10 Famous Women on International Women's Day!

Today is International Women's Day, declared by the United Nations. It reminds me of the hardest-to-do activity in the Dads & Daughters® workshops I do around the country.

It's called "10 Famous Women."  

(Hint: This is Ida. B. Wells)

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Dad + Daughter = Less Gender Stereotyping

MI_speedway.jpgFor 20 years, I've shared stories of dads and daughter which show how having a daughter or stepdaughter can (and should) change a man's perspective on our culture's treatment of women, and gender equity in particular.

Researchers Emily Fitzgibbons Shafer and Neil Malhotra have some data to support this idea, reported in the journal Social Forces (90 (1): 209-222), .

They report that both men who have children (regardless of the child's gender) show a decrease in support for traditional gender roles, but that men who have daughters show a much steeper decline.

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ACK! There's an Infant in My Car!

There’s an infant in the car seat—in my car. Is this a dream? Is this a nightmare? Is this permanent?

Thoughts like this are normal for a brand new dad. However, it's important to believe that what you see and feel today won't last forever.

That requires a healthy dose of faith in the process of human development.

Some days, you'll struggle to have this perspective. That’s okay. At the same time, remember that you have (or can get) what you need to be a good father, no matter what happens next.

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Dear Little Daughter:

In the summer of 1914, 13-year-old Yolande Du Boise left New York to attend Bedales School in England. That October, her father, pioneering Civil Rights advocate and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, wrote Yolande a wonderful letter of support and expectation.

(Thanks to my friend Ryan Goei for leading me to the letter on the Letters of Note website.)

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Podcast: How Men Help Family Members Heal

Say a person is suffering from addiction and/or an eating disorder. Do the men in that person's family have a role in treatment and recovery?

I discussed my take (a resounding YES!) last week in a fascinating BlogTalk Radio conversation with therapist Signe Darpinian. I invite you to listen to the podcast of that show and share your comments. 

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