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2017 CAS LogoOur girls will turn five and eight this year. I still can't believe how fast they're growing up, and while much is changing, there are certain uncalled-for challenges that my wife and I have continually had to deal with over the years. As a parent - a father - my blood boils when my girls come home telling me that certain things are "girl" or "boy" things, or worse yet - when someone tells them that they cannot do something because "that's for boys." I've politely corrected other children for saying such things in front of me, knowing full well that what they're saying isn't coming from the mind of a child, but is information that has erroneously been fed to them by grownups in their lives. Just because some children are force-fed dated views, does not mean that I will allow it to cause confusion in our home. I've seen how playing the gender card can cause kids to question their self-worth, and I'll be damned if my girls grow into adulthood thinking that they are somehow worth less, simply because of their gender. Take a look at the Super Bowl Game Day commercial from Audi of America, entitled "Daughter," below...

Sunday, February 05 2017 20:35

Life Hack: Bonding with Children and Maximizing Time

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My wife and I talk about it often - time (specifically, lack thereof) being a big issue for us as parents. As kids, we heard grownups talk about "time flying," but until you're actually an adult and a parent yourself, you just don't realize it. From a scientific standpoint, time is the same - but there has to be a correlation between size and time. When you're a little kid, the days seem to go forever. When you're physically bigger, the days seem shorter. There's also a chance that I made that up, but time is most certainly an issue. We want to spend time with our kids - time that increases the bond between parent and child - and that means utilizing our superior time management skills to "get stuff done," while still being there for our kids. What I'm saying is that I'm not opposed to eating breakfast in the shower. I get to save time by watching the girls brush their teeth, while I get clean and save a step by doing it fully-clothed. Seriously, just watch the video...

Thursday, February 02 2017 00:35

First-Look: The 2017 McLaren 570S Push Car from Step2!

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While New York Toy Fair is still a few weeks off, the action is heating up at the Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair in Nuremburg, Germany right now. Some big news comes from my friends at The Step2 Company, who have finally dropped the curtain on their latest collaboration - one with British luxury Sports and Supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive to launch the officially licensed Step2® McLaren 570S Push Sports Car, a toddler-sized push car version of the McLaren 570S sports car. While the grownup version of the McLaren 570S will set you back around $185,000, the Step2 version will only run $79.99.

If you happened to catch my latest column at The Toy Insider, then you've already seen a version of that image up-top: a pair of 1974 Dodge Monaco police cars operating on opposite sides of the law. Those 1:64-scale diecast replicas of vehicles from John Landis' 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, are among many produced over the past few years as part of the Greenlight Hollywood series from Greenlight Collectibles. While these have been out there for awhile, the few additional photos that I've shared on social media have piqued some interest, so I'm sharing more right here on the site.

I have always been an unapologetic meat-eater. I've heard all sides of the debate for and against, and I choose to remain carnivorous in nature. What many don't realize is that I'm the only true meat eater in our house. The Rock Daughters™ have never eaten beef, fish or pork. The exception is poultry (chicken/turkey), but the girls have never had a bite of the others, and it's because they've followed my wife. Similarly, filmmaker Kevin Smith has a daughter, Harley Quinn, who has also followed her mother's path - but to the full-blown vegan side of things. The folks at Farm Sanctuary sent over a video that features the duo discussing #CompassionateMeals, and I feel it's worth sharing. If anything, it is food for thought...

Saturday, January 28 2017 03:33

Think Spring: 9 Gardening Trends for 2017...

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It's 23° here in in Northern Illinois today, and as the ground lies frozen under a gloomy sky, I'm already thinking ahead to when the weather breaks and we can get gardening again. Indeed, gardening and landscaping are a passion of mine, and I've worked those into the virtual pages of The Rock Father™ Magazine since 2011. Looking ahead to what's in-store for the coming season, the folks at Monrovia Plants have put together a list of 9 Gardening Trends for 2017, and from what I've seen - they're really on-point. Looking for some inspiration? Check these out...

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