Ah, young love. It gives us that exuberant, reinvigorated feeling that new years often do—allowing closure for some, and providing fresh hope for others. Most of us probably feel a bit of both.
These are the early stretches, the dawn of what we think will be a particularly momentous year. In two weeks, America’s transfer of Presidential power will send a lot of executive policies into diametric directions. The social media platforms we can’t tear our eyes from are in a redemptive phase, responding to think pieces urging people to quit. Trust is at a premium, and marketers plan to rely on online influencers more than ever to establish (or re-establish) it.
It is upon us all to find the strength to rise to all of these changes, while we’re still trying to be the best fathers and partners and earners we can be. We’ll be talking about all these facets of modern fatherhood–the loves we enjoy, the stresses we endure–at Dad 2.017, which is a scant five weeks away. Every year, we hope you leave the Summit with a little more clarity, more gas in the tank, and renewed sense of what to make next. Every time we hear that a new thing has been created because of a conversation at the Dad 2.0 Summit, that Sounds like Music to us.
IN THE NEWS
Here’s a parenting win we can all share: Researchers think teens abuse alcohol and drugs a lot less because they get along better with their parents.
This is a big deal: New Jersey just made it easier for adoptees to find their birth parents.
After she researched the life of her dad, nicknamed “Lawrence of Burma” for his heroic exploits during World War II, Keggie Carew’s “Dadland: A Journey Into Unchartered Territory” has been hailed as “hilarious and heartbreaking.”
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) January 5, 2017
Salon reports on the Young Fathers of Santa Fe, and how it prepares nervous young dads for life’s biggest challenge—and sticks with them.
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) January 4, 2017
Turns out, if you treat non-custodial fathers as more than a paycheck, they’ll respond.
Divorce isn’t easy on the kids: “Marriage may not be for life, but your children are.”
“Anyone who’s lost a parent knows the holidays simply aren’t the same if they’re no longer around.”
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) January 3, 2017
- Childhood is all about milestones, and Kevin Zelenka of Double Trouble Daddy reminds us that some punch back in “My Son’s First Fight.”
- Brandon, aka The Rookie Dad, takes a hard look in the mirror with “In My Kids, I See the Worst of Me.”
- “Hello 2017—A Marriage Stuck Between Fear and Gratitude,” by Isom Kuade of Pancakes & Cider, is a personal look at progress and the process thereof.
- Daniel De Guia is Fit To Be Dad, and he wants to know why the bad rap “On Busy Days and Misery” (mostly the former).
- Over at Captain’s Log: Tales From the Poop Deck, Creed Anthony lives “A Charmed Life” that includes baked goods and choking hazards.
When you become a new uncle you are also becoming a new mentor, and it is never too early to make a good first impression. This is how you do it:
My sister is about to have a baby and my brother showed up to the hospital in a suit because “first impressions matter.” pic.twitter.com/KtNV4mvnDU
— iris kessler (@Iris_Elisabeth_) January 3, 2017
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