Sunday, June 16 2013 12:21

Father's Day 2013: Munchkins, Milestones, Media and Rock...

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Father's Day is a special day for me, not because we "need" a holiday to celebrate being a Dad (I do that every day), but because of the significance that this weekend will forever hold for us personally here at Rock Father HQ. It was two years ago today that I flipped the switch on this website and posted my first entry as THE ROCK FATHER. While this site celebrates it's 2nd Anniversary, this weekend also marks my 4th Father's Day as a Dad, and more importantly, the 1st Birthday of my youngest daughter, who turned one yesterday. Yep, she rocks so hard that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had to copy us and pop out their little one on June 15 as well.

I'm taking in Father's Day 2013 as a typical Sunday here in Illinois - spending it with my wife and our two munchkins, Addie and Finn. Later today, we'll head off to swimming lessons, which both girls started last Sunday night, and will continue through the summer. 

If you're up for some Sunday Afternoon reading, I was fortunate to be included in special Father's Day coverage from a few media outlets this year. Each is a distinctly different celebration of Fatherhood, and here's the rundown...

  • gDiapers - Diaper Therapy Blog: I'm terrible about doing "guest blogs" or contributing to other sites. Despite having several outstanding offers, I procrastinate heavily, and seldom contribute (something I'm trying to get better at). I promised the cool cats over at gDiapers a guest post for their Diaper Therapy Blog over a year ago, and have finally delivered. Rolling with their theme of "This Takes Guts," my entry, "You Want It All But You Can't Have It. (Actually You Can)" can be found here. Yes, that is a FAITH NO MORE reference in the title.
  • Babble - 26 Fathers' First Thoughts as New Fathers: Charlie Capen of HowToBeADad included me in his Father's Day feature over at Babble. As the title indicates, I toss out my first thoughts upon seeing each of my two daughters for the very first time in 2009 and 2012. Read it here.
  • Life of Dad - 30 Dads, 30 Days: Tommy Riles at Life of Dad invited me to take part in their month-long Father's Day event, 30 Dads, 30 Days. I did a fun little interview and got to answer some questions that I've never been asked before, giving much-due props to my wife for fueling our adventures. Read it here.
  • Step2 - A Father's Love: As many of you know, I'm a 2013 "Test Drive Blogger" for Ohio-based Step2 toys. For Father's Day, the folks at Step2 published A Father's Love - special blog that pays tribute to some great Dads that work at Step2's Corporate Headquarters and Warehouse. They were very kind to include me as a part of their extended family. Read it here.
  • Designer Daddy - Proud Papa Gallery of Greatness: Brent Almond aka Designer Daddy, invited around 40 fellow Fathers to share some artwork created by or with their children. Painstakingly compiling them into an online art gallery, a piece entitled "The Family Farm" is featured... created by my daughter, Addie (with help from yours truly). See the gallery here.
  • Lake County Magazine - "Daddy Day Care? I Don't Think So!": I featured this one here on The Rock Father eariler this month, but since I'm doing a roundup, I have to include it - especially since it was in-print and online. Three Dads from Lake County Illinois are featured as we break down the stereotypes that surround being an "At-Home-Dad." Read it online via ISSUU.

Thank you to everyone that reads my online writings regularly, and follows the adventures of our family!

For All the Parents Who Rock, I Salute You.


James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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