Swim School and Water Safety Experts Say Drowning Is Not a Seasonal Problem

Water Safety a Year Round Concern

As an Entrepreneur Stay at Home Dad water safety is a huge concern to me. I am co-founder of Virtually Famous Marketing and run a good sized “family of websites”.   Each day I get many different press releases on a variety of topics.  Today I got one about water safety, which is of HUGE interest to me since I am in the process of teaching 22 month old Ava Kalea how to swim.  If you have young children, this will be of interest to you too! Continue reading “Swim School and Water Safety Experts Say Drowning Is Not a Seasonal Problem”

Stay at Home Dad Entrepreneur Podcast / Vlog: Episode 1

Hello and Welcome to Episode #1 of the Stay at Home Dad Entrepreneur Podcast / Vlog

This episode is not sponsored by Lego Land, SeaWorld or the San Diego Zoo, but very well could be – especially considering I’m broadcasting from my home studio / office / living room / home gym in Del Mar, California – just a short drive from all of those great tourist destinations – especially great if you have kids – or are a kid at heart.

I’m your host, Joe Kennedy – The Grateful Dad. I’m 55 years young (yes 55) I’ve been a stay at home dad to our 20 month old toddler Ava Kalea Kennedy, for about 6 months now and feel like the luckiest guy in the world. When I took on this role, I knew it was a very difficult job – and it has been, but I just didn’t realize that it would be so difficult to get anything else done while taking care of the baby. Continue reading “Stay at Home Dad Entrepreneur Podcast / Vlog: Episode 1”

Learning Mandarin and Using a Gluestick as Chapstick

I’m almost through my first few weeks as a stay at home dad and it has been very adventurous to say the least.

On a super positive note, Ava Kalea and I started to learn Mandarin yesterday – using mostly videos from YouTube.  We’ve found that there are a lot of good ones (like the one above from Jane Wang) and some not so good ones too.  When we find a good one, I try to make sure to add it to our Mandarin playlist so we can watch it every day.  Right now we are learning to count and say the days of the week in Chinese.  Hope to have that down good at some point next week – but probably really won’t know until we are able to actually test it out on someone who actually speaks Mandarin.

On the adventurous side, I am usually real good about keeping a constant eye on our little monkey baby (born in the Year of the Monkey) – BUT today I was on the phone with her Granny and had my back turned for 20 seconds ….  Ava Kalea had the cap off the glue stick and was putting it on her lips like chapstick …

Stay At Home Dad Day #2 (Video)

Apologies for the terrible sound quality and boring video. I really want to document this transition to being a Stay at Home Dad. Today was my 2nd day of being a Stay at Home Dad with our Monkey Baby, Ava Kalea – who is 14 months old today.

The funny thing is that my commitment as a Stay at Home Dad, is to NOT stay at home – at least most of the time.

This morning we did some exercise, flashcards, educational YouTube videos (in Spanish and English), new music discovery, Ava’s mid morning nap and ate lunch. Then we went to the Carmel Valley Library where I picked up some books I had on reserve and bought some books and DVDs for Ava from the Friends of the Library. Next we went running on the beach in Del Mar and stopped to play on the beach in front of “our house” (more on that in a different post).

After playing on the beach Ava Kalea had to push the stroller all the way back to the lifeguard station (no small feat for a toddler). After the beach we went to Whole Foods for their salad bar and then to Yogurtland for a sample of froyo for the little midget.

Then we went home to grill up some chicken for dinner for Stacia and Makaya. Quite a day – and looking forward to tomorrow!

Very happy with the way things are going – but as we continue to transition, I want to start being able to check off more things on my very long to-do list. BTW – a car load of kids drove by Ava and I the other day as we ran to the beach (with her beach stroller). One of them leaned out the window and yelled “Where’s the Three Bears?!?” At first I was kind of offended, but I soon realized it was pretty funny …. and maybe appropriate …