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Rocking Parent Tips

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Signs You’re a Hipster Parent

Sometimes you just have to treat yourself, dads.

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This is what happens when you cross two legends: Dr. Seuss with the Ramones . It’s a limited-edition print by artist Scott Shaw that I picked up at Secret Headquarters  in Silver Lake. The best part is that it got the thumbs up by my toddler and my wife. Why? It’s the best of all of our childhoods: a little bit of nonsense, and a little bit of rock n’ roll.

See more posts from our Daddy-in Training below, and indulge in our Lullaby Renditions of the Ramones.

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The History of Guitar Smashing

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How Daddy Got Mommy Starring Blur

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How Rock Came Between Me and My Baby

Here’s one thing you can’t digitize — a band T-shirt. While you can order them online, there’s nothing like lining up (more like crowding around) the merch counter before or after the show to get one from your favorite band. And wasn’t your heart broken when you finally got to the front just to be greeted with the “SOLD OUT” sign over the one you wanted?

Well, what you can thank the Internet for now are sites that sell them. And perhaps you may get lucky and come across a selection like this. Nirvana, indeed.

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Via defunkd.com

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 We have our set of cool apparel for little and big people, too, minus the lines… Check it:

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If you could name one artist from our lullaby library who influenced you, who would it be?

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Here are the picks from the team at Rockabye Baby HQ:

 

Weezer. A song on their Blue album is titled “In the Garage,” which was basically about spending all your time in the garage, and that’s where you feel safe. I spent all my free time in high school in the garage learning to play instruments and forming a band. —Kristin


The Cure. One of the first bands I loved as a kid with their catchy pop hits, which were all over the radio and TV, but even then there was a mystique and allure to them. I had a friend whose cool, older, goth brother and his edgy, goth girlfriend listened to them, and they also had brilliant music videos, and, of course, there was/is Robert Smith’s crazy hair and iconography. They’ve been “with me” throughout my whole life and for various reasons — be it their upbeat, happy pop tunes, their melancholic love songs, or explicitly dark, early goth tunes. — Scott

Björk has always been an influence – I think it’s her attitude toward music (she knows absolutely no limit whatsoever) and the visuals that go with it. She pushes so many boundaries and is constantly evolving beyond expectation. I know it sounds like such a cliché thing to say about artists, but she really does take it to the extreme – far beyond what the majority of artists do. She basically works without a safety net and I really admire that. I guess I could almost say the same for Kanye West, though I feel like the syntax of his lyrics is more important and clever (and humorous) rather than thought provoking. — Jennifer

Dave Grohl. I taught myself how to play drums by watching him perform live. — Bill

You all know good and well by now that George Harrison, whose birthday just so happens to be today, is my musical champion. His fight to be seen as a contending songwriter by his cohorts never ceases to amaze me. He never gave up on himself . . . .and it’s a good thing, too, or we’d have missed out on “Here Comes The Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Something,” and a lot more. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE, I LOVE YOU. — Stacie

The Police. My parents played them for me when I was in utereo and I’ve loved them my whole life. They influenced my future musical leanings (ska and punk rock) and taught me to appreciate good drumming (Stewart Copeland is a God). I’ve loved them for so long that it’s become part of my personality and who I am. — Sarah

 

See the full Rockabye Baby library HERE.

 

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What is a childhood without Charlie Brown?

I wouldn’t know. Neither would my parents, considering they were the first ones to introduce me to Peanuts decades ago through passing along the Sunday Comics section to me at a very young age. I do hope parents still do this. I loved getting that newsprint all over my hands. (My husband has introduced the world of Schulz to our daughter through books, records and videos.)

I even did my first ice skating routine to the Peanuts theme song, so you can imagine what it was like for me and my family — three generations, grandparents, kids, grandkids — walking into the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. After days of family trip squabbling (you partake in this, too, yes?), we all found pleasure in taking a nostalgic walk through Schulz’s life and his work.

Here are some highlights . . .

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Above is a closer look at the wall mural made up of more than 3,538 individual tiles featuring Peanuts comic strips. Totally breathtaking to see up close.

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This is a peep-hole column that was just in a hidden-away corner of the museum featuring probably 10 or so holes, and was definitely a favorite among all ages, big and small. No one person could easily access each hole to see the surprises inside. Adults resorted to using phones to reach what they couldn’t (usually the ones on bottom); kids asked grownups for a lift to reach the ones above. I wont ruin the surprises for you. Don’t. Miss. It.

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Schulz’s office recreated on second floor of museum using his actual furniture and belongings. Simple, special, Schulz.

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There are many sculptures of your favorite characters you can pose with — or some bizarre hybrid of one. This one reminded us more of Fraggle Rock than Peanuts!

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There’s also a great activity center where you can make your own comic strips, among other fun activities.

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You’re a good man, Charles M. Schulz!

Feel like continuing a walk through years past? Check out our lullaby renditions of these iconic bands.

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And visit our Remember When board below.

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While feathered hair, bell bottoms and disco were in full force in 1977, don’t dismiss the year as a bust. Fleetwood Mac’s best-selling record, Rumours, was released that year, too. It wasn’t that long ago but it sure seems like it!

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And it was one of many cool things happening in 1977 . . .

Cars: The Chevy Impala and the Ford LTD

Top Movies: Stars Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Annie Hall

Gas Price: $0.65

Toys: Hobbie Hotdogger Skateboard

Top Albums: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Television’s Marquee Moon, Pink Floyd’s Animals

Books: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Shining by Stephen King

Fashion: Farrah Fawcett popularized the one-piece swimming suit

President: Jimmy Carter

Inventions: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (or as we call it the MRI) was invented by Ramond V. Damadian

Births: Tom Hardy and Liv Tyler

 

And we also said goodbye to Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby. But here’s news to make your 2015 a little dreamier:

Lullaby Renditions of Fleetwood Mac arrives February 10! Listen to snippets here!

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Or take more journeys back in time with us . . .

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Just because something says “baby” on it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.

Take a Rockabye Baby album, for instance. ;) You certainly don’t need a kid as an excuse to listen to it. (We know you college “babies” enjoy us, too. You’ve told us.) You just have to love good music, right ?

Same goes for other baby and toddler products that the team here at Rockabye Baby HQ will never give up, no matter how many decades out of diapers we are.

1. Baby wipes to remove makeup and freshen up at music festivals (aka “cleaning the pits”)
2. Graduates Lil’ biscuits as the perfect snack that make us feel forever young
2. Desitin for severely dry, cracked skin — not just for baby’s bottoms!
4. Baby aspirin for those of us with delicate stomachs
5. Diapers for big cleanups, packing breakables and, let’s not forget, for our senior years (and cloth diapers, especially as rags)
6. Baby powder for instant hair “refreshener” — our dry shampoo hack
7. No More Tears baby shampoo, because who wants tears, ever? And perfect for cleaning makeup brushes.
8. A+D Diaper Rash Ointment for tattoos
9. Baby gates for our furry “babes”
10. Pedialyte for when we’ve had a few too many libations.

Are you sitting there thinking, I do these things, too? Let’s see what else you have in common with us. Pet peeves, perhaps? Check out our list:

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Our Top 16 Pet Peeves

You know what is important to realize and is likely to make you feel a whole lot better about life? No one really has his or her sh*t together. (Especially parents with newborns.) Seriously. You might think your friends or colleagues do, but they don’t. It’s just not possible to balance killer careers, happy personal lives, fulfilling philanthropic endeavors, and creative projects without the dishes piling up in the sink or occasionally being forced to blow your nose on an old T-shirt because no one remembered to buy Kleenex.

Got your taxes paid? Your eyebrows waxed? Your five-year plan in place? Well, good for you, but I guarantee, there will come a time when you run out of Kleenex too. So stop losing your mind trying to do it all and do a little less. Here are some time-saving tips to help you look like you’ve got your sh*t together, even though we know you don’t (we’ll keep that a secret, okay?).

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Dry Shampoo: This stuff is a game changer; you can go days without showering or bathing, provided you keep from getting the rest of you too smelly. Plus, as my hairdresser has always said, dirty hair is good hair (it’s easier to style, has more volume, looks sexy). With dry shampoo, you can get the good dirt going without the grime and slime and also save shower time.

Big Bling: The key to looking better than you feel or dressing up a T-shirt and jeans is to accessorize. I like big bling—oversize necklaces (these are called “statement pieces” nowadays), sparkling earrings, and cocktail rings. No time for makeup or styling your hair, throw on some big bling and people won’t notice because they are too distracted by all that dazzle. For guys, throw on a scarf or a hat. Done.

Uniforms: I say Mao-style jumpsuits for everyone. We would save so much time and I would never again have to pick all my clothes up off the floor after trying to find the perfect outfit. Streamline your closet, my friends, and develop your own personal uniform. I am currently utilizing a system of three pairs of jeans (grey, black, dark blue) and three alternating shirt/sweater combos. While I haven’t gone so far as to embroider the days of the week on my underwear (yet), I am loving what systematizing my wardrobe has done: ensures I don’t go out of the house looking too crazy and I can get ready fast.

Slow Cookers: Okay, we’d all love to leisurely shop at the farmer’s market and then cook a fresh, healthy meal. But more often the fridge is empty, I’m starving, and the In and Out drive-thru is calling. It seems so Betty Crocker of me to advocate this but I’m telling you a slow cooker can save your life once you get a few healthy recipes down you just throw the ingredients in before work and come home to something healthy and home-cooked—it’s sure to impress.

Manners: Like my mama always says, good manners go far. You can pretty much get away with anything if you are polite about it: Behind on a bill? Try being super nice on the phone and see if they can’t waive that late fee. Need to merge into the next lane? Wave and smile instead of plowing through and, surprise, road rage denied. You can look like something the cat threw up but if you wait patiently in line while I fish my money out of my pocketbook, I’ll think to myself, wow, that person behind me buying Kleenex has really got his or her sh*t together.

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Can you relate?

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For a respite from the madness, try a lullaby.

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To celebrate the madness, check out some of our parenting posts. You’re not alone.

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Autumn of 2013 was weird for me; I was going through some bizarre crap. It wasn’t an unhappy time – not in the slightest – but a time of transition, re-evaluation and renewal. And a great time to pick up a new family drama/comedy, eh?!

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At the insistence of a few friends of mine, I began my Parenthood binge,  hammering through 4 1/2 seasons in a few weeks, falling immediately for the Braverman family. Their ups, their downs, how they communicated, how they fought, how they loved one another; everything. The Bravermans made me thankful for my best friends, made me miss my mom and dad, helped ease my regret for always arguing with my sister, showed me life is painful and life is funny, and a lot more. They reminded me what really matters and that’s just what I needed that fall.

Only a little more than a year later, the show is in its sixth and final season, with its last episode airing tonight. I, and many of my friends, are aimless in our attempts to cope. I haven’t had this hard of a time with a show ending since The O.C. went off the air in 2007. What are we going to DO?! What now will I turn to for (free) life coaching?!

Well, the plain truth is I’m really not sure. But in lieu of not knowing, all I can think to do is celebrate what I love about this show and what I’ll miss. Rig up the Bob Dylan!

1. The humanity –
This is what really got me hooked. Its portrayal of family life is truthful and relatable even when it’s bordering on the cliche.
2. The crying - Haha, hear me out! Being brought to tears by the emotions and moments these characters face has been incredibly cleansing. The big dramatic moments and the small, intimate ones both hold their own in getting me (and I’m sure countless others) to let those crocodile tears stream. I would like to thank Mae Whitman and Monica Potter for being responsible for 80% of my therapeutic weeping.
3. The conflicts – We watch the characters tackle a lot of life’s big hurdles and curveballs, but none of it feels like the “crisis of the week” stuff many other shows fall fate to. Just like in our own lives, their challenges are ongoing and not every obstacle finds a resolution. To see people overcome or navigate through these hurdles, whether for the better or for the worse, is comforting and encouraging.
4. The characters/actors – Not one of these characters fall into any one category like “the villain,” or “the good guy” (well, maybe Joel), or “the dumb one,” or “the perfect one.” They’re multidimensional just like you or me; a mixed bag of people who are good, bad, controlling, overemotional, etc., etc. Plus, the way these characters are brought to life by the actors is phenomenal.
5. Tyson Ritter - Of course, I will miss the appearances of my one true love, Tyson Ritter, who played the egomaniacal boy-diva, Oliver Rome, lead singer of a fictitious band who recorded at the Braverman brother’s recording studio, the Luncheonette. When I found out he was occasionally on the show I was like “FffffWHAT?!!” AAR for life.

So there it is. Just a few of the reasons why I’ll miss Parenthood . . . and it really only scratches the surface.

It’s going be hard to say goodbye to the Bravermans tonight,  I’m probably going to have to go into hiding after it’s all over and done with because of the irrational, maddened state I’ll enter, but just like with the Cohens from The O.C., I’ll always have them and their lessons in my heart (and probably on DVD/Blu-Ray so that I may visit them whenever I please).

If you haven’t, I and several other people here at Rockabye Baby, couldn’t recommend enough that you start watching Parenthood.

Miss you all already, Braverman Family.

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