Monday, January 6, 2014

This Week in Fatherhood: Baby, It's Cold Outside

Winter is a great time to stay indoors and make cool drawings for your kids' lunch boxes, read a new parenting book, or participate in a simple science experiment.

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Lunch Notes

lunch notes
The dad behind the And I'm the Dad blog usually shares funny conversations with his kids on his blog and on his Facebook page (I even shared one of those conversations the first time I wrote a Week in Fatherhood post), but something completely different has made him go viral in the past week. Mashable has published pictures of the interactive notes he includes with his kids' lunches, and the attention they get is definitely justifiable. Check out the pictures on Mashable. (Cool Dad Brightens Kids' Day With Interactive Lunch Notes)

Parenting Book

parents' phrase book
I've mentioned Honea Express' Whit Honea's new parenting book on another Week in Fatherhood post, when it was available for pre-orders, but now that the book is out, I want to mention it again. When a new book comes out, there are usually launch parties as well as virtual social media parties on Facebook and on Twitter, complete with giveaways and buzz-creating hashtags. Whatever was planned for this book is not going to happen, since Whit's mother passed recently from a car accident. Still, click on the link, read a chapter or two on Amazon, and if you like what you see, consider buying the book on paperback or on Kindle. (The Parents' Phrase Book: Hundreds of Easy, Useful Phrases, Scripts, and Techniques for Every Situation)

Sad Photos

sad photos
Previously on the blog, I shared sad photos of my kids. Personal blogging is always on the borderline of using others (especially kids) as blog fodder, and what's worse than sharing pictures of our kids at their worst? But I tried to make it more than a simple cute-pictures-of-sad-kids post. I had a reason for this post, and I hope they end up appreciating these photos when they grow up. (Sad Photos)


science experiment
Eric Novak writes on his blog: "As with anything in life, winter is what we choose to make it out to be, and this is one example of how winter can be just as fun as any other time of the year." So, once the temperatures get low enough, boil water, take your kids outside, and try this simple and cool science experiment:

On his blog, Novak explains the reason boiling water quickly evaporates once you throw it out into the frigid air. And be careful out there! (FUN SCIENCE: Boiling Water Evaporates Into Frigid Air)


  1. This was a nice treat for me. I read a lot about moms and their kids, it is nice to read about dads and kids. I had some ideas to share with my husband.

  2. I love that sandwich bag art. Cute idea.

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