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Long-Distance Parenting

Dear Mr. Dad: My ex and I share custody of our son (age 6) but she recently moved a few hundred miles away so I sometimes don’t get to see him for a few weeks. In between, I really miss him and I worry that he’ll forget who I am or won’t want to see […] The post Long-Distance Parenting appeared first on Mr. Show More Summary

Daddy Against Patriarchy T-Shirt

I think these Daddy Against Patriarchy t-shirts are designed by the artist Nayland Blake. What I do know is that they are available only for a limited time--less than two weeks--so if you want to bring down the patriarchy through fashion, you need to hurry. Join the D.A.P., t-shirt $20, Available until Aug. 20 [teespring.com, yes indeed, via @naylandblake]

Kidpost Upgrade

Kidpost was created by some awesome, web-savvy parents to share photos with less plugged-in relatives and friends. It solves a small but real challenge, and it does it very thoughtfully. And now they have upgraded. Read co-creator Khoi...Show More Summary

Small Steps Make a Blended Family

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m engaged to an amazing man with a 9-year old son who’s with him every other weekend. When I first started going out with his father, the boy and I got along great. But the closer we get to the marriage, the worse things get between us. Show More Summary

Don't Trust Anyone Over 8

The first generation of kids to watch Teletubbies are now in college, and they are paralyzed with anxiety and inadequacy. And their OG helicopter parents have already called all their professors to discuss it. Kids these days aren't getting enough free play. Show More Summary

Anthony Caro Sculptowers

Anthony Caro, Child's Tower Room, 1983-84, image: anthonycaro.org Relentlessly experimental British sculptor Anthony Caro was interested to make a sculpture that was also architecture, and a sculpture that had no inside or outside. And...Show More Summary

Tactical Baby Carrier by Mission Critical

The Tactical Baby Carrier from Mission Critical looks like it's just a bodycam and a couple of Kevlar inserts shy of a Take Your Kid To Work outfit for law enforcement. There is black for urban crowd control, coyote for desert and border...Show More Summary

Libre Soy, Libre Soy

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the family prisons. image: ICE I'll be honest, when I first heard that the ICE immigrant family detention centers full of Central American refugee kids and moms had animal-themed cell blocks like...Show More Summary

Road Trips And Hanging Out

If you need a place to hang out with a baby for three hours in the greater Chicago area I can recommend the lobby of the Westin at O'Hare — Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) July 19, 2015 No one's even asked for my room key, you could totally...Show More Summary

Color It Out!

I am deeply unsettled by the coloring books for grownups trend. Honestly, if you have that much time, you should be editing Wikipedia articles, or working on your Pinterest board or something. Unless you're talking about something actually unsettling, in which case, go crazy, color it out! Oh wait, no no no, that IS the coloring for grownups trend. Show More Summary

The Sonar System, By Ras Mykha

With all the hype about Pluto, now's the time to get your kid psyched for the next cosmic destination, The Sonar System. The Sonar System is a group of planets orbiting around a giant speaker, where everyone's really into amazing sound systems. Show More Summary

I'm Sure There's An Uptick In Romans, Too

Just one more and naming your kid after the kid in the podcast will officially be a trend: There are now two other little boys in the world named Mazlo. Amazed by that. — Roman Mars (@romanmars) July 15, 2015

The Bouncy Desk

Why hasn't someone made this? It's the perfect VR motion rig! ???? via @SuB8u pic.twitter.com/CYHDpLkBIs — Darshan Shankar (@DShankar) July 14, 2015 Meanwhile, if anyone does invent this, I'll just scootch mine over to the stairs and end it all. I'll make sure to have my cam on, tho, so the kids will be able to get some viral video ad revenue. [via @pmarca]

Except For Not Knowing How To Use A Car Seat, You're Totally Ready For This

Mazda's commercial about nervous new parents being well prepared to bring the kid home from the hospital in their safe CX-5 warms the hearts of everyone who doesn't notice that the kid's car seat straps are ridiculously loose. [thx @JosephRooks via @KevinBuist]

This Is Not Your Dad's Japanese Dad Music

I have no idea, but I've learned to trust Neojaponisme on these sorts of things. So here is Matt Treyvaud's tightly curated little playlist of summer dad music for sitting on the engawa, watching the kids hunt semi. Read Treyvaud's descriptions...Show More Summary

Atticus, Life Complicated

Whoops.We remember Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's 1960 classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird," as that novel's moral conscience: kind, wise, honorable, an avatar of integrity who used his gifts as a lawyer to defend a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town filled with prejudice and hatred in the 1930s. Show More Summary

It's Such A Good Feeling

Fred Rogers just made me cry, and it's ok. At least it'll take my mind off of Inside Out. Fred Rogers Message to those who grew up with the Neighborhood [vimeo via khoi]

The Swedish Man Project

I know, "The Disease of Manhood" sounds like about half the thinkpieces on The Good Men Project, but Dan Duray's review of the Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's film Force Majeure and My Struggle is a solidly interesting discussion of...Show More Summary

Naming Opportunities

When you name the heir do a media and financial info dynasty, it's not just the kid; you have to think about how the name will look on a terminal, or a TV caption, or a museum wall. There is a lot of branding going on in this story of Michael Bloomberg's grandchildren [mazeltov btw]: Ms. Show More Summary

The Chosen One, Or The Results Of Andy Baio's Video Game Parenting Experiment

Last December Andy Baio wrote about an experiment he performed on his son: exposing him to the history of video games in chronological order, rather than just starting at the state of the art of today. Now the Gel Conference has posted video of Andy telling his and his son's story, and sharing the results. Show More Summary

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