Before our 10-year-old son heads off to sleepaway camp for the summer, our family escaped New York City for one last hurrah. We had an unforgettable vacation experience less than three hours away from NYC at the “Sweetest Place on Earth” — Hershey, Pa. Our fourth quest to the Hershey theme park rocked and we never wanted to leave, the best compliment you can ever give to a vacation destination. Here’s some suggestions for finding your inner child along with a road map for returning families on what's new, intriguing and happening at Hersheypark. New rides at Hershey theme and water … [Read more...]
When life throws you curve balls ... well, you you learn to smack 'em out of the park. That seems to be a key to success for Jonathan Oliver has found in his journey from college where, after graduating high school with honors, he learned he had dyslexia to his current status as a personal development coach, motivational speaker, author and at-home dad. Oliver, also known as "J.O.," joins this latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast to talk about marriage, at-home fatherhood, and his new book, To the Little Boy in Me: Learning with Dyslexia & ADHD. In the conversation, he discusses … [Read more...]
The role dads can play in raising future leaders and social cause advocates will be the focus of a talk Wednesday, June 12, featuring the father of human rights activist Malala Yousafzai. NYC Dads Group will host the event, slated for 7 pm at 632 Broadway in Manhattan, called "Let Them Fly: Raising Empowered Leaders, Advocates, and Citizens." Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founder and board member of Malala Fund, will be one of the featured speakers. His efforts to resist Taliban efforts to limit freedoms in Pakistan inspired his daughter, Malala, to publicly campaign for the right of girls to … [Read more...]
Michael Reichert says that just as we no longer believe a girl's destiny is set by her biology, we need to think the same about boys. The old "boys will be boys" notion of masculinity is not inherent in their DNA. That and our understanding of how boys learn are among the many things Reichert, the founding director of the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives at the University of Pennsylvania, says people need to change if we are to raise a new generation of men who can form strong relationships without falling into the macho stereotypes and sexist behaviors of the … [Read more...]
“It didn’t even seem like they noticed,” she said to me. My wife, Trudy, and I had just finished putting our apartment back in order after some friends had spent the late afternoon with us. Our children had put up much less of a struggle going to bed than I had anticipated, given that it was much later than usual and that the hyperactivity of entertaining company had not yet worn off. Our daughter, Shayna, had no doubt exhausted herself by trying to defend her territory against the other young girl who had come over (never mind the fact that the other girl was six months Shayna’s junior and … [Read more...]
Celebrity dads -- they're just like us humans! Jon Finkel and Art Eddy know because they've spent years interviewing fathers from the worlds of sports and entertainment for their writing and podcasting projects. The two veterans of the Life of Dad online community have collected some of the wisdom they have heard from famous fathers in book form, and we discuss it on the latest episode of The Modern Dads Podcast. The Life of Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood from Today's Leaders, Icons, and Legendary Dads is billed as "an all-encompassing, entertaining distillation of the full dad … [Read more...]
Another white guy writing about empowering women? Really? Yes, but this is best-selling author and OG dad blogger Mike Adamick so you know he has something worth adding to the conversation on the latest episode of The Modern Dads Podcast. Raising Empowered Daughters: A Dad-to-Dad Guide, to be released in June 2019, is "a fists-up handbook for helping dads dismantle the patriarchy," Adamick's website. On the show, he and host Whit Honea talk about Adamick's efforts to meet dads where they are to discuss equality, representation and feminism. One way, he says, is to start by changing the … [Read more...]
Editor’s note: New York City presents amazing theatrical opportunities to share with our families. NYC Dads Group recently collaborated with “The Play That Goes Wrong” so several of our members and their kids could see show. Scroll to the end for a discount ticket offer!
The Play that Goes Wrong has a smash two-year run on Broadway, garnering two Tony Awards and a nomination for best play. The show recently transferred Off-Broadway into a more intimate format at the New World Stages. Even if the venue is a little smaller, the laughs are just as large.
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During spring break, my family and I hopped into our car for our latest road trip adventure. Less than two hours after leaving our Manhattan home, we arrived at a wonderful oasis in the the middle of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, a dreamy, fun-filled, action-packed, indoor getaway. Families will want to maximize their overall experience at the recently opened Kalahari, which has America's largest indoor water park, so here’s a few helpful water park tips and other ideas. Tip No. 1: Stay overnight. Arrive early for the awesome water park The indoor … [Read more...]
The art of living a minimalist lifestyle is something all New Yorkers embrace by default. We live in tiny apartments with no space for the usual suburbia luxuries like a home gym, multiple panini presses or rooms for guests. With such limited home space, it's challenging to own your own fitness equipment to satisfy the urge to lose the Dad Bod. As a result, many think it’s just easier to rely on the local gym or the nearest random boot camp class. Unfortunately, even more dads out there go with none of the above and skip the idea of getting and staying in shape altogether. However, you … [Read more...]