Here kid. Use MY favorite toys!

So lately I’ve been wondering what topic to breach as the frenzied and frenetic father.  I brainstormed a few ideas and landed on things such as the limp noodle toddler, becoming your own parents, and sharing your old toys with your kids.

It’s the last one that really held on for this post.  So here goes:

I’m a nerd.  I like toys and puzzles.  Comics and video games.  I have stuff when from when I was younger tucked away to be shared with my own children.  I’m not talking special edition mint packaging SEALED action figures from the 70s and 80s.  I mean toys that I LOVED to play with.  Things that stood the battle tests, didn’t break down and were still found in my parents basement years later.

Now is the time to dust them off and start introducing them to my children.   My oldest is just 2 years old and my youngest is 8 months.  These two boys will be educated in the way of classic toys.  If they let me.

With the advent of smartphones it seems that just about everything has to be digitized, electronic, and motion activated.  Will my Lincoln Logs, Construx, Hot Wheels/Matchbox Cars, and Duplos hold up against the competition?  Well if you ask me, and others my age, you’ll probably get a resounding yes.  What I want to know is will it work with my sons?

My oldest son is some sort of dexterous prodigy and well frankly I think he can handle the likes of many of the great building set toys.  It may be a few more years but I know I scored an Erector set of my dad’s when I was little and it led me to a devotion to Legos that I still have today.

I want critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Millenials are being called the “Do it for me” generation and I just can’t imagine my sons having to be tagged in that category.  Let’s get out the physical paper books, and out come the Duplos and building blocks.  Away with the battery operated stuff.

It’s time to play.

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Food for Child

Feeding your child.  Important.  Required.

There are obvious differences in the roles mothers and fathers play in the household while raising children.  One thing is for certain however; your child must eat.

We are a baby formula household so that job can be shared by both me and my wife.  I have to say that feeding your child is one of the most rewarding (although often frustrating) tasks you can do as a parent.

“Evening times with a newborn can be a bit chaotic while trying to juggle feedings, diaper changes, laundry, dinner and even just saying hi to your significant other. One thing I’ve found helpful is to let Dad and baby have their cuddle time.” – Sarah Kulchar, 6 Moments You Need to Let Dad Have With Baby

In the early stages its going to allow you to spend some great time to be close holding your child.  You get to make a connection as provider to them as well.  They need you for EVERYTHING.  This is a time to give some of your time to them.

Eventually your child is going to grow up (way too fast!).  Solids will come into play.  You can watch them excitedly open their mouth as you spoon some strange fruit or vegetable goop into their mouth.  Of course you try not to make a yuck face as you encourage them to give this new taste a try.

You then get to watch them as they learn their hands and fingers, pulling a Cheerio up to their mouth, or a cracker.

Later on you get to see them make choices.  They can tell you they want “Piece” (peas), or “Crates” (carrots).

If you’re still in this stage, don’t let the time get by you.  You may soon be fighting a two year old about eating something he or she has loved for months!

I can only wait for the day when my son says he wants more “Dragon Roll” or “Creme Brule.”  But now is not that time. Now is the time for letting him have another spoonful of mashed sweet potato.  Or not worrying about a few cheerios stuck to his forehead as he experiments with getting food to his mouth.

Both my 7 month old and my 2 year old are messy eaters.  On the flip side, I’m a 10 napkin a meal kind of person.  You can see the anxiety this often lends itself to.

Take a tip from me.  Relax.  Get a case of baby wipes to clean things up with and do your best dad; help feed the kids!

 

 

 

 

5 Best Dadding Android Apps

What apps can’t you live without?  That favorite game?  Social media?  That amazing music streaming app?  These are the 5 apps that I can’t live without as a DAD.

  1. Google Keep Notes

    • This is my favorite app for keeping notes and making lists.  It allows you to easily add a collaborator.  This allows for more than one person to edit the note/list.  My wife and I use this for meal planning and for our grocery list!  It’s also great for quick notes and reminders that pop up when I’m too busy do anything but jot them down.  If you use Google Assistant you can “Ok Google” a note verbally as well.
  2. PBS Kids Play Games

    • Got a little one that needs some entertainment?  Need to deescalate an emotional child?  This app has a plethora of games and activities to keep your child occupied in those “help me!” moments.   Some are pretty basic for toddlers while others have a little more complexity for slightly older kids.  The favorites of my son are Sesame Street, Super Why and Daniel the Tiger.
  3. Instagram

    • No brainer here.  This is THE app for sharing and modifying pictures.  Many people like to use Facebook for sharing photos but Instagram is built precisely for pictures.  This is an easy and powerful app.  It seems to be less polluted with politics, advertisements and overall clutter that you find on Facebook.
  4. Mint

    • Raising kids is not cheap.  This app is my go to for keeping our finances in order.  You can securely add all of your debt, savings, and investment accounts and Mint keeps all of it organized together.  It can help you build budgets, monitor spending, alert changes in your accounts, and remind you of bills.  I use this app every single day.
  5. Baby Daybook

    • This app helped my wife and I keep our sanity after the birth of each of our sons.  You basically log on pees, poops, baths and feedings into the app.  Then we don’t have to ask each other, “when did you change his diaper last?”  Or “when was his last bottle?”  There is a paid no-ad version or you can stick to the free app that shows advertisements from time to time.  This app is very deep and can be used for as much or as little as you need for your child.

 

Got some suggestions?  I’m always looking to update and refresh my posts.  Comment and share your favorite app for dadding (or parenting in general) and I’ll take a look!