Moment of the Week - 145: Father's Day 2013

Happy Father's Day to all the ...more

My Father Mended Me

I'll leave it to other people to talk about how swell their dads were, how their dads taught them to fish and play ball and inspired them to be honest and hardworking. I have a different story to tell. It's a story of how my father mended me, how he stitched up an old, tiny oozing wound, how he held open the screen door after ten years and told me to sit down while he finished making dinner for me and my family....more

My Father's Day Message to Young Dads

Here's my Father"s Day message to Dads, especially young Dads.  You matter.  It doesn't matter what your wife or your girlfriend says.  It doesn't matter if you don't know how to do anything useful or even if you have a job.  You matter.  Don't buy into any of the junk that you hear that your kids will be fine without you.  They won't....more

Life Lessons Every Dad Should Teach

Today is April 8th which should have been my Dad’s 65th birthday. It blows my mind that we’re coming up on the 5th anniversary of his passing but I promise, this not a sad post.Instead, it’s a post on all the things he made me do or did to me while I was growing up that I absolutely hated. You know what I’m talking about because you’re doing it to your kids right now. You make them do things that make them crazy and curse you under their breath....more

Fatherhood: We've got this, John Mayer

I refer to Tim Gunn as "Daddy."  He's so calm, encouraging, honest, patient and kind to the contestants on "Project Runway."  Just the way a father should be.  I didn't have that and am still so desperate for it at 35 that I have an unhealthy attachment to a man on a reality TV show. ...more

Fatherhood Isn't Easy Like Motherhood

When one high-profile woman makes a statement, it always has a ripple effect to ALL women. Rare is the person who WANTS to be a spokesperson for all women/LGBT/blacks, etc. but by their very nature of having a public profile, it often ends up that way. Here's one blogger's take on some comments from Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo. Marissa Mayer, the famously female CEO of Yahoo, has recently come under fire for saying “the baby’s been way easier than everyone made it out to be.” ...more
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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