The 40th birthday party my wife threw for me was legendary – the next day’s massive hangover being evidence enough. My head pounded on that first official day of my fourth decade as I trudged out of bed and began picking up the remnants of the past night’s celebration. As I emptied the second half-full beer can of the morning, I mumbled, “F*ck 40.” My tone was dismissive – as if I was saying something snide like, “I’m better than ever” or “age is just a number” or “40 is still sort of a millennial, right?” Maybe I was trying to convince myself. The hangover, though, has not gone … [Read more...]
Are you or your child short on attention, thinking at a million miles an hour, or taking simple things to the extreme? The diagnosis may be attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, a condition medical science considers a brain disorder that interferes with functioning or development. But that may be a good thing, according to father, author and entrepreneur Peter Shankman. Shankman, who first gained fame for starting the Help A Reporter Out (HARO) service for journalists, discusses how he manages and uses this condition he was diagnosed with as an adult to his … [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...]
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...]