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Digital Dads: Together Time App For iPhone

Playtime with your little dude is the best time.

No matter how much time you dudes are able to spend with the little dudette, it’s never enough to have all the fun you want to show her.

Oddly enough, though, there are some dads who get stage fright when it’s time to play. They’ll sit down, face the little dude and then go completely blank, with absolutely no idea whatsoever to do.

Which explains the continuing popularity of television as a babysitter.

Fortunately for those sorts of dudes, the folks at 7Potato have put together a little iPhone app to help you over the rough spots.

This is from their release.

Parents everywhere have superpowers! Unfortunately this power is often dormant because most parents don’t even know they have it. No, it’s not flying or shooting spider webs from wrists, but it does involve spiders of another sort: “Itsy Bitsy Spiders.” As handy as flying and web spinning would be for wrangling little ones, parental superpowers are far better and have a greater impact on the world.

 The Power of Play

The superpower that all parents have is play; it is something that we all share, but like Peter Pan, parents often forget how to play. If only there were an app for that. Well, now there is: Together Time with Song and Rhyme is a new app that helps parents bond with their preschoolers through fun, tickles, songs, and rhymes that support early childhood development.

 “Together Time makes parents more FUN for kids,” said Laura James, the app’s creator and founder of 7Potato.com. “Childhood is a once-upon-a-time opportunity, it only lasts a few short years. It’s easy for parents to spend too many of those years focused on trying to getting kids to behave in our adult world, when we could be using our superpower to make us child-like again.”

Parents are better served when they practice living in their children’s world and play.

“It’s more of a Jane Goodall approach,” James said, “where you observe and behave like the little creatures, to try and understand kids and their world, instead of trying to make the little creatures fit into your world.” 

Unfortunately, I can’t give you dudes a first-hand report on just how good this app really is, but it’s got 4.5 stars over at the iOS App Store. Just giving it the eyeball test, it sure looks darn good.

It’s only $4.99 at the App Store, which, in my mind, is low enough that you can take a flyer on the thing and see if it’s what you’re looking to find.

According to the release they sent, this sort of creative play can short-circuit bad behavior before it even begins. In looking over their strategy, I’ve got to say that a lot of the stuff they’re recommending is stuff that I used for my little dudes. Well, for the last little dude, mostly because it took until then to work out something that worked better than me gritting my teeth and hoping both of us would live through it.

Does your child refuse to get in the car? Start singing “Windshield Wiper” before you even get out the door. This helps set expectations for where you are going, rather than the seat they have to be strapped into, while giving your child a sense of fun.

 I’ve been talking a lot about jobs here lately. About a dad’s job. About a parent’s job. That sort of thing. One job I have yet to mention is the little dude’s job. And yeah, they do have one.

Their job is play. Playing with objects and people from the world around them will help acclimate them to their new surroundings and teach them how things work, what helps them and what hurts them.

“It supports their ongoing development physically, cognitively, and emotionally. One of the best parts of having kids is that it gives you an excuse to relive childhood. It goes by fast so have fun, play often and connect! If fun is the focus, learning will be the outcome, every time.”

Makes sense to me. If any of you dudes do download this app, please let me know how it works. I’d like to see if it is as good as it looks.

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New Dad, Tired Dad

That new dad isn’t a zombie, but he is one of the walking dad.

Yeah, new dads are, by definition, tired dads. In our never-ending quest to get you dudes the best information and the freshest perspectives, I’m stepping aside for an interesting guest post.

The importance of sleep for new dads

New dads always joke about how little sleep they will get when their baby is born.  When they say this, they are smiling and laughing on the outside but petrified of the sleep depravation that is to come on the inside!  Parents will notice a huge change in their sleeping patterns during the first few months after their child is born.  They will notice how they feel more tired each day and crave a good night’s sleep.

One of the best ways to ensure that parents get a solid few hours of sleep before they are back on duty is to get their baby into a regular sleeping routine.  So you should focus on helping your baby get a good night’s sleep, and then your own priceless sleep time will follow.  

The first rule to follow, and one which nearly every dad does, is to never wake your baby up when they are sleeping.  We’ve all seen the cute pictures of dads sleeping on the sofa looking dead to the world with their baby sprawled over them.  It feels like heaven when the little one decides to sleep, so just go with the flow and close your eyes as well.

With all the sleep depravation being endured by new dads all across the globe, we thought it best to write down some great tips to help them get some all-important shuteye!

Close your eyes whenever you can

As many new dads will testify, sleep is a gift when you have a baby, so never miss out on an opportunity to take a nap.  If your baby decides they want to nap, then you should too.  You have to be very cunning and opportunistic when catching up on sleep, so take the chance whenever you can.

Don’t overload on caffeine

This is a difficult one to follow.  One of the few things that will keep new dads on the move caring for the baby, doing household chores and working is endless pots of coffee!  However, if you try to overcompensate for your sleep depravation through coffee or Red Bull, then you will be worse off.  These drinks will almost certainly mess with your sleep patterns.  Try to stay hydrated and drink lots of water instead.

Take turns

If your newborn tends to wake up in the middle of the night, then a good idea is to take turns getting out of bed to take care of the baby.  This means that at least one of you will be getting some more rest and will feel more alive, though only marginally, in the morning.

Close the curtains

Sounds simple, right?  New dads never fail to amaze everyone by how quickly they want to close their eyes.  They often will lie down or even put their baby to bed without thinking about the curtains.  The result is that the sun comes through in the morning and will wake either you or your baby up ahead of time, and this is something you definitely don’t want!  A great solution is to install shutters that will save the sanity of any forgetful, sleep-deprived, new dad.  Plantation shutters are absolutely fantastic for this situation and will make the home look great as well!

This post came courtesy of Cheryl. She contacted me and asked if I would be interested in running a story that she’d written. I agreed and here it is. She also asked that I not use her last name, so I haven’t.

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Selling Out: Bowling Gear For The Left-Handed Dude

This is something new today, dudes. I was approached by a business website and they offered me a couple bills to run a story about bowling gear. Since I love bowling, I figured it was a win-win situation.

So, with that in mind, let’s get on with the sponsored content.

Choosing the Proper Equipment for Lefty Bowlers

 While there was a time when left-handed people would find it difficult to partake in the same activities as right-handed people simply for the reason that they could not find equipment that specifically addressed their needs, this is no longer the case. If you like bowling, for example, there is no reason whatsoever that you should not be able to enjoy your favorite pastime just because you are a lefty, as long as you get the right equipment.

 Bowling Ball

Bowling is fun.

Bowling balls come in a variety of different shapes and sizes so it is only normal that you will find them for left-handed people, as well. There is only a slight difference between these balls and regular ones as the holes are positioned differently. You need three holes for your thumb, ring finger and index finger in order to grip a ball correctly. The best recommendation here is to have your own custom ball which has been drilled to match your hand position exactly.

Bowling shoes

Bowling Shoes need to fit right.

 

It might sound weird that left-handed people would need different kinds of shoes. However, some players ascertain that lefties should use their left shoe to slide and their right shoe for traction when taking a shot. Since regular bowling shoes have the same kind of sole, they would require custom shoes in order to achieve a better performance.

 Gloves

Bowling gloves just look cool.A lot of pro players like to wear special gloves when bowling. Their texture provides more contact with the ball and allows the players to get a better grip. Oddly enough, these special gloves are not usually sold in pairs, so lefties would need to buy them only for their left hand.

Whenever you are looking for good bowling equipment such as cheap bowling bags, your needs can be met at bowlingbags.com, where you will find a large selection of quality products at affordable prices.

And there you have it, dudes and dudettes, our first sponsored post. Hope you enjoyed it.

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