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Xzibit of a Father

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This Fatherhood Friday, we shout out 1CoolDad, rapper Xzibit. He lost one son prematurely but has two sons that he is raising into men, Gatlyn and Tremayne. It’s Fatherhood Friday!  Salute, X to the Z!  #DadsRule

“I became a father at the age of 19. Now, at that age along with a definite lack of maturity you can only do two things when it comes to being a father. One, rise to the occasion and sacrifice for the safety and stability of your child. Or two, fail miserably.”

“My responsibility is to send decent human beings out into society.” – Xzibit

 

Fatherhood Friday Novak Djokovic

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“Ever since I got married and became a father, I haven’t lost many matches, I won many tournaments. I suggest that to every player, get married, have kids, let’s enjoy this.”

Novak Djokovic recently hoisted the Wimbledon trophy with a victory over pro tennis great, Roger Federer.  The 28-year old Serbian credits that win and various other wins to fatherhood.  Cool dads can get into that train of thought!  #DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

FACT since his son’s birth: He has lost only three of 61 matches and collected eight titles, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

“If there is one thing that I learned it is to recover fast and to leave things behind me and move on.” – Djokovic explains that fatherhood has helped with that.

 

 

Fatherhood Friday with WR Torrey Smith

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Today, we shout out former Baltimore Raven and new San Francisco 49er wide receiver, Torrey Smith.  The Maryland native has move on from his hometown, but his family is traveling too. He is big on being a dad and we salute him. #FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

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I take a lot of pride in being a great father. With that, every decision I make today, I understand that affects him. I take a lot of pride in going about that the right way and I’m someone he’ll look up to.

My thing is, I want to be the best man I can be, when I preach to my child certain things – what to do, what not to do, just the right thing in general – he’ll respect it, because I lived it and I walked it. That’s what I’m trying to do right now. – Torrey Smith

Walter Scott Shooting Leaves 4 Children Father-less

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Walter Scott was a father of four with a fiancee. Walter Scott has a family who loved him. Walter Scott’s life mattered.

Walter Scott was murdered by a white police officer, Michael Slager, in North Charleston, South Carolina.

In the wake of the shooting, four more children will grow up without their father.

“He has four children; he doesn’t have some type of big violent past or arrest record,” said Chris Stewart, a lawyer for Mr. Scott’s family. “He had a job; he was engaged. He had back child support and didn’t want to go to jail for back child support.”

Manute Bol’s Son to Take his Father’s Game to New Height

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Meet Bol Bol, son of former NBA player Manute Bol.  Bol is more than following the massive footprints of  his 7ft 7in tall (now deceased) dad; this 15 year-old is already 6 ft 10 in and shows the mobility of Kevin Durant.

Bol’s dad died in 2010. The death hit him hard, but became his motivation to focus more on basketball to help get through his loss. He wants to complete his dads dream making it to the NBA, taking care of the people of Sudan but not spending the bulk of his money on the cause like his dad did, rather saving money to take care of himself and his immediate family.

“When people say every game I play is for my dad, it makes me feel good; makes me work harder”

Bol is just getting started.

 

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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.

Fatherhood Friday Ethan Hawke

Fatherhood Friday is back and this time with the star of the much talked about movie “Boyhood.”  Ethan Hawke plays the father in the movie and in real life stars as the father to Clementine, 6, and Indiana, 3, both of whom he shares with his wife Ryan. (Ethan has two other children from his previous marriage to actress Uma Thurman: daughter Maya Ray, 16, and son Levon Roan, 12.)

Ethan Hawke plays basketball with son Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke in the West Village, NYC

“My theory is that there’s nothing hard about being a father. Being a father is one of the most natural things.”

“It’s the rest of life that’s so hard. Co-parenting, finding the right school — all of that crap is a giant headache.” Being a father is incredibly simple. I always wanted to be a father.” 

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Black-ish Sitcom Comes to ABC

“Screwing things up is just another part of what it means to be a father. That’s how you learn how to fix things. ”

That line was taken from ABC new upcoming comedy series “Black-ish” starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne. Finally a little flavor on ABC, let’s see how she goes.  The show revolves around an affluent African-American couple with the father trying to keep hold of his children’s cultural roots while living in the suburbs.

Looks interesting, check it out.

Stuart Scott Kicking Cancer’s Ass

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ESPN anchor Stuart Scott’s quiet fight against cancer is getting louder.  A recent artcle about him in The New York Times is the amplifier to blare Scott’s battle to the masses. If you have ever watched ESPN’s “SportsCenter” over the years you know Stu and the hip way he has helped change the way sports highlights are reported. The article sheds some light on the personal life of someone that I have watched  so often that he feels like one of the fellas.

Part of me felt bad that I didn’t know anything about his illness, but the other half felt incouraged and ready to cheer him on from the Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 8.56.59 AMsidelines. Scott, 48, has two teen daughters and he speaks of how they deal with his illness, in the article.

When he first learned he had cancer, the girls asked him a lot of questions. Taelor once asked if the cancer would kill him, he recalled. “I         said: ‘It could, and that’s why we’re doing everything we can. That’s why I’m taking every medicine I can and that’s why I keep working        out so we can keep traveling the way we do and so I can act silly and goofy and keep embarrassing you.’?”

Scott is divorced and shares custody of daughters.

“I love my girls more than the air I breathe!” – Stuart Scott

Read about his everyday fight with cancer HERE. #DadsRule

DadsRule Quote

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Fathers please teach your sons how to dress properly for interviews. If you don’t, they’ll be living at your address a lot longer.

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Thanks Silas Dobbins.

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Following Ralph Nader to the Dinner Table

Read this with an open mind with a keen eye on the parenting aspect. I was watching the documentary on Ralph Nader, “An Unreasonable Man” and something really stood out to me that had nothing to do with his beliefs, Nader-unreasonable-manconspiracy theories, the Green Party or “Nader’s Raiders.”  Instead, what grabbed me was how when he was in grade school his father would give he and his siblings a problem to solve each day.  They would have the day to think and come together to discuss answers over dinner.

I thought this is great way to help scuplt young minds and make critical thinking fun.  Also it could help my children understand that nothing is set in stone, and to seek their own solutions to problems.

A great line from the movie was when Nader’s father asked him: “Well, Ralph, what did you learn in school today? Did you learn how to believe or did you learn how to think?”

As a parent, I want my kids to be thinkers.  I want them to know that their thoughts could one day change the world, so it starts now.  It starts at the dinner table, it starts in the car, it starts with me listening, and reassuring them that no answer is wrong as long as their can support their view. Encourage them to have their own views and not be shy about expressing them.

I decided to try this problem-solving scenario out on my three little ones (7-9 years old).  We were dealing with the hot topic of bullying. It was in the news with the Incognito- Martin NFL scandal and my eldest daughter was facing a bit of bullying in her classroom. My questions to the kids, “If you were in charge of your own school, what would you do about bullying and what rules might you put in place to stop that behavior?”  I asked them during the ride to school and informed them they had until dinner to think of their answer.

The first day, they all forgot to think about the question but the next day they came to the table with solutions.  They even took the time to name their school’s; “Kurios University” and “Ipod Touch 5 Generation Charter School” which sounded vaguely like items on their Christmas list. Subtlety is not a quality my kids possess.

The solutions they presented were similar to what was already in place in there school.  I encouraged them to think outside of the box, so we began to brainstorm at the dinner table.  I told them nothing was off limits or too outrageous, aside from jail or murder, of course.  My kids are a happy and loving bunch, so it didn’t go too far but it got them thinking.  Most important they were left feeling their opinion mattered.  All in all the experiment was a success.

Nader never had kids and likely never will. but what he shared from his upbringing in the documentary will help me rear my kids.  As a single parent I need all the help I can get. Thanks Ralph, you are not so unreasonable after all.

Below is the full documentary if you would like to watch it.  Well done. Also learn some of the good Nader has done; without him cars might not have seatbelts or any safety features for that matter.  Enjoy.

Fatherhood Friday Lenny Kravitz

It’s Fatherhood Friday and today we give a nod to one of the coolest single dads in music, Lenny Kravitz.  He is father to the stunning actress Zoe Kravitz. His quote speaks to loosening your grip as a father and allowing your child to learn from their own decisions.

“[My daughter is] a good girl, she’s smart, and I respect her choices. If something isn’t done right, she learns from it and that’s life.” – Lenny Kravitz

#DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday is the new #FF

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Fatherhood Friday with Primetime

Deion Sanders is in the NFL Hall of Fame but his biggest accomplishment is being a father to five kids.  He currently has custody of his three youngest kids following his split from his wife.  #FatherhoodFriday is the new #FF

“I don’t care what they say about me when I’m through with sports. I don’t want to be known as anything else in life but a great father.”

Deion “Primetime” Sanders
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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

 

Jay Z Ode to Baby Blue

Here is the introspective and soulful piece by Hova on being a new father, creating a child and miscarriage of the past.  With baby Blue Ivy Carter making the song cry at the end.

“You’re the child of my destiny

You’re my child with the child of Destiny’s Child

That’s a hell of a recipe”

Glory by Jay Z featuring BIC

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