Vaccines: All the Cool Dads are Doing it

As parents, we like to be informed. It gives us a sense of power and control, and when it comes to our children, we feel we’re better able to make decisions to protect them and keep them safe. Every parent is faced with a critical choice to make for the health of their child –…

How to Maintain Your Warrior Physique

How to maintain your warrior physique and fight off the wolves during your children’s infancy. This is a fluff statement. That’s a bullshit headline to inspire some inspirational feeling during the precious little apocalypse that has been brought into your home. Truth is, working out and eating right feels damn near impossible. But, have no…

The Power of Play, Part II: To Play is to Be Human

Previously, I shared a story when I and a few of my college buddies stumbled upon the great game of Toilet Paper War. From there I, with the aid of UC Berkeley researcher Alison Gopnik’s article “Why Play is Serious,” attempted to convey how crucial play is to children and adults alike, especially if they…

6 Simple Steps to Easing Your Way Into Camping

I grew up in a camping family. A hardcore camping family. Every weekend, weeks at a time, all seasons, all weather. Most of my favorite memories growing up are with my parents and siblings out camping. Some of my earliest memories included sites without water and facilities where we had to establish our own shower…

Ask Mr. Emotions Guy: Appropriate Anger

Raise your hand if you have snapped at someone and then regretted it. No, seriously, this is not rhetorical. Go ahead, no one will think you’re weird; it’ll just look like you’re stretching one arm or adjusting your sleeve. Now that most of you have ignored me and skipped the exercise, ask yourself why it…

Clearing the Air for Our Kids

With a 10-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son both active in soccer and baseball leagues, our family spends a lot of time in area parks. When we’re in our parks we never escape evidence of tobacco debris that’s been thoughtlessly thrown away, whether it’s cigarette butts, spit-out chew, or tobacco packaging. And though it doesn’t…

Solution to Seasonal Stuffiness

“What if you hate the way he picks his nose? …..And eats it. All men do it.” – Kristoff from Frozen I don’t know about you, but I was anxious for the winter of 2016/2017 to end. Full disclosure: I don’t ski or snowboard, so the over abundance of snow in the Sierras was lost…

Real Man

Being a real man is hard. First off, can anyone even define what that means? So many forces tug at us to place labels, then once we think we have settled on something reasonable, another force makes us question that. Someone wiser than I once said, “To define is to confine,” meaning that if we…

Kitties not Titties – Speech Matters

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusions that is has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw Communicating with a young child is a guessing game at best. “Did you poop? Are you hungry? Is that a new tooth? Are you not feeling well? Is it just gas? I don’t know, where is mommy?” The…

Fear, or Lack Thereof, and a Bike

Fatherhood is great. The excitement of your kids first steps. The frustration of a baby that won’t sleep at night. The envy of innocence. The fear of your kid getting seriously hurt. And with my boys, the fear of my kid getting seriously hurt is a constant concern. For better or worse, they inherited my…

Oh. Canada.

Unlike some of the other Reno dads associated with this site, I enjoy soccer.  It’s not my favorite sport, it’s not my second favorite, but it’s in the running. This means that while they have their boys at Little League, my son enjoys running around and kicking at or around a ball. It’s already apparent…

March Snipness aka Vas Madness

“Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.” -Scottie Pippen It takes two to tango, but if your experience to get pregnant with your partner was anything like mine, then you know it can take months upon months of “trying.” I hate the word trying and don’t get…