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The Dad Of The Month, September 2019: Andrew Yoshihara

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It is our honor to announce The Dad of the Month for September 2019: Andrew Yoshihara. A foster parent, non-profit founder, and stay-at-home dad, Andrew has a seemingly endless well of love to give. Read what his wife Desiree wrote in her nomination:

“I would like to nominate my husband for Dad of the Month because he is truly one of a kind and has a very generous heart.

(Andrew Yoshihara)

Andrew is a stay-at-home dad to our 3 children. As if that isn’t a full-time job, he also runs a non-profit called Bustin Barriers, a camp for children experiencing disabilities. Andrew created the program because as a person of color he understands what it’s like to be treated differently based on the way you look. All games and activities are adapted to be inclusive, and scholarships ensure no child is turned away.

(Andrew Yoshihara)

Two years ago, Andrew and I were able to pursue our dream of becoming foster parents. After a year with our baby girl, her birth mother had another baby who needed a home. I was hesitant because I remembered how hard it is to have a newborn, especially one facing potential health issues. Andrew and our 13-year-old daughter Mia desperately wanted him to join our family and their pitch was too good to refuse. We grew to a family of 5 overnight! Our son was in the hospital for 9 days and Andrew drove the 90 minutes to the hospital with our youngest daughter every day, sometimes twice on days he’d come pick me up from work and we’d all visit him together.

(Andrew Yoshihara)

I’d like to share another story exemplifying Andrew’s determination to make the world a better place. A while back, a teenage boy from our neighborhood knocked on our door asking if we had any yard work he could do to earn a little money. Andrew found some light cleanup for him and invited him back should he ever need more money. A few days later he was back and opened up to Andrew, eventually admitting he was hungry and didn’t have money for food. Andrew pulled money out of his wallet, food out of our refrigerator, and the next day met with the principal at the boy’s school to come up with a plan to help him. The school knew he was struggling and had offered food from their pantry, but unfortunately didn’t have the ability to deliver it. So each week, Andrew picks food up from the high school and brings it to our neighbor’s home.

(Andrew Yoshihara)

It’s things like this that make me fall in love over and over with Andrew. I’ve never cared about the size of anyone’s pocketbook, what impresses me most is how you treat others. This is Andrew’s greatest gift. I constantly remind our children how lucky they are to have him as their father, but they already know.”

(Andrew Yoshihara)

To honor Andrew’s compassion and all he does to improve the lives of others, we’re sending $500 and special edition dad gear his way. Sharing your heart and time so generously is making some big ripples in your community and beyond. We salute you!

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life.

The Dad Of The Month: August 2019

(Justin Gonzalez)

With great excitement we announce The Dad of the Month for August 2019: Justin Gonzalez. Justin is a single father to 2 boys and a superhero in more than one way. He was nominated by his friend and a fellow dad, Obed. Read what Obed had to say about Justin:

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“I have known Justin since he was about 7 years old. He has come a long way from the wild kid and teenager he used to be.

Justin is raising 2 boys alone and does everything he needs to do to keep a smile on their faces. He focused on getting his personal life, finances, and career in order. He purchased a home entirely on his own and surprised his boys with it. They had no idea he was buying it. He is completely dedicated to them.

(Justin Gonzalez)

Cosplay is a hobby of Justin’s that he loves to share with his sons. He builds them all impressive costumes and together they go to Comic-Con and superhero movies dressed as characters. Those kids are going to look back at all of the photos someday and appreciate all that their dad did for them.

(Justin Gonzalez)

I envy the memories he’s making for his kids and hope my kids appreciate me as much as Justin’s boys appreciate him.”

To honor Justin’s unshakeable commitment to providing his boys with secure, fun-filled childhoods we’re sending him $500 along with special edition dad gear. Being a single parent is a difficult and too often thankless job, but the work you’re putting in will pay off and it inspires all of us. We salute you!

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life.

The Dad Of The Month: July 2019

(Eric Bland)

We are happy to announce The Dad of the Month for July 2019: Eric Bland. Eric is a loving and engaged parent to a newborn and teenager. Today also happens to be HIS BIRTHDAY, a day that is so celebrated by his family that it is known as ERICPALOOZA! Read about how he stepped into the role of father from his partner, Melissa:

“Eric is the best dad I could have ever hoped to raise a family with.

For the first 10 years of my daughter’s life it was just the two of us. Then Eric and I met and everything immediately changed for the better. My daughter actually liked him when they met. They became fast friends and bonded over sports, discovering my daughter’s exceptional talent for stats!

(Eric Bland)

We found out Eric was going to be a biological father two years ago. He was an excellent labor partner and the best new dad. We cried, we marveled together at this new little life, and Eric threw himself in headfirst. He mastered changing diapers, suctioning a tiny nose and mouth, and even running a breast pump at 2am while I nursed from the other side.

(Eric Bland)

He has effortlessly stepped in as stepdad and dada. He supports his girls no matter how many hormones are swirling around him or how stubborn I can be from my many single-parenting years. He’s the first to offer a comforting hug, a congratulatory high five, or a carefully crafted “your mom” joke. He has an open offer to join our eldest in her senior dance recital solo to lift her up on stage if she so chooses–it’s years away, but they’re already scheming. He is thoughtful and protective and loves our girls more than I’ve ever seen a dad love his kids, biological and bonus.

(Eric Bland)

Simply put he is the most stable, loving, and compassionate man I never knew existed. He is the embodiment of what a dad should be and shows us every day.”

To honor Eric’s example of patience and dedication to family, we’re sending $500 and special edition dad gear his way. Happy birthday Eric and a happy Ericpalooza to all! We salute you!

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life.

The Dad Of The Month June: Scott Gittins

(Scott Gittins)

We are happy to announce The Dad of the Month for June 2019: Scott Gittins. Scott is a dedicated father, compassionate community member, and business owner. Read his nomination submitted by his daughter, Megan:

“My dad is the best dad in the whole world.

He was married to my mom, Julie Gittins and he promised to love and care for her in sickness and in health. My mom was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer with metastasis to her ovaries and liver. My dad stayed by her side for four years while she fought the disease. He stayed by her side through three surgeries, endless chemotherapy and radiation, and was there when she passed away in our home. And even through all of that he took me to softball practice, came to my games, attended my sister’s ice-skating competitions, and took us to church. He did this all while running his own business and working full time. He loves his family so much.

A few years after my mom passed away he found out my best friend and her mom and siblings were in an abusive situation with their biological father. When the abusive man was away, my dad and some friends from church took the chance to help the family move out of the house and into a program for abused families. Years later, he and my best friend’s mom started dating. Now they are married and he’s adopted her three kids.

(Scott Gittins)

He is selfless, God-fearing, and the best dad anyone could ever ask for. I love you dad, you are my hero.”

To honor Scott’s commitment to family we’re giving him $500 and special edition dad gear. Enjoy. We salute you.

The Dad of the Month May 2019: Ernie Rospierski

(Ernie Rospierski)

We are happy to announce The Dad of the Month for May 2019: Ernie Rospierski. A dedicated father and educator, Ernie has shown bravery and compassion through his wife’s difficult pregnancy, childbirth, and recovery, and in his job teaching at Stoneman Douglas High School. Read Ernie’s nomination submitted by his wife:

“Ernie Rospierski is my husband and a truly amazing father to our son, also named Ernie Rospierski. Ernie is a very engaged dad who has been through so much the last few years. Our son was born 10 weeks premature and stayed in the NICU for 51 days before we were able to finally bring him home. Prior to his birth, I was on permanent hospital bedrest for 29 days. Ernie was with me every day. He kept me sane and calm while we were both scared and uncertain about the survival of our unborn child.

When the time came, I nearly died giving birth to our boy and again a month later due to complications from the delivery. I know Ernie was just as scared as I was, but he held it together and we made it through with a healthy boy who is now almost 3. Ernie is a caring, compassionate, and dedicated father who spends as much time as he can with our son and with me.

My husband and I are both teachers at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. On February 14, 2018 my class and I evacuated our building, but Ernie nearly lost his life when he was grazed by 2 bullets in the process of protecting students. My husband is a selfless man who puts his family and his students before himself. I am a better mother, wife, and person because of him, and I am ecstatic to be raising our son with him.”

To honor Ernie’s resilience and courage in fatherhood and beyond we’re giving him $500 and special edition dad gear. Enjoy. Thank you for being a role model for your son and students and dads everywhere. We salute you.

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life. 

 

 

Back To School Photo Fails

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Parents love to capture the moment on the first day back to school, but sometimes that moment isn’t what we envisioned. Check out these hilarious back to school photo fails from The Dad community.

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Dad With Too Much Free Time Gets Carried Away Photoshopping Babadook Puns

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What happens when a dad sees a pun he really likes and has too much free time? Chaos, absolute chaos. @MattMcC1 saw this tweet by @trojansauce where the main character of the Netflix horror film The Babadook is photoshopped into a photo of the Doobie brothers.

To say Matt was inspired is an understatement. Scroll down to see how far Matt, henceforth known as The Babadork, is able to take this joke. When you think he can’t possibly still be going, keep scrolling.

For even more Babadooks, follow Matt on Twitter. And for good measure, no post about Babadooks on Twitter would be complete without including this tweet.

Long live The Babadook, and all the Twitter users committed to their Babadook jokes.

Inspiring! Dog Has Had Enough Of This Guy’s Shit

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Sometimes you are just not in the mood to take any more shit. While the other dogs wait like fools for dude to throw the damn frisbee, one dog is brave enough to take action. One dog takes fate* into his own hands**.

*the frisbee

**mouth

Ready to play some frisbee?

10 Kid Snacks You’ll Eat Like A Rodent Scavenger

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Move over Guy Fieri, it’s me: a parent willing to devour any chunk of processed garbage I find in the crevices of the backseat of my minivan. Okay, I wouldn’t eat Crevice Snacks (at least not without a Food Network contract), but I have sampled – even enjoyed – a cornucopia of snacks a more sophisticated (aka, lame) adult would miss out on. Sometimes parenting is a tough gig, but if we’re being honest, the always-available snacks are a perk.

1 Fruit Snacks: Fruit's Very Distant Cousin

Here’s one of life’s great mysteries: Why are gummies in a plastic pouch a healthy snack, but once they take bear-form, they become candy? Who cares?! Give me all the red ones or you’re grounded.

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2 Lunchables, For When You're Lunch-unable.

Me at the grocery store: Why would I spend $3 on some weird meat and crackers and a heap of plastic when I could make this myself so easily.

Me at home, reaching for my kid’s Lunchable at midnight: It would ruin my life to cut up meat and cheese and open a sleeve of crackers right now.

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3 Liquid Sugar In A Pouch

I don’t know why sugar water tastes so much better sucked through a straw out of a foil pouch, but I’ll slam a whole box of these at your summer barbecue. 12 come in a box, 1 for each of my kids and 10 for me.

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4 Granola Bars AKA Hanger Stavers

Granola bars are one of those snacks we buy for kids because the word granola is healthy, and we’re happy to ignore that the granola is held together with what is essentially glue made out of high fructose corn syrup. Anyway, these babies come in CLUTCH when you’re on a family outing and the Hanger kicks in.

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5 I love the fishes because they're so readily available.

Let’s be real, these are not so delicious. If you enjoy chewing on cardboard with a vaguely cheesy aftertaste that lingers for hours, good for you. For the rest of us, we eat goldfish crackers because, if we don’t, they’ll end up ground up in the carpet.

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6 NUGGETS

As an adult with high cholesterol, I try not to eat fast food; but as a parent, it is my privilege, NAY, MY RIGHT, to freely take from my kids’ kid’s meals. We’ve been ordering the 6-piece McNugget Happy Meal for awhile but my son still thinks it’s 4-piece. Please do not tell him. Honorable mention to the french fries at the bottom of the bag which are all for me and whose calories stop counting once they fall out of their little fry bag.

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7 Gimme Some Of Your Tots

My kids won’t laugh at my Napoleon Dynamite tots voice, and as punishment I eat all their tots. I don’t know why potatoes in other shapes are grown up and these thick potato cylinders are just for kids, but I’m thankful I’m a parent so I have tot access (and someone to carry on my legacy or whatever – but mostly the tots).

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8 Hunks Of Cheese

When I’m tired of processed pantry snacks I reach into the cheese drawer for one or two or three of these. More often though, I’m mindlessly devouring a half-eaten string cheese I find on the corner of the coffee table, sweaty and warm from the hours its spent abandoned there.

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9 My Daily Dose Of Calcium And Vitamin D

Drinking a children’s drink out of a tiny cup doesn’t make you any less of a man. You can keep your whiskey neat, give me a damn glass of ice cold chocolate milk and I will drink that shit until I get a belly ache.

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10 Kid Cereal? More Like Late Night Cereal

I can’t eat my kid’s cereal in the morning. I’m not diabetic but that amount of sugar early in the day will put me in a diabetic coma. But you know late at night I’m up in the pantry pouring Coco Puffs, Lucky Charms, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch into the largest mixing bowl I can find, only to play dumb in the morning when my kid asks why there’s only bottom-of-the-box cereal powder left.

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Before you side eye me, remember: Judge not, lest ye be judged. Let he who has not scooped a bite of cold mac ‘n’ cheese with hot dogs out of a plastic bowl left out on the counter for a few hours after dinner cast the first stone. Admit it, you’ve had all these snacks and sometimes you even liked them. One day our kids will move out and we’ll be faced with the dilemma of whether we buy this shit for ourselves or not. Until then, we’ll just have to keep sampling all of our kid’s snacks to… uhh… make sure it’s not poisonous.

QUIZ: Which Superhero Dad Are You?

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It’s a bird… it’s a plane… IT’S A DAD!

Dads are heroes to their kids, but which one specifically? You probably don’t have super powers (grill skills and dad jokes don’t count, sorry). But now, by answering some simple questions, you can find out which superhero style your parenting aligns with best. Up, up, and click away!

The Dad Good Cause Spotlight Presents… Ronald McDonald House Charities

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We have a lot of fun at The Dad. But we also love to celebrate people doing amazing things for dads and families. So we’re starting Good Cause Spotlight, a new series where we recognize (and support with $$$) important causes and organizations.

For the inaugural Good Cause Spotlight, we are pleased to highlight Ronald McDonald House Charities, specifically Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest.

We donated $500 to Ronald McDonald House Charities on behalf of The Dad community. Our team is also personally donating. We encourage you to do the same if you feel inclined. (Make sure to write “The Dad” in the Additional Comments section so we can track and share the combined impact of The Dad community!) $32 provides one night of lodging for a family in need.

Has your family or anyone you know benefited from Ronald McDonald House? Have you ever volunteer there? Tell us about it at [email protected].

What Are They All About?

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Ronald McDonald House Charities is a charitable organization providing temporary lodging for families that have critically ill or injured children seeking medical treatment. There are over 350 houses worldwide.

“The majority of families, 60% or more, arrive via helicopter or ambulance and show up with nothing but the clothes on their back,” Julie Delaney, Director of Marketing and Communications for RMHC of the Inland Northwest explained.

The Spokane Chapter house currently has 22 rooms that are always full. The rooms are free of charge. Additionally, there are Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in the hospital that provide a kitchen, laundry room, play area, sleeping spaces, and full showers. Servicing rural communities across Central Washington, the RMHC care mobile is essentially a doctor’s office on wheels.

Globally, Ronald McDonald House Charities is working to keep families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need. Last year RMHC served millions of children and families in more than 64 countries and regions. These families saved an estimated $880,104,484 in out-of-pocket lodging and meal expenses.

How Are They Helping?

Ronald McDonald Houses – a home environment providing support and resources that help keep families together.

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Ronald McDonald Family Rooms – A place for families to rest and regroup right in the hospital.

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Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles – Access to health care where children need it most.

Who Are They Helping? Meet the Young Family.

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Having twins only 23 weeks into gestation can be a very emotional experience family. For Charlie and Kaitlin Young, that experience was compounded by having no choice but check into the NICU in an unfamiliar city without contacts or prearranged housing.

Living minutes away from a Level III NICU in their hometown of Orem, Utah, the Youngs had already thoroughly considered their birth plan. Then unexpectedly, Kaitlin went into labor while visiting family in Grangeville, Idaho. The Boise NICU was full, and their family was transferred to Spokane, Washington to receive care at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital NICU.

“It was definitely unexpected,” explained Kaitlin, the proud new mother of twin babies, Rex and Eleanor Young. “We had no idea where we were going to stay and we really didn’t want to be far from the hospital,” expressed Charlie, Rex and Eleanor’s father. “That was the most comforting aspect of the house. We were constantly worried about making sure we were close by. The house gave us the opportunity to stay close and be within minutes of Rex and Eleanor.”

Upon moving into the Ronald McDonald House, Charlie and Kaitlin found a source of strength and security. Meeting the other families in the house going through similar situations gave them a support system they did not expect to have. “There are so many families that you meet that are going through tough times just like you, so to have each other to talk to and to help everyone cope during these difficult times was an invaluable experience I will never forget.”

While caring for children receiving care at the NICU, parents often forget to attend to their own basic needs like food and sleep. “The sack lunch program is amazing. It is not something I would have even thought about but it helped us so many days when we simply didn’t have enough time to think about meals.”

The Young family were happy to report that Rex and Eleanor turned a corner for the better and are doing well. They will be forever grateful for the love and support that Ronald McDonald House and the city of Spokane showed to them while bringing Rex and Eleanor into the world, 760 miles away from home.

Read more stories of families impacted by RMHC of the Inland Northwest.

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Need RMHC Services Or Want To Get Involved?

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Contact your local RMHC chapter for volunteer opportunities and available services.

Buy something from the House Wishlist!

Amazon is donating 5-10% of all purchases made from this link to RMHC, whether it’s a wishlist item, or your own personal shopping.

Follow RMHC of the Inland NW on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube.

“Start liking and sharing! The more people we have access to, the greater the financial impact and results when we ask for help.” -Julie Delaney

Do You Have A Story To Tell?

If you have a positive experience with this charity, or a cause close to your heart, tell us about it at [email protected].

Your Kids Are Creepy

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Sometimes kids are sweet, sometimes they’re cute, and sometimes they say the darnedest things. Other times, they hover over you in the middle of the night, eyes glowing in the darkness, until you wake up your wife screaming. They wave at people no one else can see, whisper strange things to imaginary friends, stare blankly into space, and make you wonder if exorcisms are covered under your insurance plan. We asked you on Facebook to tell us the creepiest stuff your kids do, promising a free Dad t-shirt to the comment with the most likes. You and your creepy children did not disappoint. We laughed, we groaned at your Dad Jokes, and best of all, we got creeped the heck out.

10. [Vampire Voice] I Vant To Suck Your Bank Account Dry

This isn’t creepy, but this is a site for dads, and I’ll be damned if this isn’t the most Dad AF thing I’ve ever read.

9. Kitchen Appliance Scare

Again…dad AF.

8. It Always Feels Like Somebody's Watchin' Me

This is adorable, but I understand how it could be alarming if you weren’t expecting it.

7. The Discerning Palette

Someone put this kid in a wine tasting group. Wait. I mean, don’t. Not yet.

6. Alium Invasion

I hope weird is an effective defense against alien invasion.

5. Kiddy Litter

This will only get creepier with age.

4. You're Making Me Squirrely

Uh, no thanks chief.

3. Snake Neck Closet Man

There were many tales of kids talking to someone who wasn’t there, and Snake Neck Closet Man is the one that is keeping us all awake at night.

2. Culinary Frankenstein

Congratulations Darrell, you’re our runner-up and you’re raising a monster.

1. And The Winner Is... [drumroll]

Eric will soon have a Dad t-shirt in his possession. Speaking of possession, someone get this baby an exorcist.

They warned us we wouldn’t sleep as parents, we just didn’t know it would be because our kids are giving us nightmares. Thanks for playing, please accept our condolences about your haunted kids.