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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

The Hub Network and Awkward Family Photos team-up for AWKWARD FAMILY MOVIE WEEK...

My friends at The Hub Network have teamed-up with the website Awkward Family Photos for a special week of Hub Network Family Movies featuring some very awkward families. “Awkward Family Movie Week” every night at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning Monday, March 10 through Sunday, March 16 on the Hub Network. Check out the full details below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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The Disney Rock Father Roundup for March 1, 2014

What's new from the "House of Mouse" this week? A lot, as always, and right here you'll find quick updates with all the latest news from the World of Disney. From Walt Disney Motion Pictures to MARVEL, Pixar, Walt Disney Records, Disney Junior and more, here's the latest, including details on the first-ever compilation album from Disney Junior (DJ SHUFFLE), the making of MICKEY MOUSE: GET A HORSE, and some printables from MUPPETS MOST WANTED.

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Sprout Channel kicks-off March with Oscar the Grouch and Giuliana Rancic, announces new programming highlights...

Sprout Kindness CrewIf you're new to THE ROCK FATHER, you might not know that I've actually written a couple of pieces for the "Parenting" section of Sproutonline, the digital extension of Sprout Channel (you can read them here and here) as a member of their "Kindness Crew." The 24-hour preschool channel has been an important part of our lives for the past four years, so it's always exciting when they have news to share, and today I have just that. Their March programming highlights begin NOW with Oscar Weekend, and wrap-up with the very-appropriate, Music Week. Take a peek at what goodies you and your little ones can enjoy together this month...

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Comics: Five Upcoming Trade Paperbacks to Watch Out For...

I really need to get back into comics... not just reading them, but as a creator and writer. My personal foray into that realm was brief (as was the existence for the publisher I worked for), but the couple of books I did create have been made available on Amazon as Kindle Editions (they're FREE!) and oddly enough, they still hit the charts (DEATH WALKS THE STREETS #1 is currently number #13 in horror - tonight). I miss regular reads, and often times, catching up via Trade Paperback is the way to go (I still like to hold a real book), and tonight I spotted some upcoming releases that I'd like to highlight here on THE ROCK FATHER. Actually, I think we'll make this a regular feature. 

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Giveaway: Take the #ScruffyDude Challenge for a chance to win the Panasonic Arc 3 Wet/Dry Shaver!

At the beginning of February, the folks at Panasonic USA reached out to THE ROCK FATHER to give their new Panasonic Arc 3 Wet/Dry Shaver (available now from my affiliate, Target) a spin. You could call it a bit of a "Scruffy Dude Challenge," and actually, that's exactly what we'll call it! There's one area of my chin that never gets a shave - my ZZ Top portion, if you will (for a price, I may cut it) - but the rest of my baby-like face often needs some attention. While I might go into more detail on my personal Arc 3 (sounds like something IRON MAN would use) experience in a future post, Panasonic has offered up another Arc 3 Wet/Dry Shaver (a $130 value) that one of YOU can win. But we'd like to see your #ScruffyDude...

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Rock Father Preview: Disney's THE PIRATE FAIRY (and Disney Fairies) 2014 Toys and More! #PirateFairyBloggers

On April 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release THE PIRATE FAIRY, a film that is not only a sequel to recent films in the Disney Fairies series - but also a prequel to a true Disney classic, 1953's PETER PAN. I recently paid a visit to DisneyToon Studios (I was there as a guest, and yes, it was on Mickey's dime) in Glendale, California to get an early look at the film (review forthcoming) and a look at all the tie-in products that are being released this year to further entertain kids and grownups alike that find themselves enthralled in the world of Disney Fairies. Me? I'm sort of like "the boy who wouldn't grow up," and I got to hang out in the "zen garden" of the same facility where cool stuff like PLANES was made, while eating lunch with some fellow bloggers and wearing a Tinker Bell watch. 

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Watch: POOCHAMUNGAS frontman John Joyce breaks out the Turkey Firehouse Chili on WGN...

Earlier today, Chicago Firefighter John Joyce (a friend of mine, and this site) made an appearance on Chicago's Very Own WGN TV as their "Firehouse Chef of the Week." John isn't just a Firefighter and fine cook - he's also the frontman of POOCHAMUNGAS, a kindie rock band that hopefully you've heard me talk about... and if not, go grab their new album, BLOCK PARTY, right now! Check out John's appearance below, along with his recipe for some tasty turkey chili... which oddly enough, isn't far off from what we make here at Rock Father HQ. Chicago style!

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Giveaway: Win DRAGONS: DEFENDERS OF BERK Part 1 on DVD!

THE ROCK FATHER is a 2014 Fox Home Entertainment InsiderOn March 25, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will begin the "Year of the Dragon" celebration by releasing DRAGONS: DEFENDERS OF BERK Part 1 on DVD with new bonus features packed-in along 10 great adventures from the world of DreamWorks Animation's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.  We're getting the fun started a little early here on THE ROCK FATHER, with a chance to win the DVD to enjoy with your family!

Learn more and enter for a chance to win below!

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Does School Readiness Concern You? #PBSKIDSLearn

PBS KIDS VIPEarlier this week, I posted an entry about attending the kindergarten open house at the school where my oldest daughter will begin a new era of learning adventures this Fall. Evidently, I wasn't the only one thinking ahead to the next school year - specifically being ready to have a kindergartner in our midst. Just yesterday, PBS KIDS released the results of a "School Readiness Survey," and the results showed concern from parents of children ages 2-6 when it comes to social and emotional skills, along with basic reading and math in terms of getting kids prepped and ready to take that next step. Here's some numbers, along with some tips on school readiness from the PBS KIDS Team...

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Giveaway: Win THE BOOK THIEF on Blu-ray!

THE ROCK FATHER is a 2014 Fox Home Entertainment InsiderThis week, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released THE BOOK THIEF on Fox Digital HD, ahead of it's March 11th bow on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate the home release of this new film based on Markus Zusak's best-selling 2005 book of the same name, we're giving you a chance to win a copy of it on Blu-ray, and to delve deeper with a PDF download of a special book-to-film discussion (best-read after you've seen the film). Learn more and enter for a chance to win below!

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Watch and Listen: THE LAST SLEEPLESS CITY delivers a Pop-Punk cover of "Let it Go"

It's a known fact that there are currently 6,600,666,007 cover versions of "Let it Go" on YouTube. IDINA MENZEL may have the definitive version of the showstopping number from Disney's FROZEN (and yes, DEMI LOVATO did one, too), but I guarantee that this one is different. You have not seen or heard "Let it Go" done like this before. Orlando band, THE LAST SLEEPLESS CITY has unleashed a pop-punk version of the song (download now on Amazon or iTunes), complete with an accompanying music video. It's perfect, and even got the seal of approval from 4-year-old Addie - who first questioned "Why is a boy singing this?" Check it out...

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star to release LULLABY HITS of 2013, 2012, 2011...

My friends over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star are going "POP" next Tuesday, with the release of three new lullaby collections inspired by some of the biggest artists on the planet. LULLABY HITS OF 2013, LULLABY HITS OF 2012 and LULLABY HITS OF 2011 each features 15 "Top 40" hits, reworked into instrumental, nursery-friendly jams - perfect for baby. Curious what ROBIN THICKE, IMAGINE DRAGONS, ONEREPUBLIC or LORDE will sound like when done for your youngest music fan? Get a taste by checking out the lullaby version of "Get Lucky" (originally by DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS) below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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Old Crankypants: Chiberia does not exist...

I hate cutesy catchphrases that are delivered with a smug grin, a chuckle, or wink. Have them delivered by a news anchor, a major website or even a lesser-known internet jockey, and they're even worse... amped-up and ready to irritate. I have a growing list of phrases, along with some individual words and terms that make my blood boil... or "grind my gears" as the wise Peter Griffin once said. One of the latest is "Chiberia," a made-up, annoying term used to describe the arctic temperatures in the Chicago area this year. I'd originally thought that the Chicago Sun-times coined the term, but according to FOX 32, it was a National Weather Service forecaster named Ricky Castro that is to blame. Tonight, as news of another snowfall came across the television, I watched in agony as another anchor delivered the "Chiberia" name with a grin and that fake "ha-ha" delivery that only one at a newsdesk can properly pull off.

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Review: CAILLOU'S GARDEN ADVENTURES (DVD)

Whenever I write about Caillou here on THE ROCK FATHER, I usually tend to include a little preface - a wee bit of background, if you will - about how loved the divisive little four-year-old is here at Rock Father HQ. You see, what usually happens is that a Caillou post lures out of the woodwork these... people - people that like to complain about the little guy for no better reason other than complaining. They're sorta like a clique -  one comprised largely of the uninformed that's never actually watched and absorbed the show. They just say "He's whiny" (in a pretty whiny voice themselves), and then they scurry back into whatever hole they crawled out of (and then I delete their comments). Yes, this is a pro-Caillou household, and for those of you unfamiliar, that little "E/I" big in the corner? That means "educational and informational," and not any show can get it. It's a badge of honor bestowed upon certain shows by the FCC - and CAILLOU has it. My reason for the rundown today? CAILLOU'S GARDEN ADVENTURES just hit DVD via my friends at PBS KIDS and DHX Media. 

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Kindergarten: Drinking Fountains are Shorter Than They Used to Be...

Last night, I went back to elementary school... our first visit to what will be our girls' home base for learning for the first several grades of their public school careers. We're about six months out from the start of Kindergarten for Addie, and it's a close call as to what's been more surprising - the fact that we just did the open house for the Fall 2014 school year... or the fact that we'll have a kindergartner. I'm going for the latter, as I still can't believe that this little girl is going to be five this year.

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