I wrote this article for Every Little Thing Magazine just after Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban back in 2012, for the daring to be a girl who wanted an education. This morning, I listened to her acceptance speech for her richly-deserved Nobel Peace Prize: proof that respect for human rights is not a political issue - it's a humanity issue regardless of gender, race or beliefs.
It takes a lot to match the N.F.L these days when it comes to missteps in the handling of players charged with assaulting family members and loved ones. But Thursday, at a time when domestic violence in sports is dominating the national conversation, U.S. Soccer did just that — again — by keeping Solo in goal when she shouldn’t have been anywhere near it.
Trinidad- Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday continued to defend the polarising $500 babycare grant for underprivileged single mothers and announced that it would be applicable to single fathers as well.
After being separated for nearly 50 years, a father and son were finally reunited in Denver on Friday.
It might not be the last time this baby poops on his pop, but it will probably be the most memorable.
When it comes to parents, it seems that three or even four is no longer a crowd. At least, that’s the conclusion one might draw from the case of Sheena and Tiara Yates, a married lesbian couple in New Jersey. They’ve had their parenting expectations upended—twice—by the sperm donors of their two kids.
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — In January, Massachusetts passed a new law mandating that men in the state are entitled to eight weeks of unpaid paternity leave. The law, which is set to go into effect in early April, essentially renders the existing maternity leave policy in Massachusetts gender-neutral.
Pop singer Ricky Martin has been hopscotching the world since his preteen days as a member of Menudo. These days, he splits his time mostly between his native Puerto Rico and Sydney, Australia, where he has lived part-time since becoming a judge on The Voice Australia in 2013.
Pope Francis pulled off his kid gloves Wednesday, denouncing in the strongest terms what he called a “society without fathers.” “Particularly in Western culture,” he said, the father figure is “symbolically absent, missing and removed.” At first, Francis explained, the absence of fathers “was perceived as a liberation: liberation from the father-master, from the father as a representative of the law that is imposed from the outside, from the father as a censor of the happiness of children and obstacle to the emancipation and autonomy of young people.”
They are seen as the embodiment of a severe and aloof brand of parenting, as far removed as it is possible to image from the hands-on style of today’s “new dads” – embodied by Jamie Oliver, David Beckham or even David Cameron. But a study of Victorian fathers has concluded that the image is largely a myth and that they had more in common with their 21st Century counterparts than many would imagine.
They are less likely to leave for another company. Working fathers who see their children daily are more satisfied with their jobs and less likely to resign, according to a new study. The findings, to be published next month in the Academy of Management Perspectives, suggests that companies should allow working fathers time with family as way to increase employee retention. It also hints at the importance of flexible schedules so that fathers can be there for their children, even during traditional office hours.
There has been a lot of surprise that a rugby star is to front a campaign encouraging men to share parental leave when the new legislation comes in to force in April. Ben Foden plays for the Northampton Saints and is expecting to be mocked by fans and team-mates for this role. “There will be some changing room banter,” said the dad of two-year-old Aoife. “It’s part and parcel of being a rugby player.”
Jamie Guarino, 34, is a snake handler based in Michigan. Recently, video emerged of Guarino's 14-month-old daughter Alyssa playing with his pet python snake Nay-Nay. Guarino argues that his daughter was in no danger when playing with the snake. "I was trying to show that snakes are not evil creatures, they can be a loving pet despite their bad reputation," Guarino said in the video.
A 23-year-old father was caught shoplifting baby formula on Sunday, but instead of arresting him, four cops—and the store—chipped in to send the dad home with $80 worth of food for his 11-month-old. An employee at a Roswell, New Mexico, Albertsons grocery store called police after spotting the dad smuggling canisters of formula into a baby carrier. When the police confronted the man, they learned that he had recently lost his job.
One of the most extensive studies on prenatal hormones in first-time expectant parents has revealed that both men and women experience hormonal changes during pregnancy. The study, published in the American Journal of Human Biology, found significant prenatal declines in testosterone and estradiol in men, which researchers say suggests that impending fatherhood may cause men’s hormone levels to change.
NANTES: A French appeals court on Tuesday (Nov 25) denied a father custody of his 18-month-old son, who was put up for adoption at birth by his ex-girlfriend. Yoan Delorme, 29, was in prison when the baby was born and handed over to the state by his ex-girlfriend under a French law which allows women to give birth anonymously.
The real point of career modes in soccer video games is to snatch up a grip of the world's most hyped youngsters and slowly build a juggernaut. Fans of Football Manager—that impossibly detailed, life-consumingly fun computer game—were dismayed to find Norway's new starlet Martin Ødegaard missing on account of his age. Thanks to this future world of camera phones and Twitter, the problem has now been rectified.
In response to Charles Murray’s piece about celebrating the social value of stay-at-home wives and mothers, my colleague Jim Tankersley asked (via Twitter) an excellent question: Why focus on stay-at-home women rather than stay-at-home men, given that women are accumulating more human capital than their male counterparts? Young women are more likely to get college degrees today than men are; doesn’t that suggest that women’s comparative advantage might lie in the workplace, while men’s lies at home?
"I guess I felt more like a mom than a dad," my friend Brad said. I had asked him about how he parents and whether he thought his style was more akin to a stereotypical mother or father. The two of us were sitting at a café in our neighborhood in San Francisco, debriefing after our stints as stay-at-home gay dads. Both of us were still only weeks out of stay-at-home life, and were trying to make sense of the experience. We were talking about whether we, as gay men and as parents, identified more with our male or female straight counterparts.
As a punishment for lying about her age to try and date an older boy, Louisville, Kentucky, dad Kevin Jones decided to resort to embarrassing his daughter as much as he could. Jones reportedly caught his 10-year-old daughter lying about her age on social media and posting pictures of herself that made her look older. When Jones found out that she had an older boyfriend, he came up with a creative way to make sure that she learned a lesson.
Many men describe the birth of their child as a truly wonderful, life-changing event. But with the new responsibility and devotion, the expense and duty that parenthood brings may also come feelings of anxiety and bouts of exhaustion and stress. Research even points to a form of depression in new fathers, triggered by a combination of hormonal fluctuations and a struggle to cope with the role and its expectations.
Sometimes I feel like a bad dad. Doubts over my parental savvy often correlate with how long I’m at the office. When I call to tell Mrs. Tepper that I’ll be here until 7:30 p.m. working on a magazine feature—and won’t be home to put our son Luke to bed—the soft disappointment in her voice stays with me like a faint ember. The same guilty feelings apply to my job, too.
"I feel sorry for you when they become teenagers." "Dude, you're surrounded by women." "What did you do to deserve that?" Being a dad of four daughters (we also have one son), I hear stuff like this almost daily. And honestly, I'm the one who feels sorry for people who think this way. Having daughters is one of the greatest joys I could imagine. We have a saying at our house that goes like this, "I love you more today than I did yesterday." Raising girls is a privilege, not a burden.
John McElhenney's outlook on life after divorce is pretty simple: Upward and onward. Of course there were some emotional moments during the process, but once he worked through his initial grief, the single dad tried to set his mind on regrouping and feeling whole again, if only for his kids' sake.
Being a dad might entail dirty diapers, but it also tends to come with big bucks. Men with children earned 40% more than their childless counterparts in 2010, according to a new study by The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dads had a median salary of $49,000 compared to around $29,000 for men without kids.
The study, titled "Physical activity barriers and facilitators among working mothers and fathers" was published in BioMed Central Public Health, a peer-reviewed journal. The project was funded in part by the Kansas State University Open Access Publishing Fund.
For the last three years, schools in the Oklahoma City district have been participating in the Take Your Child to School Day, organized by TRUE Dads Oklahoma. Fathers, stepfathers, uncles and other men are invited to bring their student to school and have breakfast with them in the cafeteria.
"Are dads the new moms?" asked a video clip in a crowded hotel ballroom on Friday. "No!" said the men gathered for the 19th annual At-Home Dads Convention in Denver. The event, which continues through Saturday at the Marriott SpringHill Suites, drew 105 attendees for its 2014 gathering — up from 73 at last year's event, which was also held in Denver.
Here is your daily dose of ADORABLE! Greg Wickherst is a single Dad from Colorado who was faced with a conundrum upon splitting from his 3-year-old daughter’s mother over a year ago.
The late-night host’s admission that daughter Winnie Rose was conceived via a surrogate will help remove the shroud of secrecy and judgment that surrounds infertility. In his popular “Thank You Notes” segment on a recent episode, Jimmy Fallon wrote the following note to Prince George.....
What you don't know about a GentleBirth Dad. You hear a lot of Moms on pregnancy forums throwing out comments about how their partners will act in labor. Examples being “I hope he doesn’t annoy me” or "faint”: These are rarely concerns GentleBirth Moms have regarding the abilities...
We teach them to look both ways before they cross the street, not to stick metal things in the electrical outlet and not to give personal information to strangers. As a parent encountering body image issues, “Don’t go down the alley!” becomes “That scale doesn’t define you!”
Should your newborn be expected to sleep through the night? No! You should not expect your newborn baby to sleep through the night when you bring him or her home from the hospital. Newborns are not meant to sleep through the night and they are most certainly not meant to have feedings withheld in order to try to achieve that goal.
WSJ recently featured an article in their “Venture Capitalist Dispatch” blog titled The ‘Quantified Baby’: Rest Devices Aims to Popularize Wearable Infant Monitor.” The blog post described a new wearable physiological baby-monitoring device that is set to hit markets in 2014.
Typically, the idea of time falling back an hour leaves one feeling happy and excited for that extra hour of sleep. For all you parents who know better I can see you shaking your heads. This time of year brings cooler weather, costumes and candy and this is just the prequel to the rest of the holiday season.
October is national SIDS awareness month and although it’s being highlighted this month, it’s important to stay educated and diligent all year. Here are tips, guidelines and recommendations to keep your little ones safe and reduce the occurrence of SIDS.
A great way to get started, trouble shoot and prevent small milestones or issues from becoming big sleep roadblocks is to tackle questions and problems right when they arise. Join our sleep expert from Anytime Sleep Consulting for "Free Question Friday" and knock out those sleep issues today!
True or False? Sleep training is just leaving your child to cry by itself. The answer to this myth is in fact FALSE. Sleep Training is a multi-layered process of helping to teach your child how to sleep uninterrupted all night long as well as take consistently long daily naps.
"Mommy, how long does it take you to forget things?" I am used to getting weird questions from my kid, but I didn't know where he was going with this exactly. I looked at him quizzically and prompted him to explain.
Last week Adrian Peterson, Running Back for the Minnesota Vikings, was indicted by a Grand Jury in Texas for Child Abuse. While discussing it with various people, I have been absolutely stunned by those putting up a defense. Not just defending Peterson, but actually defending the practice of beating a child with a stick
Ok, a big ‘thumbs up’ for Little Twig and Sparrow's really well made and comfortable pajamas. Made from cool, Tanguise cotton from Peru, my 4 and 6 year old immediately became inseparable from them! I really like to “outside the box” designs, very different from any jammies on the market the designs (y kids love them for child role play wear as well, for everything from Star Trek to Spide-Ma costumes).
O.K! So I just couldn’t resist, who wouldn’t want to be a ninja warrior and keep your kids dry!
During the course of being dad to 7 baby newbie eaters, I have tried almost every trick in the book for making baby food, mashing, grinding, chopping and pre-chewing it myself! So when I was approached to review the new Cuisinart Baby Food Maker & Bottle Warmer, the geek in me couldn’t resist a new challenge!
The Boost Plus, made by the renowned Prince Lionheart, is especially designed for families who are tight on space while traveling; however, I have found it to be awesome for everyday use in the home!
Not only a great product, but a great name! Here comes the BubbleBum, a unique car booster seat that simplifies safety for kids!