Shawn McAskill

Shawn McAskill

Shawn McAskill is the millennial father that the old print newspapers warned you about. He is a marketing professional living in South Florida with two highly energetic boys and a very patient wife. Shawn loves his family, his cars, FSU, and wasting his free time planning out everything he’d like to do in his free time.


Before You Take Your Son To His First Car Show, Read This

As a father, you’re faced with many challenges. From figuring out how to save for college to learning to share all your old toys; each is an opportunity for a learning experience. One of the most special challenges you’ll come across is introducing your children to your passions and hobbies. Sure, you’re not supposed to force your kids into anything – but we can all agree it’s a helluva lot easier to relate to them and spend some quality time over a shared interest. Some of us are lucky in that regard. Call it nature or nurture, but some...

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3 Things to Know Before Taking Your Kids to Their First NBA Game

If you’re a dad and a sports fan, I already know two things about you: You remember the first time you attended a live sporting event From the moment you became a father, you started planning your kid’s first trip to the stadium Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a father that brought me along to several different spectacles and games. One of the first I can remember was some iteration of the long-defunct Grand Prix of Miami. It was raining, and I mostly remember being wet, cold, not seeing much through the plastic poncho he was...

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I Took A Road Trip to North Carolina and Rode a Dragon

I believe we all share that inner craving for a few free moments for ourselves. Not just dads – everyone. Through my 1990’s teal-tinted glasses of nostalgia, there seemed an abundance of free time back before I could really appreciate it. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy having a relatively full schedule constantly. As I learned through many a cram session during college, sometimes I’m at my best when I’m under the most pressure. But there has to be a release valve – preferably one I can deploy on my own terms. During those same college years, that...

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Traveling Dad Reviews The Acura MDX: For Family Road Trips, A Guilty Pleasure Pt. 2

The scene: Summer of 2016. The McAskill family was embarking on their first family road trip together, armed with nothing but their wits, a borrowed selfie-stick, and a 2016 Acura MDX. Get up to speed with part 1 here. Why We Felt Guilty Five states, two pit stops, one van fire, and 17 hours later we found ourselves driving down a dark, narrow, trash and needle-strewn alley in search of my wife’s cousin’s apartment. The funny thing is – it really wasn’t as bad as it might sound. The key was our trusty steed; the MDX. Normally, this would...

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Traveling Dad Reviews The Acura MDX: For Family Road Trips, A Guilty Pleasure

Late last Spring, my wife informed me that we’d be driving up to her annual family reunion in Maryland. She cited unreasonable airplane ticket prices, a desire to visit friends along the way, and the fact that we could all use “a little Griswold in our lives!” Now, driving is something I enjoy. I could do it just about any hour of any day, if prompted. But this was a family road trip. This wasn’t me against the open road; saddled with nothing but my Pandora station, beautiful passenger, and only a casual respect for the speed limit. There...

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Inviting Dad To A Monster Truck Rally Was The Best Mistake Ever

Before my youngest could speak in complete sentences – or relive himself in anything other than a diaper – he knew trucks. From an early 80s single-cab Toyota to a huge, glistening, chromed-out semi, every time we passed one on the road, he’d notify the rest of us by calling out “big truck!” I can hardly remember when exactly this started, but it seemed to quickly transform into full-blown obsession. He watched Blaze and the Monster Machines religiously. He inherited my decades-old, slightly rusty and fully dangerous gigantic metal Tonka trucks. I started to dream about buying a jacked-up...

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Nickelodeon Suites Resort is Dead. Long Live Nickelodeon Suites Resort.

When I think of the recently retired Nickelodeon Suites Resort, I like to imagine what it must have looked like in its heyday; slippery water slides, a bustling mall, popular characters hiding behind every corner, and plenty of sticky, trademark green slime oozing between every crevice. This is hopefully how countless families remember their stays. I want to believe in this, because Nickelodeon shows defined a large part of my adolescent years. However, our family’s brief visit wasn’t quite what my inner 9 year-old was hoping for. Nickelodeon Suits Resort: The Not-So-Good From the moment we arrived, it became...

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How to Prevent An Awful First Business Trip in Five Steps

I recently attended the 2016 Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego, CA. This being my first ACTUAL business trip, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be boring, or exciting? Would I have too much free time, or not enough? Would I be lonely, or networked out of my mind? As it turns out, there was a single answer to all of these questions: Sorta. The conference itself was fantastic; I learned a lot of cool stuff – some of which may even be beneficial to non-Millennials with “real jobs.” In particular, I learned exactly what I’d...

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This Is How Customer Service Should Be Done

Ok, I admit it. Hot on the heels of a weekend during which I traipsed across three Disney theme parks, consumed a teriyaki slider that all but changed my life, and test drove a Camaro that was barely available to the public, I had little to no expectations for my stay at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista resort. All I really needed was a checkpoint for my family and I to recharge and regroup. We spent a grand total of just over 12 hours on the premises – and a majority of that time I was unconscious. However,...

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Visiting Animal Kingdom? Don’t Miss Out On These!

For olfactory aficionados, Animal Kingdom is a Mecca. The park is teeming with scents emanating from a variety of origins; including animals, fauna, and the sunscreen my wife borrowed from a fellow mother in the parking lot. However, only one has the power to firmly grip a full-grown man by the short hairs and demand prostration. My family and I were breezing through Asia on our way to a date at Mt. Everest with the mythical yeti – purported to be quite aromatic himself – when I was brought to an abrupt halt. It was but a faint hint...

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