If the Nintendo bug hadn't already been firmly established in my girls thanks to genetics, the trip my oldest and I took to Nintendo of America outside of Seattle last November certainly brought it to the forefront. There, we met with the experts (including President and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé) to get an inside look on all the latest games for the 3DS, and what's coming soon (looking at you, Nintendo Switch). Now, despite the fact that it's one of Nintendo's biggest hits (and one I dealt with on the retail side circa '96-2000), Pokémon is still very foreign to me - as I expect it is for many parents. That's exactly why my friends at Nintendo are having a special YouTube Live session: Parents' Guide to Pokémon.
Updated 1/23/2017 with the official commercial for the Dads Who Play Barbie campaign. This goes bigger than just "play kits": I didn't know it until becoming The Rock Father™, but there's few things better than father-daughter playtime. While our girls have many interests, the classics are always a part of things, and Barbie dolls have been a part of the mix for a few years now. I used to play Barbie with my sister as kids back in the 80s, so getting into it again as a dad wasn't a big stretch. A few years back, I even tracked-down a "new old stock" Barbie and the Rockers "Hot Rockin' Stage" to really bridge the generations (read about that here). Now comes news that for other dads like myself, Mattel just launched a collection of #DadsWhoPlayBarbie Play Kits - "curated to celebrate the special bond between a girl and her dad."
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Growing up in the 1980s made for an interesting time. Outside of school, much of my time was spent playing, and in the midst of that play - there were many "wars" to be fought, and the popular toys of the era made it easy to take sides and establish alliances for the glory of battle. At the same time, while I engaged in much strategy and adventure among the stars, in worlds of fantasy, and in pitting giant robots against one another all while fighting the forces of fictional terrorist organizations branded with catchy acronyms. It was all a reflection of the real world around us - I just didn't know it. The Cold War had already been raging for decades - a situation where two forces had each other in a position of standoff that occasionally led to escalated tensions. Now, as a parent in 2017, it's more than apparent that The Cold War is back... but it's a different type of "cold" war, and the participants in this battle are members of the same family.
Seven years ago this August... and again four years ago this week, babies were born, and so was "The Rock Father." - My wife and I were driving south on I-94 outside of Chicago in November of 2008. We were on our way to a Thanksgiving gathering that was happening pre-Thanksgiving, and she turned to me very quickly and said "I think you knocked me up." That was the moment that I first realized that I'd soon become a Father for the very first time. The weight of things didn't really hit me, but I remember smiling ear-to-ear and just thinking, "OK - let's do this!" She was afraid that I'd be unhappy about the news - especially because just the night before... I'd been on the phone with my Mom, who was shopping at Target with a couple of my step-brother's kids - and as they were acting out and being naughty - I made some quip about "this is why we don't have kids!" Funny thing is, I've always been good with kids - but there's also definitely an "old me" versus the man who I've become. On August 7, 2009 - our 10th Wedding Anniversary - our first daughter, Adalyn, was born. We liked the experience so much that we prepped a sequel, and were back at the hospital four years ago today - June 15, 2012, for the release of our second "Rock Daughter," baby Finley! The personal change that I've experienced as a father is undeniable, and both I and my wife have our girls to thank for it.
As parents, we always want the best for our kids - that's an undeniable fact. There are times, however, when the scale of "good" vs "convenient" can sometimes tip in the wrong direction, and let's face it - we all hit that point. No matter how noble the intentions, nor how "perfect" we might try to be, a trip to the proverbial "dark side" can happen, so when new things enter our daily lives that help assist and accentuate what we're trying to do, we appreciate it - and it's little things, in this case, a juice drink. Sure, thinking of what kind of beverage to serve with a morning snack, a lunch break, or during outdoor play might not seem like a big deal, but when you go out of your way (and spend a premium price) to buy only organic fruits and such for the kids, why muck-up the vibe with some junky juice drink that's probably loaded with stuff like high fructose corn syrup? Capri Sun Organic helps strike the perfect balance between what kids love, and what parents love to give them. It's a certified USDA organic juice drink that also packs one full serving of fruit* in every convenient pouch.
The journey of Fatherhood is different for everyone - an experience of learning and growth for each traveler. Every father has a story, and since launching this website, I've heard many tales spun by fellow "Rock Fathers" from all walks of life. Today comes the lyric video for "Sun" from MILTON J and the LEFTOVERS, a very DIY, and almost "handmade" love letter to Milton's boy, set to a track from their new album, VAIN WISDOM (iTunes | Amazon).