Daddy Nickell

Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, father of 6, offers his "5 cents" worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of, delivery room duds and daddy gear for dads, and the blog where he covers topics about parenting and the latest baby and kids gear, all from a Dad's perspective.

Teaching Your Kids Money Savviness

There are so many life lessons we want to teach our children when they are young, unfortunately, money savviness does not always make the list.  But keep in mind, teaching your kids about money from an early age will set them up to be better money managers when they are adults—better at saving, less inclined to use credit cards, and knowledgeable about smart spending. Here are a few tips to start the conversation and educate your kids: 1....

July 24, 2014 Read Blog

What Kids Want in a Babysitter

I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to babysitters, most kids would rather just have mom and dad stay at home. That is unless you find that rare gem of a babysitter—the one your kids adore, beg to have them come, and can’t wait for you to leave.  However, these gems can be hard to find. With years of finding babysitters for my 7 kids, I’ve had my share of finding that modern day Mary Poppins. To help with the search, here are a...

July 17, 2014 Read Blog

10 Secrets Every New Dad Needs to Know

The birth of your first baby equates to the birth of a new you—the new dad! As most of the attention is on mom during the nine month preparation period, dad often gets left behind in learning about and preparing for his new life. Having a family, and the birth of your first child, will forever change your lifestyle, environment, and thought process. Dads need to be prepared to embrace this change. Trust me, the rewards will be plentiful. Just...

July 10, 2014 Read Blog

A Chat with “Inspirational Dad” Larry King

We all know Larry King as the world-renowned TV anchor who kept Americans in-the-know on global happenings for 25 years via his CNN show, Larry King Live. But when I recently chatted with Larry King on the web series My Life as a Dad, I wanted to know about his experience in being a dad to five children, two of which were born almost four decades after his first children. Larry King's son Larry, Jr., adopted son Andy, and daughter Chaia were...

July 3, 2014 Read Blog

3 Reasons Why You Don’t Need to Be the Perfect Parent

Every parent strives to be a “perfect parent,” but it’s just not a realistic goal and you’ll make yourself crazy trying to attain the unattainable, Perfect Parent Status. Instead, strive to do your best and try to be a great parent – mistakes and all! Just in case you’re not sold on the idea of lowering the bar (ever so slightly), I’ve compiled a list of three reasons why being the perfect parent is overrated: You’re not...

June 12, 2014 Read Blog

Fun & Unique Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is the time of year where we celebrate the most important man in your family—good ol’ Dad. As you head out to find your dad a meaningful and extra special gift that shows him just how much you love him, why not think ‘out-of-the-socks’? How about going for something more unique and memorable? As a father to 7 kids, I’ve seen my fair share of Father’s Day gifts, and that does mean a lot of ties and socks but I’ve also...

June 5, 2014 Read Blog

Preventing Home Sickness At Summer Camp

Summer camp provides children an amazing experience full of opportunities that allow for and encourage growth and development. My children have all gone to summer camp where they’ve learned new things, made new friends, and experienced adventure. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way that helped my children, and myself, deal with the overwhelming sensation of separation and homesickness that can often come with summer...

May 29, 2014 Read Blog

Celebrity Dads Share Words Of Wisdom About Fatherhood

Up until the birth of my first child, I politely smiled and nodded as well-meaning people kept trying to prepare me for fatherhood by telling me their personal stories or filling me with old school clichés, like, “You’d better sleep now!” Seven kids later, and I can honestly say fatherhood is the most life altering event a guy can go through (and I should have listened to the stories and advice from other dads!). You learn really quickly...

May 15, 2014 Read Blog

An Open Letter to The Most Amazing Mom on Mother’s Day

To The World’s Most Incredible Mom! From the day I met you, you have never ceased to amaze me. You’re not only beautiful on the outside, you’re unbelievably beautiful on the inside, too. You’ve gone from a wonderful, loving wife to an amazing, remarkable mother—for this I love you even more than the day we got married. Your dedication and love to our family means the world to me. I could not have asked for a more suitable partner in...

May 8, 2014 Read Blog

When Is the Right Time to Get Your Child a Cellphone?

Technology is important; it allows us the opportunity to stay connected, learn new things and more. Nobody needs a constant link to technology at their fingertips 24/7, but with smartphones becoming so, let’s face it – smart and easily accessible – we have settled into just that. But do you want that for your kids? It can be difficult to decide the right time to get your child a cellphone; there are many factors to consider before giving...

May 1, 2014 Read Blog

Spring Cleaning Teaches Life Skills

As the weather gets warmer we often feel the need to organize and clean our homes. May is a great time to do this and getting our children to help not only makes our lives easier, it also teaches them wonderful life skills. Our dominant sense affects not only how we interpret information but also what our natural skills are, even when it comes to cleaning. Visual children tend to be more detail-orientated so make the most of this and give...

April 24, 2014 Read Blog

Bringing Home a Pet

Are you raising an animal lover? If so, chances are they’ve already asked for a puppy, kitten, guanine pig, lizard, snake or bird of their own. Bringing home a pet is a big decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly – especially if you have young kids in your home. I’ve put together some tips and advice to help ensure your decision is the right one – whatever that may be. Pick the Right Pet: There are lots of different pets to choose...

April 17, 2014 Read Blog

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