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June 7, 2009

Success Against Pverty Requires Thousands of Fathers

Last month, Gov. Tim Kaine announced that he is creating a Poverty Reduction Task Force. In announcing the creation of this group, the governor said that providing for the neediest Virginians will be a tough political sell, and then went on to criticize House Republicans.

If this initiative -- coming as it does in Tim Kaine's last six months as governor, but in his first six months as DNC chairman -- is really only a cynical partisan exercise to score political points in an election year, then I am afraid that we will miss an opportunity to help the nearly 13 percent of Virginia children who currently live below the federal poverty line, and that would be a shame.

On this issue we should be able to put aside partisanship and build consensus for a bipartisan solution. And we do not have to wait until January to get started. There is "instant financing" available right now. | Read story
June 5, 2009

Nothing prepares you for these fatherhood moments

Joe Burris, who last wrote about walking while texting, returns as Guest Dad with observations about the moments in fatherhood for which nothing can prepare you.

Here he is:

There are some parenting (and in my case fatherhood) scenarios for which no self-help prose can prepare you. In fact, there are some moments that nothing can prepare you for. | Read story
June 5, 2009

Exploring changing families in "The Daddy Shift"

I'm about two-thirds of the way through an amazing new book, so it would be unfair to call this an official Poop Review (how lovely that would look on a book cover, no? Poop Approved!) -- but I did want to call attention to "The Daddy Shift" by San Francisco's own Jeremy Adam Smith because it offers an insightful look at the changing face of families -- and family values -- in America. And because there are some very interesting book-related events coming up this week and next that I don't want you to miss.

As a stay-at-home dad, I admit I was immediately intrigued by the full title: "How stay-at-home dads, breadwinning moms and shared parenting are transforming the American family." I wanted to think dads were finally getting their due, after a too-long history of being seen as some inept sit-com sidekick who is perpetually wrangling with messy diapers or, worse, viewed as some form of babysitter, as opposed to one half of a parenting team. But I was surprised to read that this idea of fumbling dads was a modern-day invention, according to the book -- that most of the 1900s seemingly wiped out generations -- no, centuries -- of deep fatherhood involvement in the family. | Read story
June 1, 2009

Recession hits black men

Consumer confidence and stock-market numbers are heading north; and some economic forecasters even say the recession will be over come late fall.

Not so fast, says Andrew Sum, a labor-economics professor at Northeastern University in Boston: "Unemployment numbers will continue to be high."

Those numbers are particularly gruesome among young, black males, which is beyond worrisome for the black family and community, experts in those areas say. | Read story
May 29, 2009

Hands-on dads handle stress better

Job loss is traumatic. So is financial anxiety. But hands-on fathers who can juggle bath-time, playground jaunts and laundry duty are better equipped to deal with those than earlier generations of men, says the author of a new book on fatherhood.

In Daddy Shift, to be released next month, Jeremy Adam Smith explores how fathers' growing participation in childrearing and domestic duties is transforming modern families | Read story
May 27, 2009

The Daddy Identity Crisis

Jeremy Adam Smith is a most purposeful father, a periodic Stay-at-Home Dad who sees his role as not just a choice that’s best for his family but as a sign of a rapidly changing societal landscape. The Web site he founded, Daddy Dialectic, has become a place for men to discuss the practical parts of parenting, as well as the philosophical, economic and political pieces. And his new book, The Daddy Shift, is a chronicle of a time that he predicts we will look back upon as the start of permanent change. | Read story
May 27, 2009

Story time on the cellblock

John Kealanahele reads to his 5-year-old daughter each night, although he is an ocean away and hasn't been in the same room with her for more than two years.

That makes their bedtime-story ritual a little different than that of other parents who read to their children.

Kealanahele is incarcerated at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, which houses prisoners from Hawaii serving lengthy sentences. | Read story
May 26, 2009

Where are all the nice, normal dads in children's books?

When it comes to bedtime stories, my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Ava loves the US author Richard Scarry’s books, especially Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Personally, I’m not so keen. I find Pa Pig — Scarry’s father character — profoundly irritating.

Cars and Trucks centres on the Pig family’s outing to the beach. Over the course of the day, Pa Pig repeatedly lets down the others. He falls asleep, having promised to drive. He fails to change a flat tyre, leaving his wife to do it. He gets sunburnt, despite her warnings. It’s an image of the lazy, feckless, unreliable paterfamilias echoed in various TV sitcoms. He is practically a porcine Homer Simpson.
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May 21, 2009

Unconventional and unforgettable dads

Oprah Winfrey often says that moms have the hardest job in the world, but plenty of fathers carry the burden of raising a child all by themselves. In fact, 2.5 million single fathers in the United State are doing it all-- juggling schedules, putting food on the table and going to school plays or soccer games -- single-handedly. | Read story
May 20, 2009

Olathe to host Dads Summit on Saturday

Fathers are an important part of a child’s life.

And the Kansas Dads Summit set for Saturday in Olathe will give fathers the guidance they need in developing that important role.

“Any dad, father to be, adopted dad, guardian or grandfather is welcomed to attend,” said Jessica Mahler, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Children’s Service League, one of the sponsors of the free event. | Read story

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