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(namedafter his daughter, “Z,” 4.) to advocate for retailsafety in children’s products and to report on hisrigorous testing of kids’ gear (don’t miss thesippy-cup section). Over the last few years,he’s turned it into a blog network devoted tobringing together
-useful, slightly geeky(but way cool!) parenting sites on topics rangingfrom gardening with kids to DIY crafts.
These hilarious fathershave all brought theirhumor to the kiddie screen(
Bedtime Stories, Kung FuPanda,
Horton Hears aWho!,
DAD WHO MAKES LUNCH FUN
Every day during hisown midday break, father of three
of San Diego,decorates a sack with a full-color cartoon character for each kid.Seriously? See for yourself at
Adam SandlerKids: Sadie, 3, andSunny, 7 monthsJack BlackKids: Samuel, 3, and Thomas, 1Steve CarellKids: Elisabeth Anne, 7,and John, 5McAuley carrieshis daughteracross the ﬁnishline. Go, Dad!
Dad Who Goes the Distance
here’s a lot that 7-year-old Mary McAuley, of Hendersonville, Tennessee,can’t do. Born with cerebral palsy and su
ering from epilepsy, she’s con-ﬁned to a wheelchair, can’t speak, and needs a feeding tube to eat. Buther dad,
has helped her achieve awesome physical feats.They are a father-daughter triathlon team. McAuley pushes Mary in a specialstroller for most of his runs, pulls her along in a trailer when he bikes, and tugshis child in an inﬂatable raft as he’s swimming. T.E.A.M. McAuley (older broth-ers, Grant, 11, and Gri
n, 9, are members too) raises money and awareness forother families with special needs to get equipment to participate in triathlons.The biggest reason for racing is Mary. “She loves the feeling of not beingdisabled, spending time with her family, and the wind blowing through her hair,”says McAuley. How can he know this about a child who can’t speak? “If you sawher contagious smile, you’d have no doubt,” explains this proud dad.