Submissions Now Open for “Mr. Dad Seal of Approval”

Mr. Dad Seal of ApprovalWe’ve finally recovered from Toy Fair and are now accepting submissions for the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval‘s Spring 2014 and Father’s Day 2014 seasons. There is no fee to apply. If you have (or someone you know has) a toy, game, app, service, or anything else that gets dads and kids engaging together, we encourage you to visit mrdad.com/seal and fill out the simple application in the sidebar. Submission deadlines and announcement dates are below.

Season Submission Deadline Winners Announced
Spring 2014 March 31, 2014 Week of April 14, 2014
Father’s Day 2014 May 26, 2014 Week of June 2, 2014
Back to School 2014 August 25, 2014 Week of  September 7, 2014
Winter Holidays ’14 November 16, 2014 Week of December 1, 2014

Technology Overload + The Great Outdoors + College Applications + Good Teens

[amazon asin=1620876361&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Max Strom, author of There is No App for Happiness.
Topic:
How to avoid a near-life experience.
Issues: Technology has expanded at such a rate that nearly every aspect of our world has been affected–but there has been no expansion of personal happiness. Instead, the wealthiest societies have become depressed, anxious, sleep-deprived, and overmedicated.


[amazon asin=0399161082&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Peter Brown Hoffmeister, author of Let Them Be Eaten by Bears.
Topic:
A fearless guide to taking our kids into the great outdoors.
Issues: A simple, practical introduction to hiking, camping, and exploring that will help parents and kids alike feel empowered and capable. So turn off the video games and rediscover the powerful of going out to play.

[amazon asin=0345498925&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Michelle Hernandez, author of Acing the College Application.
Topic:
Maximizing your child’s chances for admission to the college of his or her choice.
Issues: Understanding the Common Application; how the answer to the “Why” question can make or break your application; the truth about what colleges are really looking for in essays; myths and misconceptions about the on-campus interview.


[amazon asin=0307347575&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Richard Lerner, author of The Good Teen.
Topic:
Debunking the negative myths about adolescents.
Issues: Teens have an undeserved bad rap in the media and elsewhere; redefining adolescence; all teens have the potential to develop in healthy ways; the characteristics of a good teen and what parents and others can do to encourage them.

Learning with Your Kids? There’s an App for That

As fun—and educational—as iPads can be, when it comes to parents playing learning games with their children (as opposed to kids playing by themselves and turning into zombies), there really isn’t an app for that. Until now. TigerFace Games has developed a number of learning apps that allow parents and children to either compete or [...]

“Bright Starts Activity Station” G!veAway

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With well over 6,500 downloads, I really appreciate all the dads (and moms!) who’ve played my new app, “Mr. Dad on Pregnancy.” As a reward for your enthusiasm and passion, we’re giving away a Bright Starts Activity Station (retails for $89) for your little one to play on when he or she arrives. Haven’t seen the app yet? No problem! You can double your chances to win by playing! Sign-up for the Activity Station–and the app–here: www.mrdadgiveaways.com

Who Knows What the Kids Are Buying with Your Phone in the Back Seat?

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It’s sure as hell happened to me–and if you’ve got a smartphone or tablet, there’s a pretty good chance that your darling, more-tech-savvy-than-you child has bought a few things and charged it to your phone bill. Stay tuned–there may be some good news on the horizon.

Under increasing pressure from parents, Apple is the first company to admit that they may have been a little lax on parental controls–and they’ve agreed to pay $100 million to settle claims.  Apparently, upwards of 20 million households are affected. If your child only bought a few small things, the $5 iTunes gift card they’ll be offering will make you happy. But if you’re one of the unfortunate parents whose kids racked up hundreds of dollars worth of apps, movies, tv shows, and more, you’re not going get much compensation. Plus, you won’t get anything at all unless you can prove that your child bought something without having to enter a password.

 

 

The ONLY Pregnancy App for Dads–”Mr. Dad on Pregnancy”

mrdad on pregnancy -- the ONLY app for expectant fathers

mrdad on pregnancy -- the ONLY app for expectant fathersWell, after a few delays and tech hiccups, my new app, “Mr. Dad on Pregnancy” (based on my bestselling book, The Expectant Father), is out. It’s engaging, informative, and a lot of fun. Plus, it’s the only app out there specifically aimed at dads (and those who love them).

I’d love to get feedback from all you dads and moms. Your reviews and recommendations would mean a lot too.

You can download Mr. Dad on Pregnancy here. goo.gl/bBR6v   If you’re interested in reviewing the advanced versions, I’ll be delighted to reimburse the full purchase price.

Finally, we’d like to do a Spanish language version of the app. If you know of a good translator, please let me know.

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