Fatherhood on Friday: The sport of perspective

by dad2summit on January 30, 2015

Fatherhood, like most things in life, often hinges upon the intangibles—the stands we take and the lens we apply to the world we live in. We fight battles, be they personal, private, or strikingly public, and we take our lumps and reap our spoils. Perspective is its own reward.

This week saw Justin Connors step forward with honesty and courage as he shared his story in the Dad 2.0 Words on Wednesday series, and the Internet noticed. His tale of coping with financial uncertainty hit home with many of us, and his pursuit of happiness inspired us all.

In other news, apparently there is a Big Game this weekend and people are talking about it:

  • Every season we hear a lot about the Super Bowl ads (we were already talking about them last week), and this year is no different; however, as Jack Neff of Ad Age points out, a theme has emerged for 2015, and the throughline is dads. (Special shout-out to Zach Rosenberg of fame.)
  • Speaking of football, Brian Costello from the New York Post reports that the Seattle Seahawks may be without their star cornerback Richard Sherman on game day. Sherman’s girlfriend, Ashley Moss, is pregnant with their first child, and we’re fairly certain that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would send a lot of flowers if she goes into labor on Sunday.
  • Sticking with the Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch is featured, along with former Ohio State standout Maurice Clarett, in an article by Larry Elder on called “NFL Tough Guys Need Dads, Too.”
  • Unfortunately, not all of the dad news out of the sports world this week was positive. In fact, some was downright negative. Beth Greenfield of Yahoo! Parenting writes about the L.A. Lakers hazing of rookies and Coach Byron Scott’s total lack of respect for modern fatherhood (and moms, too, really). Dad 2.0 Summit co-founder John Pacini is quoted, and he isn’t laughing.
  • We’ll leave football with this story about Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler, who had a bit of a parenting meltdown this week. His celebrity wife, Kristin Cavallari, shared it with the world via Instagram, and something that passes for hilarity ensued. All of that led to dad blogger Trevor Mulligan ( scoring some quality playing time on ABC’s Nightline. He hit it out of the ballpark.

Trevor Mulligan on Nightline

The week ended with an uncommon source of fatherhood news, namely, Pope Francis, who shared a wide range of comments about dads during his general audience—many of which, according to Catholic News Service’s Carol Glatz, were something less than positive. Luckily, the pope promised that next week he “would look at the beauty of fatherhood.” We can’t help but wonder if he’s talking about the Dove Men+Care #RealStrength campaign airing during the big game. After all, it’s hard to beat the beauty found in the strength of caring, and his timing is impeccable. Think about that on Sunday.


They don’t know

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I knew the type of neighborhood it would be when I read the address on my daughter’s birthday invitation. Even after a week of preparation, when I pulled up to drop her off at the steps of the $500,000 home, I had a lump in my throat. She doesn’t know. She ran in smiling, with [...]

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Announcing our Friday night event with LEGO Systems and Lucasfilm!

January 27, 2015

On Friday, February 20, we’re going to need you to pace yourself. We’ll be up early for breakfast, enjoy a full day of keynotes, breakout sessions, roundtable workshops, and sponsor interaction. After all that, you’re going to want to maintain your stamina for the terrific evening event planned for us by our Presenting Sponsor, LEGO Systems. As any father [...]

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Announcing our third (and last) round of speakers!

January 27, 2015

Here is the truly marvelous group of men and women who comprise the third and last group of speakers who will be presenting at Dad 2.015: Ben Blair | Creative Director, Olive Us TV Gabrielle Blair | Design Mom; Co-founder, Alt Design Summit Neal Call | Raised By My Daughter Will Courtenay | Author; Consultant; Psychotherapist [...]

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Our third Dove Men+Care hotel winner, and welcome to NETGEAR!

January 27, 2015

In what has now become a great tradition, Title Sponsor Dove Men+Care has once again selected three people at random to receive three free hotel nights at the Park Central Hotel for the Dad 2.0 Summit. And this year, joining November winner Lorne Jaffe and December winner Morgan Shanahan, is Phil Corless! Congratulations! Lucky for us, [...]

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Fatherhood on Friday: Super dads and a football game

January 23, 2015

There is always a lull of sorts between the year-end holidays and the first signs of spring. Some people call that downtime “winter” or “playoffs,” but both sound so deflating. We prefer to look on the bright side, for not only are we in the home stretch before Dad 2.015, we also get to see [...]

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Object permanence

January 21, 2015

The “Mongoloid” card gets played despite ground rules and—across the table—Jenn and I meet glances. Finn is asleep in Jenn’s lap, thumb resolutely in mouth. In slumber, Finn’s almond eyes close along sinuous lines; the seams of his lids resemble tildes, those accent marks that give flourish to Latin n’s: tildes make “en-ye’s” out of [...]

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Dove Men+Care to debut its #RealStrength campaign at Super Bowl XLIX

January 20, 2015

For more than three years now, the Dad 2.0 Summit has been proud to call Dove Men+Care our partner. And that’s not mere lip service. Dove Men+Care’s campaigns, as well as its investments in our community, have placed it firmly in the vanguard when it comes to heralding the arrival of the modern dad. And just in time [...]

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Monday Conference Call: Announcing SmartyPants Vitamins, and our Spotlight readers!

January 19, 2015

The theme of today’s post is “intelligence.” (Only because “Smartness” isn’t a word.) Our first order of business is to welcome SmartyPants Vitamins to Dad 2.015 as a Supporting Sponsor! One of the most important conversations we have as parents is about health and nutrition—and not just the well-being of our children, but caring for ourselves as [...]

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Crepe paper, pink thumbs

January 14, 2015

You know crepe paper, right? In recent years, it has been replaced with a sort of plastic substitute that is stronger, more colorful, and, importantly, color-fast. It is vastly improved over the crap I used as a kid, but there was something about the way the original felt, a unique roughness. I smiled as I [...]

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