FoF: Parenting, Pranks, and Playing Ball!

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This weekend brings an end to the Madness, in favor of the relative serenity of Opening Day, and with it the promise of fresh starts, clean pants, and the voyage home. And when we think of the long, languid summer ahead, we think of brainy baseball quotes that would work just as well if you replaced “baseball” with “parenting”:

  • Journalist Earl Wilson: “A [parenting] game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.”
  • Author Philip Roth: “Writing is daily frustration, not to mention humiliation. It’s just like [parenting]: you fail two-thirds of the time.”
  • Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.: “I love [parenting]. The game allowed me the influence to impact kids in a positive way.”

But it is more than that. Baseball is an endless game of catch between fathers and their children, families in backyards everywhere—maybe the best cliché ever—and the swift slide into summer, where sunsets and outfields unite us all, if only for nine innings and a quick stretch. Maybe some peanuts.


Speaking of springtime, it’s nearly time for the Iris Awards, which honor all the best stuff about parent blogging. This year, there are nominations in 16 categories, including Dad Blog of the Year; if you’ve got some favorites in mind, you have until midnight tonight to click here and nominate them! From there, anyone who has attended the Dad 2.0 Summit (or the upcoming Mom 2.0 Summit) is eligible to vote for the winners! Stay tuned for more details.


Being a stay-at-home parent is not the same thing as being unemployed. Thanks to a helpful dad, one of the largest pediatric health systems in the country agrees.

Good math: A new bill defines shared parenting as “close as 50% of the time as possible.” Huzzah.

Remember, not all parents are accepting of their children, and that has consequences for everyone.

Before you judge another parent’s parenting, don’t judge another parent’s parenting.

Imposter Syndrome is getting a lot of attention these days, and it applies to parenting as well.

Joe Greene is anything but mean when talking about fatherhood.

Hair training is a vital skill, especially if you don’t have a lot of your own.

Most of parenting teenagers boils down to trust, in both them and yourself.

In the Venn diagram of life skills, this list fits right in the sweet spot.

Men and boys must help a global effort to value unpaid care work, regardless of who carries it out.

In Sweden, 90% of dads are embracing the “Latte Papa” lifestyle. (And seriously: Why wouldn’t you?)

Dadchelor parties continue to gain popularity. Have you had/been to one?


If you flip through any of the TV or YouTube channels aimed at the tween demographic, you will notice that pranks are big business. Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day, the pinnacle of prank, and here is how you can pull a good one on the little jokers in your family:

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