Guest Post: Kelly of Just Typikel, on the Corn Maze From Hell

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So, when the kids are grown, you’re done being a parent.

Right?

I sure hope not. Kelly McKenzie sure isn’t. Some of you know of her adventures on Just Typikel, Grown kids still give you plenty of blog fodder. That, plus Kelly’s mom, 91 and going strong, plays her part, too.

Kelly is a fantastic writer, and goes for broke when it comes to telling tales about her now-grown kids. And why not? What do you have to lose?

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Sh*t You Need in Your Auto Emergency Kit

prepared artIt happens on TV. Maybe sometimes it does happen in real life. And in Lifetime movies.

It’s you, maybe your kids, maybe your spouse. Somehow, someway, you take a wrong turn. You wind up on a dusty old country road, deep in the wilderness. And just when you think things couldn’t get worse: your car stalls.

If you’re a forward-thinking upper-middle-class American family, you’ll be fine.

You’ll be fine, because you’ve created prepared a preparedness kit.

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Go Ask Daddy About Dwarf Planets, Two-Pointers and Herding Dogs

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For a yankees player, Yogi Berra had it right a lot.

It’s getting uncrowded around here at Coach Daddy. I had a pretty good run in May, right around the BlogHer Voice of the Year announcement. I seemed to find a new normal after that, and had been on the rise. That rise appears to have plateaued.

Even New Orleans pipes down after Mardi Gras.

This is all fine for me. It means I have more time to get to more blogs.

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Guest Post: Amy of Maisy Mak, on How to Beat Sugar Addiction

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Amy of the Maisy Mak blog pretends to live by the ocean.

It’s easy to do. You just take a lot of pictures there and put them on your blog. Voila. Been to her blog before? Her About page is one of the most memorable ever. She interviews … herself. And asks all the tough questions.

She describes her kids as a “wily flock.” Don’t you just love that?

Her space is a wonderful 10 acres of mothering madness that includes such thoughtful topics as the 9 minutes in your day that have the greatest impact. Read that, seriously. It’ll change how you parent to some degree, guaranteed.

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Dad Knows When to Let Them Go Barefoot

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Dad lets her get away with anything. He won’t say no. Dad discipline? Please.

Dads, we once symbolized authority. Now? We wield the same power as the Queen of England. Or whoever is coaching the Dallas Cowboys. If we fail to believe in ourselves, how will our kids?

Please understand: Most of us aren’t just rolling over and playing dad. There’s a thought in our actions.

Fathers have a mission. Fathers have a role. Especially fathers of little girls.

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Go Ask Daddy About Spidey Snot, Circular Mysteries and Mentos Messes

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Rabia Lieber: Solutions for America.

OK, so maybe the author of the popular blog The Lieber Family isn’t running for U.S. Senate, but maybe she should. She’s a Coach Daddy loyalist, and an innovator. She happened upon the blog recently and suggested I try something new for Go Ask Daddy.

“Awesome info!!,” Rabia’s comment said. “Next you need to do the Go Ask Daddy: 3 Truths and a Lie version. Your actual answers are so witty, I’d love to see you make one up completely and try to pull it off!” So, let’s do it.

Only Go Ask Daddy is five questions, so we’ll go four truths, one lie.

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Guest Post: Shannon, of Radio Chick’s Reflections, on the 80s

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Shannon Adams is what you might call a slave to fashion.

Well, she was. Today, she’s a mom and a teacher, and a part-time DJ. But back in the day, she admitted on this very blog, she wore her overalls backward. To be cool. (If you didn’t live through the 80s, you’ll never understand.)

I can say that I never wore overalls, let alone backward.

I wasn’t nearly as cool as Shannon. I was the only kid in my school who liked Hall & Oates. I had the Big! Bang! Boom! tour shirt to prove it. We might not have run in the same circles during that golden decade, but Shannon and I both rocked the 80s. Ish.

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