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Are you an Innie or an Outie?

DIY Father - November 26, 2012 - 7:11am


When our little girl's umbilical cord fell off it was evident that she has an Outie Belly Button. Her mom's comment: "no bikini modelling for our little girl". I had to smile to myself, as Ava looks just like her mum, there is one little thing she shares with her father. That's right I have an Outie too! So this is for all the new dads and moms wondering whether an "Outie" is normal and why some people (approx 10% of the population) have an Outie Belly Button.

Let's start with dispelling two common myths about Outie Belly Buttons.

First: Where or how the doctor cuts the umbilical cord has NOTHING I repeat NOTHING to do with having an Outie. Just in case you didn't notice, don't remember or fainted during birth, there is a clip at least an inch away from a New Born. Most likely you (the dad) actually cut the cord on the other side of the clip - so don't blame yourself.

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The 3 perspectives of parental risk taking

DIY Father - November 26, 2012 - 1:08am

Look familiar? :-)

ps.: We did not come up with this - it got sent to us without any credit or copyright notice.

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DIY jigsaw puzzles

DIY Father - November 21, 2012 - 5:33am

Wooden jigsaw puzzles or shape puzzles are great of kids and their development. Hands-eye co-ordination, fine motor skills, recognition of shapes / colours etc. So as an alternative to buying them consider making them yourself. It's very easy.

Here's the DIYFather 5-step guide:

1. Choose the picture (or shapes) you want to display on the puzzle and print out on standard paper

2. Select a backing for the puzzle (typically either cardboard, foam or wood). If you choose wood the backing it's best to go with a thin piece of plywood.

3. Mount the print out onto the backing. Use a dry mounting spray for best results (white glue or all-purpose glue tends to be messy and takes too long to set). Make sure you don't get any air bubbles between the print out and the backing.

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Can't stuff this

DIY Father - November 18, 2012 - 5:26am

Something to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving - also great for dancing around the living room with the kids ...

Enjoy

Stefan

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A dad's point of view - thanksgiving gratitude

DIY Father - November 13, 2012 - 8:55pm

How many people use Thanksgiving to reflect on their lives, to express gratitude for their blessings, and to reflect on those less fortunate? As a parent, this is one of those fabulous teaching moments for kids. Of course, prepare the great meal and invite friends and family, but perhaps there is greater good to be had?

I've been living my life "in gratitude" for many years now. I often reflect on how fortunate I am, especially in the health department because without health you have nothing. I truly wake up every morning and think that I’m blessed to have had a relatively good night’s sleep and look forward to the day ahead. What adventures will I have? Who will I meet and talk with? What will I eat? What surprises await me?

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Best 5-word parenting advice ever

DIY Father - November 11, 2012 - 6:05am

Pretty much says it all - got this from a recent VPNinja newsletter. Nice.

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The ultimate hybrid game - Angry Birds Star Wars

DIY Father - November 11, 2012 - 3:23am

We've always known it - deep deep down Darth Vader is a pig! I guess that's what the good people at Rovio thought when they put together Angry Birds Star Wars! Nice work (and nice work for getting Lucas Film or whoever owns the rights to Star Wars these days to agree to this!). The character development is awesome and while the game is losely based on Angry Birds in Space it still offers enough diverse gaming action to warrant the $4 price tag (on smartphones) - well worth it if your kids are into angry birds. Thumbs up from the team at DIYFather. Download at your usual place.

By DIYFather.com

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What's the right age to introduce your kids to James Bond?

DIY Father - November 11, 2012 - 2:52am

For many movie buff dads watching the latest offering from the James Bond franchise has become a much loved ritual. For many of us James Bond has been around for many decades (albeit in different guises) ... but watching a James Bond movie is like coming after a long trip abroad. The straight forward plots, established characters and slightly cheesy jokes provide a much appreciated sense of comfort. So when's the right age to introduce your kids to the grand old lady (or gentleman?) of cinemtography?

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Photobooth app on the new iPad Mini

DIY Father - November 9, 2012 - 4:14am


I recently picked up a new iPad Mini and my son spotted a new default app called "Photobooth" straight away. The app shows different photo filters like a kaleidoscope, X-Ray or heat image. It's great fun to play around with it especially as the front facing camera shows you the result of filter straight away.

Should keep the kids entertained for a while - get them to point it at different objects and have a bit of a photo competition with them!

Enjoy

Stefan

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Young children and swear words or cursing - what to do

DIY Father - November 8, 2012 - 4:35am

Here's a really simple way to manage situations where children find out about swear words and ask you what they mean - simply use the phrase "it's a toilet word". Rather than go into detail about the word itself or fumble around for an explanation the "toilet word" phrase gives you an easy out. That way you can also deal with the situation quickly and without embarrassment - this sends a signal to your child that the word is really not important and chances are they will forget about it (for a while ... ).

Of course it's only delaying the inevitable but it's just not a great look to have a 5 year old who swears like the proverbial drunken sailor.

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Kids and Thanksgiving - three topical ideas

DIY Father - November 7, 2012 - 5:04am

The first Thanksgiving as we know it was celebrated in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was a celebration that was born from the pilgrims desire to give prayers of thanksgiving to God for giving them a good harvest. Thanksgiving was tied to religious celebrations for hundreds of years, but today there are many secular celebrations as well. Many times, Thanksgiving is over shadowed by Halloween and Christmas because it's not as flashy or filled with gifts and treats. Here are some ways to inspire your kids about the concept of Thanksgiving.

  1. Create a thankful jar. Get an empty, clean jar and cut a strip of printer paper that is the right size to wrap around the jar. Encourage your kids to decorate the strip with a Thanksgiving theme (like saying "thank you" etc) and glue the strip of paper around the jar. Get everyone in the house to write / draw what they are thankful for during the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

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Fly to Middle Earth

DIY Father - November 6, 2012 - 4:22am

If you and your kids can't wait to see the first instalment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit you might want to hop on an Air New Zealand plane ... check this out:

Enjoy

Stefan

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Dragon baby

DIY Father - November 6, 2012 - 4:10am

Bet your baby can't do that ...

Enjoy

Stefan

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How to explain general elections to kids - play a game!

DIY Father - November 4, 2012 - 5:28pm

Ever wondered how to explain general election ... and in particular the US general election to your kids? What could be better than doing this by playing a game? So hop on to electiongame.us and play the Election Game. Your kids will love it and you can explain how elections work in the process. Enjoy!

By DIYFather.com

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Kids and natural disasters - post Sandy trauma

DIY Father - November 1, 2012 - 3:33am

Our thoughts are with all families affected by Sandy this morning after the region was hit by a devastating superstorm. We are reblogging the following article which was put together to help families affected by the various earthquakes in NZ and Japan last year.

Natural disasters can be frightening for everyone involved, especially for children who may not understand what has happened. Here are some tips for supporting children after a traumatic experience. At times like this when you are feeling stressed, scared or tired it can be hard to know what to say to your children or to know what to do. It is normal for children who have been through a traumatic event like hurricane Sandy to feel insecure and emotional. Here are some thoughts and suggestions for time spent with your kids after the event:

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Racing Dad Kevin Harvick - Halloween and belly time

DIY Father - November 1, 2012 - 3:00am

What seemed like a solid run at Martinsville Speedway for race car dad Kevin Harvick turned into a bit of a belly landing with 27 laps to go, Kevin's engine corked it and his No. 29 team had to settle for an unfortunate 32nd-place result and the loss of one spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. However one unconditional fan of Kevin wasn't worried: his son Keelan, who cheered on his dad during the race and after with excessive cooing, laughing and screaming. Looks like Kevin and his wife DeLana might have a future NASCAR driver on their hands! While Kevin practices his racing skills on the track, his son Keelan practices his tummy time on the floor.

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3 last minute DIY Halloween costumes

DIY Father - October 31, 2012 - 5:58am

It's 4pm on Halloween and you're down to the wire ... no costume and cranky kids ... what do you do? Fear not - DIYFather is here to help. Here are 3 ideas for costumes with stuff you already have in the house:

1. THE SUPER EASY & QUICK OPTION: Be a mummy - get some toilet paper and wrap your kid in it. Done.

2. THE 15 MINUTES OPTION WITH BALLOONS AND BAGS: Be a bag of Jelly Beans - wear white tights or skinny trousers, blow up a few balloons (small) in various colors. Attach the balloons to the body suit using tape. Take a clear trash bag, put the balloons inside, create arm holes in the bag and put your kids' arms through. Gather up the top of the bag and tie some ribbon around the bag at the neck. Done.

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Alternative Halloween costumes - Darth Vader cat

DIY Father - October 30, 2012 - 2:35am

If you are still looking for costume ideas for Halloween - don't stop with the kids ... include the family pets as well in your costume planning! Some ideas ...

(no idea who owns the copyright for these - it's certainly not us)

-Stefan

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DIY with dad - Halloween ideas

DIY Father - October 29, 2012 - 6:07pm

When my son was 2 1/2 years old he asked me to draw 'scary cats.' See below. (I tried to make them as friendly as possible while still satisfying his requests for more claws and teeth.) So I thought it would be fun to use the drawings for a Halloween themed match game. Just draw a line to match the silhouettes to the correct figure. They really loved this one, and finding the correct cat was sometimes tricky! There's a download below if you want to try it out too. Happy Halloween!

Click on the image below, then print.

By Joel Henriques
MadeByJoel.com.

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Casting call: single dads raising daughters

DIY Father - October 27, 2012 - 3:38pm

We have received the following casting call from Left/Right Inc.

NOW CASTING SINGLE DADS WHO ARE DEFYING THE ODDS & RAISING DAUGHTERS ALONE!

ARE YOU A DYNAMIC, SINGLE FATHER OF A TEENAGE DAUGHTER? ARE YOU “MR. MOM” TO YOUR KIDS? DO YOU TAKE YOUR GIRLS SHOPPING
& TALK TO THEM ABOUT DATING?

ARE YOU BURNING THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS, BUT STILL COMMITTED TO BEING THE BEST FATHER YOU CAN BE?
IF SO, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

The award-winning TV production company "Left/Right Inc" based in NYC is currently working on a new and exciting real-life series that will showcase the day-to-day lives of single fathers raising tween or teenage daughters on their own. Left/Right is specifically searching for dynamic single fathers of all races who are active in their children's lives and willing to share (on-camera) the challenges of raising kids alone. Also, their daughters should live primarily in their home.

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