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A dad consoles his kid after the Paris terrorist attacks. This is next level sh*t parenting.


The age of the tablet is here

Shortly after the release of the iPad in 2010, Steve Jobs confidently announced that sales of these devices would catch up with and exceed those of PCs by 2015 – and with this year’s sales standing at 320 million tablet sales, versus just 316 million sales of desktops and laptops, it seems that California Hall of Fame inductee has been proven correct once again.

As prices tumble and technology improves, sales of tablets have been rising steadily, but probably the key reason for their popularity over PCs is the tablet’s perceived functionality: anyone, old or young, can quickly and easily pick one up and start using it. This factor has seen a wave of young children enjoying their first taste of technology via tablets – with iPads and their rivals essentially serving as “gateway devices” to the digital age.

Parents in particular have embraced this relationship, and with a range of educational apps and games available that allow them to take advantage of the growing appeal and importance of computer literacy in the 21st century, tablets regularly serve a number of functions in the modern home.

‘Tynker’ is right at the forefront of this movement, an app offering children the chance to learn basic computer programming skills, whilst (on the face of it at least) masquerading as a game, ensuring that “learning” is never confused with “lessons”. Teaching algorithmic thinking, it allows children to get to grips with coding and even develop their own games – and as a bonus, will keep them busy for hours.

See too, ‘Teach Your Monsters To Read’ – a reading app which allows your children to play the role of tutor to a ridiculously cute creature with a real thirst for stretching his vocabulary – and also ‘Curious Words’, which allows your kids to record short videos relating to new words, before bringing the fun to life by turning them short films that they will be just dying to share with you before you pack them off to bed.

And for many parents, this is when the benefits of a tablet really come to the fore: a tablet can be kept close by at all times so with just the flick of a switch, we can check the news, play games, send and check emails and log into social media with ease.

As such, there are plenty of “adult-friendly” apps available for tablets too, and ‘HomeBudget’ is a great one for helping you to manage your home’s finances; allowing you to set a monthly budget and work out how best to stick to it, logging receipts, spending and surprising windfalls.

Speaking of which, there is no reason why games should only be for the kids – so use your tablet to check out, a site that gives you information on and access to the best online gaming out there. Effectively working as a comparison website, Chizup assesses a wide number of leading sites based on their selection of games, speed of pay-outs and bonuses, allowing you to make the most of both your stake and your gaming experience.

With strict parental settings, your little ones need never know what you’ve been up to – and it is the multi-purpose nature of tablets that are at the centre of their success. So if you haven’t already, join the revolution and pick one up in time for Christmas – and make sure the whole family is happy come Boxing Day.


Boy denies he ate a cupcake

This boy definitely did NOT eat a cupcake. No. No. No.

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Daddy Dazed loves these Kids Snippets – kids tales voiced by children, acted by adults.


Indoor activities a dad can perform

There are many things that you can do indoors to keep the cheeriest moods intact in gloomy weather.

  1. Reveal the photographer in you to capture and preserve the precious family memories. It’s not every day that you get to see the kids cutely sleeping on the table or in the washing basket! You can re-work and edit the taken pictures to give it a funky and funny side!
  1. Play cards with the family. We know that you’d prefer playing with your mates, but it can be equally fun to play with the kids and wife. There are many games such as ‘Go Fish’, ‘Crazy Eights’, ‘Old Maid’, ‘War’, ‘Concentration/Memory’, ‘Snap’, ‘Pig’ and ‘Slapjack’ which can be enjoyed by adults as well as kids since they are easy games.
  1. Have you ever thought of building robots, monsters and other creatures with household items for the kids? You don’t have to be Einstein to build a robot, you only need a couple of egg crates, empty can and box, old Cd to let your imagination run wild to make a recycled robot!
  1. What about when the kids are away on sleepovers? You may still keep yourself entertained by indulging in online slots at Magical Vegas. This site is the place where you may find a large variety of games to play. You have surely dreamed of flying to Las Vegas at one point in life, well Magical Vegas takes you to Vegas! The site gives you the chance of winning 2 flight tickets, accommodation and spending money!
  1. Have you ever tried treasure hunting inside of the house? This can be a super fun game with the family. Everyone can choose just any outfits they wish from pirates, superheroes etc. and with a little imagination, every room may be a specific place. You may even use a map to indicate where you have hidden the treasures and let the others find it. This will bring in some team work, complicity and laughter in the house!

There are various other things to do while being indoors like dancing, playing hide and seek, have a parade, play find the timer and much more! You only require using your imagination, like Peter Pan did, to make these moments even more entertaining and memorable!


Rainy day activities

It’s the UK and the chances are that, even in the summer, it’ll be raining somewhere. It’s an accepted, if irritating, part of life, but what are you going to do with your child during a rainy day? Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do, some at home and some by heading off to a local museum or art gallery.

Imagination and inspiration

Children need to be stimulated, and you can so easily do this in the home if you’re prepared to take the time. Use your imagination to inspire your kid, and in no time they’ll have a whole range of new experiences and skills to enjoy.


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Why not teach your child the basics of chess? They will love to learn how the different pieces move and its a great way to teach them about tactics.

Museums and Galleries

Kids are thirsty for knowledge, so taking your son or daughter to a local museum to see and learn about new things is a great way to spend a rainy day. You can work with them to help explain the things they see, and most museums today have interactive exhibits that engage children – and adults as well.

If you’re in or near London, try the Science Museum, where science comes to life. Fascinating exhibitions showcase the development of scientific theories and achievements and delve into how products we take for granted are engineered. Indeed, your son could be inspired to be an engineer, rise through the ranks and end up as chairman of a major engineering company.

Meggitt, for example, is a huge UK company specialising in aerospace and other technology areas. As top City financier Sir Nigel Rudd joins Meggitt board, it gives a boost to this important engineering business. It shows how engineering is an essential part of the UK economy.

Build things

Meccano has been around for a long time, and you may well have had some of this amazing construction kit when you were a child. Suffice it to say that it hasn’t really been bettered. Using simple metal strips, plates and girders that are perforated and connected with nuts and bolts, they have taught many boys – and girls too ¬– the basics of mechanical engineering.

Don’t forget Lego. Together, you and you child can invent outrageous structures or vehicles out of these tiny bricks, exciting your son’s imagination and intriguing him with the possibilities that even play engineering can lead to something more.

Rainy days can be great fun. You have time with your child, you can teach and get feedback from him and perhaps even learn things you hadn’t thought of yourself. It may be wet outside, but the sun’s shining indoors.

Netflix TV treats for Dads

Some Netflix recommendations for dads to watch in their man cave.

Put-upon teacher turns into bad ass drug dealer. If you are one of the few that hasn’t watched it yet, join the party. You won’t regret it.

Watch it when you have caned Breaking Bad and you are still craving for a Vince Gilligan fix.

Politics has never been so watchable or so sexy.


If you can get past Sherlock’s sidekick / The Hobbit doing a William H Macey impression this is one helluva ride. Billy Bob Thornton at his menacing best.


Fathers day Jet Pack

It’s fathers day soon and wifey if you are reading this can i get one of these water powered jet packs please? M has some child benefit saved in her own bank account i’m sure she’d be delighted to spend it all on me. They are about $100k, so you might have top up the difference!