Monthly Archives: May 2011

You said WHAT to your kid? #3

On SDL's Facebook Page, I posted a simple question. "What is something you've found yourself saying to a child that you never thought you would? The answers that came in have had me rolling on the floor ever since. Here are a few of them for your uninhibited laughing pleasure, as innocent as the moments that made them. Next time you decide to wipe your bum with my toothbrush, please tell me before I use it. We don't blow up the "balloons" that are in Mommy and Daddy's nightstand! Get your finger out of my butt. Right now. You're grounded from reading for the rest of the day. Now go play! Why is there a potato in your underwear? No, I won't help you get it out. Once you stick it up there, you have to wait until you go to the bathroom again. I don't know why those dogs are stuck together like that... Look over there at that cool cow! No, there is not a watermelon in...

This is Beautiful You

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Facebook wall, and I post them here. I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everybody else) an incredible glimpse of who we all are. It puts a face on the awesome people coming here. It gives us a beautiful idea of the uniqueness and diversity of the followers here at SDL. More than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each can be. Anyway, thank you for sharing a small part of yourselves. It's my honor to put the spotlight on you today. This is beautiful you. Which photos made you the happiest today? If you'd like to send in photos to be considered for Sunday's "This is beautiful you" and other future blog posts, please post them on the Facebook wall (we need lots more!). Sorry, emailed photos will not be considered. Only upload photos...

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday. I'm 31. I'm thankful for the breath in my lungs. I'm thankful to be Noah's dad. I'm thankful for everything and everybody that contributes to my life being so superb. Today, I'm just in the mood to be happy, and few things have made me happier in the past year than dancing, so here are a few of the dancing videos we've made and shared here on Single Dad Laughing. I love you all, you damn sexy people. See you tomorrow! Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

Your @#&*% just might be the product of you.

Last month, a local news station came to my home for an interview about bullying. While the cameras were rolling, we found ourselves discussing the phenomenon that most parents don't mind admitting that their kids are being bullied, nor do they mind looking for a solution to that bullying. Few parents there are, though, who are willing to admit that their kids might be bullies, and the need or want to find a solution to that bullying is, for the most part, non-existent. Yet for every kid being bullied, there's at least one kid doing the bullying, usually several. Imagine if parents could be real with themselves about their kids' roles in bullying and actually do something about it. Of course, bullying is only one issue of countless that seemingly only gets worse because nobody wants to admit that they (or their children, or their spouses, or their whoever) might be contributing more to the problem and less to the...

What you don’t know just might help you.

You know, I love education. I'm not talking about formal education. I'm talking about learning stuff. I never got a college degree, and frankly, I probably never will. I like to educate myself. I like to buy books or find websites or online videos that teach me something I need to know now. I like filling my head with things that will push me, my parenting abilities, my professional life, my relationships, or anything else in the right direction. People who get to know me think I'm multi-talented, or even a jack of all trades. I don't think so. I just spend a lot of time studying and practicing anything and everything that interests me until I become good at them. It's what I do. I like to know things. I like to know how to do things. It's not more complicated than that. But, sometimes I think that what you don't know just might help you. I know that has been...

Real Moms

Last month's photo contest was called "Real Mom Moments," and nearly 400 entries came in! There were so many incredible photos entered, and today I wanted to share my absolute favorites from the contest. In truth, there were so many good ones, and so many more I could have added to today's post. I have a deep admiration for every mom who is a real mom to her child(ren). Heaven knows we have a lot of them around here! Enjoy... Rock on ladies. And for anybody who hasn't yet, be sure to enter this month's "Real Dad Moments" Photo Contest! Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

Ummm… isn’t that illegal?

You are not going to believe this when you see it. I know I didn't. All I have to say is, thank goodness for camera phones. Last week, I pulled off the freeway and stopped behind a Toyota Tundra with a camper shell on the back. Nothing really out of the ordinary except for the weird roof rack. But then I saw something move through the tinted glass. I stared a little closer, assuming it was a dog. My jaw dropped when the reality of what it was suddenly became apparent. This is no joke... 11130098 A freakin' Bald Eagle. A FREAKING... BALD... EAGLE.... He had a little hood over his eyes, and at one point the truck moved into the sunlight just perfectly so I could see it in all its majestic awesomeness. Ummm... isn't that illegal? Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing PS. I'd love to hear your comments today. Anything goes. I'm still speechless.

Classic 80’s Portraits

So, on Saturday night, I was hanging out with some friends, and my buddy Dave came up with the idea to recreate some classic portraits from the 80's wearing clothes from now. It turned out to be pretty funny, so I thought I'd share the two we did of me. Classic 80's Portrait #1: The Laser Background Classic 80's Portrait #2: The three-quarter-angle pensive vignette to compliment a standard bust shot smiling photo. Does this take you back? Do you remember these classic eighties portraits? Do you have any of yourself from way back when? Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

Time Zones – My Kryptonite

Time zones... If I have a Kryptonite, they're it. I have such a hard time converting other people's time zones into my own, and I have to do it all the time. You'd think it would be easy. Eastern Time, add two hours. Central Time, add an hour. Pacific Time, subtract an hour. I am constantly setting up times for telephone calls or interviews with people around the country. As I've been working with people in the publishing world while working on my book, I've also had to talk to a lot of folks in New York City, so I'm getting pretty good at converting Eastern Time. If a conference call is setup for 2pm, I know that I need to be ready for it at noon. If I'm trying to decide if it's too late to call a business on the East coast, I've come to know that 3:30 is pretty much the cut-off time. But... HOLY SMOKES... you move me one...

This is Beautiful You

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Facebook wall, and I post them here. I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everybody else) an incredible glimpse of who we all are. It puts a face on the awesome people coming here. It gives us a beautiful idea of the uniqueness and diversity of the followers here at SDL. More than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each can be. Anyway, thank you for sharing a small part of yourselves. It's my honor to put the spotlight on you today. This is beautiful you. Which photos made you the happiest today? If you'd like to send in photos to be considered for Sunday's "This is beautiful you" and other future blog posts, please post them on the Facebook wall (we need lots more!). Sorry, emailed photos will not be considered. Only upload photos...

Pointing out my typos

It's Saturday... It's spring... It's a great day to be doing anything else, so I'll make it nice and short today!Every once in a while I get an email from somebody pointing out a misspelled word (or some other glaring error) in a blog post.HOW DARE YOU!?!?!Oh wait... what I meant was:THANK YOU!!!Usually when somebody points out an error, it is followed up with a please don't hate me, I'm only trying to help comment, which always makes me laugh.I love when people point out my typos, and please do it anytime (via email, not in the comments). ANY time. I hate having glaring errors in my blog posts.And please keep in mind I'm encouraging the fixing of typos here. Not writing style or Naziism grammar style. I know you're technically not supposed to start sentences with conjunctions. I know you're not supposed to end sentences with prepositions. But, in my humble opinion, sometimes breaking the rules just makes for better blogging!I love...

Facebook Status Roast #2

For the past several months (when I remember), I've been keeping a list of some of the most funny, most clever, cheesiest, mushiest, and most random Facebook status updates I've seen roll across my homepage. Enjoy. Act your age mama, not your shoe size. I'm going to go play with a bear today. Update to follow.... Almost 70 degrees two days ago and now we're 4-5 inches deep in snow. Gotta love Utah! You will end up being a slave to whoever you badly want approval from. Some people talk too much... Makes my brain check out afterwards... We're still too young to realize some things are impossible, so we do them anyway! Our baby has a habit of not having a bowel movement for days at a time and then making up for it all at once. My husband has taken to calling them apocapoops. If you never tell a lie than you never have to play dumb I just schooled that 10-year-old kid at H.O.R.S.E. so...

Why do you believe what you believe?

Why do people believe what they believe? It surprises me how many people believe in something without ever really knowing why they believe it. Why do they believe in the religion that they do? Why do they believe in the politics that they do? Why do they believe in the morals that they do? Why do they believe that anything at all is right or wrong? Today’s discussion is not about religion. It’s certainly not about politics. And it’s not about any other individual topic, either. It’s about beliefs, where they come from, and why we hold onto them. That’s all. For almost three decades I lived a religion and claimed its beliefs as my own. I was born into the religion. I was always taught that it was the only true and correct way to think and believe. A great deal of the world (no matter what religion) was brought up the same way. A couple years ago, I was out...

The Bunny Bully – By Noah

For the past few months, Noah has enjoyed transitioning from the "story listener" to the "story teller." At first his stories were extremely simple and tricky to follow. And then, with a little practice, they started getting better, and better, and... better. Lately, they've left me rolling on the floor laughing my face off. So, the other night I recorded one of his stories so that I could always have the memory, and it was so awesome I thought I'd share it. I called it "The Bunny Bully." Enjoy... To view it and like it on YouTube, click here. If you'd like to paste it on Facebook or Twitter, here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPm0o2wkaMM Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing PS. I'd love to hear your comments today! What have you enjoyed as your children started doing them instead of you? What was your favorite part of Noah's story?

This is Beautiful You

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Facebook wall, and I post them here. I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everybody else) an incredible glimpse of who we all are. It puts a face on the awesome people coming here. It gives us a beautiful idea of the uniqueness and diversity of the followers here at SDL. More than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each can be. Anyway, thank you for sharing a small part of yourselves. It's my honor to put the spotlight on you today. This is beautiful you. Which photos made you the happiest today? If you'd like to send in photos to be considered for Sunday's "This is beautiful you" and other future blog posts, please post them on the Facebook wall (we need lots more!). Sorry, emailed photos will not be considered. Only upload photos...

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