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DC Dads: Earth to Echo Screening Tix

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Maybe we are the only ones a bit excited about the movie Earth To Echo. If not and you live in the DC area Daddys Cool has you covered. Dads, get to see the movie early and get some promotional items for your kids.

Earth to Echo looks like a throwback to those campy adventure movies that littered my childhood in the 80′s with imagination and fun.  I don’t know how it will compare to ET but it’s great to be able to view a family movie other than a cartoon with the little one.  The movie hits theaters next Wednessday for everyone else.  Watch the trailer and more!

Get your free passes HERE!

Each pass admits Two – NOTE: We have a limited amount of passes, so once they are gone, we are done. 

http://www.relativityscreenings.com/DaddysCool 
Screening Details
Tuesday, July 1st
6:30PM
Regal Gallery Place

This information is also on your ticket:

 

  • Admittance is on a first come, first served basis. So early arrival is strongly encouraged
  • There are no previews, screening start on time. We will not allow admittance after screening start time.

DaddysCool mentioned on Huffington Post

Our friend in fatherhood Zac Rosenberg posted the piece for his web site 8Bitdad.com,

25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

And it got picked up by Huffington Post.  Scroll down to number “6″ and see my son Arin and I. Check out the piece it is a good quick read with lots of photos.  We stand united the mission is afoot … #DadsRule

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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!

 

 

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

 

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.

 

Black Fathers Doing More Parenting

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While President Obama and many others are calling for a state of emergency on Black fathers, things are not as bleak as the media would have you think.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black fathers spend more time rearing their children than white and Hispanic fathers.

In the study 70 percent of Black fathers were most likely to have bathed, dressed, diapered or helped their children use the toilet every day compared with 60 percent of white fathers and 45 percent of Hispanic fathers.

A higher percentage of black fathers spent more time driving their kids to activities than white fathers and more black fathers helped their children with homework every day compared with Hispanic dads and white ones.

Now I am not saying Black fathers should ease up or take fatherhood any less lightly.  It’s just good to know that Black fathers are on the right track.  Just thought we would share.  #DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

24:7 Dad eBook

Are you a full time dad or want to be?  Well, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) has  a brand new series of eBooks to help dads. tips4raisinghealthykids

“The 24/7 Dad® To Go eBook Series”  is short and sweet snippets tackling issues we face such as marriage and relationships, child development, and specific fathering skills and discipline. Each eBook will be based upon the principles of NFI’s leading fatherhood program, 24/7 which is a fatherhood program used by many community-­based organizations in the U.S.  Its premise is that fatherhood is a skill-­based activity that dads can get better at with the right mix of knowledge and inspiration.

Each month there will be a new book. The first book in the series, “Tips for Raising Healthy Kids.”

Recent research confirms the strong link between father and child health. For example, children in father-­absent homes are twice as likely to be obese than children in two-­parent homes. Furthermore, a father’s involvement and parenting style is predictive of his children’s BMI, whereas a mother’s is not.

The content of “Tips for Raising Healthy Kids” has been compiled and enhanced from the proven fatherhood skill-­building resources that have been field-­tested for over a decade, according to NFI.

This eBook is designed for dads who:

  • want to live healthy and
  • raise healthy kids.

 

We teach you the tips and tools for:

  • getting and staying physically and mentally healthy,
  • raising healthy kids, and
  • leading your family in a healthy lifestyle.

 

Each eBook will be sold for $1.99 at NFI’s online resource center, FatherSOURCE, at http://www.fathersource.org.

 

QOTD: Parenting Steals

Many of us have friends that we think are good parents or people we read and follow that seem to be parenting wizards. But as the old idea-innovationsaying goes, “all that glitters is not gold.”  Being great parents is something all parents struggle with to get better.  Where do we place our trust as dads?

#DADsRule Question of the Day:

Is it OK to steal parenting ideas from other parents? And what happens when copycat parenting goes wrong?

QOTD To Be Loved?

As men, we grow up loved by our moms and then taught that it is a weakness to require that validation from our women. As dads, our kids have no hesitation sharing love and validating it.  I know personally, I like to get things without asking.

For many of us in relationships, we tend not to ask, “Do you love me?” But we notice when it’s not being said to us.  We know women love to hear it.  Truth be told, so do we. We need to be loved too!

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To be loved, to be loved. Oh, what feeling to be loved!

 

 

#DadsRule Question of the Day

Is being told you are loved important? Even if you don’t ask for it, would you like your significant other to validate how she feels about you.

Don’t Lose Your Daddy Cool. Fly Above

Who knew drinking the wrong Vodka could get you cursed out by entertainment mogul, Diddy. Last weekend at a party in Atlanta some patrons at a night club found out when someone raised a bottle of Grey Goose while Puffy was screaming Ciroc.  Come to find one of the folks in the middle trying to diffuse the situation was a friend, cool dad, Atlanta’s V-103 radio personality, and Grey Goose brand ambassador Kenny Burns.  Puffy can be seen in a video acting real uncool, to say the least. You’ll have to Google the vid … you won’t catch uncool dads here.

Diddy jumped on Twitter after the event apologizing in laughable damage control fashion, darn near quoting scripture. Burns went on the airwave in ATL  and Cleared the air on MTV.

As fathers we are role models to the next generation. Some of us have more watching us than others but whether in the national eye or not our actions speak volumes.  We are the head and we lead.

#DADsRULE  Don’t Lose your Daddy Cool. FLy Above.

Check out this fresh air video flying above in lovely Paris with Burns and Grey Goose.  See how Grey Goose is made and more. #Class

Le Voyage – France from KENNY BURNS on Vimeo.

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