It’s Memorial Day weekend, when we remember those who sacrificed everything in the service of our country. As we discussed during our “Major Dad: How Military Life Shapes and Challenges Our Parenting” panel at Dad 2.016, the inherent sacrifice of military service can be a useful template for the experiences of parenting. And the most admirable characteristic of the military parents we’ve met is their matter-of-fact approach to challenges. There is no drama associated with a difficult task. It gets done because it needs to get done, and then it’s on to the next thing. It’s a mindset from which so many aspects of parenting can benefit.
IN THE NEWS
A Marine dad wanted to do something special before he was deployed, so he used the 10 days prior to his departure to celebrate every holiday with his 3-year-old son.
A paralyzed dad was able to use the help of a bionic suit to walk his daughter down the aisle. It’s as amazing as it sounds:
Graduation got you feeling like a wistful empty-nester? Don’t worry: according to Pew Research, your kids will probably move back home.
Pew Research also maintains that millennial dads are the future of retail.
And do millennial dads have less self-esteem than their fathers due to shifts in the definition of masculinity?
It turns out that mutated sperm may not be why older fathers have a higher risk of autistic children.
In “Nobody lies about their dad,” writers and rock stars reflect on their fathers.
The 21st Century Dads’s 1,500-mile Dads Honor bike ride, which raises awareness about fatherlessness, runs from May 30 to June 19.
These “dad comes home from war and surprises his kids” videos never get old. (One day, we hope they’ll be obsolete.)
- The Tenor Dad‘s son, Edward, had his wish granted by the good folks at Make-A-Wish, and this is their story: The Epic Superhero Wish Send-off (& How We Almost Missed It).
- Mike Cruse at Papa Does Preach struggles in “Daddy, Why are You Sad?”
- In which Dad of the Decade, aka Ben Jackson, discusses “Dads, Daughters, and Dating.” Respectfully so.
- At How to be a Dad, Charlie Capen faces the music in “Reality Sometimes Bites.”
- Chris Farley Ratcliffe at Dad Goes Round needs some stinkin’ badges in “Girl Guide Badges for Parents.”
This year at Dad 2.016 our friends from LEGO asked attendees to share some “dad truths,” and here is an example of what happened (below). We would love to hear yours, tag Dad 2.0 Summit and LEGO on Twitter and Facebook tagging using the hashtag #LEGODAD.