Why Your Son Being Friends With A Girl Should Be No Big Deal

Joanna Schroeder on the importance of male and female friendships.

A Letter to the First Man in My Life

Louise Thayer lost her father at 16, but she remembers his music—and his love.

Letter to My Daughter

Joy Ladin captures both a parent’s love and a sense of deep loss in this villanelle.

BOTS Daddy-Daughter Debate Will Make You and Your Girl Closer

A lack of natural synchronicity between fathers and daughters doesn’t mean either party is not a priority to the other. The simple answer to an improved relationship lies in intentional communication.

To My Daughter On Her First Birthday (After a Rough Year)

Dan Szczesny found a bit of sunshine in a time of thunder and chaos.

Daddy’s First Day at School

A father discovers that dropping his young daughter off at preschool creates separation anxiety … for him!

Sunday Somethings: One Father’s Way To Connect

One father came up with a weekly ritual to connect with his daughters and it’s paid off big time in the form of memories.

Empty Nest

Tom Mallouk’s speaker reaches out in sympathy to the mother of his grown child in this emotionally impactful poem.

I Don’t Know How to Explain the World To My Daughter Tonight

In the wake of the #SanBernardino shootings, Benjamin Mullen struggles to find the words to talk to his daughter about how to remain safe. But he knows he must try.

Bloomingdale’s is Only Part of the Problem: We Share the Blame

Bloomingdale’s made a huge mistake with this ad, but we’re all complicit in allowing it to happen.

When Pigs Fly…Sort Of

And, the best dad award goes to…

Why I’m Learning to Let My Son Correct Me

Colette Sartor’s son corrects her because she’s done something right, not because she’s done something wrong. She’s raising a confident boy who feels safe enough to challenge others, and to be his own person.

King of Pentacles

Alice Isak demonstrates the power of brevity in this hard-hitting poem about mothers, daughters, and their burdens.

red moon rising

Just in time for the full lunar eclipse, Randy Brown presents a father-daughter moment beneath a “blood moon.”

7 Minutes to Bedtime: A Dad and Daughter’s Podcast

In an effort to hold a daily ‘good’ conversation with his daughter, Rick Sanchez utilizes the inexact time just before “lights out” where the most interesting conversations happen.

The Apostle of Wax and Shine

Lois Roma-Deeley remembers an Italian-American father, his Lincoln, and the magic they evoked.