People are led to believe that the instant their children appear out of the womb that they will fall in love with him or her. If only it was that easy. “I didn't feel like a dad when I first held my daughter Sienna. I felt like an impostor,” NYC Dads Group member Lorne Jaffe writes in The First Moment It Hit Me That I Was a Dad, our group’s latest contribution to WhatToExpect.com. In this moving article, Lorne discusses when and how he overcame this disconnect. Hint: It involves Lionel Richie. Click the logo below to read the whole article. People are led to believe that the … [Read more...]
Oren Miller, the man behind A Blogger and a Father and a good friend of City Dads Group, recently received a diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer. The cancer has spread to his liver and brain. The prognosis is not good. Oren, who founded the popular Dad Bloggers Facebook group, wrote about the devastating news with unbelievable grace and – to properly use a word often tossed around when bloggers make online admissions – bravery in a post simply titled Cancer. Several of Oren’s friends got together to try raise $5,000 to pay for him and his family to take a vacation together. The funds came … [Read more...]
Parents have more stuff than ever to make their lives easier, but some common-sense items still need to be invented … soon! Sure some of this stuff might be as likely as hoverboards to come along soon, or it might not pass all the safety tests, but it would restore sanity to busy parent’s lives. Something must be done, so here is my list. Borrow it, steal it, share it, whatever you do -- just invent one thing off here and you will go down in parenting folklore as a hero. Parenting Tools 1: Shirts With Spit-Proof Shoulders How many times have you left the house with spit up, food, or … [Read more...]
I remember the release of Mr. Mom, the 1983 movie starring Michael Keaton that posited the question, “What if mom went to work and dad had to take care of the house and kids?” A big laugh fest back in the day. Dad struggled at first, and the house and kids’ lives fell apart. To most people at the time, this was not surprising. But then it clicked for him. Keaton's character shaved off his scruffy beard, fed the family and got the kids to school on time. He showed the love and sensitivity his son needed to convince the boy to throw away his dirty old security blanket. In the end, … [Read more...]
We had a plan for "the talk." That plan was to wait. Wait until 4th grade was over. Wait until the summer break between 4th and 5th grade arrived. Wait until we could have the reproductive health, er, the talk about sex with the Bear at a leisurely pace and without any nuggets or zingers from it seeping into her classroom chit-chats or into the recess yard banter or into the cafeteria scuttlebutt. We were waiting just a little while longer to have the talk about sex with our 10-year-old daughter both for us, to preserve a few more glorious weeks of blissful childhood unknowing in our oldest … [Read more...]
Being a dad proved a little crazy in these parts last week, what with an appearance at a special "dad edition" of The White House Summit on Working Families, us launching this here website, and -- oh -- a few hundred media outlets around the globe deciding, "Hey, let's ask these City Dad characters what they know about fathers playing an important role in their kids' live" all at once.
For those who missed the media blitz, here's some links and photos from all that happened last week:
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Saturday, June 7, 2014. The weather? A perfect 80 or so degrees, blue skies, no humidity, a nice, cool breeze. The company? Outstanding: Dads and moms with exuberant and incredibly well-behaved kids. In a shady section of Central Park’s Great Lawn near its famous Turtle Pond, 95 people gathered for the annual NYC Dads Group "Father's Day" family picnic, sponsored by Britax/BOB. The turnout proved to be the largest in the NYC Dads Group’s five years of picnicking. Could a day be any more idyllic? Actually yes. Before the picnic even began, before the bubbles and frisbees, 16 … [Read more...]
While some advice in Wisdom For Dad may not resonate with all Hugh Weber’s book has enough material to educate a new dad and teach an old dog, like me, some new tricks. Father’s Day is our celebration day. It’s when we grin at the makeshift mugs our kids created and the promise of a day of relaxation. However, Father’s Day should really be a day for us to embrace our roles in our children’s lives, which includes instilling wisdom in them to help them become good citizens and helpful members of society. Now, try dispensing that wisdom in 140 characters or less. Hugh Weber, a staple of … [Read more...]
Editor’s Note: To celebrate Father’s Day, we asked some moms we dig what was the greatest lesson their dads taught them that they abide by in raising their own children. Here are the second batch of lessons moms learned; the first series of responses ran on Tuesday. Lessons Moms Learned: Be present, be kind, listen My father has always been there for me, no matter what. His genuinely unconditional love taught me how to accept children for who they are. Value them as individuals. That means hiking with one, cooking with another. He taught me that being kind and being there to listen … [Read more...]
Blooming onions, beat-up red Jeeps, and baseball lineups are all part of our conversation with father and son Bill and Willie Geist, TV personalities and authors of the new book, Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have. We also talk about the challenges of being a good dad while pursuing a TV career, the changing media portrayal of dads, and life with a family in New York City.
Bill Geist is the beloved, award-winning, long-time special correspondent for "CBS: Sunday Morning," whose debut Little League Confidential was … [Read more...]