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Duh, Science: Parents that Play Pokémon GO with Their Kids Say the Game Has Non-Gaming Benefits
6 months ago

Duh, Science: Parents that Play Pokémon GO with Their Kids Say the Game Has Non-Gaming Benefits

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In this week’s news that should have come out last calendar year, a recent study found that parents have reported benefits of Pokémon GO with their kids, aside from the obvious clout of catching ’em all.

A small-scale, qualitative survey out of the University of Washington found that parents reported spending more quality time and engaging in more conversation with their kids – in particular, fathers of girls, mothers of boys and parents of teenagers. No word in the study if parents reported the elation of hatching a fully-evolved Charizard from a 10km egg.

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Sweden’s Paid Paternity Leave Is Really Making Us Jelly
8 months ago

Sweden’s Paid Paternity Leave Is Really Making Us Jelly

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Here we are again, Sweden. We can’t quit you. You treat Dads with respect and we dig it. Not only do you give fathers 480 days to be with their newborns, you had to go and rub our noses in it with some touching photographs in National Geographic.

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Dadvertising: Zillow Continues to Show Awesome Dads with “Gunnar’s Home”
2 years ago

Dadvertising: Zillow Continues to Show Awesome Dads with “Gunnar’s Home”

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The new normal is that brands are showing fathers as competent, caring, emotional and intelligent. They’re part of the family unit, no longer relegated to the hungry animal blasting in the door from work, ready to eat, have a beer and tune out. The image of fathers in commercials has matured (we won!), and because of it, commercial dads are cooking, cleaning and raising kids. It’s great.

One of the brands that’s consistently put out great dadvertising — Zillow — is back again. The real estate website has a spot on TV right now called “Gunnar’s Home”, and it tackles a non-traditional household with grace and respect.

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Canadian Teen Buys Almost $8K of FIFA DLC With Father’s Credit Card
2 years ago

Canadian Teen Buys Almost $8K of FIFA DLC With Father’s Credit Card

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Too bad, so sad for a father in Pembroke, Ontario (Canada, y’all) whose son managed to buy almost $8,000 of in-game content in a FIFA game on his Xbox recently.

Lance Perkins’ 17 year old son dropped $7,625.88 CAD (about $5364.86 in USD) on EA’s FIFA game store content, which, assuming he’s playing FIFA 16, consists of “FIFA Points” – an in-game currency that allows you to buy “FUT Packs and Draft Entries” – basically, stuff to beef up your soccer/football/fútbol club. That’s a lot of draft entries; EA sells packs in increments ranging from 100 points — for $0.99 — all the way up to 12,000 points, which will set you back $99.99. Even if Perkins the Younger bought the 12,000 point packs alone, it’d still take him over 50 transactions to hit his total.

That’s dedication to the game, people.

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Study: Prison Yoga Makes Incarcerated Dads Better Parents
2 years ago

Study: Prison Yoga Makes Incarcerated Dads Better Parents

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If your August edition of the Californian Journal of Health Promotion has gotten buried on your coffee table, as I know it does, then you missed an article about how prison yoga is making incarcerated fathers into better parents. Because duh. And double duh that this came from a Californian scholarly journal.

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Science Confirms: Being a Good Dad Kills You Earlier (if You’re a Beetle)
2 years ago

Science Confirms: Being a Good Dad Kills You Earlier (if You’re a Beetle)

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In a study that in no way has to do with human fathers, scientists at the University of Cambridge found that all the good dads in the burying beetle world were dying younger.

Burying beetles, BTW, are these nasty-ass bugs that find dead birds and mice and bury the carcass. They then lay their eggs near it, and the larvae hatch, crawl into the carcass and feed on the dead animal and we all throw up just thinking about it.

But we’re going somewhere with this.

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Lenny Robinson, Local ‘Route 29 Batman’, Killed in Car Accident
2 years ago

Lenny Robinson, Local ‘Route 29 Batman’, Killed in Car Accident

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A Maryland man who visited sick kids in the hospital dressed as Batman was killed Sunday when a car on the interstate hit his custom Batmobile.

The 51 year old man, Lenny Robinson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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CEO Richard Branson Gives New Dads at Virgin Up to One Year of Paternity Leave With Full Pay
2 years ago

CEO Richard Branson Gives New Dads at Virgin Up to One Year of Paternity Leave With Full Pay

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Branson Paternity Leave

A policy allowing 50 weeks shared parental leave hit the United Kingdom back in April, but Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group, a dude that owns subsidiaries in both the music and aerospace industries, didn’t think that was enough – for dads at least.

Branson just unveiled a policy at Virgin that gives new parents — both mothers and fathers — up to one year of fully-paid parental leave. But but but

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