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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

Dave Engledow Confessions of the World's Best Father Reading Twilight

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.

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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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