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Is This Kid A Genius?

Look, not saying that having a piss drawer is for everyone but this kid might be onto something. Having to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night is a pain in the butt right? What if you could just pull down your Spidey jjs and piss into a drawer then just flop back into bed. I mean, if it were me maybe a liner of some sort… but this is a good start kid! You are going places, and those places are hidden compartments of pee pee.

Rocking Fatherhood With Chris Kornelis

Rocking Fatherhood With Chris Kornelis

When we heard that writer Chris Kornelis was putting out a book called Rocking Fatherhood: The Dad-To-Be’s Guide to Staying Cool we knew we were going to love it. Then add the forward from one of our childhood heroes Duff McKagen and we were more than sold. The book is a must have for any new or expecting dad  (or mom), so much so that we caught up with Chris last week and picked his dad brain on a few different things.

One of the big takeaways from Rocking Fatherhood for us is your mantra about doing what is best for your family. That is a pretty unique stance in the modern parenting world where media sites (ourselves included) urge new parents to take this advice or buy this miracle product. Was that mindset easy for you and your family to come to or did it take time?

From the beginning, I think we were pretty level-headed about it. But, as time went on and we started looking under the hood at the recommendations, it became clear that the best thing for the baby is what’s best for the family, and that we should feel good about living the life that we think is best for all of us.

Recommendations often leave very little room for nuance. But when you talk to experts in these fields, they’re usually much more measured and reasonable. The vast majority of them told me, generally, the most important thing is that the family’s happy and that the baby’s loved and taken care of.

What is harder, getting a rock star to sit down long enough for a substantive interview or getting a toddler to sit down for dinner?

That’s a good question, but, in my experience, neither is very hard. Rock stars are usually more than happy to talk about themselves. And my kids, like their dad, rarely skip a meal. You see what I did there? I’m trying to not say “good eater.” I’ve been a good eater my whole life, but at some point, people stopped congratulating my mom.

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Father’s Day is coming up, what does your perfect Father’s Day look like?

As long as I’m with my family, I’m good. But, perfect? All of us – my two brothers and their families – meet up at my parents’ house at 10 a.m. for brunch, which involves bacon, cheese, eggs and leftovers. Then at noon my younger brother, Simon, brings out some Tomahawk Rib Eyes. Then we all hang out, play outside and talk about wool for a couple hours and snack on Chinese Barbecue from Kau Kau – a joint in Seattle that’s my son’s favorite (OK, our favorite). Around 4, we break into the brisket and a little red wine. Once the kids are in bed, we start watching the Godfather and I fall asleep before Marlon Brando has a heart attack. That’s best case scenario. The reality is I’m out before the end of the wedding. (more…)

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On Being A Father: Justin Timberlake

On Being A Father: Justin Timberlake

“It’s incredibly hard, the hardest job in the world and I’ve never been more thankful and grateful to my own mother. Oh, my gosh I’m going to call her right after this actually and just thank her. What you have to do for your kid – it’s an amazing responsibility and the biggest joy ever.”

-Justin Timberlake on The Z100 Morning Show on being a father.

A Conversation with Songwriter and Father, Walter Martin

A Conversation with Songwriter and Father, Walter Martin

When Walter Martin released We’re All Yong Together back in 2014, we found out just how good kid’s music could be. The former multi-instrumentalist of The Walkmen had changed musical directions and was finding success in unexpected places. Now Martin is back with a follow-up geared towards adults, Arts & Leisure, and it’s no sophomore slump – in fact, it’s our favorite record of the year so far. Martin took some time to chat with us about the new album, raising kids, growing up, and whether it’s harder to travel with children or musicians.

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