The Uncommon Man

February 11, 2009

THE BIGGEST FATHERHOOD RALLY OF THE DECADE!!!!!!!


"A NATIONAL RALLY FOR RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD ON BEHALF OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN: A CALL TO PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY"

WHY A RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD RALLY?

In honor of the 100 Year Anniversary of Father's Day holiday in America, NPCL and other partner organizations have set out to make history. The plight of Fatherhood in America is at an all-time low, and millions of children across the country are suffering from shallow or non-existing relationships with their Fathers. On June 20th, 2009, Father's across the country will take a stand together for the future parents of America: OUR KIDS.

This summer, Father's across the nation will convene at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC prepared to take an oath of dedication to their children and families to be RESPONSIBLE. In the words of Fatherhood expert, Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson, "When you are a Father, you are a Father for LIFE." Transcending stereotypes, past mistakes and present fears, NPCL, Guest Speakers and Dad's across the nation strive to encourage responsible fatherhood throughout the U.S. in a powerful and unforgettable way!

LINCOLN MEMORIAL in Washington, DC

The Date is Available! However, an official confirmation that the event will be held at the Lincoln will not be made known until March 2, 2009. Check back with this site in March for a listing of Rally Chairs and Co-Chairs in your state!

HOST A LOCAL RALLY IN YOUR STATE ON JUNE 20, 2009

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington is the pending location for the National Repsonsible Fatherhood Rally. However, not all who strive to attend will be able to travel to DC for this event. In states across the country, community members and Fatherhood organizations will convene to host a Local Fatherhood Rally within their state. Check back with this site in March 2009 for a listing of Rally Chairs and Co-Chairs in your state!

For more information, visit: http://www.npclstrongfamilies.com/New_Images___Text_Layout_5.html

Posted by Aaron Buford at 09:49 AM | Comments (0)

January 06, 2009

More Dads are getting Involved in the PTA

By Lisa Belkin
Education
(Illustration by Barry Falls)

In 2009, for the first time in U.S. history, the parent in charge of the Parent Teacher Association will be a dad.

Charles J. Saylors will take office as president of the 5.5 million member organization in June, putting a further dent in the stereotype that has taken hold in recent years of moms who leave the workforce and devote their impressive — and sometimes excessive — energies to the PTA.

Men make up just 10 percent of the membership of the national PTA — which was founded 112 years ago as the “National Congress of Mothers.” While that number is small, it is larger than it has ever been, and reflects a steady increase of about 1 percent in each of the past five years.

That growth is consistent with other evidence that men are becoming more involved in the schooling parts of their children’s lives. A survey this year but the National Center of Fathering found that more dads report walking their kids to school, attending class events, helping with extracurriculars and talking about education with other fathers than in a similar study nine years ago. (If you go to their Web site, take a look at the Watch D.O.G.S program — Dads of Great Students — which is designed to bring fathers into the classroom and is being used in 800 schools in 30 states.)

And those changes, in turn, are partly the result of a concerted effort, on both the local and national level, to get fathers more involved. Two years ago the PTA polled 3,000 fathers in families where Mom was a member of the organization but Dad was not. Why hadn’t they joined? Far and away the two most common answers were: 1) I don’t have the time, and 2) nobody asked.

Addressing the time crunch “excuse,” the PTA created a program called “Three for Me,” which is a contractual agreement between the school and “the adult role model,” Saylors, the new PTA president, says, for three hours of volunteer time over an entire school year. The point, he says, was to show men that they didn’t have to give their lives over to the PTA in order to make a difference.

“When you dial it down to minutes, you’re only talking 180 minutes,” he says. “I ask them, ‘How many of you can go to a movie, watch the movie and come back home in less than 180 minutes?’ It’s a light-bulb moment. It seems like a less than daunting task.”

And it is a bet on the part of the school that those 180 minutes will lead to more. “If anybody goes into a school, for one hour, two hours, three hours,” Saylors says, “they’re going to come back.”

In response to the second reason, the feeling that “no one invited us,” the invitations started coming. The ones with the highest RSVP rate weren’t from the PTA, or the school principal, or the classroom teacher, but from the children themselves. At the Monroe Trotter School in Dorchester, Mass., for instance, few fathers were coming to the “coffee hour” scheduled especially for dads, until the school renamed it a “Dads Club” and had children hand-print notes asking their father, uncle or other adult male in their life to come. Now upwards of 50 show up.

Why all this effort? Because it is good for children. They do better in school and in life when their fathers are involved. The National Household Education Survey by the US Department of Education found that:

Students whose fathers were highly involved at school were 43 percent more likely to receive As.

Children of highly involved resident fathers were 55 percent more likely to enjoy school than those with uninvolved fathers.

Students with nonresident fathers who participated in even one activity at school were 39 percent less likely to repeat a grade and 50 percent less likely to experience serious disciplinary problems.

Been to school lately?

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December 28, 2006

The good fathers: African American filmgoers overjoyed at ‘Happyness’

The good fathers: African American filmgoers overjoyed at ‘Happyness’

From the Philadelphia Inquirer

By Dwayne Campbell
Inquirer Staff Writer

Entertainer and businessman Fatin Dantzler has long been a Will Smith fan, following the career of the Philadelphia megastar from hip-hop to television to big-budget movies such as Ali, Men in Black, and I, Robot.

But what Dantzler takes the most pride in is the actor's role in The Pursuit of Happyness, Smith's latest film, which opens today with heavy buzz, especially among African American fathers like Dantzler.

In the movie, Smith (nominated for an acting Golden Globe yesterday) isn't a superhero saving the world, but a man totally devoted to his son, an image that many black fathers say is seen in the media too infrequently.

"It's been a long time since a movie has touched me like this. I saw a lot of myself in him," said Dantzler, 33.

Dantzler, who is half of the R&B group Kindred the Family Soul, watched a screening of the film at the Ritz Five this week with his 7-year-old son, Aquil.

"Unfortunately, this isn't what we see most times," Dantzler said. "Art often depicts reality, and the reality Hollywood directors see is what most people see in the media, black men in negative roles. Good black fathers don't see themselves on the news."

The portrayal of African American men in the media has long been the subject of intense discussions: in scholarly journals, among the men themselves, and in the same news that's frequently lambasted for showing black men mainly in stereotypically negative roles such as criminals and deadbeat dads.

The talk took on new life this year with the release of books such as the Urban Institute's Black Males Left Behind, which cited statistics indicating that many African American men, unlike black women, were falling below basic education, employment and livable-income levels.

And Bill Cosby's 2004 indictment of some black fathers, whom he berated as men who "dropped the sperm cell" and then moved on, still drives much of the discussion on African American parenthood.

Such negative representations enrage fatherhood advocates, who note that, as in any race, good African American fathers exist in far larger numbers than poor ones.

The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco man who overcame a plethora of obstacles (loss of money and home while juggling an intense stockbrokerage internship) to find success for himself and his son (portrayed by Smith's son Jaden Christopher Syre Smith). Here, it's the mother (played by Thandie Newton) who buckles under the pressure and walks away.

"The good images are hard to find," said Kofi Asante, director of the Philadelphia Comprehensive Center for Fathers, a resource center. "Most of what we see are shows of brute force with mack daddies or drug dealers. We are scholars, we are musicians, we are teachers... . We are in every position that's vital to the American existence, and more of that needs to be shown."

Christopher Bracey, an associate professor of law and African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, says the film appears to have struck a chord, prompting numerous Internet discussions about stereotypes, fatherhood, and black male experiences.

What the film does, Bracey says, is cinematically demonstrate black men's "capacity to be fully human - having caring, loving qualities most people take for granted. That's been the struggle from the beginning, to be accepted as fully human."

Experts say films have generally shown black characters serving as fathers to varying degrees, but around the time of the blaxploitation films in the early '70s, and later in the 1980s, there seemed to be many more negative roles.

"You began to see the black man who is irresponsible and who was coolly indifferent to fatherhood or outright hostile to the idea of fatherhood," said Marc Lamont Hill, a Temple University assistant professor of urban education.

"Alternately, what you'll see is a string of single mothers. It's a broader understanding of black men as oversexed, lazy, immoral. When you add this up the group doesn't equal good fatherhood and it allows us to condemn them."

And so, many black fathers are saying, Pursuit, with its big star and acknowledgment of the quiet majority of hardworking family men, comes at a good time.

Eric Stephens, 49, of Lansdale, liked the film's exploration of "corporate culture" as a window into how some African Americans exist as minorities in a demanding workplace, while maintaining a family structure at home.

Smith "didn't take his personal things to work, he was able to separate them out and get the job done," Stephens said. "And often you have to be three times as good, and he proved that he was."

Mel Carpenter, of West Oak Lane, said the film showed "how important education was. I'd like to see more of that."

Carpenter watched the movie with his son, Craig, 35, who called Pursuit a "rarity."

"There are plenty of black men that struggle, constant struggle, but there are many black men that contribute to their families, to their communities," Craig Carpenter said. "But that's not a story that's ever told."

That may be changing, some experts say. As a rebuttal to negative impressions of African American men (in news coverage of urban violence and in popular street-lit "baby daddy done me wrong" books), other recent publications and films have celebrated black fathers.

Though fatherhood may not be the central theme, many films, whether Love Jones or the 'hood flicks of the 1990s, have "redemptive representations of black fathers and black people in general," says Hill.

When Philadelphia lawyers Stephana I. Colbert and Valerie I. Harrison solicited submissions for their book Color Him Father: Stories of Love and Rediscovery of Black Men, they were inundated with positive stories.

"The hard part was in paring them down to 35," Colbert said of the book published in May. "All of us took away positive experiences from our fathers. The important piece was we didn't believe this was the exception."

A similar idea was behind the June launch of Proud Poppa, a North Plainfield, N.J.-based magazine with a mission to "celebrate, elevate and replicate fatherhood success principles in the black community."

"The Chris Gardner story is really a dramatic one, but there are countless stories about black men like Gardner that run under the radar," said Poppa publisher Shawn Dove, 44. "They may not go on to become millionaire stockbrokers, but they are at home being responsible fathers."

Contact staff writer Dwayne Campbell at 215-854-5315 or dcampbell@phillynews.com.

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August 02, 2006

Something my Father Would Do: Overcoming Legacies of Family Violence

I'm posting the text of an e-mail from The Family Violence Prevention Fund promoting new materials including a documentary DVD, which includes snippets of an interview with MRI's executive director, Steven Botkin!

The video is thoughtful, informative, and hopefull. Please send your requests for free copies of the DVD and/or posters to: childrensteam@endabuse.org.

The Family Violence Prevention Fund is proud to present new materials for engaging abusive fathers in renouncing their violence. The free materials include a series of posters and the documentary:

Something my Father Would Do
Overcoming Legacies of Family Violence


The 15-minute documentary, directed by John Badalament (All Men Are Sons), shows the stories of three men from different cultures who grew up with abusive fathers and had to grapple with their own choices as intimate partners and fathers.

Though originally designed for use in supervised visitation centers, it can be effectively utilized in batterers intervention and fatherhood groups, as well as in workshops and community meetings to discuss issues of family violence and fatherhood. Suggested questions to lead a discussion are included.

The three posters, in Spanish and English, invite fathers to think about their legacy to their children with engaging multi-cultural images and open-ended question, such as: You are a role model to your children. Is there anything you would like to change?

Please send your requests for free copies of the DVD and/or posters to: childrensteam@endabuse.org

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June 20, 2006

Is Childcare Easier Than a Full-Time Job?

Nick at Alas, A Blog has a brief but clear post in response to the often-heard refrain from a working parent: "I would love to stay home and take care of the children, it is easier." Nick's response: "There’s a huge difference between 'spending time with' children and 'looking after' them."

via Alas, A Blog - The Burden of Childcare

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June 13, 2006

Survey of Fatherhood

Rebel Dad has a brief overview of a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on fertility, contraception, and fatherhood. Some pretty interesting stuff. You can check out the whole study through a link on the post.

via Rebel Dad - Statistical Snapshots of Fatherhood

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June 02, 2006

Dads and Daughters Success

The Dads and Daughters story below came as an email, and is ultimately a fundraising letter (nothing wrong with that). I thought it was a story worth sharing here (and if you want to contribute to Dads and Daughters...nothing wrong with that, too).

Our goal is to make the world safe and fair for daughters everywhere - and we'd like to share with you just one of our most recent successes in doing this.

Hasbro recently announced they would be marketing-to girls as young as six-a line of dolls based on The Pussycat Dolls, a six-woman music group that performs highly eroticized dance routines and songs.

Our online campaign made it easy and quick for parents to contact Hasbro executives and ask them to put their own young daughters' and granddaughters' faces in the picture. We asked a simple question: would they encourage the six-year-old girls they care about to play with such hypersexualized dolls? Not surprisingly, their answer was no.

Within only 2 days, Hasbro contacted DADs to let us know they were halting production of the dolls! They made the right decision for their families, our families, and the company. And everyone who participated in our action helped make the world a bit more safe and fair for our daughters.

Successes like this can happen only with your continued financial support. Please help us meet our fiscal year end goal (June 30) of $50,000 by donating today!


Joe Kelly, President

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May 08, 2006

More Stay-At-Home Dads

The brief piece below at Rebel Dad highlights the difficulty in coming up with the near-actual number of stay-at-home dads - a number that, it seems to me, is increasing greatly. So why care about numbers? Well, the more stay-at-home dads counted, the more of a voice they can gain, and the more policies (such as flexible time) can be given to these fathers.

via Rebel Dad - The Numbers Game, Continued

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March 13, 2006

Daddy Wars

The assumption about fathers has been that they are either Stay-At-Home Dads or not involved at all - at least as the media covers them. And there has been a lot of press coverage about the difficulty mothers have with juggling work and motherhood. Well, with the Gen X men now becoming fathers, there has been a marked increase of father involvement and an increase in coverage of the difficulty men face in the same juggling contest.

via Time - Viewpoint: Bring On The Daddy Wars

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February 27, 2006

Supporting Fathers

The field of Social Work has focused, for years, on the a deficits-model. So, when it came to doing family work fathers, for various reasons, were ignored or pushed away from the family. The article below reflects on the current shift from a deficits-model to a family-model and how this has begun to help integrate fathers into doing the work they may need to do.

via Voice Male - Supporting Couples, Supporting Fathers

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February 16, 2006

Missing Fathers

Over at the weblog, Rebel Dad, is a posting about a new item at the Washington Post. Apparently, someone did an analysis of child and adolescent psychology studies. They followed up on finding that of these studies 48% focused on mothers but only 1% focused on fathers. Since then, the amount of studies increased to only 2%.

Via Rebel Dad - Missing Dad

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February 03, 2006

Tips for Dads and Daughters Watching the Super Bowl Together

For the Big Game...

Tips for Dads and Daughters Watching the Super Bowl Together

Fathers and Daughters Watching Sports Together. The national advocacy nonprofit Dads & Daughters knows that this is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But what about those awkward moments—say during a commercial—when you want to throw your hands across her eyes?

Here are some simple tips from Dads & Daughters for fathers and stepfathers watching Sunday’s Super Bowl with their daughters.

1. First, spend part of the pre-game afternoon tossing a football around with her! A Dad who plays sports with his Daughter increases the odds that she’ll grow up healthy and strong!

2. If she doesn't like to play catch, think of taking a walk together or a bike ride. Let her know that you enjoy being with her. The time together may give her an opportunity to talk with you and let you know what is going on in her life. Sometimes daughters see the interest and time their dads devote to sports and feel their dads don't care as much about them. Your attempts to connect with her on Super Bowl Sunday may counter that perception.

3. When watching the game, be aware that what your daughter sees and what you see may be entirely different. She may be struck by the cheerleaders, whose partially clothed bodies look so “perfect.” Instead of enjoying the game, your daughter may be comparing her body to theirs and feeling inadequate.

4. Try to watch the broadcast through her eyes. Would any images or events look or feel different if you were watching as a girl vs. as a man? You might share these perceptions with her and ask her what she thinks.

5. If you see an ad or image that treats females negatively or objectifies them, change the station so you, your daughter, and your family don't have those images in your home. Remote control makes it very easy! Let her know why you decided to change the channel and ask for her feedback.

6. Compare the number and roles of female sports announcers and reporters to the number and role of male announcers and reporters. Talk with each other about what you think those numbers mean. Do they mean that your daughter “can’t” be a big football fan? Could she be taken seriously as a sports announcer someday or should she eliminate this from her career aspirations?

7. Ask her which players and coaches she admires or sees as heroes. Tell her which ones you admire, and then share your reasons with each other.

8. When the game is over, talk about what you each thought were the crucial plays and the most exciting moments. Then ask her if she wants to do something special together next Sunday to keep these conversations rolling and to convince her that the most important man in her life takes her seriously and enjoys being with her.

9. Use the Super Bowl to become more media-literate and sensitive to your daughter's experience. Decide to pay more attention to how the media portrays women and girls. When you see an ad, imagine your daughter's face in it, and then reassess your reaction to it.

To learn more about healthy fathering of girls, visit their website
Dads & Daughters provides men with tools to be better fathers and advocates for our daughters.

Posted by Russell at 06:28 AM | Comments (0)

January 05, 2006

Stay-At-Home-Dads

The article linked to below is an interesting look at how men who are "stay-at-home" or "work-at-home" dads have learned from women who have struggled with the work/parenting world and how women have learned from men, too. What I like about this article is how there seems to be a coalescence of men and women trying to negotiate how to put parenting first and work second - a much needed cultural shift. Here is an interesting stat to underline this point:

A survey by American Demographics revealed that 80 percent of male respondents ages 18 to 39 said a flexible job to accommodate kids takes a higher priority than doing challenging work or earning a high salary.

via Boston Globe - Women's Struggles, Men's Aspirations Combine to Redefine "Stay-At-Home Dad"

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December 02, 2005

Response to the American Prospect Article

There has been a lot of response to the American Prospect article on why half of women who graduate from elite colleges choose to parent full-time. I wrote about it the other day. Here are links to some responses - well worth checking out: Half-Changed World, Alas (A Blog), and Rebel Dad

Posted by Russell at 06:14 AM | Comments (0)

November 29, 2005

Moms, Dads, Working, and Parenting

The "conversations" in the media about women who leave the workforce to parent and men who leave the workforce to parent, usually focuses around the amount of women who gradute from elite colleges. Specifically, those that stay in the working world and those who leave to parent full-time (half stay at home). In the upcoming issue of American Prospect, there is a comprehensive article on this issue that includes the question - why don't more men stay at home?

Finally, in response, RebelDad writes on the November 28th entry of his blog - why don't we strive for shared parenting? Is it possible to turn the conversation in that direction?

via American Prospect - Homeward Bound

Posted by Russell at 08:29 AM | Comments (1)

October 26, 2005

Numbers of Stay-At-Home Dads Increases

Men learning that they have nurturing abilities - this is the great pay-off of the stay-at-home dad phenomenon. And, their numbers are increasing - 98,000 in 2003 to 147,000 in 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The article below gives a good overview of this recent shift in the U.S. culture. It also points out the perspective-shift of both fathers who full-time parent and mothers who work full-time.

via The Chicago Sun-Times - Much More Than Mom

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October 12, 2005

Resource: Fatherhood Sites

A briefer entry, today...

Below is a link to a page from Parents Magazine that highlights some helpful websites on fatherhood. They all seem to be good resources, worth checking out if you are or about to become a father.

via Parents Magazine - A Guide To Great Sites on Fatherhood

Posted by Russell at 07:53 AM | Comments (0)

September 30, 2005

Attending A Baby Shower

Here you go for the weekend: a humorous essay by author Neal Pollack about a "couple's shower". My favorite reflection on fatherhood by Mr. Pollack is -

If you can get past the initial infant-as-vegetable stage, suddenly fatherhood becomes a permanent role-play in which you are either the monster or the monster's victim. Sometimes you are also a bear or a lion or a dinosaur, but the principle of the chase remains the same. If, like me, you have no actual skills to teach your children other than ranting at the news, you can at least come up with new ways to scare the hell out of them.

via New York Times - Showering Together

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September 13, 2005

Can Father's Get Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is a serious problem (despite what Tom Cruise may think). What can exacerbate the issue is the belief that the entire family should be glowing and happy after having a new baby. The reality is that there is a lot of happiness as well as stress, struggle, and adjustment. By denying feelings of depression, the problem can worsen. Now add the idea that men both aren't "supposed" to have feelings of vulnerability, nor be "like a woman" and have postpartum depression, and you have a potential crisis on your hands. As this article points out, postpartum depression is a family issue.

Dads Have Postpartum Depression, Too

Posted by Russell at 08:01 AM | Comments (2)

September 09, 2005

Masculinity is More Than Testosterone, Daddy

A recent article in Psychology Today looks at various pieces of research which shows that men undergo hormonal changes as they become fathers - including increases in estrogen. The research points to a number of naturally occurring factors that prime men for fatherhood. But, my favorite line is in the introduction to the article: if testosterone is the defining hormone of masculinity, it's time to redefine manhood.

via Psychology Today - The Making of a Modern Dad

Posted by Russell at 01:45 PM | Comments (0)

August 29, 2005

The Funky Stork

My son was born a little over a year ago. During the entire pregnancy, I was searching for resources for expecting fathers, something that really spoke to me about my role in the pregnancy and how to prepare for fatherhood. My best resource, it turned out, was other fathers whom I respected. But it was still nice to find a few books and websites that helped in preparing me. The site linked below isn't one that I used, but it seems to compile some of the basic information that I gathered in other places. I still haven't found the "perfect" book or website resource for expecting fathers. Got any?

The Funky Stork

Posted by Russell at 06:43 AM | Comments (2)

August 24, 2005

The View of Child-Support From the Other Side

Unless we ourselves are embroiled in a child-custody or child-support payment battle, we often only read about the statistics or the generalizations about these issues. Below is a link to the blog of a woman who is struggling with getting child-support payments and trying to understand the male's side of the issue. It's only one story, but if you read some (or all, if you have the time) of the comments that follow from readers, you get a good discussion of this difficult issue.

Link to Entry: at Alas, a blog - Child Support and Male Entitlement

Posted by Russell at 08:50 AM | Comments (1)

August 08, 2005

Fatherhood in a Mommy Culture

There seems to be a bit of a run on articles and discussions about Fatherhood. Below is a nice article looking at problems of adhering to the stereotypical roles of male/female as well as father/mother. And, that the bottom-line should be - what benefits the children?

What About Dad?

Posted by Russell at 07:13 AM | Comments (0)

August 05, 2005

Reality TV Meets Stay-At-Home Fathers

I should have seen this coming - a reality TV series called Meet Mister Mom. The idea is to feature a family each week in which the father is suddenly plunked down in the "house-husband" role (Ooo, shocking!). The interesting thing about this is the timing of the show's premiere with all of the internet/blog buzz about stay-at-home-dads (now dubbed SAHD) which is also the focus of yesterday's posting on this site. It is fascinating how much the idea of a SAHD and the issues related to it cause such a controversy. There is the ongoing comment discussion at the site I referenced yesterday - Half-Changed World. There is the comment to yesterday's posting from someone in Nigeria (click on comments on August 4th's posting), and outspoken father's rights bullhorn Glenn Sacks' attempt to have "Meet Mister Mom" pulled from the airwaves by NBC (the link to his site should not, at all, be considered an endorsement).

Below is a review of "Meet Mister Mom".

Article: via Hollywood Reporter - Meet Mister Mom

Posted by Russell at 10:11 AM | Comments (1)

August 04, 2005

Full-Time Father

I surf a lot of blogs about parenting (mostly because I am a relatively new father - one year, thank you). And, this article and the focus of this article, stay-at-home-dad Michael Paranzino, has generated a lot of discussion. Mr. Paranzino has become a mini-celebrity - showing up on CBS' Early Show yesterday morning. Everyone praises his being a stay-at-home-father. But it's his belief that as a stay-at-home-father, he should only focus on his children and not the house-work. This has brought on a lot of discussion and claims of sexism (since stay-at-home-moms were always expected to do house-work. And, why is it always women, whether they are the bread-winner or not, who are assigned house-work).

You can check-out the USA Today article linked below and you can check out some of the blog discussions at Rebel Dad (August 3rd and 4th posts)and at Half Changed World.

Article: via USA Today - Daddy's Home to Stay

Posted by Russell at 06:08 AM | Comments (2)

July 22, 2005

A Model Working-Father in a Not-So-Model Field

This is a great little article about a founding partner in a Boston law firm who is committed to spending time with his daughter. He and a small group of other lawyers are trying to change the culture of high-pay for greater load of work in the legal world. The key to this story is that this lawyer is the boss - and sets the tone for the rest of the firm. Frankly, if I were looking for a lawyer in the Boston area, I'd call them right away just from reading this article.

Article: Boston Globe (via BostonWorks): At Law Firms, Changes in Work-Life Policy Start at the Top

Posted by Russell at 09:41 AM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2005

Worldwide - Fathers Are More Involved...And Oh Yeah, Why Men Have Nipples

A brief article that gives the results of a world-wide study on father involvement with their children. World-wide there has been substantial increases in various countries (U.S. fathers in the 90's were parenting 55% - 70% as much as mothers - up from 25% in the 60's). The "winner" of the best fathering culture - the AKA Pygmies from the Northern Congo. And, they use their nipples to sooth their babies. Well, this may answer the long-considered question - "what are they for?" but, let's see if that ignites a new trend amongst U.S. and European fathers...

Article: via Father's Direct - Worldwide Study Heralds Global Increase in Father Involvement and Reveals Why Men Have Nipples

Posted by Russell at 08:55 AM | Comments (0)

July 14, 2005

Real Dad Magazine

The magazine publishing world has finally created a bi-monthly called Real Dad for fathers. Its hard to tell from the website what the focus and tone is. Is it really about supporting father's and giving practical advice? Or is it about selling products and reducing parenting issues to top ten lists?

More info: Real Dad Magazine

Posted by Russell at 07:49 AM | Comments (0)




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