This week, our preoccupation is with Houston, which for the past week has been just plain curb-stomped by Hurricane Harvey. The world may be watching from afar, but most of the Dad 2.0 Summit team–including co-founder John Pacini, whose family is OK but surrounded by mandatory evacuation zones–is living through it, as the nearby Brazos River reaches an 800-year high. (Yes, you read that correctly. Eight centuries. There are whitecaps on the freeway.)
— John Pacini (@superjohn) August 29, 2017
The rains may have stopped, but Harvey’s wallbanging is far from over. There are chemical spills and shortages of water and gasoline. And as the area braces for a grim future of FEMA trailers and mold lines and rancorous insurance haggling, this country is already reminding itself once again that we are, at our core, compassionate citizens who take care of our own.
As we must (all too often, it seems), we look to the helpers. They are legion, and we’re grateful for all the stories of people contributing time, money, sweat equity, whatever they can. They’re also including their kids in the effort, letting them see empathy in action, the strength of community, and working through tragedy and crisis.
So many organizations are assisting those affected by the storm, providing things you think of right away (like lodging, food, and pet care) and things you might not (like underwear). Twitter is alive with information about #HoustonStrong and #HarveyRelief, and our friends at Mom 2.0 Summit have compiled this comprehensive and expanding list of resources that deserve our attention. The American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate money on its website or by texting “Harvey” to 90999 to donate $10.
Throughout this Labor Day Weekend, we’ll be amplifying support messages on our Twitter feed and researching how blood donations and volunteers are being coordinated. Stay tuned, and thank you!
IN THE NEWS
This father-and-son reunion is just one of the many Hurricane Harvey stories, both heartbreaking and uplifting, we’re seeing out of Texas.
A year later, a UK dad has written “The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learnt Since Losing My Son.” An absolute must-read.
Psychologists make a strong case why telling difficult stories about yourself is good for your adolescent.
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) August 31, 2017
John Legend on working with high school boys to redefine what it means to be a man: “I think [fear] is the case with a lot of toxic masculinity.”
Want to make the world a better place? Encourage your kids to learn to love reading.
There are ways to foster better relationships between siblings, and not all of them involve Whiffle bats.
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) August 25, 2017
When men suffer from postpartum depression, there’s science to combat the skepticism.
“Dad brain”—when a sleep-deprived mind makes daily tasks feel unmanageable—affects dads of every faith.
The latest on discipline: Spanking suppresses behavior quickly, but does not change it.
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) August 26, 2017
DAD 2.0 SUMMIT SUMMER TICKET SALE UPDATE
Given the havoc that Harvey has wrought, we have decided to extend our $199 Summer Sale for Dad 2.0 Summit 2018 through Monday, September 4, at 11:59 p.m. PT. We hope you can enjoy your long weekend and focus some energy on the hurricane victims who are looking to rebuild their lives.
- The Unfit Father writes about the lineage of family history (also, present and future) found in “My Father’s Hands.“
- Kids a little worried about the great unknowns? Listen to blogging newcomer Mike Bissett and tell them “It’s a Photon Deal!“
- Everyone has a past, and in this stark, honest piece “The Shame I Harbor,” Doug Zeigler dreads telling his kids about the struggles he faced.
- Andrew Knott discusses gender equality with some helpful wisdom from Twitter user Sanduhruh in “What Are We Doing to Our Boys? A Clown’s Story.“
- The gaming influence on parenting communication finds Jason Reynolds in “Don’t ‘Aggro’ the Kid.”
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Photo: The National Guard, Flickr