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When I think about grandparents, my immediate line of thought is that our kids don't spend enough time with theirs - particularly my own parents. The barrier for us is distance, but for some families there's other things at play, language being one example. In the new book, Drawn Together, author Minh Lê and Caldecott-winning illustrator Dan Santat join forces to tell a heartwarming story of a grandfather and his grandson as they learn to overcome their language barrier through a shared love of art and storytelling. In the spirit of inspiring others, Disney-Hyperion and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to offer you a chance to win a hardcover copy of Drawn Together along with a Melissa & Doug Standing Easel. Check out a preview of the book below...

Published in Books, Mags, Comics

For the past 4+ years, Melissa & Doug Toys have been a staple here at Rock Father HQ. While we've purchased several for our girls, they've largely been given to us as gifts... quality, timeless toys. Just the other day, Addie had her big Farm Floor Puzzle out again, and the girls have literally worn out one set of Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks, and their Jumbo Cardboard Bricks are used every single day. That said, I can't recommend Melissa & Doug enough. Now, their Terrific 25 Holiday Gifts Giveaway is in-full effect, and it's one giveaway well-worth your entry...

It's 4pm on Black Friday here at Rock Father HQ, and despite an itch to go to Kohls last night, I did not brave the bargain-hungry hordes for some holiday shopping savings. Instead, I slept in, have spent much of the afternoon playing with my daughters, ate some Thanksgiving leftovers, and have been sifting through the countless Black Friday promotions that have been hitting my inbox in hopes of being posted here on The Rock Father. I like to save readers a few bucks while making a few in the process, so here's the roundup of deals that have landed here this afternoon. Don't forget, you can find even more great savings and coupon codes in the "Shopping Deals for Families" section right here on The Rock Father.

Published in Family Savings
Wednesday, November 07 2012 10:00

Time to Play: An Octane-Obsessed Little Girl

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.”

Published in Rock Father Rides

As we're experiencing record-highs here in Northern Illinois this week, my daughter and I have been seizing the opportunity to get outside and start working on our garden clean-up. After all, Spring is technically just a few days away. For those of you that are ready to get your Little Gardener ready for 2012, our friends at Melissa & Doug have sent The Rock Father™ word that you can now Save 15% On Any SUNNY PATCH Order At MelissaandDoug.com! through 3/31/12 Code: SUNNY15. They're also running a free shipping promo right now as well!

Published in For the Home

As the retail landscape continues to evolve, Barnes & Noble has been expanding their online product assortment and offering some very competitive pricing (even rivaling Amazon at times) in order to avoid a fate like that of the recently-departed Borders. That said, it's a good time for consumers, and I was surprised to learn that it's BABY WEEK at Barnes & Noble, and that they're offering 25% Off Hundreds of Baby Gifts and Essentials at BN.com. But that's not all. They have other great deals for parents on items for kids, and The Rock Father™ is sharing the info below...

Published in Family Savings