7 Things You May Not Know About Nevada 529 Plans

When and how should I start saving for my child’s college tuition? As a dad, you will inevitably be faced with the question of saving for college (perhaps not even if, but how). There are several ways in which you can stash some shekels away to pay for college; and 529 Plans may be the most…

8 Money Tips I Learned from My Dad

My dad set a great example for me with money. He worked hard every day to provide for all six of us kids and did it in a non-flashy, low-key manner. For example, he drove an old VW bug for most of my growing-up years. The bug was so old, it would consistently spew visible…

Distress Tolerance (part IV)

Watching Others in Distress Last column I promised that I would write (in this column) about the importance of watching other people tolerate their own distress. If you read this series in order, it makes a lot of sense because the last installment spent considerable time discussing invalidation or, put another way, bailing people out…

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,…

At the two-year mark, parenting is harder, better than I thought

A few months ago, I was trying to get my 1-year-old daughter ready for preschool. She was… uncooperative. As I gathered her shoes, she came running into the living room crying, holding her blanket and a stuffed animal. “No! Daddy!,” she screamed. “Stinky butt!” My daughter, who couldn’t yet complete a sentence, took a phrase…

Distress Tolerance (part III)

In the last installment, I explained that emotions needed to be labeled accurately and validated in order for children to learn how to identify and tolerate what they experience. As children move through their emotional experiences, they begin to understand that they can tolerate other, larger emotional experiences. In other words, they can endure life…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 15: Dad and Entrepreneur Danny Cox

In this episode, the Reno Dads podcast sat down with our own Danny Cox to find out how his first year of being a dad has been going, and to find out just how much one family can take on at a time… Danny recently published an article on the joys and challenges of being…

Andelin Family Farm: Baby Animal Days

Spring is finally here— and thank goodness! I love winter and all that comes with it, but given the extremely wet and cold nature of this last one and the fact that I recently spent 12-hours stuck in the snow on Donner Pass, I’m glad warmer weather has arrived. So in the spirit of spring,…

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – A Reno Dads Guide

I am your average parent. My kids are involved in more activities than we have the time – or even the money – for, from travel baseball and Little League to basketball, golf, a lego class, and even a shooting league. As much as I love my kids in their favorite activity, baseball, the most…

Distress Tolerance (part II)

Previously… I grew up in the 80s and I fondly recall the phrase “previously on __” because it refreshed my memory of what happened in the episode before the episode I was about to watch. These days syndication kills that because Nick at Nite and TBS don’t seem to coordinate their re-runs. But I digress….

Games Worth Playing

My daughter is a senior in high school now, and everything that she does this year seems to be taking on a whole new significance as the school year rushes headlong through her final semester at home. This year is seemingly full of a lot of “lasts,” which, by any measure, makes this an emotional…