Author: Derek James

April Showers Means Games for Hours

When the April rain is heavy or it's too wet to go outside and play in the backyard, as a parent you have a few options. While I would prefer everyone take a nap, that rarely happens. If my boys…

Off to Kindergarten? Not so Fast

In the winter of last year, my wife and I were confident our oldest son Tyler would move from WEE School at Carmel Baptist Church to public school kindergarten the following fall. He was old enough (late July birthday), had…

Birthday Party Advantage: Home or Away?

My wife and I are busy trying to plan a birthday party for our youngest son Chase who turns 3 in April. When I was a kid, I had most of my birthday parties at home prior to turning 9…

Discovering Star Wars 30 Years Late

Discovering Star Wars – 30 Years Late My oldest son Tyler (5) dropped a bomb two weeks before Christmas. "I want a Darth Vader toy that you can dress up and play with," he said to me one day at…

Fire and Lice

A few weeks ago I get done with hosting Rising and I have a voicemail on my phone from our boys' preschool. Sick? Playground accident? Fight?"We wanted to let you know that Chase has head lice and nits. If you…

My Apologies to Lucy Liu

My wife Kristen and I are TV addicts. Make that were TV addicts. Being a parent cuts down viewing by more than 60%. Yes, I just made up that statistic. We know it kills our brain cells but it's our way…

Time to Back Off a Bit?

It's back to reality as my wife is back at work this week (teacher in CMS) and my two little guys head back to preschool in two weeks. Before we got back to life as we know it we enjoyed…

Kids Love Seeing Themselves on the Big Screen

It's Wednesday and I'm finally recovered from our son Tyler's 5th birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's. He had an incredible time playing games, climbing around the play place with his buds and getting in the Ticket Blaster. A big…

Toddlers Are Part-time Nudists

Sorry for the lack of regular posts over the last month or so. I haven't been able to concentrate due to my anticipation over the royal baby. Ok, that's not even close to true. I had this idea that somehow…

Using Celebs' Kids as Target Practice

Celebrities have complained about it for years. Agents. Wait, I mean Paparazzi's going after their kids. At their schools, on their private property, chasing them in cars. Let's call it what it is: stalking. Just last month Halle Berry testified in…

If the NSA is Watching or Listening...

Thanks to Edward Snowden (the real-life Carmen Sandiego) we have learned the National Security Agency is able to listen to our phone calls, read our emails and text messages and who knows what else. Some have even speculated that "Big…

What Dads Really Want for Father's Day

As we approach Father's Day we are bombarded on TV, radio and the web with lists and stories about what dad does and doesn't want for his big day. We hear the same things we hear every year. Don't buy…

15 Reasons I’m Not a Cool Dad

When I was in my twenties I told myself I was going to be the coolest dad. Equal parts of TV dads Mike Brady, Heathcliff Huxtable, Danny Tanner and Michael Bluth. I've come to realize in my thirties that I'm…

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

When I was a kid I wanted to be Bob. Two Bobs actually. I wanted to be Bob Newhart. I wanted to be a psychologist in Chicago and an author/innkeeper in Vermont. There was a little confusion on my part…

A Four Year Old's Thoughts on Fatherhood

I was having lunch with my good friend Eric last week who happens to be a great writer. We got to talking about this blog and he suggested having my four-and-a-half year-old Tyler help me write one of these weekly…

What I've Learned About Family Photos

When you become a parent you also immediately become the family photographer. Thanks to digital cameras it's possible to take great pictures of your little one as he or she grows up in front of your eyes. It isn't as…

Journey Toward Being A More Engaged Parent

Tonight my oldest son Tyler (4 and a half year-old) & I will be going to a yearly tradition, Dad's Night at his pre-school. It's a chance to spend some one on one time and enjoy a show (puppets this…

3 Kids Shows You Should Be Watching

I have no problem admitting I am a TV addict. I have loved TV my entire life. My mom says my first phrase was "Come on down!" and that I had Rainman-like qualities when it came to knowing what shows…

A Most Impressive Vanishing Act

It's time to play "The $25,000 Pyramid." Here are your clues: Right socks. Bubbles. Magicians. Fly by night businesses. Pacifiers. Get it yet? All are "Things That Disappear/Vanish." Whatever you call it in your house: pacifier, paci (that's our nickname),…

"Will I Be on Maury?" and Other New Parent Worries

It's a scientific fact. Women LOVE fat babies. From fan groups to memes, fat babies resembling the Michelin Man can be found everywhere. If you take the time to do a fat babies Google search you'll get 58.2 million results.Our…

An Apology to My Youngest Son

I am the youngest of four kids. I'm also an "oops baby" so I'm more than ten years younger than my siblings. Some would argue that makes me more of an only child than the youngest, but I seem to…

I'm No "Super Dad;" I Almost Broke My Son

After my first "Daddy Derek" blog last week I've gotten teasing from some friends about the "Daddy Derek" name, an email saying I am "the last person who should ever be telling anyone how to raise their kids," and a…

Radio Turned My Four Year-Old Into Snoop Dogg

Before I had kids I thought Radio Disney was nothing more than a platform to launch the careers of teen singers like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and the new wave of kids named Connor, Madison, Addison, Cayden and Jaden. I…