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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
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25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

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I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 
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Oh Aussie Fathers – You So Crazy!

Susie O’Brien is putting Australian fathers on blast for their unique and stubborn fashion choices. Socks and sandals? Answering the front door in tighty-whities? Tracksuits to school events? O’Brien’s laying the smack-down, one dad at a time. You line ‘em up, Susie’s gonna knock ‘em down.

In the end, however, O’Brien’s admits that no matter what they wore – the fathers she mentioned in the story were around for their families, so they deserve all the love in the world.

Besides, if non-Aussie Craig Sager can look this good on U.S. television, I don’t think there’s much to worry about elsewhere in the world.

Sauce: Herald Sun

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Some Irish fathers are getting limited contact with their children, unable to accommodate from their tight living spaces.

Kerryman.ie writer Brendan McCarthy notes that the Kerry County Council has heard from a number of single fathers who live in one-bedroom homes, and are not eligible for rent allowance. The situation is hard on fathers – but also tough for kids. The children want to stay with their fathers, but there just isn’t enough room to do so. McCarthy notes that there are “currently 362 men on the Housing Waiting List in Kerry, 172 of whom are aged between 35 and 55 years.”

Kerry County Councilman Danny Healy-Rae called for the council to consider single and separated fathers when allotting accommodations. Healy-Rae mentioned that more often than not, in legal separation and divorce, the wive keeps the family’s home, and receives custody of the children. Another Councilman, Michael Cahill, mentioned that younger single men tend to be “at the bottom of the pile on the housing list.”

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I’m sure you guys all know the biggies: Green Eggs & Ham, The Giving Tree, and Knuffle Bunny Too. But have you ever thought of reading your kids a short story, or poetry collection, from say…Leo Tolstoy? Mary Shelley? Oscar Wilde?

Brain Pickings just put together a list of seven – SEVEN! – children’s books that were written by only the most formidable literary geniuses. Rounding out the list are: Mark Twain, T.S. Elliot, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf. Unless you’re the most epic of hipster dads, it’s likely that you’ve never heard of these unsung publications written by all the people YOU avoided when you were a kid sitting in English class. Wah, Wah-Wah, Wah, Waaaaaaah…

Head over to the site right now and check out some of the titles. There are plenty of images of the books with illustrations inside. Illu-frakkin’-strations, man! I guarantee that if Shelley would have had illustrations in Frankenstein, the copy I had in high school probably wouldn’t have as many drool stains as it does.

Sauce: BrainPickings

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With fathers taking more of a role in pregnancy and caregiving, “diaper parties” have become more popular. Basically, dudes celebrate their father-to-be friend by bringing him diapers, and then getting absolutely s**tfaced in his living room.

The Vancouver Sun talks about these diaper parties, and why it’s much more than a stripperless bachelor party. Where friends typically throw a bachelor party to “mourn” their no-longer-single friend, diaper parties are a congratulations and a welcome to fatherhood. And it’s more than a baby shower with balls – some diaper parties take place over a weekend in Vegas, or at a campsite. Some are just a backyard barbeque with a couple friends. The common thread is that during the weekend, guys that already have kids will drop some knowledge on the newbies – and the newbies feel comfortable enough to ask the things they wouldn’t normally ask at home.

This is a great move by modern men – what better way to celebrate fatherhood than to usher it in like chicks do with their baby showers. And what a way to bond with other fathers – and even show friends that might not yet be married or ready to have kids that becoming a father isn’t just something that men sit on the sidelines for. Us fathers are in the trenches, and proud of our families – and what better way to show it that one of these parties.

Diaper parties also go by the names: dadchelor party, man shower or daddymoon. I suspect they really don’t, but I’m guessing chicks on The Bump probably call them this, since they sound cutesy. The only “man shower” I’m interested in having includes me pounding a beer while I wash the conditioner out of my beard.

Check out the ‘Couver Sun for more.

Sauce: Vancouver Sun

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Osama bin Laden’s fourth eldest son, Omar, said that he doesn’t hate United States President Barack Obama for killing his father.

“I don’t hate Obama for killing my father. He did what he had to do,” said Omar, in an interview with someone other than 8BitDad. “He was at war with my father. My father had spent his time and all the money he could get to fight his enemies. He was America’s worst enemy.”

Omar also said of his father, “I loved him, he was my father. I didn’t agree with what he did – I only believe in peace – but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t love him as a father.”

Sauce: Daily India

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The Financial Times, which I’m assuming is based somewhere in Europe (based on their spelling), has an article about James Murdoch and Andreas Papandreou – two sons of powerful men, left to clean up their fathers’ messes.

James Murdoch is the son of Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation. Andreas Papandreou is the son of George Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister.

If you’re into tales of powerful families and political ballyhoo, this article will appeal to you. I’m not. So you’re on your own.

Sauce: Financial Times

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Just yesterday, the Utah Supreme Court rejected a father’s attempt to overturn his daughter’s adoption. He evidently didn’t meet the deadlines in two states for asserting parental rights.

John M. Wyatt, the Virginia father, also tried to evoke the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act – which would require the Utah Supreme Court to give him custody of his daughter, “Baby Emma.” The court denied this as well, claiming that he needed to raise the argument in a lower court first.

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Fathers of Iowa: don’t ever think that your Congressional reps aren’t bad ass.

Iowa Representative Leonard Boswell heard screams on Saturday night in his Iowa farmhouse – and walked into the front of the house, where his daughter, Cindy Brown, was being held on the ground by an intruder. The intruder had a gun to Brown’s face, and his hand on her throat.

The 77 year old Leonard Boswell lept like a puma onto the attacker, breaking a rib and destroying the intruder’s will, as they got greco-roman, falling down the basement stairs and then clambering back up. By then, Boswell’s 22 year old grandson had a shotgun pointed at the perp’s chest. The intruder, at that point, fled the scene.

Boswell said of the scene: “I did what probably other fathers or parents would do, or any of you: I went after him.”

By this, I’m assuming he means he’s currently stalking the guy with a bandana around his head and a knife between his teeth, laying low in a riverbed until the right moment.

Des Moines Register

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