Raising Leaders

Whether he means to or not, every dad teaches his children about leadership. Through our actions, words, and emotions we are an example to our children of how to lead. Acts of leadership we share are doing things as simple as arriving at an appointment on time, following through with a commitment, and respecting others….

2020 Reno Dads Griswold Award Winners

2020 may not have been an amazing year in general, but it’s been an amazing year for Christmas lights and displays in our community. Reno Dads recognizes those houses that, in the spirit of dad extraordinaire Clark W. Griswold, go above and beyond with decorations and lights to bring joy to the holiday season. Truthfully,…

2020 Map of the Best Christmas Lights in Reno/Sparks

If you’re looking for the best Christmas Light displays in the Reno/Sparks area, look no further. Below is a map to help guide you from neighborhood to neighborhood and show you the houses in Reno you shouldn’t miss this year! If you have any trouble seeing the map below, you can open in Google Maps…

Calling All Griswolds

At Reno Dads, we celebrate all things fatherly, and no dad better personified the time-honored dad tradition of the Christmas lights display. As such, this year we are again in search of the best Christmas yard displays in the greater Reno/Sparks area. We’ll award the best of the best with the Griswold Award for their…

Halloween Fun in the Time of COVID-19

For most families, Halloween will be spun on its head (imagine the scary scene in The Exorcist!). The only thing scarier than ghosts and ghouls is COVID-19 spread. But social distancing and mask regulations don’t have to slash your family’s Halloween fun. There are plenty of entertaining and innovative ways to take in the spooks…

Teaching Kids Gun Safety

If you weren’t raised around them, guns can be a bit scary, and for good reason. The same justified fear goes for motorcycles, swimming pools, ledges, the forest at night, and pretty much all objects (and animals) that pinch. Thankfully, we as parents get multiple opportunities throughout life to educate our children about the rational…

The Price of Allowance

Allowance can be a tricky subject to tackle. Even my wife and I have differing views on allowance. When someone brings up the conversation of allowance, the traditional understanding tends to be that you pay your child a certain amount of money in exchange for their completion of a list of chores. This mimics the…

Navigating the Transitions

My son Jameson is two years old, and he’ll be three in another month, but it feels at times like he’s going on five or six. He says and does some of the most grown-up things I never would’ve imagined he’d be doing at this point in his young life. He quite frequently tells me,…

What Do I Want for Father’s Day?

Every Father’s Day, we’re bombarded with advertisements that tell us what to get dad for a gift. And let’s be honest, some of it is really cool stuff! But, we asked actual dads what they want for Father’s Day this year. This isn’t a sponsored post. We’re not endorsing any products. This is what real…

Perspectives on Parenting from Higher Education

I got into teaching English in higher education, in part, because I love learning. College was fun for me, even in spite of its challenges; in fact, the challenges were what made it so fun. Discovering new ideas and new ways of looking at and living in the world were invigorating. They still are— that’s…