Monday, December 9, 2013

This Week in Fatherhood 10: Over-Scheduling Activities, Basketball Prodigies, and the Perfect Parenting Metaphor

This is the 10th edition of this newsletter, and I hope it's a good one, even though (or maybe because?) it's shorter than usual. My boy turned 6 this week, and there were a lot of plans to be made, gifts to buy and open, and video games to play with. We also went to see Frozen with his friend--a really good movie, by the way. So without further...

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One dad asks if we're over-scheduling our kids. I believe we do. I believe a walk around the block can be a great learning experience, and spending time at home can be as important as a visit to the Science Museum. We should stop thinking we're depriving our kids of life when we give them an afternoon off. Read his post for some more in-depth thoughts. (5 Signs You’re Over-Scheduling Your Children)


A week after this video of a tiny basketball sensation was published on YouTube, it has nearly 9 millions views. Dads, let your kids play with balls in the house!!! (Trick Shot Titus 3 -- ft. Channing Tatum & Bradley Cooper)


Are you a proud geek? Are you a parent? Then go over to Dad Camp to win a set of parent-kid shirts featuring Star Wars, Firefly, Harry Potter, and more. (Contest: Geekling Offers Matching Shirts for Kids and Parents)


Just as much as I care about being there for my kids, I will care about being there for my grandchildren. Being an involved grandfather is a win-win-win. It's good for the grandchildren, it helps keep the parents sane, and it will give me the benefit of experiencing the best parts of being a dad again. A member of our Dad Bloggers Facebook group has just become a grandfather again, and then wrote about his expectations from himself. (Don’t overlook your family … ever)

Parenting Metaphor

Previously on the blog, I found the perfect parenting metaphor. And it was a GIF. With cats. (A Parenting Metaphor)

Playgroup Moms and Dads

I've written before on the blog about playgroup moms who refuse to let dads in, and although I personally didn't have an experience with that, I did mention the one time I got dirty looks in the park. Well, that post has been republished on The Good Men Project, and as usual, once a post leaves a blog and ends up on a site with more readers, the comments become more angry, turning a post I didn't think was controversial at all into a post that proves I'm a segregationist, I'm a racist, I hate dads, and I'm the one responsible for the lack of male teachers in America. Read the post, and then try to make sense of the comments. (On Gender Warfare and Dirty Looks)


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