What Disney Teaches My Kids – Bolt

Jan 9th, 2015 Movies

Remember when Disney Animation was in the Lost Age of “Home on the Range” and “Chicken Little”? That was a dark time, when finding good entertainment to shut the kids up was harder to find. Then came John Lasseter, ushering in “Meet the Robinsons” and “Bolt,” giving Disney Animation a Most Improved award to add to their wall. It’s been a while since I saw…

Disney Infinity With Toddlers – A Mini Review

Dec 29th, 2014 Games, Kid Stuff

Image a world where Thor met Rapunzel. What would they do together? If you guessed that Thor would lift Rapunzel up over his head with beefy Chris Hemsworth arms and fly her around while she threw an infinite supply of frying pans at Frost Giants, you’d be right. And likely smoking some pretty strong stuff. That, in a nutshell, is my experience with Disney Infinity,…

Focusing on the Wrong Birth – Thoughts on Yet Another Christmas

Dec 22nd, 2014 Church, Memoir

Today is December 22, only three days away from Christmas. I’m looking forward to seeing my kids’ faces light up on Christmas Day (for perhaps the first time). Yet the rest of the emotions swirling through me would cast me as the grumpy dad in a Saturday Morning Christmas Special who just can’t get into the spirit of Christmas (sponsored by Dodge Ram).

What Disney Teaches My Kids – The Jungle Book

Dec 1st, 2014 Movies

(If you’re looking for the 2016 Live Action version, click here) I remember reading a post from a well renown author talking about how difficult it was to get back into the habit of writing after even a short break. Well, Thanksgiving is over, the family has (mostly) gone home, and I’m in that writing rut. What better way to pull myself out than writing…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – The Book of Life

Nov 20th, 2014 Movies

I know, not Disney. But “What Executive Producer Guillermo Del Toro Teaches My Kids” just didn’t have the same ring to it. The Book of Life came out about a month ago to reviews leaning towards the positive side. Overall, I thought it was great. Maybe not ‘instant classic’ great, and maybe not even ‘buy and put on the Plex Server‘ great, but it was…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – Big Hero 6

Nov 13th, 2014 Movies

We saw Big Hero 6 last Saturday at the now world famous Century 16.  I like going there from time to time, both because it’s cheap, and because I see it as a bit of a middle finger to the d-bag who made the place famous. They have cops working the place full time now, which makes me feel a bit more secure. As for the…

What Disney Teaches My Kids

Nov 13th, 2014 Books, Movies, and Games

Like all good modern parents, I hand over a significant amount of my parenting to my great uncle’s popular invention, the digital babysitter. And like all good modern parents, one of the babysitters I trust most is Walt Disney. I mean his company’s movies and shows, in case you were confused by that last sentence. Not the cryogenically frozen part of him. That’d be gross.

Snap Circuits with Preschoolers

Oct 20th, 2014 Kid Stuff

For better or worse, I think my son Finley is destined to be an engineer. Those anti-social, pocket protecting nerd genes run strongly through my mom’s side of the family, including (and most famously) a great uncle who gave us the digital babysitter. Ever since Finley could walk, instead of wanting to play with toys like the other kids, he’s wanted to take things apart…

The Catlateral Damage Caused By Video Games

Oct 6th, 2014 Games, Kid Stuff

No, the title is not a spelling error. Just keep reading. Ever since my dad came home with an original Nintendo (despite him actually wanting an Atari), I’ve been a big fan of video games. Now that I have kids of my own, my playing time has been reduced to almost zero, but I still like to keep up with the latest news (or, in…