This week’s column, which serendipitously falls on Star Wars Day (more on that below), comes to you live from the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, home of the tenth Mom 2.0 Summit. Ten years is a long time, in both parenting years and parent-conferencing years, and we’re thrilled to have spent the last two days immersed in the chock-a-block programming, featuring lots of talented, successful women sharing the knowledge and expertise they’ve amassed over the years.
All of which was bookended by Wednesday’s Welcome Party, which featured several trust falls into a ball pit, and Natalie Morales’s interview with Kristen Bell, who began by taking a call from Natalie’s sitter (see above).
And tonight is the fifth annual Iris Awards, when the parent blogging industry recognizes achievements and accomplishments from the past year! We look forward to cleaning up and coming correct, to congratulate all the amazing and deserving nominees, and to share the surprise with the crowd as we find out who this year’s surprised emcee will be.
If you’re not here with us, mark your calendars for April 24-26, 2019, and get your tickets for the 11th Mom 2.0 Summit at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas! You won’t want to miss it.
IN THE NEWS
Want to learn a new language with the kids? Have you considered Wookiee?
The number of single-father households has risen slightly (to just 4%), but 17% of solo father families are living in poverty (compared to 30% of single mother families).
Do your children have the indoor blues? Studies show that people who love nature are happier in general. Get those kids outside!
Two Basingstoke fathers will cycle a 903.13-mile route this summer to fund playground equipment for St. John’s Primary School.
The dads of the “Me and My Dad Playgroup” have become role models for dads to be active and engaged playing with their children. “For most of us, this group is transformational.”
A group of fathers spend every New Orleans Jazz Fest parking cars and grilling up food to raise money toward school programs and tuition for their daughters and other students at Cabrini High School.
“Of course, we will all fall short. We may even fail spectacularly. But hopefully, our children will at least see that we are trying.”
Breaking: It’s okay to fail while parenting and have a sense of humor about it.
After a class-action lawsuit, one of the most stringent prison policies has been overturned, and dads can stay in touch with their kids while awaiting trial.
IN THE NEWS, “THAT’S MY KID!” EDITION
- The success of Marvel over the past decade has been super. Brent Almond highlights the similarities with parenting in “10 Life Lessons from 10 Years of Marvel Films: GIF Edition.”
- When his teenage son’s lifelong pet dog died suddenly, Whit Honea and family knew “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love.”
- In “I Felt Abandoned; When I Needed You Most,” Mike Cruse writes deep from the heart.
- Representation matters. Michael Kwan takes a look at “Asian and Pacific Islander Representation in Disney/Pixar Animation.”
- Do you care what the stars say? Mike Julianelle believes “Celebrity Parenting Advice is Meaningless.”
As we mentioned, May the Fourth is Star Wars Day, and Holy Banthas there’s a lot to celebrate if you and your kids are fans of this much-beloved and recently rebooted franchise. WHICH OF COURSE YOU ARE:
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