This week has been a true force for good. (Or, a Force for good.) We were able to announce two Presenting Sponsors: LEGO Systems (back for its fourth conference!) and Meta Wellness. And, AND: If we had the same attendance goal this year as we did for Dad 2.015, we’d be Sold Out right now.
That’s right. Sales have already exceeded last year’s threshold, and now we’re running solely on ambition. Which we think is fine: If you remember the LEGO team’s trip to Lucasfilm HQ last year and are imagining what they’ll do this year to top it, you might want to get in on Dad 2.016 now, before we hit capacity.
There’s also this other matter about OMG STAR WARS. After what has seemed like a decade of breathless anticipation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally, truly awakened. And you may have heard a little bit about it among the dad community. Straight off the top, on Monday night Charlie Capen and Andy Herald of “How To Be A Dad” experienced the movie’s world premiere, which was cool. But what really hit hyperspace was this video of Andy watching A New Hope with his 6-year-old son for the first time (and the 278 hyper-cute questions that ensued):
IN THE NEWS
Beth Greenfield at Yahoo Parenting asks: “Could a Powerful Woman Ever Post a Baby Pic Like Mark Zuckerberg’s?” John Pacini’s answer features prominently.
The ex-wife of Scott Weiland penned a on behalf of the late singer’s kids. It’s a tough read.
Speaking of millennials, Pew Research Center reports that they are more confident in their parenting, feeling both “stricter” and “more loving.” The older dads (who might even get where this post’s title comes from) are thinking, “You just keep thinking that.”
Psychiatry Advisor reports on a study that finds teens separated from their dads after a divorce are more susceptible to anxiety and depression.
Daily Mail shared this touching video of women telling “their fathers how they really feel about them.”
And finally: What would the Christmas season be without a video from Dad 2.016 speaker Penn Holderness and the Holdnerness Family Singers? We don’t even want to think about it. Get #ELFED, and Happy Holidays!