FoF: Be the Ball, Daddy

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Be the Ball

Yesterday launched the first round of The Masters, and with it a good walk spoiled. We know what you’re thinking: “Basketball, baseball, and now golf? What’s with all the sporty sports?”

We love sports. We love how they cultivate both a faith in one’s own abilities and an appreciation for relying on and supporting others, as part of The Team. We also love the parallels to parenting, particularly as they pertain to golf.

The late, great Arnold Palmer (the guy they named the drink after) once said: “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening—and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” That’s fatherhood, right there. You size up the conditions and take your swings; it’s the best feeling ever when it all goes right, but the true skill is recovering when you shank it into the trees. (Which is often.)

Given our affection for Ted Knight, it seems appropriate that we’ve learned a lot of our golf and wisdom and golf wisdom from Caddyshack–particularly from this mentorly scene:

Fatherhood is just like that. Trust your instincts, work hard on the craft, and try to avoid the lumber yard.

IN THE NEWS

Shared parental leave sounds great, but how does it become feasible for more families?

Parents: If you can manage to keep your mouth shut at games, the focus stays where it belongs: on the kids.

Straight men in the Netherlands started holding hands to show it’s OK for men to express affection for each other. A must-read for anyone who ain’t got time for toxic masculinity.

Worried about screen time for your kids? Your exposure may be a bad thing, too.

Want happier kids? Move to the Netherlands. (Or at least visit. It’s lovely).

Dads reading to kids at the barbershop is completely the best.

More dads want to take leave, but half surveyed said their employer’s attitude would be negative.

While crowds gather to push for a comprehensive immigration policy, family disruptions continue.

Dads are getting a lot more involved as administrators of parent-teacher organizations.

Helpful hint: If a policy includes the public shaming of children, it’s not a good policy.

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

Kids, man. According to Elite Daily, “Stephen Crowley, a Dublin dad and designer, has decided against putting his daughter Hannah in real-life danger, in favor of PhotoShop.” We think he’s on to something:

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