This section provides web links, PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood from news outlets around the world.
Men are redefining success, fatherhoodIf the folks at the Boston College Center for Work & Family could pick two dads from pop culture as the models for the fatherhood study they released last week, they could easily be Ari Gold and Adam Braverman.
Braverman, Peter Krause’s sensitive, always-apologizing, baseball-coaching dad on “Parenthood,’’ is all about family first.
Gold, Jeremy Piven’s hyper-stressed, power-hungry, sexist pig of an agent on “Entourage,’’ is, well, not. | Read story
Mentors can offer hope to at-risk youthFather’s Day arrived Sunday with a painful edge for several families in Chester.
They are the families of the 10 young men and one toddler who have been shot to death in the city since January.
Some were fathers. All were sons.
Obama urges absent fathers to re-engage in children's livesSaying he has "lost count" of all the times when work demands have taken him away from his children, President Obama said Monday that his administration would move to raise awareness about "responsible fatherhood" and push to re-engage absent fathers with their families.
The announcement, coming one day after Father's Day, follows a year-long, six-city tour by administration officials focusing on fathers' roles and influences. | Read story
'Not picture-perfect' dad was wonderfulHe didn't look like much when I first saw him strolling up to me at a campsite in Harriman State Park, New York, exactly two years ago.
His hair was stringy and unkempt, his thin face unshaven. A smudged shirt and dirt-covered pants hung from his wiry, 50-year-old frame. | Read story
For dads, other fathers know best
A group of Denver men leave their homes every week at the same time. They say their wives are suspicious, but once the women find out where their spouses go, they're shocked.
The men are part of the Fatherhood Intergenerational Group, a cadre of men united to help men be better dads. They meet weekly to talk about how to do well at one of the toughest jobs.
"As long as you have a breath left in your body, there's an opportunity to change," said Darryl Clark. | Read story
Dawkins isn't just a father, he's a dadMost of the time Denver Broncos fans see safety Brian Dawkins he is channeling his inner child, getting excited to play the game he loves. The “X-Men” action figures in his locker reinforce the point.
Away from the NFL spotlight, Dawkins spends plenty of time doting on his children. He speaks proudly about his role as a father and husband when asked, and in 2008 was named “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association. So it isn’t surprising that he was included among the 70 current and former players in the book “NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters.” | Read story
National Center for Fathering 'changing culture', one dad at a timeThe home of Fathers.com is at the end of a drab, stucco-smeared hallway in a Shawnee office building, with just a black plastic nameplate on the door: National Center for Fathering.
An eight-person staff oversees a $2.5 million budget and one of the world’s largest archives of research on dads. From here, father-training seminars have reached urban neighborhoods nationwide, a model court program was launched to help dads catch up on child support, and a Website drawing 700,000 unique visits yearly is maintained. | Read story
City Boosts Dads' RoleMayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled plans Thursday to hire the first-ever citywide fatherhood-services coordinator as part of an initiative aimed at encouraging dads to be more active in their children's lives.
More than a dozen city agencies have developed plans to better engage New York City fathers, including offering parenting classes at public hospitals and homeless shelters and publishing a comprehensive guide to help young fathers navigate city services. | Read story
Big difference between 'fathers' and 'dads'Not long ago, I realized that if you want to raise a child who stops to smell the roses, you have to actually let him stop and smell the roses.
Sometimes that’s hard to do with a 3-year-old. You’re running into the store for a quick gallon of milk, but have to pause at every flower bucket along the way. You’re late for church, but his little sniffer just can’t pass up those violets near the front door. | Read story
Dads Will Really Like ThisNo more neckties!
Sunday is Father’s Day, and we dads will be overwhelmed with neckties and wrench sets. We will feign ecstasy, and our loved ones will pretend to believe our protestations of pleasure.
But for a really nifty Father’s Day gift, how about sponsoring a rat? Specifically, an African giant pouched rat, about 30 inches long including tail. These are he-man rats, the kind that send cats fleeing. What’s more, we’re not talking about just any giant rat, but an educated one with the rodent equivalent of a Ph.D. | Read story