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Justin Timberlake on Fatherhood

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Fatherhood Friday shout out to Justin Timberlake who is wearing fatherhood well and not shying away from letting it be known. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair how being a new daddy to son Silas has gave him a new perspective.

“Having a child gives you a different insight.”It’s like The Matrix, man. You open a door and there’s this whole other world on the other side of it. And you look back through the door at the other world and you’re like, ‘What was I doing there?'”

“Maybe it’s the difference between 20s and 30s. The difference between ‘must achieve,’ and now it’s like, ‘Work smarter, not harder.’ You want to have time for your family.”

Timberlake was recently on the Teen Choice Awards accepting an honor and took the time to encourage the youth to be nice to their parents and respect what they offer as it will help them be able to make a difference in the world. See video below

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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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.

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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

Fatherhood Friday Anthony Anderson

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We salute Anthony Anderson, cool husband, cool dad of two teens and   star of  ABC’s “Black-Ish,” which returned to the small screen this week.  Anderson is one of the hardest working men in show business but is careful to make sure he is a constant in his children’s lives.  His son is taking a crack at acting and one of Anderson’s fondest memories was when his son chose to join him on stage one Father’s Day and tell “Yo, mama” jokes.

When asked what he liked most about fatherhood:

“Both my children being there, and that being a crowning achievement in my life, and it actually made me feel invincible … I can live forever now.

About his wife and stay-at-home parents:

“What she does as a stay-at-home mom, just like all the other stay-at-home moms and dads across the country is invaluable and unquantifiable … it’s the ultimate sacrifice, what these stay-at-home mothers and fathers do.

From interview w/ Black and Married with Kids

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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

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 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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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 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 Chris Hemsworth

Thor actor, Chris Hemsworth is a cool dad to a 2-year old India and recently born twin boys Sasha and Tristan. Fatherhood Friday we salute The blood son of Odin … ok excuse the comic book nerd moment. #DadsRule

“I think [fatherhood] brings out the child in all of us.” – Chris Hemsworth

“That’s what’s so beautiful. It reminds you of the fascination you had with things, and how you can spend hours just being with someone. It’s amazing.”  – Chris Hemsworth

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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 The Equalizer

Here to celebrate Fatherhood Friday, we settle the score on deadbeat dads with Denzel Washington, The Equalizer.  The cool movie star is a cool dad of four:  John David (1983), Katia (1987), Olivia (1991) and Malcolm (1991).  His oldest son John David is currently playing for the St. Louis Rams while his daughter attends Yale.  Denzel never let being estranged from his dad affect the type of father he is, and has said it fueled his fire to be a constant and positive force in his kid’s live.

“My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.” – Denzel Washington

“Put your slippers way under your bed so when you get up in the morning, you have to get on your knees to find them. And while you’re down there, start your day with prayer. Ask for wisdom. Ask for understanding.” – Denzel Washington

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Fatherhood Friday #DadsRule Tshirt Release

What better day to start our promotion for Father’s Day than #FatherhoodFriday.  This is the big weekend to shop for Father’s Day and Daddy’s Cool has the perfect gift for a Cool Dad.  A premium fitted 100% cotton short sleeve v-neck that blends comfort and style. Our first colorway is True BLUE. Each Tee comes with an inspirational quote about fatherhood and the proceeds help the movement to continue to uplift dads.  #DadsRule!

 

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To make fatherhood cool by uplifting and encouraging dads through fellowship, events, and sharing information and resources. We inspire dads to love, nurture and lead with the goal to increase proactive dads and decrease absentee dads. We take special care to focus on single fathers, especially those that are financially and/or legally disadvantaged. 

 

 

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Fatherhood Friday Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg, who has four children under the age of 11, takes the cover of the Fatherhood issue of Esquire and drops a few fatherhood gems in the process.  #DADSrule #FatherhoodFriday

“I think the most important thing is to always be involved in every aspect of their life. To give them enough trust that they can share things with you.”

“I don’t want them to be terrified of me, but I don’t want them to think they can do whatever they want and get away with it, either, because they can’t.”

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Fatherhood Friday Teachable Moments

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“I believe what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”Umberto Eco

There are so many teachable moments throughout the day as a father when you are with your kids. Don’t take those moments for granted. It doesn’t have to be a large production or a “sit down child, I have something to teach you” moment. It could happen when you look at the waiter directly, speak clearly and say, “thank you, sir.”  Sometimes it will be telling your kids what not to do, but often times it is showing how you do things through your actions. They see all, so make sure you acknowledge that by showing them what is right and talking to them about it.

I was recently interviewing reality TV star and entrepreneur Bevy Smith for another publication and we got on the topic of dads. She explained how her dad was the primary caregiver because her mom worked late on weekdays. Her dad cooked every week night and made sure the kids were taken care of during the week. Bevy gets her strength and optimism from her dad being in her life, she shared.

“There is something about a girl who knows there is a man who loves her and something about a boy growing up under the shadow and tutelage of a man.”Bevy Smith

She said how she recently realized how those moments when her dad would fill her time with geography facts led to her extreme love of travel. She now gets to travel the world and everywhere she goes a piece of him travels with her, and she is quick to call him during and after trips.  She commends fathers taking an active role in raising their children.

#DadsRule  Happy Fatherhood Friday!

 

 

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