Archive for the ‘Children's Books’ Category

Inspiration from ink on paper. No lie.

By concretin_nik Thursday, April 17th, 2014

With theGoogle and thePinterest, it’s hard to believe you can actually get inspired to craft by a book! Seriously, ink on paper! I know, crazy talk, right? But you can! Mike Adamick has authored not one, but TWO awesome books of inspiration. I have his first book, “Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects” which includes all the instructions you need to build stilts, a rope swing, superhero capes, even homemade ice cream and at least 20 other projects. I know I’m not going to do every project, but there’s more between these covers than plans and instructions. Before Mike gives you the first project, he writes about his family in a chapter called, “How to Raise All-Around Crafty Geniuses…” That info alone is priceless. (Though I did get my copy free from Mike himself).

I blame my craftiness on my parents. My Mom is a seamstress (by hobby and necessity, not by trade) and my Dad worked at a cardboard box factory. So, genetics. Yea, I’m REALLY partial to creating with cardboard. Clean, unbent, large sheets of corrugated cardboard is like gold to me. I have no problem claiming a title of CardboardCraftNinja. (See substantiating evidence below.) Kid’s got a double oven. Boo yah!

You can keep your plastic play kitchen.

Mike’s book inspires me to do even more with my son. When TheBoy grabs the empty egg carton before it hits the trash and says, “Hey Daddy, I’m gonna make something with this!” I swell with pride as he runs off with it with wonder in his eyes.

You can check out both of Mike’s books of awesomeness on Amazon. “Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments” is sure to provide hours of mad scientist family fun! And “Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects” has some fantastic creations, perfect for Summer. Get yours and inspire yourself. Inspire your kids. Have fun!

Concretin Nik, his drill, and Mike Adamick's book.


Hop on Pop…Extreme!

By Daddy Clay Friday, December 7th, 2012

What have I done to deserve this violence?

I have been a loving and affectionate father to my youngest son. In his eight years, I have read to him and tucked him in at night. I have driven him to sports events and cheered him on. I have helped to prepare his meals, wash his clothes and clean his room.

And yet nothing makes this child more gleeful than cleaning out my snot locker with a blind-sided throw-pillow roundhouse. The pained exhalation I produce when he drops a pointy elbow into my spleen makes him positively cackle. He giggles himself into a hiccuping fit with every rabbit punch, body slam, and charlie horse he delivers. Read the rest of this entry »

I Am Not a Paid Endorser of the Final Harry Potter Movie

By Daddy Clay Monday, June 6th, 2011

Reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone aloud to your kids before bed is pure magic. You go into the child’s room, begin to read, and when you emerge all the dirty dishes have disappeared. That’s why I read that book to all three of my kids.

But that’s not the only reason. I also like showing off. I deploy character voices and accents. And, unlike my adult peers, the children think my Irish accent is “spot-on.” You should hear my characters — Hagrid is a gruff pirate prone to shouting loud enough to wake the other kids, the Weasleys all have a charming Australian/Cockney thing going on, and Mr. Dursley is an almost spooky homage to Fawlty Towers-era John Cleese.

I’ve gotten so good at it, that my youngest only has to stop me a few times a night to ask “who is that talking?” I particularly struggle to differentiate the bad guys: Snape, Mr. Malfoy and Voldemort all sound like Vincent Price with laryngitis. Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting News: Sleep, Children’s Book Parody, Chemicals in Baby Products, Premature Birth, College Kids

By Dad News Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Six Big Kid Sleep Problems: Parents often think kids’ sleep problems are over once their babies slumber through the night, but at least a quarter of school-age children have nighttime troubles, says Gregory Stores, M.D., emeritus professor of developmental neuropsychiatry at Britain’s University of Oxford. (

‘Go the F*%$ to Sleep’ Proves a Popular Lullaby with Bleary-Eyed Adults: “It’s pretty wild,” said Adam Mansbach, the 34-year-old author who was inspired to write the book “for fun” last year based on the “grueling” experience of putting his then 2-year-old daughter to sleep. (

Chemical Suspected in Cancer Is in Baby Products: More than 30 years after chemical flame retardants were removed from children’s pajamas because they were suspected of being carcinogens, new research into flame retardants shows that one of the chemicals is prevalent in baby’s products made with polyurethane foam, including nursing pillows, car seats and highchairs. (

A Blood Test to Predict Premature Birth Could Hit the Market Next Year: Doctors historically have had little luck predicting which women will deliver early, but now a new study presents a way to detect more than 80% of preterm births ahead of time, with a second-trimester blood test. (

Families Adjusting to College Kids Home for Summer: Summer at home — so often eagerly awaited by the students, their parents and siblings — is often a mixed-up time of happy reunions, unexpected challenges and weird new family dynamics as not-quite adult kids return temporarily to the nest. (ABC News)