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Fatherhood Friday King

Father of four, husband and civil rights leader. Martin Luther King, Jr.  #FatherhoodFriday is the new #FF

 

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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King At Home With His Family

Why March?

”It is because they kept marching America changed … and yes, eventually the White House changed.”

Yesterday, President Obama spoke on the same hallowed grounds Martin Luther King did 50 years to the date as the first African-Americanobama.mow50 President of the United States. He didn’t speak to the same swelling crowd but in a digital age touched more across the globe on the internet, and television than Dr. King ever did. 

Yesterday marked the actual 50th anniversary of the March On Washington and the landmark “I Have A Dream” speech.  Obama’s presence stood as the embodiment of how far we have come and with his speech he brought the reality that their is still strides to be made.

“It is because they marched!”

Obama connected current struggles with the history of what the marchers were going through, the spirit they brought to the day of the March and the civil rights flame they carried home with them.

“That’s where courage comes from, when we turn not from each other or on each other but towards one another, and we find that we do not walk alone,” the President explained. We all have a part to play in shaping this society from teachers to business owners. We have to find our own beat and march.

“It is because they kept marching…”

“Change doesn’t come from Washington but to Washington,” he explained. If it is important to us, we need to unify and bring the cause to those that can make change or challenge them to make change.  Obama talked about class, race, jobs but he spoke beyond the audience there to every person in America.

What makes Obama different from King is not just technology or even what he means to Blacks or the United States, it is what he means to everyone.  He is the one minority that has the ear of the world.

With his March On Washington 50 Anniversary speech he continued to solidify himself as a great speaker, leader, husband and father. He is fathering a new nation with global implications.  He is American History.  #dadsRule #KeepMarching

View Obama’s speech here:

Fatherhood Friday New Batman

With all the talk swirling about the next Batman being the former DareDevil, Ben Affleck, we firgured at Daddyscool we would deflect some of the Bruce Wayne hysteria in showing the cool dad in Affleck. Read some of what he has to day about fatherhood.  #FF is the new #FatherhoodFriday

Interruption:  Check out the Twitter frenzy http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ben-affleck-as-batman-negative-613619

Now, back to your regularly scheduled program  … #DADsRule

“I think we all like to see ourselves as good dads, but there’s also that fear, ‘Oh, I don’t want to be like my father,’ or, ‘I hope my kid doesn’t turn out like me.’ You know, I have those feelings too. So the key is optimism.” Ben Affleck

“”I love being a father, it’s wonderful. It’s changed my life. All the clichés are true.” Ben Affleck

 

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Cool Dad Site Fit Fathers Launches

FitFathers.com recently launched and is just what the doctor ordered in today’s bad health habit, never-ending work and mass-connectivity driven world.  Health, nutrition, quality family interaction, and exercise have taken a backseat. Fast food, sodas, gaming, the Internet, and digital communication have supplanted home-cooked meals, adventurous family vacations, reading, direct personal communication, and active living. With this threatening wave of mass digital confusion and lack of healthy habits, today’s kids, are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, studies show.

Fit Fathers site is cool dad approved.  Proactive dads must be proactive in every way!  As important as it is to be proactive in your child’s life, it is just as important to be proactive in your pursuit of good health.

The web site is the vision of Kimatni Rawlins, the president and publisher of the automotive media and marketing portal, Automotive Rhythms.  He is definitely about the life.  I remember when he was about 50+ pounds heavier and eating potato chips like Lays was going out of business.  He has since changed his lifestyle and mission. His family has followed suit and it is a joy to see.  We work out together at his social workouts that brings the families to the track to interact and exercise. He has inspired me and mine and now that the site is live it can hopefully inspire a new health revolution for fathers around the globe.   It’s not just all health, it’s cool stuff on the site.  CHECK IT OUT!  www.fitfathers.com

 

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Dad Take your Kids to School

Summer ends with the thud of new shoe boxes and bags of school supplies for me. Today marked the first day of school for my little ones. Last night was torture as they were so excited for school one forgot to use the bathroom before bed and I was awakened at 2:30 in the morning to shower said kids and change sheets.  So, that meant daddy was slow to get up and we were in turn a wee bit late for the first day.  But there is still nothing like being able to take your kids to school late or not.  As a dad it is important to have a presence at your kid’s school.  It helps the morale of your child, it shows the other kids there is a man in your child’s life, and overall, it speaks well to show the family unit is strong.

I know some of us may not be fortunate enough to take our kid’s everyday but take them when you have the chance or ask the mom could you take your child to school once in awhile.  It will make a difference in your relationship with them and I bet it will make you feel good in the process. Carry on … #DadsRule

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Fatherhood Friday Frank Sinatra

Fatherhood … Do it your way!  #FatherhoodFriday

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Single Dad Needs Help

The story of Stanley Young, a single dad of eight, hit home not just because he lost his home in my hometown but because all he wants is to provide for his kids.  This is all any single dad or mother wants to be able to do. He was rendered helpless when his home was burned down.  It warmed my heart when rapper Nas immediately stepped in to start a campaign on the out-of-work construction worker’s behalf.  Nas put in $5000 and challenged the nation to meet at $20,000 goal and he would put in another $5000, which he has done.  The Young family still needs your help.  Act now!

Visit https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/help-the-young-family/ for more info and PLEASE donate what you can.  #DADsRule

See The Young Family’s story, it’s gut-wrenching.

Fatherhood Friday Bill Cosby

“If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.” – Bill Cosby  #FF is #FatherhoodFriday

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Garlicky Cauliflower Mash

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Garlicky Cauliflower Mash

Here is a LOW CARB  and LOW FAT replacement for mashed potatoes in 20 minutes.   Quick and easy. All veggie and the KIDS LOVED IT! #dadsrule

1.) Break or cut the cauliflower into floret sized pieces. Smash and peel garlic. Place garlic and cauliflower in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 15 minutes.

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2.) Immediately place the hot cauliflower and garlic in a blender or food processor. Add Almond milk, 2 teaspoons oil, smart butter, cream cheese, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy.

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3.) Transfer to a serving bowl. Stir in a little more cream cheese, if desired. Serve hot.  Great out of the microwave days later.   Thank me now.

NOTE: You can also delete the cream cheese and add real chives and it is almost as good … but much more healthy;)

Grocery List

1 head of Cauliflower

4 cloves of Garlic

1/3 cup Almond Milk

1 Tbsp Smart Butter

1 Tbsp Whipped Cream Cheese with Chives

Salt and cracked pepper

2 Tsp of Olive Oil

The Pains of FatherHood

Being a dad can be HARD! Protect yourself early and often. This Durex commercial hits it on the head LOL  I love being a father and wouldn’t change it for the world, but this is funny.  #DADsRule

 

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