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John Kinnear
John Kinnear is a father and part-time blogger in Sandy, Utah. He writes Ask Your Dad Blog, works, and tries to be the best dad he can be to his new son and two-year-old daughter. You can read more of his work on his parenting blog, Ask Your Dad or on Facebook.

Entries by John Kinnear

Waiting in Traffic to Punish My Kid

(20) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 9:30 AM

There is construction on the road I take home from my office at 5 o'clock. I keep forgetting that there is construction on the road that I take home from my office at 5 o'clock. Once you are on the road that has construction, getting off it will only delay...

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Why We Can Never Go Back to McDonald's

(71) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:02 PM

Sometimes, I worry about putting embarrassing stories about my kids on the Internet. That's part of the reason I use pseudonyms. I don't want my son's high school buddies to Google his name some day and find out that I surveyed the Internet on whether or not to circumcise him....

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7 Tips for Dating My 3-Year-Old Daughter

(31) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 4:45 PM

"Michael is cute."

Those three words are the actual sound of my heart collapsing in on itself. If you had held a stethoscope to my chest yesterday morning, you would have heard my heart's rhythmic thu-thump cease and then eerily echo the exact words that had just came out of...

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The Religion Post

(329) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:50 AM

This post has been a long time coming. I have written and rewritten it. I have three different versions sitting in draft. It started as a simple question: Should Stevie and I be taking our kids to church? Then, much like every other question regarding religion has done in my...

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Cinco cosas que los padres deben dejar de decir a quienes no tienen hijos

(44) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 1:22 AM

En primer lugar, debo decir que soy completamente culpable de todas ellas. Sé que esto parece una lista de consejos, pero en realidad son consejos para mí mismo. Cuando digo , en realidad me estoy refiriendo a . Salvo que a ti también te pase; entonces, aplícate el cuento.


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5 phrases que les parents doivent arrêter de dire aux personnes sans enfants

(28) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Tout d'abord, je dois dire que j'ai fait tout ce que je déconseille de faire ci-dessous. Je sais bien que cela a l'air d'une liste de recommandations mais ce sont surtout des recommandations que je me fais à moi-même. Ces conseils sont pour moi, à moins qu'ils ne s'appliquent aussi...

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5 Things Parents Need to Stop Saying to Non-Parents

(3305) Comments | Posted July 13, 2013 | 7:31 PM

First, I should say that I am 100 percent guilty of all of these. I know this reads as an advice list, but really it's advice I'm giving myself. The "you" I am addressing in this piece is me... unless it applies to you; then it is you.

I ran...

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Dear Sad Daughter in the Future

(11) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 4:41 PM

I was going to title this one "A Letter to My Daughter Within a Letter to my Daughter Apologizing for My Not Understanding Her in the Future," but that was way too long and reminded me of the movie Inception, which, as good of a movie as that was, wasn't...

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The 10 Toddler Words That I'll Miss Most

(280) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Before our kids learn our language, we get to experience the magic of learning theirs. For an amazing (and amazingly short) period of time, kids speak a language that only their parents can understand. Have you ever been around a parent and their kid, and the kid looks at the...

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I Really Hope My Son Gets to Be a Boy Scout

(707) Comments | Posted February 9, 2013 | 10:43 AM

I grew up in boy scouts from the age of 12-18. I absolutely loved it. I hope that some day it is an experience my son and I can share together. This week, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America delayed a decision on whether...

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5 Things I'd Forgotten About Having a Newborn

(113) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Coming home from the hospital wasn't nearly as scary this time. This wasn't my first rodeo. This was my second rodeo. Newborns aren't scary. Compared to a 2-year-old, a newborn is just a cute paperweight with adorable tiny poops and a tendency to fart and smile at the same time....

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Potty Training Is a Bunch of Poop

(16) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 6:03 PM


We have two weeks (maybe less) to hopefully finish potty training The Duchess before baby number two gets here. After that I'm on my own. My wife will be a bit preoccupied with healing from surgery and feeding The Captain. Therefore,...

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The 5 Dumbest Things I Did in My First Two Years as a Father

(126) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 11:18 AM

My little girl turns 2 next week. I write that sentence, and yet it still feels unreal -- from both directions. I can't believe two years have disappeared and, at the same time, I feel like she's been a part of our lives for much, much longer than that. I...

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Dear Hypothetically Gay Son

(1016) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 9:06 AM

On Tuesday morning I ran across this letter on Reddit, from a father disowning his gay son. It broke my heart. It's not the first time that I've seen something like this; here in Utah it's a pretty common story. In fact, I had friends in high school...

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