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Carter Gaddis
Carter Gaddis is a writer who lives in Tampa with his wife and two sons. He is the author of, a blog that features essays and social commentary about fatherhood, politics, history, sports and more. Carter wrote about sports for 24 years for the Tampa Tribune and other publications.

Entries by Carter Gaddis

Free-Range Parenting, Facing Fears and Letting Go

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:00 PM


I asked our 9-year-old son if he thought he and his 6-year-old brother were old enough to walk the mile between our home and the neighborhood community pool without me or Mom.

He shook his head no before I finished the question.


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Why It's (Still) Important to Refute the Doofus Dad Stereotype

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 4:22 PM

"At the very least, obliviousness of one's privileged state can make a person or group irritating to be with." -- Peggy McIntosh, Wellesley College, 1988, "White and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women's Studies."

Men -- dads -- are not under cultural...

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9 Things Han Solo Taught Me About Parenting

(6) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:41 PM

As a child of the '70s, I considered Han Solo the epitome of manhood.

Fiercely independent, yet secretly sentimental. Skeptical, but willing to believe in magic if he saw it with his own eyes.

Secure enough in his own skin to pursue a princess, but not above taking a wide-eyed...

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The Memories Working Parents Miss Making

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:36 PM

He came around the corner, distraught, and found me in the family room.

His face broke.

Tears gathered and fell.

"Mommy just told me you can't come on the field trip."

Small sob.

"I want you there. I want you to go. I want to be with my daddy."


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The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:12 PM

As parents, we've all had to play the 'Why' game. For those of us who have ever had toddlers, we understand what it's like to be the target of a rapid-fire Q&A. You know, something like this...

KID: "Why is there grass in our front yard?"

PARENT: "Because someone planted...

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I'm a Dad, a Husband, a Writer... And I Want It All

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:09 PM

I want it all.

I want to be there - actually, physically, there - for my sons. I want to be a life partner and best friend for my wife, and I want her to be those things for me, too. I want a career that pays me what my...

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