Fatherhood on Friday: We miss you, Starman

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This week got off on the decidedly wrong foot with the passing of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, icons of their relative crafts. (There are many of us, for example, who can’t recognize Christmas until Hans Gruber exits Nakatomi Tower. We salute them both here, with particular attention paid to this piece in Fortune about the three pillars of his strategy, as both an artist and businessman, of which we should take strong heed:

  • Charge a premium price for premium work.
  • Engage your fans.
  • Fight for what you’ve created.
Photo Credit: Duncan Jones

Photo Credit: Duncan Jones

On another notable note, co-founder Doug French took to the podium at the White House last Friday to speak on men’s health and the role that the Dad 2.0 Summit has taken to champion it:

Proud to represent dads and @DoveMenCare to an appreciative audience committed to men’s health.

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We were honored to discuss the many health-specific panels we’ve convened, as well as the many fitness events that Title Sponsor Dove Men+Care has put together, at a White House event that comprised 100 companies, 28 speakers, 25 best practices, 40 commitments to engage in Men’s Week of Action, 2 Super Bowl rings, and over 35 million Twitter impressions in just three hours!

Dove has another really cool morning event planned for this year, and we’ll be telling you about it next week.


This week is the inaugural “Star Wars Day at Sea” for Disney Cruise Lines, and Charlie Capen (How To Be A Dad) and our Whit Honea are there, covering it with their families. Word is that the Force is strong in our Disney Dads, and we look forward to their coverage of the event.

On Monday, Summit Presenting Sponsor Kia Motors unveiled its Telluride concept–a three-row, seven-seat, luxury SUV–at the Detroit Auto Show. We hope it one day becomes available for sale, because that is one sweet ride.

The Week reports that the state of Arizona is taking to Twitter to shame dads that owe child support in 140 characters or less. Follow the hashtag #deadbeat if that sort of thing is your bag.

Want smart kids? Spend time with them! A new study reported in The Sun has found that children who spend lots of time with their dads tend to have higher IQs.

Scotty Schrier has compiled an extensive list of men’s rooms that include changing tables. Any father that has changed a baby’s diaper on a dirty bathroom floor can appreciate how valuable this list is. Thanks, Scotty!

On their first day as Hall of Fame inductees, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Mike Piazza gave credit to their dads, which is nice. Now go play catch with your kids!

Birth fathers, who have only been recognized in the adoption processes since the 1970s, are still fighting for a bigger role in 2016.


Mike Julianelle from Dad and Buried wonders about the impact a new baby will have on the life of his 5-year-old in “His Brother’s Keeper?

Dan Taylor at Dan aka Dad remembers his late father on what would have been his 75th birthday in “One of the Good Guys.”

Where Have all the Good Men Gone: The Loss of Our Icons” by Sean McKenzie at Nerd Incognito looks at the recent deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, respectively, and how they affect all of us.

Idaho Dad looks at the metaphors and memories of fatherhood in “Carry that Weight.”

Brian Sorrell of Dadding Full Time shares a beautiful piece on swimming and things much deeper in “”Poisonous Soap” they’d call this.

Have a great long weekend, dads! If you want to honor Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday, consider heading down to the national historic site in Atlanta that features tours of his birthplace, his museum, and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he preached with his father. It’s a great place to see with your kids.

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