Tales of Spitting, Pinterest and Daddy Guilt

A Guy on Pinterest? Alert the Media!

Posted by Michael Schmid on March 30th, 2012 at 9:15 am

Are you a guy? Are you on Pinterest? I rest my case. They currently bill themselves as follows: “Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.”

It’s one of the top 20 most visited sites by people in the United States, but by whom? According to Alexa.com based on internet averages, Pinterest.com is visited more frequently by females who are in the age range 25-34 and are college educated. Not a huge surprise really, is it?

Is it any wonder guys aren’t flocking to Pinterest? “Weddings, decorating, recipes… “ not what most of us guys spend our time browsing on the internet. Don’t go there… I don’t mean those kinds of things. I mean sports and cars and, okay yeah, that stuff too. So why do I recommend dads get a Pinterest account?

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Alicia Silverstone Spits in her Baby’s Mouth [Video]

Posted by Michael Schmid on March 27th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

So there I was taking a quick break from my work, browsing the news, and suddenly I’m assaulted by an image of Alicia Silverstone chewing and spitting food in her baby boy’s mouth like he was a baby bird.

I wanted to look away or stop the YouTube video (I’ll attach it below), but like passing a car crash on the highway, I just had to look. I’m trying to figure out how I feel about this. So far the best way I can put it is, “ewwww!”

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I Said I’d Never Leave You, Pumpkin, but Daddy Lied

Posted by Michael Schmid on March 26th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Am I the only parent that feels conflicted about the lies we tell our kids? Some of them are little lies. “You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.” Harmless, right?

These little white lies bring a bit of magic and joy to children’s lives; where’s the harm in that? But Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny aren’t the only falsehoods we spin. We tell them much bigger lies, too… like, “I’ll never leave you.”

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    • Dalton Jackson on at
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    On Alicia Silverstone:

    While I certainly don’t support or condone her actions, it may not be as bad as it seems in spite of being icky. There is some suggestion out there that kids actually need exposures to ick in order to build health immune systems (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygiene_hypothesis).


    On Daddy Guilty:

    Not a father. But I’m in your daughter’s shoes. My father was in his 70s when he died. I was 19.

    It’s hard to lose a parent just as you’re going into college.

    Like you, he saw it coming.

    We had an incredibly close relationship because he knew he wouldn’t have as much time we me as he wanted.

    We had conversations late into the night about life, about love, about how to change the oil in a car and how to be a good father. Because he knew he wouldn’t be there when the time came.

    He’s gone, and it’s sad, but I have tremendous reserves to fall back on, and I can’t help but think that I’m better off than some whose fathers were younger and had less wisdom to impart and less interest in doing so.

    The fact that you’re worrying about it suggests to me that your little girl will be just fine.

    1. You’re dad sounds great, Dalton. I’m sorry for your loss, but so happy to hear of the time you did have with him. I feel good if I do half that well. Thanks!


      p.s. On your first point, I’ve often said, “Kids today don’t eat enough dirt!” And I’ve actually meant it. So you’re point is well taken.

  1. I’ve resisted joining Pinterest until now, but I think now it’s time to create my account, when already daddies are on it:)

    1. Yep, it’s time, Julie. Also, as you are promoting a business, pinning photos from your web site or blog can help drive traffic.

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