Four weeks from today, we’ll be waking up after Dove Men+Care’s raucous Welcome Party and readying for the keynote that tips off the fifth annual Dad 2.0 Summit! And since our friends at the Mandarin Oriental are expecting between 20 and 4,000 inches of snow this weekend, we hope they stay safe (and indulge in some wicked snowball fights on the National Mall).
And speaking of our Title Sponsor, we were thrilled this week to help launch their newest campaign in their ongoing commitment to show how care makes a man stronger. Their new #RealStrength Highlight Reels feature football dads Carson Palmer and Jordy Nelson, and as Carson takes the field against the Panthers this weekend, we’ll be thinking about the highlights that happen off the field.
IN THE NEWS
If you’re a new attendee this year (and planning to attend our Newbie Seminar on Thursday afternoon, between Best Buy’s drone excursion and the Welcome Party), check out this helpful post from Daniel De Guia about what to expect as a first-timer.
From the “world leaders, they’re just like us” file: President Obama has said that he won’t speak at his daughter Malia’s high school graduation ceremony because “I’m going to cry.”
Has your child applied for funds from Dad Savings and Loan? Here’s what happened when one six-year-old’s request was very risibly denied.
Shawn Garan shared a post at Autism Speaks about engaging his nonverbal son, Max, and included this video of a recent conversation:
Scholarship Chair Jeff Bogle contributes to PBS Parents, and his latest piece, “Stretching Exercises With Kids,” features the aforementioned Dove Men+Care #RealStrength shoot with Carson Palmer and son.
The music world lost another major star this week in the death of Eagles founder Glenn Frey. Our condolences to the Frey family and Eagles fans (like us) everywhere.
The East Coast is about to get a lot of snow, and nobody could be happier than this little girl:
Meet Kristian and Kristina, the premature twins born at 29 weeks to Anthea and Glen Jackson-Rushford in Australia. This video is pretty adorable:
The Porchlight Posts were inspired by our annual Dad Blogger Spotlight, and this week we announced our 2016 readers. Congratulations to Creed Anthony, James McGowan, Joe Medler, Mike Reynolds, and Robert Santiago!
Paying it forward, the Porchlight Posts themselves then inspired a new event at the conference this year: The Porchlight DadSLAM (hosted by John Kinnear). Don’t forget to pack your pieces of prose and poetry for the Friday night open mic event!
And now, here are some of our favorite dad-centric pieces from the week:
- Life of Dad’s Art Eddy was asked “Why Are You Doing the Grocery Shopping?” Again.
- The Internet is full of judgmental types, and the realm of parenting is no exception. On his site Dad and Buried, Mike Julianelle addresses his experience with it in “Benefit of the Doubt.”
- Bryan Alkire at Kzoodad shares some solid parenting advice in “7 Things I Will Never Tell My Kids.”
- And I’m the Dad republished an older post to Medium called “The Measure of Our Years,” and it still holds true today (which is probably the point).
- If podcasts are more your thing, be sure to listen to Chris Lewis and Don Jackson of Dad Spotlight as they interview author (and Common Sense Dad) Richard Greenberg.
And finally, congratulations to our fit friend Dai Manuel on the publication of his new book: Dai Manuel’s Whole Life Fitness Manifesto: 30 Minutes a Day for a Healthier Body, Mind and Spirit. The Moose is loose! (And completely ripped!)