In much of North America, winter has finally asserted itself. It’s the most wonderful time of this very challenging year, with holidays a week away and the promise of new calendars we can’t open soon enough. As we wind down toward our last FoF of 2016, we’re inclined to reminisce about the year’s more extraordinary stories that broke the mold and broke our hearts.
As our Movember mustaches morph into winter beards, and the folly takes a turn to the jolly, we’re embracing the hope and uplift and giving of the season. And we’re happy to have you here with us. If we had sent out a holiday card, this would have been the gist of it: Amid the cold and snow, we hope you have somewhere warm to call home.
Also, if you haven’t started your shopping, you should really get on that.
IN THE NEWS
Congratulations also go to the Dad Spotlight podcast, for their 100th episode! Pretty soon you’ll be in syndication.
There are a lot of helpful developmental contrasts to consider between adolescent boys and girls, and plenty of ways for parents to offer support.
Do your kids question how Santa Claus can do all that he does in only one night? Now you can answer with science. Thanks, Einstein!
This is the true spirit of the season:
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) December 15, 2016
Are Americans obsessed with the concept of parenting? Probably, but some of us face more limits than others.
There is a way to help prevent kids from automatically thinking negative thoughts in any given situation, and we’re all part of it.
Actor Matthew McConaughey says having the sex talk at 14 with his father “was really cool and kind of took taboos off things.”
Parenting win, holiday edition:
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) December 14, 2016
A flexible, 36-hour work week, more work from home, and “Papadag.” The Dutch are on to something.
It sounds like new taxes on loans from parents “are going to surprise a lot of people.” We’re not sure how we feel about surprises.
Want to raise charitable children? It’s not difficult. And it has to come from more than “because we said so.”
This week we lost one of TV’s best dads, and by all accounts, a pretty great father in real life, too. Our thoughts to the family, friends and fans of Alan Thicke.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 14, 2016
- “If there were a war on Christmas, my son would be winning it.” – Zach Rosenberg of 8Bit Dad from “The Littlest Captain America with Santa.”
- Bertram at How We Became Us shares “The First Rule of Christmas: Don’t be a Dick.” This ain’t Fight Club, folks.
- Amateur Idiot/Professional Dad’s Dave Lesser asked his kids what they thought he should write about. They said, “Pee, Poop, and Pokemon.”
- Tony Conrad writes at Faith, Family, and Technology about kids and the spirit of giving in “Cheerful Giver.”
- Modern Father Online’s Darrell Milton remembers a paternal pillar in “Why Alan Thicke’s Character Jason Seaver Was An Inspirational Dad To Me.”
We’re big fans of the photography of That Dad Blog‘s Alan Lawrence. Here are a couple of shots from his Instagram account that really capture the holiday spirit:
This morning the elf challenged me to a “friendly game” of Five Second Snow Flake. If I made the best snowflake in five seconds, the elf would have to wear normal clothes until Christmas. If the elf won, I would have to wear elf clothes on Christmas Day. I might not be going out very much on Christmas Day ? #rocktheelf
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