Fatherhood on Friday: August beckons

by dad2summit on July 31, 2015

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

Today is July 31, the Major League Baseball trading deadline. And whenever the big-time ballplayers change their jerseys, that means the summer is half over. At least for some of us. Depending on where you are, your kids might be headed back to school in only a couple weeks. And some of them are already there!)

July is leaving, and if all that’s left of your summer is shoe-shopping, hair-cutting, and back-to-school essay-writing, we offer this from our pal Michael:

Speaking of lazy summer days, did your child pick up a new batch of curse words from too much television? Tenor Dad’s kid learned some good ones from Disney Junior.

We’ve all been there—that awkward moment when someone makes an unfortunate random comment (sometimes, that someone is us). Mike Spohr of Buzzfeed shares 17 things that you shouldn’t say to a dad. How many have you heard?

This weekly dose of head-scratching prose comes from LJ Charleston at The Huffington Post and her “funny” look at the “Daddy Mafia.”

There are a lot of thing that keep us up at night. Kyle Wiley at Fatherly Stuff writes about his dreams, nightmares and far too many monsters.

Chung Ah-young at The Korean Times says that paternity leave is up, but it’s still a rarity. And the stigma and stumbling blocks haven’t gone anywhere. in Australia has an interesting look at sperm donors and the struggles they may face should the day come that they wish to meet their children.

Rick Nathanson from the Albuquerque Journal reports on a program giving dads a second chance and the many benefits it holds for everyone.

MenCare believes (and we agree) that “Targeting fathers is the key to achieving gender equality.” Their  State of the World’s Fathers (SOWF) report states “fathers with close connections to their children live longer, have fewer health problems, and are more productive and generally happier.” We loved reading this report when it came out last month, and we remain steadfast supporters of its findings. If you’re looking for some really useful reading (on the beach, or otherwise), you can download it here, at the bottom of the page.

That does it for this week’s Fatherhood on Friday! We hope you’re having a terrific summer, whether your kids are underfoot, off to camp, or anywhere in between. If you have any fatherhood news or stories that you would like to share you can find us on Twitter and Facebook.


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