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. 

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.