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Win – Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments

I’ve always loved science experiments. Even though most of mine never really worked, it was fascinating to see what happened. My favourites were always ones where things exploded, oozed something, or grew into something else. I suppose that’s why I love gardening. The whole process of changing something from a tiny seed into a food-producing plant is pretty amazing. So, I’m super excited about the … Continue reading Win – Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments

What It Really Means to Be a Dad 

Through IVF, sleepless nights, early mornings, and many lessons learned, I’ve loved every second of being a new Dad.  I’ve learned about the stereotypes around ‘typical’ men who play it cool or let the Mum do the work. I don’t want to be that kind of man. I’ve been asked if I was ‘babysitting’ today, or if I’m ‘giving Mum a break’? It’s pretty hard … Continue reading What It Really Means to Be a Dad 

DIY Lemonade Stand – Part Two: Shopping List and Painting

*Read in a cool intro voice* Previously on SocialDad – [Part One: The Pre-Build] At last, the sun came back out and baby went for a nap at just the right time, giving me and my nieces the perfect opportunity to get out the paint brushes and start working on their lemonade stand. We, well the girls, decided on pink and blue paint for the … Continue reading DIY Lemonade Stand – Part Two: Shopping List and Painting

2017’s Top 5 Must-See Vancouver Sights

Ah, beautiful Vancouver. The home of some of the best beaches, snowiest mountains, and TripAdvisor’s best park in the World! This summer,  over 10 million tourists are expected to enjoy the sights and scenery of Vancouver, BC. According to statistics released by Tourism Vancouver, the city attracted 10,045,068 visitors last year compared to 9,368,521 in 2015. If you’re coming, then welcome! But what should you do when you get here? … Continue reading 2017’s Top 5 Must-See Vancouver Sights

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DIY Lemonade Stand – Part One: The Pre-Build

#Sponsored Taking inspiration from my very handy and DIY-inclined father, I want to be the type of dad who can make things. As I have to start somewhere, and because my own daughter is a little young to have her first business opportunity, I’m making a lemonade stand for my two nieces. The eldest, at 6yrs old will be taking the design lead (with a … Continue reading DIY Lemonade Stand – Part One: The Pre-Build

A Dad’s Guide To Father’s Day

At last, it’s our turn. We celebrated Mother’s Day in May, with a thoughtful card, flowers, and a few well-intended gifts. I’m a relatively new Dad and this is only my second Father’s Day. I’ve learned that most of us Dads are a peculiar bunch, combining pride and ambition for our offspring, with nerve-wracking fears that we’re missing a key moment to educate, or will irrevocably scar … Continue reading A Dad’s Guide To Father’s Day

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Interview: Four Fathers

I’m relatively new to the exciting world of Dad Blogging, though have been writing blogs for years. One of the first things that I discovered about the community is how supportive it is. All the fathers are willing to help, support, and occasionally vent in a safe space full of like-minded and equally compassioned men. To get more of an insight into what made them … Continue reading Interview: Four Fathers

The Only Subscription Your Dad Actually Wants

Sponsored A year-long subscription to the Jelly of the Month club isn’t what your Dad (or husband, brother, uncle, or friend) wants. Sure, it might be kind of funny to see him feign excitement over a delivery of lingonberry or fig jam, but it’s not what he wants. There are always magazine subscriptions, but they usually get left unread on the coffee table and eventually … Continue reading The Only Subscription Your Dad Actually Wants

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5 Lessons I’ve Learned in My First 18 Months as a Dad

My daughter is almost 18-months (or a year-and-a-half for the strangers who ask and to whom I don’t want to provide a math problem) and I’m loving every minute. There have been some challenges and soul-searching, as well as many times that I just can’t believe how lucky I am.   As IVF patients, our route wasn’t the most simple, though I’ve written plenty about … Continue reading 5 Lessons I’ve Learned in My First 18 Months as a Dad

Rediscovering Vinyl – My New Love for Old Music

I remember in my youth, going to HMV and buying tape cassettes with just a few songs, then came CD albums and I was exposed to a whole new world of possibilities. Then the mp3 revolution began. When the first iPod came out in 2001, music in its physical form was in trouble. CDs began their slow descent, music stores started to be replaced on … Continue reading Rediscovering Vinyl – My New Love for Old Music