DDT Book Review: ‘You’ll Always Be Enough’

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Most involved Dads know what their kids’ favorite book is…it’s the one they want read to them over and over.

But when my daughter read “You’ll Always Be Enough” by herself and then insisted that she read it to me…I knew it must be a winner. She was right. Great book. (And I have to say I was impressed by how close she came to actually sounding out the word silhouette by herself.)

Teaching your daughter about positive self body image and showing her how to find her purpose can be tricky but author Laura Keuhl pens an inviting and subdued story that deals with those heady topics. Just as important, the whimsical illustrations by Piere d’Arterie complement the lyrical text. It’s an entertaining read that lends itself to a pattern and rhythm your daughter will enjoy.

After reading it for the second time, I asked Grace (who is 7 years old) what she thought. Here’s what she had to say.

“I liked everything about it,” she said. “At first the animals didn’t want to be what they were but then they saw that it was good.”

(Insert great opportunity to talk to your daughter about her own self image and point out her positive traits.)

“I really liked the last part because all of the stuffed animals in the little girls bed were the ones in the book,” she added. (Another opportunity to talk to her by using the stuffed animals in her room as characters.)

See? Entertaining and chock full of ways to open that line of communication with your girl(s). It gets better. 10% of net profits from the book’s sales go directly to organizations working with kids. It’s totally DDT recommended. Here’s a link for you to get a copy for your family.

 

Time to Pony Up

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I could tell you that after my daughter’s first day of horse camp that I was not on all fours with a pink feather boa being used as reins to lead me around her play room…but of course that wouldn’t be true. It was some quality Daddy Daughter Time. She gave me a crash course on how to navigate a “horse” around and I remembered why I really appreciate the thick padding under the carpet.

Peanut showing off his moves at Karin’s Horse Connection

While it may have been a spur of the moment decision (see what I did there?) to take her to this camp over Spring Break, it was an easy choice on where to go. Karin’s Horse Connection was the location of our DDT Derby and they didn’t waste any time getting the campers up and riding… which they did every day of Own-A-Horse-Camp.

But the experience my daughter received was much more than pony rides. She learned about grooming, the time and investment it takes to own a horse, mucking the stalls, and more in this hands-on camp that truly gives those interested in horses a true look at the work that goes in to all of that fun.

I “interviewed” Grace after each day. Here’s what we learned.

Day One:  As previously mentioned, Grace learned the basics parts of a horse and how to make it go where you want it to go. More importantly, how to make it stop. Also, barn kittens. There were a handful of them there and it was pretty much a tie between them and riding a horse for a highlight of the first day.

Day Two: Horses like to eat… a lot. Grace told me that you have to stop them from trying to nibble at everything they see and that “takes a lot of muscles.” Barn Kitten Update: A couple were sold/given away. There are only 3 left.

Day Three: Brush, brush, ribbit?  If you think having a daughter means owning numerous hairbrushes, you should try owning a horse. Grace explained and drew pictures of all of the different tools she used to groom the horses. Curry combs, dandy brushes, and more….and they have to be used in a certain order. Grace loves styling hair so this was a big day for her. Also, I learned that you use a hoofpick to clean a horse’s frog. Don’t know where a horse’s frog is? You should check out the summer camp sessions and find out.

Day Four: Alert! There is only one kitten left. The pleas to take it home have graduated from subtle to repetitive. In today’s interview, I asked Grace if she was cleaning out the stables. (“It’s mucking the stalls, Dad.”) When I followed up to learn if she’d had to pick up any “horse apples,” she laughed and said “Oh yeah. We’ve got a bucket full of them every day.” Then a small swelling of pride in me knowing that my girl’s not afraid to get her hands dirty.

Day Five: Today Grace learned that horses can be used for many purposes…including therapy. Peanut, a miniature therapy horse at the farm, was on his way to the Kroc Center for an appearance. There was a packet of small quizzes and coloring sheets completed, more riding, chores, snacks…and then the certificate and ribbon presentations for completing the course. Final kitten update: There’s still one there if you’re interested. 😉

Last thoughts: When I first heard the words “horse camp,” I was wondering if it would just be a week full of riding.

Thankfully, Karin’s Horse Connection’s Own-A-Horse Camp is much more than that. It really did show our daughter how much time and work goes into owning a horse. They did the chores, put in the time, and even learned a few vaulting moves. (That’s basically acrobatic gymnastics while riding a horse. I know, crazy right?)

She’s already asked to do it again this summer. You should join us! Here’s a link to their Summer Camp sessions.

 

 

VIDEO: You Can Do That – The Songwriter

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“Sing out loud, sing out strong, … Make it simple, to last your whole life long.”

And like the song says…”Don’t worry if it’s good enough for anyone else to hear.”

But if you think your daughter can not only carry a tune, but build it from scratch, this episode of “You Can Do That” is for her.

We regularly feature videos from Cincinnati-based musician and videographer Mae Klingler.  Klingler’s mantra: You can’t do anything you want to do. But you can do more than you think you can. And there’s something you’re uniquely wired and created to do.

We showcase her series as it follows women who are doing just that, in hopes that the girls who are watching will know and believe deeply that they’re made for something special. Here are some previous episodes:  The Pop Lady, the TV News AnchorThe Artist, The PaleontologistThe Dialect Coach, and The Choreographer.

This time Mae turns the camera on herself and gives you a behind the scenes look at what it really is to be a professional songwriter. Take a look.

VIDEO: You Can Do That – The Choreographer

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If you’ve got kids, you’ve probably heard them say…”Daddy, watch this!”

When my 6 year old says that, it’s usually because she’s putting on a dance show and has some sweet new moves she wants to show off. (Dance parties at our house are always a good (exhausting) time and never last as long as she wants them to.)

If your daughter is always planning out shows to perform on the “dance floor,” she may want to take a look at this episode of “You Can Do That.” She can view how her physical expressions set to that beat in her head can actually be a career.

Each month we feature a video from Cincinnati-based musician and videographer Mae Klingler.  Klingler’s mantra: You can’t do anything you want to do. But you can do more than you think you can. And there’s something you’re uniquely wired and created to do.

We feature her series that follows women who are doing just that, in hopes that the girls who are watching will know and believe deeply that they’re made for something special. Here are some previous episodes:  The Pop Lady, the TV News AnchorThe Artist, The Paleontologist, and The Dialect Coach.

This time Mae talks with choreographer Rachel Perin. It’s a behind the scenes look at what it really looks like to be what your daughter may want to grow up to do as her life long career.

 

Girls Can! Crate

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 Daddy Daughter Time is proud to announce its partnership with Girls Can! Crate. We are all about giving Dads plenty of options when it comes to spending time with their daughters and this monthly service is an incredibly effective way to show your girl(s) examples of how women have helped shape the world.

And it is fun!

Grace and I got a kit to play around with and she loved it! One of our favorite activities were the story cubes game where we constructed and then rolled three large dice covered in pictures. We then imagined a story from beginning to end using whatever showed up on the dice. Good times!

Every month, subscribers receive a kit that showcases an example of a fearless female role model to help show your daughter that she can be and do anything! In the kit, you’ll find an Activity Book with two or three activities related to that month’s female role model’s field, some high quality props, and STEAM activities to help stimulate her sense of discovery. You’ll get the goods on role models including Marie Curie, Bessie Coleman, Irena Sendler, Florence Nightingale, Patsy Mink, Malala, and more.

You won’t find any makeup or glitter. These boxes don’t reinforce gender stereotypes…but rather blow them up. Young girls need to see what they can be and Girls Can! Crates do the trick. Here’s an excerpt from their website: 

“Did you know that when Bessie Coleman was told she couldn’t become a pilot in America, she taught herself French, sailed across the ocean, and became the first American to earn an International Pilot’s License? Or that Patsy Mink was rejected from 20 medical schools because she was female, so she became a congresswoman and wrote Title IX to end gender discrimination in educational programs? How amazing is that?!”

It’s that type of inspiration these kits can provide. You can order a month to month plan or save money by ordering a 3, 6, or 12 month plan.

IMPORTANT: If you decide to purchase these kits, you can also help out Daddy Daughter Time! When you check out at www.girlscancrate.com, enter the code DADDYDAUGHTERTIME (all one word) at checkout and they will donate $4 for each subscription to us. We’ll take that money and spend it on more events for you and your girls to attend. Win/win.

Please share this with any parent you know that may enjoy these types of monthly kits. We can’t say enough good things about them. 🙂

 

 

VIDEO: You Can Do That – The Dialect Coach

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G’day mate… Cheerio…How ya’ll doin’?

The next time you are playing pretend with your daughter and she starts trying out new accents, (My Grace loves doing this by saying “Hello, Daddy” in her best British accent),…you might want to play this video for her.

She can view how playing around with the way people talk can actually be a career.

Each month we feature a video from Cincinnati-based musician and videographer Mae Klingler. Here are some previous episodes:  The Pop Lady, the TV News AnchorThe Artist, and The Paleontologist. Klingler’s goal is to provide a visual buffet of women succeeding in their careers.

This time around Mae talks with Kate Glasheen, a dialect coach from the Actors’ Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky.

Who knows? It may be the video your daughter watches that ultimately sparks her life long career. Maybe not. But there’s one way to find out… See Hear what it looks sounds like here.

 

5 Ways To Show You Care When You ‘Don’t Have Time’

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busy_dadYou just gained an extra hour. Yeah, we know. It doesn’t feel that way here either.

When you have kids, that extra hour seems to be a cruel joke as you wonder how you are still running late to get the kids to gymnastics, karate, (insert extracurricular activity here).  How do you find the time to show you love your daughter(s), when you seem to be faced with fewer hours in the day?

Good news. We’ve got some tips.

Here are 5 ways you can sneak in some more QT with the cuties. CLICK ME.

Kidabaloo Grand Rapids

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kidabalooKidabaloo is returning to Grand Rapids and Daddy Daughter Time will be there! It’s the second year for this fun-filled indoor festival for families with exciting games, bounce houses, rides, musical entertainment and even a special performance by Jeff Musial the Animal Guy!

The action takes place at the DeVos Place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. We’ll be there with a special membership offer and a coloring station for the kiddos.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $7 for kids which includes access to all of the events including a 2 p.m. animal show with Jeff Musial. VIP tickets include a chance to take a photo with the animals and Jeff plus an autograph. Those run $30. Hope to see you there! GET TICKETS .

VIDEO: You Can Do That – The Paleontologist

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paleontologistAdventure. Curiosity. Mud.

If those are three things that your daughter digs (see what I did there?), this edition of the You Can Do That video series is for you.

My oldest daughter Grace is a bit of a rock hound. We’ve donned the safety goggles and taken a mallet to the Smithsonian Rock and Gem kit and we’ve done our fair share of sluicing. So we were pretty pumped up about this video that features paleontologist Brenda Hunda.

Each month we feature a video from Cincinnati-based musician and videographer Mae Klingler. Here are some previous episodes:  The Pop Lady, the TV News Anchor, and The Artist. Klingler’s goal is to provide a visual buffet of women succeeding in their careers. Who knows? It may be the video your daughter watches that ultimately sparks her life long career. Maybe not. But there’s one way to find out… See what it looks like here.

 

 

Halloween Movies To Watch With Your Daughter

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yfritzWe all know the best part of Halloween is the crazy amount of candy you’ll be eating (oh, we mean passing out to trick or treaters…but c’mon you get first dibs on the good stuff). But the bad part may be trying to talk your daughter into going to sleep after she learns who Freddy Kreuger is.

Want a list of movies that are safe enough for your young daughter to watch but still keep the spooky Halloween spirits alive? We’ve got you covered. Our list starts with the harmless stuff for the young ones on up to the actually scary stuff for teenagers.

Click here for the list and movie trailers and don’t hog all the candy corn popcorn balls!