Neil Gaiman is Grilled by His Daughter

A few years ago, Claire Mysko (http://clairemysko.com), author of the Girls, Inc. book You’re Amazing!: A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self, told me about a wonderful interview with children’s author Neil Gaiman.

Among Gaiman’s many works is The Graveyard Book, which won the prestigious Newbery Award.

But before he wrote that book, he was interviewed by his young daughter Maddy Gaiman. It’s a fascinating and insightful interview which tells you a lot about how Neil writes…and also about how much insight and intelligence our own daughters are capable of.

So, listen to Maddy and then spend some time today listening to your own girl!

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Eating with Encyclopedias

goei_reading.jpgFathers and stepfathers don’t always realize what a key role we play in the intellectual and academic development of our daughters. In a culture that repeatedly tells girls that guys care far more about their looks than their brains, Dad—as the “first man” in a girl’s life—can prove otherwise.

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Talk, Listen, & Learn

Given how little practice most dads seem to have, many incredible things gush out when they let loose and start talking to me: insight, humor, affection, understanding, and deep commitment to their children--even in the toughest circumstances.

What they had to say could easily fill several encyclopedias. We really do have wisdom to share with each other about real issues we face every day.

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Children's Book Week

This is Children's Book Week--a perfect time to get and read a book with your daughter.

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week claims to be the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. 

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How Dads Explain NFL Cheerleaders

It took a few weeks for me to catch up with this story, but sportswriter Lindsey Adler captures some real dads' voices as they try to explain one example of female objectification to their daughters and son. Check out her piece:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lindseyadler/this-is-how-modern-dads-explain-nfl-cheerleaders-to-their-ki

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