Daddy Dev

Daddy DevHave you ever wished someone could explain computer coding to you as if you were a child? Daddy Dev is one dad’s quest to teach his kid to code. Ryan E. Hamilton records his computer coding lessons to teach to his son and you get to learn right along with him, starting from the simple definition of HTML to the complex coding required to make computer programs work. The audio recording is accompanied by easy to understand whiteboard pictures and coding text examples to make for very easy learning. This is an essential tool for anyone looking to learn coding or give their child a head start on a skill that will benefit them greatly in the future. Dadvertising Commercial

The smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child’s life. My oldest son swung by himself for the first time today.

We’ve been going back and forth for months about him swinging his legs to the right rhythm to keep himself going. I tell him, “Never give up. You may not get it right, but never give up.”

He kicks in frustration and spends more energy doing it wrong than trying to do it right. I swing with him, hoping he will learn to believe that he can do it. Today he gave it everything he had and he soared as high as a backyard swing-set allows. I will dance, cheer or whatever it takes to show my children I believe in them.

Sleeping with the Fishes

fishesAt 3 months old, The Understudy had a pretty good streak of sleeping through the night. The Wife was happy, I was rested, and all was right with the world.

Then… we went to a neighborhood pig roast. At this pig roast were three of our friends with new bundles of joy just like us. Naturally, the conversation between all of the parents lead to, “How’s your baby sleeping?” The Wife and I were really eager and took the lead. “He’s sleeping really good, actually! About 7 out of the last 10 nights, he’s slept through. It’s been great!” we said with huge smiles on our faces. We capped it with an adoring look to our bundle of sleeping-through-the-night joy and a flirtatious wink at each other with our well-rested eyes. Then we looked at the other parents and said, “How about you?”

That is where it all went wrong.

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Meltdown in 3.. 2 ..1…



I have told you before about my youngest son, the floorlicker.  He is starting to get good at building things and builds them up a little too high.  If his creation doesn’t fall of it’s own accord he smashes it mercilessly.  Innocently he turns to me afterwards and says, “Oh no, it’s Broken!”

“You broke it.”

“Oh NO!”

“If you don’t want it broken then you shouldn’t break it.”

“OH NO!”

“…no matter what I say you are going to say ‘oh no’ again aren’t you?”


Business Time

Having kids changes your life. There is always a mess to clean up, toys that need new batteries, and laundry to do. It never stops. It’s exhausting. What are you supposed to do when your wife is pooped out by 8:30 at night? It doesn’t leave much time for, you know… business time.

It’s time to remember the days of old and let your partner know… It’s Business Time!

Dad Blog: Raised by My Daughter

dad hug blogNeal Call, aka Raised by My Daughter, takes the philosophical musings of a hundred dad bloggers and boils them down to a single frame of a stick figure comic.  He usually stays pretty focused on his own navel, writing about his experiences as a dad and doesn’t spend a lot of time critiquing society or offering calls to action. Yet, Neal can turn a mundane hike into a thoughtful reminder of the simple truths in which we should find happiness. There is no doubt why he is one of Babble’s Top 100 Parent Bloggers. He is the xkcd of the dad blogging world, daring us to look into the small moments of our lives to find the meaning of life and parenthood.



How does his daughter raise him?

Every parent can relate to this, “She wavers between a matter-of-fact confidence in the rituals of her life, and a resilient acceptance of mystery and change.”  In a time when societal norms for girls are being challenged you will find Neal Call on the forefront cheering for his daughter, “MY PIRATE IS GOING TO PLUNDER YOUR PRINCESS!!!

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The Best Tools to (Productively) Gamify Every Aspect of Your Life has compiled some great apps to help “Gamify” every aspect of your life. “Gamification” is way to reward yourself while building better behaviors. Who doesn’t want to turn the mundane into a game? Doing chores around the house, losing weight, counting calories can all be done to better yourself and achieve rewards. One app turns your to-do list into a role play game where you earn gold and experience points by being more productive. Clicking the picture below will gamify your life… in so many productive ways.