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In 2008, Thomas Timko, moron-at-large, cut-off another car on a Philadelphia road, then gave the other drive the middle-finger salute. Turns out he cut off the wrong guy.

On the receiving end of the cut-off was Christian Squillaciotti, who’s been described everywhere else as a “schizophrenic ex-Marine.” As you can imagine, the incident on the road didn’t end well. Squillaciotti ended up firing a gun at Timko’s car, hitting Timko in the head, but missing his then-eight year old daughter Kaitlyn in the back seat.

Timko was left with brain damage, and Squillaciotti was arrested for two counts of attempted murder, plus some other weapons-related stuff. Kaitlyn Timko was left with post-traumatic stress.

Thomas Timko and his wife split in 2009, and now, with his ex-wife’s help, Kaitlyn is suing her father for starting a chain of events that led to her complete change of character. Kaitlyn, along with her PTSD, is having trouble at school and gets anxious about visits with her father.

So the issue at large is: to what extent is Thomas Timko directly responsible for his daughter’s current emotional instability? There’s good points on both sides of the argument – on one hand, no one could have foreseen that cutting someone off (or even flipping them off) would lead to a shooting, and thus, even if Timko is a moron for doing so, isn’t liable for the more severe results – Squillaciotti is. On the other hand, Timko is an adult and a father and should reasonably understand that cutting-off and flipping-off a stranger on the road can lead to anything. And, of course, as a father, you think ahead and try not to put your kid in any situation that could escalate to an unsafe level. If you’ve got your precious cargo in the back seat, frankly, you should be driving like a boy scout. Not that boy scouts are old enough to drive.

The other issue – why is the daughter not suing the man that shot her father? Is this where the ex-wife comes into the situation? Is it a “smart move” for the mother to use the daughter to sue the father, or is that as suspicious as it sounds, all things being equal?

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When a giant earthquake and tsunami ripped through Japan last March, many husbands and fathers lost their families. Japan is now having to tackle a family crisis – one that is not accustomed to seeing and supporting single fathers.

In a country where gender roles are traditional, mothers tend to do the care-giving while fathers are in the workforce, bringing home money for the household. When Japanese men operate outside of this model, by choice or by chance, society doesn’t support them.

In November of 2009, a group called Single Father Japan was started to bring together and help these men living outside this gender norm. In June of 2011, Single Father Japan went to the Ministry of Health and Welfare to discuss an extension of bereavement pensions for men who lost family in the March 2011 earthquake. Evidently, these benefits are currently available to mothers.

And benefits are available to women because there are fewer in the workplace and typically have lower salaries than men. Oh snap!

If you want to read more, get your sauce on below.

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Barack Obama’s Father: Not Amazing

NPR, purveyor of all dry news, put a story up today about Sally H. Jacobs new book: a biography of Barack Obama Sr., entitled “The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father”.

And if there was one takeaway, (besides the fact that at 31 years of age, I still can’t get through an NPR article without wanting to sleep) it’d be that Barack Senior was a little bit of a dick.

Maybe it was the wife-and-child beatings. Maybe it was the fact that he ran through multiple wives, getting fired for drinking on the job. But this Obama guy sure sounded like an ass.

Congrats to his son for becoming so successful, despite his father.

Sauce: NPR

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So some POS father in New Mexico left his special-needs daughter in the car as a punishment for acting up. If that’s not bad enough – the father, 30 year old Robert Tafoya, relaxed at a swimming pool while the daughter cried, shook and sweat inside of the hot car. It was 95 degrees outside at the time.

Tafoya is now in jail with no bond for probation violation, and up against child abandonment charges. It’s not as luxurious as a swimming pool, but Tafoya will have to cope. They should put him in a hot car in the New Mexico sun with the doors and windows barred-shut. But alas, our legal system doesn’t allow for turnabout, which, after all, is fair play.

The dude above can be seen in the news report on the KASA site. You go boyyyyyyyy.

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Joe Elliott, lead singer of Def Leppard initially wanted to postpone the band’s US tour over concerns for his sick father. Elliott’s father, Joe Senior, died last week after a series of heart attacks. His dying wish was that Joe Junior and the band continue their tour.

Joe Senior had fallen ill in April and let his son know that it was his wish for him to keep the tour going no matter what.

Joe Senior had funded Def Leppard’s first recording session; his son asked for some money to put out the couple of tracks they’d penned, so Joe Senior helped out with £150 – which covered the recording session, and fish and chips for he and his son afterward.

Def Leppard’s tour manager Malvin Mortimer (which totally sounds like a Harry Potter franchise name) has a tribute to Joe Senior up on Def Leppard’s website.

Sauce: Rock News Desk

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6 Habits for Healthy Dads

Derek Markham had a post yesterday on the DadsGood section of the Good Men Project, talking about habits of healthy dads. Six total, if you’re keeping count.

Don’t let the first two scare you off. Markham has some great points – but it’s easy to see the header image of bro-yoga (broga?) and see #1 and #2 being “Personal Fitness” and “Personal Diet” and think that article doesn’t apply to you if you’re already working out and watching your weight. Or worse, you might stop reading if you’re not interested in either one. They’re still important and Markham makes himself clear that he’s not telling you to run laps and cut carbs. Rather, he’s suggesting that you make decisions to stay limber and be conscious of the stuff you’re eating. Alright, alright, alright, Derek, I’m putting the doughnut down already.

Markham hits us with four more habits that all fathers can agree are important: things like taking Downtime (or “me-time”) so you don’t burn out, having date-nights with your wife (so the both of you don’t burn out), and “Suiting up” to your family life, which basically means “put work into your family, stupid.”

Finally, Markham suggests we practice “Reverence,” which he explains is just basically being in awe of something, whether it’s nature, art or other meditation. I’m going to ignore that Markham suggested yoga.

I suggest you do too. Otherwise, check out Markham’s other points over at Good Men Project.

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New Jersey dudes Steve Lerner, and David Jacobs and Fabian Nicieza want your kids to play games online to fight childhood obesity. But here’s the catch: gamers on their site – FunGoPlay.com – don’t just play games online. The site actually rewards gamers for playing games in the real physical world.

After kids create an account on FunGoPlay, they choose an avatar and get a locker room where they keep track of their stats. They’re able to play single and multiplayer games online, go on quests, play in tournaments, and chat with other members. But in order to get the most out of the site, players have to use “connected equipment” called FGP Sports Gear. Currently, two items have been created – a soccer ball and a frisbee disc – that track how long they’ve been played with. The child plays with the equipment, and is given a level code that coincides with the amount of activity. According to the FunGoPlay site, these connected devices unlock “in-game bonuses like medals, points, PowerUps and special items for their avatar and locker room.” This fall, a football will also join the family of FGP Sports Gear.

This is a great concept. The three fathers noticed when coaching their little league teams that kids would finish their games, then go home and play online games. In order to keep kids outside, the fathers knew they had to incentivize it. If kids wanted to play computer games, let them – but give them a reason to go back outside.

Monthly subscriptions start at $5.95, and the first 10,000 subscribers receive a free soccer ball or disc to get them on their way! Check out the sauce for more information and backstory!

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It’s Saturday night, so you were likely just saying to yourself, “I wonder what the state of fatherhood in South Africa is.”

Well, here’s an exciting story we’ve been sitting on for 24 hours: CNN’s Robyn Curnow went to a women’s luncheon with one of South Africa’s cabinet ministers, Lulu Xingwana. The topic? The fatherhood crisis in South Africa.

Evidently, the nuclear family is in a state of disarray, and children are being raised primarily by mothers and grandmothers. Without a culture shift, a whole generation of children will essentially be raised fatherless.

Legislators say that solving issues with fathers will help crime and unemployment.

Sauce: CNN

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