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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 Royal

The 2014 World Series is in full swing and for star Kansas City Royal outfielder Lorenzo Cain, so is fatherhood.  On his day off between the sweep of the Angles and start of the American League (AL) Championship Series against Baltimore, Cain and his wife, welcomed Cameron Loe Cain. Now he has to adjust to his first time in the World Series and his first time being a dad.  We salute cool dad and AL Championship MVP, Lorenzo Cain today.  We wish him luck in the big series game and the more important game of fatherhood. 

“It’s hard to juggle it, but it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime type of thing to have a kid and get a chance to go to the World Series.” – Lorenzo Cain

 

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“Haven’t mastered it yet, but I’m willing to learn.” – Lorenzo Cain

Pretty much sums up my thoughts on fatherhood, bro! #DADSrule

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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Superman vs Lobo: College Dad Balls Hard for Son

 

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Sometimes being a dad comes down to being a hero or a wolf, in many minds.  Deshawn Delany chose to be both and has a great reason.  Delaney is an All-star basketball player for the University of New Mexico Lobos with the goal of balling hard enough to make it to the NBA and save his 4-year old from the perils of his Chicago (ChIRAQ) neighborhood. Delaney had to leave his son to pursue a dream of a better life.

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Delaney’s neighborhood, Altgeld Gardens

 

“It was very hard not seeing him every day. Still is,” Delaney said of his son. “But this is my way of feeding him and providing for him. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

 

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As a junior in high school he was on his way to flunking out, until he found out he would soon be a teen.  His son changed his character and drive on and off the court. He would get his diploma and go on the junior college before being a wolf on the court for the University of New Mexico.

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Delaney grew up without a father but longed for a father figure in his life.  He plans to be that super man to his son that he never had in a dad. The men that Delaney looked up to were his basketball coaches.

“I want to be a coach one day,” Delaney said. “I want to coach my son, one day like Craig Neal is with Cullen Neal. I want that.

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“I love seeing it. Everyday I tell Cullen he’s blessed to have that – to have a father like that. Not too many people have a dad like that. He’s got support. His dad cares about him. Even when his dad gets on him, I tell him to just take it. If he didn’t care about you, there’d be none of that.”

Now as a highly touted senior, Delaney hopes to have a breakout season to help ensure that he can be all that he dreams of for his son.

“Hopefully I don’t go back to Chicago, ever,” Delaney said. “I just want to move my mom and my son out of there.” His Instagram is a reminder “A FATHER B4 IM ANYTHING.”  We salute this Lobo! #DadsRule

Read indepth story by Geoff Grammer HERE

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 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 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

#DadsRule

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:
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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!

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#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

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