Editor's Note: Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y, kicks off a week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities." Each weekday, we'll highlight a family fun spot or activity in one or two of the 11 U.S. locations of City Dads Groups. As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, I always enjoyed trips to Coney Island. While the area has had its share of ups and downs and was recently hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, there is still something special about it. There's nothing like walking down a seaside boardwalk and seeing attractions like Deno's Wonder Wheel (built in 1920) or the Cyclone roller … [Read more...]
Tuesday was one of those days. My smile was a facade, it was there, but wasn't as wide, or bright or authentic, as it usually is. At one point, my daughter even asked me why I wasn't goofing around as much as I usually do.
I was grumpy. I had a bad case of the grown-ups.
I'm not going to trouble you with the details, partially because I'm not sure what the particulars actually were, but I was stressed and fixated on things both in and out of my control. And at one point, I started getting stressed about … [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...]