This week offered us a lot of dad-specific content (and our new “Porchlight Posts” section below), so let’s dive right in.

Current events continue to lead to lots of hard conversations between parents and children. Over at The Good Men Project, contributor Eric Bennion asks: “Is Tragic News Preventing Our Kids From Learning Compassion?” On a similar note, Pete Wilgoren tells us about “Mr PC” in “Dadmissions: The New Boogieman” on HuffPost.

Chicago native Che “Rhymefest” Smith is encouraging residents to become more family-centric. His new documentary “In My Father’s House” is about reuniting with his homeless father:

Two pieces about parenting and marriage in the Washington Post caught our attention this week: “My kids get the affection I used to show my husband,” and “My husband was laid off. Here’s what happened to our parenting.” We suggest a compare-and-contrast approach.

Dads, what do you do when your little son wants to dress up as Frozen’s Elsa for Halloween? According to Paul Henson, you tell the haters to mind their own business, get yourself an Anna costume, and join him. No word on an Olaf appearance.

A new study from McGill University Health Centre in Montreal finds that “expectant dads get depressed, too,” and urges new and soon-t0-be fathers to seek screening and learn about prevention.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Katherine Feeney reports: “If virgin women can become mothers through IVF, maybe we’re ready for another miracle—genuine equality for men in the parenting debate.” If that isn’t a headline begging to be clicked, we don’t know what is.

A new study in The Australian posits that “fathers view their children’s academic abilities through rose-colored glasses, which may or may not be a bad thing. Parents also appear more likely to view daughters as high achievers than sons.

Porchlight Posts

Our Dad Blogger Spotlight submission window for Dad 2.016 will be open Oct. 15-30, and to honor this belletristic fortnight, we’re starting a weekly section called “Porchlight Posts” celebrating the work of the dad blogging community that lends itself particularly to deeper conversations, and the long linger of quiet nights on rocking chairs.

The documentary He Named Me Malala opens today and it provides a wonderful, closer look at activist and inspiration Malala Yousafzai. Over at Dads 4 Change, our own Whit Honea discusses how the film reflects the actions, fears, and pride of Malala’s passionate father:

And finally: The Dad 2.0 team congratulates two of our own who recently took two very different looks at the workings of the human brain: Dr. David Eagleman, closing keynoter at Dad 2.013, launches a new PBS series The Brain With David Eagleman  on Wednesday, October 14; and Lorne Jaffe recently produced a live This Is My Brave show in New York City. Well done!

Thanks for joining us for another edition of Fatherhood on Friday! If you have any fatherhood news or stories that you would like to share you can find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


Esquire returns as National Media Sponsor of Dad 2.016!

October 7, 2015

​We’re jumping our own Monday Conference Call thread because we’ve got some really great news. Remember way back on September 18, before Pinktober and pumpkin spice, when we were all, “Just hanging out in the 1,000th issue of Esquire, NBD”? Well, we’re very excited to announce that Esquire is returning as our national media partner […]

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Fatherhood on Friday: Baseball, Marriage, Fishing, and Pom-Poms

October 2, 2015

October is only two days old, and it’s already given us a lot to cry about. As we process the mass shooting in Oregon yesterday, we’re thinking of Chris Mintz, the dad who charged the gunman, and sustained multiple gunshot wounds, because “there was no way he was going to stand around and watch something […]

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Fatherhood on Friday: Donuts, Dances, and Dads in Space

September 25, 2015

As we get ready to bid farewell to September, we want to lead off this week’s Fatherhood On Friday post with a tremendous thank you for the great success of this year’s Speaker Week. Submissions outpaced last year’s total by a mile, ensuring that this year’s programming will be the hardest job ever. (Also: the […]

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Fatherhood on Friday: Celebrating Our Media Partnership with Esquire

September 18, 2015

We hope you read Esquire magazine regularly, for three important reasons: It’s the preeminent men’s periodical rounding out the 21st-century male experience by promulgating aspects of fatherhood, mentoring, and social good to its large, male audience; This month, Esquire is celebrating its 1,000th issue with a special commemorative edition; and That edition includes us! That’s […]

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Monday Conference Call: Our Call For Speakers Is Open!

September 14, 2015

Announcement season is beginning as it always begins: with the most important week of the year. We’re very grateful to the speakers who’ve come to Dad 2.0 over the years (check out the roll calls for Austin, Houston, New Orleans, and San Francisco), and now it’s your turn to shape our Washington DC roster and help […]

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Fatherhood on Friday: Speak Now

September 11, 2015

Next week is all about speakers, ideas, and the collective groundwork of conversation that will blossom into the powerful interactions offered at Dad 2.016. That this coincides with Rosh Hashanah is, indeed, just coincidence, but perhaps it’s fitting all the same. After all, what better time for introspection and thoughtful dialogue than at the turning […]

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Important Dates for 2015

September 9, 2015

For the Dad 2.0 team, the first full week of September jolts preparation for the next Dad 2.0 Summit into hyperdrive. And because Dad 2.016 will be our fifth conference, with attendance expected to reach 400 and hashtag impressions to exceed 125 million, we expect all the major milestones (announcements, speakers, breakouts, sellout, etc.) to happen […]

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Fatherhood on Friday: Announcement Season Kicks Off!

September 4, 2015

Happy September, gents! It’s the Friday before Labor Day Weekend, which means College football has started (Yes!), and If you picture our conferences as end zones of a football field, we’ve crossed the 50-yard-line! That’s right: Dad 2.016 is less than six months away, and we’re going to kick off Announcement Season with a Save […]

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Fatherhood on Friday: Don’t just sit there!

August 28, 2015

We’d like to start off this week with some important housekeeping, as it pertains to ticket sales to the 2016 Dad 2.0 Summit: Don’t just sit there! The Dad 2.016 Summer Sale ends Monday! #dad2summit A photo posted by Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) on Aug 28, 2015 at 8:18am PDT That’s right! Only three more […]

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