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.

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Would you give your shirt away?

It might make someone’s day.

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An ode to the leaf pile

Before sending them to their fiery grave, take a moment to say thank you.

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At a crossroads of joy and instruction

I love to see kids laugh. Here’s a challenge for you.

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The last wave goodbye

Everything eventually comes to an end. It’s not sad, it’s a wake up call.

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180 days of bittersweet goodbyes. When will it end?

Do you see commutes with kids as a chore? Instead see an extra 50 hours a year to invest with them. Hurry, these moments won’t last forever.

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Boy thinking by water - Growth mindset
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Don’t tell your kids they’re smart: nurture a growth mindset [book quotes]

How do you raise kids to be smart and successful? To help, here are over 40 quotes and practical suggestions from Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset.

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We’re moving our family to another country for a year

We’re submitting our family to an unnecessary experiment. Here’s why we’re leaving our simple life, and how we got organized to make it happen.

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Trick-or-treat at home
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Fun pumpkin ideas for kids and grown-ups

Need some pumpkin inspiration? Here are Halloween pumpkin ideas that we’ve done—some easy, some trickier, all fun.

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How we trick-or-treat in a city that doesn’t trick-or-treat

You don’t need neighbors for this trick-or-treat experience. Here’s how we fill bags with candy and heads with memories without leaving our house.

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Gratitude moment - Pebble shadows on morning gratitude walk
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A morning moment of gratitude

In the mornings I walk. I try not to think, only observe. This 3-minute note on gratitude helps every time.

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Cornflour slime experiment
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Cornflour slime: sink your fingers into this bizarre oobleck

It turns hard when you hit or squeeze it. But treat this oobleck gently, and you’ll have runny slime to pass the time.

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Sticky gratitude post-it notes
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Sticky gratitude: preserving positive reflections from COVID lockdown days

We were going about our business, then the world shut down. But even with back-to-back video calls and full-time homeschooling, life was good.

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Esther & Marc Cinanni Mantranima
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Why I cried on Black Friday

Black Friday is capitalism meets human psychology. And as the clock ticked down, my shopping cart collided with a deeply human dad moment.

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Can Mora de Dalt hotel Barcelona
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Reframing disappointment: when your trip is cancelled the morning you plan to leave

We were halfway to our holiday home when a positive coronavirus test forced us to change plans, and taught us to change perspectives.

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How you like them apples? Sparking kids’ creativity with a dash of art history

Apple said Think Different. But how do you sow different thinking in kids? Here’s one way we tried, starting with familiar fruit.

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Can you walk on eggs? All but one of us can

Step right up. The incredible edible egg has got some secret strength. Experience it first-hand, then find out why it works—for most of us.

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Birthday balloons on floor
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How we made a 10-year birthday treasure hunt he’ll remember—with no guests and without leaving the house

“Today is the best day of my life.” It started with balloons. Lots of balloons. Balloons stuffed with photos and treasure hunt clues.

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Dancing raisins in glass experiment
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Dancing raisins: defy gravity with this quick experiment

A little bubbly, a few raisins, and a lot of fun. This ain’t no Mexican jumping bean. It’s an easy experiment to see density and buoyancy in action.

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Make a reading tree
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The reading tree: how to get kids excited to read

Grow a beautiful memory of what your kids read, and a visual motivator to keep them turning those pages.

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Legos, honey, and ping pong balls: A fun experiment with density

Pour in some liquids, drop in some solids, and learn why layers lie.

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the day the crayons quit - creativity
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Listen: The Day the Crayons Quit [audio book]

We use all kinds of crazy voices at story time. It engages the kids, and keeps it interesting for dad too. Listen in on how these crayons sound.

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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

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