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Are You An Average Dad?

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Dad baby kissI'll bet you think that you're just another average Dad - but believe me you're not.  I was trolling through the US Census databanks looking for demographics for another project and came across some very interesting statistics about us Dads.  I’d recommend you better sit down to read these numbers…whoops – it appears that 67.8% of you already are sitting down. Here are some other facts you did not know…

Are You An Average Dad?

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Dad baby kissI'll bet you think that you're just another average Dad - but believe me you're not.  I was trolling through the US Census databanks looking for demographics for another project and came across some very interesting statistics about us Dads.  I’d recommend you better sit down to read these numbers…whoops – it appears that 67.8% of you already are sitting down. Here are some other facts you did not know…

Benefits of Reading To Your Kids

Average: 5 (2 votes)

Reading kids mom dad booksWe used to read to our boys all the time when they were little. It was a special time for each of us as parents to have a quiet time to connect with them. The rush and worries of the day were put aside and we all took the time to relax and recharge our batteries. And the boys loved it because we were giving them all of our attention and meeting their emotional needs. This simple act was a critical time for us as parents since we both worked full time jobs.

Tips To Lower Your Homeowners Insurance

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insurance homeowners good hands houseFirst of all, I am not an insurance agent. Never have been and never will be one. I make my money the old fashioned way. But you don't live as long as I have and not learn a thing or two along the way either. So here are my hard learned tips for you to save some money on your homeowners insurance. Just remember, if all else fails you can always just ask your agent for a discount. What's the worst that could happen?

Installing a Keyless Deadbolt Lock

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schlage door lock keypad deadboltSome of you may live in cities or towns where locking your doors is a requirement. This means another key to carry around or possibly lose. And if you have kids coming home from school (latchkey kids), then they need keys too. Today I installed a Schlage keyless deadbolt on our front door. It was really way too easy and now lost or missing keys are a thing of the past.

Super Easy Toilet Clog Fix

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

toilet boy cute babyAs a follow up to a prior article on unclogging drains, I wanted to share this simple method for clearing plugged toilets. Now I’ve taken a lot of crap over the years about this topic, and I wish somebody had just told me about this fix 20 years ago. From a very early age both of my boys have had “issues” using the toilet. One believes there is no such thing as using too much toilet paper, and the other must have a colon shaped like a Pringles can – OMG. And the only thing that has changed over the years is they are now older, bigger, and still being a pain in the commode. Now on to the easiest fix you’ll ever find…

Super Easy Toilet Clog Fix

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

toilet boy cute babyAs a follow up to a prior article on unclogging drains, I wanted to share this simple method for clearing plugged toilets. Now I’ve taken a lot of crap over the years about this topic, and I wish somebody had just told me about this fix 20 years ago. From a very early age both of my boys have had “issues” using the toilet. One believes there is no such thing as using too much toilet paper, and the other must have a colon shaped like a Pringles can – OMG. And the only thing that has changed over the years is they are now older, bigger, and still being a pain in the commode. Now on to the easiest fix you’ll ever find…

Exercising Your Kid's Brain

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brain exercise study puzzles xrayWe all went bowling today for my oldest son’s 23rd birthday. Not necessarily cliff diving on the thrill-o-meter, but it’s what he wanted to do as a family. A surprising fact came up during our little “festival of the gutter ball”. He said that he has never been to a bowling alley that did not have automated score keeping. He has never kept score by hand or had to calculate how to process strikes or spares himself. He literally did not understand the process but has bowled numerous times and was once even in a league. This got me thinking about all the ways our kids are not exercising their brains. Here are some thoughts for you to help keep them on their toes…..

Benefits of Volunteering

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volunteer helping charity handsWhen our children were quite young (not toddlers), we made a concerted effort to provide them with multiple opportunities for volunteering. Originally our intent was to make it a family-oriented activity and to instill a sense of caring and sharing. But somewhere along the way to raising our boys into adulthood, we discovered that we gained much more than we gave. Let me show you some of the hidden benefits of volunteering….

Using a Solar Charger for your RV or Camper

Average: 3.7 (3 votes)

Battery camping solar charger

We like to camp. It started in Arizona when my wife and I were just dating (young, dumb, and broke). Our level of funding and experience dictated throwing a tent and supplies into the SUV and heading up into the mountains. We have since progressed on to a popup trailer, and now own a small Hybrid camper - although at 25 feet long some may disagree that it is small or “camping”. We park it at our Christmas Tree farm and have our own private campsite there too. The problem is we have no power or utilities way back at the camp. So I decided to set up a solar charging station to keep the camper batteries fully charged. Here’s how…..

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