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iPhone app revives the dying art of story telling

DIY Father - October 26, 2012 - 4:43am

Storytelling used to be the only way families could pass on knowledge from generation to generation. Moms and dads did it a lot because that was probably the easiest way to get the kids to sleep. Recently a study revealed that over 1/3 of all toddlers and preschoolers in the US have a TV in their nursery / bedroom. As a result storytelling and bedtime reading is disappearing quickly and is often replaced with audio books on tablets or DVDs.

Some parents still choose to read and with millions of (free) ebooks available reading is often easier than to come up with your own story. Reading to kids is clearly a good thing however Rick Polito, creator of the Shake-N-tell app believes it is also very important for kids to hear original stories to stimulate their imagination.

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Racing dad Kevin: pavement, football and halloween

DIY Father - October 26, 2012 - 4:13am


After a tough, yet successful weekend at Kansas Speedway where Kevin Harvick, the driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet maintains his 10th-place spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings with four races remaining in the season.

Key discoveries on the racetrack:
Getting the hang of the re-paved race track in Kansas is harder than it seems

Key discovery at home
Kevin has learned is that he can’t watch football like he used to what with his three-month-old son now sleeping in a room nearby, cheering or getting upset.

One thing that was easy to figure out for Kevin and his wife DeLana this week was what their son Keelan would wear for Halloween. The little trooper will dress as a monkey. So watch out for a race car driver with a monkey on his back going trick or treating!

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Dad-friendly underpants skid mark classification system

DIY Father - October 24, 2012 - 5:24am

I wish we could say that this chart was only for parents doing mountains of their children's or teen's laundry, but let's face it ... this chart is for everyone. Young and old, male or female. Accidents happen. Not just to little kids. As we know "sh*t" actually does happen and not only to the fashion conscious playboys with tighty-whities after a severe wedgy and to folk that prefer g-strings. Even parachute-pant-style boxers or lazy Sunday jammies aren't 100% safe from skid marks. So we all need a bit of help with this unsightful dilemma. The ultimate question being - wash or toss?

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Best charity supergroup music video ever

DIY Father - October 24, 2012 - 3:20am

Fantastic effort by the conchords to write a charity song using a "kids voices" approach. Listen to what the kids said first or skip to song right away at 5:10

Enjoy

Stefan

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DIY with dad - make your own ride on hovercraft

DIY Father - October 22, 2012 - 3:05am

Is this cool or what? Want to find out how it's done - read on ... This is an awesome project for adventurous dads and schoolkids - build a hovercraft you can ride on using some plywood, a leaf blower, an old garden chair and our favorite material of all: duct tape. YAY! Here's what you need in detail:

  • a large piece of plywood (at least 1m x 1m)
  • Tarp or plastic shower curtain
  • A leaf blower
  • An old garden chair (ideally plastic)
  • Duct tape
  • Staples and a staple gun
  • A plastic coffee can lid
  • Jigsaw or some handheld saw to cut plywood
  • A drill and screws
  • A measuring tape
  • String and a pencil
  • Sandpaper (optional)

Step by step

  1. Use the string and pencil to draw a large circle on the plywood (as big as fits on it)

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Creative face painting

DIY Father - October 21, 2012 - 3:59pm

Loving this - went to the pet shop with our little man this weekend and saw this image on a fish tank. Nice! Goes to show what you can do with a bit of face paint and a camera - great fun to be had with the kids!

Enjoy

Stefan

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Fathering at 200mph - Kevin Harvick and DIYFather

DIY Father - October 18, 2012 - 1:47am

Ever wondered what fathering in the fast lane would be like? Meet a daredevil dad who does this every day - Kevin Harvick: diaper shopper, digital native and NASCAR race driver. Kevin is currently competing in his 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and DIYFather.com has been given the opportunity to follow Kevin for the last 5 races of the season. On July 8 this year something wonderful happened - Kevin became a dad to son Keelan. With that added support and "dad mojo" we have no doubt that he's got the edge to beat all the other drivers on the circuit. So get behind this campaign and check back over the next 5 weeks to follow and support Kevin on his epic journey to make Keelan the youngest son of a NASCAR Champion!

About Kevin Harvick

  • Born and raised in Bakersfield, California
  • Received a go-kart for kindergarten graduation that led to the start of his racing career

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Family embarrassment

DIY Father - October 17, 2012 - 9:47am

This is an old British Telecom ad - just love how they captured the situation. Very simple ... very effective. Enjoy!

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25 foods to eat or avoid when you're trying to get a good night's sleep

DIY Father - October 16, 2012 - 3:35pm

Do you know the correlation between what you eat and how you sleep? This is must-know information for new parents. Yes, we all put on a brave face when it comes to sleep deprivation but actually really crave a good night's sleep. We buy T-shirts that say "sleep is overrated" and secretely wish we could just get back to our pre-baby sleep routines with uninterrupted nights and late sunday monring sleeps ins. Fear not - here's some advice on foods to eat and avoid for getting some decent zzz's.

Foods to eat:
All foods that contain tryptophan, B3 and B6 - tryptophan is an amino acid which converts to serotonin a neurotransmitter which induces sleep. B6 is an essential nutrient required for the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin.

B6 rich foods: Yeast, eggs, milk, wholegrain, brown rice, lean meat, chicken, peas, sunflower seeds, soya beans, lentils, trout and spinach.
B3 rich foods: Tuna, chicken, halibut, mushrooms, pulses, wholemeal wheat and peanuts.

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Daddy, why is it called Halloween?

DIY Father - October 16, 2012 - 5:06am

If you get asked this ultimate Halloween question "why it is called Halloween" over the next few days - here are some ready-made reponses for you:

1. Very short answer:
Because I said so

2. Short answer:
It's complicated - go ask your mom

3. Answer for all kids older than 2:
Google it

Ultimate answer:

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cruel or funny?

DIY Father - October 15, 2012 - 4:18am

You be the judge ... the video clip is actually quite old so we thought we'd bring it round again to see how dads (and moms) feel about it now. So are you going to show it to the kids?

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How do you know whether your baby / toddler likes the nanny?

DIY Father - October 12, 2012 - 6:50pm

One of the scariest things about hiring a nanny is the thought that your child will not like them and will be miserable while you're away. This is even more difficult to assess when you need to get a nanny at a stage when your little one hasn't grasped the necessary language skills yet. So what do you do? Here's a few tips:

  1. Behavioral Cues – observe how your child behaves when the nanny arrives or leaves. The first few seconds when your little one sees the nanny provides a crucial tell for your little one's feelings about the situation. Refusing to engage with the nanny when she arrives, fleeing or crying are some obvious cues but there may be more sublte signals as well like showing little interest playing with the nanny or showing no interest when the nanny leaves. If your child is particularly prone to separation anxiety (i.e. when you leave the room and your little one can't see you) you may need to spend more time on looking for subtle cues (e.g.

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How to make Halloween Aliens

DIY Father - October 9, 2012 - 5:10pm


Here's another DIY project for dads and kids - create your own Halloween Aliens! Halloween monsters and aliens make fantastic table decorations and allow kids to get creative or further explore the spooky theme of Halloween in their own way. Basically all you need is some funky looking gourds (which you should be able to get in all super markets and grocery stores in autumn) and a few utensils and decorations. Easy as.

Here's what you need:
* gourds in all shapes and sizes
* a carving knife
* toothpicks
* candy
* pliers
* a small hammer

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A dad's point of view - lying

DIY Father - October 7, 2012 - 6:32pm

Who hasn’t heard or used the expression, "Oh, it’s just a white lie?" I sure have. Why do we mitigate the lie we’ve done? Are there good and bad lies? Is it wise to lie sometimes? The answer is, "Yes." Like so much in life, there’s a grey area and that is what I’d like to explore.

When your wife is feeling insecure about her looks or weight, do you think that telling her how big her bottom is helps?

Let’s look at the little “white lies” that we do as parents. Do we tell our children that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy aren’t real? Should we?

So here's an intersting scenario for us parents ...

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10 ways to help your kids develop high levels of Emotional Intelligence

DIY Father - October 5, 2012 - 4:34am

Having a high level of emotional intelligence in your children is the best way to ensure that they live a happy, successful, and responsible life as an adult. Just in case you're not quite sure what Emotional intelligence (also often referred to as "EQ") is all about - here's a definition from Wikipedia: the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. OK so here are ten ways to help your kids attain a high degree of emotional intelligence:

1. Be willing to say “no” to your kids
There’s a lot of stuff out there for kids. And your kids will ask for a lot of it. Saying no will give your kids an opportunity to deal with disappointment and to learn impulse control. To a certain degree, your job as a parent is to allow your kids to be frustrated and to work through it. Kids who always get what they want typically aren’t very happy.

2. Be aware of your parental “hotspots”

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Homecoming

DIY Father - October 3, 2012 - 2:48pm

If you have children, watch this and realise the power of human empathy ... I don't think it would have affected me as much before I became a dad.

enjoy,

Stef

ps.: Thanks to Dave and Anna for sending this in!

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Dads and kids on the Wii U

DIY Father - October 1, 2012 - 9:42pm

My first game console was a Nintendo Entertainment System. The first game I played? Super Mario Bros. At that point, you could only have two players and odds are, they weren't your Mom or Dad. Nintendo changed that forever with their ultra-successful Wii console and they are looking to do it again with the Wii U. If you have young kids in the house, you probably have a Wii. The Nintendo Wii has brought families together with gaming like never before. It's the first console that invites families to play and laugh together. And Nintendo has been very successful at making computer/video gaming into a family activity. I play games with my wife and 3-year old regularly and I honestly never though that would happen until he was older. Even my 66-year old Mom can play the games.

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Gifts for new dads

DIY Father - September 30, 2012 - 4:16pm

Know someone who's about to be a dad or has just had a new baby? Looking for something special amid the sea of tat? Fret no more, here are some of the more "unusual" gift ideas for new dads:

Zaky Hands

There’s no substitute for a mother’s love. Fortunately, there is a substitute for a mother’s hands and forearms. Originally designed to comfort babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (and to sound like something you suffer from the morning after an amphetamine binge), Zaky Hands can be scented, shaped and weighted to gently comfort your newborn as they drift off to snooze. The Zaky Luxury Hands for Dads come with lace gloves and a vibrating palm.

Pee & Poo!

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What else to do on a pumpkin patch

DIY Father - September 30, 2012 - 3:48pm

As harvest time approaches family outings and school field trips to pumpkin patches and apple orchards become more and more common. Here's a few ideas for additional knowledge and concepts kids can pick up during these visits:

  • The Life Cycle – Even the biggest pumpkin in the patch begins as a tiny, tiny seed, which is something that your child will learn when he visits the patch where those pumpkins grow. Most pumpkin patches and orchards that open for tours and outings also provide a guide of sorts for each group, and he will typically offer a brief explanation of the life cycle, simplified to help little ones grasp the basics.

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iPhone dads: what country has the cheapest iPhone 5 retail price?

DIY Father - September 27, 2012 - 7:13am
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CountryLocal RRPin USD*in EUR* IndiaINR 48643USD 912EUR 707 Selected Eurozone countries incl. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and SwedenEUR 679USD 874EUR 679 New ZealandNZD 1049USD 867EUR 672 SwitzerlandCHF 809USD 861EUR 669 MexicoMXP 11000USD 856EUR 665 United KingdomGBP 529USD 855EUR 664 AustraliaAUD 799USD 831EUR 645 IrelandEUR 599USD 772EUR 599 SingaporeSGD 948USD 771EUR 598 Hong KongHKD 5588USD 721EUR 559 CanadaCAD 699USD 711EUR 552 United StatesUSD 649USD 649EUR 503
* Converted RRPs in USD and EUR are based on the daily mid-market rates published by xe.com (on 17-Oct-2012).

The iPhone 5 is also available in Japan if someone knows the japanese RRP please let me know and I'll update the table.

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