It’s 12:08. On any particular day, a month ago, I’d be sitting next to my son at our kitchen table, and we’d be eating our sandwiches, talking about the video games we might play that day. These days, it’s back to giving my son a hug and a kiss in the morning, then not seeing him until I’m home after work.
For a good portion of 2012, I was a stay-at-home dad. I did almost everything with my three year old son: eat, play, write, and sometimes, god willing, nap. I’m not here to tell you that it was a perfect world being home with my son day-in and day-out. I’m not here to say that it was easy. But I’m here to tell you that if I could do it again, I would.
New Year’s Day will signify more than just a new calendar year for fathers in Finland. As of January 1st 2013, dads there will receive 54 days (a whole 9 weeks!) of paid paternity leave. This will, no doubt, create a nation of involved, awesome new fathers.
An average of 73% of fathers are currently taking 18 days of paternity leave after the birth of their child. Leave in the form of a “daddy month” is only taken by 3% of new dads. According to Kela, Finland’s Social Insurance Institution, the new “more flexible” timing is meant to encourage new dads to take time off with their babies.
The 2013 Pro Bowl roster includes Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, New England Patriots gunner, special teams captain Matthew Slater, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who all have family ties with the sport and event.
Matthews, Slater and Manning become three of only six father-son duos in history to each make it to a Pro Bowl. While we can’t chalk it up to anything more than coincidence, we do love seeing dads come out of the woodwork from time to time.
We’ve been saying it until we’re #0000ff in the face (nerd humor), but the image of the idiot dad on television needs to stop.
Vanity Fair Editor, Bruce Feirstein, penned a list of the “Eight Comedy Tropes That Must Die,” and – hooray – Idiot Dad is one of them. Or, in his words:
3. DAD IS A BUMBLING LUDDITE IDIOT
Yet, amazingly, his children are a combination of Steve Jobs, Oscar Wilde, and Socrates.
We couldn’t agree more. When dad’s a fool, but the kids are somehow smarter and more insightful, you know something’s up.
Dads in Pakistan who don’t send their kids to school will face jail time and a hefty fine under a new law.
Federal Minister for Education and Training Sheikh Waqas Akram issued a statement saying that the law is part of a push for education in Pakistan.
According to The Washington Times, fathers are disappearing from households across the United States, and the trend is hitting African Americans the hardest.
Thirty three percent of children in the United States are now living without a father, compared to a recorded 11% in 1960.
Thursday, Huffington Post’s Lisa Belkin discussed trends in parenting that will show up (again) in 2013.
And naturally, Lisa Belkin did the Lisa Belkin thing and talked a whole lot about moms, and then begrudgingly admitted that dads will indeed still exist in 2013, but only because she predicted it in prior years.
The Good Men Project’s Tom Matlack thought that Belkin’s list looked awfully dad-sparse, and exchanged some tweets with Belkin. Soon enough, the two were e-mailing back and forth on the topic. A love connection was made. Matlack even asked if Belkin would write a list for GMP about dads. Belkin declined. Ooh, burn.