Take Your Kids To The Zoo And Expand Their Interests

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So I just took my kids to the local zoo the other day. Not the San Diego Zoo or any big time zoo for that matter, but a place to see some animals. Not only did they learn a lot, but it also taught me more about them and kids in general.

They were amazed at all the animals, but they had the specific ones that really sparked their interest. As an animal lover myself, I was impressed at what they taught me.

Getting Out of the House

This was the best part about the whole trip. My kids do get out enough, but this opened their eyes (literally) to something new.

I knew they liked animals, but it was a whole different ballgame when you show it to them in real life. To see a crocodile up close and personal is not the same as watching it on Animal Planet.

Yeah they weren’t working up a sweat and they weren’t winded, but they did walk quite a bit. This was not a trip for exercising the body, but rather the mind.

Lifelong Memories

As a kid, I didn’t get to experience half the stuff that mine get to do. I guess you can say that I’m living my childhood off of my kids.

With that trip, they have learned a lot and now they will have things to remember when they get older. It’s like letting a kid free you know?

If you keep them sheltered and you don’t expose them to different things, they will only have that much knowledge.

Just telling them how much a Panda can eat is some amazing and almost useless fact. They eat 20-40 lbs of bamboo a day by the way. Read more here on how interesting Pandas really are.

Dad, I Love Sharks Now

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With all the animals the kids saw, they both chose a specific one that they really liked. My middle child (Gage) was so fascinated about the sharks for some reason.

I don’t know if it was just the way they looked, or if it was from what he saw on tv that made it that much more interesting.

Whatever the reason may be, it gave them something more than just Power Rangers to think about. They now wanted to learn more about the ocean and how all the animals operate in the underwater world.

Can We Go Back Again?

There is only so much “zooing” a person can do, but they didn’t want to leave. Being that we had to leave, the good old question came out. “Can we go back again?”.

But of course, was my response. There was just so much more learning that could be done, just from a simple trip to the zoo.

Not only are we getting the kids away from the tv, but it gets us to interact with them and do a little teaching of our own.

Then you’ll have them throw in the stuff they’ve learned from school and therefore reiterates what was already being taught.

If you’re looking for something to do with your kids over this summer or any normal day, I suggest you take them to the zoo. We had a blast and I know you’ll love it too!

 

How To Build A Tire Swing (3 Chains)

Thanks to the dads at Dan330, we have a very short and straight to the point video that will show you how to build a tire swing.

Remember now, there are two types of tire swings. One with just a rope and a tire and then you have the one with 3 chains and a tire.

For this post, we are going to show you how to build a tire swing with the 3 chains. This tire swing is designed for about two kids (maybe 3), so it might be a little better if you have more than one child.

Materials

  • A tree
  • 1 tire
  • Drill with 1/2″ drill bit
  • 3 U bolts
  • Some kids

Although this video is very simple and doesn’t get too much into detail, it gets the job done. I liked it because they added a little humor to it, so that’s always a good thing.

Before You Swing

Bigger is not always better and it is definitely the case here. I know you think that using a bigger tire would be better, but that is not so much the case here.

Your best bet would be using a smaller tire. I don’t mean go and get a wheelbarrow tire now, so don’t go doing that either.

Make sure you drill holes on the bottom of the tire. This is very important for the water to drain and you don’t want to have to do this once the tire is hanging from the tree.

Don’t hang it too high. Remember guys, this is for kids, so you make sure it is low enough for them to get on. Most of you will be using your height as a measuring too, but that’s not going to work.

Try to hang the tire on branches furthest away from the tree. Of course you want to use the strongest branches possible, but you also don’t want the kids to be hitting the tree while they swing.

Please supervise your children. Not just with this tire swing, but with everything else. Kids will do things you would never imagine in the blink of an eye.

Get your Swing on

This is something that can be done in no time and it doesn’t require an arm and a leg. Not only is is a cheap investment, but I know your kids will absolutely love it.

I hope this little tutorial will help you give your kids something else to look forward to and not just video games and watching tv all day.

If you are interested in building a single tire swing, you can always go to

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Why Becoming A Dad Has Changed My Life Forever

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Becoming a dad has been one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to me. It just so happens that I have been blessed with 3 boys and it has definitely changed my life for the better.

The thing about life is that we are all different and some of us take things differently than others. Here is what having a child has done for me as a person.

Say Goodbye to the Clubs

Let me just tell you that I was once a big time party animal and all that has changed. For the better of course.

I am not going to complain and I am not going to tell you how much I miss getting drunk with my friends, because they still come over to my place and I am still allowed to drink every now and then.

Pointing Me in The Right Direction

If there’s one thing that having a child did, it would be setting me on the right path. No more trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, but doing something and making it happen.

Did I mention that I am a full-time work from home dad? Well that’s exactly what I do, and I couldn’t ask for a better “job”.

Growing up Overnight

Let’s just say that I had to change almost immediately. I had to stop a lot of things that weren’t so “father like” and it was almost like I didn’t have a choice.

I used to smoke and literally quit cold turkey on the same day my first child was born. I guess you can say that I was more of a social smoker and I didn’t have an addiction to nicotine, so that is a good thing I’m guessing?

For some people, changing is something they can’t accept, but that is kind of normal I’m guessing. Although parenting may not come naturally to most parents, hopefully the content on this site can help you grow not only as a parent, but also as a person.

I thought getting deployed twice was life changing, but becoming a dad is at a whole different level and experience.

Raising Baby

I can say that I absolutely love being a father. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of hearing my kids call me dad although I know they will soon outgrow the whole “daddy” thing.

Watching my kids grow has done a lot for my life not only physically, but also mentally. I have more focus on my goals now and I have accomplished a lot more, now that I am a father.

From learning how to change a diaper, to watching their personalities change as the days go by. I am just sitting out on my lawn, typing this article, watching my boys go back and forth with their little conversation and I can say that is what pushes me to do what I do.

Full-time Stay at Home Dad

Having a child has helped me with my financial state a whole lot too. I went from an active duty soldier, working a civil service job, and going to college, to being a full-time stay at home dad.

I mean come on, who gets paid to talk about how wonderful it is to be a father? I do! If you want to learn more on how all this was possible, you can take a look at my money maker, which is aworkathomejobs.com.

If it wasn’t for the fine folks at Wealthy Affiliate, none of this would be possible. And if it wasn’t for my kids, I would’ve never found the opportunity to make money online, from home, without doing any type of MLM recruiting nonsense.

This is the first post for askdads.com and it definitely won’t be the last. I hope to share and learn different experience with all you fathers (and mothers) so don’t be afraid to share.

I look forward to hearing your stories as well as giving the best advice any dad can get. Cheers!

 

– John

Owner, AskDads.com

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