Superhero Days

Being a dad is tough work. There are down days and bland days. Every now and then, however, you get to have superhero days.

A superhero day starts off like any other, but then a situation or opportunity arises where you have to call upon every dad skill you know, and some you didn’t even know you possess.

You’ve been there. Maybe you crawled up a play place slide to rescue your stuck toddler, or you drove to seven different stores to get materials for a school project due the next day, or you made pancakes for dinner.

Superhero days are actually kind of mundane to most folks. To your kids, however, there’s nothing more amazing than a father who is willing to step up to do the things that need doing.

And what a great reminder of dads as superheroes than the new Marvel Collection from Cross Pens.

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These top quality pens feature the most prominent icons in the Marvel Universe: Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man. They’re perfect for those days when your to-do list is extra long. Seeing this cool pen in my hand as I cross chores off my list is a great reminder that I have it within me to be a superhero to my kids. Check them out here.

It doesn’t take much to be a superhero dad. Be present, be patient, and do what needs to be done. Your kids will look at you like you’re Captain America.

Thanks to Cross Pens for partnering with me for this post.

Slob Dads

I wouldn’t necessarily label myself as a slob.

It’s more accurate to say I’m fashion-challenged.

There was a time when I cared about the clothes I wore. But then children came along, and then homeschooling, and suddenly there was not even a minute of the day to think about clothes beyond making sure they pass the smell test.

Actually, I do put some thought into fashion when it comes to my kids. I make sure my daughter doesn’t go out of the house half-naked, and that my son doesn’t show up at soccer practice in a Wiggles t-shirt.

But me? Psshh. Who cares. Seriously, who cares how I look?

I’m showered and shaved. Deodorant liberally applied. Hair, ummm, under a hat.

You will not be frightened as I approach from one end of the cereal aisle at the grocery store.

You will not pass out as I reach for the Frosted Mini-Wheats on the top shelf.

Stay-at-home homeschooling dads do have certain standards. What we don’t have is the time, inclination, or money to regularly shop for clothing when there’s a perfectly good pair of Wrangler jeans from 1999 in the closet to go along with our comfortable collection of sports team t-shirts.

Am I alone here, or are there other stay-at-home dads who have sensibly given up on the fashion game?