In the right light, my 15-year-old son is on the fuzzy cusp of a glorious mustache. The spacing is natural, the length manageable and the hue a perfect complement to the golden bangs sweeping across his forehead. It is as thick as shadows allow.
He has no plans to shave it.
However, chance seems to find him sitting on the countertop every time I get the itch to run sharp, hot metal along my steam-soaked cheeks. Conversations tend to fall easier there, first with the grain and then against it....
“In our home, I take on a lot of responsibilities that previous generations would have scoffed at,” says Whit Honea, a co-founder of Dads 4 Change. In a new episode of Home School, The Atlantic’s animated series about parenting, Honea explains why, in a culture where outdated gender stereotypes are “very much alive,” parents shouldn’t dictate gender roles to their children.
The NFL was always there. I remember Sunday mornings, my dad and his friends sitting in the living room, the game on and laughter everywhere, me sprawled upon the carpet barefoot and cheering. Thanksgiving? The parade was fun and the kitchen busy, but the real action, where dirty jokes and bad beer made everybody thankful, was in the family room around a shrine of pigskin and nearly drunk uncles. Football was a reason to gather, and I loved it for that.
When I became a father I continued the ...
"We rent," I said. Again. This time to a man at the door who was interested in replacing my lawn with solar panels, or perhaps it was AstroTurf for my roof. It's all a blur — a montage of homeowner solicitation, quick nods and doors shutting swiftly, sometimes with a laugh track and always with a "thank you."
The renter card is one I play often, and it works well. It offers a polite escape, a reprieve from the well-practiced sales pitch, that not only saves time but often softens the blow: I'...
“I saw one,” my son said, while walking in the front door after school. “How many is that?”
The that in question referred to our yearly attempt to count how many Christmas trees we spot in transition, the real and the spectacular ones strapped atop vehicles making their way through the holiday season. We keep a running tally, all four of us reporting our car-top additions in as close to real time as we can.
Last year we counted more than 50, a record. This year we often take the long way home...
Dad jokes are funny...to other dads.
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He stood at the top of the stairs and waited for me to notice him. He held a tiny arm in his, making his own appear massive by comparison. One end of the tiny arm was a gloved hand frozen in an eternal wave. The other end was torn and littered with fluff. He stood at the top of the stairs and he didn’t say a word.
“Is it Mickey?” I asked. He nodded that it was.
“It’s Zane’s,” he said. His younger brother was downstairs doing his homework and eating his fill of little fish crackers.
Fall is in the air, the days are growing shorter, and the backpacks all the heavier. Homework is back, and it is bending backs, too. It is a heavy load for a kid to carry, and I am as unhappy about it as my 11-year-old middle school student.
It’s the fourth week of school and my son is averaging well over three hours of homework per evening, plus a few more hours over the weekend. When you consider this is on top of a seven-hour school day, we are looking at close to 60 hours of coursework pe...
Jonathan Tucker is everywhere, from a powerful performance as Jay Kulina in Kingdom, to highly memorable roles in American Gods, Snowfall, Justified, Parenthood and Westworld. Early next year he’ll star in Showtime’s City on a Hill with Aldis Hodge and Kevin Bacon, which promises a deep dive into the criminal justice system of 1990s Boston (Tucker’s hometown) and is produced by Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd, and Matt Damon. He will also appear in the new Charlie’s Angels film from Elizabeth Bank...
Despite well-planned family trips, weeks of camp, play dates and child-care arrangements, summer is built upon the comforts of gentle chaos.
But now it is time to refocus, invest in routine and better develop the organizational thinking we need to face the school year with a plan, geared for whatever we may define as success.
Damon Korb, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and author of “Raising an Organized Child: 5 Steps to Boost Independence, Ease Frustration, and Promote Con...
Exclusive Interview: ‘Toy Story 4’ Director Josh Cooley on a Toy’s Worldview, Defining Friendship and the Challenges of Change
In Toy Story 4, we are invited once more into the toy box with Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep and so many other friends: the old, the new, and those we thought lost along the way. Now a generation after the original Toy Story film launched Pixar into infinity (and beyond!), the characters are faced with new challenges that may change the very fabric of what it means to be a child’s plaything.
To celebrate tickets being officially on sale for Toy Story 4 here at Fandango, we spoke exclusively with direc...
When I arrived at Lewis Howes’ home, I was late. It had taken nearly two hours to drive less than thirty miles and I was embarrassed by my tardiness. Howes didn’t seem fazed at all. He greeted me warmly, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, appearing as comfortable in his skin as he was in his living room. He gave me a quick tour of his place while we made the obligatory jokes about L.A. traffic, his with the relaxed air of an understanding host, mine tightly wrinkled and full of coffee.
“What did you think?” I asked. My son and I were headed home, fresh from a screening of McFarland, USA, the new family film from Disney starring Kevin Costner.
“I loved it,” he said.
The movie is based on the 1987 true story of cross-country coach Jim White (Costner) who leads a group of novice high school runners from an economically challenged town in California to victory. I had asked my son to come to the movie with me because he has recently discovered a love of running, and he has invit...
The picture of fatherhood we see depicted in pop culture is fraught with stereotypes. From the bumbling dad who can’t fasten snaps on a onesie to the overly intense sports dad who pushes his kid on the ball field, the generalizations often don’t represent the truth and in many cases can be harmful to dads’ efforts to be involved and engaged in their kids’ lives.
In Episode 141 of The Mom Hour, which was nominated for an Iris Award, Meagan and Sarah chat with writer and activist Whit Honea, who helps bust open some stereotypes about men, masculinity and fatherhood.