Fatherhood on Friday: Studies, Statistics, and Superheroes!

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There’s a lot in the press these days conflating dads and superheroes. Sometimes it’s just a pleasant diversion; others, it’s more clichéd heaping of far too much praise on dads for doing not much more than showing up. This week, BDCWire (part of Boston.com) found two dads that have turned the tables and made their kids into the heroes. First, Emily Anderson introduces us to Lance Curran and his strategically placed comic-inspired mugs that he shares on his Instagram feed with little caffeine-filled heroes and villains:

A photo posted by Lance Curran (@wearecareful) on

Then, Alison Goldman tells us about Mike Long, an English dad of a 6-year-old girl whose search for a Ms. Marvel costume turned up a long list of inappropriate alternatives—so Long made one himself (and it looks great).

Speaking of heroes, the literary world is beside itself with the revelation that Harper Lee’s beloved character Atticus Finch is, according to her new book Go Set a Watchman, a different sort of father than we met in To Kill a Mockingbird. Facebook filled with people suggesting that parents who named their kids “Atticus” might be suffering some regret. Whit Honea asked his son Atticus what it meant to him:

Remember the “#dadbod” craze that swept the Internet a couple of months ago? Well, science has weighed in (pun!), and apparently the dadbod is real. Elahe Izadi of the Washington Post reports on the dad bod study.

Maas Virajoti writes in The Nation that dads in Thailand are an untapped resource for marketers, and that “brands should start talking to dads more than ever before.” That’s good advice for any country, but we’re excited to see sentiment like this permeating so many diverse cultures.

If you like numbers, you’ll love the results Katie Green from HLN shares from a recent Y&R study, which showed that “a whopping 80% of millennial dads are the primary grocery shoppers for the household.”

And that’s not all! Rebecca Cox of Glamour shares another study—this one from Avon Cosmetics—that finds “70% of men surveyed would become stay-at-home dads if it helped their partner achieve their career goals.” An overwhelming majority of those polled (men and women) also felt that both parents should be equally involved in raising children.

Wondering what kind of guy would take paternity leave? According to Scott Behson, author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide, “Real Men Take Paternity Leave.” Seems like that should cover all of us.

Michael Kwan of Beyond the Rhetoric has some advice for new parents in his latest post “Parenting: Obviously, You’re Doing It Wrong.” You know who you are.

Over at DadScribe, Carter Gaddis gives us “13 Things Horrible Parents Let Their Kids Do.” You still know who you are.

Aaron Gouveia from The Daddy Files has some very helpful(ish) advice for new dads in his latest post “11 Things Dads Should NEVER Say in the Delivery Room.”

Are you concerned about your child’s online safety? Vincent Daly of Cute Monster says that parents need to adapt to be proactive.

Want to help your kids find activities that they are passionate about? Joshua Spicer of Daddy Engine shares his experience with his 3-year-old daughter and her horseback riding lessons.

Brent Almond (a/k/a “Designer Daddy”) read an amazing piece as part of Listen to Your Mother called “The M Word: A Gay Dad’s Journey to Appreciating His Son’s Birth Mother.” It’s a touching tale, and the video is finally available:

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.