FoF: Award Season

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Best Dad Trophy

Award Season is in full swagger, and from Lombardi to Oscar, the trophies are flying everywhere. What does it mean to be at the top of one’s game? The accolades are obvious. The hard work is evident. And the labels are sticky—once you win an Academy Award, you’re forever introduced as an Academy Award Winner.

But what about the rest of us? Any dad with a few Father’s Days under his (expanding) belt has probably received some token to acknowledge the very specific set of skills that is fatherhood. A coffee mug, a t-shirt, a card, a hug, or a sweet word at bedtime. They all count. And yet, when was the last time you were introduced to anyone as Best Father Award-winner __________?

We don’t expect any of that, because we’re parents. Parents don’t have sizzle reels or highlight clips, or fleets of PR flacks working the voters. Parents have photos, and blogs (and coffee mugs and t-shirts and cards), but we have more: an elevated heart rate, an unquestioned empathy for needs beyond our own, and a wealth of experience that defies external gratification.

What does it mean to be at the top of one’s game? It means being a loving, involved parent, and that is award enough.

(A trophy would be nice, though.)


Fact: Dads are great at parenting, too. Also, we love it.

Becoming a dad makes you a more empathetic, caring person. That’s just science. (The real kind.)

After your dad sees your daily hockey life as a kid, you just can’t help but want to show him the NHL up close.

New research shows paid family leave is actually a plus for companies. We knew it!

The Strong Fathers program, which welcomes dads in classrooms, gets bigger every year. And that’s fantastic.

“The government must … put parenthood—not marriage or motherhood—at the heart of its family policy.” Seconded.

If you ever get a letter like this from your daughter, you’ve totally won.

A dad’s viral Facebook post about his ex-wife reminds us that divorced parents can still be kind to each other.

Following his son’s suicide, a New Jersey dad started “The Kindness Challenge,” and the result has been overwhelming.


We all expect our kids to follow our instructions, because Parents. But how are we at following their directions? Josh Darnit asked his kids to provide the steps to making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and then he did exactly as he was told. Hilarity ensued.

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