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 this horrific happen” on his son’s sixth birthday.

And then there’s this amazing wedding moment, when a father stopped his daughter’s wedding and insisted that her stepdad, who “had just as big of a part in raising this child,” walk with them to the altar. The pictures will get you.

Dad and Stepdad walk daughter to altar

Image via Imgur

The co-founders were busy this week, having attended the 20th National At-Home Dad Convention in Raleigh. (Where our friend Chris Routly was selected to replace our other friend Al Watts as president. Congratulations!)

Want a bit more awesomeness? BuzzFeed News shared a video on Facebook featuring Ryan Weimer, a dad who created Magic Wheelchair—a nonprofit that makes wonderful Halloween costumes for kids in wheelchairs. Watch it.

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has a plan to enhance paid paternity leave, but according to Jonathan Cohn at the Huffington Post, Rubio’s plan won’t accomplish much.

A study out of New South Wales finds that “dads who read, draw, do puzzles and other activities are not only helping their children develop motor skills, they may also be shaping their learning ability.” But you probably knew that.

Christopher A. Brown, the president of the National Fatherhood Initiative, shared a piece on Huffington Post called “Dads Hold Key to Reducing Child Poverty” based upon the U.S. Census Bureau’s new report on income and poverty.

If the Pumpkin Spice Avalanche has put you off of the fall season, Thom Hofman has written a touching slice of life called “Autumnal, Said Right for Once,” and it feels pretty good.

Catherine Grant at Australia’s ABC covers a center for homeless fathers in Tasmania that helps dads form and maintain closer relationships with their children.

Are you a baby wearer? Karen Funnell of the Irish Examiner reports on her meeting with dads “who believe there is nothing more manly than carrying your child in a sling.”

Father’s Day 2017 may seem like its a long time away, but you should mark your calendars for the theatrical release of A Voice That Carries, a documentary looking at the bond between dads and daughters. The teaser trailer shows a lot of promise.

As we look to add some uplift, we end this week with three videos that will start your weekend with a smile:

ONE: Say what you will about Barbie, she makes a pretty sturdy fishing pole. BoingBoing’s Xeni Jardin shared a video of dad Ram Mehta cheering on his daughter as she pulled in a huge fish.

TWO: Here is the best part about coaching your kid’s baseball team according to Megan McCluskey at Time (we agree):

And if you’ve ever wondered what really happens when Dad is left alone with the kids, this hidden camera says it all:

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.


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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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Dad 2.016 tickets get a facelift

August 27, 2015

You may have noticed that, this year, we’ve expanded our ticket options. For four years, we’ve kept prices as low as possible, especially for the bloggers and media professionals that are the backbone of our community. The price doesn’t come close to covering the actual cost per person, but we’re able to offer it because […]

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Fatherhood on Friday: We All Get a Trophy!

August 21, 2015

Even by Internet standards, this was a volatile week for (mostly trivial) bickering, and nothing took the brunt of it like … cargo shorts? After a fundamentally silly BuzzFeed piece (that somehow thought that the average dad has sick abs and no toys or snacks to carry) urged men to embrace a new fashion aesthetic, Doyin Richards rose to […]

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