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Dressify accurately rating kids' Christmas outfits

December 22, 2012 - 5:10pm

Great to see Dressify users getting into the Christmas spirit and our dresscode algorithm producing excellent ratings for adequately dressed kids at Christmas!

Merry Christmas

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Teach your kids this in 2013 - what if money was no object?

December 20, 2012 - 1:07am

The world as we know will end this year - so this seemed like an appropriate message to build a new world starting next week. Start by asking your children "what do you desire?"

Favourite line: "it's all retch and no vomit"

Based on a recording from Alan Watts - a British born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.

Enjoy the brave new world :-)

-Stefan and the team at DIYFather.com

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Top 3 nightlight iPhone apps

December 16, 2012 - 7:36pm

Nightlight apps are fantastic when you're travelling / visiting and you don't have space to take the actual night light you've got in the nursery. Babies and young children get used to night lights easily and so you might need something to give them conformt when you're away from home. Fortunately smart phones are just so versatile aren't they! If you haven't tried a night light app - give it a go and see how your little one responds. Here's a list of the top 3 iPhone night light apps:

1. Night Light Free
2. Night Light
3. iNightLight

There's also a popular android app called Nitey Nite Light.

Enjoy!

Stefan

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Tips and Thoughts on How to Survive Christmas, New Year’s, and the In-Laws

December 11, 2012 - 6:37pm

Guest post by Bruce Sallan

I've got a weekly TweetChat (on Twitter) that I founded and host – often with guest-hosts – every Thursday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT. Recently I invited our participants to share their tips for surviving the holidays. The idea was simply to compile the ten best and make a column out of them.

Good idea.

But, there was a problem. There were so many tips and ideas, that choosing the best was impossible. Several general themes were present in our discussion and you can read the transcript if you want to see all the 1,200 or so tweets. It became clear that so many families are fractured in one way or another that just the organization and coordination of holiday events can be stressful. It also was clear that we all believed our job was to focus on our kids, rather than ourselves and do our best to let go of any resentments, past or present.

So here's a summary of ideas from the #dadchat conversation on Twitter:

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Tales of a travelling toddler - the Caribbean

December 7, 2012 - 11:01pm

Guest post by Patrick Bennett, Uncommon Caribbean

A year ago, I marveled at my son Trinidad’s magnificent first year of life. In the first 10 months, he managed to visit 10 different islands! I can’t imagine how his baby brain processed this period of perpetual beauty and exploration, but I tried to outline all I hoped he’d learned along the way.

Now, as Trinidad turns two, he’s slowed down a bit in his old age.

Well, not by his choosing. Trips like the one where I tackled Pico Duarte, the highest peak in the West Indies, just didn’t seem kid friendly, so unfortunately he had to sit out a few of this past year's adventures.

But don’t feel too sorry for the little guy, there were still more than enough opportunities to learn a few things at new ports of call throughout the islands.


1. Barbados – Sometimes travel can be the best medicine.

Trinidad taking his medicine

When we landed on Barbados for a long trip over the holidays, poor Trinidad was suffering from molars violently bursting through his gums. Fevers, pain, and intestinal distress were all making him miserable in frigid New York City, but once he had sand between his toes and the sea stretching out incomprehensibly before him, his mood seemed to quickly improve.

Funny how that happens. At a time when people seem to push pills on kids for every little thing, this is one lesson I hope he takes to heart.


2. Barbados again – Share your best stuff with your friends.

Traveling Toddlers Take Barbados

Upon returning to the big city with tales of how incredible a stay at our Perfect Fantasy Beach House in Freight’s Bay had been, all the talk on the playground was Barbados, Barbados, Barbados. Pretty quickly, talk turned into action and before we knew it we were right back on Bim, but this time with five (yes FIVE!) toddlers in tow plus their parents.

What could have been a nightmare turned out to be a magical, multi-day playdate like no other. Days overflowed with sun, sand and shenanigans. During the night, I imagine the same sunny scenes danced in their heads until the kids woke up to do it all over again.

Remember Trinidad, sharing really is caring.


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Happy St Nicholas Day and Yes Virginia

December 6, 2012 - 3:08pm

To celebrate St Nicholas Day (for those who are that way inclined) we thought it's about time someone re-blogged the story of Virginia O'Hanlon who inquired about the existence of Santa in 1895. If you haven't heard about the story - see the original newspaper clipping from the New York Sun below. Read it to or with your kids to get in the mood for Christmas.


(image sourced from Wikipedia)

Enjoy

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Five ringtones to delight your preschooler

December 5, 2012 - 5:00am

Bored of the lame ringtones on your phone or the same old "novelty" ringtones that are making the rounds in your office? Go for something different - yes! When everyone "zigs" you "zag". So here are five ringtones that your kid will love and are guaranteed to get you some attention at work (in mp3 format - see below for instructions on how to turn these into iPhone ringtones):

* Mahna Mahna - pretty much says it all
* hi ho - get some work down!
* wot wots - you may not know this but your kids will
* be like you - change to this ringtone if you are having "one of these days"
* thomas and friends - ideal for trainspotters


How to turn any MP3 into an iPhone ringtone (.m4r file)
1. Start iTunes and right-click on the mp3 file, choose Get Info.
2. Click the Options tab.

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Toy train in space

December 1, 2012 - 6:52pm

Nice little story and well executed! Check it out:

And a short clip with the dad behind this project - Ron Fugelseth:

By DIYFather.com

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Dads and start-ups: Building successful online start-ups

December 1, 2012 - 5:37pm
Successful Online Start-Ups For Dummies

By DIYFather co-founder Stefan Korn
The how-to guide to starting, funding, running, and exiting a successful online business in less than three months.

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Lego Advent Calendar

November 29, 2012 - 3:06am

Over the years we have reviewed a fair amount of physical and virtual advent calendars in all shapes and sizes. Looks like the trend is catching on with large toy manufacturers ... and so LEGO has recently launched their 2012 Advent Calendar. Great idea we think (healthier than a piece of chocolate every day - that's for sure). Check it out at the online LEGO store or get it at your local toy store.

By DIYFather.com

NB: We have not received any payments, goods, services or anything else of value for posting this article. In fact we have never even been contacted by LEGO ... where are you guys! Can you hear us LEGO :-)

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Top blogs for potty training

November 27, 2012 - 1:53am

Potty training is a major milestone for your little champ (and for you - let's be honest). No more diaper changing and eventually no more bum cleaning. So there's a lot to be gained by training your toddler to use a potty or toilet - but it's also not that straight forward (for most first time parents). Fortunately the web provides a good source of information from professional toilet trainers, childcare providers and experienced parents. So here's a short list of useful sites to skill up and learn.

Potty Training Preparation
The following sites have information about preparing to ditch the diapers:

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Are you an Innie or an Outie?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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