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Making cardboard swords from Amazon boxes

Making cardboard swords from Amazon boxes...

My daughters (5 and 3) love the whole Disney princess thing but they love Jake and the Neverland pirates equally. Jake broke out right around when Disney Junior the channel launched and introduced my kids to the idea of Peter Pan, which has really become their favorite movie and bedtime story. And Disney ain’t no fool – they have an entire summer theme on Disney Channel dedicated to being a pirate or princess...
Car Seat Regrets: How I could have avoided spending $1000 on car seats

Car Seat Regrets: How I could have avoided spendin...

By my estimation, when my two children (currently 4 and 2 years old) are done with car seats, I will have spent over $1500 on securing these little suckers into the back seats.  Recently, I purchased my 4 year old daughter a new convertible booster car seat, which will be the 5th car seat of her lifetime.  This latest car seat is the best and by the end of this post I will explain what I would have done differently...

How to Stop Your Kids from Splashing Water During ...

Warn your children that you have placed their towel at the base of the tub and that is the towel they are using, whether soaked or bone-dry.  We implemented it a few days ago and magically the splashing has stopped.
Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea...

As you might have read in the V-Day post, during my last yearly check-up I told my doctor that I thought I might have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is classified as a disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. My wife suggested that I speak with my doctor because there have been many nights where she would hear me gasping for breath and wondered if I would start breathing again. Initial...
Good Child Behavior is Easy as 1…2…3

Good Child Behavior is Easy as 1…2…3...

Remember back in your day if you disobeyed your parents you’d most likely get a smack on the posterior with a wooden spoon?  Heck, I remember clearly the principal of my elementary school proudly displaying “the strap” on his wall. I once nearly experienced the strap myself, it was my first taste of “one person’s word against another’s” when I stepped in to break up a fight...
Q&A with Singer, Songwriter, Dad – Kevin Griffin

Q&A with Singer, Songwriter, Dad – Kevin Gr...

Recently we were contacted by a reader named Kevin Griffin who pointed us to a song he recorded about his daughter Cici and wondered if it warranted a blog post on FunctionalFather.com. Well, we like to reward people who are outgoing and we really have no limitations on what we blog about, and getting to know how other Dads balance their lives is part of our mission. So without further background, here is an online...
Head-slap: We Fed Our Baby Recalled Similac Formula

Head-slap: We Fed Our Baby Recalled Similac Formul...

As reported by most news outlets today, Abbott Labs issued a major recall of Similac powder baby formula, citing the possibility of the powder containing beetles. This immediately caught the attention of my wife and I because we feed our 5-month-old daughter Similac powdered formula (although we also mix in the liquid version as well).  When I got home from work I took our 3 Similac containers down to the computer...
If it’s Friday Night – It Must be Pizza Night

If it’s Friday Night – It Must be Pizza Night...

When I was growing up, Friday night was Pizza Night in our house.  We would usually order 2 pies from the local pizza joint, pick them up and head on home. As my kids have gotten older, my wife and I have carried on this tradition in a different form. After realizing, 1) We both really enjoy cooking and 2) Pizzas for a family of 4 can be really expensive, we decided to experiment and try to make our own pizzas.  You’ll...
Vasectomy Diary – Part II

Vasectomy Diary – Part II...

…Continued from Vasectomy Diary – Part I Without further delay, the conclusion to one Dad’s vasectomy adventure. 11:00 – I am called and walk in to the hospital room, the nurse goes over some last minute things, reiterating that the procedure is to be considered “non-reversible”, asks me to sign some more forms and then tells me to disrobe and place a blanket over me, the doctor will be in...
Nick Jr. Special “Let’s Hear it For The Laurie Berkner Band” Coming to DVD

Nick Jr. Special “Let’s Hear it For Th...

Big news in our household this week was the announcement that the Nick Jr. special “Let’s Hear it for the Laurie Berkner Band” is getting released on DVD on September 28th, 2010.  The special first aired in July of 2009 and my daughter was already an avid Laurie Berkner fan – a product of Laurie’s frequent appearances on Jack’s Big Music Show.  We recorded the special on our DVR...

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