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The Urban Daddy has Been Nominated for the 2013 Canadian Blog Awards!

Hey!Canadian Blog Awards badge

I’ve been nominated for the 2013 Canadian Blog Awards in the Best Family Blog category and there is a LOT of great competition.

If you have a few, ahem, spare minutes, could you please head over to the page and vote for me. Voting closes February 22, 2014.

As uncomfortable as I am asking, I’m doing so anyways.

The site can be found here;  http://cdnba.wordpress.com/

I also took some time to check out many of the other sites in almost all of the categories and I voted for the ones I thought were the best.  Recognizing others feels great!

Help Needed Dads: Survey About Fathers’ Use of Parental Leave

Good morning readers,

I am looking a whole lot of fathers to complete this survey regarding work-related barriers and facilitators to Canadian fathers’ use of parental leave.

This survey is open to all recent Canadian fathers with these characteristics, regardless of whether or not they have taken parental leave, so if you are or know a father with at least one child born or adopted since 2010, and who lived and worked in Canada at the time, please fill out the survey (or pass along the survey link).

There is no compensation for participation in the survey; however, your responses will help build a pile of data which may hopefully contribute to finding better ways to support work-life balance for Canadian fathers.
This survey was forwarded to me by Xiaoyang Luo, who is a Master of Public Policy student at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, and as a graduate from a Public Policy program here in Toronto I want to help wherever possible, and getting a significant number of responses is a great start!
The questions are mainly about the culture of the father’s workplace environment at the time of the birth or adoption of his youngest child and how supportive or discouraging that culture was of fathers’ use of parental leave and general work-life balance.
If you have any questions or feedback on the survey, you can email Xiaoyang directly here: xla121@sfu.ca.
I can say personally that after having taken 2 paid parental leaves with my first 2 children while I was working for the federal government, I felt strongly discouraged to take any time off with the birth of our third child – I was working in the private sector – which resulted in me taking just one day off of work to help my wife and kids.
So please take a moment to complete the survey and share it with other Canadian Dads who fit the desired profile.
Do it for Dadkind!

Carly Rae Jepson’s hilarious opening pitch: Low and outside.

After hearing about, and now seeing the feeble attempt made by fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepson in throwing out the opening pitch at the Tampa Rays game, I came to the conclusion that she was just a little low and outside.

See for yourself below.  Here’s the video in case you missed it;

Carly Rae Jepson First Pitch

In addition, I have changed the lyrics to her hit song “Call me maybe” to these;

I just saw it.

You throw crazy.

What do you call that

pitch, anyway…

DaddyBloggers in the Spotlight: A Father’s Day Roundup

Here was a nice Father’s Day treat from the kind folks at WordPress.com.

DaddyBloggers in the Spotlight: A Father’s Day Roundup.

Please follow the link!  But here is the text;

Writing about family life and parenthood is not simply the province of mothers: dads are carving out their own blogular niche. Single dads, stay-at-home dads, working dads, two-dad families — you can find every perspective on WordPress.com. As the US celebrates Father’s Day, here are some dad blogs we love:


What’s the point of having kids if you can’t raise them into die-hard Star Wars fans? DorkDaddy — dentist by day, geek by night, dad 24/7 — uses his blog to chronicle life with this three geeks-in-training.


You respond to his combination of candid takes on parenting with analysis of key issues (would Superman would be a better father than Batman?), and so do we. From whipping up Butterbeer for a sick dorkling to LEGO extravaganzas to building homemade hovercrafts, he takes us through the richness of parenthood with grace, humor, and, yes, a substantial measure of unabashed dorkiness. (We also love his frequent odes to the DorkMommy.)

The Urban Daddy

We’re clearly not the only fans of The Urban Daddy’s mix of “parenting, politics, and common sense” — you made him a finalist in both the Best Canadian Weblog and Best Family or Parenting Weblog categories of this year’s Bloggie Awards. Less a traditional “DaddyBlog” than a blog about life by someone who happens to be a dad, we appreciate the mix of hockeyhealthpolitical, and other news (professional wrestling, anyone?) — all served with a side of dad-perspective and cute kid stories.


What happens when a “real man’s man” becomes a stay-at-home-dad? He gets a little dadgitated.

I fish, I hunt, I can shoe a horse, run a boat, change a tire on an eighteen wheeler, hold my booze, make moonshine, butcher livestock, lift heavy objects, use a smoker in a proper manner, chop wood and I’m pretty sure I could survive the up-coming zombie apocalypse. I’ve worked heavy construction. I’ve worked on the deck of big boats. I’ve fought with 2,000 lbs draft horses and won.

Now I’m a stay-at-home father… and I think it will be the end of me.

One of the wonderful things about blogs is how they connect us to people with similar experiences and passions; reading other bloggers’ perspectives can validate and enrich our own. Honest writing about parenthood on Dadgitated (how do you explain what a vagina is to your four-year old?) creates a space where parents can see and laugh at themselves — giving us the breathing room we need to be better parents.

Here are some other community favorites for your Father’s Day reading pleasure:

  • Snoozing on the Sofa follows older dad Scott as he navigates marriage and fatherhood, and learns that he can no longer have nice things.
  • UK-based Whiskey for Aftershave hits the dad trifecta — an older, stay-at-home dad of twins.
  • Touchline Dad is a sports lover raising three sporty children, and learning how to be a perfectly supportive sideline dad.
  • Twinfamy’s name says it all — one dad raising the “two greatest children to ever walk the earth, aside, of course, from Jesus Christ and Chuck Norris.”
  • The Dorky Daddy has no delusions of being “the cool dad,” and he’s not ashamed.

Do you have a favorite WordPress.com dad? Let us know!

What are your favourite Daddy bloggers – WordPress users or other?

Sweetpea Baby Food and Organic Snacks. Have you tried their cookies?

When was the last time you ripped open a bag of Sweetpea Organic Cookies, served them for family, friends or guests, and had any leftover to be eaten later?  Probably not very often.   These cookies, if you have not tried them before, are addictive.  They are great for what they have as much as for what they do not have.  If you have not tried them before, you might want to have a quick read below, to see what makes these cookies so unique, which will probably lead you to run out and pick up a bag of any (or all) of the 3 flavours of these cookies;

Sweetpea Baby Food Organic Cookies

1) They are for ages 1-101.  Really they are.  The cookies are flavourful, but certainly not overpowering.  If you freeze them, young kids can teethe on them, and if you put them out on a plate, the pretty flower pattern makes them look appealing.

2) The cookies are organic.

3) They are made from 100% whole grain organic ingredients.

4) They are dairy-free.

5) They were made without salt.

6) They do not contain eggs, preservatives or additives.

7) They are certified Kosher.

8) They are made in a peanut-free facility.

9) They come in resealable bags – so you might not want to “rip” open the bag unless you know there are not going to be any cookies left over.


And the three flavours they currently come in are; Banana Pear, Pumpkin Spice and Sweet Apple.

As a parent, you can be comfortable having your nanny leave out cookies for your children and for their playdates because they do not have much of what children are allergic to – nuts, eggs, dairy and they also cover off dietary restrictions by being certified Kosher.  The fact they taste great is secondary to their appeal across the masses, but is also what keeps people from buying them over and over again.

Did I mention that the packaging rocks!

Have a look;

What parent wouldn’t want these in their house?

If all the information I provided above has not convinced you to try these cookies, I dropped by the Sweetpea website, and pulled off some nutritional information which you certainly will find interesting as it relates to the flavours and ingredients chosen to go into the cookies.

Sweet Apple:

  • When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage.
  • Whole grain spelt flour has a higher protein content than normal wheat grown under similar conditions
  • Eating organic snacks ensures your child’s diet is free from harmful herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.

Banana Pear:

  • Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and magnesium
  • Pears are an excellent source of water-soluble fiber
  • Canada’s new Food Guide recommends that at least half of your grain consumption daily is whole grains – which contain phytonutrients (plant chemicals that fight disease).

Pumpkin Spice:

  • Pumpkins are a rich source of potassium
  • Spelt is a nutritious source of B2, manganese, niacin, thiamin and copper.

You can follow Sweetpea Baby Food and Organic Snacks on Facebook here.

I’m ready for some cookies right about now, but cannot choose between the flavours, so I think I’m going to have to open a bag of each flavour, mix them all together and just enjoy what comes next, one cookie at a time.


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