Fatherhood

Why It's Sometimes OK for a Woman to "Need" a Man

Debra Macleod | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ask your date to walk you to your car after dark. Ask your boyfriend to reach that plate on the top shelf, fix your computer or check your leaky faucet. I can hear the snarks from women now. Yet many men long to feel needed in a healthy way in their relationships.

New Fathers Are Eager To Learn About Breastfeeding

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Eighteen years ago, fathers offered moral support with breastfeeding through fetching a glass of water for the wife. Now, things are different. This generation of dads is not leaving their partners' side to go home. Dads want to be involved in breastfeeding, and taking care of their partners and babies.

This Father's Day, I'm Mourning My Dad

Toula Drimonis | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

Seven months later and I'm still stunned by the palpable pain I feel in the pit of my chest when I think of him. I marvel at how grief just patiently sits there quietly, waiting for me to suddenly catch a glimpse of someone who looks like him, or for a whiff of someone's Aqua Velva aftershave, that cheap blue stuff he splashed on his face when I was a kid, and suddenly pain, like a searing knife, cuts through me. Seven months of firsts. The first Christmas without him, first New Years' celebrations, first Easter, and now... the first Father's Day.

We Don't Value Fathers Enough And It's Harming Our Kids

Ike Awgu | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Ike Awgu

Sunday, June 15 is Father's Day -- the one day of the year when the mainstream media and much of the public pretend to actually value fatherhood and the role of a father in the modern family. For the remaining 364 days, the role of fathers in the family is discounted, downplayed, taken for granted or seen as optional. Fathers are attacked by a court system that unfairly and disproportionately refuses them custody of their children. Attacked by the media that all too often, and wildly out of proportion to reality, portrays them as bumbling, villainous or incompetent.

Even When Baby's in the Womb, Dads Have an Influence

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

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.

What Does Modern Masculinity Look Like?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Since the feminist movement, women have openly discussed and debated what it means to be female. This multi-decade dialogue has led to a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of womanhood, and what it means to grow and develop as a multi-faceted woman. A similar dialogue between men about the nuanced intricacies of malehood has been slower to develop.

Dear Dad, Your Kindness Killed Me

Sandra Charron | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada
Sandra Charron

Dear Dad, From the time I was a little girl, you were my saviour. You loved me fiercely. This is how I have remembered you. As my daddy. As the man...

From Backstreet Boy To Backstreet Dad

HuffPost Canada Music | Leena Tailor | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Music

Last year was the year of Backstreet Boys, with the boy band celebrating their 20th anniversary, filming their upcoming documentary and receiving a co...

The Top Five Things Parents Need To Know About Kids and Social Media

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

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.

What I Learned This Week: How To Leave A (Real) Legacy

Andy Nulman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

I had dinner with an old friend in Toronto last week, and as old friends do, we discussed heady matters like concerts, sports, food...and legacy. My take on the subject was a little rough, and somewhat cynical, going as far as to say that "Legacy ain't what it used to be."

Are Expensive Kiddie Birthday Parties Really for Parents?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Birthday parties and loot bags have increasingly become an obscene display of excess and expense for no good purpose. We are raising a society of highly-indulged, coddled and spoiled children and we only have ourselves to blame.

Want to be a Great Dad? Kenny Rogers Will Tell You How

Melissa Carr | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Having kids is a bit of a crap-shoot. Some people are born parents, others struggle significantly -- and a few (let's face it) can barely look after themselves, let alone another human being. What I think is one of the biggest gambles of becoming a new father, however, is not knowing how becoming a mother is going to affect your partner. It's funny because, the lyrics of Kenny Rogers' famous song, The Gambler, really apply here.

Real Men Play with Barbie Dolls

Steve Geyer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Steve Geyer

There we sat, changing their outfits, brushing their "hair," with me doing my best falsetto voice, as we all got ready for the prom. My daughter, Kirsten, was giggling at me not so much for the voices, but for the fact she had put a lovely purple bow in my hair that matched Malibu Barbie's hair ribbon. We were having a blast!

Father's Day: Fathers Love Differently

The Purple Fig | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Fathers Love Differently. When I first really got to know my dad I was sixteen. My mom had died in August, my brother was starting University out ...

The Top 10 Lies Kids Tell Their Parents

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If you're a parent, you know that your little darlings may not always be telling you the absolute truth. Yes, it's hard to believe, but kids lie. A lot. Just because you've been lied to by your child doesn't mean that it has to continue. It's you against them when it comes to the truth. You're their parent, so you should win.

Why Are People Procreating?

Heather Magee | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Why is it always women who have to explain their choice not to have children? Are men prodded with the same line of questioning and expected to explain this choice like women are, or is it perfectly natural for men to feel unsure about fatherhood? As a newlywed (like, really newly wed) I find it odd that most people direct that question at me. As if to say it's solely up to me or my husband has no say in the matter? Going forward, I'm going to suggest that all inquiries involving the utility of my uterus go directly to my husband. I'm tired of crafting clever responses.

What These 10 Classic Parenting Phrases Really Mean

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We've all heard them. Those annoying phrases that our parents said to us growing up and now that we're parents ourselves, we've decided to inflict them our own kids. The reality is that the true meanings behind these messages that parents tell their kids are often not as straightforward as they appear to be. Following are the top 10 phrases that parents use on their kids, and what they really mean.

Bad Daddy vs. Father Of The Year

Tetsuro Shigematsu | Posted 12.30.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Tetsuro Shigematsu

Buy your kids only the toys that you were deprived of as a child. For me, that was Star Wars. My childhood lightsaber was a cardboard wrapping paper tube. Two whacks and it went flaccid. My kids on the other hand have every lightsaber imaginable, from the telescopic cheapies, to official lightsaber replicas with authentic LucasFilm® sound effects. Sure they cry when I wallop them too hard, but painful is the path of the Jedi.

Are Women More Ready Than Men to be Parents?

Bud Sambasivam | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Bud Sambasivam

My wife Sarah's ovaries joined our Saturday morning lattés when she hit 30. Lacking in vocabulary, but clear in message, they cried one word, "BABY!" I took notice and wondered if women were naturally more ready to be parents than their male partners, or did they just feel more pressure because of the incessant tick-tock of their biological clock?

What Kind Of Dad Are You? Making Time For Fatherhood

The Huffington Post Canada | Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living

Marc Kielburger is a co-founder, along with his brother Craig, of Free The Children and Me to We, a social enterprise. They are authors of "The World ...

A Suprising Secret to Straight As

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.01.2011 | Canada Living

Being active in their children's lives is one goal most parents work hard at every day, and a new study suggests good news for dads who spend hours on...

Equality of the Sexes: Men Raising Children Is Not a Comedy of Errors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.21.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We don't live in a Leave it to Beaver society; our cultural norms don't set fathers up for success. But we can support their roles as caregivers and chip away at the macho male formula for success, where a man is measured by his paycheque, the title on his business card and the speed of his car.