Michael Pope: Expanding the Concept of Family

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Welcome to Portraits of Fatherhood: We’re telling the story of today’s dads. __ There is no better place to witness the changing roles of men and women in the larger culture than through the lens of parenthood. But rather than speculate on what and how contemporary fathers do what they do, we’d like to bring […]

Simple as Italian Bread

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One family gains a more simple, less stressful life by making where they live more important than raw square-footage.

BB Guns, Gangs, and Other Teenage Rites of Passage

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Scott Laudati on the marks left by the need to belong, and the greater need to be true to self.

The Plight of the Basement Dweller

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Basement dwellers. Trolls. We’re all familiar with this personality type: Matthew Rozsa offers an explanation as to why they exist in the first place.

You Don’t Know the Meaning of ‘Mess’ Until You’re a Dad at Brunch With a Toddler

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Brett Ortler never could’ve imagined the magnitude of messes a toddler can make. Thank goodness for Babyganics.

Andrew Smiler: Enthralled

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Welcome to Portraits of Fatherhood: We’re telling the story of today’s dads. __ There is no better place to witness the changing roles of men and women in the larger culture than through the lens of parenthood. But rather than speculate on what and how contemporary fathers do what they do, we’d like to bring […]

5 Reasons We Become Parents

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Mike Berry writes from the heart about why we have kids.

A Dad Tells How the Adoption Phone Call Instantly Changed His Life

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Sean O’Donnell was one phone call away from an instantaneous change in his life. Because it had happened once before did not seem to matter. Here’s why.

Sometimes, March Madness Can Wait

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A die hard NCAA fan wouldn’t miss a game, expect in the case of Uncle Frank.

Jason Mical: I Would Not Trade It For The World

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Welcome to Portraits of Fatherhood: We’re telling the story of today’s dads. __ There is no better place to witness the changing roles of men and women in the larger culture than through the lens of parenthood. But rather than speculate on what and how contemporary fathers do what they do, we’d like to bring […]

Kids Need to Like What They’re Reading to Progress

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Kids will be turned off reading if they have no interest in the material. Comics or picture books are fine as long as the child enjoys it.

Mike Ellingburg: Doing Right by Him

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Welcome to Portraits of Fatherhood: We’re telling the story of today’s dads. __ There is no better place to witness the changing roles of men and women in the larger culture than through the lens of parenthood. But rather than speculate on what and how contemporary fathers do what they do, we’d like to bring […]

‘Time Was All We Ever Fought About': Managing Time as a Man

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Hank McKinsey, on managing time for yourself and your family.

An Open Letter to My Father: What It Means to Be a Man

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This is an open letter to my father, Marvin Jacobs, describing his character—and even more important, the actions he’s taken to demonstrate it through his life.

Why Children Play: The Serious Business of Having Fun

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David Packman discusses the importance of play in a child’s development.

Pope Francis, Could You Please Call My Boyfriend’s Family?

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To be acknowledged by his boyfriend’s family, Paul Boynton needs a miracle. Or maybe a call from the Pope.