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Jay-Z and the Misappropriation of Fatherhood

Michael W. Waters | Posted 09.06.2013 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

In his highly anticipated 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z rightly notes that fatherhood can be a joyful and frightful experience, especially for a rising generation of fathers whose fathers were largely absent.

When 'Mama' Is Her First Word

Doug Rigg | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Doug Rigg

After the "M" bomb went off, a barrage of questions entered my already crowded brain, questions I'm sure many gay dads have pondered: How are we going to explain our unique family to our daughter? How do we explain the concept of having a biological mother who is not actually her parent?

Why I Play Video Games With My Kids

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D. | Posted 07.03.2013 | Parents
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

Playing a video game with your kids might seem like the height of parental surrender, the cognitive equivalent of stopping at the drive-through window to pick up dinner: it's easy for you, and you know the kids won't object. But for me, there's a method to the madness.

My Daughter Changed My Life

Ryan John Phillips | Posted 08.31.2013 | Parents
Ryan John Phillips

Something happened when I held her in my arms that day. It was as if when she was born, some rush of energy made me snap out of my intoxication.

The Best July 4th Memory

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Imagine we lived every day with such awareness. July 4th is one opportunity. What enduring memories will you create this year?

Blowing Off the Joneses

Mike Julianelle | Posted 09.01.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

I wasn't sweating the preschool. There are plenty of other preschools. My kid's lot in life won't be determined by where he learns to not eat paste. But I do sometimes wonder if we're too laid-back as parents.

How to 'Build' a Better Dad

Tim Wright | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
Tim Wright

Imagine a world where deadbeat dads are replaced by life-enhancing dads; where absent dads are replaced by fully-engaged dads and where fathers are no longer the source of deep wounds, but the source of strength, affirmation, love and hope.

The Next Big Show About Dads

David Vienna | Posted 08.26.2013 | Parents
David Vienna

If you just compared my script about a stay-at-home dad to a show about two cross-dressing ne'er-do-wells, I think I've found the source of our disconnect.

My Dad and His Gay Son

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

"Your mother and I are separating," he said. "That means we won't be living together anymore. Do you want to live with your mother or me?" Now I can see that my heart simply broke in that moment.

How to Make Sharing and Setting Goals a Fun Family Activity and Why It Is So Important!

Merel Bakker | Posted 08.25.2013 | Parents
Merel Bakker

Discussing our life questions, challenges and goals with our children is not only fun, it also gives a great opportunity to connect with them, to strengthen your children and the family ties.

Love Is Love

Rayya Elias | Posted 08.25.2013 | Women
Rayya Elias

grew up watching my father sparkle whenever my mother was in the room. He was in constant awe of her, whether she was rolling enough grape leaves to fill a whole pressure cooker or dazzling onlookers as she danced the Charleston at a party.

Wins And Losses

Steve Wiens | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Steve Wiens

Getting louder than your kids is just teaching them that yelling is how you solve problems around here. I know this. And clapping your hands really loudly probably should be reserved for the dog. I know this, too.

A Graduation Reflection

Bruce Kluger | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Bruce Kluger

I recently got into a debate with a friend of mine over a remark I'd made, mostly in passing. "My kids are my life," I said.

Father's Day as a Transgender Man

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

I witness Ezekiel's first Father's Day in a Philadelphia hotel room. I surmise that there are numerous others within our community celebrating this first today, one pinnacle amongst the many precious firsts that transgender men experience throughout our gender transitions.

Visiting Incarcerated Dads On Father's Day

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.17.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Sayre Quevedo For many family members...

A Father's Lessons, or Catholic Guilt

Jana Novak | Posted 08.16.2013 | Impact
Jana Novak

Father's Day is yet another of those myriad of holidays that we celebrate as if somehow contributions only matter when we publicly acknowledge them on...

Fathers in Rhyme

Jason Williams | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Jason Williams

Hip Hop music is sometime accused of being tone deaf on important social issues. Not only in their music but also their actions these fathers and many more like them within the Hip Hop community show is the private choice of fathering your children will have a very public impact.

What Dads Really Want This Father's Day

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

Although many might think we've moved beyond our historical reluctance to value fathers' parenting, the reality isn't so rosy. By narrowly defining their value by how much money dads' make, we not only diminish fathers, but we also short-change society.

Why It Pays to Be Feminine in Business

John Gerzema | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business
John Gerzema

We asked people around the world to tell us the top ten traits for effective leaders. In every country the "Ten Best Traits" were dominated by those most associated with women. Indeed eight of the top ten traits are rated "feminine" and only two are termed "masculine."

The Life Lessons A Straight Father Taught His Gay Son

Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com At 19, I came out of the closet to my parents. It was a shock, but not a surprise. At the time, I wasn't quite r...

6 Secrets Of Strong Special Needs Dads

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 08.15.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

No matter how many precautions they take, how physically present they are, how hard they work to support their family, even how hard they try, special needs dads will see their child and their family experience pain, over and over and over again.

If You Give a Dad a Daughter

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 08.15.2013 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

If you give a dad a daughter... he'll probably wonder what to do with her. Especially if he's a man's man.

My Kids' Father Abandoned Them... But They Don't Need Your Pity

Michele Weldon | Posted 08.14.2013 | Divorce
Michele Weldon

There is another story we must tell in this complicated scenario: the positive one where a father who abandons his children does not have the power to annihilate their futures.

9 Things I Want New Dads To Know

Chris VanDijk | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Chris VanDijk

Babies don't come out asking for the car keys and looking at colleges. You have time to learn and time to make mistakes.

Two Blessings on Father's Day

Juan del Hierro | Posted 08.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Juan del Hierro

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.