You need sleep. Breathe Right can help.

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Sleep. We all want it. We all need it. We all have things that muck it up. Neighborhood dogs, sirens, car alarms, loud obnoxious motorcycles at 3 am. And far too often, it’s our favorite people on the planet. Our family.

TheBoy, age 7, sometimes wakes up from a bad dream. Nothing major needed here. A hug with a “There, there,” and walk back to bed with a tuck in, done. Maybe a stop by the bathroom, just to be safe (preventing another wake up 5 minutes later).

TheGirl, age 6 months, will just fidget a little too much in her crib and I’ve got to check on her. Sometimes, an uncomfortable diaper needs changing. Often, her late night milk cravings get so unbearable that she screams! TheGirl takes a bit more time and effort on our part to be comforted back to sleep, but once she’s out, I’ll get a few hours to myself.

And then, there is TheirMother, aged well, like a fine wine. With the “mouth breathing” sounds of mighty lumberjacks attacking a 90 year old red oak with an antique two man crosscut saw. The techniques used to put an end to such noise vary from a little bed shake, a touch on the shoulder, to a full on shove over, wake up, roll over before I smother you with a pillow! I mean, yea, my children lived in her, but I need to sleep!

I try not to get upset with any of them. It’s not their fault. Nobody does it on purpose. But that doesn’t mean it’s not annoying. The only one I can control is the tree sawing sounds of nasal congestion coming from TheirMother. Breathe Right® hooked us up with a few samples of their sensitive skin strips, as well as their lavender scented strips.

Lavender scented strips for a calming aroma, and clear strips for sensitive skin.

Lavender scented strips for a calming aroma, and clear strips for sensitive skin.

Applying a strip is easy. After washing her face, she simply peels off the paper exposing the adhesive, positions the strip below the bridge and above her nostrils and sticks it to her nose. It’s that easy, and the trees of Forest Slumber are safe for the night.

(ProTip: Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to apply a Breathe Right strip to a sleeping spouse. It may seem like a good idea in a sleep deprived deranged state of mind, but it’s not. You’ll think, “I’m helping! She needs to breathe easier so she’ll get better sleep and feel refreshed in the morning.” No. Just don’t.)

For more information on Breathe Right nasal strips, visit: You can also visit their Facebook and Twitter accounts and join the conversation using the #NightsRight hashtag.

Disclosure: No, I didn’t really attempt to put a strip on her nose while she was sleeping. But I thought about it.

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TBT Vintage Video #5 – Teaching Language Skills

Language is important. What language have you taught your kids? And do you know where your elbows are?

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TBT Vintage Video #4

Awkward Daddy Clay is Awkward.

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Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn. Participation DOES matter.

The continued uproar over “participation trophies” for youth sports is indeed ridiculous. They do not hurt anyone. No. Stop. They really don’t.

Should high school, college and pro teams give trophies to everyone on the team? No, of course not. (But the best coaches will find something to motivate and build up every player.) But for young children, participation trophies/certificates/whatever are a quick, easy and cheap trinket to help remind them of the fun they had. Playing. Youth sports coaches are very often unpaid volunteers. They take time(and often money) away from their own families, because they enjoy teaching kids about a sport they are passionate about. (Or they got roped into it because they are the only parent who consistently showed up at practices.) They really don’t have time to find that one thing that makes every kid flourish into the mega athlete you believe they need to be.

If your child puts forth little or no effort in a sport just because they know they’ll still get a piece of plastic in the end, that guarantee of a trophy is not at fault. They weren’t playing for the right reason (fun!) in the first place. If you take the trophy away, their performance is not going to improve. It’s up to you to help them develop a sense of teamwork and commitment. It’s up to you to help them understand. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn.

Adam over at wrote much more (and much better) about this issue. Here’s an excerpt from his post:

Getting something for “participating” is not a new thing. From letter jackets, to certificates, to yearbooks, to keychains, people have been getting stuff for being part of the team for pretty much ever. It can be a keepsake and a memento of a fun time had with friends, and it doesn’t have to mark achievement. But we live in the United States of Excessica, where “Go Big or Go Home” isn’t just a way of life, I think it is actually a law in Texas. So this makes me think it has to be about the shape of the object, and not what it represents. Certificates became trophies, trophies became bigger trophies, and now we are mad.

Read the rest over at Tell him DadLabs sent ya!

Edit: Carter at DadScribe feels much the same way.

I believe youth sports are meant to help kids learn to socialize. After-school and weekend activities like baseball, soccer, swimming and other sports introduce kids to different experiences, a vital component of growing up. Sports give kids the chance to identify their physical, mental and emotional limits and push past them as they grow.

Most of all, youth sports are supposed to be fun.

If you believe sports is only about identifying winners and losers, then frankly, you have the wrong idea about the purpose of youth sports.

Read his full post at

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TBT Vintage Video #3

It’s back to school week here, so for this week’s Vintage Video, we bring back Daddy Troy’s Geo Board build. Enjoy!

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Dad’s Craft Lab – YOXO

Yes, I love to craft. Yes, I have a penis. Unbelievable right? I know I’m venturing into territory generally reserved for MomBloggers, but Dad’s Craft Lab will be another semi-regular segment here at DadLabs.

It’s my parents fault really. My Mom is a seamstress (by hobby/necessity not trade) and crafter, and my Dad worked at a cardboard box factory… I grew up making Christmas ornaments out of beads and pipe cleaners and building box forts. This wasn’t “occasionally.” It was constant. So it’s no surprise one of my all time favorite crafting materials is cardboard.

When Play from Scratch approached us with a request to review their YOXO 3d construction kits, I didn’t hesitate. It combines specially designed recycled wood pulp connectors with toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls and basic packaging cardboard from around the house.

The YOXO ToGo and Flye kits

The YOXO ToGo and Flye kits

Check out their video and more from our crafting session after the jump.

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TBT Vintage Video #2

In this weeks VintageVideo, Daddy Owen shows us why it’s GREAT that men cannot breastfeed, and even if we could, that we absolutely should NOT breastfeed in public.

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TBT Vintage Video #1

A new regular feature for you at DadLabs… Vintage Video! Did you know we have over 800 videos on our YouTube Channel? Each Thursday, we’ll dust one off and post it front and center. Enjoy! (And check out the pre-runner Daddy Clay!)

The following advice is timeless. DaddyClay and DaddyBrad help save you from some Momma inflicted pain with these 5 things NOT to say during labor and delivery.

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We’re not Mothers. An adoption story.

We will be sharing great stories from many of our friends around the globe. This week, we’re sharing a story of adoption, from our friend Brent, a.k.a. Designer Daddy.

“His mother is a woman named Stef (not her real name) who selflessly made an adoption plan for her child, knowing she wasn’t equipped to offer him the best life, and wise enough to know someone else might be. She’s our Fairy Birthmother, granting a wish we could never fulfill ourselves. She’s a constant source of inspiration to me, and a loving presence in our son’s life. We treasure being able to share her with our son, so that he’ll grow up knowing what a brave and generous woman his mother is.

Yeah, that’s bullshit. That’s what I’m supposed to say.”

Watch the video for his full story, or bump over to his site and read his intro and the full transcript.

Thank you Brent. For your inspiration.

Do you have an adoption story? Share with us in the comments.

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My Little Pony is AOK for your sons. Really really.

I’ve written before how I’m not raising the son I thought I would be. Kids like what they like, and he doesn’t like Star Wars, or superheroes. I know, right!? I jokingly refer to that as a #DadFail, but “there is another.” “A sister.” (She’s 5 months old.) So I have “A New Hope.” (See what I did there?)

TheBoy likes My Little Pony. And Littlest Pet Shop. His favorite colors are pink and purple. And guess what? That’s ok! Here’s why. Those shows are awesome, and “colors are for everyone!” They teach age appropriate social lessons to kids from 4 to 13. The ‘mane’ characters are all female, sure, but why should that matter? It doesn’t.

No matter what characters TheBoy and HisSister get into, Hasbro is there for us. Today’s post is brought to you by the new “My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic” action* figure. (*I added the action part. Because.) He was very excited to get a package in the mail that was finally for HIM and his interest, not mine.



Me: What do you like about My Little Pony?
TheBoy: I really like that it’s about friendship. And it has alicorns and unicorns and pegasi.

Me: Who’s your favorite Pony?
TheBoy: Princess Twilight Sparkle

Me: What do you like about the Cutie Mark Magic “action figure?”
TheBoy: I like the necklace and the stars on her eye and on her leg.

All time favorite(s), Princess(es) Twilight Sparkle.

All time favorite(s), Princess(es) Twilight Sparkle.

Me: What do you like to do with the MLP toys?
TheBoy: Sometimes I just play with them. And sometimes I make and record little stories with my iPad.

TheCollection. Note that they've taken over the pirate ship.

TheCollection. Note that they’ve taken over the pirate ship.

And I’ve asked him before why he DOESN’T like StarWars. “Because of all the killing Dad.” #DadFail? I think not. #DadWin!

–Thank you to Hasbro for sending TheBoy the My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic figure. We were not compensated for this post. All opinions are direct from me & TheBoy.–

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