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How do you keep a young active mind stimulated?

DIY Father - September 27, 2012 - 2:00am

Keeping our little baby girl's active mind stimulated has always been a concern for me. I want to avoid her getting frustrated and want to ensure she keeps learning etc. Whist numbers and colors where initially great this little lady is growing very fast and learns lots of different things all the time. Her mind is a sponge and we are the water.

So I asked a friend who is an Early Childcare Educator to find out whether we should be doing more with her. She gave me an interesting photocopied read from R Hargreaves (2000) called "Growing Up" which documents development indicators that you can use to gauge where your baby / child is at. See below - I found it very useful for us as parents - just to know where our little girl is at.

- Scott

By 3 Months
Social Skills

* Smiles in response to other
* Holds eye contact with other
* Recognises parents voices



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A dad's point of view - how to communicate with your kids about money

DIY Father - September 25, 2012 - 5:19pm

What are the biggest “problems” in marriages? Kids? Money? Sex? Communication? All of the above? What are the biggest challenges in parenting? Yep, all of the above – except sex, of course, ‘cause we don’t even want to think about that!

How we communicate with our kids and what we teach them about money will define their lives. Heck, they define ours? How often is communication or most specifically, poor communication, at the root of any problem you may be having with a friend, spouse, co-worker, boss, or child? Maybe ALL the time?

When you combine both bad communication with bad money habits, you have a recipe for double jeopardy! First, let’s address the bad communication part of the equation. Many parents tend to think that their children will learn by osmosis, that simply because mom and dad may do something a good way that their children will do the same.


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Flight tracking app and site for dads

DIY Father - September 24, 2012 - 5:49pm

Check out the flightradar24 website and app to track flights in real time! Do you get slightly nervous when members of your family are travelling (especially long haul)? I do and so I had a look around for ways to track flights in real time. Turns out does that and they even have an app (iPhone and Android) to track on your smartphone. The service offered by flightradar24 lets you track aircraft movements in real time, check flight status and set up alerts for delays etc. The app is very polished and offers a few extra features (like and augmented reality view to display flight information when pointing the app at a plane in the sky). Of course this app is probably also quite useful for all the plane spotting dads!


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Application form to date my daughter

DIY Father - September 24, 2012 - 4:30am


NOTE: This application will be incomplete and rejected unless accompanied by a complete financial statement, job history, lineage, and current medical report from your doctor.

NAME_____________________ DATE OF BIRTH___________

HEIGHT___________ WEIGHT____________ IQ__________

INCOME TAX FILE NUMBER _________________


BOY SCOUT RANK AND BADGES__________________________

Do you have parents? ___Yes ___No
Is one male and the other female? ___Yes ___No
If No, explain: ____________________________________

Number of years your parents have been married ______
If less than your age, explain


A. Do you own or have access to a bakkie? __Yes __No

B. A truck with oversized tires? __Yes __No


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Top nanny sites in the US

DIY Father - September 23, 2012 - 6:14pm

Here's a list of dynamic ranking of nanny sites (organisations) in the US. The list is updated every 5 minutes and reflects votes from DIYFather visitors (one vote per IP address, per day max). If you know of any other sites that you think should be listed here please contact us to get them included in the list below.

Votes:52 Company: Live In Nanny - quickly find and hire a nanny. Website: Description: Live-In Nanny helps caregivers and families learn more about what it takes to provide quality care day-in , day-out, and in the home. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Votes:51 Company: Nanny Net - hire a nanny, become a nanny. Website: Description: Nanny Net assists with finding nannies and placing nannies in the US. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Votes:49 Company: Nanny Pro - hire a nanny. Website: Description: Nanny Pro assists with finding nannies and placing nannies in the US. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Votes:48 Company: Go Nanny - your source for finding quality nannies and caregivers. Website: Description: Go Nannies assists with finding nannies and placing nannies in the US. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Votes:47 Company: Nanny Background Check - 15+ Years of Running Background Checks. Website: Description: Nanny Background Check provides a range of screening services to check the professional and personal suitability of nannies. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Votes:45 Company: National Nanny - let us find a nanny for you. Website: Description: National Nannies assists with finding nannies and placing nannies in the US. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Votes:43 Company: Au Pair Care - learn from an experienced nanny. Website: Description: Blog for au pairs and information for parents considering an au pair for the family in the US. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Votes:43 Company: eNannySource - helping busy families find safe and caring nannies. Website: Description: eNannySource assists with finding nannies and placing nannies in the US. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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10 Spanish songs your kids should know

DIY Father - September 20, 2012 - 7:40pm

Singing songs is a great way to learn about or get introduced to a new language. Of course there are nursery rhymes in all languages so what better way to get musical with your kids than listening to songs. Here's our 10 songs in Spanish you must know list:

5 Nuresery Rhymes (lyrics below)

1. Tengo una muñeca (I have a doll)

2. Los Pollitos Dicen (The Little Chicks Say)

3. Feliz Cumpleaños (Happy Birthday Song)

4. Dos Elefantes (Spanish Counting Song)


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Best Halloween iPad Trick Ever

DIY Father - September 19, 2012 - 7:10pm

I know Halloween is still a few weeks off but to get in the mood with the kids for some pumpkin carving and making jack-o'-lanterns, check out the following video. Magic!


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Dad-magic: making butter

DIY Father - September 18, 2012 - 6:51am

Want to impress your (young) kids? Here's an idea for you. Show them how you can turn ordinary cream into butter! It's magic and it's real simple (but kids up to a certain age don't know that yet so you still get the WOW effect). Try it out at home and join the league of blokes who make butter!

Here's what you do:

  • buy some cream (ideally double cream as it speeds up the process)
  • pour it in a bowl and start whipping (using a whisk or egg beater). NOTE: use an electric whisk or mixer if you are not on a biceps training programme
  • keep whisking until the cream gets stiff and turns into whipped cream
  • here comes the magic touch: KEEP whisking when you got to the whipped cream stage. After a while the whipped cream will turn funny and you'll see it separating into solids and water.
  • keep whisking until the solids turn yellow and start sticking together


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Why moms don't want dads to shop for baby clothes

DIY Father - September 18, 2012 - 6:42am

Top three politically incorrect baby t-shirts ... we seriously hope you haven't bought any of these :-)

Weep, cringe or laugh?

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Two hours alone with your kids

DIY Father - September 17, 2012 - 10:17pm

The phrase "easier said than done" applies with particular force to certain activities, things like bungee jumping, sky diving, or Formula-1 racing. Spending time at home with kids, it turns out, falls into the same category, and not all men are fully aware of this. Those who think it's a piece of cake are simply ignorant; unless you have first-hand experience, it’s hard to know just how "challenging" this job can be.

The following, therefore, is an account of one cold January afternoon I spent with my four-year-old daughter Shilly-Shally (not, I promise, her real name). It represents a more or less typical day--well, actually about two hours. (I considered recording a whole day but then realized that might be too frightening). You may think I’ve selected for high drama, but I swear I haven’t exaggerated, cross my heart and hope to survive.


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iPhone 5 from a dad's perspective

DIY Father - September 17, 2012 - 1:37am

Dads rejoice! The iPhone 5 is here! Apple, on Wednesday, announced the new iPhone 5 with a host of new features that should make for a substantial improvement over the iPhone 4/4S. Tech Dads have been waiting for this for a while. Let's start with the screen. The iPhone 5 features a new 4-inch Retina Display featuring a higher resolution. What this means for you is more information on the screen at one time. You'll be able to see more e-mails, calendar events, photos, and more on this new display.


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The Bullyman

DIY Father - September 16, 2012 - 2:07am

I'm thinking of making a movie about a badass superhero called The Bullyman—who flies from town to town beating the snot out of all the bullies in the world. You might be thinking, "What’s the big deal about bullies? Everybody gets bullied as a kid. Grow up and get over it." The big deal about bullies is that the damage they inflict doesn't disappear after school. It can last for decades. And although some people associate bullying with getting physically beaten up, emotional bullying (such as being ignored) is often far worse. And the scars usually last longer.


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Oliver and Leo's Colorful Bedroom

Mamas Worldwide - November 16, 2011 - 7:08am

I just posted a Before & After of Oliver and Leo’s bedroom over on  We recently bought a house in Germany and I’ve been consumed with renovating and decorating over the last year.

In the room, I’m proudest of the magnetic chalkboard wall.  It was four days of work, but very worth it.  The kids love playing with it.

The editors over at Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh have selected Oliver and Leo’s room as Entry #1 in their Small Kids, Big Color Contest. Voting on our entry ends Thursday, November 17, at 11am EST (5pm CET).  If you have a few minutes and feel so inclined, please head over and vote for us to go on to the finals (you have to register to vote). Thank you!

Head over to the Before & After post on for more photos and details on how I decorated the room.

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