This coming Monday is a big one—like Mark Your Calendars, Wake The Kids and Call The Neighbors big! Monday is June 1, which means Father’s Day is just three weeks away. And we’re going to spend that celebratory fortnight-and-a-half by reopening ticket sales for the 2016 Dad 2.0 Summit, at $179 (or $199 with a $20 donation to the Oren Miller Dad 2.0 Scholarship Fund). Prices will not be this low again, and we’re already 70% sold out, so if you want to join us in Washington, D.C. next February, make sure to reserve your spot before they’re gone!
(And once you’ve got your ticket, you can book your room at the crazyposh Mandarin Oriental here.)
Speaking of Oren, it has been roughly a year since he shared the news of his diagnosis, and just over three months since he passed away. You may recall that a fund was created to help Oren, his wife, and their two kids experience one last vacation as a family, but as we’ve seen, it has become so much more than that. And now, after worldwide media attention (and just over $40,000!), the fund will stop taking donations at midnight tomorrow, May 30.
Frank Ligtvoet shared an insightful and intriguing piece on Huffington Post called “White Dads, Black Kids: Living Diversity in an Independent School” that touches on way more than we can sum up here.
Terri Prettyman Bowles of Colorado Parent writes that “a shift in ideas about fatherhood casts modern dads in a new light.” The article features a lot of familiar names from the greater Dad 2.0 community.
We’re in the middle of great change in the United States, but we are far from alone. Connie Jeske Crane’s ParentCanada article “How dads are changing the way they parent” proves it.
Sean McDowell of the Fox affiliate in Kansas City reports: Mayor Sly James is sponsoring a program called Dads Turn the Page that stocks city barber shops with children’s books and encourages dads to read to their kids (and share the moment on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DadsTurnThePage, because social media).
Parents remain weary of the low bar for success that society has set for dads. Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan has coined the term “dad privilege,” which has set off its own, separate discussion. But the message is spot on: When a dad is knighted for watching his kids for an hour, while a mom does the same thing in anonymity, it does little to serve either parent.
At Semiproper, Roo Powell writes “Dads Don’t Babysit and Sometimes Moms Work Late,” which also tackles the concept of dads being dads and the way society treats them for it–this time, with husband training!
According to Judith Burns at BBC News, a new study suggests that “mothers are more likely to coo at their babies, while fathers address them more like small adults—but both approaches help children learn.” Hey, dads coo, too! Yes we do. Yes we do.
Are you listening to the Modern Dads Podcast by City Dads Group? You really should. This week featured a couple of Dad 2.0 alumni as guests, authors Mike Adamick and Chris Routly, who discussed their new books and the world of creativity. It’s a great listen.
In closing, last Monday was a big one, too. Memorial Day may be celebrated with barbecues and mattress sales, but we are all very aware, painfully so, of the real meaning behind the holiday. That brings us to our celebrity moment, which might sound like a fairly tacky segue until you see what the moment is. This is actor Chris Pratt teaching his 2-year-old son the Pledge of Allegiance, and it’s adorable:
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