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Being a dad isn't always easy. Hear tips, advice and stories from dads who are living the daily adventure of parenthood. Get great ideas for how to make the most of your moments with your little one.

Finding the Upside to Toddler Tantrums

Let’s be real: Toddler tantrums aren’t really anyone’s most favorite thing. I mean…who in their right mind could possibly love meltdowns in grocery store check out lines, or trying to reason with a tiny person whose communication skills are limited at best? Basically it’s not awesome.

We’ve been having a lot of these tantrums lately, and I decided that instead of getting frustrated about it, I would try to look on the bright side.

Here are a few positives about toddler tantrums…

Finding the Upside to Toddler Tantrums

On Listening to the Right Voices

The internet is a great tool for parents these days. When it’s 2 a.m. and your baby is spiking a fever, you can quickly Google what you should do. You can find other moms on forums who are struggling with the same breastfeeding issues you are struggling with. You can type a question about sleep training in your Facebook status and receive a plethora of advice from parents who have been there, done that. It’s great! But it can also be overwhelming and damaging.

The Healing Powers of Laughter

It’s said, laughter is the best medicine.

As a new parent, I couldn’t agree more. It’s not that I need cheering up, or that I’m under the weather. I’m feeling quite well. It’s more that I just can’t imagine a more sweeter sound in this world than when Wyatt is rolling on the floor laughing to his own delight. It’s medicine, alright; the most heartwarming kind.

DIY No-Sew Olaf Costume

There is no doubt that neighborhoods will be filled to the brim with Frozen royalty this Halloween. No hood will be lacking in Queen Elsas or Princess Annas. And if you’re a big Frozen fan but are looking for something a little less expected, then maybe you should consider an Olaf costume for your Disney Baby! It’s also a perfect sibling costume if your other little wants to go as Elsa or Anna. I’m not a particularly crafty mama…actually…not really crafty at all, but this costume couldn’t be easier! All you need are a few items (many of which you may already have!), about 30 minutes, and zero sewing skills. So, let’s build a snowman!

DIY No-Sew Olaf Costume

Dad's in Charge. Yes, the House Will Stay Standing

Next week, Daddy’s in charge, as my wife heads out on a business trip. According to portrayals of dads in many recent commercials, TV shows, and movies, I won’t be able to handle the job of caring for my own son while my wife is out of town.

There have been huge and substantial shifts in the roles of fathers and the acceptance of dads playing an ever increasing role in the daily lives of their kids. But all too often, dads are still the butt of the joke and portrayed as inept and unable to care for their own kids.

I’m proud to say that is not me, and probably not your spouse either.

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