DISCLOSURE: This post is brought to you by our partner Dove Men+Care. I was mostly deprived of a deprived childhood with one or two notable exceptions: I never had a dog and I never had a treehouse. The dog part I took care of later in life but the treehouse ... nope. The closest I ever came to having one was the summer my sister, one of the kids in our neighborhood and I lashed a mess of cut branches to a pocket of scrub trees in our yard to create a leaf-lined fortress. A few hot and dry days later, our dream house shriveled brown and died. Well, we were suburban children not … [Read more...]
Scene: Our dining room, evening. My daughter and I are setting the table. Her: Hey, Dad. Want to hear a funny story? Me: Always. Let's hear it. Her: OK, so today at lunch, I'm sitting outside with Grace and Skye. And we're just, whatever, hanging out by the art studio and this guy comes up to us. Me: What guy? Her: Just some random guy. Me (pausing to process): Random guy. A random guy. Like a guy your age? Or a 50-year-old guy in a raincoat roaming around your campus? Do I need to call someone? Her (rolling eyes): Oh my God. I'm talking about a kid who goes to my school. … [Read more...]
You could always buy a Valentine card at the drugstore for your spouse, but that's so impersonal. I am a stay-at-home dad of two young boys. My wife is a flight attendant and leaves me on my own with our boys for days at a time while she travels the friendly skies. My boys and I greatly appreciate the sacrifice she makes every time she goes to work, so that we can have a parent at home with our children. This Valentine’s Day, my wife will be working in the morning, but will be able to make it home for a special dinner with me. I want to do something special for my Valentine and do … [Read more...]
Preschool and early elementary school are obsessed with sharing, taking turns and learning cooperation. Yet, it's a skill set in very short supply among adults. _______ An old New York Times blog post really struck a chord with me. In "A Daughter Too Kind for Her Own Good," author Jerisha Parker Gordon writes about the flip-side of teaching her daughter to always be nice ... it only gets you so far. So how do we cope with people who just aren't affected by niceness? You don't have to look too far to see a world where people are selfish and lack the socialization to show concern for … [Read more...]
When was the last time you celebrated one of your children’s moral milestones? If you’re like me, the answer is probably not nearly as often as you have marked their physical milestones. In her recent book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World, Michele Borba laments this phenomenon. “Empathy is widely underestimated by moms and dads, as well as the general public ... in trying to make our children feel good, we tend to focus on their cognitive, social, and physical feats," she writes. "Overlooked are their moral accomplishments like compassion, generosity, … [Read more...]
City Dads Group will again be strongly represented when the annual Dad 2.0 Summit for fathers convenes in San Diego later this week. Representatives from 16 of 26 City Dads Group chapters around the country are expected to attend the Feb. 9-12, 2017, event. Dad 2.0, which has sold out in each of its six years, is a national conference where marketers, social media leaders, blogging parents and regular dads get together to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood. "This is our sixth time attending the Dad 2.0 Summit," noted City Dads Group co-founder Lance Somerfeld. … [Read more...]
Dad 2.0 Summit enters its record-breaking sixth year when it comes to San Diego, Feb. 9-12. On the Modern Dads Podcast, we have conference co-founders Doug French and John Pacini preview this year’s event -- a national three-day meeting where marketers, social media leaders, blogging parents and regular dads get together to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood.
On this Modern Dads Podcast, -- also known as Dad 2.017.
Our talks covers how the conversation has evolved since its 2012 start in Austin -- where a "doofus dad" diaper ad … [Read more...]
History has a song and sometimes it takes awhile for us to recognize its Melody. I’ve mentioned before that my mother integrated a school, and how I had the opportunity to visit the land that my ancestors worked as slaves, but those stories (and many others like them) can be difficult at times to convey to kids. Sometimes that history becomes unwieldy or difficult because it is so personal. Nonetheless they are crucial stories for us to learn, know, and pass on to the next generation. Sometimes that is done through personal stories, and sometimes that is done through fictional characters … [Read more...]
When we first realized she had lost her hearing, we were afraid that it would affect her quality of life. But rather than cower from the challenge, she owned it. ______ It is dark, and all of her world is asleep. She knows there are rules, and also that she is breaking them. It is all part of the thrill. She is stealth, and no one will ever suspect a thing. Valentine is 15 years old, according to the calendar, 105 when you factor for the canine. She was a gift to my wife on Valentine's Day that many years ago. She had been sitting alone, a small puppy in a big cage, and fit warmly in the … [Read more...]
How does one write humorously about being an at-home father without slipping into the ol' "dumb dad" tropes? How does a parent write about his or her children in a way that won't embarrass them years down the road? Brian Craig of our Indianapolis Dads Group tackles those questions and also reads a couple of selections from his book Lone Pair of Blue Jeans in a Sea of Yoga Pants in this latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast. Lone Pair of Blue Jeans in a Sea of Yoga Pants compiles some of the best posts Craig wrote in his award-winning "A Dad Influence" column for Indy’s Child … [Read more...]