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5 Great Dad Blog Websites to Follow

5 Great Dad Blog Websites to Follow

Looking for more insightful and relatable content about fatherhood? Dad blog websites have become valuable sources of information and inspiration. I’m going to share with you 5 other dad blog websites that offer some great reading, interesting and helpful material for dads.

The Father Hood

The Father Hood is a go-to blog for modern dads seeking relatable stories and useful tips. From practical parenting advice to relationship insights, this blog covers a wide range of topics. Whether you’re looking for guidance on connecting with your kids, balancing work and family, or simply need a dose of humor and encouragement, The Father Hood has you covered.

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Dad or Alive

Dad or Alive stands out with its honest and witty storytelling. The blog author shares his experiences as a dad, addressing both the joys and hurdles of parenting. From heartwarming tales of father-child bonding to humorous anecdotes about the daily challenges of raising kids, Dad or Alive offers a refreshing perspective on modern fatherhood that resonates with readers.

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Fathercraft focuses on providing practical guidance for dads. Their articles cover various aspects of fatherhood, including child development, parenting strategies, and self-care for fathers. From tips on fostering positive behavior to insights on navigating sleepless nights and establishing routines, Fathercraft’s concise and accessible writing style ensures that dads of all reading levels can engage with the content and find valuable information.

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Days of a Domestic Dad

Days of a Domestic Dad offers a glimpse into the life of a stay-at-home dad. With a conservative tone and a focus on family values, the blog author shares personal experiences, parenting tips, and family adventures. From practical advice on household management to stories about creating special memories with his children, Days of a Domestic Dad resonates with many fathers in similar roles.

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Wilder Dad

Wilder Dad is dedicated to outdoor adventures and exploring nature with kids. This blog provides inspiration and tips for dads who want to raise adventurous and nature-loving children. From camping guides and hiking recommendations to ideas for nature-based learning activities, Wilder Dad offers practical insights and suggestions for outdoor experiences that the whole family can enjoy.

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Insider info from dads like you

These 5 dad blog websites offer valuable content and unique perspectives on fatherhood. From practical tips and relatable stories to outdoor adventures and family values, they cater to diverse interests and needs. Whether you seek parenting advice, personal anecdotes, or want to connect with other dads, these websites are excellent resources to follow on your journey as a dad.

For even more active dad bloggers and a broader range of topics, we recommend exploring Feedspot’s top 100 best dad blogs and websites. This comprehensive list provides a wealth of additional resources and insights from a community of fathers sharing their experiences, tips, and wisdom.

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The Truth About Life As A Father

The Truth About Life As A Father

October 23, 2021 is when I became a dad and I’ve been one for about 20 months now. My son, Davis, is on his way to 2 years old and about to start pre-school. He’s the coolest little dude in the world and I’m so happy he’s here every day when I wake up in the morning, making himself known.

My life as a father started he was born and it’s been a real transformation to get to where I am today. We’re just getting started over here.

Becoming dad is a learning process…

I’ve done anything and everything that I could do to support my wife and the baby since we brought the little guy home but I’ve made all kinds of mistakes along the way, I admit that, I am a work in progress.

When we first brought the baby home I was working on contract and I could not take time off, I worked from home but I couldn’t support my wife in the way I needed to. That was a mistake. At first, I was dropping the ball on all kinds of things around the house…I wasn’t cleaning bottles fast enough, I wasn’t helping with breastfeeding gear the way I could have, I wasn’t managing formula and disposables…I didn’t have a grip on it, I needed to learn how to be helpful.

I had the instinct that I needed to ratchet up what I was doing and more importantly do more of what my wife needed me to do, not only what I thought was helpful to her, but what she actually needed me to do. I stumbled all over the place on this, it was tense and we had a hard time communicating a lot of the time I’d just jump on a chore or something like washing the dishes and I’d think, “I’m helping with the dishes so this is one thing my wife won’t have to worry about”, but that wouldn’t really be what she needed right at that time. I needed to be like her baby relief pitcher, but I didn’t know how to do that, I had to learn my wife and our baby to figure out where I’d fit in. How I could be useful even though I was working full time down the hall in my office? When did I need to come out and what needed to be my priorities at the end of the day? Not easy questions to answer when you’re in the scramble.

I had to learn to listen in a lot of ways, not just for words and for sounds (screeching intensifies). I needed to learn to read the room, read body language better, really observe our environment and more importantly I needed to know what to do with that information.

I thought I was ready for dad life

And I mean, I thought I was ready to have a baby and start doin’ it as a dad before we ever had the baby, we were in a good place, stable and I had my ducks in a row – we were ready to go and get this family started, my wife was ready. I had a 100% remote job and we had managed to move into a great house in a safe suburb, I’d been working towards that situation for years. We had a nest egg, we we’re crushing milestones one after another, cruising, and we were ready to build.

Mostly we were ready I think, we were more ready than a lot of people and on the older side for new parents, no Al Pacino but we were in our early 30’s. We both wanted to start our family and had been married a little while, we took steps to get into an environment where we could grow.

Reality is that even though you hear the stories, get the advice, read the articles, read the books (good for you) it’s just one thing to know what’s coming and another thing to participate. It’s like most things in life, you just don’t know what the hell you’re getting into until you’re up on stage and you’re playing the part. There were loads of things I didn’t know about, nobody told me about having a baby.

  • Babies have to get up every 2 hours to feed, sometimes more
  • Breastfeeding may not happen 100% naturally and it’s not simple
  • Milk production will stop if the baby does not feed frequently
  • You basically will stare at the baby monitor all night long, hearing every tiny noise in full HD
  • You have to sterilize pretty much everything, bottles, nipple tops, breast pump parts etc…
  • C-section pain makes it very hard to care for a baby full time
  • Babies don’t eat food, even baby food, they survive off the milk or formula at first
  • You can’t put anything in the crib with a baby, basically every comfortable thing is a hazard.
  • So many more things…

You’re the new guy, again

I felt like I was back on my first company job, you’ve finished your college course, gone through high school, gone through elementary school. You know for a fact you’re prepared to take on the job, and somebody will give it to you. The thing is nobody teaches you the little things, things you have to know and deal with minute-to-minute to really solve problems and get the job done right, nobody teaches you about the newest software or technology, and nobody introduces you to the people that you need to know….the problem is the trade knowledge, the stuff you can only learn on the job. Lots of things you will only learn living life as a father.

When you bring that baby home, even before you bring them home in the hospital, in the car…you find out really fast you are severely lacking on that insider info, you’re going to be learning a whole lot on this job. Putting that baby seat in the car, putting that baby in the seat, suction-cupping that sun shader – it’s all new stuff, things you’ve never done before and that you won’t know to do or won’t know how to do. Before we even left I was getting lessons from the nurse in the hospital room, the nice lady at Baylor showed me how to swaddle a baby, she was a master and that was a highly useful thing she taught me.

As a dad you’ve got to be pliable, situations happen basically all day long and you’ll be adapting one way or another. Sometimes it’s a good experience, you handle it, and problems get solved and other times you’re just going to be ill-prepared because you’re not that veteran dad yet, you don’t have that trade knowledge. Those are learning experiences.

  • You’ll run out of diapers or wipes
  • Maybe you’ll remember the formula but not the water
  • You might put expired milk back in the fridge
  • Your baby will fall asleep in the car at an inopportune time
  • You’ll lose a pacifier while you’re out, without a backup

The next time, you’ll be just that little bit more prepared. Your Diaper Bag will be heavier with the supplies you know you’ll need. I leave with a stacked diaper bag any time I go anywhere with little Davis, and I make sure my wife has a stacked diaper bag too when she starts her day with the baby. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst, usually it will go sideways out with the baby so just don’t leave the house without extra supplies. You’re probably forgetting something, so pack more than you think you’ll need.

Ride the lightning

I know everybody’s heard this but… childbirth is not for the faint of heart, it’s a primal and visceral experience. Your wife will be going through it physically and mentally, don’t just shrug off the trauma. It can take a long time, sometimes years to recover after a major surgery and there won’t be time for rest after you get back from the hospital.

We had a hard delivery and some unique circumstances (common… but unique), I’m not going to share particulars because it’s private, but what happened there made it extra hard when we got home, I’ll say that. We really needed extra help from somebody, but we didn’t have anyone. I’m not sure either of us slept for close to 6 months, always with one eye open.

People will say you have to work in shifts, one parent sleeps, one parent takes care of the baby… the reality is that just sounds nice.

Shifts didn’t work for us, when the baby cried, we both always woke up and both had to go help. And while I wish I could have stayed up all night every night handling all the night shifts, it’s just not possible to do when you have to be up during the day too. We really only slept when the baby went to sleep and that would be interrupted by breast pumping and sometimes, we’d want to use that time too to catch up on chores or capture just a few desperate minutes of free time.

  • Sometimes the baby will scream so loud in your ear you’ll imagine that’s what it must be like to be nearby when an IED goes off. It’ll be 4:00AM.
  • You’ll have just gotten ready to go out and the baby will throw up all over your wife
  • The baby will get some kind of rash, that again keeps them from a restful night of sleep
  • The trash bag will make a little bit too much noise and you’ll wake up your wife and baby trying to get some chores out of the way (AITA if…yes)
  • A fresh diaper will be soiled just moments after changing

We were stressed out and physically drained, there were communication issues and arguments.

But we worked through it

This went on for months and is still going on, it’s different now than it was in year 1 but a lot of the same things come up still. The point I’m trying to make here is that the situation is hard from day one back at the house.

Here we are still together and making it work, nearly 2 years later.

Both of us wanted to have a baby, and we knew it’d be hard. Maybe we didn’t know the specifics but we knew it’s tough and I had already seen how my other dad friends agedI think you put on like 5 years in the first 2 years after having a baby.

Ultimately me and my wife want the same thing, we want to be happy and we want our baby to be happy, healthy and successful. We want to build a family and do it right, and we’ll push through any kind of hardship to make that happen.

It’s all in the mindset. I don’t really believe the old saying “you can do anything you put your mind to”, some people aren’t going to be able to develop natural language processing and machine learning tool like ChatGPT or perform a 400lb overhead press no matter how hard they work towards it.

But if what you’re talking about is being a dad, raising a baby, then yes, I believe anybody who really puts their mind to being a great parent can do it.

We get just a little bit better day-by-day and if you’re trying your best then you’re parenting, don’t let anybody say anything different.

Being a dad is awesome

The definition of the word “dad” in the Websters dictionary is: “a male parent”

Short and sweet, but that’s what is great about being a dad. Literally just the fact that you have created a new little life, a little guy with some of your genetics. My son has definitely been the best part of being dad, just looking at him is rewarding. When he does anything it’s a victory, even regular things like eating or making noises.

Sometimes he’ll take a big step and do something really cool like throw a ball, or line up his toy Hot Wheels. For me, there’s no better satisfaction in this world than seeing him in action. Personality traits from me and his mother manifest themselves. It’s clear he’s our child from the way he looks and made even more clear by the way he acts.

There’s lots of tough things about being a dad – there’s no doubt about it. But it’s what I wanted, and I can say I’m glad we did it. Starting a family was a significant milestone in my life, and my wife and I have embraced the challenge of parenthood.

We’re going to be the resilient, nurturing parents that our little Davis needs to thrive.

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Things To Do With Babies – Dad and Baby Bonding

Things To Do With Babies – Dad and Baby Bonding

A big part of being a dad is figuring out the best ways to spend quality time with family, everybody will like to do different things and you’ll have to strike a balance. Starting out it can be tough to decide what to do and where to go, you’ll explore the local attractions and sometimes there just won’t be a good fit with the baby in tow. Here are my suggestions, some of these are low hassle and all of these are nearly free, they’re all things you can jump right in to:

Spend time outside and relax, the simplest moments can be the most meaningful. Pull up a lawn chair outside with your baby and let them enjoy the sights and sounds around them. This change of scenery can help calm and focus their attention. While you enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, your little one might want to explore and play. Treasure these short moments of togetherness—they are very valuable.

The big green, take your baby to a grassy field or a park with trees and shaded areas. Let them freely explore the wonders of nature. They can collect acorns, feel the texture of wood chips, or touch tree trunks. Watching their curiosity in action is an experience. Even if they can’t walk yet, a gentle stroll through the park can be great. Choose parks with lots of open space and avoid places that might be unsafe, like ponds or creeks. It’s also a good idea to go to less crowded parks, more rowdy people make it less baby friendly. Remember to pack your diaper bag with essential items, your baby’s favorite drink, and some snacks for convenience.

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Take a hike, you can still be an active dad when you have a baby. Get a backpack harness or a carrier to bring your little one with you on local trails or nearby parks. This lets you exercise while exposing your baby to the wonders of the outdoors. Spending time outside helps boost their immune system and gives them some Vitamin D. Before going too far, make sure the harness is comfortable for your baby by taking a trial walk around your neighborhood. Safety should always come first during your adventures. Take a look at these baby backpacks on Amazon and find one that will fit for your baby.

Make the most of playtime indoors, create a baby zone where your baby can freely play and learn. Watch as they puzzle with their toys and develop new skills. Encourage them to try new things. Playing is not only fun for babies, but it also helps their thinking and physical growth. Seeing their excitement and independence is amazing, and it’s a great opportunity for dads to bond. So, join them in playtime and cherish these precious moments. It’s important to set up a safe baby zone in your house because otherwise you won’t be able to enjoy playtime, you’ll be chasing them around the entire time intervening every 30 seconds for their safety.

Have fun on a bike ride If you enjoy cycling, consider taking your baby along for a bike ride. Use a baby seat attachment or a trailer suitable for their age. There are many options available, so prioritize safety and choose something that keeps your baby secure during the ride. Take a look at a few of them here and see what might work. Biking combines outdoor exploration, exercise, and adventure, making it a unique experience for both you and your little one. Take regular breaks to check on your baby’s well-being and bring a backpack with essential items. Before you know it, they’ll be riding alongside you, making this opportunity even more special.

There are many inexpensive ways to enjoy time with your babies. You don’t need fancy outings or expensive toys to create special moments. Simple activities like going for a walk in the park, having a picnic at home, or playing with everyday objects can be amazing. It’s about the bond you’re sharing, not how much money you spend.

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The 5 Best Father-Son Movies To Watch With Your Son

The 5 Best Father-Son Movies To Watch With Your Son

Movies have the power to bring people together, and when it comes to fathers and sons, there’s something special about watching films that explore the unique bond between them. These movies not only entertain but also provide opportunities for shared experiences and meaningful conversations. In this article, we’ve curated a list of the top 5 father-son movies that are perfect for watching with your son. Whether you’re looking for adventure, laughter, or heartfelt moments, these films have it all.

Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade (1989)

Starring: Harrison Ford and Sean Connery
Rating: PG-13

Join Indiana Jones on his thrilling quest for the Holy Grail in “The Last Crusade.” This action-packed adventure not only features incredible stunts and breathtaking locations but also explores the complicated relationship between Indiana Jones and his father, Henry Jones Sr. Played by the legendary Sean Connery. It’s a movie filled with thrilling escapades, witty banter, and emotional revelations that showcase the importance of trust, loyalty, and familial bonds.

Fun fact: Sean Connery, who played Indiana’s father, is only twelve years older than Harrison Ford, who played Indiana Jones himself.

Liar Liar (1997)

Starring: Jim Carrey and Justin Cooper
Rating: PG-13

Prepare for non-stop laughter as Jim Carrey brings his comedic brilliance to the role of Fletcher Reede, a lawyer who suddenly can’t lie for an entire day due to his son’s birthday wish. “Liar Liar” is a hilarious comedy that highlights the importance of honesty and connection between fathers and sons. Carrey’s over-the-top performance combined with heartwarming moments makes this film an absolute joy to watch.

Fun fact: During the courtroom scene, where Carrey’s character is unable to lie, much of Carrey’s dialogue was improvised, showcasing his comedic talent.

Hook (1991)

Starring: Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman
Rating: PG

In “Hook,” journey to Neverland with a grown-up Peter Pan, played by the late Robin Williams, as he rediscovers his inner child to save his children from the clutches of Captain Hook, portrayed brilliantly by Dustin Hoffman. This magical adventure explores themes of fatherhood, responsibility, and the power of imagination. With its imaginative storytelling and emotional depth, “Hook” reminds fathers to embrace their playful side and cherish the time spent with their children.

Fun fact: The food fight scene in the Lost Boys’ hideout used real food, including whipped cream, pudding, and spaghetti, resulting in genuine reactions of surprise and delight from the young actors.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks
Rating: PG-13

Based on a true story, “Catch Me If You Can” follows the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., a young con artist pursued by FBI agent Carl Hanratty. While the film primarily focuses on Abagnale’s extraordinary life of deception, it also highlights his complex relationship with his father. This gripping drama explores the desire for parental approval and the importance of honesty and forgiveness in father-son relationships. With outstanding performances by DiCaprio and Hanks, “Catch Me If You Can” is a captivating film that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Fun fact: The real Frank Abagnale Jr. appears in a cameo role in the film as a French police officer.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Starring: Mark Hamill and James Earl Jones (voice)
Rating: PG

As the final chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy, “Return of the Jedi” showcases the iconic father-son relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. With epic battles, emotional confrontations, and a galaxy-spanning story, this film delves into themes of redemption, sacrifice, and the power of familial love. It serves as a reminder that even in the face of darkness, there is always hope for reconciliation and understanding.

Fun fact: The character of Yoda, the wise Jedi Master, was brought to life using a combination of puppetry and the skills of legendary puppeteer Frank Oz.

Grab The Remote

While the films listed above are some of our personal favorites that are perfect for family viewing, it’s important to note that there are many other father-son relationship-focused movies out there. Some delve into more serious subject matter and cater to adult audiences. These movies, however, provide a blend of fun, light-heartedness, and meaningful messages, making them ideal choices for fathers and sons to enjoy together. So grab some popcorn, settle in, and let these movies create lasting memories and inspire conversations about the importance of the father-son bond.

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20 Dad Quotes: By Influential Fathers and Leaders

20 Dad Quotes: By Influential Fathers and Leaders

Explore a collection of 20 famous quotes from influential fathers and leaders. These quotes offer meaningful insights on the joys, responsibilities, and impact of being a father. Join us as we delve into the wisdom and experiences of these remarkable individuals who have embraced the fulfilling journey of fatherhood.

Quotes on Parenting and Fatherhood

“Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” – Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs, a former professional baseball player known for his exceptional skills and dedication to the sport, holds the record for the highest career batting average among third basemen in Major League Baseball history.

“The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.” – Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce, an American author and blogger recognized for his insightful writings on personal growth and self-improvement, has published several best-selling books that have inspired readers around the world.

“Being a father is not about the title, but about the dedication, love, and sacrifices made to nurture and raise a child into a responsible and compassionate individual.” – Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington, a renowned actor and filmmaker celebrated for his powerful performances and social activism, has received multiple Academy Awards for his compelling portrayals of diverse characters in a range of films.

“To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an esteemed American religious leader and scholar known for his wisdom and guidance, served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been instrumental in shaping the Church’s policies and teachings.

“The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he sets not only for himself but for his family.” – Reed Markham

Reed Markham, an influential author and educator recognized for his expertise in personal development and leadership, has written numerous books that have empowered individuals and organizations to achieve their full potential.

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us.” – Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco, an esteemed Italian novelist, philosopher, and literary critic renowned for his intellectual contributions, is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, with his works exploring complex themes and captivating readers with their intricate storytelling.

“Fatherhood is the ultimate opportunity to shape the future by nurturing the hearts and minds of our children.” – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, a revered South African leader and anti-apartheid activist, is celebrated for his unwavering commitment to equality, justice, and the dismantling of apartheid, which led to his historic presidency and his significant contributions to human rights.

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” – Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII, the 20th-century head of the Catholic Church, is remembered for his progressive reforms, including the convening of the historic Second Vatican Council, which sought to modernize and renew the Church’s teachings and practices.

“The best way of training the young is to train yourself at the same time; not to admonish them, but to be seen never doing that of which you would admonish them.” – Plato

Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher revered as one of the greatest thinkers in Western philosophy, is renowned for his profound insights into ethics, politics, and metaphysics, laying the foundation for much of Western philosophical thought.

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” – Billy Graham

Billy Graham, a renowned American evangelist and prominent Christian figure, dedicated his life to spreading the message of faith and morality. His charismatic preaching style and large-scale evangelistic events earned him international acclaim and a significant following.

“Fatherhood is about being a guiding light, a source of strength and protection, and a constant presence in your child’s life, even when the path gets tough.” – Prince William

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and a member of the British royal family, has been an advocate for various charitable causes and mental health awareness. He has used his platform to promote social and environmental issues, making him a respected figure both in the United Kingdom and worldwide.

“Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride, and inspiration.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, an actor and former bodybuilder, is known for his iconic roles in action movies and his impressive physique. He has also ventured into politics, serving as the Governor of California, and has been a strong advocate for physical fitness and environmental conservation.

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

Jim Valvano, a former basketball coach and broadcaster, achieved national prominence for leading the North Carolina State University basketball team to an unexpected victory in the 1983 NCAA championship. His inspirational speeches and philanthropic efforts continue to impact the lives of many.

“The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden

John Wooden, a legendary basketball coach, is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport. Known for his exceptional leadership skills and emphasis on character development, he led the UCLA Bruins to an unprecedented 10 NCAA championships.

“You don’t raise heroes; you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” – Walter M. Schirra Sr.

Walter M. Schirra Sr., an American aviator and engineer, was one of the original seven astronauts in NASA’s Mercury program. He made history as the first person to fly in space on all three of NASA’s pioneering spaceflight programs: Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.

“Fatherhood is a constant reminder that our actions today shape the world our children will inherit tomorrow.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. is known for his pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement, advocating for racial equality and justice through nonviolent means. His powerful speeches, including the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, continue to inspire generations and serve as a symbol of hope and progress.

“The best fathers have the softest, sweetest hearts. In the toughest moments, they hold their children close and show them the true strength of love.” – Matt McCarthy

Matt McCarthy, an American physician and writer, is known for his candid and compassionate accounts of life as a doctor in his bestselling books. His unique perspective combines medical expertise with storytelling, shedding light on the human side of medicine.

“Being a father means you have to think fast, talk slow, and play hard.” – Tony Gaskins

Tony Gaskins, a motivational speaker and father, has inspired countless individuals with his empowering messages of personal growth and success. His charismatic speaking style and relatable anecdotes resonate with audiences seeking to unlock their full potential.

“Fatherhood is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about showing up every day, being present, and loving unconditionally.” – Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg, an actor and producer, has established himself as a versatile performer in both comedic and dramatic roles. Beyond his acting career, he has been involved in various philanthropic endeavors, using his influence to make a positive impact in the community.

“A true leader not only commands armies but also guides his children with unwavering love and discipline, forging them into honorable individuals who carry on his legacy.” – General Douglas MacArthur

Douglas MacArthur, a prominent American general, is best known for his military leadership during World War II, where he played a key role in the Pacific theater. He is remembered for his strategic brilliance, strong leadership, and iconic return to the Philippines.

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Tips for New Dads: 10 Crucial Tips for Expecting Fathers

Tips for New Dads: 10 Crucial Tips for Expecting Fathers

Attention all new and soon-to-be dads! Welcome to the world of fatherhood. It’s an incredible journey filled with ups and downs. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve gathered some crucial tips to make this experience a little smoother. Here are a few things that, looking back, would have been really good to know from the get-go:


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  1. Be prepared for sleepless nights. Newborn babies wake up every two hours like clockwork, demanding to be fed. So, say goodbye to those solid blocks of sleep and get ready to embrace the long hours of being awake, you are nocturnal now. This is called “on demand feeding” – they dictate the schedule (look at them, they are the captain now). At times, they’ll spiral into a different feeding pattern too where they want it every hour, that’s called “cluster feeding” and it’ll happen at hours unfit for human beings. I knew babies made sleeping tough but I didn’t know that it was a 2 hour cycle or how often they fed, now you know!
  2. Don’t be taken aback when you see your baby’s poop during those first 24 hours. It may look like black tar, but don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal. It’s just their system adjusting to life outside the womb. Your mission, which you will accept, will be to keep that rear-end dry. You will be changing the diapies every hour on the hour (every 1-2 hours). Get ready for unforgettable experiences.
  3. Get yourself a diaper bag with plenty of compartments and easy access. Believe me, when you’re in the midst of a diaper emergency, you’ll thank me for this tip. Look for a bag that lets you grab what you need in a flash, without fumbling around and causing chaos. Here’s one that has dedicated compartments for the different things you’ll be lugging around.

  4. Pack that thing like a pro, my friend. Fill it up with wipes, formula or breast milk (depending on your baby’s feeding needs), diapers (lots of them), a bottle of water for mixing, a change of clothes for unexpected messes, some handy hand towels, and of course, a few pacifiers to calm the little guy (always have extras). Having all these supplies at your fingertips will make life outside of the house feasible.

    One thing I recommend picking up if you’ll be using formula is this multi-compartment dispenser/container, it’ll help keep your formula powder from getting everywhere and reduce the number of containers you’ll need to carry in your diaper bag.

  5. Let me drop a little secret on you: Your insurance company might cover the cost of a breast pump. Yup, that’s right! So, don’t hesitate to give them a call and find out your options. Having a portable breast pump for your wife can be a game-changer, especially when she needs to pump on the go. Our insurance fully covered the cost of an electric Spectra brand breast pump, we got the version with a wall cord but I recommend you go for the portable version here, on the next go around that’s what we’ll do. Trust me, you’ll want to ensure your wife has easy access to milk whenever the baby needs it.

  6. Milk management, that’s about to be your new number one priority. Newborn babies survive on milk alone, whether it’s breast milk or formula. So, whether you choose one or go for a hybrid approach, make sure you keep that milk supply ready at all times. Your little one will need to be fed every two to three hours, and trust me, they won’t hesitate to let you know when it’s mealtime.

    One thing I recommend you pick up would be a bottle warmer. You’ll be preserving breast milk in the fridge and that’s great, but your baby is going to want it warm. When the baby is screaming in your wives ear you don’t want to be in the kitchen struggling to McGyver warm milk from a cold bottle. Here’s the bottle warmer that worked for us:

  7. Here’s the truth about breastfeeding—it’s not always a walk in the park. Both babies and mothers can face challenges getting started. And if there’s too much time between feedings, milk production can even slow down. That’s where a breast pump comes in. Your wife may need to use it to keep the milk flowing, and that means she’ll have to stop what she’s doing and pump every two hours. It can be inconvenient, but remember, your support is crucial here. Keep those pump bottles, funnels, and cables squeaky clean and ready to go for each pumping session. Stock up on extra parts so there are always a few clean ones at the ready.

    If you go for the Spectra pump you can order some extra parts here, a little extra prep here will pay off.

  8. Now, let’s talk about “tummy time.” You’ll want to incorporate this into your baby’s routine early on. It’s when you turn your little one over onto their stomach to help with their motor function development. Here’s the catch—most babies don’t exactly enjoy this special time. But hey, it’s good for them, and it paves the way for successful crawling in the future. So, prepare yourself mentally to watch them struggle but keep in mind that it’s all for their growth and development.

    Baby Davis was not a fan.
  9. Picture this: a reliable baby monitor that keeps an eye on your little munchkin all night long. Sounds amazing, right? Well, let me tell you about the Infant Optics monitor. It’s a gem. I highly recommend putting it on your registry. This trusty device has been our rock for almost two years now. We never turn it off, and guess what? We’ve had zero problems with the video feed. I have no qualms plugging this baby monitor, it’s amazing – in fact, I’ve thought about setting these up all over my house for live video surveillance.
  10. Transition to the crib. Here’s what worked for me and my wife. From day one, we kept some sleep separation. Our baby slept in a bassinet right next to our bed, but not in the bed or too close to it. We also draped a muslin blanket over the top of the bassinet, allowing a bit of privacy even though we were just a few steps away.

    After about a month, we made the move to our baby’s own nursery room and crib. Now, remember, the timing of this transition will vary based on your situation, tolerance levels, and your baby’s needs. But for us, it was a game-changer. Just a couple of nights in the crib, and our baby was as comfortable as ever, sleeping just as well as they did in the bassinet. Plus, having the baby in their own room gave us some much-needed personal time for basic hygiene, food, and rest. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Take these tips with you on your fatherhood adventure. Embrace the sleepless nights, expect the unexpected, and savor every moment with your little bundle of joy. Remember, every baby is different, so adjust these tips to fit your family’s needs. And above all, treasure this special time—it flies by in the blink of an eye!

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Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts for 2023

Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts for 2023

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and with only 10 days left, it’s time to plan an unforgettable celebration for the incredible dads in our lives. Here are some exciting ideas to spark your creativity:

Father’s Day Experiences and Activities

Father and son fishing

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Guided Fishing: If your dad loves the great outdoors and enjoys casting a line, a guided fishing trip is an excellent choice. Check out Bass Online for expert fishing guides who will ensure a memorable day on the water. You can always forgo the guide and just go out fishing with dad but going with someone who can take you to the right places on the lake can make a world of difference.

Heavy Equipment Sandbox: For the dad who loves big machines and adventure, an experience at the Extreme Sandbox is a unique and thrilling option. Let him unleash his inner child as he operates heavy machinery like excavators and bulldozers. This is probably not the best choice if your father is in the construction field but if he works behind a desk, he’s not going to get the chance to pilot a 26ton machine without a little bit of help.

Tank Ride or Shooting Range: If your dad has a fascination with military history or loves an adrenaline rush, consider taking him for a ride in a tank or to a local shooting range. Ox Hunting Ranch offers tank rides…take your dad to go fire a tank cannon, need I say more? Alternatively, you can visit WhereToShoot.org to find a shooting range near you. Get your dad pumped up like Arnold from the first Predator movie this Father’s Day.

Race Track Experience: Does your dad have a need for speed? Treat him to a heart-pounding race track experience. The Xtreme Xperience will put your dad behind the wheel of a high-performance car on a professional track. Let him live out his racing dreams and create memories that will make him the envy of his friends.

Fine Dining or Home-Cooked Meal: Sometimes the simplest gestures create the most meaningful moments. Treat your dad to a fantastic meal at his favorite steakhouse, seafood restaurant, or hibachi grill. Alternatively, show your love by cooking his favorite meal at home. Whether dining out or enjoying a homemade feast, the key is to spend quality time together and make him feel appreciated.

Father’s Day Product Gift Ideas

Fitbit Versa 4: Help your dad stay active and stylish with the Fitbit Versa 4. This sleek watch and wrist device offer fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring, and smart features to keep him motivated and connected. I own one of these and wear it every day, it has a comfortable strap, a long lasting battery, it looks slick, and it has a great phone app – I love this thing.

Gladfoam 900x70mm Astronomical Telescope: For the dad who loves stargazing and exploring the wonders of the universe, the Gladfoam 900x70mm Astronomical Telescope is a fantastic gift choice. It provides crystal-clear views of celestial bodies and sparks curiosity about the cosmos. A great option for dad’s that are in need of a new, and constructive, hobby.

Shokz Open-Ear Bluetooth Bone Conduction Sport Headphones: These innovative headphones offer a unique listening experience. With open-ear bone conduction technology, your dad can enjoy his favorite  tunes while staying aware of his surroundings, making them perfect for outdoor activities or workouts. What makes these headphones different is that they don’t even enter your ear, offering some next level comfort.

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers – Wooden Enclosure: For the music-loving dad, the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers deliver high-quality sound in a stylish package. These speakers enhance the audio experience and add a touch of elegance to any room. Install these in your dad’s office or study.

GoPro Hero 11 Black Bundle: If you’re dad is a creator or might want to be, check out the GoPro Hero 11 Black Bundle. GoPro has set the standard for portable quality video and more importantly audio. It’s amazing the quality of the audio these little cameras can pick up, I’ve tried competing and lower cost products and it’s not even close. I recommend getting the whole bundle here because a GoPro by itself is tough to use, your dad will need some different attachments to mount it practically for different shoots.

Make Memories This Father’s Day

These are some ideas that have crossed my mind for my own father, some inspired by Father’s Day’s past and some I’ve always wanted to give. I’m glad to share some thoughts and hope that this list helps someone out here to try something out of the box for their dad.

Leave a comment if you do decide to try a gift from this post, I’d love to hear how it turned out.

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15 Names From the Middle Ages Making a Comeback in the 21st Century

15 Names From the Middle Ages Making a Comeback in the 21st Century


In the Middle Ages (500 AD to 1500 AD), names held great significance and often reflected the culture, history, and social norms of the period. What makes names from this era interesting is their rich historical background and the sense of timelessness they bring. These names have a certain charm and uniqueness that stands out in a modern context.

Names from the Middle Ages have been gaining popularity in recent years. Parents are increasingly looking for distinctive names that carry a sense of tradition and heritage. Medieval names offer a connection to a bygone era and evoke a sense of depth and antiquity. The rise of fantasy literature, movies, and television series set in medieval-inspired worlds has sparked a renewed interest in medieval names.

Here’s a list of 15 names from the Middle Ages that are making a comeback in the 21st century, their meanings, and some influential figures associated with each name:


  • Meaning: Aveline means “hazelnut” or “little bird.”
  • Era of Prominence: Aveline was commonly used as a feminine name in the Middle Ages, particularly during the 12th to 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Aveline de Forz, also known as Aveline de Redvers, was a prominent figure during the Middle Ages. She was a powerful noblewoman and the Countess of Devon, known for her shrewd political acumen and unwavering determination. Aveline played a key role in managing her family’s estates, negotiating alliances, and defending their territories, leaving a lasting legacy of strength and resilience.
  • Learn more about Aveline de Forz


  • Meaning: Percival is derived from the Old French name “Perceval,” which means “pierce the valley.”
  • Era of Prominence: Percival was primarily used as a masculine name in the Middle Ages, particularly during the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Sir Percival was a legendary Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legends. Known for his quest for the Holy Grail, Percival’s noble character, chivalry, and determination popularized the name. Many parents began naming their sons Percival in hopes that they would embody the virtues and heroism associated with this legendary knight.
  • Learn more about Percival


  • Meaning: Guinevere means “white phantom” or “white wave.”
  • Era of Prominence: Guinevere was predominantly used as a feminine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 12th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Queen Guinevere was the wife of King Arthur in Arthurian legends. Known for her beauty, love affair with Sir Lancelot, and her role in the downfall of Camelot, Guinevere’s complex and intriguing story made her name widely known and popular. Many girls were named Guinevere as a nod to the romantic and legendary elements associated with this iconic queen.
  • Learn more about Guinevere


  • Meaning: Leopold means “bold people” or “brave people.”
  • Era of Prominence: Leopold was primarily used as a masculine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 11th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Leopold III, also known as Saint Leopold of Austria, was a medieval ruler and a patron saint of Austria. He was renowned for his piety, justice, and dedication to his people. Leopold’s fair and benevolent rule made him a beloved figure, and the name Leopold gained popularity as a symbol of noble leadership and courage.
  • Learn more about Leopold III


  • Meaning: Rosalind is derived from the Germanic elements “hros,” meaning “horse,” and “lind,” meaning “soft” or “tender.”
  • Era of Prominence: Rosalind was primarily used as a feminine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 12th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Rosalind Franklin, although not from the medieval period, was a prominent scientist in the 20th century. Her groundbreaking work on X-ray crystallography led to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Despite her untimely death, Rosalind Franklin’s contributions to science and her pioneering spirit revived interest in the name Rosalind, as parents admired her intelligence and determination.
  • Learn more about Roselind Franklin


  • Meaning: Cedric is derived from the Old English name “Cerdic,” which possibly means “ruler” or “war leader.”
  • Era of Prominence: Cedric was predominantly used as a masculine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 10th to the 12th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Cedric of Wessex, also known as Cedric the Saxon, was a legendary figure from the Middle Ages. He was a noble Saxon warrior and leader who played a significant role in the resistance against the Norman conquest of England. Cedric’s unwavering loyalty to his people and his valiant efforts to defend Saxon traditions and independence made him a revered figure in English folklore and a symbol of resistance against oppression.
  • Learn more about Cedric of Wessex


  • Meaning: Seraphina means “fiery ones” or “burning ones.”
  • Era of Prominence: Seraphina was primarily used as a feminine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 12th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Seraphina Pekkala is a character from Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy. She is a witch queen with the ability to travel between worlds. Seraphina’s wisdom, grace, and powerful presence made her an influential character, and her name gained popularity as parents were drawn to its ethereal and mystical qualities.
  • Learn more about Serafina Pekkala (His Dark Materials)


  • Meaning: Gideon means “mighty warrior” or “hewer” (one who cuts or shapes).
  • Era of Prominence: Gideon was primarily used as a masculine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 12th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Gideon was a biblical figure known for his bravery and leadership. He led the Israelites to victory against their oppressors, the Midianites, with only a small army. Gideon’s courage and triumph against all odds popularized the name, and it continues to be chosen by parents who admire qualities of strength and resilience.
  • Learn more about Gideon


  • Meaning: Isolde means “beautiful” or “fair lady.”
  • Era of Prominence: Isolde was predominantly used as a feminine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 12th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Isolde of Ireland, also known as Iseult, is a tragic figure from medieval Arthurian legends. She is renowned for her passionate love affair with Sir Tristan, which led to a series of unfortunate events. Isolde’s tale of forbidden love and heartbreak captured the imagination of many, making her name popular as a symbol of love, beauty, and tragic romance.
  • Learn more about Isolde (Iseult)


  • Meaning: Evander is derived from the Greek name “Euandros,” meaning “good man” or “good warrior.”
  • Era of Prominence: Evander was primarily used as a masculine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 11th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Evander was a legendary figure in Greek mythology and a founder of the ancient city of Pallantium. He was known for his wisdom, leadership, and contributions to the arts and sciences. Evander’s esteemed reputation and positive qualities made the name appealing to parents seeking a name associated with intelligence and virtuous qualities.
  • Learn more about Evander of Pallantium


  • Meaning: Lavinia’s exact meaning is uncertain, but it is believed to have Etruscan origins and may relate to the Latin word “lavis,” meaning “purity” or “woman of Rome.”
  • Era of Prominence: Lavinia was predominantly used as a feminine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 11th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Lavinia is a character in Virgil’s epic poem, the “Aeneid.” She is the daughter of King Latinus and becomes the wife of the Trojan hero Aeneas. Lavinia’s character symbolizes loyalty, strength, and determination, and her name gained popularity as a choice that reflects grace, beauty, and classical roots.
  • Learn more about Lavinia


  • Meaning: Cyprian means “from Cyprus” or “of the island of Cyprus.”
  • Era of Prominence: Cyprian was primarily used as a masculine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 12th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Saint Cyprian was an influential Christian bishop and martyr in the 3rd century. He was known for his eloquence and writings on theology and morality. Cyprian’s strong faith and dedication to his beliefs made his name widely recognized and esteemed, and it continued to be chosen as a name associated with religious devotion.
  • Learn more about St. Cyprian


  • Meaning: Amara means “eternal” or “unfading.”
  • Era of Prominence: Amara was primarily used as a feminine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 11th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Amara La Negra, born as Dana Danelys De Los Santos, is a renowned Afro-Latina singer, actress, and television personality. Rising to fame through her appearances on reality TV shows, Amara La Negra became an influential figure in advocating for Afro-Latino representation in the entertainment industry. Her talent, charisma, and commitment to embracing her cultural identity have played a significant role in popularizing the name Amara and inspiring parents to choose it for their children as a symbol of strength, diversity, and artistic expression.
  • Learn more about Amara La Negra


  • Meaning: Eamon is derived from the Irish name “Éamonn,” which means “guardian” or “protector.”
  • Era of Prominence: Eamon was primarily used as a masculine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 12th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Eamon de Valera was an influential political figure in Ireland during the 20th century. As one of the key leaders in the Irish struggle for independence, Eamon de Valera’s strong leadership and dedication to his country revived interest in the name Eamon, symbolizing resilience, patriotism, and strength.
  • Learn more about Eamon De Valera


  • Meaning: Rowena’s exact meaning is uncertain, but it is believed to have Germanic origins and may mean “fame” or “joyful.”
  • Era of Prominence: Rowena was predominantly used as a feminine name in the Middle Ages, particularly from the 11th to the 14th centuries.
  • Influential figure: Rowena Ravenclaw is a character from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. She was one of the founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, known for her intelligence and wisdom. Rowena’s role in the magical world and her association with knowledge and learning brought attention to the name Rowena, making it popular among fans of the series who appreciated its magical and scholarly connotations.
  • Learn more about Rowena Ravenclaw (Harry Potter)

Explore and Find the Ideal Name for Your Little One

These names have this cool vintage vibe that sets them apart in today’s world. Just remember to consider things like how easy it is to pronounce, if it matches your cultural background, and whether it might remind people of fictional characters or historical figures.

If you’re intrigued by the Middle Ages and want to dive deeper into that fascinating time, “The History of the Medieval World – From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade” is a book worth checking out. It takes you on a captivating journey, unveiling the culture, events, and remarkable people that defined that era. It’s an enjoyable read that might spark your imagination and help you discover the perfect name that captures the spirit of the medieval world for your little one.

Bonus: Fun for the Whole Family

For an immersive experience that brings the Middle Ages to life, don’t sleep on the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. It’s family friendly, with epic jousting, an authentic medieval feast, and a mind-blowing show that’ll have you rooting like you’re at a college ball game. Your kids will never forget this trip!

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