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Father's Day is almost here! And we're excited to treat dad to a special day in honour of all he does for us. But if you're tired of the usual "Best dad in the world" cards, BBQ sets and mixologist gadgets, we have just what you need to make the day extra special! This year you can make him a meal he will remember forever!
We're not your traditional family; we're married, we have a son through surrogacy. Family is very important to us, because we fight to be recognized and accepted in everyday life. When our son was born, our birth photo had gone viral. We received a lot of attention, both positive and negative, and recently politicians in Europe are using our photo to make a case against surrogacy and against LGBT families. But to us, family is about love.
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I grew up watching hockey religiously. I traded hockey cards. I went public skating. I played on the street. But the option to play the real game, on ice, wasn't there. My parents didn't have deep pockets. My mom saw it as a boorish, stick wielding fest of violence.
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I'm "passionate" about a lot of things, which is why I feel that I will forever continue to strive to get to where I want to be. Fortunately for me, I'm inspired by those around me, and there's one particular person who's mentality I admire; my dad. He always tells me to follow my passion and in the quest to find my passion I've found it in many different things.
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Thank you, dads, for always making us laugh.
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There's been a lot of media attention lately devoted to changing the idea that dads aren't babysitters. That they are equal parenting partners. I'm seeing it more and more and I love it. While previous generations of dads (and even some dads I know today) believe in tough love, see it as their responsibility to "toughen up" their kids, and who have an easier time raising their voice than giving hugs, I hope these kinds of parents are on the way out of fashion.
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I was just a little girl, but you had a barbed tongue. Oh, you always couched your cruelty in humour. As if comedy was a disinfectant that redeems meanness. Time and again, I asked Mommy, "Please, tell Daddy to stop teasing me. It hurts my feelings." But you wouldn't or couldn't stop.
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As a teacher, my dad has worked hard to instill in me a love of language and learning. Now, as a writer and editor with World Vision, I get to hear lots of stories of dads who, like mine did, are building a foundation for their children's futures. The reality is though, that my father has had more opportunities in life than the dads we meet with World Vision. And there's no better time to highlight those dads than on Father's Day.
Have we told you lately that we love you? Have we told you lately that we appreciate all that you do? Because we do. We really, really do. Have we mentioned that your strength, dedication and tenderness never cease to amaze us? We want you to know that the love that you show all of us never goes unnoticed.
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We'll listen to his dad jokes all day long, sit shotgun in his station wagon, and if he insists on wearing socks with his Birkenstocks -- nah, we won't let him do that. There are very few surprises when it comes to the old man, so why not surprise him with a new school gift this Father's Day that complements his old school spirit?
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Canada's doing a pretty good job when it comes to moms and dads sharing child care responsibilities.
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The truth behind four common pieces of baby advice.
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I thought it was just a random idiot, an anecdotal experience I could laugh at but not take too seriously. And then it happened again. And then it kept on happening. Strangers, sometimes men (but mostly women), would make off the cuff comments about me staying home to take care of my kid.
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I hope that we can still be friends, but I understand if it's just too awkward for the next 15 years or so. Perhaps I'm high maintenance, but I feel that a three year old should eat his or her lunch sitting in a chair rather than standing on the kitchen table throwing crackers at another child. I do not believe my son should be hiding in the bathroom for an hour during a play date just to avoid his "friend."
I'm a stay-at-home dad with an empty nest -- I'm what is affectionately known as a "house hubby," a "kept husband," a defunct "Mr. Mom." Despite all my best attempts to spin a better narrative, I am at a loss when it comes to finding empowering vocabulary to describe how I spend my days.
When men accompany their partners to prenatal visits and attend at birthing, the women report a much more positive experience, according to our commissioned study, Men Matter. When men share in the housework and rearrange certain duties or workloads to accommodate their pregnant or breastfeeding partners, the couple's relationship strengthens and the household becomes a happier place.
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.
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On all of the Wednesday's in 2007 and 2008 my Dad, Doug Jack, picked me up early from school and would drive me an hour and forty minutes into downtown Toronto to attend Teen Troupe rehearsals at Seco...
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You are the father to our children yet we don't say it enough. Thank you. Thank you for being a pillars of strength. Thank you for embracing fatherhood and all it has to offer. The runny noses and diaper blowouts leave much to be desired but you have always faced them head on.
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I ask you: how do breaking hearts face Father's day, without a father to honour? For us, Father's Day will never be the same again. The world is now forever changed. How does one do things when the dad you formerly did them for/with/to is forever gone?
He packs light but thoughtfully. Give him the gift of style and function with this sleek and highly functional American Tourister black hard case carry-on. It has all kinds of great features that will get dad excited -- especially the four swivel wheels which will make it easy to scoot through all the international airports he logs hours in.
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As Father's Day approaches, I wanted to learn how dads around the world encourage, mentor and care for their children. Looking through the World Vision photo database, I found dozens of men who go to immense lengths for their little ones.
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Developing independence is part of growing up, and it's something that young people should be encouraged to develop at every age. Safety should always be a priority for parents, but kids' maturity should also be taken into consideration as well. When you show young people that you trust them, it helps kids to trust themselves.
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But I have been thinking more and more of the unofficial 'mothers' who never get recognized on Mother's Day, and I'm talking about the dads.
I didn't know what to expect when I became a Dad. I didn't lack good fatherly figures -- I just had no clue of what the world expected of me. We hear plenty of stories blaming fathers in absentia for children's bad behaviour, society diagnosing a lack of the firm disciplinarian they so sorely needed to keep them in line -- but people rarely talk about what the value of a good father is.
We all thought starting a family was the most romantic thing we could do as a couple. Making a baby is the ultimate act of love. During our pregnancy our partners kiss our belly, as we assemble the nu...
If you are trying to conceive, seeing that pink line will make your heart burst with cotton candy love and joy. You and your partner will dance in the kitchen with soft looks in your eyes. Relationshi...
In anticipation of Father's Day on Sunday, I stumbled across a book, which I then read today to my students on the topic of animal dads. It inspired me, and with Father's Day in mind, I am offering five unique ways in which human dads can care for their children, in no certain order.
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Sometimes, it's not about going through hundreds of gift guides or guessing what Dad could really use on June 15. Sometimes, it's just about the basics. Dads have been the creators of all dad jokes,...
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It's no secret that dads are important, and that their role as caregivers has, for many families, broadened in the last 50 years. But there's one period of our development where dads tend to take a back seat -- the first nine months, to be precise.
If your kids see you jostling to get the best shot of the most mundane moments of life, just so that you can post a picture of it on your Instagram account, they'll follow suit. If you post inappropriate images or comments on social media, the will be seen by your children, guaranteed. Limit and moderate your own social media activity.
Parents: Facebook is not in the business of raising my child, nor should you expect Facebook to raise yours.
It is not the responsibility of Twitter to make sure my child behaves well online -- it is my responsibility to make sure my child behaves in any environment. If we want major change, it will not come from laws or banning people from websites; it will come from parents, communities, and schools to engage in dialogue and education to raise children who have an understanding of digital citizenship and accountability for their online and offline actions, because accountability and respect still matter.