Happy Father’s Day Sunday 8:30am: I am making a bagel while putting away clean dishes, waiting for my coffee to be done brewing and singing along with Pearl Jam. My boys are watching Larvas on Netflix in the living room and my wife is back asleep in bed (she was probably up at 5am with Mason). Miles turns 8 this Saturday. This is my 8th Fathers Day?!?! This is fatherhood at it’s best I am not bragging, but more enjoying this parenting bliss that can go as fast as it comes. The first full week of summer had a bit of a rough beginning but ended amazing. I feel like I am standing … [Read more...]
We all feel the stress of life as a modern-day parent. School. Work. Traffic. Bills. Politics. Scheduling kids’ activities. Shuttling kids to those activities. More traffic. Sometimes it feels like we are on a wheel that never stops. To decompress, our family a few times a year tries to visit relatives who live on a 15-acre farm in Sonoma County -- about an hour north of San Francisco and just west of Napa Valley. It is a beautiful vineyard with views of the valley below. Every morning roosters and geese wake you as they go out in search of food and water. The daylight has a soft glow … [Read more...]
We, the LA Dads Group, brought a member of our group for his first time to Dad 2.0 Summit, a dad blogger event. We asked him if he would write about his perspective about his trip. He agreed and I am very excited to introduce, Juan Pablo Delgado. We had the pleasure of meeting Juan Pablo over a year or two ago, his beautiful family and his company, My Custom Insoles (which if I wasn't wearing these over the weekend, I would have had some serious sore feet!). It is awesome to have him be part of our LA Dads Group. Let's check out what he has to say! My first DAD 2.0 Summit … [Read more...]
The highlight of my Dad 2.0 Summit 2017 experience was when I had the privilege of moderating an exclusive talk with Marc Webb for the City Dads Group. If you are not familiar with Marc, I am sure you know his work. He is a producer and director, known for 500 Days of Summer (2009), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). We got to chat with him about his new movie coming out, Gifted. Gifted Gifted caught my attention because it tugged on that "fatherhood string." I mean, what would happen to my boys if something were to happen to my wife and me? I can't … [Read more...]
We have all been there--that moment when you realize you are about to become a parent (by adoption or birth) and have no idea what you are doing! Well, have no fear dads, the biggest baby show in the country is coming to Los Angeles the weekend of November 5th and 6th. It is a family-friendly, expo-size jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood at the awesome Magic Box at the REEF in Downtown LA (near LA Live). And guess what! As part of our LA Dad community, you can enter the … [Read more...]
I got to join a few pretty cool blogger moms as they toured Sony Studios earlier this week. We were invited to tour the sets for both The Goldbergs and Dr Ken as well as enjoy a few minutes of questions and answers with some of the cast, crew and others.
The Goldbergs: In the 1980s, geeky Adam uses a video camera to document his family's crazy life. His mother, Beverly, is overprotective and lacks boundaries, while his dad has a hot temper and finds it difficult to parent without screaming.
I was born in the early 70's, so … [Read more...]
I love being a stay at home dad for my two boys. I have been asked multiple times if we are going to try to have a girl. We are not, two is enough and we are very happy. I have also been asked if I think I would raise a daughter differently than I would my boys. No! If I had a daughter I would do exactly what I am doing with my boys. I know I would have a different relationship with a daughter (as with every child they are never the same), but I wouldn't change the way I parent. I allow my boys to choose what interests them and allow them to try things even if it may not be "fit for boys". … [Read more...]
I moved to Los Angeles about 12 years ago following a business opportunity. I was growing tired of the gray weather in Seattle and jumped at the chance to start a new chapter in my life. What wasn't exciting about L.A.? Disneyland, Hollywood, amazing beaches and more. When you first arrive in Los Angeles you are as much a tourist as those who are just here to visit. The city is a hot spot for sightseeing, people watching, movies, concerts, sporting events, shopping and beaches. The list is nearly endless. And when you move here you do all that. Then, after a while, you begin to get a … [Read more...]
Los Angeles Dads Group will join the effort to raise awareness and funds to battle childhood cancer by setting up an Alex's Lemonade Stand on Saturday, June 11, 2016. L.A. Dads Group is one of 5 outposts of the national City Dads Group network to host lemonade stands that day. Other chapters include City Dads Groups inChicago, Cleveland, Dallas, New York City, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. All money raised will be donated to the Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) for its work funding research to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer. "This is a great opportunity for our … [Read more...]
The other weekend, we were invited by Britax to celebrate Safe Kids Day with some celebrities, parents and hundreds of kids that was presented by Nationwide. This LA event was at Smashbox Studios was this was just one of 223 Safe Kids Day events taking place across the United States which helps raise awareness and funds for Safe Kids Worldwide. There was so many fun things to do with the kids, one of our favorites was with the one and only an animal adventure, zoologist Jack Hanna and his baby animals (so cool!); we also played games with Clifford the Big Red Dog; sliding down our giant … [Read more...]