Happy Father's Day to the man behind bars who only sees his children in a public area, inside the prison. Happy Father's Day to the man who left his family because he didn't have the strength or tools to stay with them. Happy Father's Day to the man who lives on or near the street and hasn't seen his children in many years.
When I was a little Dani, about four or five years old, my father invented a character called, the Tickle Monster, long before Josie Bissett's, Tickle Monster Laughter Kit, which included cuddly tickling mitts. I'm not sure why you would need a kit to tickle someone, but whatever. My dad was the original.
Let's be honest, while we're raising a disapproving eyebrow about the trip to the ice cream shop, we're giving ourselves a pass for letting baby try those potato chips.
While you're worrying about sinking your heels into the grass, tripping over your cathedral-length veil, or your tears washing your mascara down your face as you walk down the aisle, your father is having his own internal dialogue.
Sometimes parents need to be thanked and we, children, can forget that. I sent him this letter and he said it was the best father's day gift he has ever received -- and probably will ever receive.
There is another source of parenting tips I've reflected upon countless times over the last 5+ years since the Little Dude was born. And now I want to share with you some of the great parenting dos and don'ts I learned from one of the most infamous movie fathers of all time, Darth Vader.
Being a black father, I notice people being shocked that I am even involved with my children -- that's about living in a wider racist culture. Black masculinity has always been under attack. This Father's Day I want to encourage every black dad out there to remember you don't have to conform, you can do it differently, if you dare.
Last week I asked my grandchildren the question, "What is special about your dad?" These were some of the responses.
The real reason I didn't wish my wife a happy anniversary on Facebook is simple, BECAUSE I F*CKING SAID IT IN PERSON!!! My wife and I are not in a ...
After he died, I found this wrinkled brown newsprint tucked in the back of his leather wallet. I put it in a tiny frame on a narrow wall in my home.
If the story had ended there, it would have most likely been a tragic one. On days like this, I think about how grateful I am for the man who was under no obligation to be my father -- the man who chose me.
Here is my list of seven life-areas I'm working on today so when tomorrow comes I have no regrets, knowing I did all I could to be the dad my kids love.
To thank you for all you do is not enough. Trying to express my feeling in a sappy card just won't cut it. Buying you a "World's Best Dad" mug just seemed a little cliche.
Sometimes it can be a thing as little as a jar of peanuts -- with its faint but distinct smell just strong enough to evoke memories in my father's lap...
Understand that everything that I impart to you is to cultivate your best you. I can't tell you how to be a man. But I can show you how to be a man of dignity, honor, and grace. Live life with passion and do your best at all times.
This past weekend I went to a Father's Day Brunch in New York City, hosted by The Handsome Father to celebrate Father's Day weekend.