After our brief summer break, we’re back! And what an amazing time it has been. The title of this week’s post appears on the western starting point of the Hadrian’s Wall Path and translates to “Good luck to you there.” And after our epic trek across England, we feel very fortunate to announce that the new chapter of Camp Kesem has met its funding goal!
The Dad 2.0 team has just returned from an 84-mile walk (which actually took 97 miles, thanks to detours and missed signs) from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend (that’s our little LEGO buddy atop the path’s highest point). We were part of #Dads4Kesem, a group of 12 dads walking to raise $40,000 for a new Camp Kesem chapter at the University of Maryland that will soon welcome Oren Miller’s kids.
We met our goal literally in the eleventh hour on the last day of the walk, and a lot of the thanks for that goes to you, our readers and members of the dad community. We want to thank all our co-trekkers along the trail, particularly Phil Corless, who organized the trip, meals, and lodgings, and Jim Higley, who led the fundraising effort (in which our co-daily adopters How To Be A Dad, the National At-Home Dad Network, City Dads Group, Doyin Richards, and Life of Dad played a crucial part). Thanks also to Carter Gaddis, who did a wonderful job coordinating all the Dads4Kesem messaging.
Please also note that it’s never too late to contribute whatever you can to dads4kesem.com. There are 80+ chapters all over the country, and every one of them wants to offer free camp to more kids whose lives have been touched by a parent’s cancer.
Thank you all for being a part of this. In an environment of discouraging headlines, it’s important to remember that focused positive energy still moves mountains.
IN THE NEWS
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A dad’s influence on his child’s development reinforces how early childhood programs should focus on both parents.
Yes, dads, supporting your kids doesn’t make you a hero. It’s just normal parenting. https://t.co/hTB9RROGZr
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) July 21, 2016
In India, mothers and children are requesting that the names of the fathers not be mentioned in their passports.
A dad offers his advice on how to navigate the challenges of setting up an individual education plan (IEP).
Mick Jagger, a great-grandfather since 2014, is about to a be a dad for the eighth time at age 72. Time really is on his side, apparently.
A deployed dad watches on his phone as his son is born, then races home to meet him.
Testimony about the embarrassing things dads do, and “the more positive things that make them so special.”
At SheKnows, Zach Rosenberg writes “I’m just a dad trying to raise a boy who knows it’s OK to cry.”
A Massachusetts dad wants to promote positivity and engagement with a three-day “Single Father March” starting Aug 1.
In Alabama, dads gather to learn the essentials of fatherhood and “coach the fear” out of new fathers.
A North Dakota dad starts “Broken Hearts & Broken Homes” as a nonprofit to help divorced dads earn more time with their kids.
- “I Choose Love, Because I Choose to Hope” from Alex Roper of Full-Time Dad, Part-Time Jedi.
- Developing Dad’s Joe Medler is “Lucky as Anyone Ever Was.”
- Carter Gaddis writes about the “Presidential Campaign 2016 and Its Effect on Kids” for City Dads Group.
- The Faithful Geek’s Nicholas Casey on “Serial Complainers.”
- Tony Conrad at Faith, Family, and Technology: This is What Matters to Me, chooses “Pokémon GO: A Review from a Non-gamer Dad.“
Thanks for reading, and wherever your adsit is this week, we hope you receive a lot of fortuna along the way.