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Another blog collective started by Chris Brogan.
The only guy I know who is more involved with BlogHer than most women.
One of the most widely read dad blogs out there, he really knows financial matters.
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A magazine containing a mix of original content and some of the best from different father related websites. I should know, you might find some of my work there if you look hard enough!
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Cheeky, irreverent, and a little crass, Dadcentric tells it how it is with no fear.
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|Evolution of Dad Project
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|D is for Dad
The single most complete resource on the web, and an advocacy group for making sure kids grow up with involved fathers in the home. You won’t find a lot of opinions on this site, but well researched information on social problems and how men can help.
An advocacy group for Dads centered on Catholic principles. Read articles, find local help, and listen to their radio show.
|Alltop Dads Page
Alltop is a brilliant website that aggregates the best the web has to offer all over the internet. The dads section has real time updates from the top Dad blogs around the internet.
The US Government’s website promoting the health, social and economic benefits of having fathers fully engaged in their children’s lives.
It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating New Year’s Eve – in 2007!
The last year flashed by in the proverbial blink of an eye and there are quite a few new faces around now that were not here earlier in the year.
Therefore I thought that it would be fun to provide a look back at the top posts of 2008.
As you try to cope with the shock to your system caused by being back to work, hopefully you can find a few moments to give these posts a read.
This was by far the most visited post – and had the most spirited discussion – of the year. Many of the guys that didn’t get it, and most likely don’t get it either, were bashing this post while the guys that understood (and the women that appreciate that) were sharing their support.
Turn the other cheek…be the better person…walk away. That is all good advice for dealing with a school bully, but one can only take so much – and on this day my son reached his tipping point (it turns out that I might have encouraged that) and took matters into his own hands. But guess who hasn’t bothered him once since that day.
School has ended and the kids are bursting with excitement. Now is the time to sit down and think about the activities that you want to do with your kids this summer. In the event that you get stuck, here are 10 things that you can do with your kids this summer.
There is no question that you work hard and have a lot on your plate – but that is no reason not to spend time with your children. Stop finding excuses and examine these 10 ways that you can make more time for your children. The last thing that you want to do is have regrets about the little amount of time you spent with your kids when they were young.
The battle between parents and kids over a clean bedroom has been raging since before the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series – yeah, I am a White Sox fan – and there are numerous approaches on how to handle this situation. This approach is certainly not for everyone, including my wife as it turns out, but it has the potential to stop your arguments once and for all.
Do you watch for the game or for the commercials? Regardless of your reason, take a look at these five reasons that you should be watching the next Super Bowl alone. In case that is not enough, a friend of mine recently shared this gem: Etiquette Rule: I may skip your Super Bowl party without explanation if your TV is significantly worse than mine. – thanks Ryan!
It seems that as men age, one of their greatest fears is losing their hair. Personally, I cannot wait for the day it all falls out so I can stop shaving my head. You might embrace the baldness as well once you realize how many women find it sexy!
Okay fellas, we all know that there are going to be a handful of occasions each and every year where we are going to be buying our lovely wives a gift – birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. Now I know that on more than one of these occasions, the hours have been ticking by, your pulse quickens, your palms become sweaty – you forgot to get a gift your wife will actually enjoy. Follow this unbelievably easy guide and you will avoid this situation forever.
Are you using twitter? Do you want to connect with other guys that share some of the same interests as yourself? Of course you do! That is why you need to digest this ultimate list of dads/husbands on twitter and connect with other guys that understand the importance of their family.
Wooden ruler? Slotted spoon? Yeah, I was threatened with those – and more – as a kid if I didn’t behave. For the most part, it was nothing more than a threat although there were a few times that I did get a swat. Is that still acceptable today? Is spanking your child a form of discipline or is it child abuse? Share your opinions on this controversial topic.
Photo courtesy of BlueFur
The majority of parents, I would hope all parents, will tell you that they want nothing but the best for their children. They want their children to grow up and become respectful, hard-working, and honest adults that are able to find happiness and success with anything that they do.
Not many parents will tell you that they hope their child is having intercourse before the age of 16, or that they become pregnant before reaching the age of majority. Likewise, few parents envision their child turning into a physically aggressive adult that lead a life of violence.
So what does that have to do with television and video games?
Well, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics, there is an increased chance of teen pregnancy among children that watch television programs with risky sexual behavior by teens.
According to the study, researchers recruited adolescents aged 12 to 17 and surveyed them three times between 2001 and 2004, asking about television viewing habits, sexual behavior and pregnancy. Among 718 teenagers, there were 91 pregnancies. The adolescents who watched the most sexy television were at double the risk of becoming, or causing, a pregnancy compared to the adolescents watching the fewest such programs.
With regard to video games, another study in the journal indicates that children that play violent video games show an increase in physically aggressive behavior.
Aggressiveness in children is often associated with violence later on in life, meaning violent video games may pose a significant risk to our children. How many violent games do you think the school bully is playing?
Considering the above information, let me ask you a question.
How closely are you monitoring what your children watch and play?
Obviously there is a line that must be drawn, as there is only so much that parents can realistically do to prevent their children from playing violent video games or watching racy television programs.
Are your children permitted to have televisions in their room?
Is access to the Interweb allowed behind closed doors?
What type of video games are they playing?
Do you know what they are doing when over at a friends house?
That last one is a tricky situation, and is part of my motivation in writing this post. Like it or not, different parents have different rules when it comes to what their children can and cannot do. As a parent, it is your job to become acquainted with the parents of your child’s friends and get a feeling for where those boundaries exist in their house.
For instance, we know that one of our oldest son’s friends has very little parental supervision when it comes to the video games that are permitted. This other boy is permitted to play games that have an “M” rating.
Sorry, that doesn’t fly in our house.
Since we cannot control what takes place at a friends house, we have learned that there are some friends that are welcome to come to our house and play, but our kids will not be permitted to play at the friends house due to rules that we are not comfortable with.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not one that believes that video games or sexual television programs are to blame for the problematic behavior of children.
Actually, I believe that the children playing these games and watching these programs have a larger problem – parents that are not involved in their lives.
Talk to your children.
Explain things to them when they have questions.
Be involved in their lives; set rules and boundaries with regard to what is acceptable.
These are the things that I believe will have a far greater impact on your child, as they will then have a better understanding of the consequences surrounding things like violent video games or television programs that push the envelope.
It is quite an honor to not only be included among this list of outstanding dad bloggers, but to have been selected by a group of teenagers that have noticed and appreciated the information being shared here is truly special.
For those that may not be familiar with Teens Today, I encourage you to check it out as it is a parenting blog written from the teen’s perspective. So many times we as parents scratch our heads wondering what our kids are thinking; with Teens Today, you have the chance to learn valuable insights directly from the teens themselves.
Vanessa and everyone at Teens Today, thank you for the honor!
Earlier this year we had talked about the top 5 health concerns for men and I had noted that many men simply do not like going to the doctor for preventive care.
One of those top five health concerns is prostate cancer, with one in six American men developing the disease and more than 28,000 men dying of the disease every year. That is why I did not hesitate to pledge my involvement in Movember.
What is Movember you ask?
Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues. During Movember, I will be growing a Mo, much to the chagrin of my wife who is not a fan of facial hair.
As a Mo Bro, I will be spending the month growing and grooming my Mo while also helping to raise money and awareness to the fight against prostate cancer. Every time someone looks at me funny and questions the Mo, I can talk to them about prostate cancer and ask for their support.
How can you help?
Guys, you can lend your support by joining The Man Page Mo Brigade and growing your own Mo this month. Ladies, become a Mo Sista and help the guys raise awareness and money to support the fight against prostate cancer.
To join my Movember team, register online and follow the steps provided. You will need these details to complete your online registration:
- Captain’s Registration Number: 1890151
- Captain’s Email Address: me[@]dereksemmler.com
What to do if the Mo is not for you?
If you do not care to join the team and grow a Mo, you can still lend your support by making a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
To donate to my Mo you can either:
- Donate online using your credit card or PayPal account, or
- Write a check payable to the ‘Prostate Cancer Foundation’, referencing my Registration Number 1890151 and mailing it to:
Prostate Cancer Foundation
1250 Fourth St
Santa Monica, CA, 90401
All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
During Movember, I will have an opportunity to thank you for your support of my Mo as there will be a prize giveaway coming up that you will not want to miss. In the meantime, please provide your support by either joining my team, making a donation, or spreading the word to your family and friends.
Thanks for your support!
For more information, please visit the official Movember website.
What is it about getting in the car that makes many kids talk incessantly? From the moment their rear end hits the seat, their lips don’t stop moving.
Maybe you have endured a long day of work and just want to enjoy some peace and quiet. Or maybe traffic is a nightmare of cars inching along and you feel distracted. Whatever the reason, too many times we as parents lose our patience with the endless conversation and ask our kids to be quiet.
We really should embrace the “car conversation”, as I like to call it.
When driving along down the road, I have found that my kids will initiate some extremely interesting conversations. Interesting in the sense that they often bounce around from one thing to another, with some bizarre topics usually thrown in for good measure.
The thing that I love about the “car conversation” is how my kids feel so free to talk about whatever is on their mind. They will ask questions that leave me scratching my head trying to figure out what they mean. Sometimes they will make comments that make me laugh and cry all at the same time, like when we were passing a cemetery and my youngest said, “Dad, I want to get you a stone in a place like that.”
As you are driving along, be sure to pay attention when they aren’t talking to you but talking to a friend or sibling next to them. Do your best to stifle any laughs though, as once they realize that you are listening they will stop that conversation and start peppering you with questions again.
The next time you find yourself in the car with your kids, take a moment to embrace the “car conversation” and cherish the time while you have it. To help kick-start a conversation, here are a few questions that you can use to get your kids talking:
- What is the silliest thing you could ever do?
- If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
- What would it be like to live on the moon?
- If 7-11 is open 24 hours, why do they have locks on the doors?
Shortly after you read this post, I will be putting this into practice as we drive home from Disney World and have hour after hour of car conversations. While there are certainly times that I would prefer some peace and quiet, I have learned to embrace the car conversation as I know it won’t be long and the back seat will be empty.
Photo courtesy of Alex Barth