Of 2018, that is.
As we wrap up another year, our tenth here at NYC Dads Group, let’s take a look back at some of the great things we did and witnessed in and around the Big Apple.
Paid family leave, baby changing stations for all
January 2018 started with New York state becoming only the fourth state in the country to require paid family leave for most people who work for private employers.
Later in the month, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill requiring all new public restrooms — regardless of gender designation — have baby changing tables. The lack of changing stations in men’s rooms around the city sparked the legislation.
War on daddy-daughter dances
Some New York City parents claimed attempts at gender equality have gone too far after a Staten Island public school canceled its annual father-daughter dance.
The dance appeared to violate city Department of Education guidelines about gender discrimination. Instead, the school held a dance for all students and their caregivers, regardless of either’s gender.
Events for parents and kids alike
As we do every year, our NYC Dads Group held regular fun events for the kids, our dads and even just adult couples in 2018. Here’s just a small sample:
- We took our kids behind the scenes of Marvel Universe Live! to see how the action packed show comes together.
- Several NYC Dads and their partners took in a Broadway show together in May 2018 as special guests at “Escape to Margaritaville,” the Jimmy Buffet inspired musical. A few weeks earlier, some of our dads treated their kids to the Tony-award winning “Spongebob Squarepants” musical.
- A bunch of our dads celebrated fatherhood with touch football and happy hour on Fathers Eve, the night before Father’s Day.
- We also did our part to fight pediatric cancer by hosting an Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
- Some of our Staten Island dads and their kids channeled their inner Sugar Ray Leonard by taking a free boxing boot camp. Others fathers met up at the inventive World Maker Faire in Queens.
- We offered discount tickets to the New York Baby Show, home of our annual “Dads Lounge,” and MommyCon NYC, which featured a special lunch time play date for our dads and their kids.
Tales from the dad-side, 2018
NYC Dads Group is fortunate to have many talented members among its ranks, some who are particular skilled writers. Here’s some of our faves from 2018:
Peter Duffy contributed two of the funniest pieces to appear on our site this year on topics most fathers don’t find hilarious: having a vasectomy and being an at-home father at his wife’s college reunion.
Aaron Yavelberg offered up a beautiful piece comparing parenting to the survival of 18th century church in the heart of Manhattan.
Ilya Umanskiy, who recently moved back overseas, offered several thoughtful pieces but the one most parents identified with was about his frustration with local youth sports.
For those who prefer to read with their ears, the Modern Dads Podcast didn’t disappoint in 2018. Feedspot, a leading social feed reader service, agreed — placing our podcast among its list of 25 parenting podcasts “You Must Subscribe and Listen to in 2018.”
(For those of you wondering where the podcast has been, don’t worry. We’re planning new eps for 2019. Stay tuned!)
Two topical episodes proved to be among our listeners faves:
- “Dads of Daughters, Put Down Your Guns” was recorded in May 2018 after internet jokes about dads threatening their daughters’ boyfriends hit a new low when former NFL kicker Jay Feely took a photo of him holding a gun by his side as he wished his daughter and her date a good time at prom. This podcast features three of our favorite dads with daughters offering different perspectives.
- “On #MeToo” featured two powerful voices from the blogging world, Karen Walrond and Mike Reynolds, in April 2018 giving their perspective on how we, as parents, can best prepare our children for a new — and more equitable — world.
Can parenting and happiness co-exist? Yes, says KJ Dell’Antonia, the former editor the New York Times’ section formerly known as Motherlode (it’s now Well Family — progress for fathers!). We discussed her new book,How to be a Happier Parent, in light of so many moms and dads being stressed under the weight of providing and protecting during the supposedly happiest time of their lives.