There’s something oddly comforting about this year’s NBA playoffs. Over the eight months since the season began, we’ve seen the usual drama, real and manufactured. Season-ending injuries, teams gutted and rebuilt for now (or tanking for later), and endless ribbons of mostly useless, time-filling punditry. And after all of that sound and fury, it’s Cavs-Warriors, LeBron and Steph. For the fourth year in a row.
There’s a metaphor there for finding the thread of constancy in the chaos of our daily lives. Our days are already saturated with outrage and hyperbole clamoring for our attention. And now that the summer’s here, we can add your kids to that mix.
When you’re a parent, summertime is rarely as easy as the song suggests. But we all strive to restore our existence to a comforting rhythm by making summer as much about family as we can. We take our shows on the road to parks, both natural and theme, and throw kites to the wind like so much caution. We find the time to relax with those we love and enjoying the moments until the tide comes in.
These are the constants amid the noise. And we’re happy to add one more by opening tickets to Dad 2.019 for our annual Father’s Day Sale next Friday. For the last eight years we’ve done this, we’ve grown comfortable knowing that summer is here, Father’s Day is around the corner, and LeBron is playing in the Finals.
IN THE NEWS
An important reminder: When you go to the beach (or anywhere) with your kids, you are the first and most important line of defense when it comes to their safety.
“I recently got the Fortnite app for my phone, mostly just to gauge their reaction. When I told them, they glanced up from what they were doing and actually looked me in the eye!”
Boxing superstar Leo Santa Cruz on his dad’s battle with cancer: “Despite the fact he is constantly in pain, he always goes to the gym, he never gives up, and even if he doesn’t feel well, he is always there for me.”
Holidays and summer mean a lot more time with the kids, and more often than not, they’ll be hungry. Here are some great (and healthy!) dad-approved snack and meal ideas!
“The actual best part about dating divorced dads is that they’re kinder, more empathetic, and more patient—all traits they had to learn or strengthen from having children.”
The 1985 National Spelling Bee champ watches proudly has his son competes this year: “We had to learn 10,000-20,000 words. Now, the kids need to know around 30,000 to 80,000 words to win.”
Losing a partner impacts everything, including the way you parent.
“We were actually doing what so many other gay men and their straight college girl friends had promised each other they would do.”
Creative Director Cory Barlog on God of War and the impact of his own fatherhood upon the game: “One of the core themes was this idea behind identity: How much of our real selves do we show our children?”
- “They are rare and fleeting. For an hour this morning, I knew gratefulness and peace. I was still and mindful and it was beautiful.” – Doug Zeigler, Fleeting Peace
- “The reality also sunk in that my wife will be taking a platinum-based chemotherapy infusion because the other chemo isn’t working. Platinum is the same metal as her wedding band.” – Rob Ainbinder, A Few Gray Days, Despite the Sunshine
- “Your depression is real, but it isn’t honest. The things your emotions (or lack thereof) tell you about yourself are twisted and skewed. Depression is a liar.” – Nicholas Casey, What Depression Felt Like For Me
- “It never occurred to us that we weren’t just younger, we were young. Can’t say we are old now, but we are older and experience has made us jaded, callous and hard about some things.” – Joshua Wilner, No One Cares About Dad Bloggers
- “Despite everything else that dad bloggers are doing—writing blog posts, changing dirty diapers, doing copious amounts of laundry, cleaning up toys and making meals and snacks for the family, they still are finding time to do good in their community.” – Adam Gertsacov, Dads Doing Good and Making A Difference
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Dad 2.0 alum Brian Gordon and his Fowl Language Comics, and his latest success story is just in time for Father’s Day!
Seriously, how cool is that?
Do you receive the Dad 2.0 Summit Newsletter? You should! In it we share all kinds of information and news about the Dad 2.0 Summit. Add it to your inbox! It’s the perfect way to start planning your trip to San Antonio.
Share your traditions of fatherhood news or stories that you would like to share you can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Snapchat using the #FOF hashtag! And now we’re on Medium!