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Not long ago, the folks at Contigo approached me about joining them as a "Road Warrior." While I'm just as much a fan of MAD MAX 2 as the next guy, this had nothing to do with zipping across a post-apocalyptic landscape in a highly-modified vehicle while rolling with the whole "One Man Can Make A Difference" motif. What it did have to do with is the type of Road Warrior that I really am: A Father of two, rockin' a Military Camouflage diaper bag while driving my little ones to and from preschool, gymnastics, swimming, and then onto all of our other daily adventures. It might not be glamorous, but it can be a battle - and I always have a drink along for the ride.

Some exciting news just sped into Rock Father HQ this morning involving two companies that we dig: MATTEL and TOY STATE. The two toymakers have entered into a partnership that will allow Toy State to create a brand-new line of "over-the-top lights and sound and remote controlled HOT WHEELS-branded cars." I can picture Addie playing with them already...

Rock Father Rides is a new section of The Rock Father that's devoted to Automotive Coverage for the Octane-Obsessed Family... from toy cars to real rides.

While I'd like to think that I've always had a penchant for cars with a bit of style, speed, and perhaps a dash of the sly and sinister, the reality is that function and dependability has always reigned supreme when my final buying decision was made. After all, back in '97, I bought a new Ford wagon (and slapped a "bra" and sport wheels on it to make it look "cooler") because it got good mileage and was able to perfectly fit my Peavey Half-Stack in the back, along with room for my guitars when I was still in a band on a regular basis. Now, as a parent, my vehicular needs have to account for other factors that accommodate a family of four. Earlier this month, the crew over at Mazda USA asked if I'd take their new Mazda3 for a spin and put it to The Rock Father test. And test it, I did... but I might not be the most important reviewer...

I have some unwritten "rules" (more like guidelines, really) regarding reposting another site's sponsored content here on The Rock Father. 99% of the time I just won't do it... but there are exceptions (extremely rare) and tonight I have one. Charlie and Andy over at HowToBeADad.com do some fine videos on occasion, and one video just so happens to be sponsored by Hyundai. It's an "Epic Day of Play" that's about two dads having fun with their kids at a local skatepark. They just happened to drive a Hyundai Santa Fe to and fro. Check it out:

Monday, June 03 2013 00:00

Ready Your Ride for Summer Rock... #HankookUSA

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The Summer Driving Season is officially upon us, and as families start to get out on the open road, the folks at Hankook Tires asked me to talk a little bit about how to Ready Your Ride for Summer Rock. With the new "Rock Father Rides" section just-launched, now is a great time to start the discussion. 

Memorial Day Weekend: For many, it's the official start of the Summer Season. It's a big travel weekend, and as some families pile into the car for their first major road trip of the year, the soundtrack for adventure can be called into question. For those looking for some fresh, family-friendly jams, The Rock Father has you covered with a jumping off point to explore some of the finest music that the Kindie world has to offer. 13 Top Kindie Artists have contributed to this limited-time FREE DOWNLOAD - a Summer Music Playlist to help you rock the ride. It's available until June 1 (after which it will become "streaming-only"), so grab these tracks now before you head out on the highway...

Wednesday, November 07 2012 10:00

Time to Play: An Octane-Obsessed Little Girl

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Originally written by James Zahn (The Rock Father) as a Guest Post at TTPM

Around the Blogosphere, there has been a lot of discussion regarding “gender-neutral” toys in recent months. There’s been a lot of finger-pointing at toymakers and retailers for allegedly embracing stereotypes, though more often then not, I tend to see parents making an attempt to guide their children toward or away from certain playthings – not some faceless, corporate overlords. I say, “let the kids play with what they’d like.”

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