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.

Browse

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.

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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Will your future self thank you? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Will your future self thank you?

What you do today opens the way to the future you.

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Goodbye Christmas, hello new space 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Goodbye Christmas, hello new space

It’s a little sad seeing it go, but we’ve done a full reset to help.

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A non-routine event deserves a non-routine treat 1024 768 Looking out Loud

A non-routine event deserves a non-routine treat

A vaccine hangover prompts a twist of the typical rules.

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When Disneyland is “a little worse than my last vaccine” 892 668 Looking out Loud

When Disneyland is “a little worse than my last vaccine”

An unexpected roller coaster connects two unpleasant experiences. And unlocks the magic of a child’s mind.

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“A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you.” 1920 1080 Looking out Loud

“A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you.”

This is half correct. Plus 10 ways to show your love.

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A new year starts today. How will you use it? 1024 683 Looking out Loud

A new year starts today. How will you use it?

Start by asking: what do you want to remember?

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My 2021 in 1 minute 1024 768 Looking out Loud

My 2021 in 1 minute

What happened this year? I dug through a daily journal and 10,000 photos to find out.

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Guide your children by walking through your childhood 1024 576 Looking out Loud

Guide your children by walking through your childhood

You are laying the foundation for your child’s future mind.

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My wife and I had the talk, again 1024 768 Looking out Loud

My wife and I had the talk, again

Are we over parenting? Are we pushing them enough? Who knows. But keep asking.

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Where’s the nativity pooper? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Where’s the nativity pooper?

You know, that boy taking a dump behind the stable.

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The pooping log has arrived 1024 768 Looking out Loud

The pooping log has arrived

It wouldn’t be Christmas in our home without Caga Tió dropping off his holiday load.

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Your puppies will run away 1024 723 Looking out Loud

Your puppies will run away

And get lost, and get scared. Just wait with open arms.

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The quality of a Monday morning mind 1024 768 Looking out Loud

The quality of a Monday morning mind

It’s not about the day. It’s how you show up.

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Tuning your kids into life’s music 720 405 Looking out Loud

Tuning your kids into life’s music

Why Christmas lights need good stories.

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The bird with bad vocal cords 1024 768 Looking out Loud

The bird with bad vocal cords

What kind of bird are you? Even more importantly, how do you treat other birds who stand out?

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Why dads really go to the gym 1024 683 Looking out Loud

Why dads really go to the gym

Your kids are numero uno. But you still need time for yourself.

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A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo [audio book] 448 326 Looking out Loud

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo [audio book]

Listen to these voices: A boy bunny falls in love with another boy bunny. The Stink Bug (someone you know), doesn’t like it one bit. But friends vote that being different is okay.

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This will help you learn better 1024 645 Looking out Loud

This will help you learn better

Do you know what you think you know? Here’s how to make new knowledge stick.

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Look where I found 500 hours 2000 1122 Looking out Loud

Look where I found 500 hours

Are you making the most of your transitions?

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4 words to manipulate your kids 1024 768 Looking out Loud

4 words to manipulate your kids

This isn’t science. But it does make transitions easier.

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What makes a good teacher? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

What makes a good teacher?

Hint: It starts with getting their attention.

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My child doesn’t want my help with homework 1024 768 Looking out Loud

My child doesn’t want my help with homework

Here’s why it hurts so bad.

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The perfect Christmas tree farm
We found the perfect Christmas tree 1024 768 Looking out Loud

We found the perfect Christmas tree

But we still keep looking.

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I’ve glued the fall to my wall: How to make a leaf collage 906 474 Looking out Loud

I’ve glued the fall to my wall: How to make a leaf collage

I wanted to hold on to the fall colors. Here’s how we made leaf collages, and leaf Christmas ornaments. And where do leaves get their colors anyway?

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Where did my day go? 600 450 Looking out Loud

Where did my day go?

Stop saving time. Start paying attention.

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A night out with the homies 1024 768 Looking out Loud

A night out with the homies

Remember where you came from. And keep telling those stories.

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A recipe for creativity 1024 768 Looking out Loud

A recipe for creativity

On the joy—and theft—of making gingerbread houses.

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No idling, children breathing 1024 768 Looking out Loud

No idling, children breathing

Always running? Take time to idle when you need to.

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Can you really add 10 years to your life? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Can you really add 10 years to your life?

On the magic of frozen water.

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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