“Dad, I don’t like Star Trek,” my son said to me. And right there, at that exact moment, is the moment my heart shriveled up, and the world became a cold dark place. “You are dead to me,” I told my son. I turned away trying to hold back tears. I buried myself in my work; making his lunch so that my traitor of a son could have something to eat today besides his father’s disappointment. “It’s boring, dad,” he said. Boring? Star Trek is boring? Motherfucking Captain Kirk boring? This is blasphemy. “Minecraft is boring,” I said. I usually add three pieces of salami to his … [Read more...]
Maybe you've read the best-seller, The Dangerous Book For Boys -- a collection of tongue-in-cheek advice for boys on topics such as how to climb a tree, build a go-kart and grow a crystal. If you have (or haven't), you can now watch the television series based on it. But first, you should listen to our latest Modern Dads Podcast featuring one of the show's young stars, Gabriel Bateman. The series, debuting on Amazon Prime March 30, follows the McKenna family as it copes with the untimely passing of patriarch Patrick (Chris Diamantopoulos), a whimsical inventor who touched the … [Read more...]
As a professional full-time gay man, I'm obligated to write about the Netflix's recent reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I sat down with my husband recently to watch the first episode, and after I did, I had a few thoughts. My first thought: I hated it. I'll back up a bit. The original series aired on Bravo from 2003-2007: a kitschy and colorful little show in which five fabulous gay men kidnapped a slovenly straight dude and taught him the ways of the Gay Force. The gays would give the straight slob a makeover: a cool haircut, some better outfits, tips on healthy eating and … [Read more...]
Screen time -- how much is too much for children when everywhere you go -- including the classroom -- you find a television, computer, gaming system, tablet or smartphones?
NPR Digital Education Correspondent Anya Kamenetz thinks she has the answer for you beleaguered fathers and mothers.
The award-winning journalist and author appears on the latest edition of the Modern Dads Podcast to offer practical advice and research findings from her new book, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real Life.
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Disclosure: I am part of Netflix's #StreamTeam and I have agreed to regularly share some of my favorite things about Netflix in exchange for some goodies and experiences. As always, the thoughts written here are my own. Just like my wife and I try to watch the same shows at the end of our busy days (I like to call it Date Night, Every Night), we prefer our two boys watch the shows together rather than retreating to their own devices every evening. It was easy when they were younger. For their first viewing years, our eldest (by three years) controlled the television because he was the … [Read more...]