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Advice For Dads

The New Fatherhood

Overheard at a barbecue:

Dad # 1: "I changed 14 diapers today. I've got a diaper callus."

Dad #2: "Dude, that's nothing. I've got three kids under three – that's 20 diapers and three Pull-ups on a good day."

Dad#3: "Add one toddler with diarrhea and a teething six-month-old and welcome to my world."

Dad #4: "Are you guys joking? Please tell me you're joking. My wife's due with our first next month."

Dads 1,2 & 3, in unison: "Duuude!"

Father's Day For Real

I haven’t always been a fan of Hallmark holidays, for all the usual reasons (they seem forced, and mostly inspired by capitalism). But this Father’s Day cannot pass without fanfare. Aaron has worked so hard this past year, and loved me and Leo so steadfastly, and grown so much as a Dad and husband, that the only regret I have about celebrating Father’s Day is that I should need a reminder to shower my husband with appreciation. But I do. I definitely do.

More Paid Leave for U.K. Dads

A big victory for paternity rights is in the works over in the United Kingdom—putting the United States even further behind when it comes to family leave, the Guardian newspaper reports. Britain's Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on Monday proposed changes to maternity leave legislation, allowing fathers to take more paid time off.

Letter to The Baby: A word about your father

Dear Little One,

I am writing this to you on Father's Day, so it seems like a good time to tell you about your Papa, and just how lucky you are to have him.

You're not a Dork. You're a Dad

Every year, I get hired to write something about the dorky Dad. Or the clueless Dad or the Dad who has no idea how to pull his pants up in the morning and Lord knows he's not going to know how to raise a baby unless some way-wiser woman tells him how. It makes for good media, it's funny and for the most part harmless. I just want to tell you guys though what I really think. I think you're awesome. The world would be a sorry place without Dads. We need you guys because...You're Guys. A Dad's contribution is as important to a child's wellbeing, growth, development and security as Mom's.

A New Dad's Field Guide

Back in the days when men hunted with clubs and didn’t worry about back hair, fatherhood was a simple concept: 1. Have sex. 2. Be conveniently out hunting or gathering when baby arrived. 3. Behold offspring and grunt approvingly. // Years later, fathers still were an unwelcome appendage in the birth process. My own dad told me that after I was born and Mom was getting dressed to take me home, the nuns in the Catholic hospital where she had me made him leave the room so he wouldn’t see my mother wearing her slip.

A Guy's Guide To Having A Baby

The first thing that happens when you announce your wife’s pregnancy is people congratulate you. The next thing they do is start telling you how it will go and what you should do. The most specific advice—nearly all of it useless—will come from your single friends, while those with children will just arch an eyebrow and say “Hmmm” when you mention your plans. Never mind: Here’s everything you really need to know.

x-treme dad

Skateboarding. You probably picture wild teenagers doing it, not responsible family men. But at the same time that he became the most successful and spectacular star in the sport’s history, Tony Hawk found ways to be fully involved in raising three sons: Riley, 9, from a previous marriage, plus 3-year-old Spencer and 10-month-old Keegan with wife Erin. Given Hawk’s fast-paced life (he’s starting a 24-city tour soon), we were lucky to catch him in his Southern California home.

dads and daughters

If you’re expecting a baby girl—or have a brand-new one—you might find it hard to imagine her going off to school and playing sports, let alone dating, getting her first job or even choosing a husband. But those days will be here before you know it, and there are ways to give her a leg up right now.

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