Keep the Kids Occupied This Summer with Chad the Dad

Chad Harris, a stand-up comic and contributor to The Mystery Hour, hits the stage as Chad the Dad. This month, he talks about navigating life in 417-land from a dad’s perspective.

By Chad Harris

May 2019

What is appropriate trampoline etiquette with my kids?

Backyard trampolines can be great fun. While the kids can enjoy a jump by themselves, inevitably the question will arise, “Can you come in?” Well, can you? You will surely outsize them, which sets up an unwitting double-bounce scenario. My suggestion is this: Tread lightly, then strategically double-bounce a kid when they get too close to you. “Back away!” you can say in your own head. 

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What Summer camps do you recommend? 

The final bell of the school year is approaching. Don’t have any camps lined up? Try these alternative solutions:
1. Summer on the Square: Kids can enjoy free fountain baths anytime they wish.
2. Friends on the Farm: Kids explore different farms just outside of town and try to find their “way back home."
3. Tots on a Train: A more adventurous daytime activity can be found just across the tracks. Kids have fun hiding in train cars for hours.
4. Minis in the Mall: Kids earn points by asking strangers “Are you my mommy?”



Chad (the Dad) is a husband, father and comic who realizes it takes a village to raise a child, yet he maintains you should raise your own damn kids to make the world a better place. Send him questions at

C(TD) is not a parenting expert, holds no relevant degrees and claims not to provide helpful advice.