Fatherhood on Friday: Super dads and a football game

by dad2summit on 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 new ad campaigns. Which means a new chance for dads to shine. In theory.

The Super Bowl is just 9 days away, but thus far, things are looking good. 8BitDad‘s Zach Rosenberg has reported on the brands that have already shared their Super Bowl dad ads, and Rachel Bertsche of Yahoo Parenting takes a closer look at Dad 2.0 Summit title sponsor Dove Men+Care’s new dad-centric #RealStrength campaign.


But that’s not all! As mentioned above, things at Dad 2 Headquarters are moving non-stop, and the closer we get to showtime, the more we have to talk about. Dad 2.0 co-founders Doug French and John Pacini were featured on the Modern Dads Podcast by our friends at City Dads Group. The conversation has everything from the Dad 2.0 origin story to a sneak preview of Dad 2.015. Stick around at the end to hear Whit Honea explain why he’s the Olaf of the Summit. Warm hugs for all the men!

Here are a few other stories from this past week that caught our eye:

  • Have you ever noticed that women interviewed about their careers are almost always asked about the logistics of balancing work with family, yet men are seldom asked the same question? Mike Spohr and BuzzFeed noticed, too, so they asked some fathers how they find that work and family balance. You will recognize some of the dads featured.
  • In light of the Super Bowl, you may notice your kids idolizing football players and planning out their own potential NFL stardom. It happens, but not every parent is happy about it. Annie Linskey of Bloomberg Politics tells us why half of Americans don’t want their sons to play football.
  • This generation of men is changing the world with every passing day, and their example adds legacy to the movement. Adrian Uribarri, Director of the Esquire Mentoring Initiative, shares this piece on Parent Toolkit about the role of mentoring and how you can help raise the next generation of good men. (Disclosure: Esquire is the Dad 2.0 Summit’s Official National Media Partner in 2015.)

Lastly, we talk a lot about modern men and the wonderful things that fathers do, and perhaps we get a bit lost in hyperbole from time to time; however, Mikhail Abrosimov, a Russian dad that saved his son, deserves every amazing adjective you can throw his way. He jumped out of a burning building, from the seventh story, with his 4-year-old wrapped in his arms and used his own body to cushion the child’s fall. They are both going to live, and that seems like an amazingly wonderful story to take with you to the weekend.


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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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Dad 2.015 is sold out!

January 13, 2015

We knew this was coming. We’ve talked about it since our $99 sale right after Dad 2.014, and we hinted at it yesterday. But now, it’s official: our announcement of Esquire as our Official National Media Partner has sent ticket sales over the top, and the 2015 Dad 2.0 Summit is officially sold out! This is [...]

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Esquire joins us as Official National Media Partner!

January 12, 2015

If you thought today’s first announcement was cool, you’re going to flip over this: Our 2015 Official National Media Partner is Esquire magazine! Straight up, this is the brass ring for us. We all know Esquire for its commitment to chronicle the complexity of the American man. Our passions are as grounded in family and [...]

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Monday Conference Call, part 1: Welcome to Arctic Cove!

January 12, 2015

Today is a big day. A big day of big announcements that will be big. We hope you’re somewhere in a secure position, surrounded by loved ones and braced by something heavy. Because this is the first of three announcements we have planned today, and the bigness will burgeon with biggitude. Our first news is [...]

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Podcasting gives my family history a human voice

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Once I found out about podcasting, I took to it pretty fast. My family has always been full of storytellers, and I obviously got the gene from my dad. More often than not, at any given time during the day, he is telling someone a story. Whether it was about “this one time in high [...]

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Monday Conference Call: Important hotel news, and our six Scholarship winners!

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Hello, and welcome to 2015! We hope you had a wonderful holiday break, and we look forward to seeing you in exactly 45 days. (That’s right, we’re inside 50 and moving fast!) In case you missed it, our last news of 2014 involved our hotel giveaway, brought to you as always by our Title Sponsor, [...]

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