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Thursday, 15 March 2007
How to get a vasectomy the hard way

I'm always grateful when the media values fatherhood with headlines like Matador's chances of fatherhood hurt by goring One of his wounds involves the scrotal area and eviserates both testicles.  Geez, let the man have his testi-pain first then he can worry about fatherhood. 

Vasectomy video


Posted by athomedad at 5:32 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2007 7:10 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 14 March 2007
Shut the hell up!

Every once in a while I get a masterpiece on the initial shock of the at-home dad life. Yesterday David Barringer, an aspiring  freelancer writer, designer and at-home dad sent me his. The first line,  Shut the hell up!? jump-starts his take on the all too familiar tale of a man who went from a "WIHF" (work in home father)  to unemployed, in debt, and facing about three hours of grade school homework every night for the next eight years.  

If his upcoming "comic novel"  American Home Life. is anything like what I just read, we will be hearing a lot more from this North Carolina dad.  I really hate novels but I'll wander through it on my Virginia beach sand sofa during April break with my kids and post my review.  More on David:

I received 3 more entries for the best rookie daddy blog contest Daddy Dialectic. (thanks rebeldad for the suggestion)  Daddyshack and Inside Fatherhood. If your new daddy blog meets the 2 requirements please send in your link, I'll add it right on the left blog roll. 

400,000 at-home dads - Thats's the new number buried in a Colorado Biz Today story (ad?) about dadgear's "at-home dad" gear.

Posted by athomedad at 10:38 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 20 March 2007 1:14 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 13 March 2007
Rookie daddy blog contest for 2007 now open for entries
Topic: Rookie Blog Contest 2007

To give some of the new daddy blogs a jump start I thought It was time for a first (annual?)  best rookie daddy blog contest  for 2007. 

There's only  2 requirements to worry about: 

 - Your blog's first posting must be in 2006 or 2007.     

 - It has to be a "daddy" blog  (relating to at-home dads, fatherhood, ect.)

That's it, so just send (or nominate) your link & I'll add it alongside the first two entries,  thinkdaddy & horray for saturday on the left sidebar for all to read.  If you just post artsy pictures of  kid poops as they twirl down the toilet I don't care. If you think your postings on baby naps are a bit too trivial just look what Ben MacNeill did with them. Or if your template looks like this its not my call, It will be your call. In January of 08 the readers will vote for  the top three new daddy blogs of 2007.  If you make the top tier you get bragging rights, glowing reviews and your site meter will stream straight up like your new baby should. If you get first place, your site name will be emblazed on the toilet for all to see and for you to display on your site. 


I added 2 new groups to the playgroup listNorthern Kentucky/Cincinnati , OH area. & Lawrenceville Gwinnett (GA) Stay at Home Dads  also check out this new TV feature on the Middle Tennessee Dads  "From The Daily Grind To Daddy Day Care"   


Posted by athomedad at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2007 9:02 AM EDT
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Monday, 5 March 2007
An inside look at the production of the Stephen Colbert SAHD Report
Topic: Media


Eamon Stookesberry,  the Texas at-home dad featured (see video on right) on the Colbert Report last week agreed to clear up a few questions the readers had on the planning and filming of the SAHD piece.  Eamon says Colbert Report producer, Aaron Cohen originally thought of doing the piece at the At-Home Dad Convention last November but felt he needed something with a more personal feel. When he saw a local CBS affiliate story (left video) done on the Austin Stay At Home Dads  group they tracked Eamon down and asked if they could film "a day in the life"...


I'll let Eamon share with us the rest of the story......

That was a hard sell to the boss (also known as my lovely and gracious wife Tracie/Tasty!) but she agreed and the producer and asst. producer arrived at my door step at 6:30 in the morning to capture the morning routine. They followed me around all day with a camera crew in tow. They interviewed a bunch of the dads at the park and tried to get every one of us to say: "My name is ------ and I am SAHD  :-(        They had me do multiple takes folding laundry, vaccuummmiiinnnggg... and I think I cleaned the kitchen counter about 8 times and used a Wet Swiffer(c) (which does ROCK!!!) for about 6 passes. That floor was CLEAN!!!! 

They taped us waiting for Lord Tracie/Tasty to arrive home and then had her sit on the couch and drink a beer while they interviewed her. I was waiting for them to ask her to scratch her balls and burp, but they didn't. One of the funniest lines from her was when they asked her about how she felt about making me do all this house work and how I do not get paid. She said "he does get paid! He has a roof over his head, he is obviously well fed. He's my Bitch!!!!"  I was surprised that that did not get in there instead of saying" Sometimes I feel like I have a wife". " He's my Bitch!!" would have been way funnier.

They then went with me to one of our monthly DNO's (Dads Night Out) to film us there. They had the bar/restaurant put the home shopping network on the big screen TVs and had a bunch of Shirley temples dressed with the fruitiest frilliest crap possible delivered to our table and asked us to sip at them like women do. I revolted and got my team, when it was our turn to drink them on camera, to pound them in a race. I guess it was too manly, it did not make the cut. Hehehehehehe

They said that the original idea was to do a piece about how pissed off Colbert is to find out that there is a sub-class of workers in the US that are being exploited. Here is a copy of the original description from the producer about what angle they might possibly take:

Our angle is more or less the following:

Stephen is astonished to learn about the existence of stay-at-home-dads. He believes that they are  economically oppressed, exploited workers. They rise early, clean, cook, perform child-care and household-management duties -- all for no money!  He wonders whether they should be paid a decent wage.

(And by the way, for Stephen, women who stay at home don?t need to get paid because they innately know to do this work, and they enjoy it to boot.)

Here are some sample questions for Tracy :

what reactions do you get from people when you explain that your husband stays at home?

-did you ever have second thoughts about your decision?

-is it sometimes a relief to head out the door in the morning, off to a relaxing office?

-is there a working-wives-of-stay-at-home-dads group in your area?

-are you planning to give Eamon a Christmas bonus this year?

They had NO interest in the acronym that I came up with which is DADMAN (Dad All Day - Man All Night) or the shirts that I had made (see below). They very much wanted us to play up the fact that we were sad/SAHD.


Even though it was different than what had originally been planned, it was still funny as hell and we have had very positive feed back from just about everybody from members of the group, family and friends and even a teacher at my sons school approached me today and said she saw us on TV and thought it was great.

Well I have to go clean the kitchen with my Rockin' Wet Swiffer (c) and then get dinner started.

Thanks Eamon!!! 

The biggest question bought up was a near shocking, but hilarious scene where  Colbert appeared to be  hugging and groping  Eamon's wife Tracie in the mirror. Was he?  Eamon assured me it wasn't his wife.  Several people were shocked that  "Tasty" would let Stephen grope her ass, but it was not her. My guess is it was one of his interns or something.  (Stephen did not come out for the actual filming.) 

Personally I though the piece was hilarious, and a quick  look at the dad message boards show that most that viewed the piece agreed.  Had this been a "serious report" the outcry would have been deafening but only Stephen Colbert and writers could pull off a parody like this and get such a positive response.

Posted by athomedad at 8:07 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 2 May 2007 8:51 AM EDT
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Friday, 2 March 2007
Expired: MommyWars - Tired: BetaMale - Wired: MomBlocker
Topic: articles
 Unabridged (v 1.1)

a dad having a strong need to control his wife.

[Origin: March 12, 2007 - Amy Sohn]
New York Magazine article Unabridged (v 1.0)



Today's new made up word is Momblocker.  It's courtesy of  Amy Sohn who will show it off in next weeks New York Magazine article In short a momblocker is a control-freak dad.  Amy defines them as the men you see chastising their wives for not dressing the baby warmly enough or using only the three-point latch in the stroller, not the five. They insist on pushing the stroller on family outings, they crowd their kids on the jungle gyms, they spend hours online researching high chairs. Somewhere along the line, Mom gave up her automatic veto power?and Dad seized it for himself.  As proof that these dads exist she interviewed Greg Allen of Daddytypes who actually does spend hours online researching high chairs.  Sohn notes that Allen became a de facto momblocker during the first three months of his daughter?s life, when he and his wife stayed home to care for her. ?We decided that I would do EBB?everything but breast-feeding?to help her out. It was so much easier for her to let me change the diaper and give the kid a bath than to do it herself and risk screwing up. It took a lot of effort for her finally to say, ?I need to learn how to do this now.'   

Coincidently, (amazingly?) Allen was also quoted last year to discuss the opposite theory in a Time article titled ?When Moms are Gatekeepers?. (These are moms who ask for help but tell hubby exactly how they want it done).  In it Po Bronson quotes him as saying,  A pattern is established in childbirth and breastfeeding that can be hard to break, The mother becomes the expert first, then cringes as she watches her husband awkwardly stumble through his learning curve. As she hears the cries of her fragile infant, she can't help but interrupt.  

As for the new word? Amy actually thought of it in response to this same Time piece, where Bronson states, As many as a quarter of all new moms are actually blocking their husbands' attempts at involved fathering.  

Oh and another thing about that sentence. A quarter of all new moms? I'd like to know where that statistic come from.... but if it were true, 75% of us must be Momblockers.




Posted by athomedad at 12:56 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 2 March 2007 1:22 PM EST
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Thursday, 1 March 2007
Colbert Report - Stay at Home Dads Threatening the American Way of Life
Thanks Rebeldad for first spotting this absolutely hilarious Steven Colbert video featuring Amin Stokesbury  of the Austin at


Thanks Rebeldad for spotting this absolutely hilarious Steven Colbert video featuring Eamon Stookesberry of the Austin At-Home Dads.  It's a  Colbert Report Exclusive Report: Stay at Home Dads - part of a dangerous movement that's threatening  the American way of life. No doubt Eamon, (if that is his real name) and his wife were very good sports to agree to be a part of Colbert Nation.



Posted by athomedad at 8:25 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 1 March 2007 10:21 PM EST
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The inside poop on Brad Pitt and Bruce Cantrall !
Topic: celebrity dads

The Inside Poop >>   I've noticed a small trend about two types of at-home dad stories. You know, the ones about us and the ones about celebrity dads. Every time a story about dads with kids crosses the copy editor's desk he/she has to describe us as a Mr Mom or a Stay at-home dad in the headline.  For instance Brad Pitt was a Mr Mom in this  headline about missing the Oscars so he could stay home with the kids a few days, but Bruce Cantrall's  Northeast Wisconsin At Home Dads group were Stay-At-Home Dads in this headline.  Of course we will always find a misplaced Mr Mom heading but it just seems they will be reserved more for Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise's table. 

 Do your own research here:  googlefight   



Posted by athomedad at 2:58 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 7 March 2007 8:24 AM EST
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Wednesday, 28 February 2007
A "Top Ten" List of At-Home Dad Videos
At At

I added this new video feature to help sort out the growing trend of daddy videos being posted on YouTube.  After wading though a few bad dad music videos I managed to find an interesting mix of TV commercials, local at-home dad interviews, old TV shows (check out McComb at the top of this list),  a daddy home cleaning video (this guy can clean!), a comedy bit, and of course clips from the Mr Mom Movie. If you are looking for the Mr Mom music video from Lonestar (the most popular search), its not on YouTube but you can see it here. (I added a new videos link to the masthead so you can view them when this post is buried)

Posted by athomedad at 11:54 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 28 February 2007 5:13 PM EST
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Tuesday, 27 February 2007
This is what happens when you get too close to an oven fan.

Check out these annoying noises this collection of six gentle, expertly recorded "white noise" sounds.

1. Listen  Clothes Dryer Hum

2. Listen  Hair Dryer Whistle
3. Listen  Washing Machine Purr
4. Listen  Vacuum Cleaner Waltz
5. Listen  Washer and Dryer Combo Special
6. Listen  White Noise Plain Wrap


And that's what happens when this at-home dad from California got a little too close to his oven fan. If you don't want to spend the $14.95 you may download my son's version for free.

Posted by athomedad at 10:59 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 27 February 2007 11:15 AM EST
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Monday, 26 February 2007
Why do sexy dads get all the chicks? (rats!)
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Well we've seen that monkeys can be at-home dads, but  how many other male animal species can make the same claim? A quick look in YouTube  uncovered this male rat experimenting with the primary care-giver role. I began an afternoon search for the hardest working animal dad, so I looked for more research and researched that research and the Oscar for hardest working male species goes to.... The Emperor Penguin. And by a landslide. And its not because they were last years Oscar winner for best documentary, or that they were chosen to be the mascot for the  North East Wisconsin At-Home Dads. It's because after the female penguin lays her egg she hands it off to dad and takes off shopping for more food.... 2 months later she comes back, but not before dad (with the egg balanced on his feet the whole time) freezes and starves half to death. 

Below are the 4 runner ups:

1. The Seahorse Dad  - Tennessee Aquarium's curator of fishes says the male gets the eggs from mom and carries them to term. Dad isn't technically pregnant but he's got them 'em in his pouch till they are born.. These guys really got cheated out of the award. 

2. The Reah (Big Bird) Dad - (The largest bird from South America.) When the Reah mom hatches her eggs she shacks up with other Reah dads while the biological dad takes over and attacks anyone, (even the mom) who comes near the eggs.   (He beat out the Cassowary Bird Dad, from Australia who sits on the eggs for a few months then does the child care for the first nine months. not bad.)

 3. The Sand Goby Dad (a small fish from the British coast) - Nothing to be proud of here really. This research from the  University of Florida - (2004) shows that when the females are watching and double-checking everything like wives usually do, the dads will protect the eggs, but when mom isn't around the house,  dad tends to eat them. The researchers note "being a good [Sand Goby] father is very sexy. This is almost a cliche, as it has become a standard joke that the best way to get women to be interested in you as a single guy is to borrow a baby or a puppy. Women obviously find ‘caring guys’ very sexy". 

4. Lions, bears, prairie dogs, orcas, gray whales, and sheep (tie). - If you have read this far, these animals and more are explored in  Jeffrey Masson's amazing, extensive (and certainly more legitimate then mine)  research of other research in his book, The Emperor's Embrace: Reflections on Animal Families and Fatherhood


The Barking Frog Dad Fraud  - The Barking Frog dad was getting credit for guarding the "egg clutch" which stemmed from 1950's research but it was disqualified for a nomination because the Tucson Herpetological Society put the myths to rest with their own studies stating " our radio-tracking data from Arizona suggests that males move too frequently to guard eggs and that females may stay with the clutch (Goldberg and Schwalbe, 2000)."

Posted by athomedad at 4:10 PM EST
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