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The Grind Mac and Cheese Burger Bar in Martin TN My son had a birthday recently and one of the things in our family that you get to do is pick your favorite place to eat. We found out about a little restaurant in Martin Tennesse called The Grind Mac and Cheese Burger Bar. Ever since we ate there it seems we celebrate a birthday there just to give us a reason to eat there. We love it so much I thought I would share some details and some of my thoughts on The Grind. Where is The Grind Mac and Cheese Burger Bar located? The address for The Grind is 112 Lovelace Ave, Martin, TN 38237. It is located very close to the University of Tennesee Martin. You turn off the main University Dr to get to Lovelace and you can’t miss it. The parking is limited so just…

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Clark Griswold, a fictional character created by National Lampoon and portrayed by Chevy Chase. The ultimate winner of the dad of the year and also the worst dad ever.  His crazy antics and mishaps make you want to cringe but the love he shows for his family and his tireless efforts to make his family happy makes him an unlikely role model for dads everywhere.  With the holidays fast approaching I always watch my favorite Christmas movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It has me thinking more and more about how Clark Griswold is actually a model dad and most dads might like to be just like him. But why would any dad want to be like Clark Griswold?  Well, here are some of my reasons every dad should want to be like Clark Griswold. He wants everyone around him to be happy Clark Griswold loves to see others happy.…

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Most fathers create an instant bonding when they first see their daughters. Their tiny fingers and warm cuddles help create that bond. However, as their daughters grow up, it is very important to work on holding that bond together. You might think it is easier for a father to build a relationship with his sons because of similar interests, but who says a father can’t build a strong bond with his daughters. There are so many activities to do with your daughter that can keep that healthy open bond you had once with your daughter. She must feel like she can trust you with anything, and that she could talk to you (not just mom) about anything. It doesn’t matter how old your daughter is, you should always stay connected. If you are interested in creating a stronger relationship with your daughter, keep reading to see the top ten relationship-building…

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What can dads learn from their kids? We often look at kids as little versions of ourselves. We raise them from birth, we mold them, educate them and teach them everything we know.  Did you know that we can learn from our kids?  Our kids are unique. They have their own personality, their own habits, and different perspective on life. When we become adults we are told to leave childish things behind. We are told to grow up. But there are a lot of things we can learn from our kids as a dad. Just observe your kids play for a while. Really sit back and watch. Don’t engage, just pay attention to the little details of their playtime and how they act. Watch how they interact with other kids. Watch how they act with other adults or siblings. If you observe closely you will learn a lot of things…

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How to balance work and life as a dad In most households, the dad is the primary breadwinner. Yes, there are some great stay-at-home dads, but in general, most dads have to get out there and earn a living. And in a lot of cases, both parents in the house have to work just to get by. When dads do work they are the provider. They may be the sole provider. You may own your own business, or you may work for a large mega-corporation. Regardless of what you do you have to pay the bills and provide for your family. In previous generations working hard and getting promoted was a badge of honor for men. In some circles, it still is something to be proud of. But also in previous generations, the dads were less involved in the family. The balance between work and life was skewed so far…

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Dad’s guide to sick kids *Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor or a medical professional. Nothing in this article should be construed as medical advice. If your child is sick please consult your doctor/pediatrician for any medical advice. This article is strictly about what part a dad plays when their child is sick. If you need guidance on when you should see a doctor see this article here. This past year has felt like a year of sickness around my house. We have had every type of sickness and it seems like it just works its way through every person so fortunately, not everyone is sick at the same time. But because we are a two-income household my wife has to be at work. I work from home and since I have been employed longer I have more days to take off available to me. That means when kids are sick I am…

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How do you memorize the Scout Oath? Scouting has always been a part of our family. All of my boys have been in Cub Scouts and I myself am an Eagle Scout. My dad was my leader and I was a leader for my boys. One of the things that every new scout needs to know is the scout oath and the scout law. They typically need help to begin but scouts really need to memorize the Scout oath. For your scout to earn their bobcat they are required to be able to recite the Scout Oath and Laws. But the big catch is they can have help if needed.  For your older scouts, you would really like for them to have the scout oath and laws memorized. These are usually the scouts you want to lead the pack when reciting the scout oath and law. What is the Scout…

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Camping at Mammoth Cave National Park Lately, our schedule hasn’t allowed us to go do much camping. I love to go hiking and camping with my son and he was recently on fall break so I took a few days off so we could go do something. He asked if we could go camping and we decided to camp at Mammoth Cave National Park. I did a little research and since it was a last-minute decision on where we were going I checked the reservation system for any open campsites. They didn’t have much but they had several that were first come first served. About Mammoth Cave National Park Mammoth Cave National Park is located near Bowling Green KY in west-central KY. It is the longest known cave system in the world. Currently, they have found 420 miles of the cave and it seems every year they are adding to…

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How to be a responsible dad They say that anyone can be a father. But it takes someone special to be a dad. This is so true. I think as a man you can have children with someone and never really be a dad. I’ve seen the all too familiar story of a young man that gets his girlfriend pregnant and bails. Maybe they were scared, maybe they weren’t ready for responsibilities, maybe they didn’t want to be a dad. I’ve even had people tell me their dad was around their entire childhood but they couldn’t honestly say he made a difference in their life. And that saddens me to the core. Being a responsible dad means that you are more than just someone who impregnated another person. Being a responsible dad means more than just going through the motions.  Being a responsible father means that your lights stay on…

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Marriage advice to my sons This year has been busy for my family. My middle son got married in May and my oldest son just got married earlier this month. I think back to when I got married. I was young and really didn’t feel like I was ready to be married.  And honestly, I wasn’t. I hadn’t sat down and thought about what being married means. I figured it was just like dating except we were living together. Wow, was I wrong. There is a reason why divorce rates are so high. Being married isn’t easy and most people just are not ready for the time, effort, and commitment it takes to be married.  Marriage is work. Marriage is saying your sorry even though you don’t feel like you did something wrong. Marriage is bringing your partner a soda home from the store even if they didn’t ask for…

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