Guppy Loves Minnow

Look, I probably shouldn’t complain. My daughter could have been unhappy about having a baby brother; she could have been mean to him, and she could have resented him. We are very lucky that she loves him, and she wants to spend time with him, and she wants to play with him. We are very lucky that she cares about him, and that she didn’t hate him the second he was born. But she needs to let up a bit. Continue reading Guppy Loves Minnow

Vegas Dads Group

This post is part of the Active Dads series. To learn more about it, see this post. Want your group featured? Contact me at 1dadontheloose@gmail.com

1) Name of the group and contact information for interested dads

Our group is the Vegas Dads Group, located in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. http://www.vegasdadgroup.com

2) Is there any membership criteria?

Absolutely!  You must be a dad!

3) What kinds of activities does your group have?

We do activities during the week, like visiting play-places, parks, and playgrounds.  On weekends we try and plan family friendly meet-ups, like zoos, museums, and other events that are going on in our city.  Finally once a month we plan a “Dads Night Out”, to give fathers a chance to get out and socialize with  their fathering peers.

4) How does your group encourage fathers to take an active role in their children’s lives?

Most of our members are very hands on with their children.  If nothing else, we serve as a great example of what an active father is.  Anyone attending one of our weekly play groups will see fathers interacting positively with their children. They’ll hear the laughter, and the words of encouragement, and usually the only time you will see a cell phone out is when someone is using it to take a picture of his kids having such a great time. 

5) What are some goals for your group in the near future?

The biggest goal I have for our group is awareness.  We have almost 70 members now, which for a group that was born less than 2 years ago is great, but there are so many fathers in our community that could be a part of our clan better yet, should be.  I want our group to be a recognized name in the Las Vegas Valley.

Share thread – Why Should We Visit You

It’s road-trip time, and there’s plenty of well-known places to visit. But where’s the fun in that?  The best places are the ones that are off the beaten path. The best places are the ones that don’t get a lot of visitors, and that the locals know about. That’s the best food, and the best time. So today’s share thread is going to be that – what’s your favorite off-the-beaten path place to go? It can be in your hometown, or somewhere else. Either way, share it in the comments.

And let’s get out and see the world.

Food Babe/Organic Food for Kids

The Food Babe, who peddles a certain brand of food awareness, is back in the news as yet another scientist has called her a fraud. Her theory, that you shouldn’t eat anything an 8 year old cannot pronounce, has resulted in Subway removing a bread softener from its recipe, and Starbucks’ beloved (by other people) Pumpkin Spice Latte coming under fire for … reasons. But is she right? And is organic food better for our kids? Continue reading Food Babe/Organic Food for Kids