My Kid Loves Guns, and I Don’t

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“The older I get, the more, I find myself faced with the task of trying to understand the terrible things that people do with guns.”

DiaryDad tries to find balance with his son’s love of guns.

Call for Submissions: Portraits of Fatherhood


Call for Submissions: Dads, we want to interview you! The face of fatherhood has changed and is changing. The face and voice and action and expectation of fatherhood is very different than it was twenty, thirty and certainly fifty years ago. So many men are participating in parenthood in ways their own fathers never did; […]

Pete Cataldo: Sleep Is No Longer an Option

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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 […]

Dear Dad: The One With the ‘Me-Time’ Question


When asked if after-school care should be utilized for his children, a reader turns to ‘Dear Dad’ for advice.

To Anyone I Ever Bullied: I Am Truly Sorry


Scotty Schrier reflects on being bullied as a child, and how he turned into the very thing he loathed most.

Did We Blink? The Babies Are In Kindergarten!


Facing the first day of kindergarten and the marked passing of time, Tom Williams realizes the importance of taking in each moment.

The Talk We Need To Have: On Race And Parenthood


Pete Cataldo revisits the racism he encountered as a child and how it empowers him as the parent of a biracial child.

Don’t Call Me ‘Babysitter’ Even One More Time


Frustrated and feeling devalued by strangers, Nick Browne addresses his future reaction to being called a ‘babysitter’ when he is alone with his kids.

Communication for Parents: How A Few Simple Changes Can Make a World of Difference


We learn to talk as children but learning to communicate with our own children can take a lifetime.

Yes, Dad’s a Man – But We CAN Talk About That

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After sensing hesitation on talking about ‘girl’ things, Brian Gawlak reassures his daughter no subject is off limits.

Sons and Dolls: A Father’s Message of Masculinity


When his young son asks for a doll for his birthday, a father reacts in the most appropriate, masculine way.

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


Rick Sanchez utilizes the inexact time just before “lights out” where the most interesting conversations happen with his daughter.

We Need to Stop Ignoring Fathers


If we want fathers to be active participants in the lives of their children, we need to include them in the conversations leading up to that child’s birth.

I’m a Man With ‘Dad Bod’ and it Feels Great! Where’s the Love for ‘Mom Bod’?

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After embracing the ‘Dad Bod’ craze and how it made him feel, Scotty Schrier explores the importance and necessity of a ‘Mom Bod’ craze.

The Ever Present Phenomenon of Stay-At Home Dads


Stay-at-home dads increased in a sluggish economy demanding creative daycare solutions. The result bred fathers, who today are reluctant to sacrifice time with their children.

Fathers: Redefining Roles and Relationships

In January of this year we began a series called “Portraits of Fatherhood”. We asked dads to respond to ten questions about their experience as a father, including how they combine work and family, and what moments in parenting do they consider as their “Best” and their “Worst”. The responses have been beautiful, remarkable and inspiring. […]