My iPad has a timer we use for the children’s math drills. I named it “Math Drill” because that is what it was for. Then I opened it…
My iPad has a timer we use for the children’s math drills. I named it “Math Drill” because that is what it was for. Then I opened it…
Parents, as we grow older, we see products and services for our children and wonder how cool it would have been to have had that when we were kids. I’m not the only one who does this, right? Massive bouncy castles, iPads, gas-controlled mini-cars, and SO much more.
So yesterday, when I saw a clever twist on an established product, I was blown away. I saw a change table which not just contained all that a father would need to change a diaper – diapers, wipes, etc., but also with a TV. Sweet.
I can remember having to change diapers in stores, or malls, or restaurants only to find out that the change table was in the woman’s bathroom. Then came the change table in the family / handicapped bathrooms, and finally change tables in men’s bathrooms. We do change diapers too!!!
But a change table at a sporting events with a TV. Brilliant! As Dads, we have to make sure our children are clean and we gladly miss several minutes of live action to make sure we look after our kids, but not having to miss any of the action is a luxury and a gift to father’s everywhere.
I saw the Dove Men + Care Ultimate Gameday Change Table – billed as a “souped-up baby change table” at the Toronto Raptors / Miami Heat basketball game at the Air Canada Centre.
The official press release:
Toronto, ON (March 18, 2012) – Dove Men+Care unveiled an interactive change table to Toronto sports-fan dads at the Air Canada Centre, yesterday. The table was designed to be a light-hearted way to call attention to the brand’s campaign to support real men and their changing role in today’s society.
The Dove Men+Care Ultimate Gameday Change Table’s was given a ‘field-test’ during one of the hottest ticket basketball games of the season. The souped-up change table provides all the tools necessary to keep dads and their babies happy during unplanned intermissions, including:
According to a recent study, men have tripled their involvement in childcare over the last four decades. That’s why Dove Men+Care has taken steps to change societal norms by tailoring a public change table temporarily to suit the needs of men and make it more enjoyable too. The Ultimate Gameday Change Table is designed to help men maintain at least one aspect of their daily life so they can maintain everything else and never miss a moment.
About Dove® and Dove Men+Care
Thanks to Dove Men+Care all men can literally be comfortable in their own skin. Built on Unilever’s success in the men’s deodorant, personal wash and hair categories, and the Dove brand’s heritage in outstanding skincare, Dove Men+Care products are specifically designed to provide men with both the results and the care they need. The Dove product lineup, manufactured by Unilever, includes beauty bars, body washes, face care, anti-perspirant/deodorants, body mists, hair care and styling aids. Dove is available nationwide in food, drug and mass outlet stores.
[i] Bianchi, S.M. (2011). “Family Change and Time Allocation in American Families”. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 638:21-44. The author analyzes how recent changes have altered American family life and have produced new challenges for working caregivers. Unpaid and paid work hours are averaged over all couples with children under age 18 and over the 2003–2008 American Time Use Survey data collections.
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Here are some pictures of the table. The music note is so you can add a lullaby if your baby is cranky. There is a pile of diapers already stocked in the table (on the right). The TV screen you can see is in the middle and the hand on the top right let’s you compete with other Dads to see who can complete the diaper change the quickest. The ranking is on the left of the TV screen.
It’s smart, it’s cool, and it’s fun!
Because I’m a giant loser, I find myself not needing to dip into the almost 80 blog posts sitting in my draft folder for this weeks Thursday Thirteen, but instead I felt compelled to reach out to my readers with kids and form a bond.
Below you will find the 13 ways in which I realized I have lost touch with the adult world.
Sit tight and here we go.
13. I saw what appeared to be 2 hookers walking through the side streets near Eglinton and Allen Road last night in mid-town Toronto, on my way home from the office – probably heading to one of the many massage places with neon lights that light up on the very quiet Eglinton strip (pun intended) after dark.
For some reason even I cannot explain, I began singing this following song – out loud – in my car, to the tune of the Dora the Explorer theme;
Do do do DO do DO do… Hookers.
Do do do DO do DO do… Hookers.
Hookers, hookers, HOOKERS on Eglinton.
If you know the theme, you know what I mean.
12. I sit down in front of the television infrequently and instead of checking out the regular stations, Ch22 - Sportsnet, Ch30 TSN, Ch53 Headline sports and Ch 418 the NHL network, my fingers immediately press ch65 which is Treehouse TV. A bad habit indeed because once the kids catch a glimpse of one of their shows the begging begins.
11. Like my kids, I have found myself not caring about the colour of my socks when I head into the office. It used to be black socks for everything unless I’m wearing blue pants, then it would be blue socks and brown socks for brown pants but because my kids regularly wear, for example, an orange shirt, with green pants and red socks, I’m feeling their vibe. I’m not sure those without kids would understand other than to think I’m losing my mind.
10. I heard a song by Anthrax called “I’m Alive” which I really love right now but instead of singing that I find myself singing a children song that has words in it like, Syria, Oman, Pakistan… and what’s worse about this is that Stewie played it for me on my birthday saying “It’s daddy’s favourite song”. He knows it and I don’t. DOH!
9. I needed to move an icon from my iPad into a folder and ended up giving it to Linus to close off once I finally figured out how to move it – UrbanMummy showed me how to move them but not how to turn it off. He knew without hesitation.
8. I needed to get through a level of Plants Vs. Zombies but couldn’t figure out how, so I gave it to Linus and Stewie and they had it done in 2 games. That used to be me…
7. I need to make more guy’s nights out to talk about real world topics not having to do with, or involving diapers, trips, programs or any more to deal with a vasectomy.
6. I have read over 1000 children’s books in the past year, and precisely 1 pleasure book for my interest and it was a Dan Brown book which I polished off in just under 2 weeks.
5. Before my ball-hockey game on Monday night, instead of my normal pre-game ritual of pasta, Advil, tums/rolaids, stretching and very loud aggressive rock to get my mind focussed, I took tips from Linus (who hates hockey and has seen me play twice) and his tips WORKED! In honour of Ron Simmons who is going into the WWE Hall of Fame, I say this; “DAMN”.
4. See the previous discussion about my kids clothing “style” and wonder why it is that I ask them if my clothes match in the morning before I leave for the office. That’s like me asking Urban Mummy who tells me I look fine when the room is pitch black and she cannot see me, and is the first to comment when I arrive home at the ned of the day with; “You wore THAT to work today?!?”
3. As Daddy carpool, I take my kids to karate, swimming, parties, Beavers and any other kid only or family outing (like trips to sleepyville) and I am unable to yell or swear at other cars, bikes or people. I also am banned from singing in the car or listening to my music.
2. I spend so much time in the children’s rooms at night – bedtime routine is happily my task – that my daughter has said to me repeatedly, “You have no bed. Stewie in Stewie’s bed, Linus in Linus’ bed, Mummy in mummy’s bed and Berry in Berry’s big girl bed. you have no bed.” No matter how many times I have tried to convince her than mummy and daddy sleep in the same bed she won’t buy it because she never sees me there. She’s 2. Yet, I try to convince her over and over again. Why is that? It’s a giant waste of time with a 7-year-old, let alone a 2-year-old.
1. I spend my days waking up at 6am when the kids get up. I wipe butts, I smell hands, I smell stinky breath, I deal in diapers (thankfully no more poo). I cook on demand, entertain on demand, feed on demand. I’m their bitch. I keep the TV low at night when watching sports. I have not watched a movie which has suggestive content, the potential for nudity or swearing or inappropriate TV in 7 years. What’s up with that?
Being a Dad is great. I get to raise mini-me’s (or more like mini copies of my wife) and I get to educate and teach 3 children to be self-sufficient, respectful, educated contributors to society…
Well that was until this past weekend.
Now I realized the kids are teaching me a thing or two.
4-year-old Stewie brings my wife’s iPad into our room from his brother’s bedroom where the 2 of them have been playing Angry Birds. The boys want to show us that they have found plush toys in the Angry Birds characters and they want us to buy them.
“Let me see them”, I ask.
My 4-year-old then reached over to the screen and with his hands he centres the picture and makes it bigger with the moving of fingers.
He did it as if he had done it a thousand times before.
I didn’t know you could do that…
4-year-old Stewie is leaning about dinosaurs in public school and proceeds to tell me a story about palaeontologists and how dinosaurs died when volcanos exploded and the sun went away and earth froze and now palaeontologists come and uncover the bones very carefully…
WOW, I’m thinking.
So then his 6-year-old brother arrives and asks what we are talking about. Being in private school their curriculum not cover dinosaurs so this is all new to him.
I asked Stewie to tell Linus about palaeontologists and Stewie starts to, but is waved off by Linus who then proceeds to grab a book on dinosaurs that was sitting in Stewie’s school basket, then Linus opened the book, looked in the index for palaeontologist – which was on page 26 – so he flipped to that page and started to read it for himself.
Humph. Using an index at 6…
Stewie’s first word was “iPod”.
Linus’ was iPhone.
Berry sees the iPad and spins around to peek at the screen and see what is there.
All good with social media, just like Mom… Oh, and Daddy. That’s how I remember the dates of my kids. #1 was the iPod kid, #2 the iPhone and #3 the iPad.
Linus asked me last month, “Daddy, why do they call you the urban daddy?”
I replied, “because I am, son.”
Last night in the Urban Daddy household, my wife and I were laying in bed watching this fantastic sitcom called Modern Family, which neither of us had ever come across before.
That afternoon and into the evening my wife had been peddling her wares – home-made beautiful jewelry – at a show not too far from our house. She had a good show which makes all of us happier and we even found this great gift for our boys – home-made capes with a lightening bolt on it, ala Flash Gordon (my favourite super-hero of all time).
We thought the kids would appreciate the capes since every night after their bath, my 3-year-old takes his hooded bath towel, puts it on his head with the rest of the towel draping behind him and tears through the house yelling, “flyer man to the rescue!!!”. He persuaded the 5-year-old to do it too now. These capes should fit in just fine!
Anyways… Are you still with me?
So while watching Modern Family on her new iPad (which she LOVES), I mentioned to her that there was a manager of a team working for the City of Mississauga who had been abusing his staff by duct taping them to the chair, to the floor, and spanking them on the ass and hitting them in the groin.
She looked at me with that face that said, “WTF are you talking about?!?”.
Then I realized she was probably the only person in the Greater Toronto Area who missed out on this story. Or possibly, having had a less than stellar work experience at the government I was just over-sensitive to this story not because of the abuse but because of the fall-out. So typical of government punishment (or lack thereof).
Anyways, I posted both links below – thank you Toronto Star – and I recommend you give them a read.
Essentially, a City government manager in Mississauga has been duct-taping and spanking employees for 5 years?!? Someone finally used a cell phone to video the abuse, showed HR, and from there the news of these practices broke.
And, of course, in typical government union fashion, the manager STILL works there!!! I actually believe he is on sick leave or stress leave right now.
Personally, I feel that the manager and any of the HR staff who I’m sure had known about this for a while (and any staff who knew but didn’t speak up) should be severely reprimanded or fired.
It’s so sad it’s laughable…
But now the police are investigating the matter and there is a good chance that this manager will be charged.
I’m sure you, like myself, is reading this story, or heard about it already and are shaking your head in disbelief.
People in unionized jobs don’t want to give up their perks, whatever they may be; pay, preferential working hours, no pressure to perform, great maternity / paternity leave benefits… There are many positives about unionized government jobs. As well, there are many reasons not to complain about harassment and they include the perception that if you tell HR or your union rep that you will be labelled and therefore never be promoted or move up in the organization, or probably worse for most people, you will be ridiculed, harassed, and made fun of. Your clique will no longer hang out with you and you will be shunned. It’s like high school in that to survive in the government you need your posse to watch your back.
It took me MANY years to realize that the fear of lack of promotion was the least of my worries and I had to speak up and ultimately get out of that poisoned environment in order to be happy.
In the private sector if a manager did that or even joked about it, they would be fired, sued and unemployable. Justice is swift and accurate.
The City of Mississauga needs to wake up to the environment that allowed this abuse to occur and not be mentioned. The people that lived it must be punished to understand that it is NOT okay to keep this to themselves and the manager who carried out these acts MUST be fired, without pension IMMEDIATELY and not given a golden handshake or given the option to resign.
A clear message must be sent to all current managers in government – any and all levels – that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
And for the government staff who think they can now scream abuse or harassment when your manager questions your workload… You need to sit back, zip your mouth and understand what real harassment is.
It was this.
Apple’s iPad was only a few hours old and Twitter was full of comments on it. The number one trending topic was #Itampon. Now we hear news that Apple is already facing legal troubles. Not terribly surprising, as “iPad” is hardly original and apparently Apple has somewhat of a history, stealing registered trademarks of other companies.
A Japanese electronics company, named Fujitsu, supposedly built a handheld computing device way back in 2002 and called it the iPad. Fujitsu wanted the iPad name back then and still wants it today. The company first applied to trademark the name “iPad” in 2003, though the application ran into problems because another company — Mag-Tek — was already using the name for another product.
That’s right, the name iPad is hardly unique! But here is the twist…
In early 2009, Fujitsu’s trademark application was declared abandoned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but the company re-opened its application in June – probably upon hearing that Apple was considering the name for their new product. Best way to make money, eh? Since the re-instatement of the Fujitsu application, Apple has been trying to take it away (via proxy) — in fact, they’ve filed three petitions to extend the deadline and have until February 28th to oppose Fujitsu’s claims on the name.
So while Apple’s lawyers and Fujitsu’s lawyers battle it out in court, there are yet other products using the semi-trademarked name “iPad” — including a padded bra by a Canadian lingerie company called Coconut Grove Intimates, some auto parts by German company Siemens, and a tablet computer made my ST Microelectronics.
Who will win this epic battle?
Wonder if iTampon is registered yet??
1) Why can the parking police, those glorified meter maids who walk the streets salivating at the thought of giving a dad with 2 young children a ticket because he wants to park closer to the building rather than 3 blocks away, park wherever they want, usually illegally, without getting ticketed themselves. Fucking hypocrites.
2) Will anyone from the Toronto Maple Leafs take on Cam Janssens tonight when the Leafs play the Devils? Janssens, of course, is that superstar winger for New Jersey who plays about three minutes a game and loves to hit skilled players from behind and blindside them, hoping to cause as much injury as possible. If someone does decide to take him on it had better be early, because he plays 2 shifts a game. Mr. Belak… Can you hear me?
3) I’m going to the Leafs game this Saturday night!!! First one this year and I’m taking my wife and her video iPod. Earlier in our marriage it would have bothered me that she would rather walk the halls of the Air Canada Centre (ACC) than watch the game, but now… I’m okay with it. Without that wonderful iPod, my options would be either see 25 minutes of the game and be with her, or, go with a buddy or my sister (the biggest hockey fan I have ever met), and watch it all. In order to spend time with her, I need the marital aid called iPod.
4) On Saturday the family went to Seedy Saturday and bought some funky-assed organic heirloom vegetable seeds. I cannot wait for spring so I can plant them in the garden. Purple and white carrots – green pear shaped tomatoes, odd looking broccoli… This year I let UrbanMummy pick the goods. I think she did a great job and we will see what comes out of the ground!
5) I so want to play hooky and take my family to the zoo. I promised Linus we would go since we missed out seeing the sloths in Costa Rica a few weeks back on our vacation when his brother got really sick.
6) Why wont Stewie sleep more than 2-3 hours at a time??? Doesn’t he know how tired he’s making his Mummy and Daddy? Plus, our respective graduate school courses are falling behind.
7) Speaking of schoolwork… I have a paper due last week, group assignment due Monday, presentation Tuesday, postings to do, then 2 final papers. See, I’m tired already.
8) I noticed that almost no one comments on my blog and I’m okay with that. I get a lot of hits, and my two regular posters are SciFi Dad and the Shroom Monkey. The comments are much appreciated as is the reminder to read their blogs..
Hey, just realized, my wife, who got me into blogging and said I wouldn’t be able to stay with it for more than a month, doesn’t comment – but them again she’s REALLY busy now-a-days, you know, with a couple kids and suffering from sleep deprevation.
I can honestly say that I blog for me, and I really like the comments but I don’t want people to post because they feel obligated. I like the posts from SciFi Dad telling me that I can’t spell (I really can’t) my own screen name correctly. LOL. Makes me howl.
So go read these bloggers. You’ll find them on the right side of my blog in the list of blogs that I read.
9) 12 Days until WrestleMania 23.
10) I wanted to put in the date of the Jays first game this season but their web-site is so screwed up that I couldn’t find it. I want to really vote for those Jays considering the NHL season is almost over and my Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be in the playoffs. This very average team is just the same team that missed the playoffs last year. They are just down one prospect in Bell. I think the day the season ends, Ferguson Jr is gone. This team cannot be expected to compete for anything as long as they have no legitimate scoring besides Mats Sundin. It’s sad. Thank goodness the Raptors are doing so well! Go Raps.
There. I’ve said my piece. I feel better.