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…

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…

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…

5 Tips for Back to School Nutrition

The kids are back in school now, and it’s an incredibly busy time of year for most of us. Days and weeks get busier and staying on top of nutrition can be tough; however, healthy eating has been shown to help kids concentrate in the classroom, which is why we wanted to share 5 tips…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 21: Traveling with Kids

In this episode, Jake Wiskerchen and David Bradfield recap some of their advice in how to travel with kids, inspired by Jake’s latest article, Tips for Traveling with Kids. And from the archive, David’s article with travel tips from a former CIA officer. Shout out and special mention of the “Mile-High Blowout” article from Scott,…

Dad Spotlight: Veteran Garrett Crosby

Crosby ensures life-long admiration of daughter by opening Reno’s first Rita’s Italian ice and frozen custard chain Garrett Crosby was waiting for his luggage to arrive at the baggage claim in Philadelphia in 2017, so to pass the time he started asking locals about their favorite food spots. As you can imagine, there were countless…

My Tips for Traveling with Kids

Almost a year ago, I discussed a few brief tips on traveling with children during a Noggin Notes podcast episode. Since then, my oldest child has aged (he’s now four) and the youngest is now toddling on his own far too much for my liking, so I figured an update was due. About a month…

Camping & Outdoor Safety for Families

Emergencies Happen. Be Prepared.  About 23 years ago, long before my two boys and amazing wife were in my life, I was living it up with my friends. We spent all of our free time outdoors – snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, camping and traveling to beautiful remote surfing destinations. One day, it occurred to me that…

Dad for Sale!

I’m always up for a challenge — run a relay race around Tahoe? ✅! Swim a relay race across Tahoe? Double ✅! I’ve mentioned here (and on the podcast) how challenging being a single dad can be here in Reno, so I’m putting myself on the block for auction. Having exhausted all the usual ways…

SMART Goals for Children

Goal Setting for Children As dads, and parents in general, our responsibility is to give our kids the tools they need to succeed in this life. We strive to get them to become self-reliant, encourage them to become their own advocates, and help establish values to live by. Another tool at our disposal that will…

Under the Sun: Heat and Sun Safety Tips

Written by Paul Burton, REMSA I’m in the business of safety. I feel like that’s the start of some lame (or awesome) dad joke, but for me, I mean it. As the Director of Emergency Medical Services for REMSA, I really am in the business of safety.  Learning to find the right balance between family…

List: Swim lessons in Reno-Sparks

The summer months in Reno can get hot. When it’s hot, you have to find water…and few things tucker out a youngster more than a day at the pool or lake. With the temperature approaching triple digits, many parents are enrolling their children in swim lessons – some just a few months after birth. And…