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Rob Sachs
Rob Sachs, author of What Would Rob Do?: An Irreverent Guide to Surviving Life's Daily Indignities, has spent the last 10 years as a producer, reporter and director for NPR shows, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Tell Me More. He created the podcast What Would Rob Do? in 2006 and serves as its host.

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Entries by Rob Sachs

The 5 Most Underrated Kid Milestones

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 12:55 PM

When my wife and I look back at our family photo albums we see a lot of the same pictures -- birthday parties, first days of school, and Halloweens (the year both our daughters dressed up as Wonder Woman is insanely adorable). And while we cherish all these moments, these...

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What 53 Hours in a Hospital Teaches You About Your Kid

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 2:56 PM

I thought horrible accidents weren't supposed to happen on beautiful weekend mornings. Certainly not when you're less than five feet away from your 6-year-old daughter, who's playing on a tree branch less than two feet off the ground. But then it happened. One second she's happily swinging, the next she's...

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5 People Who Undercut Parents

(9) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 1:29 PM

As a parent, I basically want my kids to treat me the same way Eric Cartman wants others to treat him; they should respect my authoritah. It's a daily struggle to keep the little ones in line and I'm grateful for discreetly-imparted tips from family, friends, teachers and...

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Ode to Kiddie Leashes

(4) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Twas a fortnight ago in my van-a-mini
I became witness to a modern day pity
A spunky, young, vivacious lad
Tethered to his woesome dad
To my wife I groaned out a "Sheesh!"
"Look at that kid! He's sportin' a leash!"
We shook our...

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10 Rules for Making An Awesome Kids Mix CD

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 12:55 PM

Celebrating birthdays in our family usually takes weeks of preparation. I'm fortunate enough to have married someone who has professional event planning experience. My wife organizes everything from invitations to color-coordinating the cake with the table settings. My one job is making a mix CD for the party favors. I...

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Boy or Girl? Our Gender Reveal Party

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 1:23 PM

You don't have to be a royal to know that the first months of any pregnancy is all about keeping things secret. Many people wait until after the first trimester to announce it, since then the risk of a miscarriage decreases to around 3%. Of course, not everyone...

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I Really Should Stop Giving My Daughters Stupid Nicknames

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:43 PM

In choosing the names for our offspring, my wife and I underwent a series of intense analytical sessions. We drew up lists, consulted census reports and cross-checked our top contenders to make sure they didn't correlate to any sitcom characters and/or reality stars. But that was just the beginning. Armed...

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We Have a Couple Crush on Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

(6) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 5:14 PM

Celebrity crushes: they seem silly for teens, sad for adults, and flat out icky for happily married couples. And yet I'm here to say that engaging in a celebrity couple crush with your spouse is not only a good thing but also beneficial to your marriage. It's a reminder that...

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Delinquent, Dork, Delightful, or Dependent? A Father's Day Quiz

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 9:29 PM

Here's a quick quiz for dads with preschoolers:

1) When dressing for a daddy/kid outing you wear...

A) Vintage tee/cargo shorts/flip flops.
B) Polo shirt/khakis/penny loafers -- kid in matching outfit.
C) Vintage tee/cargo shorts/cross training shoes (perfect for pivoting and pouncing).
D) Whatever you're allowed to...

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Scramble Eggs with Your Tot in Just 30 Easy Steps!

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 4:36 PM

It's 6:00 a.m. and a tiny finger is poking you in the face. "Daddy, I'm hungry."

You turn to your spouse. With a beleaguered moan, she reminds you that it's your day to get up with the kid. You try to reason with your tot.

"Go back to sleep....

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10 Things I Don't Want to Hear From You When I'm in the Checkout Line With My Kid

(60) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 7:27 PM

Recently I read Glennon Melton's blog post talking about how people should stick their carpe diem where the sun don't shine when it comes to reminding parents about enjoying the moment of child rearing. This got me thinking "Why stop at railing against carpe diem?" Over the years...

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Making Our Holiday Card List, Checking It Twice...

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 9:55 AM

This year my wife and I got out ahead of the game and took our "holiday card picture" back in November. This was extremely helpful since it eliminated last year's stress of scrambling through a year's worth of photos to find a decent one. (The winning pic required some clever...

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Dos and Don'ts for Parents at the Fairgrounds

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 12:53 PM

County Fair season is upon us which means weekends filled with cotton candy, Flying Bobs, bingo games, and farm animals. Bringing your tot to a fair is a great activity that gets you and your offspring out of the house, gives your spouse a well deserved break, and...

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Why Will and Kate on a Plate Is Great

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 6:21 PM

A lot of hoopla has been made this week about the royal wedding, and of course, all the royal wedding tchotchkes for sale.

Tune in to any of the 24-hour cable news channels and you're bound to see coverage of Will and Kate and their plates, hats and pens....

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An Afternoon of Cherry Blossoms and Swastikas

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 1:50 PM

For a few fleeting weeks out of the year, Washington D.C. gets transformed into beautiful hues of pink and cream as long dormant cherry blossom trees suddenly burst with color. The event draws hundreds of thousands of tourists to The National Mall and makes locals like me annoyed...

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Road Trip Survival for Dads

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 1:38 PM

Back in my 20s, my then-roommate said one word to me that induced me to leap off a couch and jump into a car at 11 o'clock on a Friday night: "Vegas!" Before I knew it, I was crammed into his red Mitsubishi Eclipse, barreling down Interstate 15 for a...

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Why I Killed A Chicken & Ate Its Heart

(33) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 2:50 PM

This month Taco Bell began giving away coupons for 10 million tacos as a way to reward customers who were perhaps scared away by a lawsuit which claims their beef mixture contains only 35% meat. But even if their product is 88% real meat as the chain advertises,...

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Giving 'Love' Some Respect

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 2:54 PM

Here's a true story:

About six years ago I was dating a pretty brunette from Massachusetts. One night as we were making out on her couch, I inadvertently made some strange mouth noises (it can happen to the best of us). Apparently, one of my mumblings sounded very close to...

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10 Ways to Avoid Being a Bad Beach Tourist

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2010 | 3:47 PM

There are still a few great weeks left to summer so if you're thinking of heading out to the beach, you might want to take some precautions so you don't end up being a bad beach tourist. I recently took my family up to the beach in Rhode Island for...

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Just Don't Call Me Mr. Rob

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 7:00 AM

Back in my day, things were different. I never thought I would start off a blog post by saying that ... I grew up straddling Generation X and Y, so I can proudly claim to be a member of both the hackers and slackers. We're also the ones who are...

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