I was in a doctor’s office waiting room recently and was drawn to the cover of a Reader’s Digest magazine, referring to the “eh to zed” of Canadian humour. Reading through the samples of jokes and comedy quips, I eventually stumbled on this one for “W”. This seems to reflect the place dad usually found himself … More Dads in the Delivery Room? 1947? not quite.
Travelling with kids can be an awesome, fun experience. But most of us know the stresses that can go along with planning, the long days in the car or airport, the cries of boredom, etc. I guess these can be expected. Sam G (Naivasha09 on YouTube) gives some ideas for how he gets his kids … More Travelling with Kids: Get them to plan ahead
by John Hoffman Sleep is one of those uber loaded parenting topics. When you’ve got a baby or toddler who is a persistent nightwaker, sleep can be a precious and scare commodity, and the source of parental angst and conflict. Believe me, I do not have the answer to how to make a baby or … More Sleep, Sweet Sleep: Seven truths about nightwaking from a dad who’s been through it
The Directive is what Dad Central uses to stay in touch with you. This is where we post intersting news, ideas, resources, and some fun stuff about fatherhood. It is a mix of info for dads and info for those working to support fatherhood. Enjoy! The Dad Directory is now live! You may be … More The Directive: July 18, 2017
By Barry Lillie This past October, my daughter and son-in-law took a picture of this seventy-one-year- old grandpa (me) with my three-year-old granddaughter hand in hand on the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida. I realize now how uncertain my journey to this time and place was. The reason—I became a separated dad twenty-five years … More On Being a Dad and Grandpa
by John Hoffman Last month, in honour of Mother’s day, I focused on the invisible workload of moms and why dads should be mindful of it. However, there is also an invisible load that men and fathers carry. And it has to do with mental health and stress. That’s the argument made by author Josh … More Do Fathers Have an Invisible Load Too?
By John Hoffman So, yet another study has found that father involvement is beneficial for babies. This particular one found that toddlers whose fathers had been more engaged and sensitive scored higher on a sort of toddler IQ test called the Bayley Scales of Infant Development. My reaction: So what? Tell me something I don’t … More Why Are Researchers Still Obsessed with Proving that Good Fathers are Good for Kids?