Modern Dad: Monte Ritz

Modern Dad: Monte Ritz

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Carrie McBride
Jun 11, 2013

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

Name: Monte Ritz, Artist, Illustrator, Life Enthusiast 
Kids: Henry (6) & Rose (4)
Location:  Brooklyn, NY

1. A song I'll be really bummed if my kids don't end up  Sailing by Christopher Cross. Because everyone needs to be taken away by the silky-sonic sails of Captain Cross.

2. A question I hope my kids never ask  Henry: Can I move in? Rose: Can I move out? 

3. A parenting trick that works for me and not for my  The art of silliness.

4. My favorite toy from  Nothing has ever been more exhilarating than a clean sheet of paper and a pencil.

5. My favorite children's book: Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch.  One of the best allegories on life that I've ever encountered.

6. A product I would recommend to another  Anything that offers you a better state of mind.  Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

7. A website or blog I visit  atlasobscura.com, behance.com, economist.com, flowingdata.com, fora.tv, huffingtonpost.com, longnow.org, lostateminor.com, theartofmanliness.com, vimeo.com, wnyc.org.

8. My favorite way to spend a few hours with my  Trying on wigs and bustin' the moves during our weekly apartment dance party.  Giant fros, oversized glasses, and glitter hands never looked so good.  

9. A myth about modern  We can't cook, clean, cry, encourage, multi-task, or endure severe pain - and still be a superhero all at the same time.  Yes we can, thank you very much. 

10. My parenting superpower: There's always hope in knowing that the future is ours to create - and there's no better feeling in the world than to create something good for those we love the most - particularly when time is so limited.  My parenting superpower: taking the long view.
 
Thanks Monte!
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