Kids are back at school, and – duh – they all need brain-dead stuff like a backpack, notebooks and pencils. But my kid is special, see. My kid is a snowflake. He’s got pencils, but he needs pizzazz. So naturally, I’ve compiled a list of the top five things (there’s more, dudes, but attention span) that my special little snowflake needs for back-to-school time. Your kid probably doesn’t need them because I’ve seen your kid. He’s OK, but he’s all boogery and I can tell from the look in his eye that he’s not a go-getter. You want a go-getter? Dude, you can’t handle a go-getter if you even … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: We explore the Exploratorium with our San Francisco Dads Group co-organizer Andy Chen as our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" rides into the sunset. The SF Dads Group had a meetup recently at one of the coolest venues in our city by the bay - The Exploratorium. What makes this museum so cool is the sheer number of interactive exhibits and activities (600+) that are sure to capture the attention of both dads and kids, preschool and up. Some of the exhibits are purely for fun but many are also educational. Here's some info from its … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: Who loves the Atlanta children’s museum more than us? Our kids, of course. Our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" heads south.
One of the favorite places the boys and I like to visit is The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Granted it seems like a no-brainer that a place with such a title would be one of our favorites, but they were slow to warm up to it. Now that they are 2 and 4 they love it because every exhibit has some sort of hands-on component.
It varies as … [Read more...]
For busy parents like us, it helps to have a toolbox we can take with us wherever we go. This is why I put together my "Summer Survival Kit." All the products below can be thrown in a bag and taken wherever you go. I have personally tested them and found they have saved time, energy or just made my life easier. I have included links to find further info on the products and where to buy them. A Parent's Summer Survival Kit Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick. Have this book ready to cure those long days when the kids are complaining they're bored. This book … [Read more...]
I have always been a vocal proponent of public schooling.But my public school frustration has reached its limit. My wife and I view public school as part of the social contract that binds our country together. We actively participate in our kids’ education and I am currently the PTA president and in the past I have been VP and treasurer. While I think the teachers and administration at my children’s school are fantastic, at the moment, I feel like throwing my hands up in the air and, in a sense, waving them like I just don’t care. They are involved and care about the students, but the … [Read more...]