblock sound), but the price can’t be beat on this metronome for beginners. Ony $14.95 at Amazon.

Introduce your toddler to music

Make them dance. Make them swing. Make them feel they can do anything.Yes! Music is fun for your kids and a great way for you to connect with your toddlers. Many parents observe that it’s never too early for children to start learning music. Some can go in for basic formal training at age 3. Here are some of the great things that music can ...read more

Words to your favorite cartoons and kid shows

Nothing shows a kid how interested you are more than when you bother to read, watch, or play what they want to read, watch, or play. It may sound hokey, or even nightmarish if you don't like to sing, but I put cartoon music on my iPod, get the lyrics off the web, and on long car trips, we sing along. Here are links to a few lyrics. You can find mor ...read more

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