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Winter Weather: How to Protect and Prepare Your Car

Winter weather always seems to arrive before you are ready for it. In just a few weeks, the roads will be covered in ice, snow and rain while salt trucks and snow plows scramble to keep them clean. If you have to drive in these harsh conditions, what can you do to protect your car from the elements?   Get The Brakes Inspected Today Your brakes have to do a lot more work when there is less traction on the road. While you should always give yourself a longer stopping distance in bad weather, that isn’t always enough. During the course of the winter, your brakes will experience a lot of wear and tear. You should buy new brake pads if they are thin or worn, and be sure to get them checked … Read entire article »

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The Parenting Fails of a Real Man and Real Dad

The Parenting Fails of a Real Man and Real Dad

The Parenting Fails of a Real Man and Real Dad None of us are perfect, and any parent (especially us absent minded dads) can think back on a long list of failures as a parent.  I’m no different than any of you, although I’d like to think my failures are less severe or fewer than the next guy.  The truth may be too painful for me to handle, though. My oldest son is 6 years old, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Family/Life, Featured

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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Expectant father’s survival guide

Expectant father’s survival guide Everyone jokes about how tough life can be for an expectant father, but it is not until you get there that you realize that this is not a laughing matter. During pregnancy, a woman experiences many significant changes that are physical and hormonal. These changes have very unique effects that are as unique as the individual woman experiencing them. This fact alone presents the biggest challenge for expectant fathers as they do not know what to expect of their pregnant spouses. Most men opt to simply soldier through the nine months, swinging with the punches. However, there are a few ideas that can help take off some of the sting you will feel as the punches come at you. Do not compare your situation with others While you and … Read entire article »

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A Stepfather Can be a Real Dad

A Stepfather Can be a Real Dad by Paul G. Real men, real dads. Those words are quite powerful. A Dad is a one of a kind relationship; you only get one. Growing up I lived with both of my parents. They married shortly before my arrival into the world, and are still together after all these years. I am lucky – not every kid gets to grow up with both of their parents. Like most kids coming from a “traditional” family, I could never really relate to kids with stepparents. It always conjured up stereotypes of mean or abusive people who felt compelled to fight for attention, even if it was at the expense of the child. Even for kids who had decent stepparents, the bond just never seemed the same. 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 »

Filed under: Business/Finances, Family/Life, Featured

How Halo Made Me a Better Parent

How Halo Made Me a Better Parent

How Halo Made Me a Better Parent Being a parent isn’t a cakewalk. It can be overwhelming, nerve wracking, frustrating and even dangerous. However, once you learn the rules of engagement, being a parent can be deeply satisfying. My own parents were constantly in my face; shoving parenting books and how-to manuals into my hands. My wife, of course, accepted these books with gratitude, but not me. I relied upon another source of truth and wisdom, … Read entire article »

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10 tips on leadership throughout fatherhood

10 tips on leadership throughout fatherhood

10 tips on leadership throughout fatherhood Fatherhood can be a daunting process. You are now responsible for another human being, there won’t be a weekend ritual of going out with your friends and waking up the next day to a delightful hangover, from now on it is nappies, bottles and late-nights with lack of sleep. One of the biggest worries that new father’s have is how to lead their child through life, bring them up and … Read entire article »

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Childhood Illness and Parental PTSD

Childhood Illness and Parental PTSD

      In my constant search for more information and better solutions to my son’s diabetic problems and blood disorder, I stumbled across an informative article at Daddy Types that can be found at the bottom of the page under “Inspirations and Resources”. The article covers Parental PTSD and how an illness in children affects their parents. It was a great read, and the topic has shed some light on my situation as a father. It’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Family/Life, Featured, My Son has ITP, My Son is a Diabetic

Dwayne Wade wins full custody of his two sons

Dwayne Wade wins full custody of his two sons

GSU7TVQG7FUZ I read a great column today about being a father and embracing the responsibility from none other than Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade.  It really surprised me, but in a good way.  Although our lives are completely different in most aspects, I can relate to Mr. Wade because I have two boys of my own.  I take my mentoring of my sons very important, but I have the added advantage of a loving wife… a … Read entire article »

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