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Daddies have lots to say on the subject of everything,
and we are listening. You should, too.

Over here at the Cottage, we are an equal blogga-tunity community. We follow the papas as much as the mamas. (Almost.) Because guess what: Daddies have opinions and ideas and recipes and standards and they LAUGH AT THEMSELVES a lot. They also take a lot more grains of salt than you might expect from a Seriously Committed Parent. And who doesn’t love a salty ol’ daddy?

In honor of this coming weekend, we’re featuring some daddy bloggers we like and respect:

Ask Your Dad
Writes John Kinnear: “My life before my kids took place in a hazy, money-filled dream land where people stay up past 10 P.M. and eat at restaurants that don’t have kids’ menus. Sometimes I miss it — but not too often. Now I delight in figuring out the messier parts of being a dad. When I told someone the name of my blog the other day, they asked if it was an ‘advice blog.’ I hadn’t thought of it that way before. I don’t have any advice. I used to ask my dad everything. If there was a question that no one knew the answer to, I’d go to my dad. He always had an answer. It probably wasn’t always the right answer, but he sure as hell had one. To me, that’s the perfect metaphor for my fatherhood experience. It doesn’t matter if I have the answer or not, the question is getting asked.”

Dad or Alive
“Confessions of an unexpected stay-at-home dad” is his tagline. There’s no summary “about” blurb that we could find on the blog. So you’ll just have to strap on your goggles and life vest and jump in. We promise that you will love Adrian, Jen, Ava, Charlie, and Mason. (We’re thinking of moving next door to them, just to have front-row seats.)

Designer Daddy
Brent Almond is an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator, doing business as Design Nut since 2002. Three years ago he and his husband (a.k.a. Papa) adopted their son JJ, and on his first birthday debuted Designer Daddy, where Brent blogs with humor and insight about random, largely unrelated parenting topics.

Fatherly is a parenting resource for men who understand that embracing what they’ve become doesn’t mean giving up who they are. Men who want to be great fathers without turning into clichés. Men who spent their formative years laughing at blogs about dads in short shorts, but who will never, ever wear short shorts themselves. Fatherly aims to be the most robust source of practical parenting advice on the Internet. With a comprehensive suite of content broken down by your child’s exact age, they’ll provide you info on everything from preparing the home for a baby’s arrival, to transitioning them to solid food, to figuring out what to do with this tiny human being once he or she starts walking, talking, and demanding to be shown a good time.

How to Be a Dad
How to Be a Dad (HTBAD) is not so much a “how-to,” but a “how-not-to” entertainment website for parents . . . or anyone who’s ever had parents, really. Follow Andy Herald (@andyherald) and Charlie Capen (@charliecapen), two sleep-deprived friends with nothing left to lose but their sanity, as they learn to be dads and try to look smart doing so. They’re not experts, but that isn’t gonna stop them from pretending. You’ve been warned.

Lunchbox Dad
Beau is here to help you make lunchtime fun, connect with your kids, and discover products that make your life as a busy parent easier. Each week on Lunchbox Dad you will find creative recipes, funny pictures, and thoughts on parenting and life in general.

Mr. Dad
Hailed by Time magazine as “the superdad’s superdad,” Armin Brott is the author of eight best-selling books on fatherhood. Armin has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, including Today, CBS Overnight News, and Politically Incorrect, and his work on fatherhood has been featured in such places as Glamour, Time, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and many others.

Out with the Kids
Jeff Bogle is a dad of two remarkable preteen daughters who inform nearly everything he does as a writer, podcaster, and photographer. He’s written for Esquire, Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, Scary Mommy, Huffington Post, PBS, Family Vacation Critic, and more. Jeff’s blog just turned 10, and for many of those years OWTK was a moderately large fish in the teensy weensy pool of independent kids’ music coverage. Nowadays Jeff has moved on to tell stories of family travel, cars, food, heath & exercise, sports, and culture for his own site and many others. In 2015, both Mashable and The Huffington Post named OWTK one of the best dad blogs of the year, while Buzzfeed said that the OWTK Instagram feed is one all parents should be following.

Read It Daddy
Book bloggers for your busy little bees. Dad (old enough to know better) and Charlotte (young enough to be a smarty pants) take a look at the best and brightest children’s picture books and other great kids’ stuff.

Photo credit: Probably Ginny’s mother. Because that’s Ginny’s father in his pajamas and Ginny with the bottle in her mouth. Happy Father’s Day, everybody!