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Bedtime Battle – Getting Your Kids To Stay In Their Bed And Go To Sleep
Bedtime Battle – Getting Your Kids To Stay In Their Bed And Go To Sleep

My daughter is a strong-willed kid. She does what she wants to do, when she wants to do it. Over the four-and-a-half years that she has been on this earth, we’ve had multiple battles with her. Potty Training. Getting her to eat healthy foods. Stopping her from running off when we were in big crowds. […]

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Two Milk Minimum: Under The Influence Of Dads
Two Milk Minimum: Under The Influence Of Dads

This past week has been dominated by influential dudes trying to convince each other of absolutely ridiculous things, like keeping jellyfish as pets and buying tour jackets and used-Band Aids from a marathon runner. Here’s a sampling of what it’s been like living Under The Influence of Dads in October: Dad or Alive’s Adrian Kulp […]

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Bill Polian – My Life of Dad
Bill Polian – My Life of Dad

Football was and still is huge in my family. My parents and sisters were born in Buffalo, New York. My mom loved cheering on the Buffalo Bills. My sisters followed suit. In our household the Bills game was always on Sunday afternoons. I remember the Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, and Bruce Smith era. […]

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Take A Special Look At Disney’s “Feast”
Take A Special Look At Disney’s “Feast”

Disney’s Feast premieres in front of Big Hero 6 in 3D on November 7. “Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite […]

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Your Parent Teacher Conference – Communicating with Teachers
Your Parent Teacher Conference – Communicating with Teachers

Dear Parents, Thanks again for joining me. Last week we chatted about sports and the balancing act it requires for not only you, but also your student athlete. This week I would like to return to the classroom (sometimes it feels like I never leave) and chat about communicating with your child’s teachers. I would […]

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Tune Dad- New Music, Old Music, Good Music #6 Wolf Parade
Tune Dad- New Music, Old Music, Good Music #6 Wolf Parade

Don’t let the hipsters win. Know your music better than they do so you can go toe to buckle booted toe with them, and avoid the pitfalls of the old and cantankerous. Tune Dad will give you the education you need to be radder than ever. Wolf Parade Wolf Parade has been one of my […]

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A #BedtimeBattle Twitter Party sponsored by @EloPillow
A #BedtimeBattle Twitter Party sponsored by @EloPillow

Thursday October 23rd Life of Dad  and elo (@EloPillow) want to help you win the #BedtimeBattle! That is right we will be having a #BedtimeBattle Twitter Party sponsored by elo (@EloPillow). Make sure to set it up in your calendar cause you won’t want to miss it you could win an elo Pillow + gift card […]

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Shaq, Toys For Tots, & Toys R Us Needs Your Help
Shaq, Toys For Tots, & Toys R Us Needs Your Help

To help bring holiday joy to some of the 14.7 million U.S. children living in poverty, Toys“R”Us® today announced the launch of its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Now through Sunday, December 7, consumers can donate new, unwrapped toys at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store across the country […]

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The Lineup: Every American Needs a Favorite English Soccer Team
The Lineup: Every American Needs a Favorite English Soccer Team

The British are coming. In fact, they already are here. And it looks like they’re here to stay. Every English Premier League* (EPL) match is available to watch live in the United States, thanks to NBC’s three-year, $250-million broadcast rights contract. ESPN is eyeing those rights after the current deal expires in 2016. On a […]

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Just For Kicks – Movies That Made Sneakers Famous
Just For Kicks – Movies That Made Sneakers Famous

For every sneakerhead there are certain shoes that mean something to them. It could be a childhood memory, their favorite athlete’s signature shoe, or something in pop culture that triggers a response about a certain sneaker. It may sound funny, but some kicks became popular to the public from its time on the silver screen. […]

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FATHER
FATHER

Funny          Advisor          Teacher          Hero         Encouraging          Real   I will apologize up front for the randomness of this share, but after seeing some things online recently, this is how my thoughts are, random. After being a stay […]

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Leasing A Vehicle To Save Money For Your Family and Business
Leasing A Vehicle To Save Money For Your Family and Business

As a small business owner, you may already have a private vehicle you use for the business, or perhaps you have bought a company car that doubles as your company car. These are both viable options for small businesses, but if you have not considered leasing a vehicle you could be wasting the opportunity to […]

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Art and Crafts: Halloween Spider Craft
Art and Crafts: Halloween Spider Craft

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we keep going in the spirit of Halloween. We are making creepy, crawly, scary spiders to be used as Halloween decorations. It is a fun craft where you can make a bunch of them in no time. The kids will love making […]

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Film School for Dads  – Helping Your Kids Write Their Screenplay
Film School for Dads – Helping Your Kids Write Their Screenplay

  No matter how short your film will be (and I’m a big fan of keeping movies short), you should write a script for it with your kids.  You can always change the story around when you’re filming, but writing a screenplay beforehand is good for a number of reasons.  A script helps your kids […]

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Search Engine Optimization – #LifeofDad Chat
Search Engine Optimization – #LifeofDad Chat

Do you see the term SEO and say WTF? Never fear we have a #LifeofDadChat just for you!  In Tuesday (10/21/2014)  log onto www.lifeofdad.com and Join Tom Riles (@LifeofDadShow) and Chris Read (@CanadianDadBlog) as they discuss the ins and out of creating a YouTube channel with their guest: John Kinnear (@askdadblog) – The mind behind Ask […]

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Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 6
Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 6

Have you ever tied in your fantasy league? Did it drive you crazy? Hopefully it didn’t. The reason is that a tie can be a good thing. I have seen someone who made it into the playoffs because they had tied earlier in the year. It can also happen in real life like it did […]

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Traveling with Your Dog in Panama City
Traveling with Your Dog in Panama City

It always feels like a member of the family is missing when you travel without your dog. While many hotels now welcome pets, there are still few public places that allow dogs. Don’t settle for a vacation that means leaving your dog in the hotel room all day; check out these Panama City destinations that […]

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5 Reasons Why Dads Needs to Dress Sharp
5 Reasons Why Dads Needs to Dress Sharp

Tell me again, why is it that dads need to dress well? What exactly does this mean and how does it work? Just when we’re getting comfortable in last decade’s sweats, you’re telling me that it’s time to step things up. OK then, here goes, five good reasons that dads need to look good. 1 […]

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Fall Family Fun – A Trip to the Planetarium and and Museum
Fall Family Fun – A Trip to the Planetarium and and Museum

As per usual this time of year in the Midwest, we’ve been hit with windy, wet days. More often than not, the thermometer fails to climb above the mid-50’s.What’s a dad to do on his day off if not spend it creating lasting memories with his munchkins? Given the large mud puddles on the playground […]

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You are … NOT … the father!
You are … NOT … the father!

Of course, I started with a title to get your attention … and maybe a laugh. Most of my previous posts have been something that hopefully got you to laugh with me (or at me). This may be my most serious post … proceed at your own peril … Hopefully, another father can learn from […]

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STAR WARS READS DAY STRIKES BACK
STAR WARS READS DAY STRIKES BACK

Star Wars Reads Day III lands tomorrow all over the place and if the last 2 years are any indication it is going to be epic.  There are tons of events scheduled and lots of Star Wars themed fun to be had.  Check with your local library or bookstore to see if they are hosting and […]

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BirthQuakes
BirthQuakes

Having a baby is probably the most amazing thing most of us can do during our lives. We are creating a whole new person. We are introducing the world to a whole new being capable of astonishing things for the future decades ahead. And yet, the terminology surrounding this magic would be better suited for […]

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Your Parent Teacher Conference: Sports
Your Parent Teacher Conference: Sports

Dear Parents, I hope that you are having a great week. Last week we chatted about Student Teachers, and this week we will talk about one of the more anxiety producing elements of school – sports. As a former athlete, I will tell you that while I enjoyed my time on the field, it was […]

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Q&A with Dr. D. – Life of Dad University
Q&A with Dr. D. – Life of Dad University

Course Number: MEDI 005 Course Name: Q&A with Dr. D. Life of Dad University is proud and honored to welcome Dr. Dragan Djordjevic, MD to its esteemed faculty.  “Dr. D.,” as he is affectionately called by his patients, is a doctor in internal medicine with MDVIP, a personalized healthcare program that empowers people to reach their health […]

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NFL Teams Inspired By Parenthood
NFL Teams Inspired By Parenthood

The 2014 NFL season is in full swing. Is your team doing well or are you already saying, “There is always next year.” Hopefully for you it is the former. If your team has a below 500 record I have some good news. I just heard that the NFL has invited a few new teams […]

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Check Out The Tomorrowland Teaser Trailer
Check Out The Tomorrowland Teaser Trailer

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place […]

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The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back
The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back by John Dadlez, aka The Mommy Daddy Boy, time really does pass fast. You blink your eyes and years goes by. Then something happens which slaps you in the face and you end up taking a cold hard look at yourself. About two hours before writing this week’s […]

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The Lineup: Sportswriting Wasn’t Just About the Games
The Lineup: Sportswriting Wasn’t Just About the Games

1. A Rainy Morning in London I set out from the hotel on a drizzly Saturday morning. The streets of London beckoned. A light, late-October rain was no deterrent. I had walked this path before, nearly a decade earlier, the trip of a lifetime at the turn of the century. I knew my way around […]

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A little more conversation…
A little more conversation…

I blew it with my kids the other night… The worst part about it is that I didn’t realize it until after I had started to get mad at them for a situation that I have helped contribute to… Hindsight can be a bitch… When we get together with other adults we tend to talk… conversation […]

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Just for Kicks – Nike Takes Us to (Hyper)School!
Just for Kicks – Nike Takes Us to (Hyper)School!

 This week I was invited to go back to school. Now some might cringe to think about going back to school, but this was a very cool campus. It was Nike’s Hyperschool. The curriculum was taught by Nike’s finest tech guys and gals. So with that I am slightly moving the topic from kicks to […]

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Film School for Dads – Crazy Cousin Joe and The Five Parts to Every Story
Film School for Dads – Crazy Cousin Joe and The Five Parts to Every Story

    Somewhere from your days taking English Lit classes in middle school, you learned this:     Yes, buried deep in your subconscious, where you store information about the periodic table and the multiplication of fractions, you still remember this, and I’m sorry if I drudged up some post traumatic stress by showing it […]

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Support Spirit Day On October 16th!
Support Spirit Day On October 16th!

WWE and The Creative Coalition will support GLAAD’s Spirit Day by “going purple” through their joint Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) anti-bullying initiative. Support kicked off this morning at a Be a STAR anti-bullying rally in New York and will continue through Spirit Day next Thursday, October 16 with promotion on TheCreativeCoalition.org, WWE.com, […]

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#ShroomTember’s Victory March
#ShroomTember’s Victory March

Well, unfortunately ShroomTember has ended, but luckily for you it can live on in the form of delectable dishes for your family all year round (click link to find them all.) Thanks to the fantastic entries from people all across the US, this contest was one of the most engaging we have ever had. With […]

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Turn Your Stay in Memphis Into a Luxe Dream Vacation
Turn Your Stay in Memphis Into a Luxe Dream Vacation

Turn Your Stay in Memphis Into a Luxe Dream Vacation Maybe you’re headed toward Memphis on business, or you’re accompanying an Elvis-loving friend on a Graceland pilgrimage. Why not make the most of your stay in the River City? Memphis’s top hotels will indulge your desire for luxury and send you home feeling relaxed and […]

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No More Microwave
No More Microwave

Have you seen the story circulating around the internet about the plants that were watered with boiled water verses the ones watered with microwaved water? The plants watered with microwaved water didn’t grow a bit! Well, that’s not why we got rid of the microwave. That little gem has been dis-proven multiple times and is […]

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Art and Crafts: Haunted House
Art and Crafts: Haunted House

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are getting ready for Halloween. One store that we love to shop at during the fall is Michaels. The girls and I picked up some fall and Halloween decorations last week. One of the things that we picked up was a […]

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Cartoon Network Helps To Stop Bullying
Cartoon Network Helps To Stop Bullying

As part of National Bullying Prevention month, Cartoon Network is thrilled to announce that it has reached its month-long goal of recruiting one million people to speak up against bullying. In fact, as of this minute 1,101,428 pledges have been made, including online videos from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, US Attorney General Eric Holder, […]

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Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 5
Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 5

Every dog has its day. For Cleveland Browns fans that famous line seems to always ring true for them. Every year Browns fans hope to see the team make a run into the playoffs. The last time the Browns made the playoffs was back in 2002. The 12 year postseason drought is not that bad […]

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Introducing Two Milk Minimum
Introducing Two Milk Minimum

Ello dudes! Anyone need an invite to GDayMate, my hot new social network that is 100% ad-free as well as 100% user-free? There is literally NO ONE THERE but you. It’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Welcome to Two Milk Minimum, my new humor column on the mighty Life of Dad blog network. Here’s the deal: every couple of […]

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JB Bernstein – My Life of Dad
JB Bernstein – My Life of Dad

JB Bernstein has represented some of the greatest athletes of all time including Barry Bonds, Barry Sanders, and Emmitt Smith. Yet now many people know of his story when Disney showcased it in “Million Dollar Arm.” This narrative follows in the same vein as other Disney films like “Miracle” and “Remember the Titans.” I really […]

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Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Comes Out 10/7 On Blu-ray and DVD
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Comes Out 10/7 On Blu-ray and DVD

Finally releasing from the Disney Vault, Disney’s ultimate princess fairytale classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be available for the first time on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on October 7, 2014. Experience all of the pageantry and power of this wondrous tale on Blu-ray – and for the first time on Digital […]

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Your Parent Teacher Conference: Student Teachers
Your Parent Teacher Conference: Student Teachers

Dear Parents, Hope you have had a fantastic week. Last week we talked about cool sites you can use to promote the fun in reading. Did you try one out? If not, you should definitely do that now. Seriously, right now – after you finish this column. This week I want to talk about one […]

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Bring Home The Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray Combo Pack 12/9‏
Bring Home The Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray Combo Pack 12/9‏

Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY arrives on Digital HD plus Disney Movies Anywhere November 18th and on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand December 9th! Earning over $645 million worldwide comes an unlikely new team from the Marvel cinematic universe that must come together in a desperate battle to decide the fate of […]

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“Daddy Lives Work!”
“Daddy Lives Work!”

Dear Eitan, I’m writing this to you the day before Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. I wrote a little about Yom Kippur in my last blog post but something else happened this week for which I have to apologize before the “holiday”1 starts tonight. You and I eat breakfast together almost every morning. […]

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Freddie Prinze Jr. – My Life of Dad
Freddie Prinze Jr. – My Life of Dad

If you consider yourself a Star Wars fan I am guessing at one point in your life you thought about how cool it would be to have your own lightsaber. Admit it! Search your feelings. You know it to be true. Well for one diehard Star Wars fan that dream became a reality. Actor and […]

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Denis Leary – My Life of Dad
Denis Leary – My Life of Dad

Earlier this week in New York City, Guinness raised a glass of the iconic beer in honor of the Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) during a special event to present the foundation a check for more than half a million dollars in support of firefighters nationwide. Actor and founder of the LFF, Denis Leary, joined Guinness […]

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Check Out Disney & Pixar’s “Inside Out” Teaser Trailer
Check Out Disney & Pixar’s “Inside Out” Teaser Trailer

 From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.    Growing up can be a bumpy road, […]

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Guilt Marketing, The Genius School Fundraiser
Guilt Marketing, The Genius School Fundraiser

I’ve noticed a brilliant trend when it comes to raising money for schools these days. So far it has a 100% success rate when it comes to having me pitch in to make my kids’ schools and extracurricular activities a little more financially sound. It probably has a real name, but I just call it […]

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The Best Car Security System
The Best Car Security System

The Best Car Security System by John Dadlez, aka The Mommy Daddy If you want the best security system for your automobile you better hurry, it’s getting harder and harder to find. It’s almost a sure fire way of protecting your car. Most car thieves are young and don’t know how to deal with it. […]

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The Lineup: 7 Things about Sports We Take for Granted (but Might Confuse Your Kids)
The Lineup: 7 Things about Sports We Take for Granted (but Might Confuse Your Kids)

Remember the first time you went to a game? Everything changed. The two-dimensional, TV world of sports no longer was your only frame of reference. Now there were smells. The low, constant buzz of the crowd — and music. Bright, flashing lights everywhere. The hard seats and the thereness of it all. If it happened […]

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