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My Boys Dressed Up as a Pair of Franks for Halloween

Happy Halloween! I can't believe another candy-filled day of Halloween has come and gone already. I tell ya, October has been a crazy whirlwind this year. While I donned my familiar red, white and blue business attire for the occasion, both Jason and Ryan chose some interesting options for their Halloween costumes. Ryan chose to be one of my favorite food groups: a hot dog! And Jason went the superhero (or in this case, the antihero) way by donning Frank Castle's skull-faced outfit as The Punisher! A Hot Dog and The Punisher. Yep. Or, as it hit me later in the day, both my boys went as a Frank! Of course, with me as Captain America ...

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Pumpkin Carving With Your Family Takes Guts

It takes a lot of guts to do what I did today with my family. Yep, it was pumpkin carving time and the boys couldn't have been more grossed out if we tried! I have really fond memories of carving pumpkins as a kid. We didn't have any fancy shmancy tools back then either. It was just mom with one big honking serrated knife and a simple pencil to sketch out the face. Though I have to admit, these pumpkin cutters are sooooo much easier to use these days. The past few years we've only decorated pumpkins by either painting them or treating like Mr. Potato Head and sticking plastic pieces on ...

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Leave it to Netflix to Come Up with Birthdays On-Demand

I am so spoiled with Movies On-Demand these days, that I pretty much expect instant access to any movie or TV show ever made at any point. It's just crazy convenient. But have you ever thought about Birthdays On-Demand? Yeah, as a parent, I can most definitely appreciate anything that will help make birthdays for my kids that much easier and more special for them. I remember birthday parties when I was a kid. I didn't go to the movies, take everyone bowling or even have a pool party. Nope. What we did was just have a lot of fun around my house. Mom would create a ton of games for us ...

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Kids and Screens Make for Some Serious Play Time

As someone who grew up on the Atari 2600 and every system since, I've always had a strong belief that video games are so much more than mindless entertainment. There's so much to learn including: hand-to-eye coordination, puzzle solving and even the very basics of strategizing. As a fairly sedentary activity, though, video games and even basic TV viewing get a bad rap. And that's why I'm really intrigued by the Genius of Play campaign. The Genius of Play campaign seeks to explore and share the numerous ways that all levels of play can really help children learn and grow. The Genius of Play: Our mission is to provide families with the information ...

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For this Gamer Dad, a Simple Cup of Coffee Changed the Parenting Game Forever

One of my favorite quotes of all time was penned by Oscar Wilde. "Life is too important to be taken seriously." Well, I think Oscar would be proud to know that I'm only aware of his quote because it was on the side of my favorite coffee mug. I try to live by those words in everything I do. Unfortunately, some things get serious real fast. Especially once you become a father. I've got two amazing boys. I think I've done a pretty good job of raising them so far. They can differentiate characters between the DC and Marvel Universes. They bleed pinstripes as all good Yankees fans should. And they appreciate the ...

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Oh Those Golden Grahams Still Kickstart My Saturday Mornings

Funny thing. I'm so not a fan of graham crackers. S'mores? Yes. Regular Graham Crackers, no. However, I make some serious exceptions when you're merely talking about Golden Grahams cereal. Anyone from my generation (read: old) definitely remembers cartoons only being on TV on Saturday mornings. Those were the true Glory Days. I'd grab my bowl of Golden Grahams, add milk and a spoon and plop myself down on the floor of the den, while my sister and I hung out with the Smurfs, Spider-Man, Hulk, Gummi Bears and the rest of our weekend friends. I don't think I've actually had Golden Grahams for... geez... probably a decade or two. With Father's ...

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