How first-time dads maximize their child’s health

Just about the first piece of wisdom that every first-time dad hears from someone — a friend, a co-worker, an older relative — is that newborns don’t come with instruction manuals. It’s true. As much as we’d all love babies to come with a link to a PDF instruction manual in multiplelanguages, dads can follow…

Your Kid and Gambling: What to Know and Teach Them about Risk-Taking

You might have experienced your heart jumping into your throat as you witnessed your kid jump from the coffee table to the couch in an Evel Knievel-style stunt – exciting and risky activities can be very appealing to kids.  Because kids don’t always understand or fully acknowledge the impact of their decisions and actions, risk-taking…

Reno Dads Guide to Youth Baseball and Softball in Reno

Youth Baseball and Softball in Reno [Updated for 2022]It’s that time of year again when registration for spring youth sports are opening up and parents all over Reno are clearing their calendars for baseball, softball, soccer, and every other sport hosting spring leagues. With so many options, we wanted to compile a list of community…

Slug Bug Game: Teaching Kids Area Familiarization – A CIA Officer’s Guide to Protecting Your Family

Area Familiarization 101 Area Familiarization, or AreaFam, is another one of those terms spies, military folk, and police officers toss around regularly that the Reno Dads are borrowing to continue to educate our readership on protecting their families. Much like situational awareness and surveillance detection, area familiarization is another technique that can save your life and…

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….

We’ve Got to Find The Music During the Pandemic Holidays

I grew up with a pretty musical family. My siblings and I all played a different instrument and my sister and I were always singing to songs like “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac and “Seasons of Love” from the musical, Rent. While my dad didn’t really sing along, he was our biggest cheerleader. He was always…

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,…

The Crazy Crocodile: Book Review

Recently, I was sent a copy of Richard Moyer’s children’s book, The Crazy Crocodile. It starts off like this: “King Peacock believed himself to be the most magnificent of all the jungle animals, and decided to have a contest to prove it.” It’s a good way to set up the plot, but it immediately left…

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…

The Importance of Community Sports

Who Is Advocating For Our Children? I began writing this post about the importance of community sports, specifically youth sports like baseball and soccer, in February before COVID hit hard. At the time, I was watching the impact that travel and club sports were having on community sports organizations. I wanted to appeal to our…

Childcare During Quarantine

I have been in the childcare field ever since I was old enough to pick up a bottle and a baby. Over the years, I have seen all different kinds of childcare environments including daycares, ABA therapy services, facilities, and in-home care. I can confidently say that having a nanny is one of the most…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 25: Corona Check In

In this episode, we get on the “Zoom Happy Hour” bandwagon. It’s no BBC sing along or surprise Hamilton appearance, but better late than never, right?! RenoDads founders Mike and David, along with long time contributors Josh and Jake, as well as newbie Steve talk about dad life in the current pandemic environment. Dave’s got…