Spring is here! With every spring season comes change; you needn’t look any further than your window to realize this. Snow banks melt and are replaced with green leaves. Short afternoons and early bedtimes are replaced by long warm evenings with adult beverages and EVENTUALLY barbecues. Spring is a magical time of transformation.
“Bye Honey! Have fun and don’t worry about it, the kids will be fine…”
Mom looks awkwardly at her keys as she thinks twice about that evening girls night out. Yep, Mom could call it off and easily say she had one of those pesky 24 hour cold/flu/death diarrhea bouts. The brutal truth is that a night of “poopuking” might be better than 3 kids home alone with Dad. Dad is on duty. Say it twice and get used to the idea. Dad. Is. On. Duty…
Not only is Dad on duty but he is proud to be doing his part and pitching in. Because your chosen male might be different than others, he may attempt differently from the list; thus be warned this list is neither exhaustive nor comprehensive. So here is your top 10 list of reasons to just let Dad do it his way while you’re out of the house.
It’s hard enough for Mom to cook dinner, keep the house looking tidy and fold your underwear. Your wife is a Goddess and the last thing she needs is for Dad to come home and be a zombie. Even the Mom who gets help at home with grandparents, has hired a nanny, or even has a husband that is into folding laundry is going to be burned out keeping the ship upright – the way she wants.
No matter what hat Mom most frequently wears at home, and there is probably 20 different hats being worn – there is little doubt, especially in the formative first 6 years, that Mom does most of the heavy lifting. The very least the involved Father can do is support her as best as possible. This means being focused at the dinner table.
“That’s not what I meant!” Ever said that to your wife (or husband) before? Like, have you said that twice today? Even the best intentioned of words sometimes come out sideways in a sentence. Or on Monday’s, they come out in Greek.
Withstanding the test of time for marriages around the world is the phrase: “You are not listening to me!” Which prompts you to think to yourself, “I heard every word that just came out of your mouth AND I can repeat it back to you”. Yet the communication still isn’t in the same zip code of what either person intended.
How can loving family members not hear, or say, what is actually going on behind their ears or mouths?
This fall Nature Valley promoted National Rediscover Nature Day and had the hashtag:#RediscoverNature all over social media. As part of the promo, the granola bar company made a YouTube video encouraging human beings to get outside. The promotion grabs you when it leads with the question: “When you were a kid what did you do for fun?”
The question was asked to three generations of people, each giving their honest responses. If you are thinking “I don’t have time for a granola commercial to brainwash me into taking a processed sugar bar into the woods” – that’s not what this is about.
Thomas Troward was an English author who published several works in the early 20th century that started the “New Thought” movement. His writings, to this day, are still instrumental in sparking human behavioral changes. His quotes show up today in the popular movie “The Secret” and Alcoholics Anonymous still relies on his ideas for inspiration.
Troward is likely most know for stating: “The law of floatation was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things – but by contemplating the floating of things… and then intelligently asking why they did so.”
In other words, the world, God, the universe, karma, whatever words you use to describe the unseen forces around us all, will ultimately offer you experiences that match what you’re contemplating. Sorry science class, but you will never learn about buoyancy if you are focused on how to sink. Thought works the same way, in that for every experience in your life, where the mind wanders, life goes.
To take this concept even further is that a belief is actually formed ONLY when a thought is repeated over and over and over again. Well that’s all well and good, but what’s this got to do with parenting?
You love vacation! The mixture of the pool, the beach and the sunny days brings you and the wife back to the sun kissed shores every year. Then you had a baby. Back in the good old days you just threw a swimsuit, a couple pesos and clean underwear in a bag and you were off.
Now vacation means packing an assortment of “other” less fun items such as diapers, wipes, creams, pack-n-plays, kid books, toys, curtain clips, sound machines, blankets (because who knows who did what with whom on those hotel sheets), stuffed animals and special foods. If you are lucky, the wife will remember to pack you along as well. Of all the things to possibly be stressed about, what you don’t want is to actually get to the beach and be MORE stressed. This means you do NOT want to be chasing your young one all over the resort worried that she might fall into the pool.
Doesn’t it sound much better to order 2 sides of guacamole instead of playing Daddy Day Care the entire trip? Wouldn’t you rather play a game of volleyball instead of sit with your wife and keep the baby tucked at your side? With that said, here are our top 8 reasons to teach your baby to swim.
Movember has come and gone. It’s now time to shave that thang, and start getting your kids to voluntarily kiss you again. But you worked so hard to grow the mane, you can’t possibly “just shave it” can you? No no friends, the Daily Dad is here to give you a couple fun loving December ideas and a Shaving-101 review in case this past month was a long one for ya.
What you will need is a pair of scissors, a hair/beard trimmer, a razor (duh), a lubricant (yeeep), a moisturizer and an imagination.
The Dad Bod is all the rage! You haven’t heard about it yet? Well Dad, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon, stop going to the gym and start hitting the 12oz curls. After all, your wife will love the way your new body moves to support her head during movie night. Watch the spare tire gently begin to roll in as you voluntarily let the chisel fall off. Burp.
Until it dawned on you that being unhealthy isn’t your cup of tea. Admit it, you kinda like the idea of walking up to school to pick up your daughter when a few of the teachers and even your daughter’s friends stop and giggle as the Fit Dad walks by. Perhaps you just like the idea of doing everything in your power to not just be alive, but able to physically run and play with your grandchildren. The Dad Bod just isn’t in your lexicon, but how do you stay trim and present for the family?
… also known as a 5 step guide to get your husband to do laundry.
Men around the globe have a confession to make – we love to do the laundry. Yes, it’s true! In particular, there is one person at home who looks for things that “might be dirty” to put in the washing machine. He heat-seeks clean clothes to fold and irons dress shirts like it’s going out of style.
The times that Dad is intently focused on onesies and v-neck t-shirts may seem random to you, but there is a method to the madness. The madness is internally well timed and likely includes a benevolent line like “No baby it’s ok, you can make dinner – just leave the clothes to me. “
The neighbors called to tell you that they could hear the crying from here. Your wife hands over the phone with one eyebrow raised and a scowl that would boil water. It’s not the new baby they are calling about; instead it’s your crying. They don’t want to hear about why you thought it was okay to throw on a spare tire and lug around an extra 20 lbs.
So you decide to stop the belly-achin’ and lose the “Dad Bod.” Today, you are going to get fit, and being the epic dad that you are, you are going to do it while spending time with junior – thus liberating your wife to watch another episode of (insert your wife’s favorite HGTV program here).
Brownie points abound when you incorporate what is sure to be the newest fad in working out – The New Dad’s Crossfit. So, let’s get the party started with 10 basic movements that will be the core of your WOD’s.
Have you seen a twitter feed recently that proclaimed “The Beauty of the Dad Bod”? Did you have to do a double take? If you have never heard the phrase before – have a little fun and do an image search on Google for “Dad Bod”.
The first thing that comes up will likely be a man who once resembled Jay Gatsby, Howard Hughes, and Romeo. That’s right, Leonardo Decaprio himself put on a couple pounds and now has a paunch. Wherefore art thou Romeo? He went to the bar and had an extra beer and a bowl of pretzels to work on his physique.
That’s right, the current en vogue body, at least for some segment of the population, is one that doesn’t resemble Matthew McConaughey. In fact it probably looks more like…