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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What Part Of Your Child’s Brain Are You Talking To?

by John Hoffman Today’s parents are much more into reasoning with kids than parents of a couple of generations ago. Back then parent-child dialogue was much more about telling kids what they had to do (and not do), and what would happen if they didn’t (or did) do it, than it is now. In the …

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Do Dads Still Show Their Children How to do Stuff?

by John Hoffman Not long ago I read a British news media article that claimed today’s dads aren’t teaching their kids skills the way fathers did in days gone by. Mind you, some of the examples they gave were little odd. In fact, the headline listed “making a catapult” as one of the “basic life skills” …

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