What happens when you take the too-cool parents from one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods, an internet trend that peaked last year(ish), and a song about banging chicks?
The parents of P.S. 10 – an elementary school in Park Slope, New York – organized an end-of-the-school-year flash mob with semi-viral results earlier this month. And naturally, you can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting the Black Eyed Peas and LMFAO, so be ready for that. And be ready for the official 8BitDad Stick in the Mud®.
Right after the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup, we posted stories about a few of the fatherhood moments that the athletes had. We thought it’d be worth a look at some of the other sports that have been coming and going lately to let you know that even superhero-level athletes can be human fathers – yes, even Lebron James.
It’s only a coincidence that Father’s Day falls (every year!) at a time of year when almost every major sport in the world is in full-swing. Even for sports-uninclined dads, it’s hard not to get swept up in the frenzy while hockey’s inching toward the Stanley Cup, basketball’s heading for a final showdown, and soccer, baseball, tennis and golf are still hitting their stride. This year, we saw all sorts of fatherhood in sports, from basketball to spelling bee. It seemed like no matter what shape balls you like to watch people hold, there was a father in the story.
Reminder! You can share your stories of fatherly triumph with Hogan Hilling and Al Watts – and you might appear in an upcoming book! But you’ve got to act fast – the deadline is this Saturday – June 30!
Hilling and Watts are fathers and writers whose upcoming book and website project are titled: Dads Behaving Dadly: Chronicling the Fatherhood Revolution.
The two dads are looking to chronicle involved fathers in the United States and Canada.
In a study that’s sure to anger us dad bloggers, Niobi Way, a researcher and professor at New York University, found that the more a boy hangs out with his dad, the fewer high quality peer relationships they’ll have. Way, the author of Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection, admits that this is contrary to popular (and logical) thought.
Way noted that “the quantitative data from studying hundreds of boys show that high-quality relationships with their moms predict high-quality relationships with their friends.” This surprisingly works hand-in-hand with Way’s thesis: boys are great at relationships and want to have them…until they reach adulthood.
A father in Canada officially lost custody of his kids last Wednesday, and the “big” reason was his obesity.
The unnamed 38 year old father from Ottawa lost custody of his 5 and 6 year old special needs kids for – among other factors – being 360 pounds. The Royal Ottawa Hospital’s family court ruled that the father’s weight was, according to CANOE, the “key factor,” though his past marijuana use and violent outbursts were also considered.
According to the Superior Court Justice, the father’s “weight loss regime is itself a full-time job. So is parenting two high-needs children. One will inevitably have to give ground to the other.”