St. Louis Dad 2022 Wrap Up

For the last few years I have been creating end of the year “wrap up” posts with some lists of my favorite things from the year. This year will be no different as I definitely had an interesting year. It was a year filled with a lot of emotion and struggle, but also a lot of positive! Looking back it is amazing to see the struggle, but also see the Keep on reading to see some of the highlights from my year and what’s still to come!

One new thing I started this year was to document as much of the media I consumed over the course of the year. So I created a media log. The list is pretty extensive and shows that I watch A LOT of movies. So feel free to take a look at 2022’s Media Log.

New Music by Me!

This year I put some work into my online artist portfolio site 2022 is MMP’s 20th anniversary and to celebrate I released two new experimental instrumental hip-hop albums. The first was Dr. Williams – JELLY-Fi released back on June 18th (my mom’s bday) and the second was released on November 11th (11/11) entitled Richie Williams – The Long Way to Mars EP.

I also put in a lot of work illustrating new projects for almost 70 new clients. This next year I hope to highlight all of the stories I have illustrated and also put out a few more of my own!

Jason Beware 3

Another major project that I spearheaded this year was the final installment of Jason Beware. We couldn’t leave with a cliffhanger, so I spent the first part of the year writing and then this summer we filmed the final film in the Jason Beware series. It was a lot of fun working with the kids again. I think we made ourselves a fun little series and I cannot wait to see what we come up with next.

We Bought a House!

It was emotional, it was painful, but we made it happen. We are also finally free from an emotional abusive landlord that we never want to hear or see ever again. Good riddance!

We Got a New Puppy!

This little horse (photo right) is a rescue from downtown St. Louis. Little guy was chained up in the backyard of an abandoned house. So we rescued him and now him and our other goofball are best buddies!

Tales from a 6th Grader

That’s right, we now have a 6th grader this year. It has been a little bit of a challenge learning new routines and practices but we’re getting by fairly well. She’s excited about Art Club, Images, and all of the fun things middle school offers!

My little 6th grader is really getting into music. She got her first record player for Christmas and watching her flip through vinyl is a new favorite past time. Here are her top 5 songs of 2022!

I Joined TikTok!

Around Halloween 2021 I joined TikTok as DadSTL. I made a couple videos, but over 2022 I posted even more. So if you’re there, give me a follow! I am a big fan of the stand-up comedy crowd work videos, so feel free to give me a follow and send me some funny stuff!

I was a little against TikTok at first, but I have warmed up to it and discovered that it can be a fun and unique way to create content. Just don’t get addicted to the scroll!

Spotify 2022 Wrapped

I don’t always listen to Spotify but I have been a bit more lately. I usually am listening to my own collection or Pandora. This year I have been diving more into some indie country and holy cow there is a lot of good stuff out there that I had not heard. Compared to last year my wrapped list is completely different. I do love how Spotify will share some of your stats in fun ways. Here are some of my highlights!

Spotify is a great way to discovery new music. I don’t think I would have ever found Morgan Wade without it. Also, Zach Bryan just released his Live from Red Rock album as a Christmas present to the world, and of course he titled it, All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster (Live from Red Rock). Perfect!

Zach Bryan also provided me one of the greatest Twitter moments I have ever had in my life. He quote tweeted one of my tweets and I had been on that Ninth Cloud ever since.

My Top 9 on Instagram

Instagram, I love you but I also hate you sometimes. I don’t understand your algorithm but I do like your layout and filters, so I still use you, but not as often as I probably should. Here are the top nine photos of 2022! Give me a follow and see what’s in store for 2023!

My 2022 Favorites

Here are some more of my favorite things from 2022, some of these were not released in 2022 but possibly my first viewing experience! There’s so much more I could have included, just because they weren’t does not mean that I didn’t enjoy whatever it was.

2023 and Beyond

2022 was a year of getting back to my old self. I was finally able to cut ties to a lot of emotional baggage and I feel more free than ever and 2023 will be even better! One goal I have for 2023 is to redesign I really like the format I have going here but I think things could be reorganized a little better. This was also a goal last year, but I kind of got wrapped up in some other things. A redesign may still be at the bottom of my list, but I will attempt to get it done. I promise! I also am planning on producing more episodes of Dad v Son – The Chess Son as well as more content for TikTok and my other channels. I even have an amazing idea that I will be unleashing around this time in 2023. It will be very special and possibly one of the coolest things I will work on through-out the year. I would tell you more but than I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Along with my secret project, I am also hoping to start writing my next short film. I have an idea and a general outline, but I need to write the screenplay and start planning the production. It will be my most ambitious project to date, so hopefully things fall right into place this coming year!

Another goal I have for the 2023 year is to hit my fitness goals. This coming year I hope to do at least (if not more) 100 miles of hiking, 300 miles of riding my bike, and 1000 miles of traveling. I may not hit these goals but it’s worth a shot to at least make them my goals. I only did around 20 miles of hiking total this past year, I got to pump those numbers up!

This next year is going to be something great. It’s my last year of my 30’s, and I am excited to this next chapter in my life. Each year seems to be going by faster and faster, so I am needing to savor this life I got going and help put some positivity into this world the best ways that I can.

See ya 2022, I’m ready for the year of Air Jordan, 23. Let’s do this!

Supporting Your Child in Team Sports

If your children are athletic then the most important thing that you can offer them aside from an orange after a game is support. Children of all ages need to feel that their parents support them and love them and athletics can get pretty rowdy even for Children’s Games. For anything, children need the most support from their parents but when it comes to sports they need to know that no matter whether they win, lose or draw you are going to still be there and still be proud of them for their efforts. 

We have all seen the detriment that can happen if a child has a pushy parent in the stands on game day, and nobody wants to be that kind of a parent who bases their child’s emotional happiness on whether or not they win or game. Don’t be that parent if you can avoid it. You can prepare yourself with dugout cards and oranges and towels and all of their equipment, but the best thing you can do to prepare yourself as a parent is to make sure that you are ready for any outcome and make sure your children see that you are happy for them no matter what. So here are some of the things that you can do to support your children during sports.

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  • Provide emotional support. You have to remember that your child is going to be watching you very carefully. If you don’t look happy at the end of their sports game, they’re going to believe that you no longer have the same amount of love for them because they weren’t good enough. Children need to know that no matter what the outcome to anything that they do they will always be good enough for you. Kids just want their parents to be proud of them and to love them, and it’s up to you to make sure that you are displaying that to your child.
  • Emphasize effort over outcome. While you are watching your children play sports you should make sure that you are paying attention to the effort that they put in. When you do this, your pride comes away from whether they win or lose the game and stays at their performance in general. If you’re watching your child try really hard to win, then it doesn’t matter what the outcome is at all. You have to do everything that you can to show them that you are proud of them regardless. Children base a lot of their emotional well being on whether or not their parents are proud of them, and even when you don’t intend to be common you can come off as disappointed. You are seeing your child go for the very best effort, So make sure they know you are proud of them.
  • Foster independence. When it comes to putting together dugout cards then you should absolutely be involved in your child support, but where you can push for independence. If they want to go off and be with their friends, let them. When you drop them off to practice, go and sit in the car so you are not watching the practice. Unless they ask you to. Children should be encouraged, but not hovered over and independence is something you should definitely be ensuring your children feel when you leave them at their games.
  • Check in on their happiness. Some kids only engage in sports because I think that’s what their parents want. Make sure that your children are happy to be involved in the sports that they are in because this way you can ensure that you Foster an open relationship with your children. They deserve to feel heard and seen, and if they’re unhappy they should be able to tell you.

How To Find The Right Family Car: Top Tips & Tricks To Utilize Now

Investing in a new car that will safely transport your family from A to B in the most secure, problem free way can be a whirlwind experience, as attempting to figure out which kind of vehicle meets all of your needs isn’t always the easiest of tasks. With so many different brands and styles to choose between, the decision of identifying the right car for your family is clouded in uncertainty for those with little car knowledge. 

Luckily, you don’t have to get lost amongst a sea of thousands of different vehicles when searching for the right family car. This guide contains a few top tips and tricks that will help to point you in the right direction, ensuring you can make the most informed and confident decision and enjoy the ride for the foreseeable future as a result. 

So, what are you waiting for? If you want to find out more, then read on to uncover some great advice that you can utilize to get started on your quest to find a new family car today! 

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Think About Your Families Needs 

If you want to succeed in finding the best car for you and your children to enjoy, you have to first address what you would actually like your vehicle to do. 

Are you purchasing a new ride ready for the first week back to school to drive the little ones around? Or are you planning on traveling longer distances, possibly even off road for the more adventurous among you? You must establish the different features you require, otherwise you run the risk of spending too much money on a car that you will not actually use sufficiently to warrant its price. 

When you attend your local car dealership, you can explain your requirements to the employees there and they can then aid you in efficiently finding a range of vehicles that are perfect for your family. It’s a good idea to write down a short list with your main priorities, as this way you won’t deviate and make the wrong choice. 

Always Focus On Safety & Security 

No matter where you might be traveling, you must always do everything within your power to stay safe and secure. 

However, when you have children inside the vehicle with you, this responsibility is even greater. You must take the utmost care to ensure they are always out of danger when they are in your vehicle, as it’s on you to ensure they are as safe as can be while on the road in your car. Safety must be reflected in your choice of car, so take your time in researching the different safety features each vehicle contains. 

Airbags and seatbelts are essential, and if you have smaller children, there has to be space to accommodate a car seat for them to use in order to ensure their security. Never make a decision on a certain vehicle without checking how safe it is first – otherwise you’ll have to find out more about a good mechanic to help you achieve peace of mind, as all manner of risks and dangers could be putting you and your children in harms way. 

Tips for Dads Teaching Their Kids How to Drive Safely

It’s a rite of passage for most kids – learning to drive. And it’s a nerve-wracking time for parents, especially dads. After all, it’s our job to ensure our kids are safe behind the wheel. So here are a few tips to help you teach your kids how to drive safely.

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Be A Good Role Model

If you want your kids to drive safely, you need to be a good role model. That means obeying all the traffic laws, not speeding, not texting while driving, and so on. You need to set an example for your kids, so they know what it means to drive safely.

Be Patient

Learning to drive can be stressful for both you and your child. So it’s essential to be patient throughout the process. Remember, they’re still learning, and making mistakes is part of that process. So try not to get too frustrated with them and stay calm throughout the lessons.

Teach Them The Basics

Before you even get in the car, sit down with your child and go over the basics of driving. This includes turning the lights, using the turn signals, adjusting the mirrors, etc. Once they understand everything, you can start working on more advanced concepts like parallel parking and merging onto highways.

Start Slow

When you’re first teaching your child how to drive, try to cover only a little ground at a time. Start with basic concepts and then build up from there. You can always add more lessons later as they become more comfortable behind the wheel.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The best way for your child to learn how to drive is by getting out there and practicing as much as possible. So go out with them often and let them get some experience behind the wheel. The more they practice, the better they’ll become at driving. You can take them to an open parking lot to practice things like turning, parallel parking, etc.

Show Them How To Change A Tyre

One of the most important things you can teach your child is how to change a tire. This is a valuable skill that can help them if they ever have a flat tire. So show them how to do it and ensure they understand the process.

Teach Them What To Do In Case Of An Accident

No one wants to think about accidents, but they do happen. So it’s essential to teach your child what to do if they’re ever involved in one. This includes turning off the engine, staying calm, and calling for help. By teaching them what to do ahead of time, you can help them stay safe in the event. You can also walk them through the steps they must take after the accident, like contacting an attorney, exchanging insurance information, etc.

Teaching your child how to drive can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these tips can help your child learn how to drive safely and confidently. Just remember to be patient, take things slow, and let them practice as much as possible. Soon enough, they’ll be on the road driving themselves!