Posts by Mike Bates “Domestic Engineer”

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The Good the Bad the Ugly

by Mike Bates "Domestic Engineer"

Organized youth sports is a great thing! Most of it is good but mixed in are the bad and the ugly. The good is pretty self evident and I will not expound on what you already know.  In summary it gets the kids off the couch and computer and gets then active.  It build self […]

Education, the Daily Deal?

School starts for us in two weeks,  seems like just yesterday when Dakota and I flew to Wisconsin for his extended holiday away from home and his parents. The school year starts and seems to end earlier and earlier each year, then there are those monthly in-service days at school.  What do you think goes on during […]

YMCA and Doing It Right

Another summer is upon up, sweet! Something even sweeter is the age appropriate Y summer camp for the kiddos! Even for the younger set, they offer a two or three time a week Toddler Time for developing social interaction skills and for the older wild bunches they offer a complete day camp complete with field […]

What Have You Got To Lose?

This level of activity will decrease your risk of heart disease, Type II diabetes and colon cancer. You’ll be healthier, stronger and have more energy. So what have you got to lose? Just look down and see those beaming eyes looking and wanting to be like you!

And I’m Free, I’m Free Fallin’

There was a point in our life where gravity just sucked, a point when we were trying to walk, then ride a bike, then skateboarding the skatepark.The skatepark experience could be a whole post of its own, a post I will have to write write while at the said skatepark so I can describe THAT […]

Being the Domestic Engineer

by Mike Bates "Domestic Engineer"

So in wrapping this up, being a Stay at Home Dad is a whole lot more than just doing diapers and dishes non-stop, it’s a way of lives plural, what you put into it isn’t even close to what you will eventually get out of it.

The possibilities are endless!

Planning a Dad’s Night Out

by Mike Bates "Domestic Engineer"

So if you are new with your group and are concerned with your numbers, don’t be. Just persevere with the knowledge that you are connecting with some Dads and your number is better than zero! After all our national AtHomeDads Convention brings in less than 200 every year, nationwide, and is growing thanks to sites like this.

A Strong Arm That Sucks

by Mike Bates "Domestic Engineer"

Yesterday,  I was in a Facebook Chat session with a neighborhood Mom who has a daughter in the same grade as my son when she mentioned she was considering open enrollment for her kids next school year. Of course I  asked why she would do such a thing because our elementary school ranks in the […]

All Pro Dad Presentation

by Mike Bates "Domestic Engineer"

For those of you who missed my presentation at the conference, it is here.  This link wasn’t meant to drive traffic away from this site or anything,  I am just tired from the weekend of traveling and I got a full slate of volunteer work this week that’s going to keep me hopping and I don’t want […]

Just Do It

by Mike Bates "Domestic Engineer"

The All Pro Dad Breakfast, http://www.allprodad.com/, is a monthly breakfast meeting of profound impact. Dads and kids will meet, share breakfast, watch a video and have a discussion within the school atmosphere where a Dad is all to often not present because of work obligations. I initiated this process and was in the Principal’s Office more than when I was in school! I will be giving a reakout sessions at the upcoming AtHomeDad Convention on my All Pro Dad experiences.

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