• 5yo: I LOVE that it ran out of batteries.
  • 5yo: I don't really love it. I was being sarcastic.
  • Me: Who taught you to be sarcastic?
  • 5yo: Mom.

bestnatesmithever:

The original TMNT voice actors sing the TMNT theme song at Rose City Comic Con 2014

I went to my first Comic Con today. I took my 5-year-old. I grew up watching the original TMNT series and he is growing up watching the current series. Today we got to meet Rob Paulsen who voiced my Raphael and currently voices his Donatello.

And then we went to a panel talk with the original cast including Cam Clarke (Leonardo), Townsend Coleman (Michelangelo), Barry Gordon (Donatello), and Renae Jacobs (April O’Neil). 

Cowabunga!

bestnatesmithever:

Starting at 9pm PST (12am EST) I’ll be performing an improv show on E-MPROV.com. You can watch the show and give us immediate feedback by clicking on the link above!

Also, give us a suggestion for the show. What’s a song lyric that describes you?

Is it bad that I just listed “parenting” as one of my hobbies?

"Stop asking your kids what they want to be when they grow up and focus on what they want to be now."

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!