This Sunday is Father’s Day (whether it’s happy or not), and you may have noticed that we aren’t asking for much. There was a time when we might have shared a few of the zillion gift guides, but when you think about it, the best gift of all is as effortless a day as possible with the kids. We want to be part of our kids’ lives, and they in ours.
Outside of the deepest weeds of Summit Prep Season, this week is as frenetic as it gets for us. And that’s such a great problem to have! You don’t have to look far to find dad-inspired content in just about every medium possible:
- This piece about dads receiving unsolicited, unnecessary parenting advice from moms is right on the nose: “Treating dads like incapable fools is not just insulting to them but to the detriment of women.”
- Our friends Lance Somerfeld and Jason Greene appeared with Dad 2.016 alumnus Michael Strahan to talk about their “dadfessions,” which was very entertaining (despite the tragic portmanteau).
- Our friends at Dove Men+Care are mobilizing support for their Paternity Leave Pledge with a private Facebook group, where dads can share experiences and strategies for making legislated leave a reality.
- Congratulations all the dads (and Dad 2.0 alumni) featured in this collection of micro-essays in The Washington Post who shared their personal stories of when they first truly felt like a father.
We’re especially eager to see more dads appearing in the On Parenting space, because we also just announced that we’re coming back to the Post’s backyard!
DAD 2.020 HAS A NEW HOME!
You have an extra day next year, and we think the best way to use it is at the 2020 Dad 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., which triumphantly returns to the Mandarin Oriental hotel on February 27-29, 2020!
To reserve your spot, click here for our Father’s Day rate of $129, which will stay in effect until Sunday, June 30. After that, tickets will be $179 for the rest of the summer and move to $229 on September 1.
IN THE NEWS
Women want men to take paternity leave, because it improves mothers’ health.
U.S. schools are required by a federal program to teach appropriate online behavior, which is usually done by teachers. In Germany they are utilizing peer-to-peer tutoring.
A new study finds that it isn’t just kids that need naps, the parents do, too.
“Even before kids are old enough for organized athletics, the gendering of sports toys can have adverse effects.”
“I love being a dad, and I’m pretty good at [it], so it’s nice when I get to see that attitude reflected in movies.”
“Public enthusiasm for paternity leave has been growing: A 2016 Pew Research Center study found that nearly 70 percent of Americans support some form of paid leave for new fathers.”
Psychologists recommend letting your children be bored this summer.
Does/did the tooth fairy visit your home? What’s the going rate?
Preschool kids often take things literally, which is why Mr. Rogers spoke Freddish.
- “I felt my stomach tighten as I pictured what my son would have felt if he thought I was at all disappointed in him.” – Aaron Yavelberg; Boys Just Need to Have Fun
- “I’m living a life that so many have struggled, fought, and died for, and I can’t be anything but grateful.” – Brent Almond; Pride 2019: All Dressed Up and No Place To Go
- “Maybe some of is because his unveiling is coming soon and maybe because I have four or five friends whose fathers have died in the past several months.” – Joshua Wilner; He’s More Fun Than You Realize
- “Trying to condense a parent’s wisdom into a mantra is like trying to boil an ocean down to a drop.” – Vincent O’Keefe; Fathers Celebrated for Mountains of Worthwhile Life Advice
- “It’s been a little over a month since my dad passed. This will be my first Father’s Day without him and all that pain and feeling of loss feels fresh all over again.” – J. Scott Butherus; One Last Day at the Ballpark
‘GRAM OF THE WEEK
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