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"Fathers and Sons

7 Things I Want My Son to Know About Leadership

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Standing in a crowded gym I watched as my teenage son and several of his friends took to the basketball court. He's been playing sports since he was f...

Meltdown at Home

Francis Levy | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Two self haters seeking validation of each other is a little like the critical mass that occurs in an atomic reaction, using say Uranium 235 or Plutonium 239. Put Hedda Gabler together with Hamlet and you would have the potential for mass destruction.

A Parent's-Eye View: Digging Deep to Peak

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

We are raising children in an age where there seems to be more worry and fear about everything, and less ability to persevere and cope in the face of adversity. Our modern day technological culture promotes doing things easier and quickly. Exerting the least amount of effort for the greatest impact and reward seems to be most valued.

I Had To Ask Google If I Was Mexican

Stephen Maloney | Posted 07.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Stephen Maloney

My dad grew up as a middle class Irish Italian kid with the quintessentially Irish name "Stephen Michael Maloney." Only that wasn't the original surname on my father's birth certificate. He was born "Stephen Michael Menéndez." That's a hell of a heritage swing.

Following Your Internal Compass and Making Your Own Decisions

Greg Frucci | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Greg Frucci

Remaining in the present moment, which flows with time, knowing the moment is not static, this is how one is able to hear clearly the voice within. What is your greatest challenge? Do something about it beginning now.

A Thanks to All the Heroes Who Go by the Name of Daddy

Regan Long | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

He can't quite convey to others just how much his entire world changed the day he held his first daughter in his arms. And no, he will not even let me into that part of his heart as he crumbles when our baby reaches out to him, holding on so tightly, never wanting to let go.

Why Are Dads So Great?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 06.20.2015 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo


Gone Boy: Sometimes, To Be a Good Father, You Have to Be a Bad Son

Shalom Auslander | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Shalom Auslander

I've never liked Father's Day, in large part because I never liked my father (alcohol/God). It didn't help being raised an Orthodox Jew: my Father in Heaven was as bad as my father on Earth. Neither father, biological nor mythological, was happy.

7 Traits I Hope My Sons Learn From Their Father

Rebekah Bastian | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Rebekah Bastian

In the nature vs. nurture debate, there's no denying the strong personalities our children are born with. But there are also plenty of opportunities for us to screw them up or inspire them along the way.

Father's Day: Remembering the LIFE of a Dad Who Died Young

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Peter Mandel

When someone says the word "bravery" out loud it sounds like it's from a book on noblemen or knights. I can almost hear the clank of sword on shield. Call it medieval if you want, but I believe in trying to be brave.

Father's Day: Long After Dad Is Gone

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

I do not need the cards. I do not need the presents. I do not need the attention. However, contrary to popular belief, or what Hallmark wants you to think, Father's Day isn't about me.

The Father My Mother Was To Me

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D.

For many years after my children were born, I feared becoming "him," my biological father. I focused on not being "him" and while doing it, I ignored the obvious -- that I did have a great father figure in my childhood.

Becoming Obsolete

Sarah Trillin | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Sarah Trillin

Between now and the end of the year, my husband and two sons, ages 8 and 11, have three separate trips planned without me

Eulogy For My Father

Roger Narvaez | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Roger Narvaez

As I face the inevitable of not knowing when my father will pass, I know that because of him, I will be able to get through it. All that I am as a son, brother, father, and person is not something that will end because of his death. More importantly, because I am my father's son and the relationship I have had with him, I will carry it on in who I am.

Why Mommy and Me Programs Send The Wrong Message

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Society seems to be sending mixed messages -- dads should be more involved in their child's care, but spending some time at preschool, or Saturday morning teaching their child to swim or enjoy music, isn't something they need to be doing. That's the mom's domain.

Sons Can Never Really Please Their Dads

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Do all sons want to be "better" than their fathers? Do all fathers want the same for their sons -- that they grow to be "better" -- or do they secretly, perhaps unconsciously, always want to be someone their sons can look up to in every which way?

This Dad Has Been Getting His Son's Drawings Tattooed On His Arms For 7 Years

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents

If hanging your kid's art up on your fridge just doesn't do it justice, take a page out of this dad's book. Keith Anderson, who lives in Peterborou...

A Wave To Remember

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 02.16.2015 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

As I was walking to the door thinking I had successfully avoided waking anyone up, I heard a whisper in the dark say, "Dad, where are you going?" It was my son walking towards me in his jammies with crazy bedhead.

Age Can't Dim His Blue Eyes

Dan Szczesny | Posted 01.24.2015 | Fifty
Dan Szczesny

Last spring, I froze when I got the simple text from my sister, "Dad had stroke, on way to hospital." As a reporter, you're taught to distill information, to base your coverage decisions on what's important, what's real and how fast the information is coming.

Why I Never Tell My Sons To 'Be A Man'

Joe DeProspero | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

It's not that the phrase is abusive, it's that the phrase is limiting -- and frankly, confusing for a small child. Be a man? What does that even mean? I'm 35 and sometimes I'm not even sure what it means.

My Teenage Son Does LSD (And I Encourage Him)

Doug Gertner | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Doug Gertner

We parked near school and he grabbed his book-bag as I moved over to the drivers seat, and I wished my son well with his audition. Anticipating my concern he replied, "Thanks... and I'll do some LSD after that." Like father, like son, it's been a long strange trip.

8 Unrealistic Expectations Parents Have For Their Kids

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Kimanzi Constable

Our children mess up. They lie to us, they're sneaky, they don't listen and they know how to push all the wrong buttons. I'm not telling you something you don't already know. However, despite what our kids do to make us mad at times, we do things that are probably just as irritating.

A Message To Our Boys About How (Not) To Become Men

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

Next week, this playground I'm writing from will be teeming with messages. Those messages aren't up to us. But when our boys return, we can make sure our homes are teeming with messages, too.

Gynecomastia and My Traumatic Day at the Beach

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorne Jaffe

It took 10 years post-gynecomastia surgery for me to go to the beach and take off my shirt because I still felt those now phantom breasts and stares.

Boys Kissing Boys

Brent Almond | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

I don't want my boy to stop being the loving, hugging, kissing free spirit he's been up till now. I guess I just want the world to know it, and to stop telling him it's not okay.