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  • don bosch 8:52 am on 02/23/2015 Permalink
    Tags: American fathers, , , national fatherhood inititative   

    Helping fathers be dads

    “Every man needs to know there is someone pulling for them, who believes in him,” Webb said. “Sometimes that’s all it takes for someone to change an attitude, a lifestyle and a life. And when the right course correction guides a person’s life along a more positive path, that change then passes to his children.”

    Much more on the National Fatherhood Initiative here.

  • don bosch 9:25 am on 12/30/2014 Permalink
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    New York father returns to the US after trying and failing for 18 months to rescue the two sons kidnapped by his wife from Uruguay… but vows ‘I won’t give up’

  • don bosch 9:11 am on 12/30/2014 Permalink
    Tags: American fathers, , risk   

    Parenting in a fear-based world – Raising kids these days is a scary prospect.

    For every possible physical risk that your baby may accidentally encounter (like a sharp-edged coffee table), there’s gear to protect them. This isn’t to say that all baby proofing gear is terrible, but it breeds feelings of anxiety while making a fortune off nervous new parents.

    But here’s the thing: We can only protect our kids from so much. If anything, I’ve learned that my kids will find ways to injure themselves in completely safe and supervised situations (like the time Isaac broke his hand on a school trip and knocked out some teeth in our living room). Raising brave children who are willing to take risks means that, as parents, we need to listen more to our intuition than we do experts and books. It’s hard work, but a whole lot cheaper than buying gates and gadgets that provide us with a false sense of safety.

    Research shows a father’s intuition is better in this area of parenting.

  • don bosch 12:08 pm on 08/26/2014 Permalink
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    Film School for Dads – More Amazing Reasons to Make Movies with your Kids

  • don bosch 12:32 pm on 08/25/2014 Permalink
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    FatherVision: The Curse of Hating Children. “Let’s take all the statistics and case studies and arguments from the articles mentioned above and tell it like it is: Our culture hates children.”

    Pope John Paul II predicted this.

  • don bosch 11:46 am on 08/25/2014 Permalink
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    Shock and Awe – The Unexpected Dad

    I will admit right now that I am pretty clueless about what it will be like to be a father, how to act as a father, what to do and even what we will need when we bring our new baby home. I know I will make a ton of mistakes along the way, but I also know that I will learn a lot as God guides me through the process.

    That’s the idea, brother.

  • don bosch 9:39 am on 08/19/2014 Permalink
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    Sexist, insulting and stereotypical: The Early Learning Centre (ELC), a UK-based chain of toyshops, courted controversy yesterday by choosing to insult one of its main groups of customers—Dads!

    In a poorly considered attempt at corporate humour, the retailer, which operates around 300 stores in 20 countries, shared a branded meme on Twitter and Facebook suggesting that the only role that dads play in childcare is telling their kids where mum is.

    Fathers across the UK reacted angrily to the suggestion that mums face a long list of demands from their kids (eg “I’m hungry, “I’m cold”, “she hit me”, “can I have?” etc) while the only demand that dads have to deal with is: “where’s Mum?”.

    Tom, a father of two and primary school teacher from Worcestershire, who writes the blog Daddy Daydream, described the meme as: “very, very insulting to all those Dads who look after their families.”

    Insulting your customers is stupid. Especially when….

    According to a survey by Netmums, nine out of ten parents now think that TV dads do not reflect the contribution that fathers make to family life in the real world. Three out of ten went further and said the way dads are portrayed in the media is a “subtle form of discrimination”.

    Fatherists. This sort of #misandry should not go unpunished. And it ain’t subtle.

    Related: Harvard Business Review: Customers Demand and Deserve Respect

  • don bosch 1:34 pm on 08/18/2014 Permalink
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    On Disney, Daughters, and Dads

    What is most sophisticated and wonderful about each of these women is that none of them are effective at the expense of her femininity. Disney’s women have come of age. They are strong, smart, even sexy. The change is unmistakable. These women of action, unlike their predecessors, are out of the house, (or the sea), confident and courageous.

    Then there are the fathers. In most of the old movies, there is a single female parent. In all three new movies, there is a single male parent. Interesting switch. Has the depiction of fathers as primary caretakers improved to the same degree as the view of young women? One could argue that at least they exist! However, in each of the movies mentioned, the father is a tyrant, a buffoon, or both.

    But not in all cases, apparently:

    There are, of course, capable fathers among Disney’s characters. Geppetto, Pinnochio’s father, is caring and courageous. In The Jungle Book, Bagheera and Baloo team up to take care of Mowgli and see him safely back to the man’s village; while one lacks a sense of humor and the other lacks a sense of responsibility, combined they make a pretty good paternal pair. My favorite father is Pongo of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The newest Disney dad, The Lion King’s Mufasa, is a fine feline father, at once powerful and playful, stern and sensitive. These latter two movies are among the few Disney families with both a mother and father.

    There is an important difference between these positively portrayed papas and the faltering fathers of Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine. These dads care for sons. Pinnochio, Mowgli, the Dalmatian pups, and Simba are all boys. The message seems to be that when caring for boys, a father is competent and even heroic, but when caring for girls, a father is bungling and brainless.

  • don bosch 4:04 pm on 08/13/2014 Permalink
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    Family history found in lost love letters. Perhaps some things should remain lost.

  • don bosch 5:06 pm on 08/11/2014 Permalink
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    Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.

    — Reed Markham

  • don bosch 8:53 am on 08/07/2014 Permalink
    Tags: American fathers, , CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, , , , , , Pew Research Center, ,   

    The myth of the absent black father:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published new data on the role that American fathers play in parenting their children. Most of the CDC’s previous research on family life — which the agency explores as an important contributor to public health and child development — has focused exclusively on mothers. But the latest data finds that the stereotypical gender imbalance in this area doesn’t hold true, and dads are just as hands-on when it comes to raising their kids.

    That includes African-American fathers.

    In fact, in its coverage of the study, the Los Angeles Times noted that the results “defy stereotypes about black fatherhood” because the CDC found that black dads are more involved with their kids on a daily basis than dads from other racial groups…

    Lots more at the article. More:

    Considering the fact that “black fatherhood” is a phrase that is almost always accompanied by the word “crisis” in U.S. society, it’s understandable that the CDC’s results seem innovative. But in reality, the new data builds upon years of research that’s concluded that hands-on parenting is similar among dads of all races. There’s plenty of scientific evidence to bust this racially-biased myth.

    The Pew Research Center, which has tracked this data for years, consistently finds no big differences between white and black fathers. Gretchen Livingston, one of the senior researchers studying family life at Pew, wasn’t at all surprised by the new CDC data. “Blacks look a lot like everyone else,” she pointed out.

    Well, that’s good. And it confirms my suspicions.

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