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They’re just awesome dots

They’re just awesome dots

They’re just awesome dots I’m a white guy. Really white.  Not quite albino in complexion, but I am severely lacking in melanin. My sister doesn’t have this problem.  She can tan.  She is tan.  My wife can also tan.  Genetics would seem to favor my children being able to tan, too.  They can’t Both boys are just as white as me. The whiteness of our skin gives birth to plenty of freckles.  My youngest son is two and the … Read entire article »

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Top posts at Real Men, Real Dads you may have missed

Top posts at Real Men, Real Dads you may have missed

Top posts at Real Men, Real Dads you may have missed At Real Men, Real Dads, I work hard to keep content flowing.  My goal was originally 15 posts per month, but that has increased to 30 posts per month this summer.  As such, there is a good chance you’ve missed content on the site. Maybe you are a new visitor.  Maybe you visit sporadically.  Whatever the case, I humbly offer ten posts I feel are a … Read entire article »

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Keeping the Kids Entertained This Summer

Keeping the Kids Entertained This Summer When it comes to keeping the kids entertained throughout the summer holidays (they definitely feel longer than they did when we were young!) it is often all too easy to sit them down in front of the TV or a computer game.  Wait, before you tell me not to blame the evils of the world on TV and computer games, it’s ok I don’t agree with that viewpoint and really believe that like anything TV and computer games are great in moderation but the summer holidays are over 6 weeks long so we need some alternatives! I’ve also tried to assess the budget for each activity 1 being low and 5 high.  Here are my top ideas for kids. Craft Days Craft days can be great fun … Read entire article »

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Getting Ready For Your Child’s First Day Of School

Getting Ready For Your Child’s First Day Of School For all Dads there are days they can envision in their child’s life that both terrify them and fill them with glee. Imagining your child grown up and about to marry someone else is one of these occasions. Another, and perhaps the most exciting and daunting, is a child’s first day at school. For many Dads this day is far more of a bigger stress for them than it is for their children; many kids are able to take such momentous days in their stride whereas, for me, it’s a terrifying sign that my baby is growing up too quickly. However, the most important thing to remember in the build up to this event, to make sure everything goes as well as … Read entire article »

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Daybreak USA interview with Kevin Renner

Daybreak USA interview with Kevin Renner

In the past week or so, I’ve had an e-mail dialogue with Kevin Renner, author of the book In Search of Fatherhood.  He impressed me with his genuine nature, and even though I have not read his book yet (it is in my queue now) I wanted to pass along some information concerning Kevin and his book. Obviously, the link in the above paragraph takes you to his site.  Also, here is a link to a … Read entire article »

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Each family member has a role

Each family member has a role

Each family member has a role On any effective team, each member has specific roles.  In my family, the roles are typically distinctive, with some crossing over when the need arises.  With two young boys, my wife, dog, and I all with completely different preferences and personalities, our family is a well-oiled machine (not really)! With my oldest, 6-year-old son, the purpose seems to challenge his mother and I on an intellectual level.  His logic is nearly … Read entire article »

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George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, and what scares me as a father

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, and what scares me as a father I’ve been slow to formally address the Trayvon Martin tragedy on Real Men, Real Dads because it is so politically charged.  The media hasn’t helped, but it seems that everyone is taking sides on this horrible incident like it’s nothing more than a football game.  In all corners of my world… from the university to Facebook, from work to my social circles…  it was nearly impossible to hold an intelligent conversation about what happened. On one hand, some people were sure that George Zimmerman had it out for all black people and that Trayvon was an easy target.  Others seemed convinced that Zimmerman was well within his rights to suspect, pursue, and perhaps apprehend anyone he felt was suspicious in the … Read entire article »

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Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)…

Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)…

Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)… Our family has survived on a single income for its entire existence (8 years and counting).  For the longest time, I thought this meant me simply working one job.  I’ve since matured financially to understand that you should never be a one-income family, even if only one person is working at a single job. A recent study by Families and Work Institute shows that 79 percent of … Read entire article »

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The kind of thing that sneaks up on you…

The kind of thing that sneaks up on you… Yesterday, as finals approached and research papers were coming due, something else was sneaking up on me.  There were no scary boogeymen or, since summer is upon us, no creepy, crawly bugs.  No, this was something I should have seen coming a long time ago but I have been self absorbed. There are other people’s kids in my house all the time now. Jalen is six years old and finishing up his kindergarten year.  He’s made more friends in the last year than I think he has made in all previous years of his life combined.  When he has a birthday party now, strange people and their children are here.  When the weekend arrives, there are neighbor kids here. It happened gradually over time, … Read entire article »

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A Dad Gets His Wrestlemania Party

A Dad Gets His Wrestlemania Party

A Dad Gets His Wrestlemania Party Spending time with friends is a luxury for this husband, father-of-two, blogger, full-time student, and full-time worker.  The number of local pro wrestling fan friends is few, too…  and being dads themselves makes it hard to get on the same page.  Even though pro wrestling get togethers are hard to come by here in my neck of the woods,  I still managed to get together on April Fools Day with … Read entire article »

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