The Daddy Complex

What's Your Function?

Wife:
Hey, Boone. In the sentence "Dad drives quickly," what is the noun?

Boone:
Dad.

Wife:
Wyatt, what is the adverb?

Wyatt:
Quickly.

Wife:
What’s the verb?

Wyatt:
Drives.

Me:
Wow! That’s amazing. I didn’t learn that stuff at school until I was much older.

Wife:
They didn’t learn that at school.

Me:
No?

Wife:
Schoolhouse Rock.

growinguplast:

Gentle reminder…
Growing up Last is a collective of parents who started this blog in April 2013 to create a safe and supportive corner of the internet for parents. In that time, over a dozen parents have served on the panel and helped to provide quality content to our readers. We’ve also been very lucky to have guest bloggers willing to share their hearts and words with us.
What we are looking for now are full-time panel members. We need writers who can commit to Growing up Last on a more consistent basis. Each week, a panel member takes on the editor or curator duties for the blog, sets a theme or course, and guides the blog accordingly—which means we need organized, dedicated, and creative thinkers! Our panel members typically contribute content every week (through features and ancillary posts), regardless of their editor status.
We are looking for members who offer something special to our team (something our current parents may not already bring to the table) and who have a unique and POSITIVE parenting voice. If you think that you might be interested, there are a couple of ways to get our attention:
1. Submit a blog piece this week. The theme is wide open in terms of “What Does Parenting Mean to You?” Your submission will definitely go far in our opinion of your enthusiasm to join us.
2. Send us an email at growinguplast@gmail.com, with your blog URL and your name, telling us a little bit about your family and why you think you’d be a good fit for our blog.
3. Do your homework. Read about our team, about the blog, and peruse thearchives. Get to know us a bit before you potentially commit to have us fill up your gmail box with lots of raccoon GIFs (not even kidding there).
Our current line-up is: mamaswears, themamalogues, theramblingark,mamamusement, 4amusingmuses, mrstu, and trans-parenting.
Thanks in advance to any and every one who considers joining the panel. We look forward to hearing from you!
-The GuL Team

PS: This is not a monetized blog therefore your efforts would simply be a labor of love. Sorry to dash anyone’s hopes and dreams there.

Growing Up Last is rad, you guys. For serious.

growinguplast:

Gentle reminder…

Growing up Last is a collective of parents who started this blog in April 2013 to create a safe and supportive corner of the internet for parents. In that time, over a dozen parents have served on the panel and helped to provide quality content to our readers. We’ve also been very lucky to have guest bloggers willing to share their hearts and words with us.

What we are looking for now are full-time panel members. We need writers who can commit to Growing up Last on a more consistent basis. Each week, a panel member takes on the editor or curator duties for the blog, sets a theme or course, and guides the blog accordingly—which means we need organized, dedicated, and creative thinkers! Our panel members typically contribute content every week (through features and ancillary posts), regardless of their editor status.

We are looking for members who offer something special to our team (something our current parents may not already bring to the table) and who have a unique and POSITIVE parenting voice. If you think that you might be interested, there are a couple of ways to get our attention:

1. Submit a blog piece this week. The theme is wide open in terms of “What Does Parenting Mean to You?” Your submission will definitely go far in our opinion of your enthusiasm to join us.

2. Send us an email at growinguplast@gmail.com, with your blog URL and your name, telling us a little bit about your family and why you think you’d be a good fit for our blog.

3. Do your homework. Read about our teamabout the blog, and peruse thearchives. Get to know us a bit before you potentially commit to have us fill up your gmail box with lots of raccoon GIFs (not even kidding there).

Our current line-up is: mamaswearsthemamaloguestheramblingark,mamamusement4amusingmusesmrstu, and trans-parenting.

Thanks in advance to any and every one who considers joining the panel. We look forward to hearing from you!

-The GuL Team

PS: This is not a monetized blog therefore your efforts would simply be a labor of love. Sorry to dash anyone’s hopes and dreams there.

Growing Up Last is rad, you guys. For serious.

Me, the guys from how2beadad and shuggilippo did another one of our Week In Dads things. We blather about all kinds of stuff, including the death of Saturday morning cartoons and whether or not we’d like to know if our kids were in peril after the fact.

Speaking of after the fact, we talked after the show about making it more official and giving us time to advance it a bit (instead of springing it on people like we’ve been doing).

Anyway, enjoy.

"Do You Hate Black People?"

My wife was at the market when she overheard a black woman arguing with her pre-teen son. The woman emphatically repeated, “It’s not true! It’s just not true!”

The woman then led her son over to my wife and this conversation followed…

Woman: Excuse me, may I ask you a question? Are you what’s considered white?
Wife: Uh… Yes.
Woman: And do you hate black people?
Wife: God, no.

The woman then turned to her son and said, “See? Not all white people hate black people. Your friends are wrong.”

My wife immediately felt simultaneous senses of heartbreak that any young black kid would believe that and hope that this interaction could, in some way, help. But, she knew anything she said would seem outweighed by the countless acts of murder perpetrated upon black youths week after week. Even hearing it from someone standing right in front of you doesn’t compare to visions on TV of dead black children lying on America’s streets.

My wife told the young man about our boys’ best friend, whose dad is black, and how we consider their family an extension of our own. (Admittedly, it’s a version of the “some of my best friends are black” cliché, but in this case it directly applied.) She also talked about the many other people of color in our lives that we love. She said to the boy, “I’m white and I don’t hate you.”

The woman thanked my wife, then guided her son on their shopping errand. My wife felt as stunned as she imagined the other mother did. She thought, Is this what is happening? Is this what continues to happen in 2014? And far more chilling, Is this what children think the world is supposed to be like?

My hope is that the boy felt stunned, too—stunned that, despite violent and unjust evidence to the contrary, there’s an overwhelming number of people who care for others without stipulations, without allowances.

To that young man, wherever he is now, I want to say this:

Yes, hate exists and it seems powerful, but it isn’t. It’s weak and petty and fearful. I’m white and I don’t hate you. Because love is strength. In fact, tell your friends you are each loved by many, many strong people of all races, all colors. And I want each of you to know that love conquers hate. Always.

I promise.

The 10 Creepiest Kids in Movie History

I’m not a huge fan of Flavorwire list posts (or anyone’s list posts, actually), but this mentions some good flicks. Like, if you haven’t seen The Brood, remedy that immediately.

Skip The Good Son, though. That movie is a total crapsicle thanks to Macaulay Culkin’s lack of acting ability.

We did another Week in Dads last night, even though 50 percent of those who showed up were sick (with an illness, not like a cool skate trick).

We discussed a new Pew Research poll about qualities parents desire most in their kids, body hair, that Sam Pepper asshole, space ninjas, and a bunch of other stuff.

how2beadad:

Our new YouTube show really dives in and covers the toughest issues of the week in the funniest ways possible. It’s like Chatroulette with way less nudity.

Well, a bit less.

Here are all three episodes in a playlist.

STARRING:
thedaddycomplex
shuggilippo
whithonea
Tyler Parkinson

EPISODES:
Episode 1
Scary Movies That Scarred Us, Ice Bucket Challenge Options and Teens Waking Up Late
Episode 2 - Magnet Schools, Drinking in Front of your Kids and Sharknado
Episode 3 -Adrian Peterson, Divorce Ruins Rich Kids and Parental Legacy

Every time you watch, a kitten gets its wings… which, as you can imagine, is very confusing for the kittens.