Author Archives: Greg

Fall backyard activities for toddlers As fall starts this weekend it looks like we will finally get cooler temperatures. My little ones love to play outside, so much so that they get upset if I tell them they can’t go outside because it’s raining or it’s too hot. But now with the cooler weather, we can stay outside longer and hopefully not have to worry about mosquitos. This also means that I have to be more creative with backyard activities. What makes a good fall backyard activity for toddlers? Any backyard activity you choose for your toddler needs to be age-appropriate. You need to make sure whatever activity you decide to go with is safe and you have removed all possible hazards. Backyard activities for toddlers should also include some sort of learning component. The good news is that most toddlers can learn something from about anything. Anytime they are…

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How to sleep better while camping  Camping is one of those activities that is supposed to be fun and relaxing. But one of my least favorite parts of camping is trying to sleep.  When I am at home I have a nice comfy bed, a wonderful pillow, and two fans (yes two) to provide white noise while I sleep. I also have air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter to regulate the temperature. While camping the story changes a little. You no longer have that nice queen or king size bed. You don’t have electricity to have a fan to make some noise. You don’t have a nice central heat and air unit to keep you at a comfortable temperature. So how do you sleep? I know quite a few people that it doesn’t matter. They will sleep no matter where they are. But most people as…

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Grocery shopping skills to teach our kids Shopping with kids can be a dreaded experience. Trying to make sure you have everything on your list and making sure the kids behave can make a grown man cry. Hearing the constant “Can we get this?” throughout the whole shopping experience. No, you cannot have pickled beets. Do you even know what that is? Do you even like that? I’ve recently started to shop on my own. I wait until the kids are napping with mom and I go and take care of the shopping by myself. But what happens when your kids get older? They need to know how to shop for groceries. But how can we teach our kids grocery shopping skills? Why should we be teaching kids about grocery shopping? Teaching our kids grocery shopping skills can help them later in life. It’s one of those skills we really…

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How to be a better father to your teenage son Teenage boys, a dash of manhood, a pinch of hormones, and emotions that range from never wanting to talk to you to cuddling up next to you and falling asleep. I have 3 boys and I have raised two of them through their teenage years. Some days were really easy and some days were a huge challenge. People often say to me that you sure do have it easy with those boys. When I look at the world around us I think they are right. My boys for the most part were pretty good. But I attribute a lot of that to the work that my wife and I put into raising them. My boys got good grades. Why? Because I always checked on them to make sure they studied and turned in homework. My boys stayed out of trouble.…

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12 tips to get through a tough breakup I would guess everyone has gone through a tough breakup. It could be a marriage, a serious relationship, or maybe even a friendship. As people grow and get older some times they grow apart. And sometimes couples realize that the only reason they got married and stayed married, was because they had kids. When trying to navigate tough breakups we go through a range of emotions. We may do things that are harmful, maybe we start drinking excessively. Or maybe we use food to comfort us through those tough times. But does any of this really help? Probably not, in fact, I would say those things can make it worse. If you start drinking excessively it can lead to alcohol abuse and may lead you to destroy more relationships that were intact. If you start eating too much you may gain additional…

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How I get Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate for free As a dad, I am always looking for ways to save money on things my kids love. And one of those things they love is playing video games. I myself have always been a gamer. And it was only natural my kids picked up gaming also. One of the things that have made gaming more enjoyable is having access to Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate. Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate is a digital subscription service where you can download games to play on your Microsoft Xbox or stream games through mobile apps. I have been using Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate to play games on our Xbox ever since the program was introduced. And by using Microsoft Rewards I have kept my subscription going without having to pay a renewal fee for the last year. Microsoft Rewards is a point-based program where you achieve…

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What you can and cannot control as a dad As a dad, I like when I am in control. If someone wants to go somewhere I would typically want to be the person who is driving. Even if I don’t feel like driving, I prefer to be in control of the vehicle. With our kids and our families, there are a lot of things that we can control. But there are even more things it seems we cannot control. When things that are out of control affect our lives it frustrates us. And sometimes it infuriates us. But as dads, we have to lead the way for our family and understand what we can and what we cannot control. You cannot control your child’s behavior Some people might argue with me on this one. But hear me out. You can influence your child’s behavior. You can set rules and have…

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How to be present with your family You are about to finish up your day. Going through your routine of getting ready for bed. You just walked the dog, brushed your teeth, used the bathroom one more time. Then you think about those around you that are already asleep. And you wondered where did the day go? It is an all too familiar feeling. We “feel” like we spent time with our family. But did we? Were we present during the time we had together? Then you think about how you spent your entire week. Surely you did things with your family.  This feeling is that of being with your family but not really being there with your family. How can I be present with my family? Continue reading to find out how to spend time with your family and not feel distant. Sit down and eat with your family…

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Things that dads give up to make their children happy Most dads just want to see their children be happy. We sacrifice a big portion of who we are to help keep not only our kids happy, but our spouse happy.  Dads drive a minivan instead of a fancy car to make sure everyone can fit in the same vehicle. We sit down and watch a movie with our kids instead of watching the baseball game. Dads have to make tough decisions. We have to keep a delicate balance. Do the things that make us happy or do the things that will make our kids happy. I think most dads do a good job of balancing this because if they don’t it can lead to problems and eventually resentment. Here are some things dads give up to make their children happy. This might not apply to all dads because some…

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How to annoy your dad – The ultimate guide There are just certain things that annoy your dad. And there are certain things that will outright make your dad furious. As dads, we typically embrace the dad stereotypes. We like to wear white new balance shoes. We like to keep a well-maintained yard. We like to say things like “It’s not the heat that will get you but the humidity”. We are creatures of habit and creatures of comfort. Here is the ultimate guide to annoying your dad. This list is written in jest. While my kids may annoy me with these things I know most of them they don’t do on purpose. But some of these things are downright funny when you think about it. And honestly, there may be things on this list that would annoy anyone. Not just a dad. Leave a light on Leaving lights on.…

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