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“Confessions of the World’s Best Father”: One Dad’s Comically-Staged Photos With His Daughter

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Confessions of the World's Best Father by Dave EngledowBy Caitlin Ultimo

Any first-time parent surely can identify with the urge to snap dozens upon dozens of photos throughout their child’s early years. “Oh, look he’s smiling,” turns into: “Oh, look he’s smiling holding a cracker/a cell-phone/the cat (Sorry, kitty, for his awkward grip — we have to get this shot!).”

Well, Dave Engledow took his new-dad camera readiness even further. While Mom was on deployment in the Army, Engeldow and their new daughter, Alice Bee, staged (with the help of Photoshop) hilarious photo shoots. He began by sharing the photos on Facebook, accompanied with comedic essays, as a way to alleviate his fears as a new dad and poke fun at them.  Starting at Day 3 and concluding with Day 918, his outlandish photos (some featured below) included scenes of Alice Bee helping him shave and the two of them breaking a sweat while lifting dumbbells together. Eventually, his photos were combined into one hilarious book, “Confessions of the World’s Best Father.”

Engledow is just one of a few parents who have opted for creative scenes in place of stiff photos.  Jason Lee, a wedding photographer, started taking one-of-a-kind portraits of his two girls back in 2006. Because his mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and his daughters caught colds too frequently to be around her, he began a blog for the grandmother to see the humorous and whimsical pictures. Heather Sphor, who also had two kids, decided to document her infant’s, Jamesie’s, days because his older sister, Annie, had just entered preschool.  Annie wanted to know what Mom and Jamesie did while she was in class, so Sphor decided to document Jamesie’s daily adventures, from searching for Cinderella to exploring the Wild West.

One of Engledow’s many unforgettable photos appears on Day 66, which shows him holding Alice Bee in one arm like a football while his other arm squirts bottled breast milk into his coffee cup that proudly displays the label, “World’s Best Father.” He noted, “Apparently, fathering is not going to be quite as easy or glamorous as it looks on TV.” With Father’s Day right around the corner, plenty of new dads will agree that even though fatherhood isn’t always glamorous, it sure can be fun!

What are some of the creative ways you make parenthood interesting?

Dave Engledow Confessions of the World's Best Father Breastmilk

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Dave Engledow Confessions of the World's Best Father Pancake Breakfast in Bed

Photos: Originally appeared in “Confessions of the World’s Best Father” by David Engledow. Used with permission of Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Books USA.

Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy

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A Father’s Day E-Card That Gives Back (And Saves You If You Forgot to Buy One!)

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Shopping for yourself can be frustrating, but it’s nothing compared to shopping for the men in your life! E-cards are the new, easy way to get the “You’re #1 Dad!” message out without driving yourself crazy.

This year e.p.t teamed up with March of Dimes to celebrate fathers, both old and new (and even dads-to-be, see the card at right!). Until June 17, e.p.t will donate $1 to the March of Dimes for every Father’s Day e-card sent from e.p.t’s website: eptfamily.com/ecard. Each dollar supports the March of Dimes “imbornto” campaign, which is the notion that every baby is born to do something great in his or her lifetime. The money also goes towards the organization’s vital research and programs that continue to improve the lives of babies, and families, everywhere.

Besides giving to charity, e-card senders will receive a coupon for the new e.p.t Preconception Health Test. According to March of Dimes (and many women out there), having a healthy baby starts long before conception–including taking care of health conditions before getting pregnant.

Celebrate your dad by celebrating new life–just an e-card away!

Want some inspiration on how to show your dad how you really feel this Father’s Day?

Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy

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Hank Baskett: Alijah and Hank Make Every Day Father’s Day

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Kendra On Top star Hank Baskett has a lot to celebrate this Father’s Day.  The proud papa opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about family life with their newest addition – daughter Alijah Mary.

The former NFL star, 31, chats about how little Hank, 4, is adjusting to his baby sister, how raising a daughter will be different, and his Father’s Day plans.

CBS: You and Kendra welcomed a beautiful baby girl into your family recently, how has Alijah Mary changed your life so far? Does she have your wrapped around her little finger yet?

HB: “Alijah has been absolutely amazing. Other than the fact that early on she was more like a vampire with her sleeping habits. But seriously she has been a little angel. For the first few days in the hospital I couldn’t help but look at her and have my eyes water up. She’s papa’s lil girl and I’m already feeling that. She has me wrapped more than by her little finger. I might as well have hand cuffs on. Gonna be hard to tell her no.”

CBS: How is Kendra feeling? Is Alijah sleeping well so far?

HB: “Kendra is doing very good. The nurses at the hospital were even amazed at how fast she was up walking around. Kendra had definitely been a trooper. Until Alijah stops breastfeeding I’m basically a changing parent.

CBS: How is Hank Jr. adjusting to having a little sister? He’s been an only child for 4 years, does he like being a big brother?

HB: “Honestly Lil Hank had reacted better than Kendra and I could’ve ever imagined. He had been extremely loving and caring with Alijah. He always wants to give her a kiss in the head before she goes to sleep and before he goes to school. He’s even told us at times we couldn’t hold her because she’s his baby sister and he’s protecting her. He’s gonna be one hell of a big brother!”

CBS: How do you think raising a daughter will differ from raising a son? In what ways do you think you’ll be more strict or lenient?

HB: “There’s gonna be slight changes in raising a girl but we don’t want to change things too much. We feel like we’ve done pretty good with Hank and don’t want her treated any differently. I must admit that I’m exited to have someone on my side now. There are times Kendra and Lil Hank gang up on me.”

CBS: Father’s Day is coming up, what will make this Father’s Day special for you?

HB: “I couldn’t ask for anything more for Father’s Day than I already have. Kendra has blessed me with two of the most amazing gifts a man could ask for. Alijah and Hank make everyday Father’s Day to me. Kendra is the most amazing wife and mother I could’ve ever dreamed of. She is very adamant that I get enough rest and at times I feel guilty because she’s doing so much. Probably my favorite thing so far is seeing Alijah and Lil Hank curled up in her arms. I just sit back, take many pictures, and thank the Lord for putting Kendra in my life. So much has happened in 6 years since we met I can’t help but look forward to the many more ahead!!”

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Celebrate Father’s Day with a Free Playlist for Dad!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Dad’s big day is almost here–it’s June 15, to be exact! To celebrate, cue up this exclusive playlist featuring positive songs about love and families.

Artists include Raffi–the children’s artist’s latest jam, “Love Bug,” is the title track of his new album–along with performers The Not-Its! (“Love is Love”), Brady Rymer (“Light is Love”), Suzi Shelton (“Ten Thousand Kisses”), Lucky Diaz (“When I Grow Up”), The Pop Ups (“Feelings Change”), Sugar Free Allstars (“My Daddy’s Record Collection”) and Eric Herman (“The Elephant Song”). Download the songs for free from June 13-18, or just stream the playlist here: https://soundcloud.com/bethbcpr/sets/a-playlist-of-songs-for

The songs have sweet lyrics that will make you smile (“Daddy loves you little one,” sings Suzi Shelton in “10,000 kisses”–she co-wrote the track with her husband, Dave Mitri!) and reflect ( “Families are never quite alike”/”Yours may not be just like mine,” sing The Not-Its! in”Love is Love”).

Need a gift idea for Dad? Lollypapas are a cute, clever, (oh, and edible!) treat you and your kids can make together.

Father's Day Lollypapas
Father's Day Lollypapas
Father's Day Lollypapas

Photo: Brady Rymer with kids Gus and Daisy, taken by Bridget Rymer. 

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Healthy Fathers = Happy Fathers

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Father’s Day falls on June 15 this year. You’re probably thinking, “I just bought him socks for Christmas!” which is probably right. You’re going to need to think up a new gift, but should also know that on the day before the holiday, Sam’s Club nationwide is offering free health screenings for men. Members and non-members alike are encouraged to visit their nearest Sam’s Club to receive an in-club health screening between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.. Not only is it an early Father’s Day gift, but since June is also Men’s Health Month, it’s a smart choice.

A lot of men may look and feel healthy on a daily basis, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease, stroke, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease are among the top health risks for adult males in the United States today. A convenient health screening, like this one, will not only educate the men in your life, but it may also lead them to a healthier lifestyle.

Tests that will take place include:

  • PSA (prostate-specific antigen) which test men 40 years and older. This test is used to screen men for prostate cancer by checking his blood level of PSA; a protein produced by the prostate gland.
  • Blood pressure
  • Body Fate Percentage
  • Total cholesterol
  • Glucose
  • HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Risk Ratio
  • Vision Screening/Testing

These tests are typically valued at $150, but the father in your life will receive a priceless opportunity.

Making the choice to become, and stay, healthy is a big step. Dieting and exercising is always the first to pop in our head when it comes to choosing a healthy routine, but simple tests, like those mentioned above, is sometimes all it takes.

Think the kids are up for making a bird feeder for Dad to hang outside? Check out this craft.

How to Make a Bird-Feeder Craft
How to Make a Bird-Feeder Craft
How to Make a Bird-Feeder Craft

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Jozy Altidore: “We need our kids to believe in themselves and believe in what they can do.”

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The FIFA World Cup kicks off June 12 (just around the corner)! Parents caught up with U.S. soccer team striker Jozy Altidore to get his insight on the upcoming tournament and starting kids young in athletics. At the age of 24, Jozy has some pretty mature insight into the values that make a successful, kind kid—on the field and off.

P: How you were drawn to the sport at such a young age and what makes soccer a great sport for kids?

JA: My family, from their background, it’s kind of a natural thing. They’re from Haiti and in Haiti soccer is basically number one. My dad is of Haitian descent and he got me into soccer since I was 3. I’ve been playing ever since then and I just fell in love with the game.

P: What makes soccer special for young kids?

JA: I think any sport [is great] for kids because it keeps them off the street. I know that’s important. That’s one of the reasons why my family put me in, to make sure I was doing something that required discipline. I think soccer is great because it’s a team game, being able to function in a group. It’s kind of a brotherhood; you’re a group of guys and you grow together as people and as players. You travel together; you play; you go through a lot. It’s a great thing for young boys and young girls to get into. Most importantly it’s fun!

P: You turned pro at age 16. What was it like to still be a kid navigating a world of professional athletes?

JA: It was next to impossible. I struggled with it at first, obviously. There’s so much to do and you’ve got such little time and adjusting to playing with grown men and not children, that was hard as well. Just getting used to what comes with being a professional, the criticisms, fans and all that. [You have to] quit worrying about if everyone is going to like what you do or like you as a player and just try to have a positive outlook on everything and work hard. That was the biggest challenge I think for me.

P: What was your most memorable moment from the last World Cup?

JA: Just walking out of the tunnel that first game because I’ll never forget it. I cried a little bit. It was just so surreal to me. It was just amazing. I don’t think I’m going to be able to replicate it. It was so special to me.

P: What are you most excited for about the upcoming World Cup now that you’ve already been? Will you still have that adrenaline walking out of the tunnel?

JA: Most definitely. Hopefully I arrive at the World Cup in a more mature way and not that youth where I’m just excited and I want to run everywhere and bounce off the walls, you know? Hopefully, I arrive there with more of an understanding of what’s new for me and how I can help the team to the best of my abilities. Just try to impact the tournament in the best way I can for my teammates. I’m looking forward to that.

P: Is there any one match that you’re most looking forward to?

JA: The first match is special for a lot of reasons. It’s the first game of a childhood dream. You can’t replicate the feelings that you’re going to feel on that day. You can try. You can play a lot of big games against big opponents, but that feeling as a player that I’ll have walking out of the tunnel against Ghana will be immeasurable. I’m excited for that. I’m excited to be part of it and I’m excited for the guys to have that experience, as well.

P: You started the Jozy Altidore Foundation back in 2011. What inspired you to do this?

JA: Well in 2010 I went to the place in Haiti with the earthquake. I was shaken up because it hit close to home for me being that my family is from Haiti. I just felt helpless like I couldn’t do anything. It was in that moment where I felt like I should try and do something. My family helped me figure out how to do that by getting a foundation. I could have donated something, which I did, but I thought having a foundation would be a more hands-on approach. I looked into it and I started it and I haven’t looked back. It enables me to help in many different ways, not only Haiti but in many different areas.

P: Your foundation’s mission statement says that you specifically want to serve underprivileged children. What is it about young kids that you relate to or feel for? What draws you to help that population?

JA: I’ve always been a big fan of the youth. I guess when you go everything so young that kind of just happens. I want to help the youth and see them do well.

P: You’ve said that no one is ever too young to make a difference. How do you hope to encourage young people to volunteer and raise money?

JA: I think it’s an easy thing. Kids are very naïve in a sense where they just want what they want. So if they want to help, they’re going to help. I think that will naturally just happen. I think kids just have a good heart and are genuine about their feelings. I figure that the best way to teach [generosity] is to teach them young because that’s the time when our hearts are the purest and you know they’ll get the most out of it.

P: Aside from this spirit of volunteerism, what other values did your parents impart to you that you have carried on and have made you so successful?

JA: My dad always says to be modest. To this day he always says it’s better to be modest, it’s always better to listen and sometimes not speak. He said it to me yesterday, actually. He’s always saying that to me. I think a lot of kids and a lot of people sometimes lose sight of that. I think it’s something that might be simple, but I think we oftentimes don’t do it.

P: Do you have any message for young kids who are dreaming about careers in athletics?

JA: To dream big and big and bigger! I think that’s important for kids. You can’t really tell anybody that “You can’t do” something. I think they have to believe they can. With that and with being persistent, they’ll make it whether it’s being a big time athlete or something else. I think we need our kids to believe in themselves and believe in what they can do.

P: Father’s Day is coming up. Do you have any plans? Anything special you do on that day even if you’re not with your dad?

JA: In my family—I don’t think I’m dissing anybody else—but I try to make them feel that they’re special every day whether it’s how I call to speak to them or give my mom a call when she’s least expecting it because for me my parents have been instrumental for me from day one. [Father's Day] will be a nice day to express that again, but I try to do that every day because I’m so thankful. I’m so grateful. I don’t know where I’d be without them.

Soccer not for you? Use this video to teach your son or daughter to throw a perfect pitch!

How to Pitch Like a Big Leaguer
How to Pitch Like a Big Leaguer
How to Pitch Like a Big Leaguer

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Celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with Picture Books

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be here before you know it! Help your little one enjoy the festivities with some of the many stories dedicated to moms and dads.

Mother’s Day

Davy Loves His Mommy, by Brigette Weninger and Eve Tharlet: Devious kiddos will relate to Davy the bunny, whose ill-mannered habits have disappointed Mother Rabbit. In order to impress her on Mother’s Day, Davy and his siblings decide to read up on good behavior. While at first Davy doesn’t think being proper is much fun, acting politely soon becomes less challenging. How will Davy use his new skills to surprise Mama?

A Gift for Mama, by Linda Ravin Lodding: Travel to Vienna, Austria, and follow along with Oskar, who’s on a mission to find the perfect gift for mom’s birthday. Where will his encounters take him? This vividly-illustrated book leaves readers guessing.

Where’s Mommy, by Beverly Donofrio: Readers familiar with Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary will enjoy being reacquainted with Maria and Mouse Mouse, who are looking for their human and animal mothers, respectively. Eventually, the two little girls run into each other and are met with a pleasant surprise!

Father’s Day

How to Cheer Up Dad, by Fred Koehler: Troublemaking elephant Little Jumbo keeps upsetting his dad. While sitting in time-out, he comes up with a few ideas to make Dad feel better. After a day of playing catch, eating ice cream, and going fishing, Little Jumbo picks out Dad’s favorite book to read before bed. But what will Little Jumbo do once Dad’s asleep?

The Best Daddy in the World, by Eleni Zabini and Susanne Lütje: Animal children (and one human boy!) express their love and appreciation for special things their fathers do (“My daddy makes me breakfast,” “My daddy comes and tucks me in”). Ask your little one what makes his or her daddy special!

Finding a gift for mom doesn’t have to be stressful! Kids can make their own paper creations, as shown here:

 

 

Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms

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Great Gifts Through the March of Dimes “Imbornto” Campaign

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Stumped about what type of present to purchase for your umpteenth baby shower? Before you resort to a gift card, consider checking out one of the various retailers—including Kmart and Ebay—that have partnered with the March of Dimes’ annual “imbornto” campaign.

March of Dimes is known for addressing the health issues that affect mothers and babies—you may be familiar with their charity walk that raises money to keep pregnant women and their newborns healthy, for example. March of Dimes has also conducted medical research. Specifically, the goal of the “imbornto” campaign—which honors the parents who take good care of their little ones both in the womb and out—is to raise money to continue the various March of Dimes efforts.

One March of Dimes success story, Aidan Lamothe, serves as the organization’s national ambassador for 2014. The 6-year-old boy was born 11 weeks premature and has continued to thank March of Dimes for their life-saving efforts through volunteer work and yearly NICU visits. Check out the cutie’s moving campaign video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqdqz2L28iQ&feature=youtu.be

Each retailer participating in the campaign has its own method of giving back. Some will make donations to March of Dimes after buyers purchase a particular product, while others will give after patrons send a text (The Bon-Ton Stores) or upload a photo (Martha Stewart Omnimedia). A full list of stores and their policies is available here: http://imbornto.com/partners.html and information on making an online donation in a loved one’s honor is also accessible: https://www.marchofdimes.com/giving/support-imbornto.aspx. The adorable rabbit pictured above is available through Scentsy.

Happy gift-giving! And if you’re throwing a baby shower, check out this cute baby-bodysuit bouquet idea.

Baby Shower Ideas: How To Make A Onesie Bouquet
Baby Shower Ideas: How To Make A Onesie Bouquet
Baby Shower Ideas: How To Make A Onesie Bouquet

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