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Fatherhood Friday Jerry Seinfeld

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Comedian and cool dad of three, Jerry Seinfeld is stepping up for fatherhood. Recently, he hosted Baby Buggy’s the inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Initiative Lunch in California.  The Baby Buggy Fatherhood Leadership Council includes Jason Alexander, Jason Bateman, Kevin Hart, Jay Leno, Michael Richards and Bob Saget.

Baby Buggy is a non-profit started by Jerry’s wife, Jessica. Jerry believes that fathers lack a support system, so this initiative fills part of the void and allows these celebrity dads to support one another in their daddy journey.

“Women do that naturally.  Men — it just doesn’t even cross their mind. They just quietly suffer, and that’s why a lot these marriages go south. People suffer and suffer and suffer and they go, ‘I can’t take it anymore, I’m outta here.’” – Jerry Seinfeld

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“I wasn’t surprised that I loved fatherhood as much as I did,” Seinfeld recalls. “But I was surprised what I needed to learn that I didn’t know, which is one of the reasons I wanted to do this. Being a husband and a father — you don’t get any training, and people need training.” – Jerry Seinfeld

Fatherhood Friday Clint

Today we salute one of the coolest ever, Clint Eastwood.  Academy Award winner and present nominee for his blockbuster film “American Sniper,” and father of seven.  Seven! #FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

“It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.” – Clint Eastwood

Discipline is important as a dad on all sides. How you discipline your kids and discipline yourself have equal importance. Don’t forget.

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Fatherhood Friday Josh Grant

Motocross pro Josh Grant is big on bikes, speed, tricks, dirt and family. He is all about his wife Ashley and sons Easton and Wyatt. A cool dad for sure. Salute! #FatherhoodFriday

 

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“One of the coolest feelings I have experienced as a dad is being able to ride with little man and watching him grow into being such the little stud he is!” – Josh Grant

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Richard Sherman Expecting a Ring and Baby

Richard Sherman has more to look forward outside of another Super Bowl ring.  His girlfriend, Ashley Moss, is pregnant with his son due days after the big game. Fatherhood is the true game changer.  He has a new level of motivation in him now. #DadsRule
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“(A child is) someone that actually depends on you for everyday living,” Sherman said. “Everything they do is dependent on you and how you provide and how successful you are.

“As a parent, you want to set a great example for them, so I guess, to a degree, a lot of things are riding on it.”

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Fatherhood Quotes from a KING

Today was the birth of a King. Cool dad of 4, husband, God-fearing Civil Rights leader, pastor, superhero, world-changing orator and legend.  Today we salute Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on his birthday! Fatherhood Quotes from a King-  #DadsRule

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“Real father – someone who always put his family first.”

On his father -” he never wastes his money at the expense of his family. He has always had sense enough not to live beyond his means.”

“Every parent at some time faces the problem of explaining the facts of life to his child.”

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[On his family home] “A very congenial home situation, [where] love was central.” LOVE

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Fatherhood Friday LeBron on Kids and Teammates

A funny thing happened in a conversation about how LeBron James interacts with his teammates as a leader, he compared it to fatherhood.   Interesting … #FatherhoodFriday Life raising three kids and teammates. #DadsRule

“There’s no encyclopedia or book about parenthood. You learn on the fly. And, as a parent, if you have multiple kids, you can’t teach them all the same thing because they all have different personalities. They’re their own person. And I understand that. The way I can talk to one of my kids has to be different from the other one, because how they react and how they take in the knowledge is different.

And what’s funny is it’s a lot like being a leader of a basketball team. How I speak to Dwayne Wade is different from how I speak to Chris Bosh. How I speak to Mario Chalmers is different from how I talk to Norris Cole. How I talk to Kyrie Irving is different from how I talk to Kevin Love. It’s how they receive the knowledge and how it processes into their mind—that’s how you know you’re doing it the right way. Being able to understand their personalities, and understand their mind, on how they take the knowledge.” – LeBron James

 

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Fatherhood Friday Bo Knows

If you don’t know … “Bo Knows.” And if you think he doesn’t know about fatherhood, you don’t know diddly! We salute the do-it-all former God of an athlete this Fatherhood Friday. #DadsRule

“I would say my greatest achievement in life right now – my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it – is to be a wonderful father to my kids.” – Bo Jackson

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Fatherhood Friday Guarding the Galaxy

Today, we ride with Guardian of the Galaxy Chris Pratt, father of 2 year old son Jack and husband to actress Anna Farris. Jack was born nine weeks premature, and as a father of premature twins, I can relate to the helplessness and call on God to get you through.  Pratt recently had some cool words to say about his experience becoming a dad.  Also check him out in  “Guardians of the Galsxy,” recently released on DVD, a movie that really surprised me. I loved it.  Can’t wait to watch it with my son. #FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

 

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On seeing his son in NICU

“It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it.”

“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor: I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy.”

“I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”

 

Fatherhood Friday Eric Garner

Normally, I keep Friday old school, very cool or just lighthearted but the times today call for something else.  I sat in on a conference call with the White House yesterday and I have been journaling my thoughts, which I will share but until then … FatherhoodFriday goes to Eric Garner, father of six children and husband of 27 years choked to death in a homicide at the arms of a New City police officer. His quote below was also his last words:

“I Can’t Breathe!” – Eric Garner

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“He was my best friend … Me entering college, I was looking forward to him being at every game.” Eric Garner’s son Eric

Watch this interview of Eric Garner’s oldest children with Katie Couric HERE

Fatherhood Friday The X Factor

Fatherhood Friday with the father that would protect his family by any means necessary. Today’s quote is from Malcolm X speaking to middle-aged fathers, especially. #DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.” -Malcolm X

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Words to Father By

These are the words of Pastor Keith Battle and have really inspired me to rethink the way I father. It is a must that as dads, we figure out what our kid need from us. Every child is wired differently. We can’t make our children be what we want or mold them into the likeness of what we could never accomplish. Find out your child’s needs and love language and operate to meet and grow them from their needs.
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Fatherhood Friday Walter White and Nursery Cursing

Bryan Cranston starred as chemistry teacher turned drug dealer, Walter White, in the AMC Emmy winning series “Breaking Bad,” and now gets to lace some profane nursery rhymes in by narrating author Adam Mansbach’s “You Have to F…… Eat.”  Reading a book like this sounds like something his “Breaking Bad” character, Walter White, would do. Clearly, that character is not too far removed from the real guy.  Cranston is the father of two kids, with his youngest being a 20-year old daughter. Fatherhood Friday we salute the bad ass dad that is Bryan Cranston.

I want to be able to experience everything. I want to experience being a husband, experience being a father, experience, maybe, hopefully, someday being a grandfather, and all those things. I want that experience. When I die, I want to be exhausted. – Bryan Cranston

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Below is excerpt from the book as read by Cranston.

Finding Strength as a Dad

“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” #AlexElle

As a dad, you will surely stumble and maybe even fall, but there is a beauty in trying and learning that your child and all that observe appreciate. Learn to appreciate it as well. #DadsRule #Motivation

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Fatherhood Friday McConaughey

Star of the new Chris Nolan movie Interstellar and the absolutely awesome HBO series True Detective, Mathew McConaughey gets his true fulfillment from being a dad.  He is a father of three Livingston Alves McConaughey, Levi Alves McConaughey, Vida Alves McConaughey. #FatherhoodFriday … and he’s a Redskins fan!

“It’s the only thing I’ve always wanted to be. I knew when I was 8 years old. I mean, I wanted to be things like the Washington Redskins running back and all that stuff, but the one thing I knew I wanted to be was a father.”   – Mathew McConaughey

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I understood that was why my dad was making me say “Yes, sir” and “Yes, ma’am” to elders.  You know, “I’m not on par with the adults yet. There’s places to go.” – Mathew McConaughey

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Fatherhood Friday The Walking Dad

I’ve been a fan of Norman Reedus since I got hip to the cult classic flick The Boondock Saints many years ago.  A single cool dad, Norman Reedus now plays a zombie killer on the hit AMC series The Walking Dead and in real life is killing stereotypes of dead beat dads. The father of one son, Mingus, he spends as much time with his son as he can. According to Reedus, fatherhood is one thing he doesn’t run from.

“I’m really enjoying being a father. I love that. I run toward that every opportunity I can get.” – Norman Reeds

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On what he’s learned from his son, Mingus: “Patience. He doesn’t freak out about anything. He’s so calm, cool and collected.”

Even what terrifies him has to do with fatherhood …

On what really terrifies him: “Have you ever sat in a parent-teacher meeting with a bunch of moms and you? That’s terrifying. I did that recently, where I was sitting in a room with all moms and me. And everyone’s talking about how we should structure this after school program, and I’m just like ‘Ah!’”

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Fatherhood Friday Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum is a little over a year into this fatherhood thing so today we salute the movie star.  He is cool dad to a baby girl, Everly, and husband to actress Jenna Dewan Tatum. #FatherhoodFriday

“I’ve never protected the president [in real life], but I have been a new dad, and I can tell you that being a new dad is pretty terrifying … to me as a new father, nothing is more important or scary than protecting a daughter.”  – Channing Tatum

No doubt Channing and you will protect your daughter as all cool dads do.  #DadsRule

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Fatherhood Friday Dave Chappelle

When we think of Dave Chappelle at DaddysCool, we don’t think “crazy,” but “courageous.” He felt that the spotlight and fame was not “conducive to raising a family” and walked away from $50 million to continue doing his TV show. You all probably know by now that he is back, but we wanted to give the cool dad of three some shine.

 

“Money is the fuel for choices. But There are other things in my life that I did not purchase w money that are very valuable to me”. – Dave Chappelle

“Once I got kids I got focused.” – Dave Chappelle

“Constantly take inventory of what’s important to you.” – Dave Chappelle

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Fatherhood Friday with a Jonas

Kevin Jonas, the oldest in the pop rock band the Jonas Brothers, joined the fatherhood fraternity in February with his daughter Alena Rose. It’s been an adjustment for him. – And WE KNOW! 

“We thought there would be fewer dirty diapers, he said.” – Get used to it Kev, the party is just starting!

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My favorite thing about being a dad is knowing that I’m going to be able to take the things that I’ve learned and implement them in her life.” – Kevin Jonas

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Fatherhood Friday Robin Williams

Its been over a week since we lost Robin Williams but we have not forgotten him on DaddysCool. Robin was cool dad to Zelda Rae WilliamsZachary Pym Williams, and Cody Alan Williams.  #FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

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“Best news for me I have is that I am a father!” (Audience Applause) – Robin Williams

“Being a father gives me an incredible sense of well-being.  Yes I am a superhero. I am Father Man, with my all-powerful, ‘NO, put that down!'” – Robin Williams

You will be missed Robin.

 

What to do Wednesdays

 

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Heard this powerful message at church this weekend  by Pastor Keith Battle of Zion Church, MD and had to share for What to Wednesdays. Love+Nurture+Lead. #DadsRule  @KeithBattle

 

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