Fatherhood on Friday: Letterman bows out with a great dad moment

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Our Fatherhood on Friday series highlights news, interests, and opinions that concern modern dads, and we try to balance our coverage with 1) important news stories, and 2) compelling posts, pictures, videos, and tweets from the blogging world. We want to use this space to share conversations on all manner of social media platforms that the Dad 2.0 community uses regularly. Because that’s what we do.

And before we get to that, we have important news regarding tickets sales for the 2016 Summit. As you may know, the window has been closed since soon after Dad 2.015 wrapped, and we’re opening it up on Monday, June 1, as part of our special, three-week Dadaganza leading up to Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21. (Mark those calendars!) Tickets will reopen at just $179 (or, with a $20 donation to the Oren Miller Dad 2.0 Scholarship Fund, $199). Hope to see you there!

And now, the news:

We love it when guys in the community work together. For example, earlier this week Lorne Jaffe’s inspirational piece “Mental Health Awareness Month: This is My Brave” was published on Dads 4 Change (co-founded by Carter Gaddis and the Iris Award-winning best writer in the universe, Whit Honea). In addition, the Huffington Post ran Jaffe’s “5 Reasons Why Facebook Can Be Dangerous for People With Depression.”

Another great example is Andy Hinds‘s review of Josh Levs’s new book, All In at The Daily Beast—together they are helping to destroy “the lazy dad myth.

In that same vein, involved fatherhood remains the current darling of mainstream media. Huffington Post’s “In Praise Of Involved Fathers From Single Dads Who’ve Been There,” by Joe Seldner and Ken Solin, is a great example of the media providing positive and potentially inspiring examples of modern dads everywhere.

Sometimes, however, the media attention goes a bit far. Luckily, people are starting to refute the obvious, namely that while overcoming the “doofus dad” stereotype is a major achievement in media and entertainment, it should not be the raised bar in real life. For instance, Babble’s Lori Garcia rightfully refuses to praise dads for doing what they are supposed to do, and Carter Gaddis agrees in his passionate reaction piece.

Still not sure that the world has a skewed view of fathers? New dad Matthew Yglesias wrote a piece at Vox about the way society treats him as a dad as opposed to walking around sans baby and other paternity leave lessons.

Humor is a key ingredient in parenting, and self-proclaimed “Worst Dad EverJosh Wolverton gets it in his piece on Medium.

According to D’Ann Lawrence White at the Tampa Tribune, congratulations are in order for Scotty Schrier. He was recently named the “Most Remarkable Dad in America” in a contest sponsored by Omaha Steaks. We like ours rarely-medium (which is a bit rarer than medium-rare). We’ll be right over.

It’s no secret that professional athletes don’t always get the best press, but the overwhelming majority of them are just regular people. Stephen Curry, the NBA’s MVP, gets it. Following his Golden State Warriors win in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Curry brought his daughter to the press conference, and she owned it.

In closing, this week marked the end of an era(s) with the retirement of David Letterman, and we thought it appropriate to pay tribute via this great post (that we wish we had thought of) from at the Washington Post, “Top 10 Parenting Lessons I Learned from David Letterman.”

Of all the wonderful moments in his star-studded finale on Wednesday, our favorite was when he singled out his wife and son in the audience and said, “Thank you for being my family. I love you both, and really, nothing else matters, does it?” (Answer: No. It does not.)

Thanks for 33 tremendously formative years, Dave. Our admiration for you will be Everlong.