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Raising Your Daughter for Ranger School

Right now, two women are enduring the last week of the United States Army Ranger School in the daunting Florida “jungle” phase, as part of a pilot program to help the Pentagon decide how they might open combat specialty positions to women in the future. Throughout their attendance at the course,... 

7 Old Video Game Exclamations You Can Still Use in Parenthood

Back when it was a totally dope diss to say “don’t have a cow, man”, kids had a vocabulary full of pop culture. There was something magical about old video games’ vocal snippets. Because games had limited memory, and because we were dealing with cartridges and CDs instead of... 
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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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10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
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25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh – who didn’t want... 
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What’s it like to be a young, poor father in a developing country? Most of us don’t know – and unfortunately, the resources for those young fathers going through it haven’t been in place to help those experiencing it firsthand.

A new publication, “Teenage Tata: Voices of Young Fathers in South Africa,” covers the topic. The word “tata” has got to be some sort of Afrikaans slang, because I can’t figure out what it means. You know, aside from what it could mean in English slang.

HRSC Press created the publication to create a dialogue about what it means to be a parent in an impoverished nation, especially a father. Part research study and part narrative, the subjects of the research are quoted about their emotions and recommendations on how to parent, given their circumstances.

Luthando was one of the subjects of “Teenage Tata.” He talks about being scared and how he dealt with trips to the clinic. “I decided to pretend like [I was] her brother, becasue I’m looking younger than her,” says Luthando, about when he and his girlfriend found out she was pregnant. “[When we got home] I told nobody – until the – baby was showing. I was just afraid…of the parents of course, her parents. And I was just worried, when it comes to my family – because my mother was struggling.”

With any hopes, publications like “Teenage Tata” will help not only other fathers in impoverished nations, but also those in wealthier nations see what fathers around the world value.

(It looks like the publish date is from 2009, but PressPortal swears this is a new story…so…)

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Lenny Kravitz & Daughter Are BFFs

Just in case you need a palate cleanser from the Breivik family father-son relationship, check out the sauce below for a slightly more heart-warming story about Lenny Kravitz and his daughter, Zoë. Evidently they’re pretty serious BFFs, and evidently wear the same feather boas. Which is sweet, in a Steven Tyler kind of way.

Sauce: Celebrity Baby Scoop


You know you’ve really underachieved when at any point in your life, your own father suggests that you should have killed yourself.

This is the case with 76 year old Jens Breivik, father of Anders Behring Breivik – the man that over the weekend, killed over 70 people on Norway’s Utoeya island, including many children. Jens said that he’s in a “state of shock,” and his condolences go out to all those that suffered because of his estranged son’s actions. Jens has not talked to his son in 16 years.

Jens is a retired diplomat living the the south-west of France. He’s used to dealing with difficult people – but Jens has no words of diplomacy for his estranged son. “I think that ultimately he should have taken his own life rather than kill so many people,” Jens told a Swedish newspaper. “I will never have any more contact with him. But when I think of what happened, I’m filled with despair. I still don’t understand how something like this could happen. No-one normal could do that.” Jens’ house is currently under guard by police to prevent any incidents or disturbance.

You’ve got to be a particular kind of monster for your own father to not want contact with you.

Sauce: Telegraph / Telegraph (second story)


An interesting write-up by Dr. Keith Ablow raises the question of whether men should be given power to “veto” an abortion before it’s carried out.

Ablow says that he has treated many men who have “lingering, sometimes intense, pain” over abortions that were carried out on their would-be children – without their consent, or without them speaking up about their intentions to father the child. Ablow goes on through the issue, and admits that taking on such a policy would also do damage to women, who would now be forced to take a pregnancy to term against their will. It’s a difficult issue.


Tomorrow, Connecticut men with any questions about whether they’ve fathered a child can walk into a clinic and have answers within 48 hours.

Joyce Winston’s DNA Genetics walk-in clinic in New Haven is important for men in the area – not just ones that think they are a father, but ones that may have some doubts as well. The mother, potential-father and child can all walk into Winston’s store, surrender a little DNA, and know results in a day or two.

Though we’ve talked recently about the emotional responsibility of being or not being a father, there’s a very rigid legal responsibility that goes along with admitting or acknowledging a child is yours. And once you provide financial support for a child, it’s hard to reverse. On the other hand, once you walk away from a child, it’s an uphill battle to get back into the child’s life. That, and you’re kind of a jerk for being so wishy-washy. Many states consider men to be a “father by default” under certain situations. For example, if a mother applies for welfare, she must name a father – and if the named-father doesn’t respond to the legal notifications that he was named the father (giving him the opportunity to contest them), he will be “father by default,” which then, regardless of genetic paternity, can make him financially responsible for the child. Decisions like this can be overturned, but it’s a difficult and long process, during which the “father by default” would still be required to financially support the child.

Winston says that her clinic is faster than other traditional means of dis/proving paternity; in hospitals and other DNA clinics, a specialist must be called and scheduled. At Winston’s DNA Genetics walk-in clinic – tests are already on-hand.

Now comes the part of the story where we skate around the implications that this clinic is across the street from a high school.

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Not-so-Pretty in Pink

Here’s another entry into 8BitDad’s pink-themed coverage. I was walking through Toy “R” Us when I saw two sets of stacking rings. Now, stacking rings are great toys for kids, but do you see something wrong with this picture? That’s right. The child who plays with the one on the left will get an opportunity to learn about the colors while they’re stacking. Blue, green, yellow, red…standard stuff. The kid with the pink stacking rings? They learn blue, pink, lighter pink, lightest pink, dark pink. Regular stacking rings are pretty gender neutral, but these pink stacking rings are aimed at little girls, who apparently only need to learn two colors.


(It’s Friday, so we’re going to sneak a celebrity story in with the real stuff.)

The Daily Mail reported on Lady Gaga’s recent appearance on Howard Stern where she gave credit where credit’s due: to her father. But wait! Before we all go giving each other gooey high-fives and congratulating ourselves – Lady Gaga, or Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta if you’re doing her taxes, is giving her dad credit for – get ready – her promiscuous ways. D’oh!

Evidently, Germanotta’s dad, Joe (Lord Gaga?), was promiscuous – and we’ll say it until we’re blue in the face – if you’re a father and your daughter sees you manwhoring around, your daughter won’t learn that real men are responsible, honorable and family-minded. And in case you want to trounce through another cliché, you know that daughters subconsciously seek out their dads when dating, since their father is their first identifiable model of a man in their life.

If you’re into this sort of stuff, hit the sauce for more.

Sauce: The Daily Mail


Former Royal Air Force instructor and father, Steve Graham, is climbing the world’s most dangerous mountains in the name of charity.

The 38 year old engineer from Darlington, England took on this task because his two sons, Sam (10) and Max (3) were both born prematurely and spent a lot of time in intensive care. Graham and his wife Hollie received so much help from Bliss that Steve wanted to give back. His plan is to donate £5,000 to Bliss – and is currently up to £1,470.

Graham’s latest climb was Alaska’s Mount McKinley, where Graham and his team had to turn back shy of the 18,000ft peak. The team ran out of food after a 12-day stand-off with the extreme weather conditions.

If you’re interested in reading the rest of the story, hit the sauce below, or if you’re interested in donating, check out Graham’s fundraising page at JustGiving.

Sauce: Northern Echo