We launched The Good Men Project as an online magazine on June 1, 2010, and a few week’s later we celebrated our first Father’s Day. This was not the Hallmark holiday we expected. We were thrilled by the people who wanted to tell deep meaningful stories about the fathers in their lives. We were shocked and saddened by how many men had grown up with fathers who were physically abusive and/or emotionally distant. And we were heartened to see how many men were making a conscious effort to be a different kind of father than either their own fathers or society expected them to be.
So welcome to Father’s Day 2019.
We once again are looking for your stories. Stories that bring truth, whether it is light or dark. Stories that have insights. Stories that help connect us. Stories that change the teller and change the listener—one of the things we at The Good Men Project think we do best.
Here are some ideas to get your started on your submission. Note that even though we give examples of posts you can look at for reference—-we’re looking for YOUR own unique POV, which is sure to be a little different. We like approaching issues such as fatherhood from a variety of different angles. And that includes yours.
Here’s what I am teaching my son about manhood in the 21st century.
What did your father do that you internalized and is now part of the way you raise your own children?
Conversely, what do you consciously strive to do differently? As Sean Davis asks: ‘Can Bad Fathers Make Better Fathers?‘
What ideas and advice can you offer to other dads?
What advice do you wish your dad gave you?
Are you a gay dad? Tell us your experience!
Or how about a straight dad of an LGBTQ child. How do you support them?
How do you deal with anxiety as a dad? Does it sometimes feel ‘bottomless’, as it does with this dad?
Are you consciously raising your son to have emotional intelligence?
Describe your own dad as an imperfect human.
How does time pass for your as a father? (Taylor Garcia muses about Fatherhood and Time all the time.)
Have you struggled with addiction and parenting, in yourself or those you love?
What is it like to become a first-time step dad?
Do you have a son or daughter who is part of a marginalized group (A person of color, a disabled child, autistic, minority religion, LGBTQ, etc.). Does this add an added level of stress to your life? How can we continue to evolve a culture to help these children?
Has your child experienced a school shooting? How did that change you as a dad?
This is just a small sampling of possible ideas. But we hope is is enough to get you started.
How did your dad teach you about love?
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