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Over the weekend, what was the only real major-media coverage of the Dad 2.0 Summit emerged in The New York Times in a piece about how fathers are seeking better ads aimed at them. The Dad 2.0 Summit, which took place the first weekend of February, gathered in Houston, Texas to talk about the image of dads in the media. And while some things will never change, show organizers see PR companies and marketing agencies eager to get to fathers as a demographic.

It’s interesting to note that of all of the recaps of the Dad 2.0 Summit and the discussions of its importance, no large media outlets touched on it (unless we missed it, which is always possible). It took a month for this NYT piece to come out.

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Barbie Designed with Dad

The New York Times‘ Stephanie Clifford did a great job discussing Mattel’s new move to appeal – not only to daughters, but also their fathers – with new Barbie construction sets.

The Mega Bloks Build N’ Style sets, launching 12/12/12 (creative!) will give children the opportunity to do something with Barbie that they couldn’t before – build Barbie’s mansion (relatively) brick-by-brick.

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bubba watson adopts

Chances are that if you’re not excited about the start of the baseball season, then you’re into golf. So if you prefer fairways to outfields, the New York Times is talking fathers at the Masters.

A couple dads that the NYT mentions juggling time between “divots and diaper duty” are Bubba Watson, who has a recently-adopted one month old baby. Jonathan Byrd’s got a new caddy too – his wife gave birth to their third child March 30th.

The only bummer, of course, is that a reporter at the Masters asked Watson how many diapers he’s changed since the adoption. “I haven’t changed a diaper yet. I’m winning right now,” answered Watson.

No, Bubba. That, my friend, is what you’d call your first dad-bogey.

New York Times

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PTA dads, you can, however, win just by helping schools. I won’t try to pass some contrived line like “in the end, it’s the children that are important,” because – no kidding. But I’m having a hard time running scenarios where PTA dads get to look like normal, involved parents using their talents or training for the good of a school.

I was reading feminist supersite Jezebel, as I usually do past midnight on a day early in the week, and saw an article about fathers joining the PTA. I read the piece, and of course, wanted to cry foul on grounds of the author, Doug Barry’s obvious man-hating. Then, I read the article that Barry was referencing, an NYT article by Kyle Spencer about those PTA dads. I began disliking the dads, just like Barry. What I was left with was the impression that fathers in the PTA have a lot of perception issues they’re up against.

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Days ago, I came across this story on the “parenting” blog “The Motherlode” on the New York Times site. I won’t go into –

Okay, yes I will: as of right now, it’s completely unacceptable for a parenting blog that’s presented as a parenting blog to be called “the Motherlode.” We already did this song-and-dance with Lisa Belkin, who used to write for the NYT‘s “Motherlode” and ditched it for a more gender-neutral blog on The Huffington Post called “Parentry.” This leaves the NYT just hiring more women (and John O’Neil) to talk about parenting under the name “Motherlode.” Yes, we all love your awesome tongue-in-cheek wordplay. It’s incredible. Now get with the times.

Coincidentally, 8BitDad is immune to that gender-neutral rule because we’re up-front about being a site about “fatherly-opinions”. We’re not a parenting blog. We’re a really unfair watchdog that watches the watchdogs.

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I’ve Never Had an Abortion Either

I know nothing about Barney Frank, except for what Wikipedia filled in for me. But today, a New York Times story about Frank was on Reddit, and due to the fact that a quarter-million people had commented on it, I figured I’d give it a read.

It got me thinking about fatherhood, where I’m now working, and why I’m no longer keeping my new job a total secret.

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André Bamberski is the raddest father ever.

First, the sad part. André’s daughter, Kalinka Bamberski, was raped and killed in 1982. André, as well as French authorities, believe the perpetrator to be Dr. Dieter Krombach – a German doctor that split André from his wife, then married her. Kalinka was found dead at Krombach’s house, in her bed. The NYT article’s got more details on Kalinka’s death. French investigators asked Krombach to come in for questioning but Krombach denied the request. Germany refused to extradite Krombach for a lack of evidence. Eventually, the charges were forgotten.

That, of course, isn’t the end of the story.

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Science: Old Dads Make Dumb Kids

Don’t shoot the messenger here – but Times of India reports that, as their article is titled, “Older dads father kids with lower IQ’s.” Sorry dudes.

Here’s the non-scientific description: scientists analyzed the prevalence of rare “copy number variations,” or basically, screwed-up DNA, in roughly 3,500 people with intellectual disabilities between 2006 and 2010. And narrowing it down (read the TOI sauce to see how), they found that basically – the age of the father was a determiner in intellectual disability.

The article doesn’t mention a “cut-off” age. So you’re safe for now.

The study appears in the Journal of Medical Genetics.

This isn’t the first time, BTW, that science has said older age is associated with abnormality. According to this New York Times article, there’s been a lot of talk lately about the “Male Biological Clock.” And I suppose that’s a good thing – better to know than to have something catch you off-guard later with the health of your child.

Times of India

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