Killing Santa

Most parents will face this question sooner or later: “Is Santa real?” So, what do you say? How do you respond to a starry-eyed, innocent child who derives such genuine joy and wonder from picturing Santa Claus bringing them gifts each Christmas? How do you cover up and rationalize the years of deceit you’ve fed…

Fatherhood Has Turned Me into a Crying Sap

Last month, I hired a photographer to take family photos. My wife and I have an 8-month old daughter and very few pictures on the wall to show for it. The photog, David Calvert, is a buddy who also shot our wedding. David sent me a text to let me know that the photos would be done…

4 Reasons Sky Tavern is Perfect for Dads

By guest author Eaton Dunkelberger Fellow dads, Sky Tavern is a great way to punch your dad/dude card this winter. For the price of a season of soccer (with cleats), you can give the gift of a new sport to your kiddos while doing some serious Dad Stuff. I joined Sky Tavern with my (then) 4 year…

Thanksgiving Turkey Carving with Mark Estee

A few weeks ago we asked Mark Estee, of Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, if he’d be interested in doing a demo for the Reno Dads (and our awesome community) on how to carve a Thanksgiving turkey. We sat down this weekend and “talked turkey” about family traditions, how to prepare the bird for roasting…

College Tours: A Primer

What are some things to think about when you’re getting ready to make college visits with your high schoolers?

Helping Hungry Children

What if your child had to go hungry on a regular basis? For 1 in 4 children in Washoe County, this isn’t a theoretical question – it’s reality. We’re talking about local children, many of whom likely go to school alongside our kids. This situation can happen for many number of reasons, but the fact…

Daddy Jekyll & An Exasperated Mr. Hyde

Nearly eight weeks ago, my wife and I had our first child. In the delivery room, I was anticipating Jameson’s arrival would also usher in a flood of parental emotions I had yet to experience in my life. After my wife’s hard-fought 23 hours of labor, time slowed and the flood came. I exhaled in…

Rules for My Daughters

Aaron Conrad posted a great compilation of quotes from Walker Lamond’s book “Rules for My Unborn Son.” As a father of two daughters, this list didn’t really speak to me, though it was full of great insight. So, I set out to build my own list of rules for my daughters. As I searched and…

Talking with Your Kids About Death

I remember that day clearly. As I drove my son (then 6 years old) home from school, I came to a stop at a traffic light. “Hey dad,” his little voice snuck to my ear from the back seat. “Yeah, buddy?” I replied, casually. “What happens to us when we die?” he asked me. Oh…

Talking To Your Kids about September 11th

“Never Forget” seems to be getting difficult for us, as a people, for an event now 16 years passed. We just don’t talk about it the same way. We should, but we don’t. The incredible emotions of anger, fear, confusion, and even love for our fellow citizens has faded. We certainly haven’t forgotten, but we…

3 Simple Coping Strategies For Fatherhood Stress

I find it telling that, for me, moments of extreme stress and danger can be subdued by the peaceful and calming thoughts of my family, my bride, and especially my boys. These thoughts seem to develop into a clear thinking, calming my mind to allow full focus on the task at hand. Six years in…