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Observing How Kids Cope with Stress

Posted on August 23, 2015 I Written By

Crash Uncle is father to three amazing kids, a C-130 Navigator in the USAF, and Crash Dad's favorite brother.

Life is full of all kinds of stress, both good and bad, and each of us handles it differently.  I would say that how I deal with stress has also changed over time depending on my situation as well as just who I have become as a person.  Ten years ago when I was living in California and owned a motorcycle, I often relieved stress by taking a ride down to the Pacific Coast Highway and pulling over somewhere that I could just sit on the beach and listen to the waves crash in front of me.  Since I’ve had kids I generally have to keep it closer to home so I spend some time reading or writing about airplanes to help unwind.

But I don’t think it is quite that simple for kids.

My kids have been under a fair amount of stress for the last couple of months due to a move overseas for my job.  We packed up all of our stuff back in June and the family took off while I finished up some work and joined them in the beginning of July.  After spending almost two months with family and friends we arrived in Japan about a week and a half ago and, as one would expect, it has been a bit of a culture shock for all of us.  What has been interesting to me is how my kids have dealt with it all.

When they first left home they missed their friends a little, and me up until I joined them, but they were spending so much time with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents that I guess that kind of compensated for the friends they had left behind.  They also stayed super busy with zoos, splash pads, aquariums, pools, hikes, and various other distractions while we were living out of suitcases at no less than five different houses and a handful of hotel rooms.  I really was quite impressed with how well they were holding up all the way to the end.

You could tell that once we got to our last stop in Washington they were starting to get a little anxious; not to mention just being done with going so many different places and not having much of their own stuff.  This became evident first in Crash Niece #1 who started to become quite sad at night around bedtime.  This was not your typical, “I don’t want to go to bed!” sadness, but rather a need to be held and even a few tears.  When I asked her what was wrong all she would say is that she missed our two dogs that we had found new homes for before leaving Arkansas.  A few days later Crash Nephew started to say the same thing when he would just randomly get sad.

As sweet as that was it was a little shocking to me because the two older kids hadn’t show any real great sadness when we had found the dogs new homes.  However, as this new scary adventure became imminent, that was the part of their old home that they latched onto.  Not their friends they had left behind, or our house or trampoline, and not even the family members that we likely won’t see much during our time in Japan.  Instead it was a couple of dogs that they had played with a fair amount, but by no means were they attached at the hip.  If anything, I would say the youngest, who is only two, was the most attached to the dogs and played with them the most of the kids, but she wasn’t the one missing them.

I don’t know that I had any profound epiphany because of this experience, but it just wasn’t something I had every really thought about until now.  We moved a lot when I was a kid, six different houses by the time I was 12, but I don’t really remember being stressed about it, or even how I really felt about it at all.  As an adult I have moved even more than that, and my job pretty much guarantees I will move some more.  It will be really interesting to see how my kids adjust and cope with all of these changes in their lives, as well as what Crash Aunt and I can do to help make it easier for them.

We just moved into our new house over the weekend so all of us are pretty excited to have our own beds and toys and such back.  I’m sure that will help all of us as we adjust to our new life in Japan.  It will likely also help as the kids get back into school in the next couple of weeks.  As much as Crash Niece #1 loves school maybe that will be her new security blanket during these first few months.  Who knows?  All I really know is that my kids never cease to surprise me in ways that I never would have even considered.

Sometimes It’s Fun to be a Mean Parent

Posted on July 20, 2015 I Written By

Crash Uncle is father to three amazing kids, a C-130 Navigator in the USAF, and Crash Dad's favorite brother.

You can tell just how much she loved that lime.

You can tell just how much she loved that lime.

I got to enjoy a nice week with Crash Aunt’s family this last week which included a bunch of fun events and experiences that hopefully our kids will remember for years to come.  One of these events that may be remembered for less than positive reasons was Family Fear Factor Food Edition.

In defense of myself I didn’t make my kids participate, but the two oldest decided they wanted to play with their cousins so we were happy to let them.

The first round involved eating a lemon or lime with the exception of the rind.  As you can see from the picture, my oldest didn’t enjoy this round so much, but her brother didn’t seem to mind.  The second round was a bit more interesting as it involved shrimp chips that were similar in texture to a Cheetos Puff.  The youngest had actually been eating these chips for most of the night, while I thought they were absolutely disgusting.

It took a few tears and encouragement, but the oldest was able to get them down eventually.  Her little brother didn’t seem to mind them at all, but then I saw a face that was all too familiar.  He was starting to gag and I had to act fast if his cousins didn’t want vomit all over them.  I ran around the table and pulled him off the bench just as the projectiles started to exit his mouth.  He ended up getting some on his sleeves but it could have been much worse.

Part of me wanted to laugh along with the rest of the aunts and uncles and cousins, but I couldn’t help but feel bad for the kid.  It was amazing just how much came out of such a little guy.  Don’t feel too bad for him because 20 minute later he was pounding ice cream and running around with his cousins.

The oldest went one more round eating a prune but that was where she stopped.  I went on to eat the tomato sauce, jalapenos, mushroom, and even a nasty sardine.  I didn’t win however as I was unwilling to eat pig’s feet no matter what the reward.

In hindsight, it was incredibly entertaining to watch them both struggle through, and I am very proud of them for doing something that was scary to them.  Sometimes it just takes a little “mean” parenting to get them to push their limits.

America Ninja Warrior Meets the Scriptures

Posted on June 29, 2015 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Today as we were driving home from the waterpark, my wife and I were talking about what we should do for Family Home Evening (FHE). For those not familiar with FHE, every Monday we get together as a family and have a lesson, read scriptures, sing songs, have activities and dessert. It’s not always pretty, but my kids love it. That’s why I can say that every Monday we get together. Ok, we’re not perfect even with our kids wanting to do it. Travel and other things get in the way, but long story short we think there’s value in holding regular FHE and we do so regularly.

As we’re driving back, we were making sure we had something planned for FHE. Otherwise, we’d have a car full of upset children. As we’re thinking about what to do, my daughter says “America Ninja Warrior’s on tonight. We have to watch it.” Seriously, how cool is my daughter?

I thought it was a great idea and the perfect activity for FHE. My wife didn’t look at me in utter disgust, so the FHE activity was planned: America Ninja Warrior. As we drove home, I told the kids that we could watch America Ninja Warrior for FHE, but that first we had to have a lesson.

Right then and there I started proposing which prophets from the scriptures were America Ninja Warriors. I might have stretched Samuel the Lamanite’s “climb” up the wall a little bit to meet the criteria, but scaling a wall and arrows not being able to hit you felt pretty America Nina Warrior like to me.

Nephi certainly felt like an America Ninja Warrior since he was large in stature. I suggested possibly Abinadi and Ammon, but Crash Kid #1 suggested that they were just fighting and not actually ninja warriors. He was right. He also didn’t like Daniel and the Lions Den since it wasn’t like Daniel had to wrestle the lions or something. I asked him what he thought about Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego. They were thrown in the fire and survived. That felt pretty America Ninja Warrior like to me.

Finally, I saved Captain Moroni to finish them off. He climbed up on tower after tower with the Title of Liberty in his hands and held it up for everyone to see. He probably used the stairs or a ladder to get up the tower as opposed to a warped wall, but he’s still a Ninja Warrior in my book.

Not the most traditional lesson, but the kids seemed to enjoy it.

America Ninja Warrior Side Note: The weatherman looked good tonight. I think there are probably 10-20 people that could go all the way this year. It will be interesting to see which ones get hung up on something tricky and don’t make it to the final rounds.

P.S. If you’re not a mormon and don’t know some of these stories, you can request a free Book of Mormon and you can read the stories as well.

Creativity is Alive and Well in Kids…If We Allow It

Posted on May 12, 2015 I Written By

Crash Uncle is father to three amazing kids, a C-130 Navigator in the USAF, and Crash Dad's favorite brother.

I love all of the funny things that my kids do that make me laugh.  Sometimes it is them being naughty, which any parent will tell you is one of the hardest things as a parent, not laughing when they are being naughty.  However, this experience was just good clean fun.

One of my kids favorite games to play in the car is “I spy with my little eye…”.  They regularly play this game even on relatively short trips, and it is incredibly entertaining for me and Crash Aunt.  The reason it’s so funny is because of how they play.  It usually goes something like this: “I spy with my little eye…a red car.” (Which is parked right next to us.)  Or, “I spy with my little eye a yellow balloon.” (Again, the only yellow balloon in the area.)  It is hilarious how blatantly obvious they are with their clues, but they love it so who cares?

Last week the two oldest were playing (ages 4 and 6) when Crash nephew decided he was done, mostly because he likes to frustrate his sister, so she proceeded to play with my youngest.  When we pointed out that she is only two years old and didn’t know how to play, she was undeterred.  She offered to tell her sister what to say so that they could still play together.  It was great.

It really got me thinking about how much I probably stifle my kids’ growth and imagination by allowing them to spend time on electronics or watching TV instead of forcing them to come up with their own games and entertainment.  Kids don’t need a lot to be entertained as long as we allow them to just have fun.  Much the way that Crash Dad observed a bunch of fifth graders having fun on a bus together, they don’t need a bunch of stuff to have fun as long as they have other kids to play with, or maybe even a willing parent.

That was one of the great things about having seven kids in our family growing up.  There was always someone else to play basketball with, or build a fort with, or play balloon volleyball in the living room with.  We didn’t even consider going to electronics, which at the time was just a tv, we found ways to be entertained.  I don’t want this to sound like a “When I was a kid…” story, but rather just pointing out that kids are every bit as creative as they ever were, we just have to let them do it.

When the Wife is Away, I Go to Chuck E. Cheese’s

Posted on May 1, 2015 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

As most of you who follow me on social media know, my wife left me (again) for Women’s Conference. I think this is the third year in a row that she’s made her annual trek to the mecca of women known as Women’s Conference. I say that only somewhat facetiously. I really love that she goes, but this year the timing was terrible since I’m planning a conference that is happening next week. Such is life. I want her to go to it and so I sucked it up and just dealt with 4 kids, my regular work, and a conference I’m organizing next week (I didn’t mention science camp the week after and then Dubai less than a week after that). Hopefully my complaining hasn’t been too distracting for my wife to enjoy Women’s Conference.

Today I finally broke down and decided we were going out. I told my kids I had a surprise Friday evening. That basically meant I had to do it. I’d been sent a gift card to go and check out the latest Chuck E. Cheese decoder glasses and so I thought what better way to celebrate with the kids while the wife is away? For about 2 hours my kids were dancing around the house talking about going to Chuck E. Cheese, playing the Chuck E. Cheese mobile game, Skate Universe, so they could rack up ticket before we even got there. I may have slipped in a game or two myself and it’s a lot of fun. Plus, we were able to get 480 tickets just from playing the game.

Of course, my favorite part was when Crash Kid #4 (2 years old) came up to me and said, “Dad, Chuck Cheez. Pizza!” I loved how excited he was and was surprised that he knew that we were going for pizza. Isn’t it amazing what kids pick up?

I’ll admit that I was a bit nervous to take 4 kids to Chuck E. Cheese on my own. I thought maybe it would be a disaster. However, after hearing Crash Kid #4 being so cute, how could I stop? Plus, I figured they had someone manning the door at Chuck E. Cheese, so what’s the worst that could happen?

We kept it simple and ordered one of their value meals with pizza, drinks and tokens. I did upgrade the pizza to the family size (might have been a mistake since I ate too much pizza) and the cinnamon bread sticks. Both might have been bad choices for my diet. The kids liked them.

As part of the value meal, each kid got a pair of decoder glasses, an instant win game, and a puzzle. Because of the decoder glasses, I didn’t give the kids any of the tokens until after we’d gotten the pizza and eaten it. Instead of eating up all of the tokens before even eating, the kids were running all over the place looking for the clues that could only be seen with the decoder glasses.

I thought it would be pretty easy and obvious to find the clues. I was wrong. It was pretty hard since there’s lights and movement going on everywhere at Chuck E. Cheese. I wish they’d shown a sample of what you were looking for at the front, because once we’d found one then we could more easily find the others. It still wasn’t easy, but it made it doable. I wonder how often they’ll switch up the clues and puzzle since now we already know the answer and locations.

The kids liked sporting the glasses. This was them right after they found the last clue (I was proud they figured out what the last clue would say before they even found it, but I made them find it anyway):
Chuck E Cheese Decoder Glasses
Once we’d found all the clues, each kid got 50 more tickets for doing the decoder game. I think we ended up with 900 tickets. Not bad! Each kid walked away with a couple little prizes (see pictures below):


Turns out Chuck E. Cheese was great for me do go with all the kids alone. I had a good time. They had a good time. I didn’t have to cook dinner. The perfect way to celebrate Crash Mom being gone. Although, I’m ready for her to be home. We can have fun without her, but it’s not the same.

Only One Child – Raising Him Right!

Posted on April 3, 2015 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

For a couple days this week Crash Wife took off to California with the three oldest. There was no room in the inn car for Crash Kid #4 to come along. Plus, Crash Kid #4 isn’t so fun when you’re sleeping on a boat and playing at the beach. That meant I got Crash Kid #4 all to myself for a couple days.

The first day I had a sitter so I could get some work done. The second day it was just him and I working together all day. We had fun times as he wanted to constantly sit in my lap or lay on my arm (try doing a mouse with a small child laying on your arm). I even talked to him about potty training while mom was gone. No such luck.

We had lots of funny moments, but my favorite was at the end when we were going to go get some “pasta.” Crash Kid #4 told me that I needed to have a hat. He’s right. I needed to brush my hair (that’s what I call wearing a hat). As I put my hat on he told me, “I need hat.” Here’s the outcome:

Crash Dad and Crash Kid #4

The Texas Rangers hat was a little big, but I figured it was good that I teach him early the importance of the Texas Rangers. What a failure I would be as a parent if I didn’t teach him right. You might notice that my hat is a Boston Red Sox hat. That’s right. I was teaching him multiple lessons at one time. The Rangers are the best. The Red Sox are the next. Wear nothing with pin stripes. #GoodFather

Taking Me Back to My Childhood at Chuck E. Cheese’s

Posted on February 12, 2015 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Last night Chuck E. Cheese’s invited a number of Las Vegas bloggers to come and try out their new menu. When I saw the invite I jumped at the chance. One of my favorite childhood memories is going to Chuck E. Cheese’s. It was the place I always wanted to go for my birthday and so I often did. So, I have some really nostalgic, fond memories of the place as a child.

Of course, with 4 Crash Kids now, we’ve spent a lot of time there as well. Turns out that I love going there as an adult nearly as much as I love it as a kid. The Crash Mom might argue that I am still a kid, but that’s a topic for another blog post. As a parent one of the best features is the person standing at the door so you can just let your kids run around and have fun without worrying if they’re going to “escape.”
Micah Playing on Chuck E Cheese Play Area
The other 3 Crash Kids were busy with other activities tonight, so it was cool to just have some one on one time with myself and Crash Kid #3. Plus, one on one he is absolutely hilarious. He wouldn’t stop talking. In fact, he was telling our host all about his strategy for using his tokens to get as many tickets as possible. I think he gets all this talking from Crash Mom.

I did my best to get a good sample of the new menu, but there were a lot of changes including: a thin and crispy crust option, a Cali Alfredo and BBQ Chicken pizza, a Caesar and Club wrap, chicken wings and breadsticks, and Crash Kid #3’s favorite Dessert churros and cinnamon sticks. I was a little surprised by the wraps since I’d always seen Chuck E. Cheese’s as a pizza place. Although, I’m sure many will enjoy this added variety.
New Chuck E Cheese Menu
Personally I loved the soft parmesan breadsticks. They were a great pair for the pizza. What’s interesting is that I would have never had the dessert options if I didn’t attend this event. When we go, we always grab one of the coupons or buy one of their packages and the dessert is never included in the package. Now I wish that the dessert came in the package so we’d just get it as part of the overall purchase.
New Chuck E Cheese Pizza Crust and Wings
After we stuffed ourselves with the new menu, Crash Kid #3 had 20 more tokens (Yes, he counted). You’d think he’d want to make his way around and play a bunch of games. Maybe throw some balls or use them in the game that eats your tokens and churns out tickets. Nope. He fell in love with this fish game where you shoot a crossbow and get tickets for collecting 80 pounds of fish. So, he learned that he could put all 20 tokens in the game and just shoot away. He was nice enough to trade off with me and I did catch at least 4 sharks (which is the hard one to get), but Crash Kid #3 got the 40 ticket jelly fish. Check out his focus when playing the game:
Micah Playing the Awesome Fish Game at Chuck E Cheese

However, this series of pictures of Micah playing skee ball (before he found the fish game) is awesome too. Is there anything better than seeing your child happy?


Actually, there might be something better. As part of the blogger event, they gave me a guest pass to give away to a lucky reader of the blog. It will give you 1 large pizza, 4 soft drinks, and 30 game tokens at Chuck E. Cheese’s. All you have to do is say something funny, interesting, insightful, crazy, or fun in the comments or on Twitter (@techguy) and I’ll choose someone in a totally non-random and bias way.

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew..Or Is It Just Ambition?

Posted on November 5, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I’m sure that you regular readers (8 of you subscribed to the Crash Dad email list) are eagerly awaiting the results of the 5k I ran. You’ll remember that I ambitiously hoped to run a 7 minute mile. I figured it’s time to own up and report on the experience.

What can I say? I was a bit ambitious in my thinking. I ran the 5k in 28:20. Much closer to a 9 minute mile than a 7 minute mile. For those following along at home Crash Kid #1 ran it in 29:28 and Crash Kid #2 in 44:35. Crash Kid #3 ( Crash Wife, who could have gone much faster, stayed with him) even did the full 5k in 50:55. Not bad for a 5 year old. Although, I’m most impressed with Crash Kids #1 and #2 who both got trophies for placing in their age group. Congrats to them! Crash Kid #1 really is a great runner. We’ll see if he chooses to develop that skill.

See what I did there? I distracted you from my time with my cute kids. I think that’s going to be a regular theme on this blog, so beware.

It’s fair to say that I definitely bit off more than I could chew thinking that I could do a 7 minute mile. My only consolation was that I was still good with a sprint at the end of the 5k. Makes me wonder if I ran the wrong pace. I kind of wish I’d done more of a run-walk strategy that better mirrored the way I play ultimate. Sprint for so long and then walk a bit and then sprint again. I wonder how fast I would have gone then. Certainly still under 7 minutes.

One thing I realized while running is that when I run, I’m all tensed up. I think that’s because when I play ultimate frisbee I stay tensed up so I can quickly change directions as needed. There’s no need for that in running. So, about half way through the run I was telling myself to try and relax my body and let it flow. It kind of worked, but certainly felt odd. What an interesting insight into the human body.

Even though I fell way short, I was pretty happy with how fast I went. I didn’t have anyone really pass me that made me upset. Although, Crash Wife was pretty mad at me for never running a 5k and still running it faster than she could run it. Personally, I was kind of glad that was the case.

My sliced toe ended up being a total non-issue. I thought for sure that it would be in a lot of pain after the run, but it wasn’t in any pain at all. I guess the way I run it didn’t really put much pressure on it. However, after the run, my right foot was in all sorts of pain. I thought there was something in my shoe that was poking me on the right side of my right foot. I even pulled off my shoe to see what it was, but couldn’t find anything. Long story short, I had a blister the size of a quarter on that foot. Talk about painful. I couldn’t walk right for the next couple days. Luckily, I didn’t feel it while I was running. I wish I could blame it on my 9 minute miles.

The other shocking part of the 5k was how sore I was a few days after the event. This made the Crash Wife very happy. I’m glad I was able to give her some consolation. I guess running uses very different muscles than ultimate frisbee. Then again, maybe I’m just getting old. Nah…I’m not ready to accept that.

Halloween Leftovers

Posted on November 4, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I’ve been meaning to write this Halloween post for a few days now, but life has been busy. What can I say? I never told you that this blog would be timely. In fact, my main goal is for this blog to be interesting. I plan to ask my wife and my mother if they think the blog’s interesting. If they give me the thumbs up, then I’ll keep doing it. Anyone else who’s entertained by my musings and perspectives is a huge bonus. Although, let me be clear. I love getting a good bonus!

Halloween has come and gone and I think I can definitely say that this was the best Halloween yet. Ok, before I get into it, here’s the obligatory picture of the Crash Kids dressed up for Halloween. Can you guess what they dressed up as?

Crash Kids Halloween

Ok, the skeleton is easy and so is the little police man. Although, is there seriously anything cuter than a baby in a big hat? I dare say no. I love big hats on babies and for some reason he almost enjoyed wearing the hat. Something’s wrong with that kid. None of our other kids were good with hats as babies. They’d rip them off before we could even put them on.

Now for the harder ones. My daughter’s isn’t really that hard. She’s a rainbow princess unicorn fairy ballerina. Well, that’s what I called her and I think she liked the description. She’s an overachiever like me. So, why would she want to be a Rainbow Dash My Little Pony when she could be a rainbow princess unicorn fairy ballerina. The oldest Crash Kid is a monopoly man. Pretty creative I thought. Although, I wonder what he’ll think when he gets older and realizes that the money cane he used for the costume most people would call a pimp stick. Oh well, he didn’t know the difference and he’s clearly not a pimp. He’d need gold braces for that costume.

We collected far too much candy on this trip. In fact, after our 5th house the kids buckets were so full they had to come and unload them in the bags attached to the stroller. That’s just crazy! After ~5 houses they had more candy than I was going to allow them to eat. They were running so fast from door to door. Little did they know that it was all in vain since all this surplus candy was going to be given away. The orthodontist will get 10 pounds of candy in return for some virtual points (Don’t ask me what it really is, but we’ve collected a lot of points.). Then, the rest will go to the Bishop at church. Our kids can go and get a piece each week.

If we give 10 lbs of candy to the orthodontist, you might be wondering how much candy will be left to give to the Bishop. Fear not! Crash Wife has a ritual of counting, documenting, sorting and otherwise organizing the candy the kids collect. Yes, we practice a shared candy system where all the kids candy is lumped into one. Makes for less complaining (especially when dad wants to eat all the Butterfingers).

Long story short, my wife weighed the Halloween haul (yes, that’s the appropriate word) at 34 lbs of candy. That’s basically the weight of Crash Kid #3. Plus, it includes 116 full size candy bars. I agree. It’s totally and completely insane. Our kids won’t have any idea what a normal Halloween is like. Now you see why our spoiled children get to learn about giving away most of their candy.

You might remember that I mentioned moving the candy from the trick or treating buckets to bags attached to the stroller. That system worked quite well until the end. I ran into my friend (Yes, I really do call her “friend” every time I see her) and told her that we had to take a picture together. I think her friends probably wondered who this crazy old man was, but why be a crazy old man if you can’t act like one? While Crash Mom was taking our picture, I heard a crash of bags hitting the ground.

Torn between finishing the picture and addressing the crash, the picture below is the final result. A great picture of my bloody friend and half of me as I go to see what crashed. Indeed, the stroller had toppled over. Crash Baby was up in the air and the bags of candy on the ground. Ahh…Physics at work. 34 lbs of candy is heavier than Crash Baby. I think Crash Baby kind of enjoyed the ride, but that’s when I knew it was time to go home.

Halloween Friend

What’s In A Logo?

Posted on October 16, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

If you know me, you know that I have no design taste. Literally, I care so little about design. I have to be forced to try and make something beautiful. I’m so focused on form and function that I don’t pay nearly enough attention to design. I guess that’s why I use the same theme and template for pretty much all of my blogs. I’ve found something that works and stick with it. In fact, that theme is really a theme for my life. Once I’ve found something that works, I don’t see any reason to change. You can be sure that will be a theme of future blog posts.

With that said, I understand that there is value in a cool, catchy design. Plus, I like that people instantly recognize my blog when they see it. As I mentioned in my previous post, I asked my talented Crash Wife (who has a knack for making things look nice even if she doesn’t want to admit it) to create a logo for Crash Dad.

It turns out she’s a reader of Crash Dad and felt motivated to create Crash Dad’s cool new logo:
Crash Dad Logo

We might still make a few changes to the colors, but I thought she did a perfect job capturing the essence of Crash Dad. The picture on the left is particularly perfect for Crash Dad. It’s a really great example of what life is like for me as a father. Plus, I love that she included the picture of my daughter kissing me. There’s just something undeniably amazing about a love a father has for a daughter.

What do you think of the logo? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Would you change anything? Remember to be kind since my Crash Wife made it.