Fatherhood on Friday: Giveaways, Grants, and Gratitude

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American Thanksgiving is six days away, and we hope everyone who will or will not dig into a turkey next Thursday has a lot to be thankful for this year. We know we do, because our two primary fundraising efforts are going so well:

A great new offer for #MovemberDads

During last night’s Twitterpation, we announced that the Dad 2.0 Summit will give away TWO (2) prize packages, each comprising one conference ticket to Dad 2.016 and one complimentary night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., to two random members of the #MovemberDads team who have raised at least $25! Our two drawings will be the next two Mondays, Nov. 23 and 30. So if you haven’t joined yet, it’s still not too late to lend a hand! (Or a lip!)

For some guys, however, Movember is more than just mustaches and fund-raising. For Dave Lesser, it’s about inspiration, to use this monthly groundswell of attention on men’s health to confront his depression. Its a terrific and brave guest piece, and if this is the real impact of Movember, to help men find the resolve to change their lives for the better, then we’re all for it.

An EIGHTH Miller Grant!

We are rapidly approaching the cutoff date for the Oren Miller Dad 2.0 Scholarship Fund. You can still donate to the fund until December 1, which is also the deadline for all scholarship applications. To apply, send your story to Scholarship Chair Jeff Bogle at scholarship [at] dad2summit [dot] com. And please note, you do not need to be a first-time attendee to receive a Miller Grant!

Also: Did you see our first Speaker announcement earlier this week? The first (of three) is always a thrill, because the programming is starting to take shape and become a thing. Watch for the next two announcements in December and January!

Porchlight Posts

For the first time ever there is a boy in a Barbie commercial, but John Marcotte at Heroic Girls wants to know: Is it progress, or a gimmick?

Tenor Dad shares “In the Midst of Crisis, Beauty” and all that it implies.

Simon at Man vs. Pink is asked, “Where Are You Really From?” – Race Isn’t Just a Black and White Issue.”

Chris Read, a/k/a Canadian Dad, has learned 37 things in 37 years, and helpfully lists them all.

Dad and Buried author Mike Julianelle reminds us that “Parenting is Not About You.”

In The News

Alexandra Zaslow at Today shares the story of Kevin and Eva Houston, a father and daughter that get to spend a lot of quality time together. Eva, 14, who plays trumpet in her school marching band, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Her father leaves work four days a week to guide her through formations at practice, and he attends every football game so he can assist at halftime. Says Mr. Houston of the experience, “You drop your kids off at school and you don’t get to experience their day with them, so I’m very grateful to be part of her life.”

We would all like to give our kids the moon, and Colby Powell did exactly that– Wait! That’s no moon! CinemaBlend’s Connor Schwerdtfeger has the full story on the dad who “built a 23-foot Death Star on his roof for his kids.”

Thanks, Giving, and Resolve

We end this week with two remarkably sweet and powerful videos that we think every dad should see. First, BBC News shared this story, by video journalist Mohamed Madi, in which Antoine Leiris addresses the terrorists who killed his wife, Helene, the mother of their 17-month-old son:

Another father, Angel Le, and his young son Brandon, had an incredibly touching conversation about the “bad guys,” and a Le Petit Journal television crew was there to film the moment:

To all of our readers in the U.S., we hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back two weeks with more Fatherhood on Friday!

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