Goldfish Puffs: Great After-School Snacks for Kids–and the Dad Drivers Who #makeitgopuff

Out of GoldfishGiven that everyone in my family loves Pepperidge Farm Goldfish snacks, when I heard about their new Goldfish Puffs product and had a chance to try some as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®, I could hardly pass up the opportunity. So, my youngest and I turned a gold-fishing trip to Target into an opportunity for a little dad-daughter bonding. But sponsored or not, all of the opinions in this post (and everything else I write) are 100% my own.




Dogs love 'em tooEver since my oldest (now 23) was about two years old, Goldfish Snacks have been a staple around the house. They satisfied two basic requirements: they taste good (which made them ideal for bribery) and are easy to clean up (actually, since the dog loved them too, cleanup rarely required any human involvement).

Over the years, we ventured beyond the classic and tried the rainbow Goldfish and what seems like dozens of different flavors. As my oldest two grew, those little, yellow snacks remained popular after-school snacks, in part because the little one, now 10, wanted them for every meal. They swam in her cereal bowl, got frozen into Popsicles, were clues for treasure hunts, and even made occasional appearances as birthday cake decorations.

Goldfish are pretty popularAlmost by accident, we discovered the next-gen Goldfish: Goldfish Puffs. Honestly, we were a little skeptical. It seemed like one of those if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it kinds of things. But in my family, skepticism is often defeated by curiosity. And this was one of those times. We found a great deal at Target, but apparently, a lot of other people had the same idea: the cupboard was bare. Not ones to give up, we hopped back on the freeway for a few miles and found those Puffs at another Target store.


Goldfish are gluten freeSadly, I’d developed some gluten issues so I was especially happy when I discovered that the Puffs are gluten-free. I’m not sure I understand how, exactly, that’s possible, but I’m thrilled to be back in the Goldfish saddle with Puffs.

You can tag along on our Puffs adventure at our Google+ album here.

Pets and Toddlers

Dear Mr. Dad: I really want a dog but my wife doesn’t think it’s safe with our 2-year old daughter. Is she right? Aren’t there some benefits as well?

A: A dog could make a great addition to your family, but you and your wife are both right: there are some risks and rewards.
Some of the risks include:

  • Aggressive behavior. Dogs, even the nicest ones, can be unpredictable, and there’s always a risk that it could attack, bite or otherwise harm your daughter.
  • Defensive response. When dogs act aggressively, it’s often because they feel threatened. Some dogs are fine with being chased, having their tail pulled, having their food eaten, or even having a finger stuck up a nostril (my daughter did this to a friend’s dog). Others will react in much the same way you might if someone did that to you.
  • Rough play. Dogs can get excited and might accidentally knock your daughter over.
  • Allergies and fleas. Pretty self-explanatory.
  • Messes. Toddlers, preschoolers, and dogs have accidents. It comes with the territory. Plus, some dogs may tear up your house if they get left alone for too long.
  • Time and money. Dogs aren’t like goldfish—you’ll need to spend a lot of time walking, grooming, and playing with it. Will that cut into time you’d otherwise spend with your wife or daughter? In addition, estimates that keeping a dog costs $800-$2,500 per year.

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