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.
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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...]
Our mother-daughter and father-son split Saturday morning was one of necessity. We had to solve for multiple events happening at the same time.Mama and daughter were up early that day of the Women’s March, packing snacks and deciding what to wear. Mama had furiously knit three of the famous “pussyhats” out of pink yarn — for friends and for my daughter. She’s now making three more for friends as far away as England while my daughter continues proudly wearing hers to school all week.As they left the house for the train station that morning, my son was putting on his Cub Scout uniform … [Read more...]
"Whether you get As or Cs will be irrelevant. No single letter of the alphabet will raise or lower your value to me." Dear Daughter,I'm sorry.I'm sorry you're so stressed out right now. Finals week is always tough. You're a high school sophomore: no longer a child, not yet a college student. I'm sorry you have to care more about grades now than you did when you were younger. Yeah, yeah, yeah -- this is the year grades apparently count, the first year of grades that college admissions counselors will look at when you apply to schools.I'm sorry I can't be more helpful as you study. … [Read more...]
The title intrigued me: The Happiest Mommy You Know.I live with one mom (my wife) and two possible future moms (my teenage daughters), so I read Genevieve Shaw Brown’s new book with them in mind. Brown’s mantra is that mothers should treat themselves as well as they instinctively treat their children.The Happiest Mommy You Know originated from a popular Good Morning America television segment about “The Baby Diet.” Brown explains that after preparing organic feasts for her young children, she would often eat fast food in yoga pants. But when she started eating the healthier foods (on … [Read more...]