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Fatherhood in the 21st Century


Archive for January, 2009

2009 Military Fatherhood Award

The National Fatherhood Initiative is accepting nominations for the 2009 Military Fatherhood Award until February 27, 2009. If you know of a Dad in the military who goes above and beyond the call of duty to be a great dad, nominate him today. The winning father and his family will be recognized at a special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. by National Fatherhood Initiative, Lockheed Martin and other special guests and sponsors.

You can find out more about the project at the National Fatherhood Initiative’s site:


Storkcraft has released a voluntary product recall on more than 535,000 cribs in both the United States and Canada. The bracket that holds the mattress platform in place can crack and break, causing the mattress to fall. This potentially deadly situation could cause your child to get stuck between the mattress and the crib rail.

I would urge all of you to inspect your cribs for damage. Storkcraft is replacing these brackets with a sturdier model at no charge, whether your brackets are damaged or not.

U.S. CPSC Recall Data

Canadian Health Canada Recall Data


After nearly two weeks of holidays, I went back to work today, as did Nick’s mother. Of course, that also means that Nick was off to daycare.

Surprisingly, he figured out pretty early this morning what was going on-and he didn’t want anything to do with it. He was clinging on to Mom and Dad, screaming anytime we left his sight. This didn’t make it any easier on us, since we had done little for the past three days besides talk about how wonderful it was to be around him all day long and how nice it would be if one of us could stay home with him. I have been really jealous of you SAHDs out there.

Of course, once I finally got him to daycare (notice that Dad has to drop him off on the tough days), he forgot all about me. After all, he has friends that he hasn’t seen for two weeks. No sooner were his boots off than he was running away to the Lego area to play. Dad was no longer on the radar. Sometimes, things have a way of working out all right.


Last night I went to bed thinking like millions of other people in the world. I was thinking about the year that had just past, and about the New Year that has just begun. I thought about the mistakes I made in 2008, and the regrets that I have for things I did or did not do. I also thought about some of the things I would like to do in 2009, goals I would like to reach, and experiences that I would like to have.

I woke up early with Nick this morning, and something struck me about his behaviour. He woke up happy and eager to face the day. He’s 15 months old and knows nothing about New Years resolutions. He isn’t aware of the constant pattern of making and breaking resolutions that people have. He just wakes up everyday intent on having the best day that he can. He doesn’t let yesterday’s problems bog him down, and he doesn’t let worries about tomorrow ruin his day today.

To me, that sounds like the best resolution possible for 2009.

The older Nick gets and the more time I spend with him the more I realize that even though my job is to teach him the things he needs to know to survive, he has just as much to teach me about living a good life.