Everyone is Talking
About the Dads competing in the #CheerioChallenge.
Why do I care?
Everyone loves a good challenge, and when Dads are involved? Bonus.
Tell me more.
The best part of a Dad is their innate ability to dig into the silly and fun parts of parenting, so it’s no wonder that a competitive challenge involving stacking cheerios on the head of a sleeping child, would go viral. Patrick Quinn, dad to 3-week old Maxton was sitting with his little one asleep in his lap, so naturally he was bored. It was then that he spotted a bowl of cheerios that his older son had left out, and he did what any dad would do, began to stack some cheerios on Maxton’s head.
Because, why not?
Once completing the feat of balancing five cheerios, he posted the photo of his success on Life of Dad’s Facebook page (which he manages), challenging other parents to do the same, and the rest, as they say, is history. Even Macklemore got in on the fun and the photos are still coming in, with news outlets like CNN, Fox News, Esquire, Elite Daily and even BBC in the UK covering the story.
But, no good challenge ends without a bit of an evolution, because the internet is awesome. Enter #CheerioRevenge where babies are getting back at their Dads as they sleep. Good times indeed.
If you want to see the various iterations of the #CheerioChallenge check out Life of Dad’s Facebook page, these parents are very resourceful.
YOU and the Kids are Alright
Apparently, using your phone to interact with your surroundings all the time may not be detrimental to your well-being. According to a new study, our fears of phones causing a major disconnect in life experiences may be unfounded. According to Kristin Diehl, associate professor of marketing at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, by taking photos as you are enjoying an event or activity you are actually creating a more engaging experience. She says, “What we find is you actually look at the world slightly differently, because you’re looking for things you want to capture, that you may want to hang onto. That gets people more engaged in the experience, and they tend to enjoy it more.”
Through a series of different experiments, they investigated their theories – at meals, educational tours, and more. Each finding supported the theory that the experiences were enjoyed more by using their phones as a part of the process.
Instagrammers and grandmothers can rejoice as they once again, pick up their cameras.
Hack it Up
Speaking of photos, do you often wonder which photos you should make sure you get of your children as they grow up and which you can forgo? This post with 41 Photos to Take of Your Kids From Birth To College has some great ideas, like making sure to get photos of each month in the first year. It sounds daunting, but our kids change drastically in that first year, so it’s SO worth the effort. The most important theme in all of the suggestions is to catch your kids in their element, rarely posed and up against a variety of backdrops, and in everyday moments.
Menu Planning Mastery – for the Road
When you’re on the road, it can be challenging to keep the snacks healthy, and interesting for your kids. The Krazy Koupon Lady has a couple of awesome options to help you out with that. Options like creating snack necklaces with your kids before you leave on your trip and creating surprise snack eggs to be opened up as you travel. Interested in having some peanut butter or nutella messy snacks? She has a plan for that. We think she’s Krazy smart.
Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. –Regina Brett
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