Fatherhood on (Good) Friday: Ordinary People Change the World

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Today is Good Friday, which sounds encouraging whether you observe Easter or not. And this Good Friday, we lead with a new effort from our Dad 2.016 keynoter and all-around mensch, Brad Meltzer:

During his opening keynote, Brad discussed the power of legacy, and the importance of heroes in our kids’ lives. We all have plenty of time to figure out that everyone is flawed, for one reason or another, but that doesn’t have to take away from the inspiration we derive from the extraordinary things humanity accomplishes every day. And inspired by his bestselling “I Am …” series, he has proposed a new LEGO set that combines fun and education and reminds us that “ordinary people change the world.” We’re happy to throw our support behind it, and if you’d like to join us, click here.


Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has proposed a bill that will provide all military parents, regardless of gender or whether their children are adopted, with 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

When it comes to “impossible” homework, parents need to trust their kids as capable and motivated. KJ Dell’Antonia at the New York Times writes, “Let your child do it.”

Fresh Air showcases “Roots’ Drummer Questlove On His Late Father, Lee Andrews” and growing up groomed for show business.

Two of our favorites, Dove Men+Care and Josh Levs, have partnered on “The Point Everyone’s Missing About Baseball’s Latest Headlines and Modern Fatherhood.”

Earlier this week we observed #NationalSingleParentsDay: Celebrating the 14 million single moms and dads across America.

Brian Rutter at The Washington Post reflects on the joy he feels that his daughter will graduate college in 107 days, because that’s the exact amount of time she spent in the NICU as a micro-preemie.

When signer Meghan Trainor made her Grammy acceptance speech, she was all about her dad.


Want to see what it looks like when brands decide to do social good with their ad campaign? This video from Puppy Chow (in partnership with SoulPancake) is full of happiness that the whole family will enjoy. Plus, for every video view Puppy Chow will donate one pound of dog food to Rescue Bank. How’s that for Good on a Friday?

If you have any fatherhood news or stories that you would like to share you can find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using the #FatherhoodOnFri hashtag!