Category archive: advice

November 8, 2014

I'm Too Sexy For This Trendpiece

This article about a newspaper writer worrying whether he'll be as sexy as a movie star, a professional athlete, or a boy band member when he becomes a dad, reminds me of the joke about the guy who asks his...
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October 28, 2014

We Are Terrorizing Our Children

Launa Hall, a Pre-K teacher in Northern Virginia, writes in the Washington Post about lockdown drills. There will be a longterm psychological, emotional, and political price for these lockdowns, what Hall calls, with righteous outrage, "rehearsing our deaths," and it...
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October 15, 2014

Overparenting's Overparenting, Except They Call It Le Overparenting

those curling parent pants! image: today.com I think my favorite thing about this NYT column about how parents around the world1 need to step back and take a little me-time, and save themselves and their kids from the perils...
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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 22, 2014

Qui Sait? Pas Moi

How could anyone guess that bringing a 1yo kid to McDonald's at 10pm, and then ignoring him completely while you eat, might lead him to screaming fits for food, attention, bed, whatever? These things just happen. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯...
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July 25, 2014

Actually, I Want You To Freak Out About Racist Preschool Suspension Policies

Oh my gosh, how outrageous is this, the exact opposite of the buy-your-kid's-way-into-socialite-preschool story. Tunette Powell writes in the Washington Post about discovering that her sons were getting suspended from preschool like crazy, for what amounts to age-appropriate behavior, behavior...
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CNN Would Like To Freak You Out About Preschool Admissions

Here is a CNN story about the Preschool Admissions Diary, the NYT Motherlode blog series about Judy Batalion's account of applying for preschools in Manhattan. Amazingly, there's not even a link to the Times itself. The numbers don't lie: expensive,...
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July 15, 2014

Also Questioning The Patriarchy Since College

Molly Caro May has a great essay about her and her BF/husband Chris Kautz's decision to give their first kid her last name, and his as a middle name. It's a thoughtful look at how equity and patriarchy and awareness...
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July 11, 2014

Two Cut Jews Cover L-rde

http://twitter.com/ftrain">@ftrain called this a pro-circumcision music video, but I'd probably call it anti-intactivist, and pro-mohel, with some factoids about the benefits of circumcision for sexually active men penciled in. It says a lot that the strongest argument for infant...
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July 9, 2014

Parenting Can Be Depressing

Not to be all Billy Bummer about everything, but I've had this Times article, "The Trauma of Parenthood," open in my browser tabs for a couple of weeks now. So it's expected. Psychology and management professor Eli J. Finkel writes...
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June 20, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: CHECK YOUR CAR Edition

This DT Friday Freakout is dedicated to summer, and to MAKING IT A HABIT TO LOOK IN THE BACK SEAT OF YOUR CAR EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GET IN OR OUT, NOT JUST WHEN THE KID IS WITH YOU, BUT...
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June 18, 2014

They Grow Up So Fast

Last time I checked in on long-ago Gawker writer Joshua David Stein, he was regaling all and sundry at Gilt.com with his august account of a less-well-bred journalist crashing a Bentley during a winter junket to Connecticut. That was back...
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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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June 9, 2014

A Pee Flows In Brooklyn

Writer Gabe Roth got busted by park cops for letting his 3yo daughter pee behind a bush in a Brooklyn waterfront park, and The Awl is ON it. Actually what most people seem to be on is the cop's side,...
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May 23, 2014

DT Friday Freakout Bed Stuy Edition

for full-sized image: nydn Rather than hype every science and parenting-related press release when it comes out, Daddy Types saves them up and dumps them on you all at once, so you can freakout for one day and be...
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May 16, 2014

The Other Facts Of Life: Where Do Tattoos Come From?

It's a question not just for Pitchfork editors' kids anymore: Henry, realizing tattoos are not painted on: "What?! Why did they do that to you?!!! [pause] But I can get the painted kind when I grow up?"— Brandon Stosuy (@brandonstosuy)...
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April 30, 2014

Sun Rises In East, Black Hockey Jesus Has It Up To Here With You People

The racoon eyes have faded from the Spring Break skiers' faces. The pear trees' incriminating smell wafts through the streets. The pollen in the grit on the countertop near the open window has changed from soot to soot and neon...
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April 28, 2014

DTQ: How Much Crunch Berries Does It Take To Fly To Africa?

I was flying back to DC yesterday and a very nice young mom and her 16-month-old son lap babied in my row. Then the middle seat was open, so we all relaxed a bit. I wished there had been...
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On The Internet, Everyone Knows You're Pregnant

On a TMI panel Friday at Theorizing the Web in New York, Princeton assistant professor of sociology Janete Vertesi explained how she hid her pregnancy from Big Data. She banned social media discussion by her relatives and friends; paid...
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April 21, 2014

Is That A Baby In Your Fleece Or Are You Just Happy To See Donuts?

I've learned not to ask or congratulate someone on her pregnancy just on visual evidence alone. But I just saw the second guy in two days who I'd swear was wearing a baby, but it turns out he just had...
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April 8, 2014

Clear Eyes, Rebel Hearts, Can't Win

You could blog for years and still not come up with a scenario that combined just the right about of aspirational travel fantasy with the opportunity to judge the bejeebees out of someone else's parenting half as perfect as the...
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April 4, 2014

'If Her Flight Is To Be Short, Let It Be Far'

Nearly seven years ago, when the kid was three and fascinated with death, and life, and how they were connected, I linked to Eric Meyer's post about having a similar conversation with his daughter. It starts out:"Daddy, when will my...
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March 21, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Helicopter Edition

The DT Friday Freakout is here to ruin your weekend with a roundup of headlines from the worlds of science, health, parenting, politics, and France: An Indian couple in a rough Northern Paris suburb is being investigated for child neglect....
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March 17, 2014

There Is Still No Better Breast Pump

Speaking of It Doesn't Get Better, the Times asks, "Shouldn't the Breast Pump Be as Elegant as an iPhone and as Quiet as a Prius by Now?" Yeah, no. Considering how recent the iPhone is, and how rare design talent...
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March 12, 2014

One Baby To Another Says: Nirvana For 2yos

Jason Kottke pointed to Thomas Beller's New Yorker post about introducing his 2yo son to Nirvana. Though the lyrics start with babies talking to each other, Nevermind's "Drain You" is kind of a creepy, angsty song [Nirvana, duh], and...
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March 7, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: White Noise Edition

Time was if you wanted white noise to put your kid to sleep, you had to run the vacuum cleaner, or the washing machine, or the dishwasher. Then some enterprising genius figured out how to make CD's of these same...
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March 5, 2014

Math Is Hard, Let's Go Shopping For Math Books

"5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus," says a math education researcher with a book out about teaching calculus to 5-year-olds. I'm all for it, and I'm quite ready to believe that the traditional way the math education system is set up,...
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February 27, 2014

Area Man Didn't Work On His Base Tan

I dreamed a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living. Also, I that they paid retail for that Bugaboo and Maxi-Cosi combo. image: rocketing around twitter I don't even want to know don't tell...
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February 11, 2014

Mazeltov, The Nightlight Is Mostly Here!

Finally/So soon! It's Here!/It's almost here! I don't know quite the best baby birthin' metaphor to use for The Nightlight's soft launch today: was it born a little premature, and needs to spend a few weeks in the Kinja...
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February 3, 2014

10, 7, 5

Those are the ages of Philip Seymour Hoffman's kids, roughly the same age range as mine. Beyond anything else, this is what tears me up about his death: the loss his family is experiencing, and the pain and difficult times...
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January 30, 2014

Hey, Mommy Writes, Too

Wow, it turns out becoming a parent totally upends lady writers' lives and creative practices, too, not just the dads'. Go read up on dad/writer Shane Jones' creative struggles, then take in Vogue's Q&A with Jenny Offill, whose second novel,...
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January 29, 2014

Daddy Writes

Shane Jones has a very thoughtful essay in The Paris Review about writing and fatherhood. It makes me wish he'd write another that picks up where he leaves off, and that thus deals a decisive blow to his troubled premise,...
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January 26, 2014

MUSEUM HANDS, PEOPLE!

This is some world-class WTF going on here, as reported this afternoon by New York art dealer Stephanie Theodore, who saw these parents letting their kid climb into an extraordinarily fragile Donald Judd stack sculpture at Tate Modern: Holy crap....
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January 25, 2014

Babies Cry For Attention

In lieu of a DT Friday Freakout, here is the shocking result of a Japanese researcher's 6-month in-depth study of two babies: one sometimes fake cried for attention.Just over 98 per cent of Baby R's crying episodes were also preceded...
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January 14, 2014

Downloading

The toddler is referring to anything he has to wait for as 'downloading'. "Where tea?" "Not ready yet." "Is downloading?" "YES." Amazing.— anna pickard (@annapickard) January 2, 2014 This is trying-to-swipe-fingers-across-a-magazine-to-turn-the-page awesome. Also, last night, K2 came in and asked what a homepage is....
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Papa Types Support Breastfeeding In Church

Ohoh, Pope Francis, while baptizing 32 infants in the Sistine Chapel:"Some will cry because they are uncomfortable or because they are hungry," the Pope said. "If they are hungry, mothers, let them eat, no worries, because here, they are...
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January 8, 2014

Get Way More Pick A Brick LEGOs Using This One Weird Trick

Actually, you just stack the bricks before you put'em in the cup. That's it. Toys are Tools runs all the numbers, and they're significant. So stock up smartly the next time you're in a LEGO store, and if the...
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January 7, 2014

What This Blog Post Suggests To Replace The War On Bottle Feeding With Will Astound You

"Breastfeeding: Was there ever a golden age?" asks the BBC headline, because the answer is obviously no. "We talk about the golden age where everybody breastfed, and that age never happened," says Suzanne Barston, author of Bottled Up: How...
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December 3, 2013

'Supermax Creche'

Life under capitalism is a supermax creche in which 'neither growing up nor working hard will do you any good'. Madame Tlank and Clinical Wasteman anatomise the dialectic of childhood and adulthood as one in which wise children of...
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November 26, 2013

Wienermobile Say Drive Safely This Thanksgiving

Whereas the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile fleet and the activities of the HotDogger teams of newly minted marketing/PR majors who pilot them has been an area of investigative focus at DaddyTypes, and Whereas, that includes that one time in 2009...
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November 13, 2013

McSweeney's Published Amusing Birth Plan

David was surprised that he hadn't seen this funny birth plan published at McSweeney's last year. Me, I was not surprised, seeing as how I don't recall visiting McSweeney's since my Wholphin subscription ran out. But I'm trying to get...
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November 11, 2013

Mother Nature

WOW, I was told not to read Ariel Levy's account of her reporting trip to Mongolia while she was 19 weeks pregnant if I wanted to get anything done today, and I didn't listen, and I read it, and now...
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November 6, 2013

Other Daddies Typing

It's been kind of crazy around the workfront, and the tabs and posts are piling up at DTHQ. Meanwhile, some other dads have been typing up a whirlwind of great stuff: The Atlantic's tech guy Alexis Madrigal is back from...
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October 28, 2013

Swedish Village Of The Damned

Sweden is a too-egalitarian, too-democratic hell on earth overrun by out-of-control children, thanks to thirty-year-old ban on smacking kids, which was adult humankind's only non-nuclear option for keeping those little monsters in check. But it will all be OK,...
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October 23, 2013

Hulk Think Deep Thoughts

Reddit has a thread of Deep Thoughts From An Under-5yo. There were too many driveway moments, and I have a bunch of work to do, so I stopped about halfway down, but this one seems very, very useful:[-]Shrtbuspdx 615 points...
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October 18, 2013

Jake Dobkin's Guide To Kid City Living

Despite the occasional dalliances with meggings, Gothamist's Jake Dobkin is my raised-in-the-city-and-now-raising-kids-in-the-city hero. In today's installment of Ask A Native New Yorker, Jake gives invaluable advice over whether to move to the suburbs now that you have a kid. And...
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October 9, 2013

Apple Care

Note to self: do NOT spill breast milk on your computer! Note to baby: Sorry. Steve Jobs ate your lunch.— Nina Simon (@ninaksimon) October 9, 2013...
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October 8, 2013

Back The Longest Shortest Time Kickstarter

There's much to say and read and see and hear about The Longest Shortest Time, the podcast series for new parents produced by indie radio star Hillary Frank. But kindergarten pickup beckons, and anyway, the podcast basically sells itself,...
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October 4, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Pressured Parent Edition

A selection of anxiety-inducing news stories, collected, and delivered all at once to ruin your weekend (instead of your entire week)? It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Is your kid not advanced enough for his age? Are you already fearing...
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October 1, 2013

Ford Models, Or Brooklyn Blastocysts On Ice

My online friend and hero writer Paul Ford has a great essay in Elle Magazine [really] about his and his wife's experience with fertility treatments and what to do with the extra embryos. In addition to being a great read,...
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