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Bomani Jones Sets the Record Straight on Donald Sterling

Heard this on talk radio this morning. Below is some real talk from ESPN writer Bomani Jones on LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling before his recorded slip of the tongue.  Jones wrote an article eight years ago about Sterling that got very little exposure at the time.  Now it speaks volumes on how Sterling’s actions spoke much louder than his words ever would.

Personally, I was not as offended by the remarks as most I have heard.   A lot of people feel the way Sterling does, I just know it.  But it is a great moment for everyone to get on their soapbox and talk about racism. I don’t know what it will change but the discussion is the first step in acknowledging it is still a problem.  What needs to change are people’s heart’s. How do we change people’s hearts?

Listen to the whole interview.

Girls Rock! DC Benefit Sunday

Sunday, May 4 is a monumental fundraisers in Washington, DC.  Us at DaddysCool feel the arts should be a major part of a child’s development. This Sunday please support the benefit show for Girls Rock! DC. They have put together a stellar line up of female rockers and the cherry on top is that the money goes to scholarships to fund disadvantaged youth for the Girls Rock! DC Summer Camp.

The camp allows youth in the DC area to learn how to play instruments, sing, write songs and more from musical artists. Then the campers get to live out their dreams live on stage at the end of the camp.  Support this event so those families that may not be able to afford to send their girls to this camp can ROCK OUT! The benefit concert is kid-friendly so bring the whole family!  The tickets are tax-deductible. Tickets for the show are available here.

 

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Also you can register your girls for camp now.   Girls Rock! DC - August 13, 2011

 

 

Weekend To Do in DC 4/26

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For the dad on a budget in the DC area there are two major events going on this weekend that you don’t want to miss. The first, which  I have attended previously, is Maryland Day on the campus of the University of Maryland. This is a FREE outdoor festival loaded with sun and fun. Visit Maryland Day for more info.

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I have never been to the USA Science Festival but I heard great things from the woman who put together my daughter’s computer coding class. It’s FREE and is happening both Saturday and Sunday so you can attend both events if you like.  If your kids have any interest in cool experience or engineering and or science which most kids do, this is a winner.  The inside scoop is that you should register your kids because their will be raffles and giveaways.  Visit USA Science Festival for more information.

 

 

 

 

Throwback Tackle w the Combses

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Back when P Diddy was Puffy and his boys were much younger. Sean John ad with fatherhood scores! #Classic #DadsRule

 

 

 

Fatherhood Friday Teachable Moments

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“I believe what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”Umberto Eco

There are so many teachable moments throughout the day as a father when you are with your kids. Don’t take those moments for granted. It doesn’t have to be a large production or a “sit down child, I have something to teach you” moment. It could happen when you look at the waiter directly, speak clearly and say, “thank you, sir.”  Sometimes it will be telling your kids what not to do, but often times it is showing how you do things through your actions. They see all, so make sure you acknowledge that by showing them what is right and talking to them about it.

I was recently interviewing reality TV star and entrepreneur Bevy Smith for another publication and we got on the topic of dads. She explained how her dad was the primary caregiver because her mom worked late on weekdays. Her dad cooked every week night and made sure the kids were taken care of during the week. Bevy gets her strength and optimism from her dad being in her life, she shared.

“There is something about a girl who knows there is a man who loves her and something about a boy growing up under the shadow and tutelage of a man.”Bevy Smith

She said how she recently realized how those moments when her dad would fill her time with geography facts led to her extreme love of travel. She now gets to travel the world and everywhere she goes a piece of him travels with her, and she is quick to call him during and after trips.  She commends fathers taking an active role in raising their children.

#DadsRule  Happy Fatherhood Friday!

 

 

Pharrell Chooses Wife “Marilyn Monroe” Video

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Pharrell Williams is ultimately “Happy” with his wife, Helen Lasichanh, in his new video for the song “Marilyn Monroe.”  A funky song with a cute video that in a round-about way pays homage to his wife and the mother of his son.  Keep Dancing!   #DADsRule!

 

6 Ways Dads Can Help the Earth

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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.  Earth Day is here and it’s time to think about our eco-system and consider how we can help.  The Greenhouse Effect is in full effect!  Changing seasons seem to have less to do with the weather and more to do with another day on the calendar.  We have to do our part.

Here are 6 ways Cool Dads can help the environment and resize their own carbon footprint:

 

1. Go Unplugged

Save on that electrical bill by saving energy and brain cells spending a few evenings a week unplugged.  Have the entire family cut off (and unplug) televisions, computers, cell phones, games and etc. Talk to one another and learn about what’s going on in each other’s lives that might otherwise be drowned in the sea of social media and wack cartoons.

 

2. Thrift Shop

Buying items second hand is a great way to save money and reduce waste.  Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  I donate items to Good Will or Salvation Army and shop there as well.  Your kids likely have plenty of great stuff they don’t need or use anymore but instead of making waste,  give it to st_Dad-n-Sonbe reused.

 

3. Recycle

Make sure you know what items can be recycled and separate them so they can be recycled. This is a great practice to enstill in our kids.  When my kids go to other people’s houses they if their is a recycle bin before they toss anything in the trash.

 

4. Buy Local

Visit your local farmer’s market where you can to purchase locally raised and organic dairy, eggs, meat and more. The food eco-friendly, fresh and buying it stimulates the local economy. Plus, local food tastes better and is fresher.

5.  Other Means of Transportation

If you have two feet, you have a means of transportation. For short trips to the store and etc., it is a great practice to walk or ride a bike. Not only is it exercise, but it helps save on gas and lower your carbon emissions.  Also consider car pooling on different outings or to work.

6. Cloth Diapers?

Yes, they still make cloth diapers and if you were really about that “Green” life and a dad that uses diapers you would invest in some instead of pilling those weird thick globs of napkin and tap in the trash can.  As many of us know the cost of disposable diapers is like baby college tuition when you add it all up.  Also you go through so many little accidents that it would be more than worth it to be able to wash those diapers out.  My parents did it.

Side Note: I was going to include ebooks and reading online but there is something about the feel of a book and the way we pass knowledge in the physical form that has always excited me. I still buy and read books.  I may be old fashioned but I remain COOL!  #DADsRule

 

Help Fit Father Win PETA Competition

What do you get when you mix a Cool Dad that is a Fit Father with a vegan powered lifestyle?  PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door. Well that is, k and niaif you vote.  Calling all cool dads to vote or to get your woman to place your vote for our brother Kimatni Rawlins.  He even knows Nia Long (look->   that should be worth something LOL … A vote?

Seriously, Kimatni Rawlins is the founder of Fit Fathers and dad of two young girls. He works tirelessly to show families a healthier lifestyle. This message is really important for dads, as we need to be in our children’s lives as long as possible.

Kimatni has made it to the final round in PETA’s competition.  A win would allow him to expand the Fit Fathers message of health, fitness and overall wellness.

It literally takes 20 seconds.  VOTE for Kimatni.  #DadsRULE

Vote for your favorite vegan finalists now! All votes must be received by May 2, 2014, at 12 noon EDT, and don’t forget: We’ll be considering votes, enthusiasm, and attractiveness when deciding the winners. Two lucky winners (one male and one female) will each receive a free trip to Hawaii, courtesy of and donated by HumaneTrip.com.

 

 

Young New Dads Most Stressed

depressed dad2Becoming a new father can be overwhelming no matter the age but a new study shows that men in their early 20’s are 68 percent likley to suffer from depression during fatherhood. The survey was taken over a 20 year period from 1994 to 2014 and included over 10,000 men who became fathers between the ages of 24 and 32.

The findings published in Pediatrics on April 14, state the risk of paternal depression during the first five years of fatherhood rose 10 percent in the younger fathers as opposed to the older men. The study done by The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health is very important as not a lot of attention has been paid to depression of father’s and how it can affect a child’s development.

The study also showed a greater incidence of depression among fathers who lived with their children, and even higher levels of depression among black and Hispanic fathers.

What is not clear is how accurate this survey is with the 10 questions asked of the men regarding feelings of unhappiness, how well-liked they felt, and if they were tired. I think young men are much less settled, so they naturally want to do and feel they are missing more, which can make them feel most stressed. Older men have done quite a bit usually and are more set in their ways so questions hit them in a different way.

The bottomline is the discussion has begun and some attention is being paid to fathers as it relates to paternal depression.  It is something worth investigating more.

 

Fatherhood Friday Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan has co-signed our thought at DaddysCool that having a daughter is just different.  It changes the way you think, love and live. tracy morgan

The former  star of “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” who has three older sons, welcomed  his first daughter Maven Sonae Morgan with his fiancee Megan Wollover, last July.

“My first girl has changed my world,” – Tracy Morgan

Join us for Icky Twitter Party Wednesday

DaddysCool has teamed up with How To Be A Dad on the coolest event ever screened!

$2500 in prizes! Starring former SNL star Rachel Dratch and YOU!

 The CLOROX ICK AWARDS are here!  #ICKIES

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WTF is the Clorox Ick Awards, you ask?  Well, we asked too and this is what we were told …

Tweet about your messy icky life and win prizes and junk.  Join the Twitter Party. #ICKIES

DaddysCool will be telling jokes and making comments at the party. It’s a Wednesday and you have nothing to do!

That’s right – finally an awards show we can relate to! Mark you calendar, because on Wednesday, April 9 from 6 – 10 p.m. ET. on Twitter your real-life, real-time submissions will inspire The Second City Communications’ improv sketches, which will be shared live!

Use the hashtag #ICKIES to party like messy rock stars!

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Here is how prizes will be handed out.

We’re randomly giving out $2,500 in prizes, all you need to do is RSVP (using the Your Movie form below) and then participate in the event on April 9th with your Twitter account for chances to win. In the first hour, we’ll be giving out $100 good-anywhere gift cards every ten minutes!

For the Movie Poster Grand Prize, if you win you’ll get $100 and custom-created artwork of a movie poster featuring YOU and your chosen movie genre.

Here is what you need to participate.

1. A Twitter account and an internet connection.
2. The ability to spend money, should you win.
3. You’ll also need to RSVP. Use this Rafflecopter entry form right below.

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Disclosure: We were compensated by Life of Dad, LLC for this partnership

Fatherhood Friday: A Daily Walk

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#Fatherhood is a daily walk. Take time to Make your kids better. Love+Nurture+Lead #DadsRule.

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MLB Player Puts Fatherhood First Misses Games

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New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy recently took a few strikes from the media for taking three days of paternity leave to be present for the birth of his son, Noah, and enjoy time with his family. He missed two games because of his absence.  The Major League rules allow up to three days of paternity leave, so he was not in the wrong, but that did not matter to some.

Shots were fired by WFAN broadcaster Mike Francesa said on the air, “One day I understand and in the old days they didn’t do that.”  “But one day, go see the baby be born and come back. You’re a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help.”

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason who said, “Quite frankly, I would have said C-section before the season starts.” “I need to be at opening day, I’m sorry”

Times have changed and Murphy is a  home run of a sign for father’s stepping up to bat. Everyone needs to quiet the noise and let the world change. As dads, we have to be there more. Not just making a living but involved in our family living.

“We had our first panic session. It was dark. She tried to change a diaper, couldn’t do it. I came in,” he said. “It was just the three of us, 3 o’clock in the morning, all freaking out. He was the only one screaming. I wanted to.” – Daniel Murphy

The key phrases that are worth their weight in gold were “I came in” and “It was just the three of us.”  Salute!  Your heart is in the right place, good sir. You really know what is important, Daniel Murphy.

We stand behind Murphy here at DaddysCool. Play ball!  #FatherhoodFriday.

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