Father's Day has always been a day of thanksgiving for me. I've always been thankful that I have a solid man for a father, a gift that has given my l...
Question to all you dads out there who are about to celebrate Father's Day: When was the first time you felt like a real father? Was it something that...
Father's Day is a good time to think about our own dads and how awesome they are. I do my best to thank the fathers of gay kids everywhere -- using my own dad as a template.
Since my mom took on the parental roles of both mother and father, she has double the responsibilities and duties. We believe she deserves the recognition and appreciation on Father's Day.
I don't deny that we need a day to recognize our parents -- maybe even more than one. But in our modern society shouldn't we be able to celebrate a holiday that includes everyone? Families come in all shapes and sizes.
Now that I'm a lot older and a little bit wiser, I find myself giving advice to my friends with sentences beginning, "Well, as Papa Akitunde would say..." So in honor of those long evening talks, a part of my adolescence I'm surprised to say I sorta miss, here are a list of the five Papa Akitunde lessons I find myself calling on in my adult years:
Father's Day is for dads. That must mean if you're divorced from your kids' father you can sit back, relax and not have to worry about organizing gifts and celebrations for the day, right? Wrong.
Most kids my age back then didn't see the importance of having a father or father-figure in their lives; they were more concerned about escaping the hood. While it is a valid mindset to have in a city known for handgun murders, most stemming from where I grew up, I could never replace my dad.
Issues affecting women and girls impact everyone. When half the population of a country, and half of a potential workforce, isn't entitled to an education, the effects are monumental.
Having the kids come up with something takes all the pressure off. Besides, it is Father's Day. Not Husband's Day. The kids should be doing the heavy lifting in the ideas department.
My brother and I agree that Jer's greatest legacy to us was the belief that after a loss, figure you're going to win again. Just keep playing the game.
This will be a very special Father's Day. It will be my first Father's Day since my husband and I adopted our baby boy Lucas. It will also be the first Father's Day in many years that I will get to celebrate in person with my own father, who's been living in Ecuador for many years.
My dad (Frank Hawk) died of lung cancer in 1995. He was my biggest fan. He supported me when I chose skateboarding over all other sports.
He treats them well. He treats me well. He treats his friends and parents well. He treats the earth well and treats people well. He's a good person. And he's a good dad.
There are only two things that I can promise my daughter without fail. I can promise her love, and the truth. One of these is much, much easier to give her with any real consistency. But both are key to being the best father I can be to her.
In parenting there is no clear victory, but as long as you're fully invested in your children and trying your best, you will be at peace with yourself no matter how long -- or short -- your children are in this world.