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Did You Miss Us? We’ve Been Licking Lemon Ant Butts! Cast of Dads Podcast #57

In Audio, Cast of Dads, Family, General, Humor, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Yep, we’re baaaack! Have you ever tried to organize the lives of 5 busy dads who are dispersed across the country and time zones? The image of herding cats comes to mind. The desire to record our Cast of Dads podcast is there, the free time, however, is not. Yeah, excuses, excuses. We did manage to all get on a call about a week ago and chat through a variety of topics though, and were able to record Cast of Dads Podcast #57, “Lemon Flavored Ant Butts.” I always feel that half an hour is simply not enough time to …

Remember the Evil. Embrace the Good. Talk with your Kids.

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Take a bucket full of water. Pour some oil into it, not too much, but enough so that is forms a small blob floating on the surface. Now find a large rock and drop it into the water and oil. What happens? Obviously there is a splash. And if you look down in the bucket, you see lots of smaller blobs of oil. Now sit back and wait. Eventually, the blobs will all coalesce into one big blob again. This week, society was once again marred by evil at the Boston Marathon. As of this writing, we do not know …

Social Media Policy for Families

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Quite a few years ago, I came up with some Social Media Guidelines, primarily geared towards businesses. I realized I also seem to write a lot of tips and recommendations for parents on how they can help their kids with social media. That got me thinking. Perhaps, I should come up with a social media policy for families (kids and their parents). Below are some ideas, rules and discussion points that you might want to implement with your children as they embark down the path of social media. Of course, you can and should pick the ones that are the …

5 Reasons Why Social Media Might Actually Be Good for your Child

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Technology by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

WARNING: The repeated use of Social Media can be dangerous to your child’s well-being. Should we have a Surgeon General’s warning label slapped onto each and every social media site out there? What about some sort of age rating system like we have for movies, music and video games? No, of course not. The Internet is all about freedom of speech and expression and is a wealth of knowledge. But we all continue to get the message that social media is dangerous for children. Even I have written a couple of articles to that effect. But as I reflect on …

Are You Ready For Some Football and the Next Episode of the Cast of Dads Podcast?

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I simply love this time of year, that of the football playoffs and the biggest game of the year, the Super Bowl! While I don’ t have that much time to really follow sports, I have spent the past 35 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and consequently am a San Francisco 49ers fan (and SF Giants as well when it’s baseball season). Also, before they moved the football season out a week or two, the Super Bowl used to fall on or around my birthday. In fact, I remember back in 1985, Super Box XIX was held in …

Jumping Into January – What I’m Missing & What I’m Not and Why It’s Relevant

In Apple, Book, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Opinion, Parenting, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Who would have believed what a busy month January 2013 would be. As is customary for me, I can barely see the end of my nose, the end of the day or the end of an article. How the heck can I look through a month and plan ahead? Honestly, I wish that I had actually planned ahead a bit more as January is looking to be one of those really important months. But “focus” is a key word for me in 2013 so planning will be crucial. I have to make choices, just like everyone else. While I wish …

13 Security Resolutions for 2013 – Follow Them or Get Hacked!

In Application, Family, General, How To, Opinion, Parenting, Security, Social Media, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

With just a few hours left in 2012, it’s time to think about ways to make 2013 an even better year. I’m sure that all of you are planning on going to the gym about 20 times a day, or eliminating all fat from your diet, or working to become Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013. I wish you all the best of luck with those grandiose goals of perfection and world dominance. My New Year’s Resolutions are a little less aggressive, but, as you might guess, they do involve technology and writing. So to kick off the …

Reacting To and Remembering the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary – Cast of Dads Podcast #55

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A week ago today, innocent children, students and educators were horrifically gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I don’t believe that anyone will fully understand the “why” but all of us have been struggling to comprehend it as well as be able to talk about this event with other adults as well as our children. The Sunday after this tragedy struck, the Cast of Dads got together to discuss this horrible event. Originally, this was to be our “holiday” episode, unfortunately, we only were able to talk about the joy of the holidays at the end of the show. …

The Loss of Innocence

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Innocence was lost today, not just in Connecticut but across the world. Our future was tragically and horrifically gunned down in yet another act of senseless violence. After 9/11, our nation changed. We became paranoid, more careful and we thought, safer. Today’s events prove otherwise. Violence can come from anywhere, from strangers or from people that we know. It can be directed at a nation or at an individual. Tragically, the people who are most affected are usually the innocent, the bystanders and at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the children and those people developing these young minds into our future …

As a Blogger or Brand, Why is Continuity Important?

In General, How To, Opinion, Parenting by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Having just completed my 7th year of blogging, I have learned quite a lot. What started for me as simply a way to both help people and provide insights on a variety of topics, now has become part of my life and my persona. As my website has matured, I have uncovered nuances and patterns along the way, but I always seem to circle back to a few key words or phrases that drive my passion and my content: be helpful, be insightful, be humorous and be consistent. Some of these things I do better than others, but I do …

And We’re Back! Thanksgiving Episode #54 of the Cast of Dads Podcast

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It seems like life got the better of us Cast of Dads. We have been on a bit of a hiatus as we get our crazy lives in order…well, who’s to say that our lives will ever be less hectic or in order for that matter. But we wanted to get together to record an episode right before Thanksgiving. So we pushed aside our busy family and work lives to be sure to get on the digital airwaves together. I must say though, it really was great to be back in action with the gang. Max and CC recently weathered …

Want to Fold Some Crazy Paper Airplanes? Get Some Klutz Help!

In Book, Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Review, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I would like to call myself almost an expert at making paper airplanes. As a kid, I made hundreds of them, but they were always one of two types, either a glider or a stunt plane. When my kids were younger, I tried to teach them the art of folding the perfect plane. I had their attention for a few minutes but when they got a bit frustrated folding, the activity quickly died off.  I tried to introduce them to origami and that piqued their interest. So, I waited a few years, hoping that creative folding passion would come back, …

Huffington Post Launches “Screen Sense” – A Site for Parenting & Tech

In Family, General, Interview, Opinion, Parenting, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Yesterday, the Huffington Post launched a new property called “Screen Sense” which is a new resource designed to help parents understand and learn how to work with technology in their lives as well as their children’s. As part of the launch event, I was invited to participate in discussing this exact topic on Huffington Post Live (a live video stream of current and trending topics of the world). Obviously, this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart as much of the content on HighTechDad.com is devoted to understanding where and how and if technology (and social …

How to Be a Kid Again – An Adult’s Primer with Some Help from Klutz!

In Book, Family, General, Humor, Opinion, Parenting by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I will bet you that I can read your mind…even via a blog post. Quick, think of a country (English name only) that starts with the letter “D.” Now take the last letter of that country and think of an animal that starts with that letter. Ok, now take the last letter of that animal, and think of a fruit that starts with that letter. Are you thinking of an… Interestingly, on every adult that I tested this out on, they had the same answer. And I appeared to be a mind reader! This is just one trick that is …

Why It’s Important to Teach your Kids How to Cook and Use Social Media

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

A recent post of mine which focused on an informal and potentially dangerous marriage between Instagram and Kik Messenger seems to have gotten quite a bit of attention lately. I’m always excited when I can share my ideas, opinions, insights and personal recommendations when it comes to educating kids about the evolution of social media of many legs. And what excited me even more was the response that came in from readers of all ages, kids and parents alike, each offering different takes on the idea of working with and teaching children about social media. The point of the Instagram/Kik …