Archive:  June 14th, 2011

Manhood megasite Man of the House recently conducted a survey about the evolution of the American Dad, and found that in general, dudes don’t think that Father’s Day gets as much attention as Mother’s Day. Eighty percent, as a matter of fact. The other 205, we think, were chicks wearing fake mustaches.

I’ll leave all the numbers to the PR NewsWire article, but let’s just say that a majority of the fathers in the 350-dad study say that they share child-care responsibilities, while still being the primary maintenance man in their home and on their family’s car.

A majority (59%) also said that they are better fathers than their fathers.

And maybe, just maybe there were only 350 participants because the rest were taking care of the kids and getting dinner on the table. Hey man, it’s possible.

Sauce: PR NewsWire

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Review & Giveaway: ‘Go the F**k to Sleep’ by Adam Mansbach
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Go the F**k to Sleep
Parent Rating5
Kid Approval2.5
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Publisher(s): Akashic Books
Author(s): Adam Mansbach
Genre(s): Adult-Humor

One of the most exciting books to come out in awhile has got to be Adam Mansbach’s book, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” which came out this week – just in time for Father’s Day. Styled like a children’s story, this tale of a father’s frustration with his daughter’s bedtime routine perfectly crystallizes what every father surely feels as they tuck the blankets, kiss their kid’s cheek one last time, and turn the light out, slinking into the hallway, whispering “no whammy no whammy no whammy.”

As you can tell, this book speaks directly to me.

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The Supreme Court denied that decisions of citizenship have a gender bias. The claim was made by Mexican-born Ruben Flores-Villar, who was born in Tijuana to an American father and Mexican mother. If the parents’ nationalities were reversed, and his mother were American, Flores-Villar would be an American citizen.

Ruben Flores-Villar, who was brought to the United States at the age of two, was (much) later arrested and deported for smuggling marijuana and illegal entry. The Supreme Court upheld the decision with a 4-4 vote, but since it was a tie, won’t cause a precedent.

The laws for citizenship are dicey, and based out of 1940. According to CNN:

The man tried to avoid deportation by claiming he was a U.S. citizen. The case turned on a federal five-year residence requirement, after the age of 14, on U.S. male citizen fathers — but not on U.S. citizen mothers — before they may transmit citizenship to a child born out of wedlock abroad to a non-citizen.
The 1940 law states if the child’s mother is a U.S. citizen, the child will automatically be a U.S. citizen at birth, so long as the mother previously had lived in the United States for one year, at any age. But if only the child’s father is a U.S. citizen, the law mandates that the father have resided in the United States for 10 years prior to the child’s birth, at least five of which must be after the father was 14 years old.
Because the man’s father was only 16 when his son was born, he did not meet the five-year time frame before Flores-Villar was born.

So is there a gender bias in the immigration and citizenship policy that favors mothers over fathers? Was the Supreme Court’s denial of the bias enough to convince you that mothers should retain different abilities in citizenship than fathers?

Sauce: CNN

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I know nothing about football. Test me; I couldn’t tell you how many points a team gets when they take a field goal kick. I don’t know how many men are on the field at once, and could only name three or four positions. But, what I do know is fathers, and as it turns out, NFL dads are trying to slowly break the perception that they know as much about fatherhood as I know about football.

CBS Sports talked to four NFL players – Houston’s Derrick Ward (one child), Arizona’s Jay Feely (four children), Seattle’s Chester Pitts (two children) and San Diego’s Philip Rivers (expecting his sixth child).

Ward summarized the state of fatherhood in the NFL, saying “There are good fathers and there are bad fathers in the NFL just like in society. But my bottom line has always been if the individual wants to do right by their kid, they’ll do it.” Ward sounds like a good father regardless of his profession – even saying that post-divorce, “keeping a positive relationship with [daughter] Jaida’s mom is important for Jaida, so I do it.”

You don’t often get that kind of cool-headed logic out of normal dudes, let alone NFL players. Turns out, there’s NFL dads out there that want to keep their kids in a “normal” life, and do the things all fathers do – help with homework, shuttle kids to their soccer practices, and of course, play a little game of catch in the backyard.

We mentioned the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester and his monthly fatherhood column with Chicago Parent back in January – are we witnessing a new era of athlete? Read the CBS Sports article for some other surprising insight, sauced below.

Sauce: CBS Sports

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