1. My favorite toy from childhood: The toy that immediately sticks out is my childhood teddy bear, Scruffy. He was gnarly looking, but I loved him.
2. A myth about modern dads:Michael Winerip made a great point in the New York Times recently. Basically you can’t be there for your children and not expect to make sacrifices in your career.
3.A song I'll be really bummed if my kid doesn't end up loving: I’ve found myself playing a lot of old reggae/dub for Amon. There’s no one song in particular, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t have at least the slightest affinity for reggae down the line.
4. A website or blog I visit regularly: For parenting: Kellymom.com. We visit that site all the time and it has become our go-to for any daily questions that pop up. These days I have trouble keeping up with music the way I used to, but I follow http://tumblinerb.com/ pretty religiously.
5. A product I would recommend to another dad: Since becoming a parent, I’ve become obsessed with being efficient and organized (though it’s a steep learning curve). These days I keep everything compartmentalized in Baggu bags - in every possible size.
6. My favorite children's book: I honestly don’t remember reading a lot as a kid, so it has been really amazing discovering standards like Goodnight Moon with my son. For our baby shower our friends (and KQ designer / business partner) August and Willow gave us an incredible library of children’s books. My current favorite is Sparkle & Spin by Ann & Paul Rand. Each book came with a hand written note about why they chose it. “Paul Rand was and still is the most famous American Graphic Designer - Brooklyn-born, cranky, and amazing. His books he made with his wife are so dope!”
7. A question I hope my kid never asks me: Honestly, I just hope Amon always feels comfortable enough to ask me anything. Luckily, I still have a few years to figure out what I’ll say to some of the trickier questions.
8. My favorite way to spend a few hours with my kid: Swimming. It’s the best.
9. A parenting trick that works for me and not for my wife: My wife works several nights a week, so one of the skills I’ve learned is how to put Amon to sleep without nursing. It’s really the only parenting edge I have.
10. My parenting superpower: I’m not sure I have any parenting superpowers or that there are any. I’m constantly trying to figure it out and it’s a large part of why I wanted to start the magazine — so that I could hear from other dads.
I also feel very blessed to have an amazing partner. Other than that, I just try to be really generous with myself.
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.
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