The Daddy Complex

Again... Not a question... I'm all about the statements.... I enjoyed your news video. You have the same gaze that I get when trying to explain tricky topics to my 5 year old. It's as if I am trying to pull the words from the air. I recently had to answer the question "how did monkeys turn into humans?" There were some intense air gazes that day. The soundtrack to the conversation was by Pearl Jam. Evolution baby!

Asked by monmonnnnnn


I’m excited to announce a fun show I am hosting on this Sunday at 9pm PST. Charlie Capen and Andy Herald (, and David Vienna ( thedaddycomplex ) will be joining me for a live Google Hangout improv show. 

Send us questions either here on Tumblr, or to our Twitter accounts (listed below) using the hashtag #EMPROV . We will answer your questions and then use those discussions to inspire some improv comedy. 

Then on Sunday night at 9pm PST, tune into to watch the live show. 

Send questions to:

@howtobeadad ,@thedaddycomplex, and @improvfather with hashtag #EMPROV

This. Is. Happening.

According to a sleep deprivation study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, after two weeks of getting only 6 hours of sleep per night (or less), you experience the cognitive equivalent of being legally drunk.

So, parents are basically drunkards.

Until what age do you think it is ok for kids who are not siblings to be playing nude in private? Like on a play date with parents present and agreeing?

Asked by bumblemama



!!! For Every Book Pre-Ordered, We Will Donate A Copy To A PFLAG Chapter !!!


We recently talked to the lovely human beings at Chronicle Books (our book’s publisher), and explained how important we felt it was to get This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids in the hands of people who need it most: parents of LGBTQ kids (duh).

Chronicle agreed with us, and so through September 8th, every single pre-order for This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids will be matched with a book donated to a local PFLAG Chapter!!!!

All you need to do is this:

1. Pre-order your copy
2. Go to this link to make sure your pre-order is matched!!

TADA! If you’ve already pre-ordered, you can still let Chronicle know and ensure that you are getting a copy donated.

This is pretty amazing.
Please share far & wide!!


Dannielle & Kristin

(via books)

I'm struggling to keep things passionate in my marriage but having little kids makes it difficult. How could I make sure my marriage survives the toddler/little kid years?

Asked by Anonymous

This is how me and my wife handle it…

Please help! Mom of 2 boys ages 5 and one month shy of 4. 4 yo refuses potty. We've offered the world, candy, games, disneyland...He just won't go! Do I back off? He needs to be trained for preschool! Sincerely, wiping butts for 5 years now.

Asked by Anonymous

Oh, man. Everyone has advice about this and, when that’s the case, it usually means there is no single magic solution.

That said, boys typically take longer to get the hang of potty training than girls. So, take comfort in that. Still, rather than offering things, I suggest finding what he responds to the most and stick with that tactic, even if it skews toward being stern with him.

Though it shouldn’t turn into a shouting match, you can just tell him it has to be done, no matter what. One article I found compared it to learning how to use eating utensils: It’s not a choice, they simply have to do it.

I know the looming preschool deadline might freak you out, but it’s about him right now—not you, not his preschool. Be patient. And for any potential messes, invest in whatever household cleaner you prefer.

Did you ever figure out why Boone cut his own hair?

Asked by mrstu

Because it was in his face. And he’s 5.

If you ever have a few minutes to read other people's blogs, which ones are your favorites?

Asked by aaronyavelberg

To be honest, I don’t have time to read other blogs that much. I barely have time to bathe myself.

But, I do enjoy many posts from the parenting community here on The Tumblr. A few that come to mind are:

And though it’s not parenting related, I still enjoy selleckwaterfallsandwich.