Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NYC Dads Support #GivingTuesday, Baby Buggy


A team of NYC Dads Group members spent #GivingTuesday sorting, screening and bundling children’s clothing donated through Baby Buggy, a nonprofit group that assists thousands of families across the country.

NYC Dads Group helped parents in need receive clothing for their children by participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to others.

A team of our dads spent the evening of December 2 sorting, screening and bundling children’s clothing donated through Baby Buggy, a nonprofit group that assists thousands of families across the country.

Hating Your Baby is OK at Times

Babies Suck, needlepointBy Mike Julianelle

Not to state the obvious, but becoming a parent is kind of a big deal.

One day you don’t have a kid and the next day you do and your life won’t ever be the same. It’s quite an adjustment. Even with nine months of warning.

I don’t care how much time you spend getting ready, how many books you read, how much stuff you buy: you can’t truly prepare for having kids because nothing prepares you for having kids except having kids. Being a parent takes some getting used to and it’s not always easy, especially at first.

It’s OK to admit your kid is an asshole sometimes. It’s OK to hate being a parent sometimes. And it’s OK to hate your baby.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Kids Can Stay in Touch, Learn with New TracFone

tracfone-logoBy Jason Greene

My wife and I have tried to keep cell phones out of our children’s hands. We realize that the trend is to give children phones at an earlier and earlier age – parents and kids linked together through technology at all times. My wife and I believe that our children should experience the world independently, without the umbilical cord of a cell phone tying them to us.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

TuneIn Radio Means Never Tuning Out News, Entertainment and More

By Jason Greene

TuneIn app logoMy last post about TuneIn Radio discussed how I never have to miss out on listening to a Buckeyes game. This post is about never having to miss out on anything, period.

I first began using TuneIn app on my smartphone years ago while cleaning the house. Most people listen to music while they clean. Not me – I have NPR blasting. I either hook up my phone to speakers through Bluetooth or carry the phone around with me as I scrub toilets and do dishes. (Not in that order, of course.)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Plan a Family NYC Weekend: Chanukah Festival, Citi Field Winter Fest, Dan Zanes – Dec. 12-14

Editor’s Note: NYC Dads Group wants to help parents make the most of their time with their children. In cooperation with our friends at New York Family magazine, every Friday morning we provide you with ideas for things to do during the upcoming weekend.

Chanukah Festival at 92Y, driedel

Chanukah Festival at 92Y

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Chanukah Festival hosted by the 92Y! Families will enjoy seasonal activities including menorah making, winter crafts, live entertainment, a decorate-your-own sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) workshop, and more. In the generous spirit of the season, there will also be opportunities to give back to the community, with a holiday gift drive and a holiday card-making session. (Sunday)

Citi Field Winter Fest Mr. Met

Citi Field Winter Fest

Come celebrate the holiday season at Citi Field’s Winter Fest! Enjoy cookie decorating, wintry games, holiday arts and crafts, and more! A special guest, Santa Claus, is also coming to visit all the way from North Pole. (Saturday)

Family Fun Day at Macy's Herald Square

Family Fun Day at Macy's Herald Square

Join Macy’s for a day of family fun, featuring characters from the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Join the Rockettes at noon in the kids department for a mini dance clinic, enjoy Spongebob arts and crafts, get a photo with Spongebob, and meet the Grinch and a Harlem Globetrotter, plus your favorite characters from the Thanksgiving parade. (Sunday)

Dan Zanes and Friends at City Winery

Holiday Sing-a-long with Dan Zanes and Friends at City Winery

Who’s ready for a Dan Zanes sing-a-long?! This year, Zanes is inviting some of his musical friends to the City Winery in SoHo for his fourth annual holiday show. The Grammy award-winning children’s singer blends folk, early rock, and English music hall numbers together to create his unique, kid-friendly songs that even grown-ups will love. Read our exclusive interview with Dan Zanes here. (Sunday)

For more ideas on what to do this weekend with your children in NYC, check out the full New York Family Weekend Planner for Dec. 12-14.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Acceptable Cursing for Kids

Christopher PersleyAs New Yorkers, we like to express ourselves colorfully. And explicitly.

So will our children one day, and if NYC Dads Group member Christopher Persley (at right), has his way, his daughter will do so in a manner that is totally acceptable. To him, at least.

Christopher, a.k.a. The Brown Gothamite and a frequent contributor to our site, wrote a hilarious special guest post for the Dad 2.0 Summit “Words on Wednesday” feature about what he would consider proper situations for his young daughter to use profanity.

In Kid, if you’re gonna do it, do it f@#king right,” Christopher gives the thumbs up to future utterances such as: “Dad, this meal you cooked is f@#king amazing! Can I have seconds?” and “Dad, you were right. The X-Files is the s#!t!” Go give it a read.

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