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Reading to kids to teach them to read to themselves

My wife and I are strong believers in the benefits of reading to our son. It clearly helps with bonding and quality time, and his pediatrician, Dr. Matthew @ Summit Pediatrics in Reno, says it’s one of the most important things we can do for his brain development. This article on the NPR: Most E-Mailed […]

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Dad Gear: Big Agnes Little Red 15 Sleeping Bag

Our son is entering his third camping season this summer and his first with his own sleeping bag. Now that he’s 2 he’s wwwaaaaayyyy to be to share a bag with one of us, and too active at night to be stuffed under a pile of blankets. So we went down to REI to pick […]

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Dad Gear: REI Kingdom 6 Tent

Winter is over, summer is here. So it is decreed by the gizzard stone. Put on the shorts and shiver through the last few cold morning and evenings like a man. And while you’re waiting for the summer camping season to really kick in, like most dads you’re probably surfing the web for sweet new […]

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Dad Gadgets: The Nikon AW100 Waterproof Camera

One thing that is important to me here at The Gizzard Stone is taking pictures. I take a lot of photos with my crappy smartphone because it is always in my pocket, and sometimes has a battery charge. But last year, on the recommendation of my friend Photo John, editor of I bought a […]

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Book Review: Many Moons

When you become a dad you think a few things, how can i get my kid to fall asleep? How can i get my kid to grow up to know the difference between knowledge and intelligence? How can I work James Thurber into the bedtime story repertoire? Fortunately, there is one single answer to all […]

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Cool Places: Nevada Discovery Museum

Last year the Nevada Discovery Museum opened in Reno, NV and gave the Biggest Little City an awesome place for resident and visiting families to explore, play and learn. If you’re in Reno from out of town with your kids on vacation or at a convention, you now have a better family entertainment option than […]

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The Monster at the end of this book

App of the Week: The Monster at The End of This Book

  App Name: The Monster at The End of This Book Device: iPad and iPhone Author: Sesame Street / Developer: Calloway Digital Arts Interactive: Yes Animated: Sort of Cost: $3.99

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playing after skiing

10 Tips for Skiing with toddlers

I’ve been skiing from a very early age. I remember wooshing down the slopes at Cooper Mountain in Colorado. Getting blown off the trails at Breckenridge in a storm. Spending an hour in a storm on a chairlift in Buffalo huddled with my dad when I was 6. We skied Winter Park, Copper, Keystone, Arapaho, […]

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Toddler Toy Factory App

App of the Week: Toddler Toy Factory

If you get into iPad, iPhone, computer or smartphone apps for your kid, you’ll eventually find yourself playing games. While most geeks love video games, I can’t stand them (mostly). But even I can appreciate the value of some video games for teaching skills and concept that are important for young children to understand early […]

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Songs of the West Volume 4

Playlist: Songs of the West Volume IV

Can you hum the theme from The Magnificent 7? Well it’s a father’s duty to not only instill this ability in his sons but also to give them an understanding of the gravity and  importance of that ability as well as an appreciation for western cowboy culture and the legends of the west. It’s less […]

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