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.
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.
- On DadGoesRound, Chris Farley Ratcliffe reminds us of the old adage, “Don’t Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good.”
- Clark Griswolds of the world aside, Darrell Milton of Modern Father Online asks: “Is Doing the Driving On Family Road Trips Still the Domain of Dads?”
- In “Dear Timmy;” on Papa Does Preach, blogger Mike Cruse reminds us to share our feelings when we have the chance.
- Michael Kwan‘s latest post on Beyond the Rhetoric finds himself “Internalizing the SAHD Life Identity.”
- Are your childhood friends still hanging around? Let B.K. Mullen of The Dad on the Mic Show tell you about the “Return of Mr. Pillowman.”
- Ever wondered “What to Do When Your Child Says “I Hate You . . . or Worse?”” Ask Brent Almond at Designer Daddy.
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!