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“Happy” Remix Just For Daddies

Clap along if being a daddy feels good to you.  I am happy with this retooling of Pharrell’s “Happy” by daddy DJ LV.  Check it out! #DadsRule

25 Things Daughters Wish Daddy Knew

A funny thing happened to Tara Hedman, a mental health counselor, as she sat in an auto repair shop watching a daddy play with his daughter.  She began tofather_daughter think about what that time meant to that young child.  What would that little girl say if she could lay out all the questions and give her dad a road map of what to do and say?  Hedman wrote a blog about it on Huffington Post and this is what she came up with …

“So, to all the daddies with little girls who aren’t old enough yet to ask for what they need from you, here is what we wish you knew:

1. How you love me is how I will love myself.

2. Ask how I am feeling and listen to my answer, I need to know you value me before I can understand my true value.

3. I learn how I should be treated by how you treat my mom, whether you are married to her or not.

4. If you are angry with me, I feel it even if I don’t understand it, so talk to me.

5. Every time you show grace to me or someone else, I learn to trust God a little more.

6. I need to experience your nurturing physical strength, so I learn to trust the physicality of men.

7. Please don’t talk about sex like a teenage boy, or I think it’s something dirty.

8. When your tone is gentle, I understand what you are saying much better.

9. How you talk about female bodies when you’re “just joking” is what I believe about my own.

10. How you handle my heart, is how I will allow it to be handled by others.

11. If you encourage me to find what brings joy, I will always seek it.

12. If you teach me what safe feels like when I’m with you, I will know better how to guard myself from men who are not.

13. Teach me a love of art, science, and nature, and I will learn that intellect matters more than dress size.

14. Let me say exactly what I want even if it’s wrong or silly, because I need to know having a strong voice is acceptable to you.

15. When I get older, if you seem afraid of my changing body, I will believe something is wrong with it.

16. If you understand contentment for yourself, so will I.

17. When I ask you to let go, please remain available; I will always come back and need you if you do.

18. If you demonstrate tenderness, I learn to embrace my own vulnerability rather than fear it.

19. When you let me help fix the car and paint the house, I will believe I can do anything a boy can do.

20. When you protect my femininity, I learn everything about me is worthy of protecting.

21. How you treat our dog when you think I’m not watching tells me more about you than does just about anything else.

22. Don’t let money be everything, or I learn not to respect it or you.

23. Hug, hold, and kiss me in all the ways a daddy does that are right and good and pure. I need it so much to understand healthy touch.

24. Please don’t lie, because I believe what you say.

25. Don’t avoid hard conversations, because it makes me believe I’m not worth fighting for.”

Good to hear a daughter’s perspective. Read the full blog on HuffPost >># DadsRule

Park Hopping- Summer To Do

Park hopping is something I like to do with the kids.  It’s great and usually free!  Pack a lunch and plenty of waters.  We checked out a two acre colorful wonderland of monkey bars swings and slides called Clemyjontri Park in Fairfax, VA, roughly 15 min from DC.   A scenic drive through George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Clemyjontri

Other than the heat the kids enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the umbrellaed area for daddies to chill in the shade while the kids ran the track or the schoolhouse maze. There is also a little trail in the pseudo woods that is shaded and quite short but a trek through woods none the less.  There is also a cool huge carousel in the middle of the park which costs $1.75 per ride.

 

Arin’s best muscle flex in the trick mirror.

Arin driving the car trying to hardest to dodge pedestrian, Michal Zoe … or hit her. I’m not sure.

 

Sketches of Daddy

Michal’s Art of Daddy

During a recent meeting where I gave a presentation to the community, my 7-year old daughter was watching me at the podium and decided to sketch me.  She was proud of her daddy.  It warmed my heart. Very cute.

#DADsRULE

Cool Christmas Gifts for Cool Dads

Instead of a car review on WashingtonPost.com the RootDC, I decided to compile a list for those last minute shoppers looking for Christmas gifts for cool dads … #DADsRule

Check out my piece below:  http://wapo.st/cooldadgifts

 

 

Weird Science

Michal Zoe’s 2nd grade science fair was the bomb … like baking soda and vinegar explosive.  We went with the classic volcano. She and her mom put in work one weekend. They went to the park and grabbed material from outside to add realness and texture to the volcano.  Daddy would have just painted it but this was cooler.  Great job mom.

Michal and Daddy

 

#DadsRule – Sometimes being able to take no credit is the best credit.  It can make everyone was happy.

All I did was take pictures. Love it!  And I love her school KIPPDC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daddy Said Knock You OUT!

Even, if you didn’t catch the fight you know by now about the “shot” (cheap or not) heard round the world. Mayweather/Ortiz has been trending like crazy. All cash and hoopla aside, all lights low; what if you were in a fight and the person taunting, headbutting and hitting you gave you a free shot?

What would your daddy say do?  Knock his a$$ out!

No apology needed. Click to check out my man, Steve at theRootDC blog on it. He brings up Malcolm and Ali and I’m just saying what I tell my son.

#DADsRule    “Protect yourself at all times!”

Ortiz. I know you didn’t grow up with a daddy, so I may be late. But now you know. And knowing is half the battle. G.I. Joooooooe

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