We are close. In fact, Dad 2.016 is so close that by the time you read this it will be less than one week away. LESS THAN ONE WEEK. We’re talking horseshoes close, and, as everyone knows, that totally counts.
So how should you spend the time between now and Dad 2.016 in Washington, D.C.? For starters, you should read one (or more) of the many books by our newly announced opening keynote speaker Brad Meltzer (thanks, Dove Men+Care!). You should make plans to visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, over which our closing keynoter Derreck Kayongo presides. You should participate in the early activation, contest. and fitness events that are currently running. You should make sure you’re signed up for the Friday night event (and prepare your open mic piece for the other Friday night event).
AND you should start connecting with other attendees before the conference at our official Twitter party on Tuesday night!
And, pack. Don’t forget to do that. (We’ll be providing more information about that in the newsletters that our attendees will receive all next week.)
IN THE NEWS
NPR’s Morning Edition shares a clip from the show called “How To Get Dads To Take Parental Leave? Seeing Other Dads Do It.” And they might be on to something.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned from football (some better than others), and returning Dad 2.0 speaker Josh Levs writes about one of them at Time: “The Super Bowl Helps Teach Us It’s OK for Men to Cry.”
In Singapore, the government is trying to encourage an increase in birth rates, and one of the new incentives may be more paternity leave, which is nice.
At Yahoo Parenting Elise Solé shows the power (and page views) of parenting in “Dad’s Heartwarming Tribute to Fiancée Sends Important Reminder to All Couples With Kids.”
- Matt Todd at Life in the Fishbowl writes about adoption, love, and family in “Welcome home, Weldu!”
- “Premature – A series of haiku,” by Josh of Daddy Engine, puts an amazing amount of emotion into surprisingly few syllables.
- Seth Taylor reflects beautifully upon the words of his father in “Coming Out Openly, Honestly and No Longer Alone” at City Dads Group.
- Trevor, from the blog Love Make Share, faces the devil we all know in “Dear Stupid Blanket . . .”
- Ben and Nick at The Poppin’ Bottles Dad-Cast kept it real and personal in “Depression Part 1.”
Fatherhood on Friday will be off next week because we’ll be knee-deep in dad hugs and all the glory of Dad 2.016. We hope to see you there!