Editor’s Note: Feb. 28 is Rare Disease Day, an event to raise international awareness about the 7,000 under-the-radar diseases that individually affect few people but, when on the whole, affect more than 1 in 10 Americans. My daughter has such a rare disease. She was having some problems riding and keeping up with the others so she just started pushing the scooter around. Sixteen weeks later, she was too weak to walk at all. ___________ I see my daughter's helmeted head in the distance, gliding above the grassy horizon. In a second or two, her shoulders rise out of the yellowing blades … [Read more...]
On the latest Modern Dads Podcast, we talk with psychotherapist Kent Hoffman about his new book, Raising a Secure Child, and the concept of the “Circle of Security” that helps parents be nurturing and protective while still encouraging children’s independence."Instead of perfect parenting, the (Raising a Secure Child) authors stress the need for present parenting. They believe being there for our children, mistakes and all, builds trust and frees our children to be who they really are in front of us. Security leads to confidence, which leads to self-reliance," wrote a book … [Read more...]
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...]
The Movember Foundation has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world with the help of more than 5 million "Mo Bros" growing mustaches and "Mo Sistas" supporting them in raising money and awareness every November since 2003.
In our latest Modern Dads Podcast, we talk with Movember Foundation Director of Development J.J. Owens about why this annual campaign is so important. Our conversation delves into how Movember donations are used, and the research and development being done that is saving lives in the areas of prostate … [Read more...]
I’m standing over my son’s bed, and I start crying. I think: he’s alive.It’s a weird emotion for me. My wife and son were in a car accident today coming home from school. Everyone was OK. The car wasn’t. People lived, items didn’t. It worked out how it was supposed to. But my seven-year-old is scared. He’s waking up as soon as he falls asleep. He’s crying because he’s scared.“I want momma,” his voice cracks.“Momma’s got to sleep too,” I answer. “She was also in the car accident and she’s hurt too. You both need to rest.”My wife is as hurt as my son: shaken, scared, but alive. … [Read more...]