Writing a news digest this week feels redundant, since the U.S. election has dominated the news (and made it so indigestible). As the results shake out and the holidays approach, we’re already thinking ahead to 2021, when one of our primary objectives will be to help foster a renewed confidence that meeting in person is safe again.
We’re also going to study how parents will emerge from the unrelenting stress of Lockdown Life and build back better.
It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing before COVID closed the boathouse. Giving birth and childcare cost a fortune, but the purchasing power of our paychecks hasn’t budged in 40 years. Millennials are making less than their parents and suffocating under student-loan debt. We still have no national policy for paid parental leave. All of which are huge reasons why the U.S. birth rate has sunk well below replacement and is projected to stay there for the rest of the century. …
When Kim Kardashian turned 40 last week, her husband (a musical performer of some renown) had a particular quandary: What do you get for the woman who could look at a list of 30 things to buy for $30 million and buy them all?
The answer was a two-minute message from a hologram of her late father, Robert, telling her how proud he is of the mogul, mother, and woman she has built herself to be.
Reaction on social media was swift, and mostly derisive, mainly because showcasing how incredibly stinking rich you are comes off as particularly tone-deaf when so many families are suffering. Plus, it’s hard to overlook the polarizing nature of her eccentric extended family, who derive such dazzling wealth and notoriety despite few discernible talents. …
We owe a great debt to John Cardillo for unleashing the full power of the Streisand Effect on one of our culture’s most ridiculous hangups: Men expressing affection.
So many emotions happening at once, here. At face value, you’ve got a dad hugging his adult son and kissing him on the cheek. But when you probe the context, you see a father and son who formed a singular bond while grieving the son’s mother, who died in a car wreck.
Now that Dad 2.0 Digital is over, we’re focused on the reality of what’s next. And that can seem a daunting chore, since each day can feel like an ever-lengthening to-do list. Projects to complete (or start), errands to run, problems to fix.
That last one can be a real kick in the teeth, since a lot of us dads are hard-wired to “fix” things that are simply unfixable. We can re-pave a hole in the driveway, for example, but holes in our relationships are thornier problems, because they’re not just about us. …
It was a weird experience for a weird time, seeing our gathering reduced to a matrix of animate rectangles, but we learned a ton:
After months of prep and anticipation, we’re finally on the doorstep of Dad 2.0 Digital! The event starts Wednesday, September 30, with our customary Newbie Seminar (and now Tech Review, featuring the desktop interface and the Socio app we’ll be using), followed by our also-customary Conference Eve Twitter Wingding, where we discuss everything we have planned (Speakers, Sponsors, panel topics, etc.) and hurl the #dad2summit hashtag around like funfetti at the Super Bowl.
The daily Schedule kicks in on Thursday, and to accommodate as many time zones as possible (a novel thing to consider), the bulk of our programming will be broadcast from 11am to 5pm Eastern time. And speaking of bulk, our friend Dai “Moose” Manuel will be indulging all the early-bird exercisers with fitness sessions starting each day at 9am ET. …
We love it when a plan comes together, even when the plan seems rather preposterous on its surface. A conference without contact? Thankfully, we saw firsthand this week at Mom 2.0 Everywhere, which concluded yesterday, that online interaction can be dynamic and user-friendly. And there are lots of perks to an online event, apart from the creative wardrobe options below the belt:
We had the Spring, when the initial shock of the pandemic lowered the educative stakes while families tried to find our footing. We had the Summer, when we gritted our teeth and watched our hopes for a normal return to school erode day by day. And now we’re here, coping with more uncertainty and declining morale as anyone in the 21st century does: with memes.
So how’s it going with you? Can your kids log on? Exercise? Pay attention for more than five seconds? The web is full of helpful tips for pushing through this trying time (especially if two parents are working from home), but our favorite was this piece, in which two psychologists focused mostly on how parents can make this Extended Abnormal seem more normal until our Regular Normal is…
In 1965, David Letterman was a geeky undergrad at Ball State University with a neck-beard and a radio show. And parental leave of any type was a wisp of an idea among second-wave feminists who wanted women to stay in the workforce after World War II.
Fifty-five years later, Letterman’s alma mater published a first-ever study of paid leave policies at Fortune 500 companies, which account for more annual sales revenue ($14.2 trillion) than the combined GDPs of Japan, Germany, the UK, and India. Given their hegemony, the examples these companies set have a huge ripple effect on the way businesses treat working families. …
We interrupt your normal fetid slurry of garbage news to offer a hearty “Good On Ya” to a dad whose can-do spirit shone particularly brightly this week. This was a man, a father of two teenage daughters who endured months of quarantine in New York City, who recognized that lockdown would endure long enough to stifle his kids’ summer plans and summoned the gumption to create some epic plans of his own.