This section provides web links, PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood from news outlets around the world.
Men choosing fatherhood over careersLast week, I acknowledged recent survey findings from the Pew Research Center showing that women are beginning to value success in their careers more than men value their own. It’s a historical twist, brought about by the idea that women entering the workforce is no longer related to a necessity, but an innate desire. Women, as a group, have a higher level of education and are increasingly choosing to pursue a successful career path.
With young children at home needing care and an increasing cost of outsourcing that care, many families need to choose a parent to stay home while the other earns money with an occupation. Women are still subject to compensation inequity — again, as a group — but in an increasing number of families, the wife is out-earning the husband. The choice is often simply financial; whoever earns the most money or has the potential to earn the most continues in their career path, while the other parent stays home to care for the child or children. | Read story
John Will, 40 years and going with Down syndromeWhen Jonathan Frederick Will was born 40 years ago — on May 4, 1972, his father’s 31st birthday — the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome was about 20 years. That is understandable.
The day after Jon was born, a doctor told Jon’s parents that the first question for them was whether they intended to take Jon home from the hospital. Nonplussed, they said they thought that is what parents do with newborns. Not doing so was, however, still considered an acceptable choice for parents who might prefer to institutionalize or put up for adoption children thought to have necessarily bleak futures. Whether warehoused or just allowed to languish from lack of stimulation and attention, people with Down syndrome, not given early and continuing interventions, were generally thought to be incapable of living well, and hence usually did not live as long as they could have. | Read story
Dwyane Wade Hosts Fatherhood Round Table With White House StaffMiami Heat golden boy Dwyane Wade started off his NBA All-Star Weekend by reaching out to his fellow dads and presenting a basketball court to a school -- all while looking super fly in a double-breasted Versace suit.
Wade led a Fatherhood Heroes roundtable discussion at Orlando City Hall, spreading a message to fathers about the importance of being involved in their children’s lives. For the roundtable, part of a series in President Barack Obama’s Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative, Wade was joined by White House official Joshua Dubois, special assistant to the president and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. | Read story
Help Your Kids Deal with BulliesOctober is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, so I thought it appropriate to spend a little time talking about how to help your kids deal with bullies.
Of course, no dad ever wants his child to be bullied, but for all of the press that bullying gets, I have to say that in most cases (but certainly not all), parents can help their children deal with teasing and bullies without stepping in directly.
Here are eight tips dads can use to help their kids resolve issues with bullies.
Tip #1: Look up the school’s policy on bullying. Thankfully, this problem is already on the radar for many schools and administrators, and many have published recommendations for how to handle it. They may even have a no-tolerance policy and expect to be informed at the first sign of bullying. Remember, you’ll want the school’s cooperation if the bullying continues for your child, so make every effort to comply with policies. | Read story
Most men say children 'complete them'Contrary to conventional wisdom, most men say having children is important to their feeling complete as a man, U.S. researchers found.
Study co-author Julia McQuillan, professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and colleagues surveyed nearly 1,000 U.S. men who are in relationships with women, and found fathers and non-fathers alike see fatherhood as part of a "package deal" with work and leisure. | Read story
There's no excuse for men fleeing fatherhoodThis reader was enraged about a plan by Milwaukee County to help some men become better fathers.
"Five million dollars! Why do we have to spend $5 million to get men to want to take care of their children?" he said.
He was talking about the recent $5.4 million federal grant to promote responsible fatherhood that would be used to fund a variety of community-based programs, including education, employment assistance and counseling. | Read story
Fatherhood & Football From AfarAt around 4 a.m. Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, two soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will roll out of bed, get dressed and head to a computer room in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation building.
While Maj. Casey Reed gets his morning coffee, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Todd Warrington will pull on his Mustang Broncos ballcap before they huddle together in a computer cubicle — one of about 15 in a drab chamber where everything is either tan or gray. | Read story
Calming a Fussy BabyHere's a big challenge for new dads: calming a fussy baby.
Okay, dad, I’m gonna cut to the chase: From time to time, that perfect little baby you brought home from the hospital is going to push you to the limit emotionally.
ImageMaybe you’ve already experienced this ... it’s the middle of the night and your baby just won’t stop screaming, no matter what you do. Or maybe your wife runs out to do some errands, and your baby starts (but won’t stop) crying. | Read story
Childless Men May Have Higher Heart RiskMen who remain childless throughout their lives may be more likely to die from heart disease and stroke than men who become fathers, a new study suggests.
Researchers followed more than 135,000 older men for a decade in an effort to examine the impact of fatherhood on health.
They found that childless men and men with just one child were more likely to die from cardiovascular causes such as heart attack and stroke than men who fathered more than one child, study researcher Michael L. Eisenberg, MD, tells WebMD.
It is not clear from the study if parenthood has a direct impact on heart attack and stroke risk, or, if it does, if that impact is related to biology or differences in lifestyle. | Read story
Ready for a baby? Soul-searching may be wise before adding 'parent' to your resumeOn May 22, 2009, a little less than three years into his marriage, Michael Goodwin addressed a letter to his not-yet-conceived child, explaining why he wasn't ready for fatherhood.
"Your mother and I are still pretty young, and there are times right now where we have trouble taking care of just ourselves," wrote Goodwin, who was 23 at the time. "Life has given us a few lemons, as the saying goes, and I want to make sure that we can at least provide you with some half-decent lemonade before you come along." | Read story