Fatherhood on Friday: School, Friends, and Tributes

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For a lot of us, school is already back. Respond accordingly:

Today is the first day of the rest of your school.

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And while we re-adjust to carpools and bag lunches and the clammy death-grip of homework, here’s what’s happening in online fatherhood:

Friendships built upon the common denominator of parenting seem fairly normal in a world of PTA meetings, soccer games, and Facebook groups. But how many fathers have developed relationships that will last for decades? Scott Herhold at the San Jose Mercury News introduces us to a group of dads who turned a camping trip into a 30 years of forged brotherhood.

Mike Julianelle of Dad and Buried admits his own guilt and addresses the ugliness of judging other parents in “The Parenting Curve” on Huffington Post.

Mike Reynolds of PuzzlingPosts shares his take on Dads Against Daughters Dating over at Huffington Post, noting that while the idea may be meant as a joke the message is far from funny.

Normally, we aren’t big fans of urging anyone to “man up,” but we do like the context with which Taylor Tepper of Money encourages men to embrace paternity leave (citing recent announcements at Netflix and Microsoft in the process).

New York Magazine’s Annie Lowrey writes more about the unlimited family leave announced at Netflix and what it means to the wage gap.

Nikelle Snader at The Cheat Sheet reports that dads tend to spend more money than moms when back to school shopping (and in general). The resulting debate has been fascinating.

Lori Grisham at USA Today shared an amazing story about a New Zealand father who “got a tattoo of a cochlear implant in order to help his daughter feel about about her real one.” Alistair Campbell shaved his head for the tattoo. Because dads are cool.

Cochlear Tatttoo

Photo: Anita-Alistair Campbell’s Facebook page via USA Today

Speaking of awesome dads, Bored Panda’s Dainius brings us the story of a father who channeled his inner-Jedi in creating awesome Star Wars designs on the corrective helmets his son had to were for craniosynostosis. The force is strong in these helmets.

Three very different stories were bound together by the sad fact that each featured words from the daughters of men no longer with us. They all deserve to be read:

  • At Deadspin, Leah Carroll shares the pedestal (or in this case chair designed by Le Corbusier) that she placed her father on, and how her love for him never wavered even when he proved himself tragically flawed.
  • Randee Dawn at Today Parents brings us the heartfelt words of Cassidy Gifford following the loss of her father, sportscaster Frank Gifford, earlier this week.
  • The Pro Football Hall of Fame took the low road and exercised its questionable policy of restricting what Sydney Seau, daughter of the late Junior Seau, could say on his behalf at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. You can see a video and transcript of the full speech that Sydney wanted to deliver on the New York Times website.

Yahoo Parenting republished a piece by Adam Davis that originally appeared on the Good Men Project called “5 Lessons Dads Should Consider Teaching Their Boys.”

Dana Carroll at the Springfield News-Leader writes that “dads are crucial to children’s development,” and we think she’s right.

Want to get the other men in your community organized for positive action? Have you considered forming a Dad Brigade? It’s working in Hoover City (that’s a real place).

Erica Schwiegersausen of The Cut argues that millennial dads aren’t living up to the hype of modern fatherhood but instead falling back on more traditional roles.

And finally, congratulations to Jeff Bogle of Out With the Kids, for launching his new photography site. Go take a look!

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 Twitter and Facebook.