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Friday, March 16th, 2012
Some Schools Planning to Drop ‘Pink Slime’ Meat
The lunch lady won’t be serving up “pink slime” anymore at several school districts around the country.
Huggies Diaper Ad Backfires Among Dads
Many fathers say depiction of clueless parenting is offensive.
Having Small Babies May Raise Heart Risk in Moms
Women who give birth to small, full-term babies may have an increased risk for heart disease decades later, new research shows.
Houston Mother Must Pass DNA Test to Be Reunited with Son
A Houston mother was headed to court Thursday hoping to be reunited with her son eight years after she reported her baby boy was kidnapped.
Popular Easter Egg Hunt Scrapped Due To Behavior Of Parents
Parents’ bad behavior has prompted city officials to cancel an Easter egg hunt.
Mom Elissa Simonson Gives Birth On Sidewalk Outside Minn. Hospital
Elissa Simonson didn’t quite make it to a hospital for the birth of her third child. But, she was very close.
Friday, June 24th, 2011
New dads, now you can learn how to prepare for fatherhood with “Show Dad How” by Shawn Bean. Bean, the Executive Editor of Parenting magazine (often confused with Parents magazine) and his staff put together this 156-page, illustrated guide to help dads through the toughest, most puzzling challenges of baby’s first year and beyond.
Divided into three sections (Prep, Deal, Play), the book offers a mix of practical and tongue-in-cheek advice for every situation: how to pack a diaper bag, decipher the color of baby poo, and serve green eggs and ham as a meal.
For new moms, there’s even a “Show Mom How” illustrated guide.
Read more about new fathers on Parents.com
Categories: Babies, GoodyBlog, Your Child | Tags: Books, dad, Dads, father, fatherhood, fathers, newborn, newborns, parenting, parenting guide, parenting skills, pregnan, Pregnancy
Friday, June 17th, 2011
Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we have plenty of ideas to make the #1 dad in your life feel extra special.
Nothing quite says “I love you” like homemade gifts the kids spent time putting together. We have 12 Father’s Day crafts that moms and kids can make — from a super neat desk organizer to a personalized paperweight. Print a “Greatest Daddy in the Galaxy” certificate or create a royal crown to make dad king for a day.
If there’s a new dad in the house, alleviate his new father fears with these tips and teach him the how to be an awesome dad.
Handmade cards are also great to give, like these printable Father’s Day cards kids can color and decorate.
Happy Father’s Day!
More Father’s Day ideas on Parents.com
Categories: GoodyBlog, Holidays, Time for Fun | Tags: arts & crafts, crafts, dad, Dads, father, Father's Day, fatherhood, fathers, gift, gifts, holiday, holiday gifts, Holidays
Friday, June 17th, 2011
A new study released by the Pew Research Center have found there are two dominant types of fathers in America: fathers who are actively involved in family life vs. fathers who are not because they live apart from the kids.
According to CNN.com, the Pew study found that today’s fathers are more active in their kids’ lives than 50 years ago, but fathers who live outside the household have also more than doubled since the 60s. Those who live with their families are more in tune with their kids, with 93% talking to their kids a few times a week, over 50% transporting their kids to activities, and 9 out of 10 eating a few weekly meals together.
Education, income, and race are still factors that determine fatherhood – white fathers with higher education and incomes usually lived with their familes. Only 21% lived apart. Even though 44% of African-American fathers lived apart from the family, they were still the most active group of fathers who lived outside.
Another Pew survey revealed that 69% of the survey takers believe fathers living in the house contribute to a child’s happiness. Not surprisingly, it’s important for fathers to be actively involved with their families, no matter if they’re living inside the house or not.
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: dad, Dads, father, Father's Day, fatherhood, fathers, parent, parenting, parents, research, research study, study
Monday, October 11th, 2010
When I used to work right next to a smoker, I noted his frequent, sanctioned breaks to head outside and get his fix. I joked that I should pretend to be a smoker, too, even though I’d never touched a cigarette, just so I can go outside, get some air, and enjoy the same benefit every hour or so. The European Union Court of Justice has applied that thinking to breastfeeding now, according to Time magazine: If moms can do it–and get work breaks for it–than dads deserve the same consideration, and to deny men that right is sex discrimination.
Cue the punchlines. I am sure Letterman’s writers are all over this one. And even as an always-harried dad who covets any time to myself that I can grab, I hardly need to point out the absurdity of the idea.
Scratch beneath the surface, and, according to the Time report, the supposed men’s breastfeeding break was not actually that: “Rather, the ruling is intended to make the early infancy period less stressful for both mom and dad. Even though it’s called breast-feeding leave, the court ruled it should really be thought of as “time purely devoted to the child’,” Time says.
Perhaps we should set aside the wisecracks and take note of what a family-friendly policy really is, one which truly values kids, understands the stresses of working parents (male and female), and treats fathers and mothers as equals–and equally deserving of support and protection–in raising their children.
Monday, June 14th, 2010
In our July issue, we’ve got a story called “The New American Dad.” We wanted to explore what life is like for fathers right now. Sure, we know dads are more likely to be involved in their kids’ lives than ever, and that our economy dictates that more dads than before are staying at home with their children—and not always by choice. But our research (and observations, and experience) shows that fatherhood today goes deeper than that. It seems that dads in 2010 are simply expected to step up, pitch in, help out. The tuned-out, clueless father is pretty much an outdated caricature. When you think about the dads you know—not just your own child’s, but the fathers of your friends’ kids as well—would you say that’s a fair statement?
Monday, March 15th, 2010
Hairdos, that is. I recently learned about a book with a hilarious concept behind it. Does Your Daughter Have Dad Hair? A Step-by-Step Guide for Dads is meant to teach fathers how to deal with their little girls’ hair, and includes color instructional photographs and info on the “psychology of the father-daughter bond.” My husband has declared himself exempt from all hairstyling duties when it comes to my older daughter’s hair, which is fine with me considering what happened when I went on a business trip when she was about 2 1/2. (That’s her in the top photo, which made me laugh so hard when he texted it to me that I cried. Below it is a more recent and accurate picture of her lovely curls.)
Anyway, this book strikes me as a direct reflection of our modern dual-parenting life. Here’s one great endorsement from a retired member of the U.S. Army Infantry: “After Desert Storm and two tours in Iraq I never imagined that something as simple as my daughters’ hair would be my undoing. All of my training left me ill-equipped to deal with this problem. Thanks to this book my daughters are no longer ashamed to go to school.”
Does your daughter’s hair ever get styled by Dad? Does she fare better than my girl did?
Friday, June 19th, 2009
Sam Apple's new book won him a coveted spot in our exclusive Dads Hall of Fame. It’s a hilarious account of the author's first year of fatherhood. If you don't trust me (as I'm not a dad or anything) this is what Time Magazine's Joel Stein said:
As a guy about to have my first child, this book was incredibly valuable. It's reassuring to know there's someone doing the same stupid things as me. Singing into my wife's stomach? Tasting baby food? I can't believe there are two of us this pathetic.
Order it from Amazon now and you'll get it by Father's Day.