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Mud Play: A Little Dirt Don’t Hurt

Antibacterial soap.  Hand sanitizer.  Germ killing aerosol spray.  Some parents try to keep their kids as sterile as possible. I have a different theory. “Dirt don’t hurt.” Do I like a good hand washing? Yes I do. But I’ve witnessed many parents work to keep their kids from playing in the dirt. My theory is […]

What The Zoo Taught Me About Successful Fathering

What The Zoo Taught Me About Successful Fathering

Well it’s been months since my last blog and two months since our third boy, Gabriel was born. Whoever said “It’s all the same after your second one” was so wrong. At least for me. As an avid outdoorsman I purely enjoy my time in the sun but starting over again with an infant in […]

Engagement Dad and Daughter Sledding

-Engagement: It’s Not Just for Moms Anymore

Engagement: It’s Not Just for Moms Anymore How to Be More Engaged With Your Kids as a Dad     Recently I’ve been doing some reflecting on the complexity of fatherhood.  There are just so many responsibilities, rules, regulations, lessons, advice, do this, don’t do that, etc. It can get insanely overwhelming. Can I get […]

saddle training

How to Deal With Failure Even When it Kills Your Dreams

  The first horse I ever tamed was a beautiful little Quarter Horse filly named Perci. I’d done all the groundwork a cowboy could do with her and she was ready to be ridden. I saddled her up and away we went. Had a nice ride! However when I went to “tack her down” I […]

Power Squats for Optimal Parenting

Power Squats; Heavy Lifting for Optimal Parenting

News Flash! Parenting is tough! It challenges every fiber in your being. Some weeks I feel great…I stayed patient, and calm; I listened to their needs and empathized with their struggles;  I shut down the laptop and say “yes” to the things that are important to them. Other weeks are the opposite…I’m quick to anger […]

Big John

The Game of Thrones Man Date

 A Man Date is defined as a special allotted time when two males go out together without their spouses or kids for traditional date like activities. This Week’s Man Date Participants: Todd Smith, magazine columnist and essayist and Cooper & Kid blogger, and John McCambridge, a landscape foreman and father of two girls. McCambridge not […]

Dadsgiving, Take Three

So I know I said I’d follow up last week with my recipe for fancy red curry, but then I looked at the publication schedule and realized I wouldn’t post again until early December. But Thanksgiving. I mean, what kind of self respecting food(ish) blogger would I be without throwing my own signature spice blend […]

A Better Dad Against All Odds

In many ways my first blog, Spiderdad is symbolic. As a single parent you need to have super hero powers to survive and remain sane. As with any super hero, you have to ask,  “What is your super power?” My super hero power is–against any odds I want to be the best dad possible. That’s […]

Child Crying

The #1 Tip for a Happy(er) and (slightly more) Organized Morning

Mornings with kids can be rough.  Especially if you have places that you (and they) need to be.   I’m lucky enough to have found something that has helped me during this time of day.  And it might be counter intuitive to most advice that we give to parents with young kids… Recently I took […]

Pappy Lunch

The Blue Collar Half Hour Man Date

A Man Date is defined as a special allotted time when two males go out together without their spouses or kids for traditional date like activities. This Week’s Man Date Participants: Todd Smith, magazine columnist and essayist, Cooper & Kid blogger, and manager of Kern Landscape Resources and Pappy Kern, 78, retired farmer and union […]

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