Ideal Homes for 8 Dad Stereotypes, From Sporty to Handy to Stay-at-Home

This Father’s Day, we’re done with the man cave. It’s 2015, people! Dads have evolved. While most of the media are pigeonholing dads as remote-control-controlling freaks who want nothing more than to hide away in the darkest spaces of their homes, we’re paying tribute to real dads. Or, at least, to all the other dad stereotypes out there. They’re a diverse bunch, and for each dad, whether hipster or handy, we’ve selected an ideal home from our millions of listings.

Here they are:

Alternadad: With their skinny jeans, charming facial hair, and toddlers in obscure band T-shirts, alternadads are too cool for white picket fences and traditional Colonials. In Austin, TX—home of “Alternadad” author Neal Pollack!—we found this three-bedroom, 2.5-bath condo that’s just minutes to downtown bars and restaurants. The third floor even has an open space perfect for alternadad’s morning vinyasas, and there’s no homeowners association—because alternadads can’t be bound by rules.

Overprotective dad: This five-bedroom Spanish-style home in Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip neighborhood is perfect for the dad who thinks no one is good enough for his daughters. With security galore, the house does dad’s tough intimidation work for him. (Oh, wow, flashback to my teenage years!) For those few who do meet with dad’s approval, this compound has guest quarters and, get this, a turret. Perfect for a teenage Rapunzel.

Grill master dad: This dad has never found a protein he couldn’t char. And at thisthree-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Washington’s San Juan Island, he can grill to his heart’s content in the Viking outdoor kitchen. One warning: Those sizzling steaks will have to compete for guests’ attention with the insane views of the San Juan Valley and Turtleback Mountain.

Stay-at-home dad: This is the age of the SAHD. Forget simply changing diapers—he’s the one the baby calls out for in the middle of the night. This 1,000-square-foot duplex condo in Park Slope—the pre-eminent parenting neighborhood of Brooklyn—has a cute little nursery that’s ready for rocking a baby back to sleep. Plus, there’s a private outdoor garden, which is absolutely necessary for growing organic veggies to feed the family.

Handy dad: There’s nothing that handy dad can’t handle, from installing drywall to rewiring the attic. In Baltimore, this four-bedroom bungalow is just waiting to be transformed from an oldie into a goodie. There are four buildings on the property, and with direct access to the Back River, you’ll be swimming and water-skiing at dad’s place in no time.

Dandy dad: No tiny closet and demure decor for dandy dad—he’s got style and he’s not afraid to express it. On Chicago’s South Side, this six-bedroom, 4.5-bath Jackson Park Highlands homewith a steam shower, man cave home theater, and chef’s kitchen—just might meet his standards.

Foodie dad: Viking. Wolf. Miele. Thermador. These are the brand names that stir foodie dad’s heart, and this four-bedroom, four-bath Philly townhouse has them and more (e.g., granite countertops, custom cabinetry, and tons of entertaining space). And since foodie dad needs to take care of himself, the lower-level full gym is the icing on this cake.

Sporty dad: He may not have a championship ring or a major endorsement deal, but the dad who cares about sports above all can acquire the ultimate trophy: Michael Jordan’s Highland Park home. Nine bedrooms, 15 full bathrooms, 32,683 square feet, nearly $15 million. Only ballers need apply.

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Stop Real-life Bedroom Nightmares

Crib Detail w/childKeep kids safe from bedroom dangers, and you’ll all sleep soundly.

Your child’s room may have soothing pastel walls and toys that play lullabies. But cute details won’t ensure kids’ safety. Moms and dads need only do a little homework to easily prevent hazards.

Crib slats should be spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches (60 mm) apart. Parents who use vintage cribs and furniture (or pieces from their childhood rooms) should make sure they meet this standard. Also, make sure kids’ furniture does not contain lead paint. Check to ensure that the mattress fits snugly into the crib so the baby cannot become trapped between the mattress and the crib. Remove above-crib mobiles when infants are 6 to 9 months old. If they can reach an alluring mobile, they can grab it, pull it down and risk choking or strangling.

Kids may clamor to sleep in comfortable oversized T-shirts, but parents should not let them. Cotton and cotton-blend garments, especially super-sized ones, are easily ignited and can cause serious burns. Federal law requires that all sleepwear for kids 9 months and older be flame-resistant or snug fitting. Government figures show that burns are a top cause of death among children 14 and younger. And, according to recent data from the National Safety Council, some 540 kids died in fires or from burns in a single year.

Toy chests
Inspect any toy chest to be sure it is not airtight since young children sometimes like to crawl in that little space to hide or explore. If necessary, drill holes in older models for ventilation. All toy boxes should have hinges that won’t nip little fingers and a lid that isn’t so heavy it can crush small hands.

Small items 
Adults’ bedrooms are havens for jewelry, buttons and pins that held dry-cleaned items on hangers. You may not notice if these tiny pieces fall on the floor. But curious crawlers or toddlers may find them, and possibly try to eat them. Be sure to regularly scan night tables and carpeting for these items, to reduce choking hazards and eye injuries, says Connie Harvey, a health and safety expert for the American Red Cross.

Cover sharp edges that can gouge a child’s eye or cut kids’ heads. Rocking chairs can pinch small feet if a child grabs the chair while standing close to it. Wedge a book under the rocker to prevent it from moving and crushing a child’s hands or feet.

This article was originally published by June Bell on To see the original article, click here.

Is 6 years too long for adult kids to live with parents?

Remember when women advised each other never to date a man who lived with his mother? How times have changed.

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© Digital Vision/Getty Images

If you’re under 30 these days, you may have a hard time finding a man or woman who doesn’t live with mom or dad. A new survey commissioned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that young people 18 to 34 believe it’s OK to live with your parents for up to five years after college and that 20% of Americans believe it’s OK to live with parents as long as you want.

Whether this will fly may depend on your parents: Those 55 and older say it’s OK to live with parents for only up to three years, though parents are more tolerant than non-parents. And 13% of people don’t believe young adults should ever move back in with their parents. Plus, 57% believe having adult children at home prevents parents from moving on with their own lives.

The economy may be a reason to move home temporarily, but you can’t let the state of the economy get in the way of living your life,” psychotherapist Robi Ludwig, a consultant to Coldwell Banker, said in a news release. “The key to deciding if this living situation is right for parents, children and families is figuring out whether or not it will help the child develop and thrive.”

The survey respondents made a distinction between slackers – those who lived with their parents because they don’t want to grow up and take responsibility – and young adults living with their parents to achieve a goal, such as paying off student loans or saving for their own home. But 70% of those surveyed believe too many young adults are avoiding responsibility, and 65% believe too many are overstaying their welcome.

Of those polled, 92% believed adult children living with parents should do chores – those other 8% are reallyslackers – and 82% believed they should pay rent. The survey did not ask how many families were putting those beliefs into action.

Most experts suggest setting up rules, expectations and, in many cases, a timeline before the children move back in.

At Empowering Parents, Debbie Pincus wrote a two-part series about coping with adult children living at home, including those who drive parents crazy. Among her suggestions:

Be sure to set time limits and parameters on your adult child’s stay. These can be readdressed or changed around; there can be some flexibility, but be clear about the plan. And that plan might be, “You’ll stay until you get a job,” or “You’re going to stay until you get your first paycheck.” If your child is going to stay until he makes a certain amount of money, be clear and in agreement about that. 

Basically what you’re helping to do is create motivation. If there’s no guide and no set time limit, there’s no motivation. You might say, “What we expect is that after six months, you’re going to have your own place.” You’re not telling them what to do; you’re making clear what you’re going to live with.

What do you think about adult children living with parents? Under what circumstances would you let your children live with you, and under what circumstances would you move back in with your parents?

This article was originally published by Teresa Mears on MSN Real Estate. To see the original article, click here.