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Fatherhood Friday Ray Donovan

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Today we are rolling with Liev Schreiber, Hollywood fixer in the hit Showtime series Ray Donovan (Season 2). The actor makes his kids a priority and celebrating fathers like that is what Fatherhood Friday is all about.  He has two sons with longtime partner actress Naomi Watts — 6-year-old Sasha and 5-year-old Samuel.

“It’s amazing how insignificant everything else becomes,” Schreiber said of his fatherhood. “It sounds romantic. But the reality is that you go brain-dead for 2 ½, 3 years and slowly return to the world. … You kind of lose all ambition.” – Liev Schreiber

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DC Area: Fit Fathers Day Sunday

Calling All Cool Dads, Male Role Models & Families

Come one, come all to a great free event in Downtown Silver Spring on Father’s Day. A celebration full of activities, fitness, prizes, and hot whips.

Sponsored by Mazda USA, The Washington Auto Show and Volkswagen USA + Shoe City, Whole Foods, Mens Health Network and Children’s National Medical Center

Fit Fathers Day is a call to wellness, fitness and fun Powered by
Fit Fatherswww.DaddysCool.com, My Majic 102.3FM & Powerful Beyond Measure Celebration

Father’s Day Sunday June 15th at 11:00 am!

Veterans Plaza –  1 Veterans Place Silver Spring, MD 20910 (pavilion across from Majestic Movie Theater)

RSVP to get a chance to win special prizes:
http://fitfathersday.me/

Prizes include 5 pair Adidas sneakers (Shoe City), several Bose premium audio headphones, Legos, Mothers Car Care products

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Fit Fathers Day Features:
• A Social Workout led by Kimatni Rawlins and celebrity Nike fitness trainer Deanna Jeferson (will include 100+ families interacting socially and physically for Fit Fathers Day.

Car and Motorcycle Show
Mazda6, Mazda CX9, Volkswagen Beetle, 2015 Jaguar XJL, 2015 Cadillac Escalade, 2015 Kia K900, Audi RS7, Ford Mustang Rouch, Yamaha R1 and more on display! Presented by Auto Fit, Throttle Life and www.Automotiverhythms.com

Fitness competitions including basketball, hula hoop, jump rope, push ups and etc.

Demos/Perfomances
Capoeira

Greenbelt S.I.T.Y
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First Class Sports Academy
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Various Vendors

Healthier Food Trucks – Everlasting Life (Vegan Soul Food), Dolci Gelati, and Gourmet Delight

Healthy snacks courtesy of Whole Foods Silver Spring

• Hashtag your Fit Fathers Day photos with #FitFathersDay and #FitFathers on our on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr pages for a chance to win Bose audio and Mothers car care prizes.

• Lead by example so your child becomes the example. Eat Clean, Stay Active & Continuously Energize Your Life!

Watch our PSA

#FitFathersDay #DadsRule #FitFathers

Looking for a a gift for dad? Purchase online or at the event #DadsRules T-shirts http://daddyscool.com/shop/

Fit Fathers Day Video Will Change Your Life

Fit Fathers Day has nothing to do with lame ties, stinky cologne or boring socks. This Father’s Day is about your life and your families, dad!

Through a partnership led by Fit Fathers, Daddy’s Cool has joined Mazda and Volkswagen in the effort to forever change the way we view Father’s Day.  Let’s celebrate the right way. Fit Fathers Day is born! WATCH the VIDEO now. Join the movement and Spread the word. We want this video to go viral. #FitFathersDay #DadsRule

 

To take the pledge and for more infromation www.FitFathersDay.com 
Hashtag #FitFathersDay to win prizes and more!

 

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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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Happy Birthday Biggie

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Everyday do fatherhood B.I.G! #DadsRule

Fatherhood Friday to the Wall

Wizards All Star John Wall was a bit dejected after the loss in the NBA Playoffs to the Indiana Pacers, but one couldn’t help but smile at the two beautiful kids that accompanied him to the podium.  Before the interview began, he kiss his niece as both she and Wall’s nephew sat on his lap. There is nothing like having kids a part of the moments that help define us as men, father figures and role models to them.

Wall is trying to break some chains left by his father John Carroll Wall, who would hemorrhage to death before young Wall in 1999 during a family trip at the age of 52. From age 2 to 8, John Wall’s only quality time with his dad was on weekends as his dad spent the majority of his final 30 years behind bars for robbery and second-degree murder.  He is a father figure and celebrity uncle to the two kids photographed. 

Salute John Wall on a GREAT year and an awesome unexpected run in the playoffs for the Wizkids.  Someday when you have your own kids, John Wall, be the father your dad was and the father he couldn’t be.

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John Wall and his "Lil Soldiers" as he affectionately calls them

John Wall and his “Lil Soldiers” as he affectionately calls them

The Mask As Men We Live In

“The three most destructive words that every man receives as a boy is when he is told to BE A MAN.”

“The Mask You Live In” by The Representation Project is a film exploring masculinity in our society.  As father’s this is very important and something we must be cognizant of as we raise young men or even look out for our daughters. I sometimes worry about my son around other boys.  He has been told some discouraging things because he is not in tune with all the music on the radio or video games.  His young manhood has been tested already and he has only 8 years old! As a dad, I get down because he is not as rough as I would like or as rough as I was at his age. But upon some soul-searching  and prayer, I realized that is the wrong attitude to have. There are so many other things to equip him with at this young age.

Watch this video trailer. Very enlightening. Why so many boys seem to be going crazy and some of the ways we help their descent.  https://twitter.com/maskyoulivein

Young New Dads Most Stressed

depressed dad2Becoming a new father can be overwhelming no matter the age but a new study shows that men in their early 20′s are 68 percent likley to suffer from depression during fatherhood. The survey was taken over a 20 year period from 1994 to 2014 and included over 10,000 men who became fathers between the ages of 24 and 32.

The findings published in Pediatrics on April 14, state the risk of paternal depression during the first five years of fatherhood rose 10 percent in the younger fathers as opposed to the older men. The study done by The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health is very important as not a lot of attention has been paid to depression of father’s and how it can affect a child’s development.

The study also showed a greater incidence of depression among fathers who lived with their children, and even higher levels of depression among black and Hispanic fathers.

What is not clear is how accurate this survey is with the 10 questions asked of the men regarding feelings of unhappiness, how well-liked they felt, and if they were tired. I think young men are much less settled, so they naturally want to do and feel they are missing more, which can make them feel most stressed. Older men have done quite a bit usually and are more set in their ways so questions hit them in a different way.

The bottomline is the discussion has begun and some attention is being paid to fathers as it relates to paternal depression.  It is something worth investigating more.

 

Fatherhood Friday: A Daily Walk

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#Fatherhood is a daily walk. Take time to Make your kids better. Love+Nurture+Lead #DadsRule.

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Fatherhood Friday from OMG insider

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Kevin Frazier is the co-host of OMG!Insider and a dad of three boys, the first of which he had at age 19. You might think he is a veteran at fatherhood, but there is always something new to learn about yourself and how to better parent. Take it from the single dad of multiples writing this.

Frazier sat down with Robert “Daddy” Nickell of My Life As A Dad to talk about being a daddy.  One major point I took from the interview was when Frazier came to a realization while trying to push athletics on his youngest son.
“His life isn’t my life and I can’t project that on him. A great lesson for me. Let them find their own journey.” – Kevin Frazier

Words to live by … Salute! #fatherhoodFriday #dadsRule

What Bieber Really Needs is a Dad

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The image of Justin Bieber bare-chested on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine sent Huffington Post blogger Roland Warren into a poignant tirade about fatherhood or lack there of, in the Biebs case.  Warren gives excerpts from the article and his overall view of Bieber and how the lack of a dad is his life is the reason of his very public downward spiral.

“I have a special place in my heart for fatherless boys because I know well their lonely journey. A boy has a hole in his soul in the shape of his father. God whispers into the womb of his mother that there is a man who will love him like no other. But, if his father is unable or unwilling to fill this hole, it can leave a wound that is not easily healed.” – Roland Warren

Read more about  “The Hole in Justin Bieber’s Soul” 

Fatherhood Friday Don’t Be Scared

Kenan Thompson from “Saturday Night Live” was recently on Late Night with Seth Myers talking about his pending fatherhood.  The SNL star is expecting his first child in late June with wife Christina Evangeline and although he joked their is usually truth in jest.  Man up, Good Burger! No time to be scared, time to get prepared! Get ready … #FatherhoodFriday

“I’m about to be a daddy. Papa Kenan! I am terrified. I don’t know what to do with babies. I plan to be at the casino when she’s giving birth, like old schoolin’ it,” Thompson, 35, joked Friday on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” – Kenan Thompson

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Serious Comic Book on Fatherhood

A comic book on fatherhood? Why not!  My life is definitely a comic strip of superhero proportions.  Here is a serious take on it with new crime noir comic book, “Fatherhood” from Challenger Comics.  #DADsRule

“When a father sets out to get the doll and make his daughter smile, he fails miserably. The pressure makes him crack and he enters an imaginary ‘noir world’ where he is strong enough to handle the problems that crush him in everyday life. FATHERHOOD is an emotional tale about how much love your heart can hold, how much love it takes to break a man, and what happens when you lose your grip on reality because you are clutching that love too tight.”

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Obey

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Told my kids their one word job description is #OBEY as a child of God mine is the same. #DadsRule #fatherhood #Godtoo

Black Fathers Doing More Parenting

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While President Obama and many others are calling for a state of emergency on Black fathers, things are not as bleak as the media would have you think.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black fathers spend more time rearing their children than white and Hispanic fathers.

In the study 70 percent of Black fathers were most likely to have bathed, dressed, diapered or helped their children use the toilet every day compared with 60 percent of white fathers and 45 percent of Hispanic fathers.

A higher percentage of black fathers spent more time driving their kids to activities than white fathers and more black fathers helped their children with homework every day compared with Hispanic dads and white ones.

Now I am not saying Black fathers should ease up or take fatherhood any less lightly.  It’s just good to know that Black fathers are on the right track.  Just thought we would share.  #DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

Fatherhood Friday Bob Marley from Daughter

 

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Cedella Marley is Bob Marley’s eldest child and in celebration of Bob Marley’s recent birthday, it seemed like a cool thing to hear from his daughter about him as a cool dad.  Interesting insight into the music legend.  One Love  #FatherhoodFriday

Excerpts from an interview with Cedella with BBC News Magazine:

He was a cool dad, as cool as they come.

If he was in town he would always be the one that would come and pick us up from school, take us to the beach. We’d go running, swimming. He was very competitive, a work-out fanatic.  Whenever he would come and pick us up from school, I would walk out with my chest up and my nose in the air.  I was like, “That’s my dad.” He was the sexiest dad in prep school. I was proud of my dad. 

He was very strict about our schoolwork. We went to Catholic schools. It was very funny for people who would say, “Your father is such a Rastafarian.” And I was, “Yeah and he sent us to Catholic schools!”

I wouldn’t say he was a cuddly dad, but he was fun. He was funny – he would always try and make you laugh.”

He wrote songs, hanging around, and it was fun to watch him too. It was kind of casual, if we were sitting back watching tv, he’d have his guitar.

Music was important in our childhood. It wasn’t something that we had to do. My father’s attitude was, “If you want to do it you can do it, but if want to do it you’re going to have to be great at it.”

He was a perfectionist – it had to be perfect.

He said: “If my life is just for me then I don’t want it.”

But I know what he meant. If you can’t do something that would help to bring about change, then what are you living for? Even though our time was short, he was a great person to have as a father.

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Read more at BBC 

 

Also if you can make it to NYC check out … the NY Off-Broadway Premiere of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds at the New Victory Theatre February 7-23, 2013 after a local run at the recently completed Bowie State Fine and Performing Arts Center in January, 2014. Three Little Birds premiered at Adventure Theatre MTC in March 2013 and is based on the book by Cedella Marley with music & lyrics by reggae legend Bob Marley, and enjoyed a well-received run earlier this season. Ticket information for the season is at available at NewVictory.org and at (646) 223-3010.

Daddycool review of the play – We saw it first!

 

 

 

Fatherhood Friday Fallon

The new host of “The Late Show” feels that being a dad trumps everything including his coveted holy grail late night slot. Jimmy Fallon became a dad in July 2013 and is still beaming from his introduction to fatherhood. He had a long struggle to have a child and ended up having his daughter, Wendy, through a surrogate.

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“I can’t stop looking at her. When I’m not holding her, I’m looking at photos of her on my phone. She’s the coolest – the best thing to ever happen to me.” -Jimmy Fallon

“There’ll be nights when you’re sitting on your couch, and you’re with your beautiful wife, who you can’t believe married you, and your beautiful baby, who you feel endlessly grateful you were able to have. And your dog. You’re watching Real Housewives getting into fist-fights on TV. And you go, ‘How great is my life? I’m so happy right now.’- Jimmy Fallon

 

#FatherhoodFriday is the new #FF … #DadsRule

24:7 Dad eBook

Are you a full time dad or want to be?  Well, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) has  a brand new series of eBooks to help dads. tips4raisinghealthykids

“The 24/7 Dad® To Go eBook Series”  is short and sweet snippets tackling issues we face such as marriage and relationships, child development, and specific fathering skills and discipline. Each eBook will be based upon the principles of NFI’s leading fatherhood program, 24/7 which is a fatherhood program used by many community-­based organizations in the U.S.  Its premise is that fatherhood is a skill-­based activity that dads can get better at with the right mix of knowledge and inspiration.

Each month there will be a new book. The first book in the series, “Tips for Raising Healthy Kids.”

Recent research confirms the strong link between father and child health. For example, children in father-­absent homes are twice as likely to be obese than children in two-­parent homes. Furthermore, a father’s involvement and parenting style is predictive of his children’s BMI, whereas a mother’s is not.

The content of “Tips for Raising Healthy Kids” has been compiled and enhanced from the proven fatherhood skill-­building resources that have been field-­tested for over a decade, according to NFI.

This eBook is designed for dads who:

  • want to live healthy and
  • raise healthy kids.

 

We teach you the tips and tools for:

  • getting and staying physically and mentally healthy,
  • raising healthy kids, and
  • leading your family in a healthy lifestyle.

 

Each eBook will be sold for $1.99 at NFI’s online resource center, FatherSOURCE, at http://www.fathersource.org.

 

Fatherhood Friday on Fatherhood

Actor Hank “Not a children kind of person” Azaria explores fatherhood through a new documentary web series. 

He talks to his famous friends including my #1 seed as the worst TV dad that you love to hate, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. It starts with questions about fatherhood for a soon to be father and along the comically cynical journey Azaria becomes a father.

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Check it out http://on.aol.com/video/hank-azarias-fatherhood-518085093

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Fatherhood Friday JustSaying

For Fatherhood Fridays we will switching things up a bit in 2014. We will not only have celebrity quotes on fatherhood but quotes from everyday super cool dads and other musings like “JustSaying.”  Stay motivated to be better dads this year and remain cool all the while.  #FatherhoodFriday is the #FF!  #DadsRule

 

 

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