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The Dads of MiiR

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We sat down with the dads of MiiR and asked them a few questions about being a dad. They shared their favorite "Dad Hacks," best tips for traveling with kids, bucket list places to visit with their kids, and what advice they would give their pre-dad selves.  

Bryan Pape

Founder and CEO

 

What do you do at MiiR? I do all the things. I walk Winter and make badass product.

How old is your kid? 1

Favorite MiiR Product: Camp Cup

Favorite Parent Hack: Using the (dirty) diaper as a pre-wipe before the wipe.

App that makes your life easier: Nest Cam

Bucket list place in the world to take your kid: Right now, nowhere farther than a 2.5 hour flight.

Tip for traveling with your kids: Packing my hiking and running shoes in the "free car seat" checked bag.

What are you listening to: JT, Can't Stop the Feeling.

Most interesting thing you’ve read recently: Essentialism 

Advice for your pre-dad self: You have it so easy, live it up.

Nick MacPhee

Chief Impact Officer and Flagship GM

 

How old are your kids? 27 and 25

Favorite MiiR Purchase? Tote - perfect airline bag - took it to Africa on game drives and in streets of Barcelona. Right size, good compartments and spot for my MiiR water bottle.

Parent Hack: Limit their wardrobe - "Do you want to wear the gray shirt or the blue shirt". It helps that my boys are color blind.

App that makes your life easier: Uber. Really.

Bucket list place in the world to take your kid: Tokyo. It's an incredible city with design aesthetic and so much to see and do. Plus boys in a pachinko parlor is a match made in heaven.

Tip for traveling with your kids: Don't over-schedule. Worst trips have been cruises with scheduled outings that didn't match sleep schedules or interest levels. Miserable for all. Best trips get them active and outside - whether it's parks of Paris or week at family resort like Club Med Ixtapa.

What are you listening to? My wife. Always. Attentively. With empathy and compassion.

Most interesting thing you’ve read recently: I read the Economist magazine weekly. It's got a very good analysis of world events, science, technology, and business. Lately, I've been interested in articles on compassion and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as means of treatment for a variety of issues and disorders, including its use in reducing recidivism rates of people who are in prison.

Advice for your pre-dad self: Build up a nest egg! Kids are more expensive than you think!

Ben Groenhout

CustoMiiR Manager

 

What do you do at MiiR? Behind the scenes stuff.

How old are your kids? Three year old and a six month old. 

Favorite MiiR Product: 20oz Wide Mouth Bottle

Favorite parent hack: Being disciplined enough to not let my kids watch shows so they think it's a real treat.

App that makes your life easier: Google maps (I'm boring)

Bucket list place in the world to take your kid: Netherlands

Tip for traveling with your kids: Have fun, don't take it too seriously, be flexible. 

What are you listening to? The War on Drugs

Most interesting thing you’ve read recently: Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougal 

Advice for your pre-dad self: Time goes even faster once you have kids.

Andy Bokanev

Social Media

 

How old is your kid? My daughter turns four in July. She will gladly tell you about it.

Favorite MiiR Product: The 1L Pouch. It’s a catch-all for cables, chargers, memory cards, keys, etc… Also great for holding loose Cheerios.

App that makes your life easier: Pocket. I come across a million things I want to read or check out, just not NOW…

Bucket list place in the world to take your kid: Russia. It’s where I was born and I haven’t been back in close to 20 years.

Tip for traveling with your kids: Don’t overplan. Relax. And be ready to adjust your plan on the fly.

What are you listening to? Kendrick. All day.

Most interesting thing you’ve read recently: Finally read what is considered to be the best story ever written: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold 

Advice for your pre-dad self: Don’t stress so much about “being ready." You won’t be.

 

Josh Stinger

Operations

 

What do you do at MiiR? I manage the operations side of MiiR. That basically means that I'm the greasy guy in overalls under the hood.

How old is your kid? My son is approaching 2 years.

Favorite MiiR Product: 42oz Wide Mouth Bottle

Favorite parent hack: All the snacks. Similar to me, one thing that always cheers up my son is a snack. I've got snacks stored all over the place. In the car, in the stroller, in my MiiR backpack, next to the bathtub because you just never know. This does lead to problems of inventory levels though because I'm a sucker for a palm pile of goldfish.

App that makes your life easier: Not an app but a feature I use all the time is Siri. You can't have your face in your phone when you're parenting.

Bucket list place in the world to take your kid: France in July for Le Tour (partially selfish).

Tip for traveling with your kids: SNACKS SNACKS SNACKS

What are you listening to? Tycho. Haha. Always make time to get a little quiet meditation.

Most interesting thing you’ve read recently: I read Shoe Dog recently. The story of how Nike was created is nothing short of inspiring. It was refreshing to learn that even a legendary company like Nike had humble beginnings and it wasn't just smooth sailing from the starting line. 

Advice for your pre-dad self: Be present. When you're a parent you're always watching for your kid's developmental progression (which is totally fine) but it can be a distraction - just be present.