Every week, we’re just plain astonished by how seven days of living contains about 30 years’ worth of news. As if the midterms and their volatile aftermath weren’t enough, thousands of northwest Los Angelenos (including our Whit Honea) had to put off attending a vigil for the Thousand Oaks shooting in order to flee the Woolsey Fire.
It’s been a week. Right?
Despite the hyperbolic peaks and troughs of modern living, however, we’re happy to help counterbalance them with one of life’s true constants: Fathers are Sexy Beasts.
We refer, of course, to the news that Idris Elba (seen above, smiling sexily) is People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2018. To anyone who pays attention to such things, this is no great revelation. The man’s a total smokeshow. But when asked about the happiest moment of his life, he didn’t hesitate:
“Being witness to the birth of my children is the biggest and best thing ever. I’m super doting, big hugs, kisses, lots of love-yous. I’m sure my daughter’s like, ‘All right Dad, chill out.’ My son is still at that age where he loves a cuddle.”
This is the sort of character that will surely outlive those Abs For Days.
You don’t have to go far to find celebrity dads exulting in their children’s company. But there’s much more to it. Fatherhood changes us. We get more patient. More organized. More empathetic. More grown up. That’s the sexiest thing going, baby.
You know what else is sexy? Writing about your fatherhood experience and reading your piece on our mainstage. And today, we’ve opened up our submission window for the 2019 Dad 2.0 Summit Dad Blogger Spotlights! If you thought you were a zaddy before, you’ll have all kinds of game after you join this selective fraternity. Because everyone knows the best sex organ is the mind.
IN THE NEWS
Kids’ sports are a $17 billion industry, but the high cost of participation means many families cannot afford for their kids to play.
There is no upside to grief, but there can be tender moments of inspiration.
The “homework gap,” the unequal access to digital devices and high-speed internet that prevents 17% of teens from completing their homework assignments, is getting wider by the Mbps.
“I embraced vulnerability and speaking openly about my emotions. Therefore, I am a product of my father.”
“Like girls, boys can suffer from anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem when relational aggression flies under the radar. And when they don’t seek help, their emotional health can deteriorate.”
“Having a daughter profoundly affects many men’s political identities.”
Raising kids isn’t cheap, but there’s no reason to stick them with the tab.
A new observational study emphasizes the importance of including men in preconception care.
Great things happen when dads bond with their kids at school.
- “The complaint about age-appropriateness is not coming from the majority of parents or from education experts. It comes from a vocal minority.” – Chris Farley Ratcliffe, Trans Folk Won’t be Erased
- “I decided my priorities were way out of whack, and I needed to realign them in the new reality of fatherhood, marriage and entrepreneurship.” – Charlie King, Setting Priorities: A Fatherhood Game Changer
- “I suppose what I accomplished was getting myself off the couch and out of the house.” – B.K. Mullen, #DadBodAthlete Update!
- “Like, half of my cheek was going this way, like soggin’ down.” Josh Darnit, Evan Got His First Cavity
- “The most important strategy when hearing your child read is the ‘wait’. I find this sometimes nearly impossible to do.” – Thomas Russell, Useful Tips for Hearing Your Child Read
‘GRAM OF THE WEEK
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