Philip Clark recalls a combative father, and the unintended lessons he learned about men and love.

Why Don’t We Prepare Men for Fatherhood?

Young father with baby

We invest a lot in preparing women for motherhood. Men deserve the same joy and engagement preparing for their roles.

Parenting: It’s Just Another Day at the Beach


Eric Stary is determined to get his family to the beach, even if he must first travel through the seven circles of parenting hell.

Dads, Daughters and Menstruation: How to Survive Your Daughter’s First Period


You’re a dad with a daughter. Periods happen. You’ll survive, and so will she.

Goodbye, Sancho Panza


Don Quixote’s sidekick comes into his own in this unpredictable poem from Justin Hamm.

A Sunday Walk with Father


Todd Davis draws tight parallels between the world of trees and the world of humans.

Still Trying to Live Up to What Your Father Thought You Should Have Become?


Ira Israel reviews a book that digs deep into the sometimes painful and often fraught terrain of father-son love.

Teaching Fatherhood


Eric Olofson prepares young men for the most difficult, rewarding, and transformative experience most of them will have in their entire lives.

Eric Olofson: Close to Home

Eric Olofson

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 […]

Beyond The Lens: I Love You Daddy

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MaKaylee Lindauer (2), reaches up to give her father, North High School Asiistant Baseball Coach Dirk Lindauer, a big kiss prior to the start of their Class 4A State Championship Game against Brownsburg in Lafayette Saturday.

Professional photographer, Vincent Pugliese, shares his love of sports, one picture and one memory at a time. Today: a pre-game good luck kiss at a high school ballpark.

How to Live Like an Avenger: A Dad’s Guide to Superhero Life

How to Live Like an Avenger: A Dad’s Guide to Superhero Life

In anticipation for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” three joyfully-geeky dads discuss how they’re sharing The Avengers with their kids…

Accident at the Vitamin Factory, 1976


An injured man is forced to reassess his relationship to family and work in this moving poem from Jia Oak Baker.

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


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.

As A Separated Father, Did I Fail? Did I Succeed?

father and son

Raising a boy when you’re not married to his mother is difficult, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do

Teaching My Boys By My Example, Not My Words


We know that our actions speak louder than your words, but how much louder?

What Do You Do When Your Wife Is On A Spiritual Journey And You’re Not?

The key is on front of you.

Steven Lake faces the challenges his wife brings up through her spiritual practice. Resistance is futile!