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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
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25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh - who didn’t want to... 
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9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

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Observations on Dad-Bias in 140 Commercials from 2013

I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 
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Elmo: Friend or Foe?

Andy Hinds of Parentable wing of TLC/How Stuff Works/Giant Brand-X Over-Corporation discusses, overall, the consumerism of Elmo. Hinds notes that even though he hasn’t “even owned a TV during most of Elmo’s career”, that he’s familiar with the red beast, and all of his evils.

But the problem is that Elmo’s a gateway drug to toys and events. “He’s instantly their best friend and hero,” says Hinds. “…the perfection of childhood unfettered by societal constraints, the apotheosis of humanity in plush red synthetic fur.” This is how Hinds found himself with twin girls screaming for Elmo at Sea World. Hinds didn’t know Elmo would be there “in person,” and since then, the daughters have somehow grown even more of a love for him.

I get Hinds’ point. And I think problematically – even if Elmo’s a figurehead for toddler-centric consumer culture, I think “Sesame Street” is one of the shows to worry about the least.

Or maybe I should be worried about the fact that I’m not worried.

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I just don’t see how this article could be real. It’s like every story you ever heard as a teenager that turned out to be fake.

And yes, I mostly mean the story about the unpopular high school girl who gives up on her birthday and does something incredibly unsavory on the couch in the dark just as all of her family and friends jump out to wish her a happy surprise birthday. Something like that.

Anyway, if it is true, it’s moving. If it’s not, it’s…not.

The Times of India reports that a little girl named Mumpy Sarkar was so saddened by her brother’s and father’s illnesses, that she had to do something about it. That something, reportedly, was killing herself, and suggesting in her suicide note that her kidneys be donated to her brother, and her eyes be donated to her father.

But in details fit for a Greek tragedy or internet hoax, young Mumpy was cremated before the suicide note could be found. Never mind that she drank poison, so her kidneys would be spoiled, and eyes need to be harvested immediately or they spoil.

Again, if the story is true, it’s moving, and if it’s not, it’s not.

Sauce: Times of India

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Daddy Bloggers…They Do Exist!

Chris Illuminati, a dude we’ve mentioned on here numerous times, was featured on some Philadelphia NBC affiliate morning (I’m guessing) show. And OMFG, does anyone else get the feeling that these chicks are looking at Chris like some kind of rare Chinese panda at the zoo? I realize that this whole “dad-revolution” is still fairly young, but I never thought I’d see the day where, no offense, two women in the 35+ demographic would be shocked that men are on the internet.

I mean, I don’t want to start a gender war here, but women on the internet before the year 2000 were kind of sparse and undesirable, opinion-wise. Believe me – I dated them.

In any event – Chris does his damn thing all over NBC Philly. He’s like the rockstar of work-at-home-dads, and we’re glad to be in the same circles he’s in.

Hey, if the news ever comes our way, we hope they look at us like rare Chinese pandas too.

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Gender Diversity in the Workplace

I know what you’re thinking: OMG, gender diversity! The workplace! A multiple-page discussion! COUNT ME THE EFFYUSEEKAY IN!

And that’s how I felt when I first checked out this New York Times monster article. But as I read through, I realized it’s very appropriate, and as much about fathers as it is about mothers. What’s funny is that even though the title of the discussion is “How Can We Get Men to Do More at Home,” it’s more about all the other issues that surround this and involve women in the workplace. So really, if you read it right – it seems like the title should be “How Can We Let Everyone Do Everything.” Because really, it’s not about “getting” men to do more at home – it’s about giving women a workplace where they feel comfortable enough to keep working, and giving men a home where they feel comfortable enough to not work.

The people involved in the discussion were:

  • Andrea Doucet, Brock University, Ontario
  • Ute Frevert, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
  • Joshua Gans, author, “Parentonomics”
  • Sandrine Devillard, McKinsey and Company, Paris
  • Jeremy Adam Smith, author, “The Daddy Shift”
  • Virginija Langbakk, European Institute for Gender Equality

And frankly, these dudes and dudettes killed it. And killin’ it’s a good thing. Try to read Ute Frevert’s section, titled “Change Rituals and Behaviors” without your brain melting.

Sauce: New York Times

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Geek Dad writer Don Martelli offered his fatherly expertise, posing five reasons why the Apple iPad was made to keep parents from losing their s**t. And Martelli isn’t just doing the Anytown Daily News thing and saying “there’s lots of educational apps!”

Martelli’s got a couple of compelling reasons – most of which boil down to a parent’s most important skill: the art of distraction. According to Martelli, some of the best times to flip an iPad over to your spawn are during potty training and in the grocery store. Not bad, Martelli – I kind of wish I had one at those times too.

And yes, I’m going to go there – if at all possible, put your iPad into “airplane” mode so just in case we still believe that cell signals cause cancer, you’re not baking your kid’s head under the guise of your own convenience. Just sayin’.

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Wishes For a Newborn

THREE BEST WISHES EVAR.

Raynato Castro and Alex Culang create comics for Buttersafe. Click the image above or the link below to see why dad’s so happy!

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Jeffrey Sumber isn’t a father, and he’s not a Christian – so quit wishing him a happy Father’s Day and a Merry Christmas.

Sumber’s main point (if you allow me to ruin the lead-up in the first six-ish paragraphs for you) is that while most people identify his good nature, patience, wisdom and personality as fatherly, Sumber is just a good man. “In fact, it is difficult not to confuse the Father Archetype with simply the best of the MALE energy,” Sumber says.

Now, somewhere in here, I’m torn. I like Sumber’s sentiment that basically, people are morons and think he’s a father when he’s just a good guy. Any time you call the general population idiots, I’m on-board. But Sumber might lose me when he declares “that “you want to live in a world where everyone celebrates Christmas because you love it so much and want me to be a part of it,” and by extension, “you wish me a Happy Father’s Day because you love being a father and want me to love it too.”

Or maybe he doesn’t. I want to hear more of the paragraph where Sumber says that he doesn’t think that good normal-dude traits equate to being a good father, since I think that’s an interestingly-true point. Sumber does think, however, that there is “a very real projection from you to me that hopes I will be a good father because good fathers are like gold.”

So are people wishing Sumber a happy Father’s Day because we hope every good man becomes a good dad and passes the trait on to his kids? Probably.

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What do you do if you’re a father of five, and love video games? Why, employ your kids to help you nerd-out with a “gamer’s urban art project” – that’s what!

This is what “PixelMan” did – he’s a dad and a gamer, who wanted to share his geek with the world, so he grabbed a couple cans of spraypaint, and rounded up over 700 plastic cups. Then, he printed-out his battle-plans. He threw his kids in the van (or told his kids to get in the car) and headed over to Carterville Road, over the University Avenue overpass in Provo, Utah.

PixelMan’s kids, who range from five years old to 12, help with the projects – from holding the cups to helping build the pixel art. PixelMan even puts up a notice to not remove his art – saying that he’ll check back daily to maintain it and make sure it’s disposed of correctly when the time comes.

“My Pixeled Fence project is a fun creative outlet for me to do with my family and friends,” says PixelMan. “while at the same time pay homage to the great old school games I grew up with.” He said that while he was growing up, he was hooked on the NES, so he’s passed that love onto his kids. “We love to play anything Mario, Metroid, or Zelda, among other things,” he says.

You can see (around my PEW PEW PEWing) that PixelMan did a great job getting Samus up over the freeway. Check out the sauce for more pics and an awesome Mega Man project – as well as an opportunity to get in on the fun if you’re in the Utah area.

Got any other projects like this that you do with your kids? Let us know in the comments!

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