Former NFL kicker Jay Feely recently caused a social media firestorm by posting a "joke" photo of him holding a pistol while standing between his daughter and her prom date. Is this where we still are in 2018: dads with daughters threatening their child's friends, especially given the ongoing debate over gun control in the wake of mass shootings at our schools? On this latest edition of the Modern Dads Podcast, three dads of daughters read essays they have written bashing the well-worn trope of the overprotective father. Jason Greene, a NYC Dads Group member and longtime blog … [Read more...]
My 15-year-old daughter had her first experience with a new species over the weekend: The North American Drunken Asshole. I wasn't present for the encounter, which was probably a good thing. My girl was visiting her mom in San Diego for the weekend, a couple hours south. Here's the situation: They were out for an evening stroll in a funky-but-fun beach neighborhood, a place they've been many times. They'd just emerged from a restaurant, and were just enjoying the fresh, salt-tinged evening air. As they walked down the block, they passed a group of young guys. I'm told they looked like … [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...]
Mike Domitrz received a life-changing phone call at age 19. His mom rang him at college to tell him that his sister had been raped.
That inspired Domitrz to, in 2003, start the Date Safe Project. Through interactive presentations, creative educational resources, and unique national initiatives, the Date Safe Project is committed to being the nation’s leading organization for creating healthier dating environments, a clearer understanding of “consent” and for raising awareness on the many issues surrounding sexual assault.
Domitrz joins the … [Read more...]
I grew up in a house full of boys. We had black eyes and broken windows, a garage overflowing with every sports-related implement and a fridge needing constant stocking constantly as our bodies grew and our appetites remained ravenous. When I became a father for the first time I was somewhat relieved my first child was a boy. It was what I was used to and comfortable with and I knew my knowledge of what it takes to become a man would come in handy. When my first daughter arrived, I was more scared. Raising daughters was an unknown for me. I laugh now at the old me who thought it would be … [Read more...]