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"Fathers and Sons

A Wave To Remember

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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.

11 Things I Want My Son To Know About Marriage

Clint Edwards | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

You are not the only one with an opinion. Sometimes it's best to just shut up and listen. You might learn something.

How to Give Your Kid a Compliment

Dan Milledge | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Dan Milledge

My GOD Oscar, I was giving you a compliment! I was saying something nice about you, TO you. Give me that. (Grabs Lego) Oscar. Listen. Do I have your attention? Good. I am proud of you for the--

How Fatherhood Transforms A Man

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact

How does fatherhood change a man? Three dads from a variety of backgrounds -- both traditional and non-traditional -- shared their experiences with Hu...

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.

First Nighter: "Fathers and Sons," "Khandan [Family]," "Handbagged" in London

David Finkle | Posted 08.15.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

LONDON--Ivan Turgenev's 1862 novel Fathers and Sons, which Brian Friel adapted for the stage under the same title in 1987 is just revived at the Donma...

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.

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.

Father's Day, Family Communication and More Fulfilling Lives!

David Kanegis | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Those of us Baby Boomers lucky enough to have fathers still living should rejoice that we have the opportunity to tell our dads just how important they are to us. Others can pay tribute in different ways. My dad was great. Without his support, this piece would never have been written.

I Really Need a Fish in My Life

James M. Chesbro | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
James M. Chesbro

"Daddy," he said, turning toward me, the palms of his not-yet 3-year-old hands up, arms spread. "I really need a fish in my life." He squinted his eyes, the wrinkles in his sun-kissed face pressed for an appeal.

The Silent Stadium

Merri Petrovits | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Merri Petrovits

There is no greater full-circle moment than taking your child to play ball in the same field you played on as a kid. I crouched behind home plate while my dad pitched

My Reel Dad

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Until cancer got the better of him five years ago, my dad's evening ritual was a good meal with my mom, a glass of wine and a movie, the two of them cuddled together on the couch like a couple of dreamy teenagers.

Sins of the Father

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.22.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

I share another bond with my father -- prostate cancer, the disease that took his life five years ago at the ripe old age of 89. I'm 66, so depending on how rapidly my cancer is progressing, I may not make it that far. Either way, this legacy is likely the last gift I'll ever receive from my father.

Hope for Future Fathers of Gay Sons

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

When I read in February about the harsh reaction college football star Michael Sam's father had to his son's coming out, I was reminded of the difficu...

Familial Four

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.10.2014 | Sports
Doug Bradley

When the University of Wisconsin won its first and only NCAA basketball championship, the U.S. had yet to enter World War II, my parents were early in their courting phase, and only eight collegiate teams competed for the title.

Sorry, Son, But It's Not Me, It's You!

Mike Julianelle | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Several months into the carnival of horrors that is my son's threenage wasteland, I'm done taking the blame for his crappy behavior.

A Letter To My Son About The Only Good Reason To Get Married

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

Marriages become beautiful when two people embrace the only good reason to get married: to practice the daily sacrifice of their egos.

The Profound Parenting Lesson I Learned From A Very Bad Day

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

My son's words were my own. His feelings were a manifestation of what he had silently observed and internalized his father doing only five days earlier. I hadn't realized that he soaked in that much of the fight, but here were my words, returned to haunt me.