Category archive: advice

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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September 20, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Future Edition

There's less science and safety this week, but that shouldn't keep this exclusive amalgamation of headlines from ruining your weekend. It's the DT Friday Freakout: A bunch of NYC independent schools--but not all!--are saying they'll drop the E.R.B. as part...
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September 6, 2013

Naoki Higashida, 13, Writes About What It's Like To Be An Autistic Kid

This book sounds absolutely incredible; I just ordered it in Japanese and in English. Naoki Higashida was 13 in 2005 when he wrote The Reason I Jump, his account of being a kid with autism. His symptoms are such that...
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My Little Sonny: Parenthood Is Magic

Matt Duron kicks some stereotyping ass in The Atlantic as he tells of raising his girly son:To me, loving a child who is different, a target and seen as vulnerable is my role as a father and decent human being....
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September 5, 2013

Look Who's Tweeting

You guys, barely famous people are tweeting in the voice of their newborn kids, and New York Magazine is on it."These are the tools that I didn't have growing up. It's important to have your dot-com for your entire life....
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August 29, 2013

An At-Home Cartoonist's Advice

If you need a boost to your day/week/year, head over to Gavin Aung Than's new web comic at Zen Pencils. The latest is based on a quote from Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson's 1990 commencement speech at Kenyon...
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August 22, 2013

How Free-Range Is Free-Range Enough?

So I can see how it'd be very useful for a kid to be able to get their own cup of water at the fridge. But the dispenser doesn't have a drain. And I can see how it'd be nice...
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Trying To Understand Muslin Extremists

The other night I was watching Merchant Ivory's A Room With A View for the first time in like 15 years. And Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are these two buttoned up Edwardian ladies, and there's a scene where they're...
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August 19, 2013

DT Monday Pullout

If you're on this site, you may already know that the pull-out method is a highly ineffective approach to contraception. In case you hadn't heard, though, science has proved it once again. 'Pull-out method' tied to unintended pregnancies [reuters]...
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August 16, 2013

Your Pronatalist Normativity Is Cramping My Einf├╝hlung

Every parent becomes a philosopher, but as the empirically minded and exasperated Justin E.H. Smith argues, every philosopher does not need to become a parent:I hope no one will take this the wrong way, but I am concerned about the...
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August 15, 2013

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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August 10, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Pregnant Economist Edition

In this special Saturday night edition of the DT Friday Freakout, our heroine, the pregnant economist, actually looks at the data underlying all those hardline proscriptions pregnant ladies get--about alcohol, coffee, sushi, deli meat, weight gain, &c.--and finds that people...
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July 30, 2013

Hafu Kawaiiii!

Japan is a wonderful country known for many things, but sophisticated handling of racial identity and difference is not one of them. I've noticed less use of "gaijin," or outsider, over the years, as more people ask if I'm America-jin...
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July 29, 2013

Circumcisions, Going Down

It didn't make any more sense, but it really felt like a breakthrough when, in the course of the circumcision debate, we were able to see that "a boy soiled look like his dad" really meant, at some unspoken level,...
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July 26, 2013

From The Desk Of Adolf Hitler

Richard Helms was an OSS agent who went on to lead the CIA during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. [He was fired by Nixon for refusing to have the CIA intervene on national security grounds in the early days...
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July 24, 2013

Stop Whatever You're Doing And Teach Your Kid How To Tie A Shoe

Too often we succumb to Velcro's siren song, and we forget that if we don't teach our kids to tie their shoes, we're basically dooming them to a life of loafers and flip-flops. Which is why our entire household...
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June 22, 2013

NYT: Kids Are Like Their Parents

Steve Almond "riffs" in the New York Times Magazine about how screens are warping his kid's fragile, little mind--just like television was the touchstone of his own latchkey kid youth: This is the moment we live in, the one our...
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June 13, 2013

Park Slope Parent Analyzes Things At Some Length

On the one hand, I guess it's always good for the new or expecting parent to be reminded that the entire Baby Industrial Complex is designed foster anxiety and prey on your best, but inexperienced intentions in order to sell...
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May 28, 2013

Hedge Fund Manager Mansplains Breastfeeding

Have you heard the one about the hedge fund manager who mansplained how those trader gals are totally useless after they have a kid? As soon as that baby's lips touch that girl's bosom, forget it. Every single investment idea,...
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May 21, 2013

5 Top Updates You Can Make On Your LinkedIn Profile During Paternity Leave

Today's paternity leave accomplishments: cleaned, cooked, reread some DeLillo, long walk w/ Jane, caught a projectile newborn shit midair.— Brandon Stosuy (@brandonstosuy) May 22, 2013...
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May 17, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Rollercoaster Edition

As a public service, Daddy Types holds back on publishing all the incendiary, headscratching, anxiety-inducing, clickbaiting WTFparenting stories during the week, to offer them up all at once in a little weekend-ruining feature we call the Friday Freakout. Here it...
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