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…

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…

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…

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…

Man’s Best: A Requiem for My Dog

My beloved dog, Zoe, of 14.8 years died on July 2nd of this year. Since then, I’ve been trying in vain to swallow the jagged pill of her loss. Something embedded in my psyche, maybe some twisted cultural norm, keeps saying, “She was just a dog; you’ll get over it.” Something deeper, though, maybe my…

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…

Grilled… pizza?

My biggest pet peeve when searching for a recipe online is I have to read an overly lengthy prose piece about how this dish reminds them of their Great Aunt who made this for them in the Winter during their parents’ divorce… or feel free to use your imagination. In any case, I have no…

Game of Throne

Are you ready for the final chapter? Of course you are… you’ve watched Arya become a revenge-hungry killing machine, almost forgotten when Ned lost his head nearly ten years ago, and you’re still reeling from Dany going nuclear on King’s Landing last week. I’m here to tell you a slightly different story, though. As the…

New Reno Topgolf Swing Suite is Way More Than Golf

The Silver Legacy Resort Casino in downtown Reno debuted its new Topgolf Swing Suite recently and many people, like myself, had a similar reaction. “Oh, it’s just like hitting a golf ball into a screen.” Wrong. For starters, and to be fair, THE ROW’s Topgolf is certainly not like the Las Vegas Topgolf, which is…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 16: Reno Mom Mikalee Byerman

In this episode, the Reno Dads podcast sat down with Mikalee Byerman, a local mom, marketing guru, and Reno Moms Blog contributor to talk about solo/single parenting, dating in Reno, and online dating. It turns out that dating in Reno is just as frustrating from the women’s side of the table as it is from…

Dad Spotlight: Reed Tolotti

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your family? I have one son who turned 16 a few months ago. He is currently a sophomore in high school. I met my wife when my son was 6 years old and we have been married for 6 years. Are you a Reno native? Yes,…