The Sunny Side of Divorce

It’s impossible to a have a divorce devoid of pain.  Despite how bad the relationship may have been, at one point there was something worthwhile that lead to a marriage.  That pain may be felt by different people at different times.  The person who initiates the divorce may regret it later.  A parent or sibling or close friend may take …

Parenting Milestones Ranked

The release of episode #50 got me thinking about milestones.  As humans, we measure our lives milestone to milestone.  Some are arbitrary (like releasing fifty podcasts), others are less so (like birthdays). All too often we also measure our worth by milestones.  Perhaps no group is more guilty of this than parents.  Hence, I decided to pile on and rank parenting milestones from my …

Home Maintenance Hero

Shortly after we were married, my wife and I went shopping for outdoor grills.  As I meandered toward the selection of gas powered options, she cleared her throat to catch my attention.  “My father grills with charcoal”, she noted.  My meander immediately changed directions to the Weber section.  I’ve been grilling with charcoal happily ever since.  In fact, I’m more …

Family Food Fight

To this day, my seventy-year-old mother can’t eat bananas.  Why you ask?  Because HER mother used bananas as a mule anytime my mother needed to take medicine.  Thus, she developed a distaste for bananas that shows no signs of abating. This story is important because it demonstrates how food and kids can get weird.  My mom has likely suffered the …

We Got Needs Too

A part of our mission at Dads on Doody involves giving women a lens into how men view parenting and the relationship with their significant other.  The two are obviously intertwined.  Our latest podcast episode, Michael Jordan Was Breastfed, was a reversal of that formula where our male listeners (us included) gained new insight into what women need and how …

Meet Your New Workout Mix

Group exercise instructor extraordinaire David Garza, who shared his wisdom on the podcast episode Parenting Ate My Fitness, is also a professional DJ.  It’s a deadly combo; great music and great workouts go together like cheese and crackers. We asked David to compile his ultimate workout mix.  The mix is designed to get you motivated to move, and to move …

They Matter – 20 Great Family Movies

While I in no way would condone NOT listening to Dave Karger talk family movies on the podcast episode Family Movie Night Solved, we at Dads on Doody know that you are busy parents and may simply need a movie suggestion without the hassle of iTunes.  So, below is the list.  Reward my kindness by sharing this post and giving …

A Simple Prayer for the School Year

Dear God, As you know I don’t ask you for a lot, however for the upcoming school year I’d like to ask for just one thing for all the parents out there.  Of course, I know you’ll look after our kids to keep them safe and do your best to ensure that they learn, etc.  That’s table stakes for you.  …

A Painfully Honest Account of Why At Home Sex Ed Matters

Imagine you’re in fifth grade, and your best friend is having a birthday slumber party.  You can barely contain your anticipation in the hours and minutes leading up to the big event.  When it finally arrives, it’s as magical as you had hoped for and more.  For the first few hours.  Until your friend’s older brother sneaks into the den …

The Day the Lovey Died

Spring break 1989.  Totally epic.  The parents saved up and took the family, including Grandad, to Club Med in exotic Cancun.  All you can eat, all you can drink, all you can handle.  I remember Dad talking at elevating volumes at the taxi driver on the way to the resort, hoping somehow that the louder he spoke the more likely …

Frappuccino Unhappy Hour

When I was a kid, the best part of waking up was Folgers in your cup.  In your parent’s cup that is.  The coffee was dung, but it was an adult drink.  Children cringed at the idea of coffee, never imagining that it would become a part of their palette some day.  Caffeine was a yet to be tapped resource …

Guilt Free Napping

Men love napping.  While no two men are the same, we all share a passion for the occasional afternoon snooze.  If you’re a dude and you don’t have a man crush on Rip Van Winkle, something is wrong with you. Women hate when men nap.  While no two women are the same, they universally share a loathing for their man …

If Your Kid Says You Have Bad Breath

Inspired by the If You Give a Dog a Donut series, and a comment from my three-year-old about my own bad breath, I was inspired to write the following…   If your kid says you have bad breath, you should immediately brush your teeth.   If you immediately brush your teeth, you might run out of toothpaste.   If you …

Instant Perspective

It was early in the summer of 2003 when the phone rang at work.  For some reason I knew it wasn’t going to be a good call.  My dad, barely keeping it together, shared the difficult news that cancer had struck our family.  It had been several months since my mom began feeling pain, yet none of the doctors could …

Chores I Wish I Had Done

The Life is a Chore podcast episode got me all hot and bothered.  Hot and bothered not only about the need to and value of implementing a chore system in my own household, but also about my personal experience with chores and how I have fared as an adult as a result of said chores.  I received a solid “chore …

Board Games or Bored Games?

Despite the fact that we reside in a digital age, board games are not dead.  Board games are more vital then ever, as they give us a much needed break from screens while forcing live interaction with other human beings.  Oh my. I like board games, not only for the human component but also for the opportunities they afford me …

Someone You Know is Autistic

Until we recorded the Understanding Autism podcast episode, I was ignorant about autism.  I knew that it affected boys more than girls, and that the movie Rain Man was about an adult with autism.  There is a boy who goes to our church who I believe is autistic, and I have friends who have mentioned that they have an autistic …

Fixing Bedtime

Isn’t bedtime with kids awesome?  Frequently not, which is kind of sad considering it’s a fleeting chance to see our amazing creations through the final moments of their day.  Did I just write that?  Crap, I did.  While I probably need to adjust my attitude on the topic a tad, perhaps there are a few simple ways that I can …

The Why and How of Family Dinner

Growing up our telephone would ring like clockwork every night at 5:30.  It was dad, calling to let us know when he would be home.  He would ask whoever happened to pick up, “What are we having for dinner?”  We knew not to be on the phone at 5:30 (this was before call waiting) so that this critical call could …

The Gorilla Incident: To Judge or Not To Judge?

By now everyone knows that a gorilla name Harambe was killed at the Cincinnati zoo after a three-year-old boy slithered into his enclosure.  If you haven’t seen it, the video is crazy.  Apparently he joked with his mom that he was going to find his way into the moat, and when she was distracted he did just that.  The kid …

The Top 5 Signs That Your Toddler Has Street Cred

Yes, it’s been a few entries now since I’ve employed click baiting.  Alas, I’m at it again, this time with the continuation of my series on street cred and children.  My previous two, The Top 5 Signs That Your Newborn Has Street Cred and The Top 5 Signs That Your Grade Schooler Has Street Cred, have changed lives everywhere.  So …

Yelling At Your Kids Is An Adult Tantrum

It dawned on me last weekend, my voice escalating with each successive request, that yelling at my kids is an adult tantrum. “Guys, come over here.  We need to go.  Let’s get our shoes on.” “Hello?  Did you hear me?  We need to leave in five minutes.  Can you please come to the door?” “IS ANYONE LISTENING TO ME?  WE …

Gluten is Flat Out Delicious

A friend of mine (who all commentary aside has done an incredible job building a health and lifestyle business) recently posted a picture of a “yummy” home delivered dinner.  It was composed of an imposter (nettle gnocchi), super duper extra organic fruits and veggies, and the piece de resistance…a slice of GLUTEN FREE bread.  It looked like one of those …

Behold the Amazing and Entertaining Campfire

For those of us old enough to have lived in the era of Beavis and Butthead, Beavis’ nonstop excitement about “fire, fire, fire” may be one of the only things you recall about the show (outside of the Great Cornholio of course). It’s only recently that I’ve realized that Beavis was onto something. Last Saturday we attended festivities at the …

The Night I Slept at Preschool

There are horror stories about parents in cities like New York and San Francisco who perform ridiculous stunts to get their children into the “right” preschool.  Why do they do this?  Well, we all know that where a child begins their eduction is critical.  Ukrainian immersion programs DO make a huge difference in cerebral cortex development for two-year-olds.  Basic science. …

How to Grocery Shop With Kids

Grocery shopping with kids is torture.  At least it was until today, when I had a breakthrough that needs to be shared.  Prior to this afternoon, if given the choice between taking my kids grocery shopping or hemorrhoid surgery, I would have chosen the surgery without hesitation.  If I didn’t currently have a hemorrhoid, and developing one that felt like …

Abandoned Teddy Bears and Phantom Strollers

The fact that today we all carry phones with high definition cameras is both annoying and amazing.  On the annoying side, hardly anything goes undocumented.  The cookie I ate off of the street or the time I pooped in the woods on a dare?  My memory against my brothers’.  The inability to leave one of our kid’s events without a …

Top 16 Reasons To Let Your Kids Watch Game of Thrones

Yes, Winter is coming.  And yes, independent of Game of Thrones I cannot stop clicking on articles that seduce me with lists of random garbage, so why not write another one myself?  Thus, knowing that 87.6% of the adult population is eagerly anticipating GOT this weekend, combined with the fact that Sunday family activities for the next three months will …

Dress for Success?

An old friend, who I hadn’t seen in ten years, showed me a picture of her two beautiful children.  As someone who has always done a nice job of putting herself together, she was quick to point out that the child pictured in the completely random outfit was dressed by her husband.  I laughed, as more often than not I …

The Top 5 Signs That Your Newborn Has Street Cred

Given the massive popularity of my previous entry, The Top 5 Signs That Your Grade Schooler Has Street Cred, I have decided to continue the franchise, starting from the beginning. HOW CAN YOU KNOW IF YOUR NEWBORN HAS STREET CRED? As before, I won’t waste your time with web page navigation shenanigans.  Based on my extensive research, here they are… …

The Kids’ Menu Bites

I had a revelation the other night.  Like Newton discovering gravity after the apple hit him on the head, I realized that my eight year old daughter is ready to stop ordering off of the kids’ menu.  Hell, all of my kids can stop ordering off of the kids’ menu!  Heck yes!  How was the moment like the apple hitting …

The Struggle Is Real

My new favorite saying?  “The struggle is real.”  Why do I like it so much?  It helps me to deal with difficult situations, forcing me to: Acknowledge that something I am trying to accomplish is indeed difficult, hence not having immediate success is not only reality, but also ok Have empathy for others who are experiencing similar, and frequently far …

The Petting Zoo – Adorbs or Cruel?

I found myself at the Austin Rodeo one recent Friday evening.  For those of you not from Texas, think of the Rodeo like your local fair, except that it ends each night with an actual rodeo competition.  This competition includes cowboys who ride broncos and bulls for money.  You know, Luke Perry in the movie 8 Seconds?  That shenanigans.  Just like …

The Top 5 Signs That Your Grade Schooler Has Street Cred

Several times each week I am seduced by a link that promises to tell me The 5 Best Places to Earn a Million Dollars, The 5 Celebrity Kids Who Used to Be Oddballs But Are Now Hot, The 5 Foods That Will Make Your Colon Explode After Reading This, etc.  Thus, I’m hopping on the bandwagon in an attempt to …

Raising Kids with Character

A few months ago a new employee joined my team at work.  Fresh out of college, he stood out.  He didn’t stand out because of his physical stature, in fact he is quite slight.  He didn’t stand out because of his intelligence, although he is clearly bright.  He stood out because of his character – to everyone, not just me, …

Yoga Is Super Manly!

Yoga has been nothing short of life changing for me, some of which has been physical, some mental.  I feel ten years younger than I look, and handle stress (of which I now have ten times more) far better than I ever have.  As I glanced around the room at a recent yoga class, however, I did not see myself …

Sunday, Can We Have You Back?

Hey, Sunday!  What happened?  You used to be the best day of the week.  Now you’ve become one of the busiest, essentially a dumping ground.  Everything we didn’t get into the previous six days has to be taken care of before the cock crows on Monday.  Oh yeah, you are also now a de facto day for birthday parties, organized …

Self-Assembly Furniture, I Hate You

Self-assembly furniture, let me count the ways I hate you: I hate your father, Ikea, for inventing you as a concept.  Swedish meatballs and child care facilities are little consolation. I hate you for looking so good in pictures and SO not good in real life.  My assumption is that the people who photograph you do the same for fast …

Put Down the Cell Phone, Sir, And No One Gets Hurt

My wife and I were lying in bed last night, laughing about how pervasive and at times annoying, technology has become. How did the topic come up? I had shared a new Chief Marketing Officer study with her that delved into the “Internet of Things” or “IoT” as our acronym obsessed culture has come to know it. It was her …

How Many Times?

How many times do I have to say? Please put all your stuff away. Eat over your plate, push in your chair. Wipe your nose, don’t chew on your hair. It’s way better to pee before we go. Spit in the sink, look out below! The couch is not a jungle gym. Eating carbs won’t make you thin. Napkins and …

Girl Scout Cookies Mule

Bottom line, my girl needed to move product (specifically, Girl Scout Cookies).  She took on the inventory, and promised her syndicate payment.  If she did as she said, the rewards were many.  Right in the brochure in fact.  If she didn’t?  Well, let’s not talk about that.  She’s my girl.  My blood.  Mi famiglia.  As Bryan Adams sang in Robin …

Everyone Stand Up

Those that know me know that I’m a pretty even-keeled dude. I don’t get overly excited or mad or disappointed or fill-in-the-blank about almost anything. And, in particular, I am not an advocate for public issues. I have my opinions and do my civic duty to vote when it matters, but I generally keep political or social perspectives to myself. …

Downton Abbey is Duller than My Life

Don’t misread the title of this entry and assume that I think my life is dull.  I have three awesome wee ones, a great wife, an interesting job that keeps me engaged and the fastest growing parenting podcast/blog in the universe (my own universe, yet still a universe). All’s I’m sayin’ is that my life is fairly normal, and thus …

They Behaved in a Restaurant!

There are rare but wonderful moments in life that leave you speechless.  Maybe it was the time you attempted to talk to your first crush.  In my case, that would also include the second through twentieth (I worked most of the kinks out by my 30th birthday thankfully).  Perhaps it was one of the few instances when someone did something …

S#%T STORM

There’s an urban legend that women living under the same roof will eventually all get on the same menstrual cycle.  I cannot validate whether this is true or not given the fact that I’ve neither lived with a group of women nor menstruated.  I do have thin legs and a penchant for yoga, but that’s neither here nor there. A …

My Kids Suck at Not Spilling

I love my kids. They’re good at a lot of things, relatively speaking of course. For example, my son is good at math for his age. He’s not really GOOD at math yet. That said, one of the things that they are not good at (in fact they suck) is NOT spilling drinks. Forget a relative measure, they’re just terrible. …

I’ve Fallen in Love with My Kid(napper)s

My close friend Chris (not McClung) recently took a job at a new company after years of grinding it out at one in decline, both literally and culturally. Chris really tried to make the old job work; we met countless times over the years to discuss whether he should stay or go. As a quality human being, Chris always found …

I Threw My Kids Outside Today

Inspired by another parenting article, I threw my kids outside today. Before you call Child Protection Services, let me explain. As a work-at-home dad, there are times when I’m “home alone” with my full crew sans wife. They are generally well behaved, and know to leave me alone in my office. There is still the occasional interruption for a hug …

Mother Fluffer!?!?

On our podcast and in our writing we talk about “doing the doody” (#‎dothedoody‬). There is no question that the expectations for dads are different in the age in which we live (with the obvious recognition that it is different for moms too).  That said, while dads today are capable of performing most of the traditional tasks that our own …

Dad Resolution

Ah, the New Year’s resolution.  As the year turns, many of us have made resolutions to eat better, exercise more, find more fulfilling work, etc. Have we made a resolution to do something differently in how we parent that might make us an even better mom or dad? I found myself thinking about this question yesterday. Instead of trying to …

Advice From a 2 Year Old

Advice from your child?  Sometimes it’s just what you need. It’s 7:45 a.m. on a Friday morning. By this point in the week I’m working angry, alone in my cluttered home office. I feel like I am one petty crisis from going Mike Tyson on my laptop when I hear a light rapping at the door. “Morning Dada!” shouts Annie, …