All my fears disappeared the instant I heard her cry, because I knew from that moment forward I was responsible for this child.
Best of the Rest
Max Dubinsky writes to his son before he is born.
December 1st, 1969. A group of college kids crowded round the TV. Each left as his birth date was called, his future having been decided—Vegas style—by the luck of the draw.
Do we really live in a society that is still stuck in the lie that Black men cannot be fathers?
My day starts with a “Jeez, don’t drop the baby” moment. It ends with me dreaming of Hooters. Just another typical stay-at-home dad day.
“It was time for The Talk. Only I wasn’t ready. I started giggling and acting like a 13-year-old, deflecting serious inquiries by shouting, “Snu-Snu! Snu-Snu! Snu-Snu!”
Bill Girouard’s son Teddy introduces him to Barack Obama and teaches him enduring lessons of patience.
Wolf Pascoe’s son gives him an intelligence test—with predictable results.
Becoming a divorced father is an opportunity, Joel Schwartzberg writes. Yes, an opportunity.
Peder Hill talks about the effects of anger on children and what he’s learned about being a dad.
My mind goes to the dark places I work so hard to fight against: tumor, cancer, six months to live, eight months, eight years …
My son Jacob is on the precipice of speaking English. It’s like he’s not interested in the boatload of responsibility we’ll throw his way when he can talk. Really, I don’t blame him.
The “Love, Recorded” guide to being a new daddy.
“It’s never too late to start over — a dark day in one father’s life leads to his spirited renewal of fatherhood.”
Huzzah to nurturing dads.