I love being a father. There are so many life-changing things that go along with fatherhood – and so many incredible comforts that come from having that little beast in my life. But you also know that being a father means life changes and discomforts too – fatherhood would be too perfect if it were all about being proud and comfortable all the time.
There are a lot of awkward uncertainties I face in fatherhood: How do I provide for my family? How do I teach my son all of the right lessons in life? How do I protect my son from danger?
And how, I’ve got to ask, am I supposed to snuggle with my kid when I wake up with morning wood?
Making the rounds this week is a story about a Texas grandfather that was stopped by police while walking with his granddaughter. The kicker, which is no surprise thanks to my tell-all title and image, is that the granddaughter was black – the grandfather was white. As always, the devil’s in the details.
About 10 years ago, a coffee house in Australia started to serve “babyccinos” for parents to give to their babies and toddlers – a cup of steamed milk, topped with froth. Zoom ahead to New York today and you’ll reportedly see babyccinos on the menus at coffee houses, or available as a custom order – but with a twist: now the toddler beverages can include shots of decaf espresso.
Josh Powell won’t be buried next to his children, thanks to some quick-thinking Washington police. Powell, who was being investigated for his wife’s disappearance years earlier, pulled his two sons inside of his home during what was to be a supervised visitation, then murdered them with a hatchet and blew the house up, killing himself as well. His ultimate cowardice to face courts cost him his life, and unfortunately, took his children’s lives as well.
So, Detective Ed Troyer and Sheriff Paul Pastor of the Pierce County sheriff’s office did what they thought was right – they put down payments on all of the plots surrounding Powell’s boys in the cemetery. That way, Powell would not be able to be buried next to the sons that he murdered.
Jacqueline Wheeler of Radio Times reported from across the pond today about two television programs in England about fathers, and it left her wondering if they were fair portrayals of fatherhood.
Days ago, I came across this story on the “parenting” blog “The Motherlode” on the New York Times site. I won’t go into –
Okay, yes I will: as of right now, it’s completely unacceptable for a parenting blog that’s presented as a parenting blog to be called “the Motherlode.” We already did this song-and-dance with Lisa Belkin, who used to write for the NYT‘s “Motherlode” and ditched it for a more gender-neutral blog on The Huffington Post called “Parentry.” This leaves the NYT just hiring more women (and John O’Neil) to talk about parenting under the name “Motherlode.” Yes, we all love your awesome tongue-in-cheek wordplay. It’s incredible. Now get with the times.
Coincidentally, 8BitDad is immune to that gender-neutral rule because we’re up-front about being a site about “fatherly-opinions”. We’re not a parenting blog. We’re a really unfair watchdog that watches the watchdogs.