Blaming Older Fathers for the "Autism Surge" Is Off the Mark

Mainstream media articles on autism science can be frustrating. In the race to woo eyeballs, writers too often spin research findings -- because readers who gasp at, then forward the post generate more page views than those who than try to understand what the represented research means. I'm watching autism science ado happen online right now, as The New York Times' "Father’s Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia" and similar articles mobilize outcries about elderly sperm driving an "autism surge" -- even thought that's not really what the originating Nature article concludes....more
I *just* wrote a post about this - the blame game. ...more

Celebrating My Independence...and Fearlessness

Eleven years ago today, I started the morning as Jenna Rochelle Brignac. By the afternoon, I was Jenna Rochelle Sauber. I didn’t get married (I was in high school), and I didn’t enter the witness protection program....more

Fathers

I am fortunate to have some remarkable fathers in my life.  Both my own father, and the Man of the House (aka: father of my children).  I don't think I could ever tell the Man of the House exactly how much I appreciate all he does for myself and our family. To provide for us. The way he always seems to put us first. He's kind and loving, but firm when he needs to be. He's good with things around the house - from yard work to fixing things to building things.  He's smart. Smarter than he knows, I think....more

Thanks, Dad, for "useful life skills."

Years ago my dad had two teaching jobs: elementary school all day, and an evening gig with adolescents deemed too unruly for regular high school. One evening, a student flipped a penny at him. Dad picked it up and put it in his pocket. The teens laughed, and another one flipped a penny. Then another one.When my father had 12 cents in his pocket, he said, “Guys, I want to thank you. All I need is 38 more of these and I’m going over to the Fairfield and have a draft beer — on you.”...more

Forget the Boobtroversy: Why Does TIME Think Dads Can't Practice Attachment Parenting?

If you have been on the internet in the last twenty-four hours I’m sure you’ve seen this cover of Time magazine and heard some rumblings over it. The headline asks “Are you mom enough?” and the snippet below indicates that “attachment parenting drives some mothers to extremes.” There are two terms in that small snippet that I would like to point out to you: “parenting” and “mother.” In the same article I counted the word “parent” or “parenting” eight times, the word “mother” two times and the word “father” never even came up. Where have all the fathers gone?...more
 @JennaHatfield I found some spoof Are You Dad Enough? covers. And then made some of my own. :-D ...more

Always Up To Something

For a few weeks when I was three or four, I drove my mom insane trying to pee standing up. I still remember the contortions that took. I would straddle the toilet bowl as best I could with my pudgy little legs and let fly, swiveling my bottom to adjust the stream. It was a messy and frustrating endeavor. I was trying to be like my dad. Thankfully, I discovered pretty quickly that my biology prevented me from emulating him in this aspect. I'm sure my mother was relieved....more

Raised by a Single Father... Does it Change You? Truly, the author of LIE

RAISED BY MY FATHER – How it influenced my writing, helped me write strong male characters, and think about men differently  I was raised by a single parent – a father, which I think makes me write men differently than most other writers. One recent result of being raised my father is this:  I’ve written a young adult novel with strong male points of view....more

My American “Gringo” Father

He descended the plane with searching eyes, spotted us, and quickly found his way to his awaiting party: my mother, my brother, and me. That was the day my brother and I met our future American “Gringo” father, a very tall and skinny man, a gangly pale-face wonder, skin the color of pure milk. And we were immediately in awe and in wonder of him, my brother and me. Like planets drawn to the sun. And though at first he had eyes only for our mother, he withdrew from her to meet us....more
@Laine Griffin Thank you, mi Amiga, but I feel the same way about you. You really do get to know ...more

Hidden Relics of a Reluctant Hero's Past

Some of you know that we lost my dad a few days before Thanksgiving. Mom and I have been going through some of Dad's belongings, and we discovered a letter Dad received in 1946. I had a strong feeling we would find medals or something related to his service in World War II. Mom had never seen this document in all the 64 years she and Dad were married. ...more
WOW, that is completely awesome! What a hero, thank you for sharing with all of us. I feel ...more

Salute to Two Dedicated Dads

My morning commutes are usually quick, rushed affairs*. By morning, I mean early morning (well, earlier than the average college student or 9-to-5'er anyway). Most city educators wake up at dawn, leave early, and clock in before 8 a.m. We must battle traffic regardless of the method used. However, I like to take in the bustling scenery around me because the city is an interesting place with interesting people and innumerable untold stories. So I leave a little earlier if I can help it....more