Archive:  April, 2012

Vigil in Inglewood, California for Frederick Martin

A candlelight vigil was held last night for a father who was shot earlier this week protecting his 8 year old son from gunfire.

The shooting happened in Inglewood, California on Tuesday evening, when two suspects walked up toward 28 year old Frederick Martin and his son in their own driveway and began shooting. Martin shoved his son to the ground and was shot in the stomach and chest in the process. Martin’s son escaped with a minor wound to the leg and is expected to make a full recovery.

Family and friends held the candlelight vigil last night, holding hands and taking a moment of silence to remember Martin.

There is no known motivation for the shooting, and no reports of suspects being apprehended. And to make matters worse, Martin’s grandmother is criticizing the police for physically restraining Martin’s mother as if she were a suspect; police reportedly had Martin’s mother on the ground with a knee in her back.

Keep it classy, LAPD.

Los Angeles Times

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bubba watson adopts

Chances are that if you’re not excited about the start of the baseball season, then you’re into golf. So if you prefer fairways to outfields, the New York Times is talking fathers at the Masters.

A couple dads that the NYT mentions juggling time between “divots and diaper duty” are Bubba Watson, who has a recently-adopted one month old baby. Jonathan Byrd’s got a new caddy too – his wife gave birth to their third child March 30th.

The only bummer, of course, is that a reporter at the Masters asked Watson how many diapers he’s changed since the adoption. “I haven’t changed a diaper yet. I’m winning right now,” answered Watson.

No, Bubba. That, my friend, is what you’d call your first dad-bogey.

New York Times

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awkward father & son baseball

It’s officially baseball season, and that means stadiums packed with fairweather fans and – come to think of it – fair weather. But it’s also a great time to take your kids to a ball game, and John Fabris of the OC Register knocked 20 tips for doing so right out of the park.

At first, you’ll think “20? Can’t we do this in five?” You can, but Fabris is just so darn convincing. And Fabris, we should mention, specifically talks about bringing your kids to an Angels game, but almost all of his suggestions are suitable for any team, coast to coast.

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Editor in Chief of TUAW, Victor Agreda, Jr., decided to get an iPod touch for his kids last Christmas. Being a divorced father, he wants to keep in contact with his kids while they’re with the other parent. What Agreda found was a bunch of experiences that can help to serve other fathers – both married and divorced.

“I do recommend that parents think hard about getting their kids iOS devices before making the leap,” says Agreda. “Most kids I have met under 10 are not responsible enough to ‘own’ an iPod touch without a lot of supervision.”

Agreda’s advice is a little more cautious than the balls-to-the-wall advice we heard back in October when we talked to the WIRED GeekDad Ken Denmead.

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I received my first teaching job right out of college. I have been fortunate enough to have had teaching experiences with students who come from all different places on the socio-economic scale. I have had many interactions with the parents of my students, both positive and negative and when my daughter was born, I began thinking more heavily about education from the parental view, as well as the teacher side.

If you happen to be the parent of a child in the public school system, or even someone who doesn’t live under a rock, then you are aware of the current trend of attacks on teachers and teachers’ unions for being greedy, lazy and ineffective, how our schools are failing, and how everyone should put their kids in private or charter schools. There are, however, many aspects of the teacher side that are not told because of either fear of professional reprisal, or because parents simply don’t want to hear them.

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5 Places NOT To Take A Toddler

There’s ‘an hilarious’ article up on the Rants From Mommyland that goes into detail about WHERE you should NOT take a toddler. It lists the 5 places as:

  1. The pediatrician
  2. The barber shop
  3. Shoe shopping
  4. The library
  5. A restaurant

I read it, and I really wanted to like it so I could begin my day on a positive note and bait it like The Consumerist and say OH SNAP TOTES TRUTH BITCHES!!1one!… but I just can’t.

The Consumerist blogger, Mr. Phillip, invites you on this fantastic voyage with the first set of gentle (yet manly) key strokes, “Some parents think its adorable for their tykes to scream their ABCs in public or use waiting room chairs as jungle gyms. Most others, though, are simply annoyed by the presence of unruly rugrats and would rather not be subjected to their antics while they try to take care of business.”

Damn you, children… YOU USELESS PUSTULES. If ONLY there were suitable mentors to assist in the disciplining of these barbaric and soulless monkeys then ALL of our problems would cease to exist and NOT have to be treated with alcohol and prescription drugs!

WHY DIDN’T WE JUST GET KITTENS! F*CK!

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This week’s Podcast Question of the Week is about your phones:

What are your favorite apps for your kids?

No matter the age, you can find apps for iOS and Android to entertain your kid. For babies, there are interactive storybooks. For toddlers, there are flashcard word games. For little gamers, there are all sorts of cutesy applications and games for a buck or two – or better yet, free – that will entertain your kid indefinitely.

Do you like drawing apps like DoodleBuddy? Tie-in stuff like Elmo Calls? How about Angry Birds?

Be sure to tell us how old your kids are so that others with kids in that age group can benefit too!

We want to know! Leave your answer in the comments here and we’ll read some of your answers on our podcast! Be sure to watch on Tuesday, 4/10.

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Episode 024: Balls To The Face
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Episode 024: Balls To The Face

This week’s episode covers the following stories on 8bitdad.com for the week leading up to April 3rd, 2012: PQotW: Do You Ever Leave Your Toddler Alone In the Car? / Alicia Silverstone Baby-Birds Her Kid, WTF / Father Dressed As Batman Pulled Over On His Way to Children’s Hospital / MTV Fails Teen Dads / What To Expect? Dads Portrayed As Morons

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