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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 loosen... 
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9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

I am a comic book geek and so is my seven-year-old daughter. Before we start pointing fingers, let me just say that I blame myself for her condition. When you raise a child in a house filled with comic books, where the living room bookcase has Two-Face book-ends and your art supplies are kept in Hellboy... 
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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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Meet Spider-Dad

There’s been a lot of superhero dad action as of late. There’s this solider who came home to surprise his son dressed as Spider-Man, the always fun-loving BatDad, Lambo BatDad pulled over on the way to a children’s hospital, YABD (yet another BatDad) with BatKid who saved San Francisco... 
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The Ugly Truths Behind Caillou, Curious George and Max & Ruby

Oh sure, the cartoons that your child watches seem okay. They seem educational. They teach our little ones about emotions by showing them a funny character in all sorts of mayhem. But did you know that some of your child’s favorite shows are harboring big secrets? It’s true! The networks... 
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Dear Sophie
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This commercial’s been around for a month or so, not that it gives me street cred to say that.

A father starts a Gmail account for his daughter and writes e-mails to her, linking pics, videos and Google Maps links. He hopes to share it with her someday. BTW, Sophie’s clearly got siblings. Poor, unloved siblings.

Also, don’t try this at home, because it’s actually against Google’s TOS. That’s “Terms of Service,” stupid.

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Kid Gives Speech After Learning To Ride A Bike

This video of a kid making an off-the-cuff inspirational speech after learning to ride a bike is popping up around the internet. The kid’s speech is charming and unintentionally funny, which makes the video internet gold, but the content of this little boy’s speech reveals what he learned from his dad in the process of getting up on that bike.

Perhaps the most important lesson that this boy learned is that his own personal skills and qualities are changeable. A lot of people talk about personal attributes as fixed values. You’re smart or you’re dumb. You’re fast or you’re slow. You ride a bike or you walk. Learning to ride a bike taught this child that hard work and practice are tools that can be used for self-improvement.

We give our children a starting point, but don’t forget that we’re also responsible for teaching them how to push their personal boundaries.

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Touchscreen Bug
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Dude your touchscreen’s got a bug…wait, no, there’s a bug on your touchscreen!

This father thrills the hell out of his daughter filming a fly on his touchscreen monitor, as it clicks and drags its way around Reddit.

Click le sauce or le image to see le video.

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The Legend of Zelda (& Robin Williams)
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A new commercial hit the air this week for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D starring Robin Williams and his daughter, Zelda.

Yeah, no kidding, bro – his daughter’s actually named after the legendary princess!

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Despicable father James Hawkins is despicable.

Seventeen-time convict Hawkins, 30, was already slapped with a restraining order when he came back to 28 year old Charlene Gather’s house. Gather was the mother of Hawkins’ three kids – but since that meant nothing to Hawkins, he stabbed Gather in front of their 12 year old daughter.

But that wasn’t enough. Hawkins then brought in a saw, and made the daughter help dismember her mother, and then brought the daughter with him to get rid of Gather’s body parts.

Since Hawkins was already nominated for Father of the Year at this point, he went one step further and returned the saw to the store he bought it from. This was in 2008.

It took a jury less than two hours last Saturday to reach a verdict and death sentence for Hawkins. But sadly, it’ll take a lifetime for the three kids to come to terms with the things they’ve seen and experienced.

Enjoy Hell, James – we’re glad you’ll finally find a fitting home.

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Nerve’s Sex Advice From Gay Dads

So, gentlemen, if you’re gay – we have no problem with that – and if you’re looking to get some hook-up tips (hey, who’s not?!), then sex-and-dating-advice site Nerve has got a post for you.

And if you’re straight, don’t be timid – there’s some advice for you dudes too; it’s not just advice by-and-for gay dads – a lot of the questions are universal.

And let’s be honest, I don’t care who’s answering the question “why is fatherhood sexy,” as long as the answer is positive. And for the ladies that read 8BitDad because they’ve got a father-fetish, the Nerve article does answer the question “what if you see a hot dad at the park with his kid.”

Dude, who doesn’t wonder about that?!

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Manhood megasite Man of the House recently conducted a survey about the evolution of the American Dad, and found that in general, dudes don’t think that Father’s Day gets as much attention as Mother’s Day. Eighty percent, as a matter of fact. The other 205, we think, were chicks wearing fake mustaches.

I’ll leave all the numbers to the PR NewsWire article, but let’s just say that a majority of the fathers in the 350-dad study say that they share child-care responsibilities, while still being the primary maintenance man in their home and on their family’s car.

A majority (59%) also said that they are better fathers than their fathers.

And maybe, just maybe there were only 350 participants because the rest were taking care of the kids and getting dinner on the table. Hey man, it’s possible.

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Review & Giveaway: ‘Go the F**k to Sleep’ by Adam Mansbach
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Go the F**k to Sleep
Parent Rating5
Kid Approval2.5
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Publisher(s): Akashic Books
Author(s): Adam Mansbach
Genre(s): Adult-Humor

One of the most exciting books to come out in awhile has got to be Adam Mansbach’s book, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” which came out this week – just in time for Father’s Day. Styled like a children’s story, this tale of a father’s frustration with his daughter’s bedtime routine perfectly crystallizes what every father surely feels as they tuck the blankets, kiss their kid’s cheek one last time, and turn the light out, slinking into the hallway, whispering “no whammy no whammy no whammy.”

As you can tell, this book speaks directly to me.

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