FoF: What We Talk About When We Talk About Fatherhood

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After the flurry of Father’s Day, we’ve received a record amount of outreach about the Dad 2.0 Summit. Thank you for that! We answered some of these questions two weeks ago when our Father’s Day Sale began, and today we’re offering a companion piece to the what, something akin to the why, with a dash of how, and a whole lot of who. All this month, we’ll be looking back at the Speakers and breakout panels that have started and maintained the conversations we think dads need to have, and below are just a few of them:

The topics covered at Dad 2.0, whether in a panel discussion, on the main stage, or across a pint, range from influencer-centric to pure fatherhood, and those adding their voice to the mix are the respective leaders in their fields, the learned and the curious.

We tackle matters of policy and parenting, entertainment and entrepreneurship, sometimes with tears, others with laughter, but always with useful, insightful, tangible takeaway.

It’s a who’s who of people dropping knowledge faster than we can pick it up. These are the conversations that matter to us as men and fathers, but also to anyone who values the positive impact of the modern dad.

Some conversations, we just need to listen.

Dad 2.0 is all that, a Venn diagram of practical creativity with a fatherhood lean, and sometimes a famous face or two. The people you’ve read about have had an indelible effect on our success, and next year we hope we can add your name to the list.


The definition of the “good American dad” may be fragmenting, but there’s solace in knowing that there’s more discussion than ever about to reconcile these differences of opinion.

Last November, 83% of American millennials said they would be more likely to join a company offering paid paternity leave, and 38% even said they would move from the US to another country with better leave policies.

In Canada, the number of children living with a single dad grew 34.1% since 2001, compared to those living with a single mom, a group that grew by 4.8%.

Want to raise kids that care about other people? “The gateway to empathy is emotional literacy.”

“When this brand-new human looked up at us, deep eyes, almond shaped, sparks, the tightness in my chest released. I sensed a new purpose.

“The greatest achievement of my father’s parenting was letting us know that we were loved, and moreover giving us the knowledge that to love—and be loved—was the most important of things.”

We hear a lot about kids and tech, but what about parents and the example(s) we are setting?

This is a great story about how a kidney transplant turned a devoted stepfather into a blood relative.

Bruce Mulkey has experienced the shifts in masculinity and fatherhood over the past 40 years through a unique lens.


  • “It just came across as really needy and whiny – a whine I couldn’t quite hear – and for what? A gift to act as validation that they’re actually a dad.” – Ryan Darcy, You Asked for WHAT for Father’s Day!?
  • “Like many contemporary dads, I am a different kind of parent than my father. Broadly speaking, you could say I’m more present than he was in my childhood. The conventional wisdom is that social and cultural norms were different “back then.” We should cut, say a distant father, some slack because of this. Not me.” – Anonymous (published at City Dads Group), Distant Father Not Product of His Times, Result of Lies, Deception
  • “I recently prepared a tasty lentil soup for dinner and after one spoonful my son looks me straight in the eye and says, “This tastes like dumb.”” – Hop Dad, Creative Conversations
  • “On our gender-fluid journey, I’ve fundamentally felt that honesty, openness and truth will be our biggest assets. I think we need to address how our kid is and what his truth is.” – Gavin Lodge, Major Strides, Minor Paranoia
  • “Dad has given me many good things but teeth aren’t one of them. He tells me not to worry and says that most of his bad dentist bills came during his forties. “You’re 49, shouldn’t be much longer.”” – Joshua Wilner, You Can’t Save Me

At Dad 2.018 in New Orleans, we asked members of our community about their favorite memory with their own dad. This is what they said:

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