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Risky Business: Letting Your Kids Really Play

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Full disclosure: I write this as my nearly three year old daughter is upstairs, on the couch, watching Frozen for the millionth time because she can’t go outside and play. She’s got a broken leg (and a sweet purple, sparkly cast).

So she’s been getting some extra screen time lately. 

This is the first time my wife and I have dealt with a child with a broken bone and it comes with some interesting revelations. 

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Bark: A “Guard Dog” Helping Parents Keep Kids Safe

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There are two words that can strike fear into any parent regardless of who they are or where they live. 

The Internet. 

Sure, it’s a great resource, but with access comes all of the hazards. Cyberbullying. Sexual Predators. Adult Content. Online Dares. If the thought of protecting your daughters from all of those dangers and the many others that are out there, it wouldn’t hurt to look for some help. Bark may be the answer for you. 

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REVIEW: Michigan AR Scavenger Hunt

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Chances are your kids love screen time. But as a Dad, you know you want them to get up and be active. Why not combine the two with an augmented reality scavenger hunt?

There’s a company called Michigan [AR] Scavenger Hunt and they promise a truly unique and immersive outdoor experience. The scavenger hunt combines the latest augmented reality and geo-location technologies to create an adventure exploring the most interesting areas in West Michigan.

Sounds great, right? So I took my daughter Grace and her bestie Brielle to try it out and here’s what we discovered. 

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The Two Foot Putt America Can’t Seem to Sink

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If you know nothing else about us here at Daddy Daughter Time, there’s one thing you should learn. We value time. Spending quality time with our daughters is the basis of our entire organization. So when should that time start?

Should it be when she’s old enough to not be breastfed anymore? Do we wait until she’s developed a limited but understandable vocabulary? Or maybe we should wait until she’s old enough to understand the concept of a father versus a mother? Read More

Forget Minecraft. It’s Ourcraft

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There’s no use denying it. Your kids’ childhood is going to be much more digital and connected than the one you may have had. And while, with reasonable caution, many in my generation hesitate and try to deny their children screen time, there is a voice that offers a counterpoint to the nervous parents bemoaning the glow of the screen they see daily in their youngsters faces… Read More

If Disney Princesses Played Football…

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The big game is almost here. We don’t know which team you’re rooting for this year during the Super Bowl but if we could build a dream team consisting solely of Disney’s princesses, we’re pretty sure we could give any NFL team a run for their money.

Feel free to add any other player suggestions in the comments at the bottom.

Now huddle up. It’s time to “play like a girl.” Here are our starters.

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December’s Father Feature: Nick LaFave

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Nick LaFave is brand new to fatherhood. His daughter, Johanna Joyce or “J.J.”, was born this year. So how has becoming a father affected his life? If you’re new to the game, you should check out this Father Feature. When he’s not on camera, you may find Nick behind one taking adorable photos of his daughter. But he’s found that too much phone time can be a problem. Read more about it here…

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November’s Father Feature: Douglas Small

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This month’s Father Feature highlights Doug Small. Doug is a great example of how you don’t have to be a biological father to be “all in” with fatherhood. Most know him as the go-to guy when it comes to getting the most out of Grand Rapids as he is the CEO and President of Experience Grand Rapids. Learn more about him and get some ‘Dadvice’ from Doug here…

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