All Aboard!…The Polar Express on the V&T Railway

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the…” Wait a minute, that’s the wrong classic story. I’m here to talk to you about the modern-day classic, The Polar Express. The Polar Express is a book that came out in 1985 and, at least from my perspective, lived in obscurity until Tom Hanks brought it…

Youth Basketball – A Reno Dads Guide

Who else is ready to trade in freezing nights at the baseball, football, and soccer fields for a climate controlled gym? If you are among the frozen, we have good news: basketball season is upon us! Reno doesn’t have a ton of youth basketball programs, but the ones we have are large and fantastic. We…

Youth Skiing and Snowboarding – A Reno Dads Guide

While many parents are looking forward to a climate controlled gym for the winter, others are preparing to jump right into the cold with youth skiing and snowboarding. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone in Reno, but we truly do have some world class skiing and snowboarding opportunities for our kids and our…

Youth Wrestling – A Reno Dads Guide

Youth wrestling offers children the opportunity to instill confidence, build strength, and learn discipline while participating in a sport they can continue in their whole lives. Additionally, wrestling, like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has incredible benefits to combat bullying, manage ADHD, develop socially, and help fight the obesity epidemic ravaging our nation’s youth. Reno is fortunate to…

What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit

By Dr. Perry Francis I am a dad, and I am also a dentist. So I’ve seen the experience of a child’s first visit to the dentist from both sides of the chair. If your family is prepping for your child’s first dental visit, I’d like to offer a few words of advice. First, what…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 23: arte italia and NeoRealismo

In this episode, we get to hear about a hidden gem here in Reno, arte italia. Hiding out in plain site on the corner of California and Flint, a few blocks away from the Nevada Museum of Art, it is arguably among the best Italian heritage foundations in the entire United States! This month (and…

Be Safe, Explore and Discover the Joy of Cycling!

“Hey kids – watch this!” We can all guess how this story goes, right? About 25 years ago, when I was teaching my sons the joy of cycling and riding bikes, our whole family was out for a ride on a dirt trail. It was a great day – mild temperatures, helmets on and smiles…

3 Reasons Why Family Tailgates are More Than Just Football

It was late August, and I was backing out of my driveway on my way to the first Nevada football game of the 2019 season. As the garage was closing, my daughter, 2, screamed from her car seat, “My Wolf Pack chair!” I stopped the car and thought about it for a second. Does she…

Don’t Be Blindsided by Divorce

Well really it’s our fault – after all we have been giving our husbands ultimatums since the day before they said “I do.” How can any of you possibly know that we really meant it this last time?  Well guys, for those of you lucky enough not to walk in on your wife and her…

Safety Tips for Hiking in the Truckee Meadows

One of the things I like most about living in the Truckee Meadows is that well into late September and early October, you can keep exploring the area through hiking. During the fall months, my wife, our two children and I, prefer to have a leisurely start to the day. We like to pack some…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 22: Reno 1868 FC Assistant Coach Chris Malenab

Editor’s note: This story deals with the subjects of depression and suicide. If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can contact the National Suicide Hotline by phone (1-800-273-8255) or text (send HOME to 741741). In this episode, Jake Wiskerchen and host Jonathan have a conversation with Chris Malenab, an assistant coach…