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Do We Protect Our Kids or Do They Protect Us?

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 3.27.11 PMThis weekend Chris Hemsworth drops in theaters this week with the Ron Howard directed “In the Heart of the Sea,” and also dropped some serious knowledge on the relationship of parents and children with a most important revelation while riding in the back seat with his 3 year-old daughter.

Check out his story below:

“Last week, we were in the car driving somewhere, and my little girl was in the back seat with me. I was really tired, and I leaned over and I put my head on her lap, without even thinking about it. I just wanted to lie down a little bit and sleep because it was a 40-minute drive. And she started patting my head and singing a song through her pacifier.  I don’t even know what song it was. . .I looked at my wife, who was in the front seat, and she had tears in her eyes.”

“There’s the idea that we as parents spend all this time protecting our children. No, I think they’re protecting us. Sitting in the car with my head on her lap and her singing to me, there was this understanding of, ‘Wow, she’s looking after Dad, and that’s her job.’ You know? And that was such a joy. Oh, there’s nothing better! It was the happiest moment of my life.” – Chris Hemsworth

What do you think? Especially for those of us with young kids but it rings true for our older kids or even us as kids of a mother and father.  Is it the kids job to protect the parent?

It all boils down to the simple fact that as much as we think about or talk about how our job as a parent is to protect our kids, they actually protect us as well.  My kids (9 and 11 years old) are some of the most caring and nurturing human beings I know.  They know when I am sad or hurt and they go into protection and care mode.  They tell me they love me all the time. There were times when I could not have made it without them as a single dad and there are times they give me the strength to try harder to be a better husband and father now.  They take care of daddy always.  I hopefully when they are older and I don’t have to care for them as much, they will still have it in them to look out for daddy.

To the parents in the trenches, I think our young kids protect us as much as we protect them.

Salute you, Chris Hemsworth.  #DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

Jungle Book Movie Trailer Sent Chills Up My Spine

WOW!  Live action retelling of Disney classic from the director of Iron Man. Jon Favreau will bring to life one of my favorite books in April 15, 2016 and it looks awesome.  Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and more help raise the ante on this classic story and smash what we remember from the sweet little cartoon movie. Can’t wait to take the kids.  You must watch.

Straight Outta Fatherhood

A few days before Straight Outta Compton hits theaters. We are more than excited about the story of N.W.A being told, they were the soundtrack of much of my youth.

Now a little older and wiser, you all ready know where cool dads are coming from … #StraightOutta Fatherhood

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Fatherhood Friday Avengers Dad Jeremy Renner

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Today, on the heels on arguably the biggest film release in the world, we salute “Avengers: Age of Ultron” star Jeremy Renner. Cool dad to 2-year-old Ava Berlin, Jeremy remarked recently on the Ellen Show about how much being a dad has changed the 44-year-old.

“Daddy’s my best role to date, I think.”

“It’s kind of screwed my career in a lot of ways, because I don’t really care about it so much because I care about her so much.”

“I still work, probably even more. It used to be all for myself, so I’m not old and broke. All these things I still do, but I do it now for the future of my baby, and if it gets in the way of her well-being, then I stop.” – Jeremy Renner

#DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

Jordan Gets His Hare Back

 

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This weekend Brand Jordan reunites Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny releasing the new  Air Jordan 1 Mid “Hare” and the Air Jordan 1 Mid Lola sneakers (April 4). You may remember when the Space Jam movie took over the airwaves and movie screens as the film grabbed the public’s attention and slam dunked it in the bank.

I let my kids watch the movie a year ago and they still enjoyed it; the mix of sports, comedy and music in a cartoon with classic Warner Bros characters is undeniable.  My son mentioned that he would like to see  a Space Jam sequel, when I showed him the new shoes.

Check out this new SportsCenter inspired cup of Hare Jordan:

By the way, If you are remotely a sneaker head you will  also remember the “Hare” 7s. No worries, they plan on releasing them this summer but be prepared to stand in a cartoonish line or pay high ACME prices the internet, the demand will be high.

For now there are these …

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Paddington Movie is Furry Funny

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“The Paddington movie is a really good fantasy about a talking bear and how he moves from Peru to London to live with a human family (The Browns),” according to my youngest daughter Nya. “It’s a fantasy because bears really don’t talk in real life,” she said.

The kids and I got a chance to check out the “Paddington” movie before it hits theaters this Friday. I remember the books written by Michael Bond, but my kids hadn’t read any, nor were they familiar with Paddington, as I was.  They still wanted to see the movie from the producer of “Harry Potter” and though we were in a theater full of eager book fans laughing and sighing at every turn in the story, they very much enjoyed it.

I didn’t know how much until after the film, mostly because I could not hear the kids over the adults in the movie having such a good time. As for this cool dad, I enjoyed it.  It doesn’t feel like a kids movie, it has a charm and sophistication to it.  It’s like a smart kid’s “Curious George.”

One scene that stood out for me was when we look at Paddington’s London family’s dad, Mr. Brown, and his former self with long hair blazing a hippie trail on a motorcycle in route to deliver his pregnant wife at the hospital.  ” Something about being a father changes you,” the narrator says as the now stuffy and straight-laced Mr. Brown exits the hospital seconds later. Mr. Brown will see another significant change in his character by movies’ end as he becomes a father again to Paddington Brown.

Even though there is a scene of mischievous rocket science, at its base, this movie is not rocket science.  Although it contains some smart British humor, all is still within reach of young kids.  Check it out, you and your kids will be pleasantly surprised.

My kids thought:

“It is funny and a little emotional. It is a good family movie.”

“The bear was cute and adventurous. The Brown family was nice to him.”

 

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DC Dads: Free Annie Movie Screening

ANNIE makes her triumphant return to theaters this month! If you saw the movie or the play or both like me, you have to take your kids to check the new version. As a child of the 80’s, I’m excited for the new Annie movie remake.  Come see it with other cool dads in the DC area. Click on the link for your free passes to see it before it is released in theaters.

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http://www.sonyscreenings.com/DADDY

 

Screening Details:                      

AMC Georgetown
Saturday, December 13
11:00 AM

As always, seats are first-come, first-served so people should arrive early to make sure they get seats.

Synopsis:  Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014.  Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).  But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.  Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

Please note, this film has been rated PG.

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.

XMEN Return is Uncanny

Okay, pardon this cool dad’s fanboy mode, but X-MEN is on the way and the new film brings two sets of X-MEN together.  An awesome ensemble cast brings to life my favorite series of comic books on the mutants, Uncanny X-MEN. Halle Berry and so many others are back, as well as the young cast from the last movie!  It also brings back Bryan Singer the director of the first X-MEN film and writer of the excellent X-MEN: First Class. Check out the preview X-MEN: Days of Future Past and salivate with me!  I’m like a kids now candy store opens MAY 2014 #DadsRule

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