Fatherhood on Friday: Mr. French Goes to Washington

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Welcome to 2016, the official year of the fifth annual Dad 2.0 Summit (and other important things, probably). Since we last published a Fatherhood on Friday post, the Force of the holidays has Awakened, and with it a new hope for a fresh year. We, to put it lightly, are excited about the possibilities.

The first order on our agenda is taking place today, as co-founder Doug French (pictured, practicing his super-serious frowny face) is taking part in a “Dialogue on Men’s Health” at the White House. Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, it will feature Doug and author/radio host Armin Brott in speaking roles.

The goal is to encourage men to take better care of their health, and at 2:30pm there will be a Twitter chat incorporating the @HHSgov and @whitehouse feeds, and the hashtag ‪#‎Bro2BroHealth‬ (really). We’ll be active on the @dad2summit handle, and we hope you’ll take part. The event will also be live-streamed at here from 2-3pm and 4-5pm ET.

And now, after a tw0-week holiday hiatus, here are some stories that caught our eye as the new year dawned:


Over at Upworthy, Dad 2.0 alumnus Doyin Richards shares “7 social media dads who show how cool fatherhood really is.” You’ll find some familiar faces like Andy Herald and Charlie Capen from How To Be A Dad, “All In” author Josh Levs, and our own Whit Honea.

Lauren Weiler at Health & Fitness CheatSheet suggests that fathers play a large role in the eating habits of their children.

Koh Swee Fang Valerie at Singapore’s Today reports a more active role for dads among government’s push to help parents.

At Babble, Serge Bielanko looks back, amazed, at his first year as a divorced, single dad.

Urban Wire’s Caroline Heller tells us how home visits can help dads become better fathers.

Barbara Barker at Newsday has a great look at Metta World Peace and his contributions of both his time and money toward a world of better dads.

As 2016 dawned, Swedish dads were given a third month of ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ paid paternity leave, in a bid to push them to take on a greater share of baby care.

John Hart at The Guardian writes that being a stay-at-home dad makes me feel manly. We couldn’t agree more.

Chris Read joined the parenting panel on CTV Morning Live to discuss the new year and resolutions for kids:


Because of our hiatus (and in anticipation of next week’s announcement of the 2016 Dad Blogger Spotlight readers), we’ve doubled our usual number of Porchlight Posts from five to 10 (because there’s just that much great stuff going around):

Mike Adamick is garnering all kinds of national attention for his terrific piece (with plenty of spoilers) that as far as The Force Awakens is concerned, Rey is not a role model for little girls.

Thom Hofman of Daddy, Medium-Well has become a staple of the Porchlight Posts series, and writing like this is why: “Not New Very Often.”

Eric Bennion (Diary Dad) at The Good Men Project looks at his relationship with his son, and vice versa, in “What are you going to leave behind?

If baseball is a metaphor for life, Carter Gaddis is as well-versed as any of us. He joined the big leagues of dad blogging after a stint in the MLB (writer’s) bullpen, and this week he broke down his thoughts behind his 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Aaron Gouveia shines a bright light on the still lingering, but terribly antiquated concepts of manhood, in “Yes, Obama Cried. No He’s Not Less of a Man.”

At Dadmissions, Pete Wilgoren shares the imaginative tale (tail?) of “How Ruffles the Dog Changed Bedtime Forever.”

David’s Father at Fighting for Answers writes “On Public Speaking,” and so much more.

The Tenor Dad faces uncertainty with humor and a penchant for Marvel titles in “Who Should You Blame When Your DNA is Faulty?

Jeremy Barnes from Chronicles of a Thirsty Dad looks at the “questionable degrees of empathy” we all face, with a special nod to Sarah McLachlan.

Seth Burleigh at Forty Weeks Later is looking through the window with thoughts on the future and the lens of a loving parent.

And finally, for all of you Star Wars fans (which, we believe, is just about everybody): Ever wonder what it might be like to get the best news ever from one of the galaxy’s worst-ever dudes? This video has an idea of how it might go:

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