Some days you feel like fighting crime.

Some days you feel like wearing a dress.

Some days you feel like fighting crime in a dress.

"When I grow up and I can do tricks on my bike I want to be called Trick Monster."

— My 5yo who can barely ride his bike with training wheels

  • Me: Chandler, didn't Mommy make an awesome meal?
  • 5yo: Yeah.
  • Me: I can only make one thing. Jokes.
  • 2yo: You make babies.
  • Me: Okay I can make two things.

Do you ever wonder what your second child would be like if it was an only child?

thedaddycomplex:

This week on Discussing News With My Kids, Boone and Wyatt chime in on the California Senator Rob Wright scandal, MIT’s robot cheetah, and the impending state tax fund crisis. Enjoy.

I love these videos. I love how much the boys listen to each other and each have their own unique ideas.

We need a “serious” word

My kids and I need to agree on a “serious” word. It’s like a safe word, but for when I need my kids to know I’m that I’m not kidding and they need to listen to me.

You see, I spend a lot of time joking with my boys, and saying things like, “You better not do that!” with a goofy look on my face. And nothing makes them laugh more than doing exactly what I just told them to do. 

This has actually become my best technique for getting them to eat vegetables at dinner. “Parker, PLEASE don’t eat those carrots! NO! DON’T!” And then he giggles with glee as he gulps them down. 

But, we now have the problem that when I’m seriously trying to tell them not to do something, they don’t recognize the difference between the game and reality. So now I have to preface my serious statements with “This is serious -“

"This is serious - STOP HITTING DADDY IN THE CROTCH"

bestnatesmithever:

Playing #StoryWar with my 5yo. I am a player and the judge, and if he can come up with a creative and not overly violent story of how his character beats mine, he wins. He begs to play this every day.

This game is a lot of fun. I challenge Chandler to be creative and to use the descriptions on the cards (which I read to him) and the details in the pictures, to come up with a story for how his character could beat mine. 
http://www.cantripgames.com/storywar/

bestnatesmithever:

Playing #StoryWar with my 5yo. I am a player and the judge, and if he can come up with a creative and not overly violent story of how his character beats mine, he wins. He begs to play this every day.

This game is a lot of fun. I challenge Chandler to be creative and to use the descriptions on the cards (which I read to him) and the details in the pictures, to come up with a story for how his character could beat mine. 

http://www.cantripgames.com/storywar/

Tags: StoryWar

  • 5yo: That's cool. My tissue floats on the toilet water.
  • Me: Why do you think that is?
  • 5yo: Maybe because it is so light.
  • Me: That's right! Things that are lighter than water float and things that are heavier than water sink.
  • 5yo: Poop is heavier than water.
"OK no more bath tub kisses."

— Something I had to say to the boys tonight

e-mprov:

E-MPROV - Improvising Fatherhood - 9/7/14

A live improv comedy show about the comedy of being a dad hosted by Nate Smith of improvisingfatherhood and featuring Charlie Capen and Andy Herald of how2beadad, David Vienna of thedaddycomplex, Doug Moe of manvchild and the Upright Citizens Brigade, and Josh Eakright of Second City.

Last night’s show was a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who watched it live, but if you didn’t you can watch it…unlive. Enjoy!

improvisingfatherhood:

E-MPROV.com presents Improvising Fatherhood - an improv show about the comedy of being a dad.

I’m excited to re-announce that I will be hosting a live comedy show on the Internet this Sunday. The show will feature popular Dad bloggers Charlie Capen and Andy Herald, authors of www.HowToBeADad.com, and David Vienna, author of www.theDaddyComplex.com

The show will also feature NY-based improvisers Doug Moe, author of www.manvchild.com, and Josh Eakright (Second City, iO Chicago, UCBNY).

We’ll discussing the topic of fatherhood and answering any questions you might have for us. Then we will use that discussion to inspire improv comedy.

Tweet your questions to @howtobeadad ,@thedaddycomplex, and @improvfather using the hashtag #EMPROV 

Sunday, September 7th, at 9pm PST on www.E-MPROV.com

This show is TONIGHT! 

Tags: improv EMPROV

Anonymous said: What time will the show be if I live in Victoria, Australia? :)

The Improvising Fatherhood E-MPROV show starts at 9pm PST on Sunday Sept 7 which is 2pm on Monday Sept 8 in Victoria, Australia. I hope you can watch!

Tags: Ask Improv EMPROV

improvisingfatherhood:

E-MPROV.com presents Improvising Fatherhood - an improv show about the comedy of being a dad.

I’m excited to re-announce that I will be hosting a live comedy show on the Internet this Sunday. The show will feature popular Dad bloggers Charlie Capen and Andy Herald, authors of www.HowToBeADad.com, and David Vienna, author of www.theDaddyComplex.com

The show will also feature NY-based improvisers Doug Moe, author of www.manvchild.com, and Josh Eakright (Second City, iO Chicago, UCBNY).

We’ll discussing the topic of fatherhood and answering any questions you might have for us. Then we will use that discussion to inspire improv comedy.

Tweet your questions to @howtobeadad ,@thedaddycomplex, and @improvfather using the hashtag #EMPROV 

Sunday, September 7th, at 9pm PST on www.E-MPROV.com

The weekend is almost here! And just when you think it is over, it won’t be because I’ll be hosting a super fun comedy show on E-MPROV.com Sunday night at 9pm PST. 

Let me know if you’ll be watching by RSVPing HERE and feel free to leave your parenting questions there too.

Tags: improv E-MPROV

I want to thank the guy who offered to take our family photo today. 

"I’m just going to take a bunch and you can delete the ones you don’t like."

Well they all turned out like this.

I want to thank the guy who offered to take our family photo today.

"I’m just going to take a bunch and you can delete the ones you don’t like."

Well they all turned out like this.

Playing with my 5-year-old is starting to feel like bad improv.

Whenever we play make believe I try to steer Chandler away from tragic outcomes. This is a conversation we had while playing Ninja Turtles. (My character was a giant worm from Dimension X)

Chandler: Oh no! Your whole family was killed by Shredder!

Me: Actually, they’re just playing dead like a possum!

Chandler: Nope. See they’re not waking up.

Me: Yeah, it usually takes about 4 hours for them to wake up. If it lasts longer than 4 hours call your doctor (I made this joke even though no adults were around to hear it).

Chandler: Actually it is night time now and they are still (trying not to use the word “dead”) not awake.

Me: Oh! I just realized they used their fake versions of themselves to trick Shredder and they are really hiding.

Chandler: No. They’re…(slightly quieter) dead.

AND SCENE