Topic: fatherhood

STFU Parents: Celebrating All The Funny Dads On Facebook

STFU Parents: Celebrating All The Funny Dads On Facebook

This week, in honor of Father’s Day, I’m giving props to all the funny dads on Facebook. For every terrible fart joke or Instagram of a toddler’s bathtub floater, most dads post something truly witty. I’m not saying it’s a balanced 1:1 ratio, but for the most part dads on Facebook have two objectives when it comes to posting about their kids: Make people recoil or make people laugh. And more times than not, I’d say they manage to achieve both. Dads don’t tend to use Facebook as a way to communicate their feelings of insecurity or frustration; rather, they use it as a platform to be as vile or hilarious as possible. They act like goofs pulling pranks on their friends, which is in many ways a much more lighthearted use of Facebook than the way moms tend to use it. Dads don’t use Facebook for validation. They use it to virtually high five their buddies about something stupid. It’s actually refreshing. More »

Dads Are Taking On More Childcare — And Developing Depression Because Of It

Dads Are Taking On More Childcare -- And Developing Depression Because Of It

In our evolving era of equal partnerships, shifting gender roles, and frankly dads who actually care about looking after kids, much has changed. Many women and men of this generation are looking at all kinds of modifications in the home that their parents never had to encounter. And yet, because modern fathers have been taking a more active role in the home and sharing childcare responsibilties, there is another component to parenthood that men are also now sharing: postpartum, or rather postnatal, depression. More »

Best Ride To School Ever: Dad Leads Kids In ‘Wayne’s World’ Style ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Best Ride To School Ever: Dad Leads Kids In 'Wayne's World' Style 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

When I was a little girl, car rides to school were generally quite musical — and of my choosing. I’m my father’s daughter, so this means Rolling Stones, Zeppelin, and some Fleetwood Mac. But as fond as those memories are of singing Stevie Nicks at stopped lights, they don’t seem to compare to this dad who launches his kids in a full on “Bohemian Rhapsody” rendition on the way to school. More »

Another Day, Another Sex Scandal For Complex Family Man John Edwards

Another Day, Another Sex Scandal For Complex Family Man John Edwards

John Edwards is reportedly planning a second baby with his mistress Rielle Hunter while also confronting federal charges for using campaign money to covering up said affair. He’ll be tapping his eldest daughter, Cate Edwards, for legal expertise of course, but will she also be helping him deny recent reports that he used a prostitution service in 2007? Game Change definitely left out this tidbit! More »

F. Scott Fitzgerald Tells 11-Year-Old Daughter, ‘Don’t Worry About Dolls, Boys, Parents’

F. Scott Fitzgerald Tells 11-Year-Old Daughter, 'Don't Worry About Dolls, Boys, Parents'

American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald battled many demons in his day. The father of one struggled openly with alcoholism, a schizophrenic wife, and the overarching suspicion that he was never really talented. The American literary canon clearly proves otherwise, but given what the great scribe endured, he had quite a few life lessons to impart to his 11-year-old daughter Scottie. More »

Are Women More Open To Adoption Than Men?

Are Women More Open To Adoption Than Men?

Building a family through adoption is a route to parenthood that many couples, and even singles, actively consider in the United States. Among IVF and surrogacy, adoption remains the option that is reviewed by couples struggling with fertility, as well as those who feel compelled to help a child in need of a home. But even though many Americans favor adoption, and do contemplate the possibility in their own lives, very few actually embark on the adoption process — and even fewer actually adopt a child. A peek into the consideration of adoption between heterosexual couples, however, reveals a pretty pronounced gender disparity into who is reflecting on this choice in creating a family. Men appear to be not be as willing to engage with the idea of adopting as women. More »

Mommyish Poll: How Does Your Male Partner Feel About Adoption?

Mommyish Poll: How Does Your Male Partner Feel About Adoption?

Recently during one of our editorial meetings, a member of the Mommyish staff mentioned that her husband was completely opposed to the idea of adopting a child. She had personally always entertained the idea but her husband had not only never thought about it, he was adamantly opposed. When sharing this sentiment with her friends who were also partnered to men, she found that majority of husbands came down pretty strong on the issue. More »