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pat and kepleyWe are college buddies who both became stay-at-home dads. Pat likes cookies and Kepley thinks he is smarter than everyone else. We get along.

This blog is for dads who stay-at-home, are considering staying at home, work part or full time, or just anybody looking for a laugh; we want to help cultivate this growing dad community.

We are not “Mr. Mom,” so we do our best at being just a dad. It is a full time job. Twenty-four hours a day. Seven days a week.

If this is your first time visiting, click here to learn more. Listen to us tell our story on the Life of Dad After Show Podcast by clicking here.

**Disclaimer** We are not experts.

shave the date

Movember Shave the Date – Two Ways

Every year, men are challenged to grow moustaches during Movember (the month formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. This year, Pat and Kepley are proud to join the online dad community in raising awareness and growing mustaches to change the face of men’s health. It all starts on November 1st with men everywhere taking part in Shave the Date.

Pat hasn’t been clean shaven in 13 years and Kepley might take a while, but it’s been told that he can grow one creepy mo. We really hope you will help us support this amazing cause.

We have joined an all star team of dads from Dad 2.0 Summit, the City Dads Group, the National At-Home Dad Network, and Life of Dad, along with fellow bloggers and dads that just want to do their part to raise awareness.

We would love for you to donate to this amazing cause and follow along with our ridiculous antics and even more ridiculous mo’s.

Pat’s Mo Space is located here: mobro.co/patjacobs247

Kepley’s Mo Space is located here: mobro.co/davidkepley247

You can see our team page here: Dads/Bloggers Team Mo Space

And for all the dads out there that aren’t sure about doing it… join us. Grow your mo and raise some dough!

The Dad Brothers Build a Crib

The Dad Brothers Build a Crib

 

The Dad Brothers Build a Crib

Only thing as good as having a child of your own is when someone close to you has one. All of the snuggles with none of the teething diapers.  I call that a Win/Win.

Pat is about to have a new baby girl grace his life. I can’t decide whether to envy or pity him. I think, “Who wouldn’t want a wonderful little girl that melts your heart like a Snickers in an Easy Bake Oven?” Then I ask myself, “Do I want to ask my wonderful little girl why the hem of her shorts is residing in Antarctica?” Like having Pat for a friend, it’s a blessing and a curse.

Pat often accuses me of having sinister or ulterior motives. Personally, I think he gives me too much credit. After we left college, we played White Elephant at our Christmas parties in Chicago. It took him years to forgive me for coordinating the four collectable Simpson’s watches from Burger King that he brought, into my awaiting arms. He said we had an alliance. I say there are no rules in love and White Elephant.

I will admit, I have not always been the best person. More often than not, I looked to benefit myself before others and if it worked out where everyone came away happy, then that was icing on the cake.  Something changed when I became a father. I can feel the shift from my old way of expecting others to adapt to my desires, into an expression of love that moves my sense of purpose outwardly toward my wife and children.

The best part about having great friends and family is getting to watch that transformation happen to them, too. To see them change as they work through tough nights, spend too much time putting a crib together or slowly accept defeat as they try to get their kid to eat ONE stinking vegetable. Pat’s kids, my kids, it’s all the same to us. I’m just glad I get to have a daughter, too.

For the Dad Brothers, family is not just blood. Family is caring about someone and letting them care about you. That kind of thing doesn’t happen very often, so if you see it, grab hold, you never know how long it’s going to last. Life is a blessing, treat it like one.

For: Tre J

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To read more of the Dad Brothers, click here.

like a girl

How to Raise a Girl to be Like a Girl

like a girl
Any day now, I will be the father of a baby girl and I’ll be honest, I’m terrified. As a stay-at-home dad, it has become soberingly clear that the responsibility of raising this little girl is resting on my overweight shoulders. I’m a boy. I have a boy. I’ve been raising my boy to be like a boy. But a girl is not a boy!

Raising a boy is easy. My boy thinks that atomic elbow drops are hysterical. When either of us makes a fart noise, we’re the funniest two boys on the planet. Is this all going to change when a little girl comes into our daily routine? Can I give a girl an atomic elbow drop? Is it alright to teach her how to make fart sounds? Or actual farting. Can I fart around a baby girl?!

These are legitimate parenting concerns for a boy that has been raising a boy and any day will be raising a girl. Continue reading

Thankful

Iggy the Roomba

 

ThankfulMy wife and I got a Roomba. We call her Iggy because she’s so fancy.

Sure, I could just sweep the floor in a tenth of the time. Sure, I have to clean everything off, just so my robo-hoover can clean. And sure, it could be possible that I go out of my way not to put it back on it’s charging station, just so I can watch stumble around and find it’s way home.

In my life, I have never felt as lazy as when I cheered for a robotized hockey puck. I’m questioning if I should feel accomplished or ashamed that my wife and I bet on which dust pile would meet it’s demise next. I’m leaning towards accomplished.

We quickly realized we had precious few hours of Roomba excellence before our children discovered it and the large green button on top. At 6:30 the next morning I felt two presences attempting silence outside my door. I carefully donned my glasses and watched them creep to the glowing monolith with a sense of awe. They whispered and pushed their way to the decision that it must have been put there for them.

They pushed. It chirped.

They perked.

It moved.

They froze.

I rose.

I called.

It spun.

“It’s Fun!”

They jumped.

It thumped.

It bumped…

“NO SMASHING!”

They dashed.

And poor, poor Iggy…crashed.

With a bit of resuscitation, Iggy the Roomba was providing more entertainment than cleanliness, once again. They learned one more of the 100 berjillion things they should and should not do. So did I.

There are times I miss the days of having what I wanted, but with kids I appreciate every last little thing I have.

Iggy finds a home

 

What are some of the things your kids have broken, you never should have let them see in the first place? Tell us about it in the comments or tweet with the hashtag #MyKidsBrokeIt

#howtodad cheerios

Peanut Butter Cheerios Dadvertising #HowToDad

The times they are a changin’. The rise of the modern dad has been gradual until now. There are more and more people, publications, and corporations realizing that it’s awesome to be a dad and a market to be had. The most effective way to reach the masses and spread the good word has been through advertising. Kudos to the new Peanut Butter Cheerios for showing the power of dadvertising for social change in America with their #HowToDad.

terrifying video of kid on plane

Terrifying Video of a Kid on a Plane

At 18 months old, my son (“The Understudy”), has been on 14 flights; 9 of those flights were solo with me, his father. In every airport, at every gate, and on every plane, I have seen the fear in the eyes of the child-free adults. This is their worst nightmare.

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4th of july

5 Things Every Kid Should Know This 4th of July

4th of july

As our American holidays continue the slow decline into commercial bliss, I try to take the time to consider the message I am conveying to my children. The 4th of July is a celebration of a free nation, a place where ideas can be challenged freely and change can be implemented. Does it work perfectly? Of course not, it’s something I constantly take for granted and I want to remind myself why it’s important, so I can pass it along to my children. Here are 5 things every kid should know this 4th of July.

Be thankful for what you have

Kids don’t know how good they’ve got it. When I was growing up I had to beg to get call waiting and chose poorly in my BETA/VHS gamble. It can always be worse, ask the people who lived through the Great Depression. Be thankful.

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