Deployed Dad

Duty. Honor. Country. Our military service members live by these three words. When they deploy overseas, these words help focus them on the mission. Another word, perhaps not spoken at all, is sacrifice. Every time a service member deploys, they are making sacrifices to defend our nation. This decision truly defines what sacrifice is: giving up…

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…

Everyday Dad / Disneyland Dad

To a certain extent, every parent (and parenting team) has to wrestle with being the “cool” parent or the “strict” parent. I’ve seen plenty of parents who take pride in being the disciplinarian, the rule maker and enforcer, all the while knowing that their partner is relieved (in a sense) of that side of the…

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…

When is the Best Time to have Child Number 2?

I cannot stop thinking about the scene from Animal House when Kevin Bacon “assumes the position” and takes a fraternity paddle to the keister. “Thank you, sir! May I have another?” That phrase is relatable right now. My daughter just turned one. She has been a blessing and has motivated me to be better at life. That…

Dancing with My Daughter

I recently took my four-year-old daughter, Sami, to the Father-Daughter Day & Dance in Virginia City. She’s becoming increasingly independent, opinionated, and interested in new things; and I was excited about spending an afternoon touring Virginia City with her. She didn’t really understand what we were going to do, but she’s always looking for an…

Your Son Will Need Open Heart Surgery

“Your son will need open heart surgery.” Those are words you can never forget. My wife, Megan, and I heard those words on January 6th, 2015. It seems like yesterday. I still remember every single detail of that doctors appointment. It all started a month earlier during a routine checkup for my son, Cooper. I…

The Painful Truth About Fatherhood Part Deux: It Gets Better

Alright gents, in Part One of this epic tale I imparted some of the wisdom I wish had been bestowed upon me rather than the hellish school of hard knocks that was my first kid’s first year on this earth. But now I’ve got a modicum of light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel truth to impart: It gets better. Now,…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 4: Kylee’s Wish with Kehl LeSourd

Kylee’s Wish: A Story of Hope and Resilience In this episode, the Reno Dads sit down with Kehl LeSourd, a dad who inspires us with his and his family’s story of resilience in the face of some very challenging circumstances.  Kehl is the father of Kylee LeSourd (who, at age 7, was diagnosed with brain cancer)….

How Do You Stay Positive When Your Wife and Kid Have Cancer?

Rick Worthington is a diehard sports fan. Baseball, football, basketball — it doesn’t matter. Whether it’s an Oakland A’s game or his kid’s basketball game, he’ll watch it. One of the most memorable speeches Rick ever heard was that of the late North Carolina State men’s basketball coach Jim Valvano. Valvano is best known for the line,…

Letter to My Younger Self: 7 Lessons Learned From My First Child

My buddy just had his first child, a beautiful girl. I’m rarely one to give actual advice on parenting as it is hard enough not completely screwing up my own kids let alone thinking I can suggest how others can avoid doing so themselves. So, I’ll give advice to my younger self – a cocky…