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Do We Protect Our Kids or Do They Protect Us?

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 3.27.11 PMThis weekend Chris Hemsworth drops in theaters this week with the Ron Howard directed “In the Heart of the Sea,” and also dropped some serious knowledge on the relationship of parents and children with a most important revelation while riding in the back seat with his 3 year-old daughter.

Check out his story below:

“Last week, we were in the car driving somewhere, and my little girl was in the back seat with me. I was really tired, and I leaned over and I put my head on her lap, without even thinking about it. I just wanted to lie down a little bit and sleep because it was a 40-minute drive. And she started patting my head and singing a song through her pacifier.  I don’t even know what song it was. . .I looked at my wife, who was in the front seat, and she had tears in her eyes.”

“There’s the idea that we as parents spend all this time protecting our children. No, I think they’re protecting us. Sitting in the car with my head on her lap and her singing to me, there was this understanding of, ‘Wow, she’s looking after Dad, and that’s her job.’ You know? And that was such a joy. Oh, there’s nothing better! It was the happiest moment of my life.” – Chris Hemsworth

What do you think? Especially for those of us with young kids but it rings true for our older kids or even us as kids of a mother and father.  Is it the kids job to protect the parent?

It all boils down to the simple fact that as much as we think about or talk about how our job as a parent is to protect our kids, they actually protect us as well.  My kids (9 and 11 years old) are some of the most caring and nurturing human beings I know.  They know when I am sad or hurt and they go into protection and care mode.  They tell me they love me all the time. There were times when I could not have made it without them as a single dad and there are times they give me the strength to try harder to be a better husband and father now.  They take care of daddy always.  I hopefully when they are older and I don’t have to care for them as much, they will still have it in them to look out for daddy.

To the parents in the trenches, I think our young kids protect us as much as we protect them.

Salute you, Chris Hemsworth.  #DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

The Rock of Fatherhood

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Last weekend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appeared on Oprah’s “Master Class” on her OWN network and his most interesting and touching topic revolved around his relationship with his 14 years old daughter, Simone.

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“Throughout the ups and downs, I’ve realized that the most important thing that I could do with my daughter is lead our life with love.”

“Not success. Not fame. Not anything else. But, ‘I’m always here for you. I love you.'” – Dwayne Johnson

Watch the clip of the interview with Oprah, the Rock get’s very emotional recalling when he asked his daughter what she loved about their relationship.  Check the clip out here.  Being a father is special. Happy Fatherhood Friday!

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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 Messi

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Today we salute my son’s favorite soccer player, Lionel Messi. Outside of being the greatest soccer player in the world, he is also 1Cooldad.   Fatherhood Friday!

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“I…hate losing a game, but when I arrive home I do know that I will have the consolation of seeing my sons.”

“In a footballing sense nothing has changed but perhaps maybe it has in regards to facing those responsibilities that any father has with regards to the raising of his children.” – Messi

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Fatherhood Friday Michael Buble

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Michael Buble recently announced that he has a second child on the way and wants more in the future.  So a cool #FatherhoodFriday to all.  He is currently the father to 2 year old, Noah.

“Noah is only 2 and I already miss him when he was a baby how could we not want to have that again and again.” – Michael Buble

The Walk Fatherhood Friday

I did not know that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, of the new film”The Walk,” was married or a dad.  He has become one of the young actors I enjoy watching so it’s only right that he is a cool dad.

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He welcomed a daughter in August and had this to say about fatherhood:

“It’s wonderful and it makes me really happy.

#FatherhoodFriday

Trailblazer Aminu New Contract and New Baby

Al-Farouq Aminu recently signed his biggest contract with the NBA Portland Trailblazers and most importantly, had a new baby girl. The 6-foot-9 forward and his wife welcomed their first child, Emanah.

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“It’s crazy, man. It’s just life changing,” Aminu said. “Finally just starting your family, your legacy.”

“It’s good to have a refresh button, so to say. When I go home I got a kid I want play with.”

Salute!  #DadsRule #fatherhoodFriday

Wes Welker Gets Hands Dirty for Fatherhood Friday

Fatherhood for current free agent and former New England Patriots and Denver Broncos wide receiver, We Welker means catching dirty diapers for the home team with recent twin babies. His present game days  look like any stay-at-home dad with newborns  …

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A blow out! #GameChanger

Happy #FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

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Fatherhood Friday with Joe Cool

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The 2015 NFL season has started and we kick off with a cool pic from Joe “Cool” Flacco, starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens and dad to three little ones under the age of 3 years old.

Happy Fatherhood Friday and NFL opening weekend.

Here is a video of Flacco talking about bringing his kids to practice:

Son Plays Father Cool as Ice

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It’s Fatherhood Friday, you know what to do!

Go see “Straight Outta Compton” today!

Check out some old photos of Oshea Jackson and Oshea Jackson, Jr.

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Fatherhood Friday Funniest Dad Quote, Thanks Ryan Reynolds

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 1.10.15 PMDads say the darndest things.  The star of the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds just made my day. The actor and recent father of a beautiful baby girl with actress Blake Lively, named James. What?  My daughter’s name is Michal (pronounced Michael), so say something – LOL.

Okay, I will share a few fatherhood quotes from Reynolds. I died after the first one.

“I used to say to her (MY WIFE), ‘I would take a bullet for you. I could never love anything as much as I love you.’ And then the second I looked in that baby’s eyes, I knew in that exact moment, if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby.”

“Everyone thinks their baby is a genius. People find it delightfully refreshing when I tell them, ‘My baby? Totally average. Like, 100 percent average.'”

“If anything else woke up every 45 minutes during the night demanding to see my wife’s breasts, you kill it. [But with] a baby, you’re like, ‘Wahoo!'”

“It’s amazing that you can be that exhausted and that happy at the same time.”

#FatherhoodFriday  #DadsRule

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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

Fatherhood Friday Chris Brown

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Normally, I could care less what Chris Brown says or sings about, but he joined our fraternity when he welcomed or confirmed that he had a daughter.  Royalty is now 1-years old and he seems to be talking a good game, at least. #FatherhoodFriday Salute Breezy … fatherhood definitely has the power to change.

“Being a father is great. I’ve been able to set aside my own wants and necessities for my daughter.  Everything is about her.” – Chris Brown

 

Fatherhood Friday Mr. President

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Today, we show love to the coolest American President and a cool dad, Barack Obama.  President Obama recently did a podcast interview for the show “WTF with Marc Maron,” where he was asked about fatherhood and his father. Check out what he said below and listen to the entire interview HERE.

 

“I tell Michelle, one of our biggest jobs as parents is, ‘Let’s see if we can not pass on some of our craziness to our kids. Let’s see if we can break the cycle’ … It was very important to me to be a good dad.” – President Barack Obama

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Fatherhood Friday Legacy with Allan Houston

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 4.36.40 PMEx-New York Knick and NBA All-Star Allan Houston is a father of seven children, so, for him, fatherhood is not a game.  The former player, recently unveiled the trailer for his documentary, “The Legacy of My Father.”  The film features a few familiar faces including Doc Rivers, the only NBA head coach to coach his son on a team.  Our interest is piqued. Watch the trailer for yourself. #DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

 

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Fatherhood Friday Beatz by Swizz

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Fatherhood Friday with famous beat maker and husband of Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz gets candid about daddy duties in this video. #DadsRule

He is a father of five and all around cool dad from what we can tell.

“I take (being a dad) seriously … it’s a part of the life and you have to MAKE that happen.  Everything else can chill. But being a father is so much fun, also. ” Swizz Beatz

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Fatherhood Friday King Rules

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We lost music legend and cool dad B.B. King, so we couldn’t let this day go pass without shouting out a KING.  He was a father to three girls. RIP  #FatherhoodFriday

 

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“Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway.”
B. B. King

 

Fatherhood Friday Spike

IMG_5245-1.JPGSpike will always be a cool dad for directing “Do The Right Thing,” and Air Jordan commercials, getting in the face of NBA players during games and putting out a children’s book with his wife.  A father of two young adults, he is definitely getting less cool but Spike will always be Spike and never apologize for it. For that we salute the director this Fatherhood Friday.

 

“It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody.”  Spike Lee

Right on Spike! #DadsRule

 

Fatherhood Friday Avengers Dad Jeremy Renner

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Today, on the heels on arguably the biggest film release in the world, we salute “Avengers: Age of Ultron” star Jeremy Renner. Cool dad to 2-year-old Ava Berlin, Jeremy remarked recently on the Ellen Show about how much being a dad has changed the 44-year-old.

“Daddy’s my best role to date, I think.”

“It’s kind of screwed my career in a lot of ways, because I don’t really care about it so much because I care about her so much.”

“I still work, probably even more. It used to be all for myself, so I’m not old and broke. All these things I still do, but I do it now for the future of my baby, and if it gets in the way of her well-being, then I stop.” – Jeremy Renner

#DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

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