Monthly Archives: May 2015

Daddy Bloggers & Books for a New Dad

keep-calm-i-m-a-new-dad-2There are millions of blog posts out there for new moms, there are even whole blogs devoted to new mothers … but what about dad? He’s new at this too and probably just as worried as mom that he’s not going to be able to do this. There are a few places on the web now that dad can go to for reviews on baby items, advice on parenting and stories to help him realize he is not the only one learning as he goes.
dadditDaddit is a part of Reddit that was launched in 2011 to help fathers find reviews on baby items like strollers and baby monitors but it also gave them a place to talk about their children and ask for advice on things they might not be comfortable asking their friends. There are also some great daddy blogger’s out there like The Busy Dad Blog and Fatherly. Daddy blogger’s even have an annual convention called Dad 2.0 Summit.
Here is a great list of books to help get you on your way to being an awesome dad!
Be prepared : A practical handbook for new dads by Gary Greenberg
Dads under construction, adventures in fatherhood by Neil R. Campbell (Ebook)
Dads pregnant too! by Harlan Cohen
C’mon papa: displaces from a dad in the dark by Ryan Knighton
A man’s guide to having a baby by David L. Hill
From dude to dad by Chris Pegula
Dad’s guide to pregnancy for dummies by Matthew Miller
dad to dad : parenting like a pro by David L. Hill
Caveman’s guide to baby’s first year by David Part

Help! I have a teenager in the house

There is no one book to give you all the answers, but here are a few that might help you along the way:

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If you are the parent of a teenager you might also want to check out one of these blogs:

rosalind   Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on teens, parenting and bullying and the author of Queen bees and wannabes: helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends and the new realities of girl world and Masterminds & wingmen : helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker-room tests, girlfriends, and the new rules of boy world.

talking teenage    Barbara R. Greenberg, Ph.D. and  Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy.D. are clinical psychologists who specialize in the treatment of teens and their families. Their website/blog are a culmination of hours of professional experience.


psychology today Here are some suggestions from Psychology today’s list of blogs:

Teen Angst  written by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPC, the author of The Anger Workbook for Teens, Staying Cool…When You’re Steaming Mad and The Bullying Workbook for Teens.

The Moment of Youth written by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.  The Moment of Youth shares stories, research, and insights about how teens develop into young adults who believe in themselves and their abilities. It explores the underlying foundations of growth — the experiences and relationships

Surviving (Your Child’s) Adolescence : Welcome to the hard half of parenting  written by Carl Pickhardt a psychologist. A weekly blog to help parents better understand how adolesence alters the teenager, and their connection to the teenager, as they struggle to keep their relationship together while adolesence is growing them apart.

2nd Annual Teen Book Launch: Etch Anthology

2nd Annual Teen Book Launch: Etch Anthology


We’re having a party to celebrate our “It’s All Write Short Story Contest” and “Judge a Book by Its Cover Contest”.  We’ll announce the winners and present them with their awards, while you rub elbows with local authors, enjoy a drink, and enjoy ambient music provided by local musicians. Don’t forget to buy your copy of the “Etch Anthology”, only $20 or 2 for $30!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

i-scream-sign-1Now that the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, I’m in the mood for ice cream. To be fare I will eat ice cream any time of the year but what I really love is eating ice cold ice cream on a hot summer day. If that day is at the beach then it’s even better.
lomelino's ice creamA co-worker of mine had this great looking ice cream book on their desk and I just had to have it. It’s called Lomelino’s Ice Cream by Linda Lomelino. Her name might sound familiar, she also has a book called Lomelino’s cakes or you might know her from her blog Call me Cupcake. Everything in the book looks and sounds amazing, I will be making the Rocky Road ice cream cake and the lemon ice cream this summer.
If you want to borrow this or Linda’s other book just click on the picture of her ice cream book above.

Poetry contest – In Flanders Field


 A Poetry Contest for All Ages!

Enter the Guelph Public Library’s reflective poetry contest to Commemorate the 100th anniversary of John McCrae’s  In Flanders field  poem.

Submit your entry by 5:00 pm on May 23rd.

Here are some books to help you write the winning poem:


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