When danger comes around, there’s only one thing to do - activate Dad Mode. While some superheroes have spidey-senses or x-ray vision, dads have the epic power to save kids from themselves. So, we’re celebrating National Superhero day by sharing our favorite, epic “Dad Mode” activations.
4. Ridin’ to the (almost) danger zone.
With Dad's knack for saving the day, there is no need to send a signal into the sky. Cheers to the superheroes who don’t wear capes.
Happy Earth Day from Mission Critical. Our logo is inspired by honeycomb as our founders are avid bee keepers. Bees also play an important part of the ecosystem so we are celebrating by sharing some interesting facts about bees.
The Importance of Clean Water
Bees need a clean reliable water source that is easy for them to access. Why? Fresh water is used for cooling the hive, decrystallizing honey and helping the Nurse Bees create Royal Jelly to feed the larvae. Bees can easily drown in water, so it’s crucial to provide a shallow water dish filled rocks or twigs where they can land.
The Illusive Queen
The Queen Bee, or “mother” bee, can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day. She has attendants who feed and clean her so she can focus on laying eggs. Her presence infuses and unites the hive as a single entity. While she is the only bee within the hive who lays eggs, she is not the “ruler” of the hive--a beehive operates as a single organism, making decisions collectively. She can be difficult to spot amongst her attendants but check her out below!
Swarming is the honeybee’s natural method for reproduction and expansion. It occurs when the older queen leaves an established hive with half of the bees to find a new location, leaving behind a new queen and the rest of the workers. Bees are at their most gentle when they swarm, as they have no hive to defend and are operating on trust and instinct that they will find another home. It is an awe-inspiring event!
Drones: Gentle Giants
Drones are the male Honeybee. Larger than the female worker bee and without a stinger, they are gentle giants whose bodies help warm the brood nest. While a drone’s primary focus is to mate with a queen, he is also the glue that connects all the colonies within the landscape, since drones are the only bee allowed into neighboring hives. Basically, they keep a pulse on what’s happening in the ‘hood!
Bees make a huge impact on the food we eat and the environment we see. So next time you're out on a hike and see a little honeybee, make sure to say thanks!
We applaud these bold parents who share their love of nature with their little ones. These adventurous moments with mom, dad, and baby prove that it’s never too early to enjoy the great outdoors. Take a look at 9 of the bravest babies we’ve seen on social media.
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Whether you go hiking, fishing, or traveling, you’ll carry with confidence in Mission Critical’s baby carrier. The great outdoors is calling - will you answer it?
Meet Gabe Nunez, he is one of our Mission Critical Brand Ambassadors. Gabe is a Professional Freerunner, Hollywood Stuntman, CEO of Tempest Freerunning, and, most importantly, a father.
We sat down with Gabe to find out how he blends being a dad with his impressive professional life. Check out our Q&A with Gabe, and leave us a comment below to let us know: How do you balance your professional aspirations with being a father?
How do you balance your career as a professional athlete/stuntman with being a father?
I'd be lying if I said anything other than "I don't know, I'm still figuring this out". My rule of thumb has been that I don't leave town for more than two weeks at a time anymore. My wife & I are fortunate to be able to bring our daughter with us to work for most days, aside from when I am working on set, so that has been a huge plus.
How do you stay connected with baby Naya while you’re on the road?
Two words, or maybe it's one... FaceTime!
What are some of the most important things you’ve learned about yourself since becoming a father?
That I am an emotional being! Ha, there's nothing like having a daughter to teach a man how to get in touch with his emotional side!
How do you spend quality time with Naya? What does play time look like at your house?
Play time at our house consists of dancing, hide n seek, daddy scaring Naya around each and every corner, reading books, playing with toys and putting toys away, and most importantly skateboarding outside & exploring her movement skills in the Tempest Academies!
How important is it for you to explore the outdoors with Naya?
That's probably the most important thing we do! Whether its walks, hikes, skating, car watching or star gazing, she loves being outside!
How engaged/aware is Naya when you two are out on adventure? Can you tell she’s having fun?
Absolutely engaged. She loves to point out things she recognizes like buses, motorcycles, airplanes, and the moon. She's also not afraid to scream and clap her hands when she's having fun on the skateboard or feeling accomplished for climbing onto something.
What have been some of the most memorable adventures you guys have gone on so far?
A family trip to Mexico when she was about 8 months old, exploring the Tempest academies and watching her test her limits on the trampoline, as well as the everyday skate sessions. I enjoy watching her experience new things no matter what they are!
What is your funniest fatherhood memory thus far?
It's gotta be watching her go from crying to smiling and dancing immediately when a Justin Beiber song comes on. She has the fever!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced since becoming a new dad?
Creating our new normal. It's been difficult to create a regular schedule that allows me to do what I need to do for my own happiness/success while also doing what is needed to support my wife and daughter. I'm working on it, and have a feeling that I will always be working on it! Ha. That's probably my new life mission!
How does your parenting style differ from the way your father parented you?
Hard to say at the moment since I don't remember his parenting style when I was 1, but I assume I'm a bit more hands off in how I let her figure out the world. I'll have to ask him that!
What advice would you give to new fathers?
Don't lose who you are while trying to raise your child. So far my wife and I have been really good at trying to maintain our lifestyle and continuing to do things that we enjoy. The only difference is that now we are bringing our new little friend along! Remember the baby is coming into your life, not the other way around. We believe that happy people raise happy kids so we try hard to continue enjoying things that we did before having a child...
Last question, how would you rate your diaper changing skills?
I'm a diaper changing magician! Not sure that's something I need on my resume but what can I say? I've had lots of practice.
The value of outdoor adventures, little or large, cannot be underestimated. Sure, experiencing new and fun adventures with your child is rewarding and memorable, but the value of outdoor adventures goes way beyond building a bank of rose-tinted memories. Active outdoor adventures are known to bring real health and developmental benefits to children. According to child psychologist, Dr. Mandy Bryon, when children are allowed to experience risk, even in a controlled way, it helps develop their ability to deal with adversity and build self-confidence. It encourages them to think for themselves and develop resilience. It readies them for dealing with risks and uncertainties that are part of the big wondrous world. So we ask, who doesn’t want more active, healthy, resilient, confident and independent children?
As dad’s, we tend to undermine the value of our playful relationships with our children as second tier to the intuitive, hormonal connection mother’s have with children. Rest assured, being a source of entertainment and fun is a gateway to a more bonded connection that will reinforce your role as a security figure. Below are five adventures dads can take with their children to build a strong, lasting bond.
As a new dad, there are a million questions that arise everyday. Am I doing this right? Is this normal? AskDad and Daddit sub Reddits have made it easy for men to find quick, sound (skrew you trolls) and experienced advice all within a keyboards reach away. We searched Reddit to see what common challenges new dads were facing as first time parents. Below, advice from child development experts and our own personal experience provides answers to the top five most talked about new dad questions buzzing on the Internet.