The Last Post

by John Hoffman For my last Dad Central blog I tried to think of a manifesto that sums up my view of the fathering picture. What I came up with fits into seven short bullet points. I’ll get to those later. But first I have some thank yous. I’ve had an amazing run as a …

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The Keys to Being a Good Dad: Part 1

by John Hoffman In my final three blogs I’m going to focus on what I think I’ve learned about what it takes to make a good father. Some people might start with words like commitment or love or parenting skills, but I’m going to start with another word: stress. Why stress? Commitment, love and skills …

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Let’s put “Dad’s Don’t Babysit” to rest once and for all

by Brian Russell It was a beautiful, sunny day in July of 1997.  My 8 month old daughter and I were out for a stroll along our street.  She was sitting up in the stroller, watching everything happening around her.  I was home with her for the summer while my wife went to work to …

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Hormones Help You Be the Dad You Want to Be

by John Hoffman I was writing about fatherhood when some of the first studies about dads and hormones came out in the late 1990s. Lots of research had been done on mothers and hormones, but not dads. In the last 20+ years quite a bit of research has been done on fathers and hormones. Much …

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Talking with our daughters when harassment hits home

by Brian Russell In high school I remember girls talking with me about the boys in their lives.  This was back in the 80’s and at that time the conversations with those girls were mostly about feeling disrespected, disconnected, or misunderstood by the boys.  Girls didn’t speak of sexual assault or harassment, maybe because what …

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Spanking, Stress, and the Brain

by John Hoffman I’m starting to think ahead to the time when I will no longer be contributing to this blog. I plan to “retire” from regular writing about fatherhood in March 2019. I’ve had lots of chances to express my views and values about fatherhood. It’s time for me to move aside and make …

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Make It Worse

Surprising thoughts about challenging children by John Hoffman The other day I was hanging out with a family who have a very interesting, cute, bright --and challenging -- 14-month old. This little girl is definitely one of those kids who I think of as “more.” They are like other kids their age…except more. More easily upset and …

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