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Father's Day: A Collection of Daddy Advice

Father's Day: A Collection of Daddy Advice

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  • Chen Oren, PhD, Psychologist & Author  | Transcript:How can a father become a good father and an involved father when their own father was not involved, was abusive, or distant? This is a very important issue for fathers. Many fathers don't have good role models and find themselves sometimes confused and not sure what to do with their own children. Those fathers want to be good fathers but need sometimes some help with being good fathers. It is important for fathers to be able to express their concerns with their partners, to get support, and also try to identify and be aware of the own triggers. What did they like about how their fathers treated them? What did they not like? And to be able to balance out their own triggers and their own experiences and learn how to be different with their children themselves. Sometimes it's very difficult to do and professional help can help fathers identify those triggers and experiences, and then become more involved and more effective parents with their own children.
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    Psychologist & Author

    Chen Oren, PhD

    Psychologist & Author

    Chen Z. Oren, PhD, is a psychologist with a private practice in Westlake Village, CA. He is also a researcher, author, and speaker. Dr. Oren specializes in the psychology of men, fathers, and athletes.  He counsels men, women, couples, and athletes and co-leads a weekly men's group.   Dr. Oren’s work with men and fathers is focused on understanding their own experiences, challenges, and strengths to help them become fathers.  He serves on the board of the American Psychological Association, Division 51, the Study of the Psychology or Men and Masculinity.  He speaks locally and nationally on issues related to men and fathering issues, diversity, and effective counseling.  His book, Counseling Fathers (Routledge), is designed to bridge the gap between fathers and professional helpers. He has ongoing research on fathers and therapy that looks closely at the experiences of fathers to better understand their strengths and their struggles. Dr. Oren received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from USC.

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  • George Monroy, Father of Caine   | Transcript:My advice to other fathers is don't try to mold your son or daughter into you. Don't try to live through them. Let them choose their path. If they want to be an engineer, let them be an engineer. Don't try to force them to be a doctor or a lawyer. Just because you wanted to be a lawyer, don't make them be a lawyer. Let them choose what they want to do. Because the more you push them one way, they're going to another way. So best advice, let them choose their own path.
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    Father of Caine

    George Monroy

    Father of Caine

    George Monroy is the father of three sons and the owner of Smart Parts in East LA. His life changed dramatically when his son’s homemade arcade, Caine’s Arcade, was discovered and filmed, garnering over seven million views worldwide. 

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  • Dan Pearce, Blogger & Single Dad  | Transcript:Single dads have needs just like all human beings.  

They have the need to be close to other people.  They have a need for companionship.  So many times for single dads, the whole dating experience gets pushed to the side.  Some dads are okay with that and some dads need to get out there and make that be a part of their life because that is what's going to make them more healthy of a parent.

The important thing is they make it a healthy experience with their kids.  They teach their kids the proper way to court women.  They teach their kids the proper way to have relationships when you are in the situation you are in.

Overall, dating can be a healthy experience, even as a single parent, as long as he does it correctly.
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    Blogger & Single Dad

    Dan Pearce

    Blogger & Single Dad

    Dan Pearce is the divorced father of four year old Noah, who came to him through adoption. Dan is also the author of The Real Dad Rules and Single Dad Laughing: The Complete Second Year, and his blog, Single Dad Laughing. When he started Single Dad Laughing in the summer of 2010, his then-wife had left his life almost as quickly as she’d come into it, and he was feeling about as valuable as a dollar-store sweater (and unraveling just as quickly). He started the blog because writing has always had the power to heal him in his darkest of moments. His goal is to spread worthwhile ways of looking at things. Before becoming a writer, Dan worked in retail, in the corporate world, and as an animal artist.

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  • Scott Lenz, Stay-at-Home Dad  | Transcript:The main difference between a stay at home dad and a stay at home mom is anatomical.  Everything is for the most part the same.  Stay at home dads and stay at home moms do the same thing.  They deal with their kids in mainly the same way.  They have to do the same errands.  They have to prepare food.  They have to get school supplies, etc., etc.  The main differences come really externally, not internally.  Stay at home dads and stay at home moms are perceived differently by society.  But inside and at home, they all do the same things so it´s just body parts.
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    Stay-at-Home Dad

    Scott Lenz

    Stay-at-Home Dad

    Scott Lenz was born in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania. By the time he reached 9th grade, he had been to eight schools, which explains a lot about his social awkwardness. However, his wife Suzanne and two kids - Jaron, 13 and Georgia, 10 - went to less than five schools combined, so it all evens out.

    He was the original rat mascot for Chuck E. Cheese, and since then has been a record store manager, music journalist, television documentarian and, most recently and importantly, a stay-at-home dad. His single greatest hope is that ABBA will one day reunite.

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  • Mike Spohr, Blogger & Dad  | Transcript:There is definitely a way that moms can make dads involved in parenting but they may not like the answer.  The first thing to do is ask the dads what they think about different things and get their opinion on all different aspects of parenting.  And then, when the dad makes the answer, even if it is a different perspective or a different way of dealing with it, start to not dismiss it out of hand and really kind of think about how you can incorporate that into how the child is raised.  Different ideas are not always bad ideas.  I think often times people have a hard time seeing that and it is not always mom knows best.  Oftentimes it is but not always.  And if you start to incorporate some of the thoughts that the dad has, then the dad is going to feel like real ownership of the parenting and then feel like they are really involved.  And they will become as involved as they want to at that part.  It really comes down to ask them questions about how they think things should go and really putting value on what they say.
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    Mike Spohr

    Blogger & Dad

    Author of the parenting blog "The Newborn Identity", Mike Spohr lives in Southern California with his wife, Heather, ice cream-obsessed two-year-old daughter, Annabel, and froufrou dog, Rigby. He is also the Executive Director of Friends of Maddie, a charity started in honor of his late daughter Madeline, which helps the families of NICU babies.

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  • Scott Lenz, Stay-at-Home Dad  | Transcript:There are a lot of groups, support, education, otherwise developmental for moms.  There's Mommy and Me, there's you know those types of groups.  I don't hang out with a lot of stay at home dads because there quite honestly aren't that many support groups like that or little preschool groups like that for dads.  I personally don't know why that is.  I think because the paradigm shift is still occurring.  So it's a lot of dads go to Mommy and Me classes and they just kind of deal with the fact that it's called Mommy and Me and really don't raise much of a fuss about it.  But I find that stay at home dads don't really tend to congregate, because I think dads, and men in general, don't necessarily  congregate in that fashion socially as much as women do.  But also I think a lot of stay at home dads are still struggling with their identity as stay at home dads.  Especially if they came from a very distinct professional career.  I also think that social media, Facebook, Twitter and just the internet in general, makes it easier for dads to quote, unquote, congregate in that way because they can be a little more anonymous about it.  They don't have to be so touchy/feelie about it.  And that's a much better resource usually for dads who may want to reach out to each other about parenting tips, but that doesn't really happen all that often.
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    Stay-at-Home Dad

    Scott Lenz

    Stay-at-Home Dad

    Scott Lenz was born in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania. By the time he reached 9th grade, he had been to eight schools, which explains a lot about his social awkwardness. However, his wife Suzanne and two kids - Jaron, 13 and Georgia, 10 - went to less than five schools combined, so it all evens out.

    He was the original rat mascot for Chuck E. Cheese, and since then has been a record store manager, music journalist, television documentarian and, most recently and importantly, a stay-at-home dad. His single greatest hope is that ABBA will one day reunite.

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  • Will Courtenay, PhD, Psychotherapist  | Transcript:Changing roles for fathers and our expectations for fathers may be related to post-partum depression in dads. The fact is we're expecting dads to be much more involved in parenting than ever before. And that's a great thing. And 9 out of 10 fathers say that being a father is an important part of who they are.

But over half of fathers also say they feel unprepared to become a father.

That's not surprising. The fact is most men today had fathers who had a completely hands-off approach to parenting. So fathers today don't really have models for what an involved father looks like.

So that can leave fathers really uncertain about what they're supposed to do as a dad. Well that uncertainty can very quickly lead to anxiety. And anxiety post-partum often leads to depression.
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    Will Courtenay, PhD

    Psychotherapist

    Dr. Will Courtenay, “The Men’s Doc,” is an internationally recognized expert in helping boys, men and fathers, and a psychotherapist, consultant, distinguished author, researcher, keynote speaker, radio host, and consultant to and speaker at schools and universities. His new book is titled Dying To Be Men. The American Psychological Association calls him, “a leading psychologist in the field of masculinity” and Who’s Who in America calls him a “foremost achiever in his field.” As one of the world’s leading innovators in the health of boys and men, he has a documented history of success in shaping and promoting this new field, as well as new perspectives on fatherhood, boyhood, and masculinity. Dr. Courtenay received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and has served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Men's Health. Dr. Courtenay is a powerful, effective voice about boys and men, heard nationally on radio and television – including CNN, Good Morning America, World News, Fox News, ABC News, NBC News – and seen in print – including NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, NPR, Newsweek, USA Today, and Chicago Tribune. Dr. Courtenay is a contributor to Esquire Magazine.

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  • Armin Brott, Dad, Author & Radio Host  | Transcript:If you are a stay-at-home dad or thinking about becoming one at any point, it's going to be a bit of a life changer.  

Part of the reasons is that there is practically no support out there for stay-at-home dads.  There's a ton of support for stay-at-home moms.  When I was a stay-at-home dad, one of the things that would just annoy the heck out of me is that I would be out walking the kids in the middle of the day, and someone would say,
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    Dad, Author & Radio Host

    Armin Brott

    Dad, Author & Radio Host

    A former Marine, Armin Brott has devoted the last 15 years to providing men with the tools, support, and knowledge to help them become the fathers they want to be—and their families need them to be. His seven critically acclaimed books for fathers have sold well over a million copies. Titles include The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be and The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year. He has written on fatherhood for hundreds of newspapers and magazines and is a frequent guest on such television programs as the Today Show. He also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column (Ask Mr. Dad), and hosts a syndicated radio show (Positive Parenting). He lives with his family in Oakland, California.

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  • Frederick J. Goodall, Blogger,
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    Frederick J. Goodall

    Blogger, "Mocha Dad"

    Frederick J. Goodall is a writer, a speaker, and a father. In 2008, he started the popular fatherhood blog, "Mocha Dad" to chronicle his life as a dad and to counter the negative stereotypes regarding black fatherhood. He wanted to give readers a first-hand account of a black father who is intimately involved in his children’s lives. Now he uses the blog to not only capture his experiences, but also to help motivate other men to be more actively engaged and involved with their children, families, and communities.

    Through his writing, Goodall attempts to address serious cultural and social issues. His articles and essays have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals such as The Houston Chronicle, Essence, and Folio Weekly. His work has also appeared in the anthologies: Paper Thin/Soul Deep and The African-American Book of Values. In addition, Goodall is a regular contributor to the websites Mamiverse, Goldfishsmiles, Your Teen Mag, and Together Counts. Goodall also travels the country speaking on the topics of fatherhood, men’s issues, social media, and blogging.

    Goodall was born in Houston, Texas and graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He currently lives in Houston with his wife and three kids.

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  • John Badalament, EdM, Author & Educator   | Transcript:Dads today face unique challenges to past generations of dads didn’t necessarily face. I call this to modern dad as dilemma. That is how do I give what I didn’t get? How do I build the kind of relationship that I want with my kids that I didn’t necessary have with my father? That’s not to say that some guys didn’t have great relationships with their dads. Some did, but the vast majority of men want something different with their kids today. They want connection. They want relationship. They want an emotional connection with their kids. They want their kids to come to them and talk to them. They want to have dialogue. Most,  at the job description has changed. Past generations dads were not necessarily expected to build that kind of relationship. To deal with that dilemma, dads today have to really step out of their comfort zones. Most of us have to step out of what’s comfortable and learn about relationship. That might mean learning how to be a better listener or controlling anger. That might be going and joining the PTA, be involved in school. It really requires I think a lot of courage to step in to that world of relationships, but research shows that a strong healthy connection between the father and their child is actually prevention against all things we worry about as parents, smoking, drug and alcohol, depression, early sexual activity. In other words, building that relationship is prevention.
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    John Badalament, EdM

    Author & Educator

    John Badalament, EdM, is the author of the acclaimed Modern Dad’s Dilemma: How To Stay Connected with Your Kids in a Rapidly Changing World and Director of the PBS documentary All Men Are Sons: Exploring The Legacy of Fatherhood. His work has been featured on ABC NewsNPR, in Men’s HealthPregnancy, The Los AngelesTimes, and on HuffingtonPost.com. He serves on the Honorary Board of the Ties Never Broken Campaign, a partnership with The White House. John is a Harvard-trained educator who speaks internationally to schools, parent groups and organizations. 

     

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  • Harry H. Harrison Jr., Best-Selling Parenting Author  | Transcript:The very best thing a dad can do for his daughter is be a good husband. And I'm talking about being a good husband not to just his wife but to his ex-wife, because how a man treats a woman is the way his daughter will expect to be treated. She's watching all the time. She's watching to see if dad runs around on her. She's watching to see if dad is mean to his wife. She's watching to see if he talks bad about her, if he's cruel to her, if he abuses her. And she's learning. She's learning through experience this is the way a woman should be treated. And this such an important lesson for dads to understand is that they are teaching their daughters what to look for in a man. And this is a lesson that you see perpetrated. This is why daughters of child abuse marry men that abuse them. This is what they've learned to expect for in a man. The other thing a dad should do for his daughter is give her a sense of adventure. This is what the importance of a father is. Take her to the baseball games. Take her to the soccer games. Take her to the hockey games. Expand her world. Push her out a little bit. Moms are going to be protective. Dads are the ones that try and push children out of the next. And to impart in his child a sense of adventure is a wonderful thing a father can do. A girl needs a father in her life. She will find a man in her life. And it may not be the man she should find. But she will find a man.
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    Best-Selling Parenting Author

    Harry H. Harrison Jr.

    Best-Selling Parenting Author

    Harry Harrison is the New York Times best-selling author of some of the most well known parenting books in the world.  He has appeared on television shows across the country, been interviewed on over 50 national radio programs including NPR, and is a regular contributor to websites like Dr. Laura.com, Sheknows.com, parentingpink.com, storknet.com, and sharecare.com (a collaboration between Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil).

    His books aren’t the normal narrative read, but concise, sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant chunks of inspiration and advice that parents read and reread over again. He has also written two eBooks directed towards college students to guide and motivate them to earn a college degree.  Mr. Harrison and his wife, Melissa, have raised two incredible sons.

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  • Frederick J. Goodall, Blogger,
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    Frederick J. Goodall

    Blogger, "Mocha Dad"

    Frederick J. Goodall is a writer, a speaker, and a father. In 2008, he started the popular fatherhood blog, "Mocha Dad" to chronicle his life as a dad and to counter the negative stereotypes regarding black fatherhood. He wanted to give readers a first-hand account of a black father who is intimately involved in his children’s lives. Now he uses the blog to not only capture his experiences, but also to help motivate other men to be more actively engaged and involved with their children, families, and communities.

    Through his writing, Goodall attempts to address serious cultural and social issues. His articles and essays have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals such as The Houston Chronicle, Essence, and Folio Weekly. His work has also appeared in the anthologies: Paper Thin/Soul Deep and The African-American Book of Values. In addition, Goodall is a regular contributor to the websites Mamiverse, Goldfishsmiles, Your Teen Mag, and Together Counts. Goodall also travels the country speaking on the topics of fatherhood, men’s issues, social media, and blogging.

    Goodall was born in Houston, Texas and graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He currently lives in Houston with his wife and three kids.

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  • Adrian  Kulp, Author & Blogger of Dad or Alive  | Transcript:What are the best free activities to do as a stay-at-home dad with your kids? I think .. this was a little bit of a learning curve for me ... I think mommy and me generally has started to include dads, which is generally free.  You can always look for local daddy groups which are becoming a little more prevalent these days. The other thing you can do is as simple as strap on the biourn or strap on an external back pack or grab the stroller.  Take them for a walk. Go to the beach.  Go to a local park. Local museums. You may want to look into those as well as childrens' museums. Some are free, some aren't. The other thing that you might want to consider is hosting a play group of your own. Meeting some of the local dads or moms in your neighborhood and inviting them over. It also gives the kids a time to socialize, but also gives you some time to socialize with other adults.
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    Author & Blogger of Dad or Alive

    Adrian Kulp

    Author & Blogger of Dad or Alive

    Adrian Kulp is a stay at home dad for two toddlers, Ava and Charlie.  His popular blog, ‘Dad or Alive’ helped him procure a deal at Penguin Publishing, titled Dad or Alive: Confessions of an Unexpected Stay-at-home Dad.  He also writes for The Huffington Post and is preparing a comedic lecture based on his transition into fatherhood. Adrian is a former TV executive both for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Productions, as well as the comic booker for ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on CBS.

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  • Alejandro Edda, Young Dad  | Transcript:For parents to get more involved in their kids, I think the idea is to be there.  And trying to involve them could work as make a little bit of a list of activities involving him, the family and him and the babies.  I have to say that the time goes very fast and they grow very fast so if you miss those things as a non-present father, it is really sad later on.  So I would suggest a little bit of dedication to what will actually be beneficial for everybody.  It is very fun.  Just go out and play.
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    Alejandro Edda

    Young Dad

    Alejandro Edda was born in Puebla, Mexico. Growing up as an only child, Alejandro always had a curiosity about creating non-existing worlds and characters. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend IRM, one of the finest Russian Conservatory schools for drama and cinema in Mexico City. He studied 3 years under the Stanislavsky method, and prior to his graduation he was offered a role in a musical play by an established writer/director in San Francisco C.A. After finishing working for the theater company, Alejandro took the opportunity to move to Los Angeles, where he studied for 2 years at a Meisner-based acting studio. In July of 2007 he graduated as one of the top 5 actors of his class. Currently living in Los Angeles, for the past two years Alejandro has worked on independent international movies that have been shown in various film festivals. Luciano Edda, his first son, was born in March of 2009.

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  • Rob Morrow, Dad & Actor  | Transcript:One of the reasons that I think it's so important for a father to be involved in their child's life is because they get a balance of perspectives. Men and women are very different. And being able to share, with my daughter is opposite, her seeing I'm very open with her and seeing what men are about is great 'cause we all co-exist. And also because we offer different things to our kids, we represent different things. And so if she's getting a balance, or if he or she is getting a balance, of both it creates just a well-rounded person because within us all are both aspects, too, right? We all have male and female sides. I'm always joking to my daughter that I have a really strong female side, so I can know. She'll be like,
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    Rob Morrow

    Dad & Actor

    As an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Rob Morrow is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, and director with an established career in television spanning over three decades. He is best known for his Emmy Award-nominated role in “Northern Exposure” and for starring in the long-running CBS hit drama, “Numb3rs”. Rob lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.

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  • Rob Morrow, Dad & Actor  | Transcript:In my case, some of the bonding things that we did – and we still do – are little trips that I take her to all the time. And I’ve been doing that since she was really young. And it was great, because it forced me to learn how to take care of her – all of her needs and diapers and all that stuff and feeding her and being responsible. And that’s such a great way to connect with a person. I mean, it’s so intimate and you’re dealing with every part of their being and that was gold for me, because it really connected us. And also, these trips became very special. 

I remember I took her to her first Broadway show – she was three. And because we live in New York, we’re always back and forth, and I would go – when I would have to go for business – I would take her sometimes on these weekends, it would just be her and I. And she was really into music and because she was a little mature, I thought, “All right, it’s a little bit early to go to a Broadway musical,” but I felt like I should… I could do it. 

And I remember going into the theatre, and it was a Saturday night, an 8 o’clock curtain, and everyone looked at me like, “Who is this jerk bringing a 3-year-old to an 8 o’clock Broadway show?” And they’re all drinking and then they’re recognizing me, so they are like… I could just feel the looks from people. And then she was like this princess. And so by intermission, she is the mascot of the whole audience, because they’re so amazed at how mature she is and that she could sit through this Broadway musical. 

Although there was a funny little moment where – it was the show “Wicked” – and there’s at the climax of the show, the bad witch turns on the good witch or something and there’s this dramatic pause and – you know, it’s 12 hundred people in this theater – and it is completely quiet. And she just screamed at the top of her lungs, “You’re a bad girl!” And the whole place went crazy. And I couldn’t even… I was holding her mouth at that point, so I didn’t look. But I’m pretty sure the actors just must have been like… so taking trips is a great way. 

And I just did one this… you know, a couple weeks ago I had to go up to Seattle on business and I took her and I allowed a day for her and I to bum around. And there something happens about it, because we’re together away, out of our comfort zone, you get to know each other in a special way and I love trips with her.
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    Rob Morrow

    Dad & Actor

    As an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Rob Morrow is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, and director with an established career in television spanning over three decades. He is best known for his Emmy Award-nominated role in “Northern Exposure” and for starring in the long-running CBS hit drama, “Numb3rs”. Rob lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.

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  • Adrian  Kulp, Author & Blogger of Dad or Alive  | Transcript:
What are some of the best apps for dad's that I have on my phone?  You know there is probably one or two you know Little Brother 1from a selfish standpoint it is worth a friend  which I find myself in a fishing rod line having away 15 minutes to pick my daughter up. I can always scroll over that and keep myself occupied or I have one of the kids sleeping in my arm and I cannot really move and so sitting there and staring at the ceiling I can give that a few minutes. Instagram is another one for even the most amateur photographer. It will allow you to kind a add filters  and really create some arty pictures of your kid to share on your social networks of your  family. There is a few that really do help me  obviously like things like Yelp if I am in the neighborhood that I unfamiliar with  where I can find local restaurants and playgrounds and stuff like that and to that end, there is also called another called Playgrounds. I believe it is a Disney app but allows you to locate playgrounds near your current location and there is a system there that you can add photos and a rating system. I know that I have been very disappointed  on occasion doing  gas checks somewhere else to go like kids do playground and there is really 1 slide and 1 swing and there are 50 kids there and it just does not work out. Another app that my wife use a lot was a Breastfeeding app when my daughter was really young and while it help her keep track of feeding times and which side so on and so fort. It also really helps both of us when it came to napping times and when they went to the bathroom during course of a busy day it was really nice to be able to  go back and reference those times to make sure that you kept on track
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    Author & Blogger of Dad or Alive

    Adrian Kulp

    Author & Blogger of Dad or Alive

    Adrian Kulp is a stay at home dad for two toddlers, Ava and Charlie.  His popular blog, ‘Dad or Alive’ helped him procure a deal at Penguin Publishing, titled Dad or Alive: Confessions of an Unexpected Stay-at-home Dad.  He also writes for The Huffington Post and is preparing a comedic lecture based on his transition into fatherhood. Adrian is a former TV executive both for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Productions, as well as the comic booker for ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on CBS.

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  • Armin Brott, Dad, Author & Radio Host  | Transcript:I'm an expectant father. I'm about to be deployed in the military. I'm going to be gone for a year. My wife is pregnant. What am I supposed to do with this? How am I supposed to maintain a relationship or start a relationship with the child? And the most important thing you can do is record yourself in some way, whether that's video or audio or some combination of the two, reading a story, telling a story, anything at all that your partner can play to the baby before the baby is actually born because she can put the speakers up against the belly and you can have a kind of talking to your baby before birth experience. That will get your voice into the baby's head. And after birth, she can continue to play that; she can show the videos of you reading, of you talking about your life as a kid, of you holding up really terrific stuffed animals. Whatever it is, your baby's not going to be able to understand a thing of that, but what the process is for your baby to start hearing your voice, understanding your voice, and seeing you so when you come walking in the door, instead of walking into a completely unfamiliar place and instead of you being a complete stranger, there's a really good chance that your baby's gonna hear your voice and turn to look at you as a familiar person.
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    Armin Brott

    Dad, Author & Radio Host

    A former Marine, Armin Brott has devoted the last 15 years to providing men with the tools, support, and knowledge to help them become the fathers they want to be—and their families need them to be. His seven critically acclaimed books for fathers have sold well over a million copies. Titles include The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be and The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year. He has written on fatherhood for hundreds of newspapers and magazines and is a frequent guest on such television programs as the Today Show. He also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column (Ask Mr. Dad), and hosts a syndicated radio show (Positive Parenting). He lives with his family in Oakland, California.

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  • Adrian  Kulp, Author & Blogger of Dad or Alive  | Transcript:
What is in my diaper bag? Well that is a tricky question. On occasion you might find some curdled milk or piece of fruit that has been in there for a few weeks but generally, I try and keep it organized. When he had our first children, someone had given me a messenger bag which was a single strap over the shoulder and while it was camouflage and it kind a give me some instant street cred . It was constantly in a way aside of kind a  feeling like I am wearing a purse, it was swinging around the front and the  back and bumping that stuff so if there is one thing I would suggest, it would be to go for the backpack. Much easier, hands free. You do not have to wear stuffs swinging around. Aside from the obvious stuffs; diapers, wipes, bottle, and backup bottle. I generally carry few things. I carry  some very small toys, something that would occupy kids  for the situation where I needed to be quiet or entertain them preferably something without batteries. I also carry a clip . What i realize with the pacifier, it was constantly disappearing instead of me diving around on the sidewalks we had a clip that went to the pacifier to the actual shirt and so if we needed to retrieve it, it was kind like down next to them A thin linen blanket that I can usually double up to keep them warm or in case if it gets windy. I always carry a backup outfit.  It was one thing I learn early if you got a blowout or situation where you need to do off to change, you are prepared.
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    Adrian Kulp is a stay at home dad for two toddlers, Ava and Charlie.  His popular blog, ‘Dad or Alive’ helped him procure a deal at Penguin Publishing, titled Dad or Alive: Confessions of an Unexpected Stay-at-home Dad.  He also writes for The Huffington Post and is preparing a comedic lecture based on his transition into fatherhood. Adrian is a former TV executive both for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Productions, as well as the comic booker for ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on CBS.

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  • Mike Spohr, Blogger & Dad  | Transcript:The glass ceiling of fatherhood is the perception that dads will never be as good a parent as the mother.  That's really hard on dads that because we want to be involved in our kids lives and be good parents.  We are really never seen as good as the mothers.

Really, it's discrimination that is uncalled for because in the workplace, if people said,
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    Author of the parenting blog "The Newborn Identity", Mike Spohr lives in Southern California with his wife, Heather, ice cream-obsessed two-year-old daughter, Annabel, and froufrou dog, Rigby. He is also the Executive Director of Friends of Maddie, a charity started in honor of his late daughter Madeline, which helps the families of NICU babies.

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  • Jeffrey Kluger, Science Journalist & Author   | Transcript:Gender plays a role in favoritism that we wouldn't necessarily imagine.

One study that I looked at in my book, found that 70 percent of fathers and 65 percent of mothers, exhibit a preference or a favorite among one child or another.  That's a very high number.  More than anyone would imagine.  But which child is favored can sometimes be surprising.  The most common favorite for a father tended to be a youngest daughter.  The most common favorite for mothers, tended to be the oldest son.

This isn't just because they are attracted to the uncomplicated love and attention that can come from a boy, or dad finds his frilly little girl.  It's often because, what parents are seeing are paradoxically, traits that are opposite from traits in their own gender.  So the business man father, whose daughter is a tough as nails MVP and she is going to go out and start her own company, or the sensitive mom who goes gooey over son, the poet.  They are both finding traits in their opposite sex that are commonly associated in their gender.

Your opposite sex child can never resemble you perfectly, the gender is all wrong, but if they take the time to resemble you temperamentally, you are going to love them all the more for it.
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    Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer at Time magazine, covering science, health and other fields. He is the coauthor, along with astronaut Jim Lovell, of Apollo 13, the book that served as the basis of the 1995 movie. His more-recent release, Splendid Solution, told the story of Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine.  His novel, Nacky Patcher and the Curse of the Dry-Land Boats, was published in June 2007, and his newest nonfiction book, Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex, was published in June 2008.

    Before coming to Time, Kluger worked for Discover magazine, where he was a senior editor and humor columnist. Prior to that, he was health editor at Family Circle magazine, story editor at The New York Times Business World Magazine, and Associate Editor at Science Digest magazine. His features and columns have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Gentlemen's Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Omni, McCall's, New York Magazine, The New York Post, Newsday, and, of course, Time. He has worked as an adjunct instructor in the graduate journalism program at New York University; is a licensed—though non-practicing—attorney; and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He lives in New York City with his wife Alejandra and their daughters, Elisa and Paloma.

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