Urban Meyer signs a contract with his daughters before Ohio State

The college football world is all mixed in scandals, accusations, and self-imposed bowl bans.  It’s been a pretty tough year, you’d have to admit.  Here’s a little ray of light in all that darkness: Urban Meyer signed a contract with his daughters before signing his contract with Ohio State.

First and foremost, let me disqualify all the arrows I’m going to receive for posting something about Ohio State, as I hold zero affiliation to the school.  Nor am I looking forward to watching my Michigan State Spartans have to deal with the star players he’s bound to attract.  Outside all that, this is a dad showing his family priority.  When the whole world is touting how amazing he is and how much money he’ll make, his family is keeping him honest.  And then they made him write it all down and sign it.

Gonna be a lot of orange and blue purged from those closets

It shows a huge appreciation for him as a Dad.  His daughters, (Gigi and Nikki) although interestingly named, have reason for concern.  Meyer suffered heart issues back in 2009 and 2010, leading up to his retirement.  Let’s face it, coming in to a school ripped with scandal isn’t exactly going to be easy on the man’s heart.  So, his daughters told him what he needs to do and he needs to stick to it.

Why does he need to stick to it?  Well, staying alive would be the primary driver, but honoring a pledge to his daughters.  That may seem somewhat grand, but you do the same thing for your daughter every day when you work at your job to put food on the table, treat her mom with respect, and just being there for her.

"I'm doing it for my daughter" "I'm doing it for my daughter" "I'm doing it for my daughter" "I'm doing it for my daughter" "I'm doing it for my daughter" "I'm doing it for my daughter"

It would probably be a weird message given all the congrats he’s getting, but I’d tell Urban Meyer, “Thanks for being a dad…”



Take your daughter to a bookstore

Now, this is two weeks away, but I think you should get it on your calendars, Dads.  I’m not always a sentimental guy when it comes to progress.  Technology has opened doors and bridged gaps that many thought were insurmountable.  Progress comes from looking at a problem and finding an innovative way to solve it.  We’ve cured countless diseases, explored the stars and used the power of technology to….make books digital.  Huh?

Yeah, like you could save the land of Fantasia on a Kindle Fire...psshh.

That’s why I love the idea of “Take your Child to a Bookstore”.  It’s on December 3rd and you can read a ton about the concept to maintain those little boutiques that are part of Americana.  Obviously, I have somewhat of an agenda as I want you to take your daughter to the bookstore, if one is in your area.  I think it’s a perfect Daddy-Daughter Date and it’s sharing one of the greatest gifts she’ll treasure forever: reading.

If your daughter’s room is like mine, there are enough books.  If you frequent the library, as my family does, they’ve seen the gambit of books and the written word.  But there is just something different about a bookstore, where they can see it all.  They can sit down for a story hour, or look at ALL the Dora series at once.  More importantly, it’s supporting those local businesses and physically connecting your daughter to the act of reading.

That love of reading might spell your doom, however.

Think about it.  It’s free.  It’s a Daddy-Daughter Date.  It’s simple and there’s a map on the website.  If you go, please let me know how it went.  If you don’t, that’s cool too, and let me know what you did with your daughter that day instead.

Either way, thanks for being a dad….




Dads and daughters and….Twilight?

All right, look, I understand that a large number of you dads out there are just trying to deal with hormonally imbalanced teens that have this thing for depressed vampires.  It’s a cultural phenomenon like the Beatles, Shaun Cassidy, or Brad Pitt.  You can’t stop it, you can only hope to contain it.  And the vampire craze is completely through the roof now with this Twilight thing.  So much so that you’ve got whole legions of fans going to see the next Twilight premiere, sometimes camping out for days.

Oh, if only

Look, I blog a lot about caring for your daughter and her needs to have a relationship with you.  That relationship is one of the most crucial for her well being.  Your daughter needs you, needs to know you, needs to learn from you, and needs to trust you.  I even give out a ton of ideas on what to do with your daughter.  One on one time is such an awesome time to build that relationship.

But I just cannot fathom the idea of camping out at a Twilight movie premier for days because of your daughter.  COME ON!!  No matter the size of the phenomenon or cultural influence, you should not turn in your man card for your daughter.  A tiara at a princess tea? Not revoking the man card; you’re just trying to come to her level.  Going to the ballet? Still not taking it away as you’re building culture.  Camping out at a Twilight premier for a week? BANNED!  Don’t believe me?  Read a few of the comments on those pictures and let me know.

The dudes in the back must be trying to get to GameStop...yeah...

I get trying to hang with your daughter, but really, what redeeming quality or lesson are we teaching here?  It’s a set of books, you know.  Read the books with her,  discuss it, have some dialogue.  But going all OccupyTwilight?  Nah.  The actors are just actors and you’re showing her it’s cool to elevate them to some sort of diety, when really, they’re just actors.  They’d be doing a Soft Scrub commercial if they needed to.  Or worse….aaaand I’m not going there.


I’m all about you having quality time with your daughter.  But quality time should be quality, that this sort of thing, it just seems a little weird.  Look, I went to a Spice Girls concert before I was even a dad, and not only did I realize I should never let my friends talk me in buying tickets while intoxicated, but I realized it was down right weird.  If the entire universe around you is a crowd of girls and women, you might just find your Man Card missing at the end of that event.

Thanks for being a dad….


Daughters are so political

I was searching and searching for timely article to post on the blog, and I finally found a lighthearted note about President Obama giving some guff to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. It seems the French President recently welcomed a baby daughter…at the age of 56.  Look, some guys still got it at that age.

I'm assuming that's the kid

President Obama threw out the usual joke about the child having the mother’s looks, but then throws out and awesome quote: “Now we share one of the greatest challenges and blessings of life, and that is being fathers to our daughters,” Obama said.  Regardless of your political affiliations, you’ve got to agree with that quote.


Come on...at least he's taking the time....

I just think that’s cool.  We’re all from different backgrounds, education levels, ethnicities, and interests.  But our girls bond us together.  It is a challenge.  It is a blessing.  It’s awesome that even when you’re the leader of the free world and you’ve probably seen more beauty, chaos, and overall incredible sights in your life, and you still see having a daughter as one of the top.

I don’t know if that gets him re-elected, but it’d get me to say to him, “Thanks for being a dad….”

– Scott –