Fatherhood on Friday: The juggle is real

by dad2summit on April 24, 2015

Photo credit: Josh Levs

Photo credit: Josh Levs

Modern dads are often tasked to challenge the status quo of established stereotypes as they relate to gender roles, masculinity, and what it means to be an active father. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s also worth it. The benefits are many, and they affect everyone—men, women and children. Earlier today, we were proud to co-sponsor (along with The Handsome Father and the Life of Dad Network) a City Dads Group and A Better Balance webinar: The Modern Dad’s Juggle (#WorkingDad on Twitter). The discussion featured Scott Behson, PhD and covered paternity leave, paid sick days, federal and state laws, workplace politics, and lots more policy-related information that we found super informative and very helpful. If you missed it don’t worry, the video is available here.

Speaking of Scott Behson, he’s one of many dads that we all know and love who have new parenting-related books out (or soon-to-be released).  Let’s all support the amazing work these guys are doing and buy a few!

Here are some of our favorite links of the week:

The debate between free-range and helicopter parenting, respectively, appeared to go up several notches (feet?) this week when one dad used a drone to follow his daughter to school.

Kit Fox at Runner’s World introduces us to Derek Yorek, the dad who led the Boston Marathon for a few minutes to create “an unforgettable memory” for his two daughters who are both too young to actually remember it.

The Huffington Post published a great piece by Maria Shriver and friend of Dad 2.0 Josh Levs (see picture above) titled “Who is the 21st Century Man?” Spoiler alert: “He’s not who you might think he is.”

As parents, we’re often faced with topics that require discussion despite varying levels of comfort. Mocha Dad, aka Fred Goodall, wants to know when parents should talk to their kids about difficult subjects.

Glenn Wagner at The Good Men Project thinks that great dads aren’t that great, the bar is just low.

Over at Cooper & Kid, Jeff Bogle shares some of his favorite podcasts for dads. Warning: They are highly addictive.

The Representation Project brings us The Mask You Live In from executive producer Maria Shriver. This powerful documentary explores American masculinity and the way that boys are shaped by it. The Mask You Live In premiered this week in Los Angeles. Please note that the trailer, which features some familiar faces, has some language that is NSFW.


Join us for Friday’s “The Modern Man’s Juggle” webinar!

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