Holiday Submissions Now Open for "Dad-Approved" Awards from Mr. Dad and

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Mr. and have announced that submissions are now open for the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval and GreatDad Recommends Award and are due by November 16, 2011. The awards are given to products, in eight categories, that promote or enhance the relationship between dads and kids.

We love toys that bring dads down to kid level and that create memories for fathers and their children,” said GreatDad’s Paul Banas

Dad websites are looking for great products and services that encourage dads and their children to spend more time together? and are promoting positive parenting for dads announce that submissions are now open for the Mr Dad Seal of Approval and GreatDad Recommends Awards. The deadline for the holiday submissions is November 16; winners will be announced on November 28.

Both programs were created to recognize products and services, including toys, that enhance or promote interaction between dads and their children. Awarded quarterly, these prestigious awards provide consumers an easy way to identify products and services that reinforce the parent/child bond.

"As dads, we know how hard it is balance life's pressures to be the best fathers we can be,” says Paul Banas, founder of “We search for products and services that make it fun and easy to be involved fathers. The seals programs help us find new products that will help other dads."

Given the holiday timing of these awards, a special emphasis will be put on toys and games that bring the whole family together and which dads really will want to get down on the floor and play.

“We are always excited to open up the holiday awards for Mr. Dad Seal of Approval and GreatDad Recommends Awards. We love toys that bring dads down to kid level and that create memories for fathers and their children. We hope that by helping find toys that dads will play with too, families will spend more time together around the holidays,” said GreatDad’s Paul Banas.

"Next to 'I love you, Daddy,' some of the sweetest words a father can hear are, 'Hey Dad, can we play that again?' But as our kids get older, it gets progressively harder to find activities to do with them," says Armin Brott, bestselling author and founder of "We created the Mr Dad Seal of Approval to help dads (and those who love them) identify top-quality, fun products and services that will help them and their children stay connected at every age. Each seal recipient has been field tested by other dads to ensure that it truly has that play-it-again factor."

"We consider Mr. Dad and Great Dad to be the leaders in the honest evaluation of toys that would naturally appeal to dads and the often unique way that they interact with their children," said Joe Pokowitz of Prime Time Toys, a recent winner.

Winners receive endorsements on and, the two leading parenting websites for dads and can be used in advertising and on packaging. Winners may also be mentioned in Brott’s nationally syndicated newspaper column and radio show. Past recipients include Lego, Haba USA, The Smithsonian, and Wild Creations.

Manufacturers large and small have also found that earning recognition from and is good for business. “The GreatDad Recommends and Mr. Dad Seal provide assurance to our vendors that we have built a quality product that they can feel confident to sell to their customers,” adds Wayne Lifshitz, CEO, Full Sail International, LLC

Those interested in applying for the awards should visit for more information. The deadline for applications is November 16, 2011. Winners will be announced November 28, 2011.

Banas and Brott are available for interviews to discuss the selection process and past winners.

A panel of dad experts will judge products or services based on whether a product improves the quality of the time fathers and children spend together, whether it improves father child relationships and helps dads be better parents and partners.

Submission categories include:

  • Pregnancy and infancy
  • Toddler and pre-school
  • Elementary school
  • Tweens and Teens
  • Good for all ages
  • Websites
  • Family Wii games
  • Kid-friendly websites and mobile apps
  • Products and Services for dads who are away from their kids.

The last category is a new addition because so many families are separated these days. Both and Mr. Dad are especially interested in recognizing products, services, and organizations that help fathers and their children stay connected--even when dad is far away. That could be because of military deployment, business trips, or even divorce.


Headquartered in Oakland, California,, along with founder, Armin Brott, has helped millions of men around the world become the fathers they want to be. The author of eight bestselling books on fatherhood, Armin also writes the nationally syndicated newspaper column, “Ask Mr. Dad,” and hosts the syndicated “Positive Parenting” radio show.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a leading source of experience, recommendations, inspiration and advice for dads – delivered from the male perspective. has the only weekly pregnancy newsletter written for dads.


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