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A Week With My Father – new show on father/son reunions (Video)

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Giacaomo Knox is launching a new web show and trying to sell the pilot for A Week With My Father, a new show that explores reunions between dads and sons. It’s an interesting idea, and underscores the importance of the father/child bond. The first episode features Knox reuniting with his father after 33 years apart. The next episode, already in the Development stage, will reunite a former NBA great who came back from a stroke, and his father. Check it out in this excerpt and the whole show at: aweekwithmyfather.com.

On our desk: “Sugar Milk” by Ron Mattocks (book review)

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Sugar Milk, subtitled “What One Dad Drinks When He Can’t Afford Vodka” joins the library of first person, mostly true accounts of real dads navigating the completely new waters of fatherhood in the new millennium. Unlike many of these books that track pregnancy and the trials and tribulations of fatherhood in a still secure nuclear family (see Daddy Drinks, for example), Mattocks’ story is the more increasingly commonplace tail of a dad organizing his life around kids from a first marriage and stepkids from a second. Throw the recession of 2007-2010 into the mix, and the story becomes emblematic of the way we live today. Mattocks story, however, is not a crying-in-your...

Off-topic: French robber steals cash by baring breasts

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Not really on-topic, but always amazed at how predictable we men are. I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often actually. Could be a new approach for the Pentagon. Police say on August 7, the man inserted a card into a cash machine in central Paris to withdraw money when two young women approached him and asked for money. The women waved a newspaper at the man in an attempt to distract him, but the technique didn’t work. [From French robber steals cash by baring breasts - CNN.com] Short take: he paid 300E for a really, really good robbery story.

On our desk: “Sugar Milk” by Ron Mattocks (book review)

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Paul Banas
Sugar Milk, subtitled “What One Dad Drinks When He Can’t Afford Vodka” joins the library of first person, mostly true accounts of real dads navigating the completely new waters of fatherhood in the new millennium. Unlike many of these books that track pregnancy and the trials and tribulations of fatherhood in a still secure nuclear family (see Daddy Drinks, for example), Mattocks’ story is the more increasingly commonplace tail of a dad organizing his life around kids from a first marriage and stepkids from a second. Throw the recession of 2007-2010 into the mix, and the story becomes emblematic of the way we live today. Mattocks story, however, is not a crying-in-your...

On our desk: “40 Weeks of Keeping Your Head Down” by Bill Bounds (book review)

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Paul Banas
In Forty Weeks of Keeping Your Head Down Bill Bounds has written an entertaining first person look at the baby process. This genre, pioneered by Grant Eppler in What to Expect When She’s Expecting, gives the reader a very personal view of what happens on the long road of pregnancy. While Bounds’ experiences are personal, his experience is common to us all, complete with OB/GYN visits, scary moments, and the eventual joy of a birth scene. Other new dads can read the book front to back, or pick up and scan the chapters for approaching or familiar territory. Forty Weeks of Keeping Your Head Down is organized in short chapters, with titles that are sometimes very clear on content, and...

Doogie Howser and Partner to be Dads to Twins

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Doogie Howser is all grown up and ready to be a dad. Doogie, AKA Neil Patrick Harris, 37, and long time partner David Burtka will be doubling their family by two. According to E! Online, the couple used a surrogate.    “So, get this: David and I are expecting twins this fall,” Harris tweeted. “We’re super excited/nervous/thrilled. Hoping the press can respect our privacy…” Harris is currently starring in “How I Met Your Mother.” At the age of 16 in 1989, he starred in Doogie Howser, M.D., for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. The show ran for four years.

Rod Stewart, 65, to be a dad for 7th time.

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Rod Stewart will be a dad for the 7th time, reports People magazine. The 65-year-old rocker and his 39-year-old model wife Penny Lancaster, will be having a baby. The couple already has one one child together, 4-year-old son Alastair. Rod Stewart has five other kids from past relationships. Said Stewart in a released statement, “We were thrilled and delighted to be able to tell Alastair that he was going to be the big brother to a little baby, expected just before Mummy’s 40th birthday.”

Study shows role of dad if you are “stressed out” as adult

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Small, but conclusive findings show that the dad bond is important in teaching kids how to deal with the little frustrations of the day. The team found that men who reported poorer relationships with their fathers were 4 percent more likely than other men to report encountering stress during the day. They were also more likely, by an undetermined amount, to develop a bad mood or health problems after encountering daily stress. The difference may sound small, “but it’s enough to really affect your quality of life,” according to Mallers. Read the full story in Business Week: Bond With Dad May Play Role in Whether Men ‘Stress Out’

New dad arrested for fondling nurse in delivery room

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Another candidate for “Worst Dad of the year,” this guy just couldn’t resist a little tickle of the delivery nurse as his wife was being wheeled into the delivery room. This guy was sentenced to six months in the pokey, and missed out on the delivery as he was hauled away. The defense attorney claimed his client was prone to blackouts. What man can’t say he isn’t “prone to crazed sex blackouts,” but, really…? Outside the delivery room?! I can safely say that that is one day that most dads have very few, if any, thoughts about sex. And that’s true for even the sexy nurse fantasists among us. [From Utah dad sentenced for...

That does it for me: Dad’s harness breaks while parasailing

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DAD SAID: ‘IT’S GREAT UP HERE’.. THEN FELL – mirror.co.uk I just took my daughter parasailing in Hawaii. Several days before, I spent a ton of time researching whether there are ever accidents and if I was the worst dad ever for thinking of taking my nine year old daughter on a ride a couple hundred feet over the Pacific. The more I read, the better I felt though. Accidents like the one described here, which is about as horrible as they come, appear to now only happen outside the US, where there are few if any controls. I would never think of parasailing in Mexico, for example. The day of, we spent about two hours waiting for the winds to calm down so we could take our turn....
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