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...]
Nationally recognized fatherhood advocates will discuss the effects of modern life on dads' mental health during a Twitter chat scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. Eastern time (5 p.m. Pacific).The conversation, sponsored by the nonprofit Carson J. Spencer Foundation for suicide prevention, will cover how best to reach and support dads experiencing overwhelming life challenges and serious mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. To join the dads' mental health discussion, log on to Twitter Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern time and follow #ElevateTheConvo. Topics to be … [Read more...]
Movember is about much more than mustaches - it's about men's mental health issues. While prostate and testicular cancers have long been the focus of this charity movement, in the past two years a focus on mental health issues has been added to the campaign.
Three of our favorite dads -- Ryan Hamilton, Lorne Jaffe and Ron Mattocks -- join us on the latest Modern Dads Podcast to talk about their individual experiences with anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder, and the various ways each has found treatment and support.The Parents' Phrase Book author … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: With City Dads Group supporting increased awareness of men's health issues during this month of Movember, we'd like to present this article our online community manager Ron Mattocks wrote about his battle with depression."What's worse than a dump truck full of dead babies?" my teenage niece asks me. I shake my head."Unloading them with a pitchfork," she answers with perfect deadpan timing.I laugh. I laugh so hard tears come from my eyes and my sides feel like they're being gripped by a monster's gigantic hand.I haven't laughed like this in four, maybe five … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: City Dads Group has again joined with The National At-Home Dad Network, Dad 2.0 Summit, the Life of Dad network and dad bloggers everywhere this month to raise money and awareness of men's health issues through Movember. We do this by growing mustaches to serve as a living "ribbon" we wear with pride. Philly Dads Group co-organizer Chris Bernholdt writes about why he participates.It comes in scraggly and multicolored. If it were part of a forest, it would be the sparsest in woods -- the veritable Charlie Brown Christmas Tree of mustaches. I can go for days without anything … [Read more...]