Modern Dad: Chris Barrett

We're surveying some of the coolest guys we know about life as a modern dad.

Name: Chris Barrett
Occupation: Photographer/Film Maker
Location: Berwyn, Illinois
Find me online: Christopher Barrett Photographer
Kid's name: Vincent, age 7

1. A product I would recommend to another dad: When they are infants, a Baby Bjorn or other type carrier. You can run errands, easily go for walks, give their mom some alone time and just go everywhere.

2. A myth about modern dads: That we don't want to grow up and would rather be our child's friend instead of their parent. 

3. A favorite toy from childhood: Star Wars figures. I wish I had kept them for my son. Luckily, my wife had a nice stash.

4. A favorite children's book: Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. I memorized it as a kid.

5. A song I'll be really bummed if my kid doesn't end up loving: Girlfriend in a Coma.

6. A question I hope my kid never asks me: "What happened to your hair?"

7. A website or blog I visit regularly: Reduser.net

8. My favorite way to spend a few hours with my son: Building with LEGOs or gardening. Those little fingers are good for weeding!

9. A parenting trick that works for me and not for my wife: Raising my voice. Luckily, I don't have to do it very often.

10. My parenting superpower: Prying LEGOs apart -- those really small, thin ones. My wife or son can't get those apart. The trick is to use a pocket knife.


Thanks Chris!

(Image: Alejandra Valera)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.