35 Family Halloween Costume Ideas

I wouldn’t have expected that I’d be advocating for family Halloween costumes, but here I am. I’ve always aggressively rejected the “matchy-matchy” gimmick. If my wife and I were even wearing the same color shirt, I’d go change. But, perhaps I’ve fully embraced this dad role, because now I look forward to planning our family…

More than 50% of Northern Nevada Students are Falling Behind

How important is it to be at reading proficiency levels by 3rd grade? Interestingly, it’s a strong indicator of whether a student will graduate from high school on time or at all. 95% of high school dropouts struggled with reading proficiency by 3rd grade! So, how’s northern Nevada doing? Not great – less than 50%…

How to Build a Busy Board Step-by-Step

I spent a lot of time growing up in garages. They were the manhood museums of my late grandfathers; they held a half-century’s worth of their work and whatchamacallits. Tools, scraps of metal and wood, sawdust, two-stroke motors, and oil cans tell the story of the men in my family. It was in those garages…

Back to School Safety

Summer is ending soon, and children will be returning to school. Before our kids pack their pencils and grab sack lunches, REMSA/Care Flight would like to remind parents and community members of some basic back to school tips and precautions. Before going back to school: Get up to date on vaccinations Ensure your kids are…

NEW: Party Rooms at Circus Circus

If you read my previous article about the new Circus Circus, you know that they’ve recently completed a string of renovations that brought a slew of great new family-friendly additions. One of its newest additions are the two party rooms. Now, as appealing as it is to invite a couple dozen sugar-crazed kids to destroy…

The Journey of Fatherhood as Told Through 20 Star Wars Quotes

One of my favorite film series of all time is Star Wars. So, to celebrate Star Wars Day this year, I thought I’d share some fatherhood moments as expressed through Star Wars quotes. And no, I didn’t take the easy way out with the “I am your father,” Vader quote (even though I really wanted…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 6: Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness: Play the Game In this episode, the Reno Dads sit down and talk about a great article by one of our own Reno Dads,  David about Teaching Situational Awareness. It’s an important skill that dads can have a large role in helping our kids develop. What is situational awareness, exactly? David provides a great…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 5: Baby Names!

Baby Names: Don’t Screw this Up! In this episode, the Reno Dads sit down and talk baby names. Yeah, we’re manly enough to talk about how important it is to get this ONE thing right, on the first day of fatherhood! Stories about how each of the hosts (and their partners) arrived at their kids’…

Reno Dads Top 10 of 2017

As the year rolls to an end, we often pause for reflection – and in this case we’ll reflect on the top 10 posts from 2017. These top 10 were decided based on unique views on the site. If you’re new to Reno Dads, or just want a trip down memory lane, you’ve found the…

2017 Reno Dads Christmas Shopping Guide

Alright Dads, time to get to your Christmas shopping for the kids. Not just at Costco, Target, and Amazon, but locally! If you aren’t familiar with anything local, here is the 2017 Reno Dads Christmas Shopping Guide with some of the unique toy stores here in Reno that are locally owned. You are sure to…

Review: KiwiCo Crate

Do you remember playing outside for hours with nothing more than a stick when you were a kid? As a boy, I could make that stick a sword to battle pirates or a light saber to battle Darth Vader or a “shooter” (as my daughter says) to be a cowboy. But, it seems, part of…

College Tours: A Primer

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