A Single Dad’s Guide to the Dad Bod


One man. Two boys. Twelve kids.

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19 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I was with you up to #6.Report

    • notme in reply to Chris says:

      Folks want to suck up empty calories from booze and then whine about weight gain.Report

    • dragonfrog in reply to Chris says:

      I agree – I’m not down with this overly strict segregation of kid-friendly venues from booze-serving venues (I understand NY may not be as strict on that front). How are you supposed to take your kids out if you can’t even have a drink?Report

      • Oscar Gordon in reply to dragonfrog says:

        One of the craziest things when I moved from WI to WA. I grew up going with my family to bars. My parents weren’t heavy drinkers, but bars were social gatherings, and most taverns served decent bar food, so it would be a family night out. I think most tavern owners actually liked having families with small kids around, as people would be less likely to get rowdy if kids were present.

        In WA, no kids in bars, ever. Blows my mind.Report

        • Kazzy in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

          I actually do bring the boys out. But they aren’t at particularly good ages for it (3 and 1). I don’t drink alone at home either, but I never really did. I just spend more time home “alone” (i.e., just me and the boys).Report

        • Autolukos in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

          Wisconsin is a special place 🙂Report

        • As a rule-of-thumb here, if it’s mostly a beer-and-food place it will have kids. My favorite bar/brewery in Boulder, CO has a kids’ section on the menu.Report

        • Saul Degraw in reply to Oscar Gordon says:


          IIRC you can bring kids to places as long as they serve food. Places that are food-free can’t have kids in them.

          The no kids in bars thing is also a relic from prohibition. Al Smith used to talk about going to taverns as a kid with his dad and getting a big piece of Chocolate Cake. But prohibition made drinking establishments adult only places.

          SF bars seemed to be mixed but my general observation is that parents will take babies but not little kids.Report

          • Oscar Gordon in reply to Saul Degraw says:

            If it has a separate dining area, you can bring kids (like The Ram), but you can’t take kids to the bar area. I used to climb up on a barstool and eat a sandwich with my parents at the bar.Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    So marijuana? Cough syrup? LSD is too much of a time investment. Nitrous?

    Probably nitrous.Report

  3. Doctor Jay says:

    I love this so much. Especially baby curls. I used to do them all the time.Report

    • I used to be able to carry 150 pounds of children around with no problem, even though I’m sure I couldn’t have lifted a 150-pound adult. I do not understand the physics involved.Report

      • Kazzy in reply to Mike Schilling says:

        Children have a unique ability to shift their center of gravity to give them a carryability that ranges from “I’m designed to be hoisted” to “The Hulk couldn’t budge me.” They can also make their muscles as rigid as bone OR their bones as flimsy as cartilage, depending on what the situation demands.

        They’re sort of like little super heroes. Or villains. Depending on your perspective.Report

  4. Oscar Gordon says:

    Note: Being a single dad is not a prerequisite for any of this to be true.Report

  5. Dave says:

    So whether you are chasing them in tag, playing catch, or constantly getting up and down from the floor because “NO DADDY THAT ISN’T WHERE YOU SIT NO MATTER WHAT I JUST SAID ABOUT HOW YOU HAVE TO SIT IN THAT VERY SPOT!”, “playing” is to the Dad Bod what Cross Fit is to sociopaths.