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"Fathers and Sons

Dodge Darts, Fila Sweaters and Suicide: The Danger of Facades

Bryan Behar | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Behar

When I was ten, I once sobbed for three straight days. No relative had died. I hadn't been bullied for wearing unbearably tight tennis shorts (not thi...

An Open Letter To My Son, The Camper

Scott Shamberg | Posted 07.14.2016 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

Personal hygiene aside, camp for you will be part sports, part friendships and part education. No, I don't mean that kind of education. I'm very familiar with your "math-free summer" rule. This is about you starting to see the little man you are so quickly becoming.

Yesterday, I Met My Father

Adam Vavrek | Posted 06.23.2016 | Parents
Adam Vavrek

I met my father outside a Holiday Inn. He didn't look like the man in the only picture I had of him: a picture I've had on my bookshelf for the majority of my life of a man in his twenties on the beach with a healthy tan and windblown hair.

A Father-Son Talk For The Digital Age

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

In honor of Father's Day, my son Jesse, 12, and I answered questions about the role media and technology play in our lives and our relationship. Last month, Common Sense's Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance took a deeper dive into the transformative role that technology plays in family life.

When Your Child Steps Into Your Shoes

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 06.18.2016 | Parents
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Three years after I married my wonderful wife, our beloved son was born. He had me at the sonogram. He was merely a centimeter when we first saw him, ...

My Father's Unforgettable Lesson

Joel Peterson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Photo courtesy of Joel L. A. Peterson It never occurred to my father how much that simple word always meant to me Every Father's Day reminds me ...

It's All Good In The Fatherhood

Nathan S. Sanders | Posted 06.17.2016 | Comedy
Nathan S. Sanders

Fathers are about to have their Day! It's honestly a non-celebratory day for a lot of dads because a lot of men I've found have only one wish on Father's Day -- to be left alone.

A Father's Day Post: A Father Forgets!

Ramon Nuez | Posted 06.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ramon Nuez

I remember when I first became a father, it was December 9, 2008. I was all kinds of emotional mess -- happy, sad, depressed, excited, horrified and g...

What I Learned From Wearing My Dad's Old Denim Jacket

Brent Thomas Whiteside | Posted 05.27.2016 | Black Voices
Brent Thomas Whiteside

These clothes held a special meaning, they've traveled with him from when he was my age until now. Out of all of the clothes that I borrowed, there's one item that I managed to hold onto - his old denim jacket. I left home with that jacket and moved across the country. Who would have thought, so much could be taken away from an old tattered denim jacket?

Father's Day Gift Ideas 2016

Sana Alam Cordeaux | Posted 05.24.2016 | Style
Sana Alam Cordeaux

It's time to mark your calendars for Fathers Day on June 19th. The holiday will be here before you know it. The good news is that there is still plent...

To My 16 Year Old Self

Jon Vaughn | Posted 04.07.2017 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

As a 16-year-old high school student, my junior year, I transferred schools three times. It wasn't a performance issue, I was actually quite smart and...

Thinking About My Dad

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.30.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Richard C. Harwood

Every so often I've written about people who have made a difference in public life and inspired me. Some of these individuals I have known, while most...

6 Ways I'm Different After Having A Son

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 03.08.2017 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

There are plenty of tough-guy examples out there, but one thing our little dude has taught me is that tenderness is actually strength. And it doesn't equate to being soft.

My Struggle With Football: My Fun Connection With My Son

Krishna Pendyala | Posted 02.09.2017 | Healthy Living
Krishna Pendyala

We have once again begun to watch football together, but with much greater empathy for the players. He no longer cheers for big hits and he is actually concerned for the affected players' well-being. He looks the very next day to see if the perpetrator got fined and shares it with me.

'Anxiety Is Not Manly'

Steve Zanella | Posted 02.02.2017 | Healthy Living
Steve Zanella

I never felt like the hero. The guy that would swoop in, save the day and get the girl. The guy all the other guys looked up to and wanted to be like. I couldn't be that guy. It was impossible and I knew it. Anxiety sucks! There, I said it.

Dr. Martin Luther King in Winnetka

Roger Wright | Posted 01.18.2017 | Chicago
Roger Wright

I was eight years old. Dr. King still had about three more years of work to do before he'd be shot on the balcony of a motel in Memphis. Gun shots that would set angry fires blazing and police sirens wailing pain in almost every big city in America and then land him squarely in the history books forever and a day.

This is How Dads Can Teach Their Sons to Appreciate Women

Heather Gray | Posted 01.15.2017 | Parents
Heather Gray

In an instant, that dad saw me, who I was, and how I choose to move through the world. It was important to him that his son really see me, too. He taught his son to notice a person's actions and to place more importance on what they do and how they act than on their appearance.

Why Fight Like A Man When You Can Talk Like A Woman

Anthony Conwright | Posted 01.10.2017 | Women
Anthony Conwright

This post was originally published on Son, You have not been born or conceived. As of now, you are still an idea that exists some...

Little Boy Blue and the Man on TV: The Coming-Out Story That Became Father-Son Bonding

Jaime Lubin | Posted 12.07.2016 | Home
Jaime Lubin

Kevin Newman believes nothing scares men more than vulnerability. "They haven't had a vocabulary that's safe," the veteran journalist says. "It's almo...

7 Things I Want My Son to Know About Leadership

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.20.2016 | 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 07.24.2016 | 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 07.20.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 06.28.2016 | 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 06.20.2016 | 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.