FoF: Stories in the Spotlight

by Whit Honea on October 21, 2016


Your words, your tales of fatherhood, laughs and loss, fears and frustrations, moments and milestones. You wrote them down because they mattered. You shared them because you had to. But hitting Publish doesn’t have to be the end the story. Consigned to the archives, your words can live again, delivered to a receptive audience in San Diego. If you asked the 20 men who’ve occupied the Dad Blogger Spotlight, they might say it’s an amazing memory you can keep forever.

Each year, we ask the community to nominate examples of the best writing among the online dad community, and we feature five of them from the main stage of the Dad 2.0 Summit. Every experience proves fantastic and unique, and this year, that experience could be yours. Whether you submit your own post or one from another blogger, the submissions for Dad 2.017 Spotlights are now live! And because this is our fifth year of Spotlighting great writing, we’re leaving the window open for an entire month, until Friday, November 18. As you’ll see, dads’ voices will factor prominently into this year’s expanded programming.


Father-daughter traditions take on all forms. Some of them have more zombies than others.

At, Tom Burns looks at kids and cursing in “5 Times I’m Glad I Let My Kid Hear the F-Word.”

Reading, writing, arithmetic, and meditation? You better believe it.

Fact: Giving your sons a stronger sense of self helps them against any peer pressure to commit sexual assault.

In 1971, the U.S. came very close to having universal, federally subsidized child care. But due largely to the efforts of President Nixon, we have to wait a little longer.

Author David Vienna joined Take Two to discuss raising sons in the sudden era of “locker room talk.”

The holy trinity of finding quality child care is more than just Location, Location, Location.

Why are some men suddenly recoiling from the challenge of raising a son?

Childhood should be filled with life skills, and the training falls on us. Plus, free lawn mowing!


Who needs “tiger parenting” when you can teach kids to think for themselves and make their own success?

We’ve all seen them on the sidelines, those parents that are ruining youth sports. You know who you are.  Cut it out.

Whitney Lloyd shares an important piece on what daughters aren’t telling their parents about sexual assault.

As more men write about their lives, we find dads’ stories are as varied and complex (and heartbreaking) as those shared by moms.

If you’re heartbroken, watch this. It’s great for whatever ails you.

Have kids in college? Jessica Lahey wants parents to remember that it’s their journey, not ours.

Anyone who’s had to change his kid on a park bench will love this great Upworthy video, featuring Lance Somerfeld and City Dads Group.


Anyone that has ever found themselves counting out change at midnight, or acting like Indiana Jones to move a sleeping child’s pillow without setting off alarms, this wonderful tooth fairy moment from Action Movie Kid is for you.

Share your traditions of fatherhood news or stories that you would like to share you can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Snapchat using the #FatherhoodOnFri hashtag!


Send us your Dad 2.017 Spotlight Submissions!

October 19, 2016

“Daddy? Tell me a story!” If you have small kids, or not-so-small kids, or remain a kid at heart, those are five of the best words ever strung together. Stories are important, because they help build empathy for lives and experiences unlike our own, no matter how old you are. This is our fifth year […]

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Six breakouts added!

October 17, 2016

In just under four months, you’ll be picking up one of these babies at our Registration Desk at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. And when you get your program, you’re going to see a big change in our Schedule, where the number of Breakout sessions will jump from our traditional nine to 15! That’s right! […]

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The Words on the Bus Go Round and Round

October 14, 2016

The video and audio have been everywhere, a shockwave that everyone, to some degree or another, has felt. The political fallout has been extraordinary, but we choose to focus on what this tape means to parents. If your young child (like this 6-year-old) has heard about comments, then you likely have to view this as […]

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Jeepers Veepers

October 7, 2016

October brings a steady flow of holidays—religious, appreciative, controversial—and it’s astounding how fast our calendars fill up with family fun and festivities. One minute the baseball playoffs are starting, the next you’re skimming Butterfingers from your kid’s Halloween candy. #notanad And then. Then! Thanks to all that is sweet and merciful, Election Day will (we hope) end […]

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Miller Grants open, Speaker box stuffed

September 30, 2016

We’ve mentioned Oren Miller a lot since his death 19 months ago. We’ve invoked his heart, his stubbornness, and his gift with words (which we were grateful to share before and after his passing). We’ve walked almost 100 miles through sheep poop to establish a Camp Kesem chapter in his name. When you boil it all down, […]

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In Defense of #BigScaryBlackDads

September 23, 2016

The above photo was taken at Dad 2.016 following our “Parenting and the Modern African-American Man” panel, which covered many topics, viewed through the lens of the reality of life as a black man in America. It was February, and Ferguson, Missouri, was frequently used as an example of systemic racism in the United States, as […]

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Quests, Practice, and the Setting of Example

September 16, 2016

Before we commence with this week’s fatherhood news, let’s address the speaker in the room—especially because the room is a beautiful space inside the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, and that speaker should be you! Our annual Call for Speakers and Ideas is currently open, so if you want to see yourself speaking at Dad 2.017, […]

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Fatherhood On Friday: Facing Outward

September 9, 2016

This Sunday marks 15 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001. It’s hard to believe there are teenagers who’ve never known a world with the Twin Towers standing in lower Manhattan, and harder to comprehend how they process that world’s ills (especially with such unprecedented access to them). Our kids have questions, and sometimes, […]

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Summer’s Over, So Get Ready to Speak!

September 7, 2016

OK. So it’s now really and truly over. Stick a barbecue fork in it. Summer has given way to sensible haircuts, budget-rattling investments in school supplies, and stowing your white cocktail attire (a style rule that some insist on defying). As we watch the last of our kids trudge off to the classroom, we’re thinking of some of our […]

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