I'm always intrigued by, and in some cases bummed that a lot of the new baby products weren't around when I could actually use them for my own girls. Even in the jumps between the release of our first daughter in 2009 and the sequel in 2012, there was so much cool stuff that didn't exist just three years prior, and here I sit with my youngest now two, and it's really set-in that my days of having a "baby" in my life are over. But, for those of you that are just entering your parenting adventure (or perhaps starting a new chapter in it), goumikids is a new player on the scene - a Portland-based company founded by two Moms (Lili Yeo and Linsey Ebuen), longtime friends on a mission to improve the lives of not only those around them - but Global residents as well.
I can distinctly recall a time when I was a little kid - distracted by some cool new action figures in the lower-level toy department at Wieboldts - and when I approached my "Mom" - a lady turned around and revealed herself not to be my Mom, but a lady with similar hair and a similar jacket. I was terrified - and while I wasn't truly "lost" (my Mom was an aisle or two over), I could've been because I wasn't staying with my grownup like I should've been. Now, as a parent myself, I'm even more terrified of being separated from my girls - especially since they have a habit of just taking off. For peace of mind, there's a product out called SafetyTat, and with summer here and plenty of adventures taking place, I received a few samples that I was eager to try out.
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 "not having kids." Funny thing is, I've always been good with kids - but there's also definitely an "old me" versus who I've become. On August 7, 2009 - our 10th Wedding Anniversary - our first daughter, Addie, was born. We liked it so much, that we prepped a sequel, and were back at the hospital two years ago TODAY - June 15, 2012, for the release of Little Finley!
I'm extremely fortunate to be a work-at-home-dad, but there are times when I still hit the road a few times a year and need to stay in touch with my girls. I missed Addie's first Halloween back in 2009 - working a gig in Las Vegas that involved horror and SLIPKNOT (perfect combo), and while my oldest was just two months old at the time, Skype made it possible for me to see the little one and interact with her and my wife in the best way possible, given the circumstances. Since that time, I've shown my girls the Atlantic Ocean from Miami - the palm trees of Hollywood from Los Angeles - and many other spots along the way, all because Skype kept us connected. Sometimes a family can't be together on an important day (in fact, I'm going to be traveling on a big one this August), and Father's Day certainly fits the bill. For all the families out there were Dad can't be home for Rock Father's Day, whether traveling on business, deployed with our military or on tour with a band, my friends at Skype sent over five tips for making the most of things and staying creatively connected this weekend - or anytime you're away.
By now, there's a good chance you know that Hot Wheels are a pretty big part of daily life here at Rock Father HQ. My girls and I have been building a great collection, and it's a real throwback to when I was a kid - when Hot Wheels were a big part of my life the first time around. Since Father's Day Rock Father's Day is tomorrow, it just feels appropriate to showcase what Mattel and Team Hot Wheels put together for all the Rad Dads out there - a fun video featuring a trio of Rad Dads: Off-Road Racer Casey Currie, Pro Skateboarder Steve Caballero, and X-Games Gold Medalist Ronnie Renner.
“THE ROCK FATHER is participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Dad Central Consulting for AVEENO. He received product samples and a promotional item for participating.”
Bathtime is a special time for bonding between all parents and their children. Here at Rock Father HQ, truth be told - bathtime is usually my wife's time with the girls. Since I'm fortunate to be in a position where I get to spend nearly all day every day with the little ones, 8pm generally signals some time for my wife and The Rock Daughters to have some time to splash and play. But that hardly means that Bathtime isn't Daddy time as well. I've given many baths in these past five years, and often times it's when my wife is going to have a long day at work, and I want to get the girls bathed and ready for bed in advance of her arrival.