Archive for the ‘Eating’ Category

Join DadLabs for Chocolate Covered Happy Hour at W Hotel

By Daddy Clay Friday, October 7th, 2011

Come cross swords with the Dadlabs guys, courtesy of 3 Musketeers.

Next Tuesday, October 11th from 6-8pm at the W Hotel.

We should hang out. I know we’re all busy with kids and soccer practice and all the other things, but we should make time. Facebook is not enough.

This is what I’m thinking when a nice guy emails me, says, “we want to throw a party at the W, give away free candy bars, and raffle off some airline vouchers, spa treatments and more candy” and they ask us to co-host. We are a “yes.”

Seems the candy makers sponsored a study and found out that people want more sleep, vacation and chocolate. Men of action, these chocolatiers, they have reformulated their candy bar, and set out across the country handing out plane tickets and spa treatments. Problem solved. For a lucky few, anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Explain Your Midlife Crisis to a Second Grader

By Daddy Clay Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

If you are experiencing a midlife crisis, I have a strong recommendation: have or acquire a seven-year-old. I am grateful to have to explain my various 40-something compulsions to my second grader. Kids of this age are keen observers and quite curious. Under the barrage of their questions, the crisis-haver is forced to formulate elaborate rationalizations for kooky behavior which can prove very useful in subsequent conversations with a spouse.

For my specific mid-life crisis, I have chosen running through which to express my lunacy. After a lifetime of being borderline obese, I decided that I never wanted to be called “Big Guy” ever again. I also decided that running makes you immortal. So I run a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting News: Gender Selection, Nut Allergies, Prison, Autism, Recess, Netflix, Cartoons

By Dad News Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Is Gender Selection of a Fetus Ethical?: But this technology is igniting a heated ethical debate before it is even clinically available. Many fear that it will be used for a reason that has nothing to do with medical outcomes. They fear parents will use it for sex selection, aborting healthy fetuses that are of an unwanted sex. (

Kids With Nut Allergies Feel Teased, Excluded: According to a new study conducted in the U.K., families with children who are living with this potentially life-threatening condition often feel isolated, stigmatized, or unfairly excluded from activities, due to the allergies. (

Summer Camp Behind Bars: Program Connects Kids, Incarcerated Dads: When Sharon sent her son to summer camp, it changed his life. That happens to a lot of kids. But 13-year-old Damar went to camp at a medium-security prison in Ohio where his father was serving time for a drug conviction. Being together strengthened their relationship and left him with a more positive view of his father, Sharon says. (Today Parenting)

More Evidence Shows Autism Raises Risk for Later Siblings: It’s already known that children with older siblings who have autism spectrum disorder or ASD, have a higher risk of developing the condition themselves,  and a new study in Pediatrics finds that risk is even higher than previously expected. (

All School, No Play? Kids’ Learning Suffers Without Recess, Experts Say: An overall decrease in playtime in even young children is resulting in kids who don’t have a “culture of play,” said Jill Vialet, the founder of Playworks, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the climate of play in schools, teaching kids the kinds of games they would have once learned from older peers. (Today Parenting)

Netflix For Kids: Going After Your Children With Kid-Friendly Version of Netflix: In the fight to win back the hearts of consumers burned by the price hike, Netflix might have an ace up their sleeve: your kids. As any major retailer can tell you, if you get the kids… you get the parents… or at least their money. Netflix may be many things, but they haven’t shown themselves to be stupid, so they’ve created a kid-friendly version of the site that strips out the text and focuses on familiar, recognizable characters. (Reel SEO)

Cartoons on Food Boxes Create Nagging Children: It’s a tried-and-true marketing method: Slap a famous cartoon on food boxes and odds are children will be more likely to seek the food out at the store. But research now suggests that silly cartoons appearing on food boxes may also determine whether children will pester their mothers to buy the food and also the level of nagging parents are likely to experience. (ABC News)

Parenting News: Gender, Heat and Kids, Safe Lunches, Facebook, Potty Training, Tailored Parenting, Lying

By Dad News Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Blood Test Can Tell Baby’s Gender at 7 Weeks: Is it a boy or girl? A new blood test can determine a baby’s gender, with 95 percent accuracy, seven weeks into a pregnancy—without the risks of such invasive procedures as chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis, both of which pose a small threat of triggering a miscarriage, reports an analysis to be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on August 10. The blood test is already used in Europe and may be offered in the US as soon as 2012. (Healthline)

Young Athletes in the Heat: Doctors Revise Guidelines Because of recent reports of serious, even catastrophic heat-related events with school athletics, the American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its guidelines on heat and school athletes. They’re published in this week’s edition of the journal Pediatrics. (

Secret for a Safe Kid’s Lunch: Extra Ice When you’re packing your kid’s lunchbox in the morning, the ice pack is just as important as the fruit and the sandwich. And new research finds you might need more than one to keep your little one healthy. (

Kids Who Use Facebook Do Worse in School: That Facebook is hugely distracting is hardly stop-the-presses kind of news, but parents might be dismayed to learn that the social-media site can hobble learning and make kids less healthy and more depressed. (

Potty Training Your Toddler: Is There a Right Way? When it comes to potty-training, parents’ methods vary greatly. Some take a regimented, reward-and-punishment approach, while others ease into it by encouraging poop talk. Is any one way better than the next? (

Key to a Well-Adjusted Child: Tailored Parenting? Parenting advice is often black or white: Be firm and unwavering. Be loving and supportive. But new research shows that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be the best way to handle things. Rather than consistency, a parent’s flexibility may be key to a well-adjusted kid, according to research published online this month in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. (

Lying Is Part of Child’s Development, Study Confirms: A Canadian study says children who lie are really just developing their intelligence. (Today Parenting)