Men Begin Re-Establishing The Meaning Of Fatherhood

In a culture that has moved beyond “Father Knows Best” and grown weary of Homer Simpson, what does it mean to be a dad? That question is especially salient in a nation where economic and cultural changes have reduced the likelihood that a man is his family’s breadwinner or even living with his children. In … Continue reading

Why Paul Ryan Matters for Parents

Should Americans care that Paul Ryan is drawing a red line around his weekends? Americans can, and do, ignore many happenings on Capitol Hill, because they don’t see a connection to their lives. However, Ryan’s raising work-life balance and rewriting the job description for Speaker of the House could be the exception. Some parenting decisions … Continue reading

The Virtue of Being a Dad

Can you imagine acknowledging your worst parenting fail? How about doing it at an AEI event with C-SPAN’s camera rolling? If you’re a mother, I’ll bet you’re out. But if you’re a father, you might be game. What is it that makes men and women see the world so differently, especially parenting and our roles as parents? … Continue reading

The Center for Urban Families

Joe Jones remembers what it was like to grow up fatherless. His dad left when he was nine. For the past two decades, the Baltimore native has supported local fathers so that other children can be spared that experience. In the early 1990s, Jones worked for the Baltimore City Health Department, where he directed pregnant … Continue reading

Don’t Write Off Working Class Dads

Professors Naomi Cahn and June Carbone deserve to be ignored. And yet, their real-world advice is so potentially destructive, it demands a response. The professors write, “Although it defies logic, socioeconomic, cultural, and economic changes have brought white working-class women like Lily [the woman whose life informs their Slate article] to the point where going … Continue reading

Tweens and Sex: Parenting is Not a Spectator Sport

Is there anything more horrifying than hearing 11-year old girls discuss oral sex? If you’re the parent of a young girl, as I am, that would be a definite no. In Newsweek’s cover story, “Sex and the Single Tween,” Abigail Jones (full disclosure: my old editor at The Jewish Daily Forward) catalogs countless examples of … Continue reading

Why Does P&G’s Olympic Ad Thank Only Moms?

Stay-at-home dad Andy Hinds takes issue with the new Procter and Gamble (P&G)  Olympic ad campaign, “Pick Them Back Up,” over at The New York Times’ Motherlode blog. Hinds notes a number of shortcomings, but he is most troubled by P&G’s thanking only mothers for picking up and dusting off their tumbling little ones, encouraging … Continue reading