Monday, February 25, 2013

Almost Spanking the Duchess

I passed another parental milestone a few days ago. I had the urge to spank my daughter. This isn't a proud moment for me. 

I didn't spank her. Instead, I got up, walked into the other room, clenched my jaw and made this guttural angry uurrrrggggggggg sound that started in my knees, crept its way up through my stomach and chest, then exploded out of my mouth in a collection of consonants and vowels that would probably not have been appropriate for network television. 

I looked just like this, only I had a shirt on.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Internet Made Me Cry in a Fast Food Restaurant

I cry a lot. I get it from my Grandpa. He used to cry at Naked Gun movies. I cry when I watch Parenthood on NBC, when Duchess tells me she loves me, when Duchess accidentally knees me in my man bits, and sometimes because of the internet. Today it was the internet.

Someone asked me awhile ago: If the internet had a slogan, what would it be? I immediately replied that the internet's tagline should be "Far better and far worse than you could ever imagine." Thankfully today is far better day.

Dad Crying
Reenactment. That's just water,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I Really Hope My Son Gets to be a Boy Scout

I grew up in boy scouts from the age of 12-18. I absolutely loved it. I hope that some day it is an experience my son and I can share together. Today the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America delayed a decision on whether or not to allow the LGBT community to be open members of their organization. I'll be dropping this letter in the mail tomorrow morning. I thought I'd share it here too. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kid-Free Sections on Planes are OK with Me

I had a couple online conversations this week about AirAsia's announcement that they would be offering kid-free "Quiet Zones" on some of their long-leg flights. Lots of people I talked to were really angry about it. I'm really just fine with the idea. 

Robert Duffer, editor at the The Good Men Project's Dads and Families section caught wind of one of these discussions and asked me to write a few words about the topic. I gave him a thousand. Anyway, hop on over to my article and be sure to leave a comment. Feel free to disagree with me and tell me why you think I'm wrong. I fully admit to being a work in progress

- Dad (John)

Here is the link:

Child-Free Sections on Airline Take Flight Amidst Controversy

John Kinnear parses the praise and cries of discrimination on Quiet Zones in economy class sections