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7 lessons ‘The Simpsons’ can teach parents about bullying

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Did you know that bullying can start as early as preschool? D’oh! As if maintaining a three-foot-high beehive hairstyle or avoiding nuclear contamination at work every day didn’t give you enough to worry about, right?

Even if you haven’t yet had to deal with your kids getting picked on (or picking on someone else for that matter), it’s a good idea to brush up on your bullying knowledge now. That’s why The Doctor and The Dad have teamed up with The Simpsons to bring you some useful bullying DOs and DON’Ts.
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I'll be with you in a minute, Mom and Dad. This song is totally my jams.

Product Review: ‘Alphabutt’ by Kimya Dawson

Ever since our kids first developed the ability to hear (by around 28 weeks after conception), the Doctor and the Dad have loved sharing music with them. There are lots of great scientific reasons to do it – music promotes kids’ language development, creativity and concentration, for example. But mostly we do it because it’s totally fun!

Amber’s favorite songs to lull the kiddos off to sleep with include a cheery jingle from an old M&Ms commercial, as well as a bleak, hopeless war protest anthem about Vietnam. Andy’s go-tos tend to include a lot of bizarre nerdiness from bands like They Might Be Giants and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

But our three-year-old daughter, Sammy, recently discovered her own new favorite artist while click-wheeling her way around Andy’s old iPod:

Kimya Dawson.

I'll be with you in a minute, Mom and Dad. This song is totally my jams.

This song is totally my jams.

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"Yeah, yeah, I see you. You're a baby. I get it. Where's your mother?"

Shock jock Mike Francesa shocks no one by saying something shocking

If you’re looking for a babysitter in the New York metropolitan area, you might want to cross Mike Francesa off your list.

He’s the sports talk radio show host who completely freaked out this week because Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed a couple games to spend some paternity leave with his wife and newborn baby.

"Does it smell like baby in here, or is it just me?"

“Does it smell like baby in here, or is it just me?”

Francesa clearly couldn’t fathom why any man would need to take time off from work simply because he became a father, saying stuff like “Your wife doesn’t need your help the first couple of days,” “You can hire a nurse,” and “Why would you get ten days off when your wife has a baby? You didn’t have the baby.”

Oh, he’s also said all this other stupid stuff too.

We get that this guy is a sports media “personality,” so spewing mindless incendiary vitriol is actually his primary occupational duty. So job well done on that front, Mike.

Our job, on the other hand, is to give parents information that is actually useful in their lives. So here are some thoughts about paternity leave, fatherhood and sports from The Doctor and The Dad:
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The mom in this TV commercial is about to enter a world of pain

Have you seen the Bounty commercial with a little boy showing his baby brother how to use a straw to blow bubbles in his chocolate milk? The kid makes a truly epic mess, with thick streams of dark, sugary moo juice flowing out of his cup, over the sides of the dining room table, and onto the floor below.

What’s their mom doing during all this, you might ask?

Oh, just thinking that it’s pretty much the most adorable thing she’s ever seen.

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Making Mardi Gras family friendly

Mardi Gras before baby

Mardi Gras before baby

Mardi Gras after baby

Mardi Gras after baby

Mardi Gras is a special time for the Doctor and the Dad, because it marks the anniversary of when (and where) we first met. Although it turned out that we were living in college dorm rooms about fifty yards away from each other at the time, it took each of us making a 1,000-mile road trip to New Orleans with separate groups of friends for us to meet on Bourbon Street.

We know what you’re wondering – did we exchange beads (wink, wink)?

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The Berenstain Bears theme song makes either no sense, or more sense than you could ever hope to comprehend

Here’s what happened when a family of four waxed philosophical over the most cryptic lyric in children’s television.

If you’re like most parents of young children, you’ve been subjected to way more kiddie cartoons lately than you care to admit. As a result, your brain is now completely filled with shows and shows’ worth of simple, sugary and excruciatingly infectious theme song lyrics. This is why you sing “Doc McStuffins, Doc McStuffins, come on let the visit begin, the Doc is in” while shampooing your hair. And why your coworkers hear you belt out “Max and Ruby, Ruby and Max, Max and Ruby, Ruby and Max” when you think your phone is on mute during conference calls.

But there’s one theme song that sticks with a person more than any of the others – not because it’s the catchiest (it isn’t), but rather because it contains the single most enigmatic song lyric in the history of music.

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10 Ways To “Get Some” This Valentine’s Day, Even Though Your Kids Have Completely Destroyed Your Will to Do It

this-is-40-04 newAh, Valentine’s Day. The sexiest, sultriest, most romantic day of the year for childless couples everywhere. For the rest of us, however, it’s a 24-hour period filled with just as many tears, tantrums and wet-wipe-necessitating messes as any other.

So what are a Mommy and Daddy who want to raise a family and get their freak on to do?

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