Category archive: about daddytypes

September 21, 2014

Spanking Is About You, Not The Kid

We sat the kids down and talked to them about spanking this week, and why we don't spank them, and why some parents--a lot of parents in the US--do. [Spank their own kids, obv, not ours.] We explained that most...
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August 23, 2014

Little Old French Baby Clothes

We spotted a little stack of nice, plain shirts pour bebe In an antiques store outside Cavaillon the other day. They're just cotton and tie in the back. Some had little crocheted collars, but otherwise they were pretty simple,...
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August 22, 2014

How You Say Meltdown?

I know everything is a phase, every single thing, but holy crap, when is this phase gonna end and how could whatever comes next be any more exhausting?...
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August 12, 2014

Cool French School Desk In Provence

I spotted this very petit school desk in a brocante in Sault, while trying to find a cheap pair of scissors so the kids could go gleaning lavender from the just-harvested field we passed. The desk had a little...
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August 9, 2014

DT A Week In Provence

It's a little quiet around here while we are on vacation, visiting family in Provence. Posting will be light, the submissions queue will grow a bit, and hopefully kids all over the place will be well-behaved and sleeping as they...
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August 6, 2014

OMGoldfish

here is a picture of the kid's goldfish, which is deciding it might die the day we leave for France: pic.twitter.com/zPbK6wbdhz— gregorg (@gregorg) August 6, 2014 It's like, Oh, it's gone! laying in the corner of the tank, but then...
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July 24, 2014

Family Vacation As Parenting/Comedy Lab

We are back from the competitive, comparative parenting petri dish that is my family's annual gathering on the Outer Banks. And we survived. It is truly fascinating to watch a dozen+ cousins growing up in clumps and waves and to...
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July 22, 2014

Two Candles

You know how the one grandmother in Sixteen Candles opens a box of donuts with a knife and goes, "Voila, breakfast is served!" This is the prequel, only with naptime. The grandparent who winds the exhausted toddler up together stays...
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July 21, 2014

DT Outer Banks Report

That Point In The Family Vacation Where Two Of The Twelve Cousins Open The 3,800-Piece LEGO Death Star On The Coffee Table...
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June 30, 2014

You'll Never Guess The Corporation That's Shamelessly Melting Your Heart

So we took the kids to the movies the other night, a non-trivial event for them, because srsly, what would they ever go see: 1) some too-loud, dumb, animated fart-fest full of Gen Y culture references they know nothing...
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June 13, 2014

This Would Have Come In Handy This Week

DO NOT BE ALARMED IF SOMEONE WHO WAS ALIVE BEFORE THE NINETIES MIGHT ACTUALLY KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT SOMETHING— Jenny Holzer, Mom (@JennyHolzerMom) March 17, 2014...
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A Campaign For The Bloggerfather

Longtime dadblogger Oren Miller of Bloggerfather was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. A group of his friends, fans, and readers have already raised nearly $10,000 to help with medical and family expenses. You can join your support and...
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June 7, 2014

From Three To Two

It's a gorgeous, clear sunny day here. And as we go about our busy weekend, I'm constantly pulled back to thinking about Eric Meyer and his family, who are with their daughter Rebecca on what will likely be her last...
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April 19, 2014

Do You Want Manpram.com?

Email me. We'll figure something out....
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April 18, 2014

Ima Let You Comment, But

I have temporarily disabled comments on Daddy Types, so if you have a comment or response to a post, please email it, or hold it for a little while. The last week or so I've heard from folks having a...
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April 3, 2014

Sometimes It's The Little Things

Seriously, ever have one of those days where you feel like your greatest accomplishment is finally loosening the kid's impacted ear wax? Or not stepping on that Cheerio you almost didn't see? Because until right before bedtime, when I taught...
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March 9, 2014

Much Ferrari So Not Bad: Ferrari FF With Booster Seat

It's right there! Behind the glare! Can you see it?? No, of course you cannot. But it is there, I swear. We pulled into McDonald's in McLean, VA yesterday afternoon on a post-Girl Scout cookie run, and parked next...
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March 4, 2014

Kevin Young Reads Poem About Miscarriage In His Poetry Voice

Writer Kevin Young was on NPR Fresh Air today talking about his new book of poetry, Book of Hours. It sounds like it's largely associated with the unexpected death of his father, and then becoming a father himself. Young also...
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February 26, 2014

Dadtown & Z Girls

Dark Roasted Blend's got a huge, motley, but all-around entertaining historical survey of WTF kid photos, check them all out. But the one that hit me is right here: a dad from the 70s taking his kid on his...
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January 26, 2014

DT Advertiser Shoutout: Macmillan Kids Book Sweep

It may be coincidence, or it may be because Daddy Types' readers are great connoisseurs of bedtime reading, but all the ads on DT this week are for kids' books from the Macmillan family of publishers. A big shoutout...
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December 10, 2013

Sophie's Choice (2013)

Oh no, the last bit of inorganic milk filled the entire sippy cup! And so I'm left filling the other cup with organic! How do I decide which kid gets the inferior milk?? DON'T MAKE ME DECIDE THIS, CRUEL...
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December 9, 2013

Dad Lang Syne

Jason and the Existential Why of Christmas:The first of a new kind of holiday for us. I thought of the Winter Solstice: in the face of days that had grown colder and nights that had grown longer, people huddled together...
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November 26, 2013

Goldieblox Is The Larry Flynt Of Our Generation

image: truckinweb.com Oh boy, it's gettin' real in the Goldieblox vs Beastie Boys media arena. Felix Salmon has an awesome column on Goldieblox, not as an empowering girl toy pioneer, but as an archetypal disruption-obsessed Silicon Valley startup.:Under what...
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November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Hunger Games

So we have survived the first night of ruthless competition for grandparental attention, only five days and nights to go. Anyone taking odds on when the first cartwheel- or backflip-off-the-sofa-related injury will occur? Will someone get strung up by her...
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September 26, 2013

I Think You're Gonna Need A Bigger VICKS Logo

Honestly, I think if the Vicks logo had actually been this big I might have noticed it before we bought these things. K2's been fighting the first cold of the school year, the kind of thing that happens when...
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September 3, 2013

DT Road Trip: West Virginia Badonk-A-Wagon

Wow, after 13 years of blogging, I might be due for one of those, "Sorry, I haven't updated in a while" posts. We went on a kid-free roadtrip this weekend in the least-wired region of the United States: the...
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August 27, 2013

MAK Daddy Types

So I knew that MAK in Vienna was doing a DIY exhibition, the first ever, as far as I could tell, based on Victor Papanek & James Hennessey's groundbreaking DIY bibles, Nomadic Furniture, but I admit, I'd lost track...
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August 15, 2013

Black Plate Special: Cherry Chevy Malibu Wagon In Utah

You never forget your kid's first classic car photo shoot. We are in Salt Lake City for a little grandparent facetime, and this sweet California black plate Chevy Malibu wagon merged onto the freeway next to us, and then...
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They Grow Up So Fast

Except when you're trying to get out the door. Not to be all Dave Barry about it, but srsly, what is up with that??...
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July 25, 2013

Something From The Comments

Just spotted this LOLZ story in the comments on an older post:Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear...
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July 19, 2013

Mountain-Dwelling Japanese Have One Word For Kids Sled. And Box.

I don't know why, I guess it's because I didn't watch enough [any] Grizzly Adams when I was a boy, but I just assumed that in the olden times in the mountains of Japan, when the snow fell thick...
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July 12, 2013

B-Side Label Sticker Desk, Also Rampant Japanese Sexism

The dancing baby sticker i posted from Tokyo was from B-side Label. We came across an entire store in downtown Kyoto, which had this awesome little school desk and chair in front. As K2 pointed out, the double d-cup...
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July 11, 2013

Worst Daddy

I thought that even by Japlish standards, Worst Daddy was the world's strangest name for a water purifier company. But looking it up online, it turns out to be one of the newest teams in the Hida Takayama amateur...
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July 3, 2013

Muji Baby Room

One of our first stops in Tokyo yesterday: the Muji mother ship in Ginza. Here is the front half of the baby room, with changing tables for three. There was also a sink and bottle warming station, and a...
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The Tooth Fairy Came To Japan

The kid lost a tooth on the plane, eating a starburst. I don't know what the going rate for tooth fairies is in Japan, so we want with 500 yen. Which she found under her pillow when she woke up...
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June 30, 2013

DT Roadtrip: Visiting The Muji Motherland

A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law sent this photo of a young family in Tokyo checking out a sweet-looking Muji bunkbed. I looked online and couldn't find any information on it, so we decided to go visit it...
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June 26, 2013

Brinca Dada 2 For 1 Doll McMansions

My mother-in-law is retiring to the desert, and she's not taking the Brinca Dada dollhouse. So we just inherited it in all its Neutra-inspired, fully furnished, modernist glory. And damn, is it big, definitely suburban size, and it weighs...
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May 25, 2013

Life Is The Rollercoaster

So K2's sitting on the sofa, waiting for her turn on the iPad, and telling us about some boy who chases her around the playground and is "sooo annoying," and suddenly I'm like, I don't even need to look at...
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April 24, 2013

This Is Not A Drill. Should I Teach The Kids The McCrew Dance?

Alright, so we know that McDonald's Japan has made this McCrew Dance video to virally recruit the Kids Of Today to work there. This is not my concern. But there is also a McCrew Dance instructional video. Which makes...
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February 20, 2013

DTQ: Should You Go In The Family Security Line At The Airport?

Dulles Airport, by Eero Saarinen, photo: Ezra Stoller, 1964 Dulles, I love you, but you're bringin' me down. Let's just start by agreeing that after 25 years of construction and $190 billion, the new underground security screening & train...
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January 21, 2013

The Greatest Creative Playthings Kaleidoscope I've Ever Seen!

If the first half of the lifespan of Daddy Types is a documentation of all the kidstuff I've bought, the second half is about unloading it all on the next generation. And yes, this weekend feels like a milestone;...
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January 18, 2013

Seriously, What The Hell Is Up With The Captcha??

UPDATE OK, MAYBE IT'S FIXED NOW, GET IT ALL OFF YOUR CHESTS. Special thanks to DT reader and dev wiz Chris who got all CSI:PNG with his suggestion to check gamma conversion settings, and BAM. I swear, I can't figure...
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January 10, 2013

Ja, FRA: Lufthansa Loaner Stroller

I've been busy dealing with the blowback of leaving my kids on the school doorstep at 5AM--YOU AMERICANS ARE SO UPTIGHT!--which means I'm only just starting to work my way through my photos from our recent European Family Vacation....
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January 8, 2013

The Impending Destruction Of The Planet, Or Chicco Rocking Eggplant

Your mind is altered a bit by traveling abroad. Also by getting up at 4AM, so you can get yourselves and two little kids to the Nice airport--two boxes set at opposite ends of a sadistic, disastrous traffic labyrinth--by...
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December 26, 2012

Daddy Types European Vacation

I hope everyone out there is having a happy holiday season. The clan and I are just setting out to the airport for a 3-hour tour of France, a 3-hour tour. I'd say what could go wrong, but the last...
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November 25, 2012

Charlie Bit My Wheat Thins!

Watching K2's unprompted, awesomely and unexpectedly combative re-creation of the Family Guy Wheat Thins commercial is the closest I think I've ever come to regretting my perhaps overly principled decision--made, I might addd, before YouTube itself existed--to not pursue...
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November 21, 2012

Mother May You?

"Mommy, when you have a minute, may you get me some water?" - K2, standing next to our bed, 2:30 AM....
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November 5, 2012

A Large Company Is Opening A Store

And they would like you to know about it. By paying a firm to ask me to write about it for free. Yeah, capitalism!...
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October 26, 2012

My Kid The Mutton Buster

90 minutes 'til show time. #dad2summit@ MetLife Stadium instagr.am/p/RPuCWpix4H/— Doug French (@LOD) October 26, 2012 I can't believe I'm missing seeing the OG dadbloggin' crew at Dad2Summit's Dove-in today. But we've got family in town, three sets of contractors in...
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October 17, 2012

Romney Onesies

I am an MBA who used to work in private equity, who's distantly related to Romney through some shared polygamist ancestors. Some good friends are raising mad money for him. Josh Romney crashed on my couch in New York....
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