Who isn't tired of Disney princesses?Jake Gosselin is for one. That's part of the reason he and his wife, Laura, created The Pinkaboos, a girl-powered adventure series designed to help children ages 7 to 10 conquer their fears and self doubt. He speaks about his work and inspiration, and how they hope to develop a more evolved approach to writing for and about girls on the latest Modern Dads Podcast.According to his website, the Pinkaboos takes place in The Land of Frights, where best friends Bitterly, Abyssma, and Belladonna attend Fright School, a magical academy that teaches young … [Read more...]
Congratulations to Brian Craig of our Indianapolis Dads Group on the publication of his first book, Lone Pair of Blue Jeans in a Sea of Yoga Pants.Craig, whose work under the pen name Pete Gilbert for Indy's Child magazine frequently appears on this blog, self-published this humorous memoir about his recently concluded time as a stay-at-home dad taking care of his three small children."It is based on my Indy's Child stuff. I collected all the posts that are SAHD specific because I wanted to put them together in a collection for my kids. Now seemed like the perfect time, since all three … [Read more...]
How do I help my son forge his own identity?How can I teach him what it means to be a leader?What should I do so he develops a set of ethical values?Reading Ten Conversations You Must Have with Your Son by Dr. Timothy Hawkes is a good way to prepare yourself for the difficult task of helping your son, especially a teenage boy, grow into a man.Hawkes, a father and Australian boarding school headmaster, writes that we have to let our sons know they are loved. But there is a fine line between saying “I love you” and showing your love. Showing your love gives him a sense of … [Read more...]
In this first Modern Dads Podcast of the new season, we talk about the joys of play -- for you and your kids -- and when parents need to step back to let children have fun on their own. On hand is Meredith Sinclair, an author and creative play advocate, to give us her wisdom and discusses her new book, Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit.
Well Played has received generally positive reviews.
"The bulk of the book is spent reminding grown-ups that we don’t have to be so serious. We can … [Read more...]
We had two dogs before my daughter was born: a 9-year-old Rottweiler and a 2-year-old Boxer. Bailey and Sydney were spoiled rotten. We took them on walks, played with them relentlessly, and they both slept soundly in our bedroom.When expecting our first child, we received numerous suggestions – baby gadgets to buy, ways to raise our kids, stores to shop at, etc. One suggestion was on how to prepare dogs for baby entering their lives.Wait. Prepare the dogs? Are you kidding me?People warned us the dogs would not be ready for our new normal (we weren’t ready either, but that’s another … [Read more...]