You put a train set in your kid’s room? That’s cute.
Laurent Aigon, French dude and handy guy totally out-classes all the DIY dads out there by finishing a 5 year build on a Boeing 737 cockpit – in his kid’s bedroom.
Though the original story on French site Sud Ouest is dated “28/09/2012” – that’s 9/28/2012 to us Americans – this story just landed on the likes of Gizmodo and then The Huffington Post. And 8BitDad. See how that works?
It’s not a rare thing to see athletes father-up and put family ahead of their careers. But some athletes are also having very private battles in very public arenas concerning their kids. This is the intersection of dad and athlete: where work-life balance is always in the spotlight.
Recently, there have been a lot of interesting sports stories including the likes of golfer Hunter Mahan, the NBA’s Dwayne Wade, the MLB’s Joe Mauer and the NFL’s Adrian Peterson – and, of course many more than we could cover.
Who’s taking official paternity leave? Who’s banned from saying anything about their ex on Twitter? Who left a tournament to be with their wife during labor?
Video games have had fatherhood themes running through them for years – in earlier times, more simple storylines and relations were popular, such as Donkey Kong passing the torch to Donkey Kong Jr*. Fatherhood was, for a long time, a trope for a sequel.
Jorge Albor of PopMatters, however, recently discussed the more modern and complex storylines that have created some of this generation’s great games. Games like The Last of Us, Heavy Rain, and The Walking Dead Season 1 provide good examples for Albor of modern games tackling fatherhood issues.
New legislation in Ireland will require fathers’ names be put on birth certificates – a move that some applaud and others still feel is not enough to ensure fathers’ rights.
In other recent news, there is still no plan for paid paternity leave for Irish dads.
Put on your science hats because this article’s going to have that annoying “less than or equal to” sign in it.
Clinical Endocrinology, a journal about – duh – endocrines and clinics and stuff, published a study that says older dads create kids that are taller, slimmer, but with higher cholesterol.
In times of troubles, artists usually get to work. One father is taking his troubled time and creating a game as he deals with his son’s cancer.
In video games, very generally speaking, there’s a hero, a villain, and you get from Point A to Point B. But in Ryan Green’s That Dragon: Cancer, the equation changes.
Green, a video game developer by trade and a father of four, created That Dragon: Cancer as a way to not only focus his own emotion about his son’s illness, but to help others walk in the shoes of a family dealing with cancer.
Back in January, 2011, we put up a video of podcaster djWHEAT teaching his then-five year old son how to play StarCraft II.
Just yesterday, djWHEAT put up the “full episode” of his son (aptly named miniWHEAT) playing CS:GO, the latest in the Counter-Strike series. And if it doesn’t make you want to get your lil’un on an FPS, I don’t know what will.
But more than just make me think “man I can’t wait to do that with my son,” it made me mentally retread the ‘ol video games and violence conversation.
For most American fathers, it’s a no-brainer: you stay with your wife in the hospital the night your kid is born. Usually it means pushing a couple of chairs together to stretch out or sleeping sitting up. But across the pond, England has had a long-standing struggle with new dads and their desires to be involved in their children’s first nights.
For example, a new father from Dunstall, England was sent home from Samuel Johnson Community Hospital because the hospital says it doesn’t have the facilities to accommodate fathers overnight. The dad, Gareth Howes, insisted that he merely wanted to sleep at his wife’s bedside but was still denied.