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June 17, 2010

The Evolution of Dad

A few years ago, Dana H. Glazer was at the threshold of what he expected would be the career that shaped his life. His first script had been purchased by a Hollywood studio. He was on his way.

Then his movie deal stalled, his first son was born and he became a stay-at-home dad, raising Charlie, now 6, and then also Jamie, now 3, while his wife, Deborah, went to work each day as an interior designer. (The couple is expecting their third child in October.) | Read story
June 17, 2010

Driving away black dads

My life is a tale of two boys with two very different dads.

When my first son, Trey, was born 30 years ago, I was what they now call a "baby daddy" — a young, unmarried high school dropout with a bad drug habit and a rap sheet. I never considered marrying my son's mother. In fact, I just disappeared from her life after the baby was born. As a result, Trey grew up feeling abandoned and hostile. | Read story
June 15, 2010

Celebrating grand-dads

Father’s Day has become such a popular holiday for young kids and their dads that it’s easy to forget that the day should also be special for adult children and their fathers.

“When it comes to Father’s Day, there’s a lot of focus in our culture on dads of younger kids, so celebrations between grownups and their dads doesn’t get much attention. But it’s just as important to celebrate your dad as an adult,” says Armin Brott, an Oakland, Calif.-based father of three and author of seven bestselling books on fatherhood (see | Read story
June 15, 2010

Strengthening the bond between father and child in tough communities

The room in the 3rd District police station is nondescript. Seven young men — the majority of whom are fathers — sit around a conference table, eating pizza and reflecting on their two and a half months together.

This is graduation day, and they talk about how filled with machismo they were in the beginning, but how close they are now. They talk about how they didn't understand their rights as fathers or how to discipline their children in constructive ways, but now they are much better equipped.

They credit Sheldon Smith, 21, the founder of The Dovetail Project, conceived to teach young men — who have no blueprint at all — how to strengthen the bond between father and child. | Read story
June 15, 2010

Father may I?

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope,” said comic Bill Cosby.

Thankfully, we and he know there’s a whole lot more to the role which is about to be celebrated on Sunday, June 20th. We each have our own list: Fathers teach you how to keep your eye on the ball, how to grill a good steak, catch and clean a fish, and how to properly shake someone’s hand. | Read story
June 14, 2010

Dads' hormones change, too, during pregnancy

As Lance Somerfeld learned, babies are excellent teachers.

His son provided round-the-clock on-the-job training, free of charge.

Within days of becoming a father, the 36-year-old New York City resident learned how to soothe a fussy baby. How to burp him, feed him and swaddle him.

Yet in some ways, Somerfeld's son began shaping him into a father even before delivery. | Read story
June 14, 2010

Jerome Bettis and NFL dads praise daughters in new book

The toughest guys on the planet become mush at the mere smile of their little girls.

“I can just think about her and my heart melts,” said football great Jerome Bettis of his five-year-old daughter Jada in the book “NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters: Inspiring Personal Accounts on Fatherhood.” | Read story
June 5, 2010

Utah father urges men to get involved in children's lives

Frank Bedolla mostly remembers his father working long hours as a hospital custodian in southern California, and drinking beer and tequila when he was home. Bedolla, the eldest of four, said it seemed as if the only time his dad paid attention to him was when he "did something wrong" and hit him with a belt.

"He was never there," he said, adding that his mother was busy working, too. "I raised myself." | Read story
May 27, 2010

Speaker: Fatherhood 'knits hearts'

As J. Tracy Robinson stepped to the podium at Thursday's Fatherhood Summit, he asked all fathers in the room to raise their hands. The gesture indicated the importance he places on responsible fatherhood.

And rightly so. As a father himself and executive director of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, he was presenting "A State Snapshot of Fatherhood." | Read story
May 25, 2010

Milwaukee mayor, Brewers hit road for fatherhood

Ferris Bueller would be proud: Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett is hitting the road to catch a Brewers game in Minneapolis on Saturday.

OK, so Barrett isn't really taking the day off. He's using the trip to promote the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, a program designed to keep at-risk fathers involved in their children's lives.

Barrett, Brewers executives, Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball coach Rob Jeter and a group of 50 fathers and their kids will fly to Minneapolis, talk fatherhood and responsibility during a breakfast with players Rickie Weeks and LaTroy Hawkins, then attend the Brewers-Twins game. | Read story

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