Isn’t it great to associate April 15 with deadlines that are actually pleasant? This year, your taxes (or your extension forms, anyway) aren’t due until Monday, so you have today to concentrate three very important happenings in your social media universe!
ONE: Our $99 Venue and New Date sale ends today! After midnight Eastern, ticket sales will be closed until we reopen for Father’s Day on June 1, for $149. That means if you buy today, you save $50. Thanks, Common Core!
TWO: If your schedule can’t accommodate the new dates, today is the last day to request a ticket refund. If you require one please email us at info [at] dad2summit [dot] com to let us know.
THREE: Today is the last day to vote for the Iris Awards, which honor excellence in the online parenting community. If you’ve attended a Dad 2.0 Summit and/or a Mom 2.0 Summit, then you are eligible to vote and should have received ballot instructions via email.
IN THE NEWS
Let’s start with one of the best headlines ever, courtesy of Perth Now: “The rise and rise of dads blogging about life raising their kids.” Seriously, that’s good.
Mary Widdicks at The Washington Post makes several compelling points in her piece that defends why we need to stop saying “boys will be boys.”
Coca-Cola has improved its parental leave policy, which now means employees can have a Coke and a Smile AND a baby!
Apparently Bruce Arians, coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, doesn’t put a lot of weight on the safety and concussion concerns that parents of potential players face about football. He would rather blame the parents (specifically, the moms, because dads apparently don’t make those types of family decisions) by labeling them as fools.
Baseball star David “Big Papi” Ortiz received an emotional surprise when his 15-year-old daughter sang the National Anthem at the Boston Red Sox home opener:
Dad 2.0 alumni Julia Beck and Scott Behson write at Harvard Business Review that “Complying With Family-Friendly Leave Policies is Not Enough.”
Ellen DeGeneres shared a nice tribute to real-life superhero dads using some of those crazy video everyone is always sharing on Facebook:
- Roberto Santiago of An Interdisciplinary Life shares a personal story of “Suicide and Survivor’s Guilt.”
- At The Daddy Files, Aaron Gouveia gets fit (and the last word) in “Fat Guy Running.”
- Mike Cruse from Papa Does Preach on the loss of his grandmother in “This is Where I Leave You: Gone, but Never Forgotten.”
- Larry Bernstein writes at Me, Myself, and Kids on “Coaching Little League: I’d Rather Win . . . But.”
- Full-Time Dad’s Jason writes about “Letting Go When We Foster Wonder in Our Kids.”
We like to use this closing space to feature the various forms of father-centric art and media (or advertising) that really hit home, whether it is created by the online parenting community or for it. Sometimes it’s both. For instance, the wonderful comic Fowl Language by Brian Gordon. When it comes to fatherhood, Brian isn’t ducking anything. We love his work and you will, too. Here are a few of our favorites: