Kids: Danica, 5
Relationship Status: Single
Stone was born and raised amid rock stars. When he was young, he traveled along with his dad, who toured with the legendary rock band, the Grateful Dead, so it's no wonder that being "cool" is quintessential to who Stone is. It shows in his meticulous grooming, in the suave ease with which he attracts women, and even in his career choices. Stone has experimented in sales, real estate and bartending, but is currently a graphic designer, local event promoter and app developer, including one app that showcases the best happy hour specials around.
It's not easy doing all this and being a single parent, but Stone succeeds effortlessly. His two oldest children--Hunter, 20, and Lexi, who is 16--have settled into their own. Now his life revolves around his youngest child, his precious (and sassy) 5-year-old daughter, Danica. As Stone puts it,
"Raising a 5-year-old is a lot like dating: the puppy-dog eyes, the mixed messages...I pay for everything." And while Stone may craftily use Danica's cuteness to pick up women, she is, as he says, the most important girl in his life.
Q&A with Stone Slade
Which of your kids' toys is your favorite to play with?
With Hunter, my favorite toys were the electric racecar track and the Playstation. After he was older we both got longboards and would go bomb hills in our neighborhood. With Lexi, I loved playing basketball together; I even coached her teams from first through sixth grade. Dani really likes Legos, which gives me another chance to enjoy time with one of my kids while getting to relive one of my favorite childhood activities.
What's the worst parenting advice you've ever been given? The best?
One thing that really bugs me today are the parents who baby their kids too much. When I was playing sports as a kid, you had to actually win to get a trophy. Nowadays they give out participation trophies so that "little Johnny" doesn't get his feelings hurt. C'mon! If I lost as a kid, I got back up, shrugged it off, and tried harder next season. I think it's healthy to taste defeat as a kid...it's part of growing up and only makes you stronger.
The best advice I ever got was to let the little ones help you with everything from as early of an age as possible. Now I have three great kids that help do the dishes, laundry, cook, etc.
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