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. read 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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Dadtrepeneurs: Nate Raymond

Dadtrepeneurs: Nate Raymond

Dadtrepeneurs is a new series of interviews with relevant dads on how fathering has inspired their lives in business.  If you know a relevant dad we should contact for this series, drop us a line at hello@relevantdad.com. 

 Where do you hail from?

I am originally from Hampden, MA

When did you become a dad?

We had our daughter on St. Patrick’s Day 2014

How did being a dad inspire your business?

Back in 2008 I had to close the doors to my real estate finance business due to the recession and mortgage crisis that hit the United States. At the time I ended up taking a full-time position with a corporate consulting firm with the intent to start a solar energy services business, and use the job to bridge my entrepreneurial endeavors.

6 Years later I found myself still at the consulting firm, sitting on a 5yr old business plan, married and my daughter Lyla just came into the world. A few weeks after her birth, running on 3-4 hours of sleep a night I was thinking long and hard about where I was and where I wanted to be for my family, and it hit me hard. That night everything changed and I decided that it was time to revise the 5yr old business plan, find a partner and get up and running. I know it sounds crazy to take on that kind of risk right after having a child and with my wife at home, but it was really the motivation I needed. I was now determined to succeed, and not for me, but for her. It became all about the legacy I would leave for my daughter.

Here we are a year later. I have found a brilliant business partner and tech guru, Ian Ricci and we are about to go live in a couple months with our solar energy services company, SolBid. Being a dad changed my perspective on everything, and for the better. It seems where I once did things for myself, I now look at doing things with the benefit of others.

Being a dad has inspired me to incorporate into the SolBid business model a charitable arm of the business called ‘Brighter Classrooms’. Under this initiative, we have vowed to contribute a portion of revenues for the life of the company towards the donation of solar onto school roofs across the country.The idea is to reduce a school’s operational costs to alleviate their budget and allow for more funds to be allocated towards critical educational resources. This in return will help foster a better education for our children while at the same time help save the environment and have a positive impact on the local community.

How can your business impact other dads? 

Lead by example comes to mind. Becoming a parent can be one of the most exciting, yet fearful undertakings one can go through in their lifetime. Don’t let being a parent hold you back from your dreams and career path. Just be smart about it, get advice from others before making any big decisions, and always remember that your family is priority and that you must have time set aside to spend with your wife and kids. Otherwise, what’s the point?

What’s your favorite book to read to your child?

Dr. Seuss: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

What’s your favorite dad gadget? 

I just started using a Schwinn bike trailer and I love it! It’s awesome being able to cruise around on my mountain bike and have my daughter right there with me.

If you were able to give yourself one line of advice at your child’s age, what would it be?

Patience in not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

Wild card – anything else you want to touch on? 

We just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Earth Day 2015 to help us jump start our ‘Brighter Classrooms’ initiative and support our cause in funding our first solar energy donation to a school. We got some cool perks and it’s worth checking out. Click the link.

Where can we find more info on your company?

Visit our website at: www.solbid.com

DADTREPENEURS: Vincent Cotton aka “Papa”

DADTREPENEURS: Vincent Cotton aka “Papa”

Dadtrepeneurs is a new series of interviews with relevant dads on how fathering has inspired their lives in business.  If you know a relevant dad we should contact for this series, drop us a line at hello@relevantdad.com. 

Where do you hail from?

I am from Pittsburgh, PA originally.  I moved with my family to central Florida in the summer of 1986.  We were the last of a long migration of family members who had started to move south as early as 1970.  Florida offered the ideal climate to continue the contracting business I had started in ’74 – year round work,  without the lost time due to the sometimes brutal winter conditions for home builders in Pittsburgh.  I often look back on those days of “lost time” and realized how fortunate I was to be able to hunker down for the winter, stay home with a fire in the fireplace, and enjoy quality time with my wife and children.  We would build snowmen, stack and carry cordwood, read plenty of books and, with a growing family, I would always have some project to do around the house.

When did you become a dad?

I became a dad in 1971, 1975 and 1978.  I became a Papa in 2011.

How did being a Papa inspire your business?                        

Papa’s Shop was started when I created a play kitchen for a silent auction at my granddaughter’s preschool.  In fact, it was her teacher who helped name our business.

How can your business impact other dads?

Oh, I think that other dads…or granddads…can always find inspiration in their homes and their families.

What’s your favorite book to read to your grandchild?

We most enjoy reading children’s books that have fold-over flaps that hide secret parts of the story, like Where’s Peter Rabbit  and Let’s Go to the Farm.  She knows what’s behind all the panels and loves to test me.

What’s your favorite dad gadget?

The shop project or gadget I most enjoy is the ‘mommy’s little helper.   I made it so that she can work eye to eye with me, her Papa, and her Nana in the kitchen.  When we are lucky to have her in the afternoon, after daycare, we make snacks together and even start prepping for dinner. I love her inquisitive nature and am constantly amazed to watch her grow.

If you were able to give yourself one line of advice at your grandchild’s age, what would it be? 

Well..I would tone it down for her….Poop Happens!

Wild card – anything else you want to touch on?

No thanks,  I should get back to the shop.

Where can we find more info on your company?

Please visit our website at www.papasshop.com.

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