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7 Tips for a Safe 4th of July

By James Shaw | June 29, 2019 |

If most of your best memories are of summer fun, it’s only natural to want to recreate those good times for your own children. The Fourth of July is a great opportunity for family togetherness, but it’s all one of the holidays most likely to land you in the emergency room. It’s the third-most dangerous holiday…

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How to Step Back From Solving Your Kids’ Problems—and Why You Should

By James Shaw | June 5, 2019 |

Dads often want to be a hero for their kids. The attributes of heroic father may change over time, from clubber of wild boars to breadwinning sole provider to stay-at-home dad with on-point French braiding skills. It’s only natural to want to swoop in and rescue your kids from their problems whenever you can.   But…

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Got Hair Duty? 5 Tips for Flawlessly Styling Your Daughter’s Hair

By James Shaw | June 2, 2019 |

Styling the hair of an adorable, wiggly and uncooperative little girl is a challenge for anyone. If you don’t normally have hair duty, however, you may find it exceptionally challenging. This is especially true if you don’t have a lot of experience with hair gadgets and doodads, such as ties and barrettes. But you can…

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7 Trends of Today’s Dad

By James Shaw | April 12, 2019 |

Ward and June Cleaver, Archie and Edith Bunker, Homer and Marge Simpson, and more recently, Andre and Rainbow Johnson: this list of names brings up strong images of television families and dads. These shows portray just a slice of how media has exemplified the changing role of the American dad during the last 70 years.…

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Do your kids have a growth mindset?

By James Shaw | April 3, 2019 |

An obvious goal of fatherhood is raising children who are happy and successful. Life isn’t filled with fun and constant winning. It’s not pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows. As John Doran shared with us on a podcast, learning to turn negativity and bad experiences into teaching points is one of the best ways to…

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Make Reading Fun

By James Shaw | March 28, 2019 |

If you’re a dad, there are probably lots of ways you love spending time with your kids. One of the most beneficial for both you and your child is the time you spend reading to them. Reading to kids doesn’t only have a slew of benefits like improving language skills and boosting social skills, it…

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Real Books or E Books, Does it Matter?

By James Shaw | March 26, 2019 |

We talked about reading on this week’s Positively Dad podcast and it turns out that it’s important that dads read to their kids. Dr. Elisabeth Duursma told us that it helps our kids learn even if we read to them just 10 minutes a day a couple times a week. So that got me thinking,…

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When it’s not bullying

By James Shaw | March 7, 2019 |

Bullying is a hot topic right now. We may be more aware of it now than any other generation in history and our podcast episode got a lot or response. Dr. James Brown from the Indiana University of Social Work opened the episode explaining the difference between bullying and conflict. Bullying happens when there is…

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Why now?

By James Shaw | February 28, 2019 |

Wow! Positively Dad is finally here. I’m so excited it’s finally launched and thankful that you’ve decided to check it out. Positively Dad has been on my mind since early 2012, just before Naomi was born, and I never got around to it. It was just one of those “someday” things. Well… someday is today…

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