This week, Jeff became an engaged father in the most literal sense. And in posting his announcement online, expressing his joy felt like a little rebellion against the male tendency to bottle up emotion. A lot of what we’re doing right now feels similar, and more than just how we “ruin our children.” We’re returning to restaurants. Leaving our phones at home. Playing word games to stave off dementia. Putting oatmeal on our corn flakes. Rethinking the whole game.
Plus, we discuss four important new reports about protecting your family’s health, building new bonds with our kids during lockdown, raising boys to be good men, and the quest for shared parenting (see below).
- Fatherhood on Friday: Let’s Ruin Our Kids
- Jeff’s engagement announcement.
- Brian Stelter brings his 10yo son on air.
- Aaron Gouveia’s new book is available; listen to the podcast when he described how it all came about.
- Broomcorn is really a thing.
- From Craig Garfield: “The pandemic has reshaped the way fathers are involved with their families and children. Whether it is play, reading, or getting down on the floor and spending time with their kids, this is an unprecedented opportunity for fathers to be really involved.”
- From Making Caring Common: The pandemic is strengthening fathers’ bonds with their children.
- From Promundo’s Global Boyhood Initiative: How parents can support healthier and more connected, resilient behavior in their sons.
- From New America’s Better Life Lab: Opportunities to bring about equal parenting in the United States.