Imperfect; Day In, Day Out

Parenting/Stepparenting, Fathering/Stepfathering means (IMHO) doing our best as a way of life, not as an excuse.

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Recovery Warrior

Dads and Stepdads have enormous power and potential in their daughters' lives. One often overlooked area where we use this influence? When a daughter struggles to recover from a mental illness.

In this Recovery Warriors podcast, host Jessica Raymond explores this topic with me.

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83 Years of Dad-Daughter Inspiration

The world is filled with inspirational stories of dads and daughters. We heard another one today during the swearing in of the new United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. She spoke with well-earned love and respect for Rev. Lorenzo Lynch, Sr., a pastor who, in the 1960s opened his church’s basement to civil rights leaders and students who organized lunch counter sit-ins in North Carolina.

Take a look:

Dad and Daughter

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Speak Up to Stop Mattel's Eavesdropping "Hello Barbie"

I'm proud to be part of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's (CCFC) demand that toymaker Mattel halt marketing and production of its planned "Hello Barbie." The Wi-Fi-connected doll uses an embedded microphone to record children's voices—and other nearby conversations—before transmitting them over the Internet to cloud servers.

Mattel's technology partner ToyTalk then processes the audio with voice-recognition software. During its Toy Fair 2015 product demonstration, Mattel said it will use this information to "push data" back to children through Barbie's built-in speaker.

"Kids using 'Hello Barbie' aren’t only talking to a doll, they are talking directly to a toy conglomerate whose only interest in them is financial," said Dr. Susan Linn, CCFC’s Executive Director. "It's creepy—and creates a host of dangers for children and families.”

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Bernadette and Fathering

I was 13 the first time someone asked me to be a godfather, I was thrilled and awed. One might consider it foreshadowing that this baby was a girl, my cousin Bernadette Mahon. February 16 is her birthday.

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