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Six years ago today, Adalyn Monet entered the world - my wife and I becoming parents for the first time... on our 10th Wedding Anniversary. Sixteen years ago today, Jen and I were married in an open air ceremony that came after a two-year engagement (one that happened after just three months of dating). I say this every year, but I'd love to know what the odds are of becoming a first-time parent on the exact date of your wedding anniversary. I'm betting that the only droid that could give me an accurate number is C-3PO. It's hard to keep saying something new each year, but I always feel it important to honor this day - a dual celebration of my wife and first daughter. I don't know if I'd have ever predicted being a parent the first time - much less following-up with an excellent sequel three years later (Finley Renoir). These girls are the reason why I became "The Rock Father," and I love them more than words on this site could ever represent.

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I've not read anything by author Dawn Dais yet, but after an announcement about her latest book was slid into my inbox here at Rock Father HQ today, I figured I had to at least give it a mention. You see, when I looked at the chapter titles, I realized that this is a book I could've written - so Dawn must be legit when it comes to sage advice on parenting. THE SH!T NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT TODDLERS: A Guide to Surviving the Toddler Years is out September 8 via Seal Press - a sequel to her 2013 book about SH!T from newborns. Check out the chapters below, and see if anything strikes you as familiar...

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We all know that little kids can be little "Hell-raisers" on occasion, but somewhere there's a place where all of those children can "just be kids" - no matter which home or horror movie they might spawn from. Happy Dreams Daycare is the setting for this 2013 short from CollegeHumor that just landed here at Rock Father HQ. New to me, perhaps not to you, but I'm sharing it anyway. After all, who knew that Damien from THE OMEN, those little cuties from John Carpenter's VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED and Stephen King's CHILDREN OF THE CORN, Samara from THE RING and Regan from THE EXORCIST where such big fans of the Necronomicon at story time?

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eloTHE ROCK FATHER™ has partnered with Life of Dad and elo™ for the #BedTimeBattle promotion.

Technology and kids. If you've been following my online ramblings long enough, you probably know that I'm hesitantly cautious whenever new tech comes along that in some way involves the little ones. I put my money on crushing the "App Toy" trend a couple years ago - those annoying items that required someone else's technology (like a quickly-outdated smartphone or tablet) to be inserted in it to run. Once the tech was obsolete, so was the toy. I was the mean Dad that bought a new crossover without screens in the back, and I absolutely despise seeing grownups instinctively shove "devices" into their kids hands like a micro-chipped pacifier (funny enough, we really didn't do actual pacifiers with our girls, either). I've actually had other people's children tug on my shirt asking to use my phone to "play a game." No. As an adult, I'm already too tethered to my gear, so I'd rather my kids not be. But, like most things, tech can be great in moderation, and there's some fine stuff out there that serves a real purpose if you're looking in the right place. Unexpected tech, like the elo™ Pillow.

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With Addie off to kindergarten this Fall, we're in that whole new world of social interaction. Much like the Pre-K days that have now since passed, it's an experience of meeting new people, making new friends... and coming home with all kinds of wacky germs, bugs, and viruses - that usually end up infecting this guy typing instead of the kids! But, in case those evildoing microbes do happen to strike, my wife and I are always prepared, with a cabinet full of tools ready to fight the good fight. Some new additions to the arsenal come courtesy of DR. COCOA FOR CHILDREN, who sent us their full line of FDA-approved chocolate-flavored cold relievers a few weeks back, though fortunately, I haven't had to use them just yet.

PBSTonight (Sept 10) at 9pm/8c on PBS, NOVA: VACCINES—CALLING THE SHOTS will air, an important documentary that focuses on one of the hot topics facing parents today: to vaccinate or not? My wife and I are 100% in favor of keeping our girls up-to-date on their vaccinations, though we have spread out some of them over a few visits due to the sheer amount needed. As a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), I was given an advance look at the new NOVA documentary, and my stance is unchanged, but perhaps even more solidified. Parents - especially new parents - need to be informed, and in the modern era - years after mumps, whooping cough, measles and other infectious diseases have been eradicated, it's alarming to see them starting to make a return. Check out a preview of this new film below...

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