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Fathers and Daughters

What Matters Most About Being a Father

Cliff Hsia | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Cliff Hsia

Your kids need you to really love them. And loving them is more than just financially providing for them. You need to love them for who they are and who they want to become.

'This Is What It Feels Like To Be Fatherless'

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I'd never experienced seasickness before. I'd been on ocean trawlers, cruisers, catamarans, and pontoons and never had a queasy moment. I was suddenly alone in space, shivering and sick inside my foul weather gear.

Magic

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
John Roman, Ph.D.

The thing about loss is that it's not a dark, brooding presence. Not like in the movies. Not in reality. Loss hibernates.

4 Words All Dads Of Daughters Need To Hear

Jeff Bogle | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

There is nothing in your daughter's timeline that you need to fear. Nothing. The only thing worth fearing as the dad of a daughter is not being there to share in her experiences.

Alzheimers: A Daughter's Perspective of the Long Goodbye

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

Grieving isn't new for me, and it's been a long, long road -- this journey of saying goodbye to my father. Ronald Reagan called his Alzheimers the "long goodbye", and he was right. Since the day my mom called to tell me the news six years ago, it's been an incredibly difficult, painful but often beautiful experience.

4 Things a Fatherless Daughter Wants all You Dads Out There to Know

Noreena Sondhi Lewis | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Noreena Sondhi Lewis

Dads, take note. I've had the honor of watching my friends with their fathers, learning what a nurturing father-daughter relationship looks like, collecting tiny gems of knowledge and placing them into my pocket for safekeeping.

Why We Need to Show Up for the Hard Stuff

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 08.11.2014 | Good News
Lisa Abeyta

I laid there in the dark for a moment, almost upset that I'd read it. I didn't want to go. I didn't want to be there for this -- the end. I didn't want to see my dad like that. I didn't want to do any of this.

Another Open Letter to My Daughter, The Returning Camper

Scott Shamberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

Rather than writing you another letter full of fatherly advice that at this point you would probably ignore anyway, I thought I'd tell you what I'm going to miss while you're gone this summer.

You're In Charge Of Your Body. I Still Get To Make Rules.

John Kinnear | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

Here's the problem with shirts and bumper stickers and sound bites. They boil everything down into a simple digestible message that, while catchy and convenient, is also easily misconstrued.

This Is What It's Like Being Raised Without A Father

Kirsten Larson | Posted 09.07.2014 | Divorce
Kirsten Larson

Two days before my mother died from cancer she asked, "You won't be contacting your father, will you?" They had been divorced 37 years but their animosity toward each other never waned. "Really? This isn't important right now mom."

6 Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Father Dying in Hospice

Rudri Bhatt Patel | Posted 09.01.2014 | Women
Rudri Bhatt Patel

Experiencing the pendulum between sorrow and happiness, I learned that no state is ever permanent. This is the meat of life. We are all swinging back and forth in various times from happy to sad emotions.

7 Things You Personally Should Avoid As A Parent

Mike Reynolds | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

Don't re-enact the alien-through-the-stomach scene from Alien with your kids using a real alien in their stomach.

Did I Forget to Mention My Dad Is Gay?

Xesenia Maurice | Posted 08.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Xesenia Maurice

I don't think of him as a "gay dad." I see him as the man who was strong enough to overcome many obstacles, including addiction, so that he could take care of his brothers and sisters, a man loving enough to raise me as his own even though he is only my guardian by law.

After Father's Day

Chef Rossi | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women
Chef Rossi

This year marked two more Father's Days for Dad since then, and his 88th birthday. Since that fall, his new life includes a wheelchair and nurses, but the champ is far from counted out.

What 53 Hours in a Hospital Teaches You About Your Kid

Rob Sachs | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Rob Sachs

I thought horrible accidents weren't supposed to happen on beautiful weekend mornings. Certainly not when you're less than five feet away from your 6-year-old daughter, who's playing on a tree branch less than two feet off the ground.

Fathers Who Are Redefining Manhood

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.16.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

Tony Porter, Armond Mosley and others are doing phenomenal work in leading men towards a more holistic definition of manhood.

Why I Avoid Card Stores on Father's Day

Joanne Tombrakos | Posted 08.13.2014 | Women
Joanne Tombrakos

It wasn't like I didn't already know. My birthday had come and gone with the absence of his card, addressed as he always had, "to my one and only." T...

It's Not Too Late To Stop Yelling At Your Kids. Here's How I Know.

The Orange Rhino | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
The Orange Rhino

As a gift for my dad this Father's Day (an odd gift, I know, but trust me, it's a good one), and as a way to offer hope that it isn't too late to stop yelling, I share this story with you.

Lessons From My Father

David Kirsch | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

I think we take too many things for granted in life, and often leave important things unsaid. As a 53-year-old single father of soon-to-be-5-year-old twin girls, I see my father with very different eyes.

What Makes a Father?

Suzanne Fleet | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Fleet

He put furniture together, fixed my leaky toilet, helped me shop for cars, gave me rides to the airport, slipped me money, mowed my lawn, didn't say what he was thinking when I brought loser boyfriends home time after time.

Celebrating Father's Day With a Divorced Dad

Madeline Wahl | Posted 08.13.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

The last time I saw my father was two years ago at my sister's wedding. The time before that was the year prior on his last day in Florida before moving to Minnesota to start a new life. We had our good-bye at one of our favorite places in Florida, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

Why Father's Day Is So Important For Daughters

Monique Ruffin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

For nearly three weeks I've been facilitating The Father Project for some sixty-plus women. The project is designed to assist participants in healing ...

Dads, Daughters, and Business Lessons

Meg Seitz | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Meg Seitz

There's a super special connection that lives between dads and daughters. It's why we think it's funny to watch tall, brawny fathers crumble at the sweetest and pinkest of birthday parties.

My Dad Is Always Right, Despite What My Mother Says

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

When I was a baby, my mom had a well-deserved night out with friends. Upon my mother's return, she found me fast asleep in a diaper held together by electrical tape. Hence my dad's parenting credo: You may not do everything perfectly as a parent, but as long as the job got done and no one got hurt, it's all good. And really, more than anything, I'm just grateful he used electrical tape and not a staple gun.

Top 10 Father Figures in Literature: Great Reads for Father's Day

Allison Pataki | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

This weekend we will celebrate our fathers and the important men in our lives. In their honor I've come up with my list of top ten great reads about great father figures in literature.