Dadspace

Shaping the future, one dad at a time
How do I connect with my kids to build memories that last?
What do I teach my kids to prepare them for their future?
How do I show up everyday and become the best dad I can be?

Dadspace is where I look out loud for answers. Scroll down for an overview. Or jump to the section that you need most:

  • Connect – build memories through moments together
  • Progress – learn what to teach, and how to prepare for the future
  • Reflect – take time to step back and reset

Or you can browse the full list below.

Connect

Connect - making time that matters

Projects, experiments, and art to engage curiosity and creativity. Discover things to do with kids—that you’ll enjoy too.

Progress

Progress - learn better, teach better

What should you teach your kids? How do you get them ready for their future? Learn what the science says. Along with tips, tricks, and lessons from our experience.

Reflect

Reflect - take time to step back and reset

Life goes fast. Are you living time well spent? Become a better you, one day at a time.

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Creativity is now as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
— Sir Ken Robinson

Warning: I’m a dad, which means I don’t know what I’m doing. But here are some ways I’m trying.

How to appreciate your body, right now 1024 768 Looking out Loud

How to appreciate your body, right now

You know that amazing feeling the day after you’ve been sick? Here’s how to notice it everyday.

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“Don’t spent too much time regretting…” 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“Don’t spent too much time regretting…”

Said my wife. “Focus on the time you have in front of you. Do your best and enjoy.”

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“Don’t take pictures. Stand here and see it” 2560 1920 Looking out Loud

“Don’t take pictures. Stand here and see it”

How often do you take time to stop and really see what’s right in front of you?

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Drive the moment you’re in 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Drive the moment you’re in

A mountaintop snowstorm left us lost and scared. Solution? Keep going, one meter at a time.

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Waking to a 3am tornado warning 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Waking to a 3am tornado warning

Safety first, but don’t freak out the kids. What would you do?

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Am I raising imposters? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Am I raising imposters?

Beware of that over-praise x criticism combo. And be kind to yourself.

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No, dads do not have their shit together 1024 768 Looking out Loud

No, dads do not have their shit together

We’re works in progress. We sometimes crash. But we keep trying. Because that’s what real dads do.

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You f— up again. Congratulations! 1024 768 Looking out Loud

You f— up again. Congratulations!

Every time you notice you’ve reacted poorly, you take a step forward.

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Why (un)birthdays last two days in our house 1024 777 Looking out Loud

Why (un)birthdays last two days in our house

Kids are excited. The years go fast. Here’s how stretch out the special times.

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My 5 indispensable daily dad routines 1024 768 Looking out Loud

My 5 indispensable daily dad routines

I’m not a very routine person. But these small daily habits add up to big changes over time.

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Crosswalk coffee: a simple act of kindness 939 703 Looking out Loud

Crosswalk coffee: a simple act of kindness

What little thing could you slip into your routine to warm up someone’s day?

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A simple Valentine’s Day gift you may have overlooked 1024 768 Looking out Loud

A simple Valentine’s Day gift you may have overlooked

It’s a game. But it’s really about time together.

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Don’t be that dad at the ball game 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Don’t be that dad at the ball game

Be there with your kids, but don’t live through them.

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The dad behind the scenes 1024 768 Looking out Loud

The dad behind the scenes

Exactly where parents should aim to be.

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What should we teach our children? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

What should we teach our children?

The future is a great big question mark. Let’s train for that.

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Proof that your kids can change in remarkable ways 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Proof that your kids can change in remarkable ways

If he said “I’m the guy who’s changing” to this, then anything is possible.

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Why my kids’ bedroom is like your life 1024 766 Looking out Loud

Why my kids’ bedroom is like your life

Where you put your time and energy becomes your reality.

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A wife with a sexual problem 1024 768 Looking out Loud

A wife with a sexual problem

Your partner is aging, just like you. Be kind to each other.

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How to build an igloo snow fort 1024 768 Looking out Loud

How to build an igloo snow fort

This is fun. Just 3 steps to help winter spies do what they do best.

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When the destination is not the destination 1024 768 Looking out Loud

When the destination is not the destination

How often do you let yourself enjoy that space along the way?

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When your kid is being a true pain in butt 1024 686 Looking out Loud

When your kid is being a true pain in butt

The issue was his. But his dad discovered that he has room to improve too.

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My brother’s like the windshield wiper on the left 800 450 Looking out Loud

My brother’s like the windshield wiper on the left

He hops on me, I push him away. Just like siblings do.

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When your kids use your words against you 1024 768 Looking out Loud

When your kids use your words against you

Whether a spontaneous insight into reality, or just a child being funny—kids say the darndest things.

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Are your pancakes always round? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Are your pancakes always round?

Psst: it’s not the only way to do it.

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Mistakes welcome here: just pick them up 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Mistakes welcome here: just pick them up

This is such an important mindset to build into your children.

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Ask: What do you need from me that I’m not doing? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Ask: What do you need from me that I’m not doing?

When was the last time you asked your partner what you can do better for them?

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First snow of the year 1024 768 Looking out Loud

First snow of the year

Beautiful, and delicious. Would you care for a snow banana?

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Have you found your Spy Point? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Have you found your Spy Point?

Take a minute to step outside of your ravine.

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My kids ran away from the table 1024 768 Looking out Loud

My kids ran away from the table

It’s happened more than once. And we’re just getting started.

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We’re (already/only) halfway done 1024 768 Looking out Loud

We’re (already/only) halfway done

A single word can flip your entire perspective. Got chocolate milk?

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Remember…

“The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken. If this is done, then the child does not become a burden; he will reveal himself as the greatest marvel of nature.”
— Maria Montessori

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them: work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.

But the other four balls—family, health, friends, and spirit—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”
― Brian Dyson

5 balls 4 glass 1 rubber