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Pokemon Go is Fun for Dads and Kids

Having fun with my son and Pokemon Go

Having fun with my son and Pokemon Go

Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

I admit I can sometimes be a contrarian. I’m normally that guy who complains against the latest fad. But I’ve come to embrace Pokemon Go and enjoy playing it with my son. I think it is a great game for dads and kids to play together.

Nick had heard about the game and wanted to play. He’s too young for a cellphone, so I downloaded the app to mine. Now, we spend time walking and catching Pokemon together. We spend time online learning about the different Pokemon strengths and weaknesses. We plan out how much candy and stardust (just go with it) it takes to evolve that Poliwag into a Poliwhirl.

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Solo Parenting Time is a Gift, Not a Burden

Occasional solo parenting, right from the start, helped strengthen our bond

Occasional solo parenting, right from the start, helped strengthen our bond

As you might have deduced from my lack of blogging, this has been a crazy summer in the Behson household.

I traveled to a conference in DC and then almost immediately flew off to London for a family vacation. Then, Amy and Nick flew back home, while I continued on for a faculty retreat at FDU’s study abroad campus in Wroxton, England.

Then, Amy directed and performed at the Depot Theatre in Westport, NY, right along Lake Champlain in the Adirondack Mountains. While she was performing about 4 1/2 hours away, I was the solo parent for Nick during the week, and then we drove up to spend long weekends with Amy. Whew!

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We Should All Have a Boss Like Joe Biden

Yesterday, a friend sent this to me on twitter:

I think this is tremendous, and sets a great example. The message for managers and bosses everywhere is simple: If Vice President Joe Biden can support the family lives of his employees, so can you. I mean, is his job any less important than yours?

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Three Types of Working Dads: Which Are You?

New research shows there are three types of working dads. Which are you?

New research shows there are three types of working dads. Which are you?

According to new research from Boston College’s Center for Work and Family, there are three types of working dads.

In this post, I’ll describe these three categories, how BCCWF developed them, and share some quick thoughts. I’ll even have a poll to see which category you fall into, and a request to share your story. Continue reading

Things I Want For Father’s Day

Things I want for Father's Day- baseball tickets!

Things I want for Father’s Day- baseball tickets!

I don’t want a mug or a tie or any more BBQ equipment. Here are the tangible and intangible things I want for Father’s Day:

  1. Being woken up with cake and presents
  2. Then being able to turn over and sleep in for a while
  3. Nice weather for a family bike ride or picnic lunch
  4. A long phone call with my dad
  5. A handmade card from my son
  6. Some sort of Game of Thrones swag
    Last year, I got some Game of Thrones figures. Exactly the things I want for Father's Day

    Things i want for Father’s Day- Game of Thrones figures.

  7. Some sort of baseball memorabilia
  8. Star Wars stuff is always good
  9. Tickets to an upcoming baseball game
  10. For the Care.com working dad survey, the State of America’s Fathers Report and Boston College’s latest study on work-life for Millennial dads (all released this week) to get tons of media attention
  11. For the attention on fathers to extend well beyond Father’s Day
  12. For a few more states to follow the lead of California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York in providing paid family leave
  13. For more private companies to offer paternity leave
  14. A nice little sales bump for my book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide! (it makes for a great Father’s Day gift)
    Things I want for Father's Day- a homemade Father's Day card

    Things I want for Father’s Day- a homemade Father’s Day card

  15. For the following phrases: “Mr. Mom”, “Are you babysitting?”, and “How nice you are giving mom a break” to never be uttered again
  16. For at-home dads to be accorded the same respect as any other full-time parent
  17. For working dads to feel the support of their supervisors and coworkers who realize that being a great dad and a great employee are not mutually exclusive
  18. The lawn to magically mow itself
  19. For even more dads in the public eye to visibly role-model involved fatherhood
  20. A nice glass of Rioja
  21. For Ramsey Bolton to finally get what’s coming to him!!!
    Of all the things I want for father's Day, I want him to suffer!!!!

    Things I want for Father’s Day, Ramsey Bolton to suffer and die!!!! (photo HBO.com)

 

What do you want for Father’s Day? let’s discuss in the comments.

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Ladies, Here’s a Great Father’s Day Gift for your Husband or the Other Dads in Your Life

Use this card with your Father's Day gift

Use this card with your Father’s Day gift

This book blew my mind and I handed it to my husband. It then blew his mind.

Hi Ladies! Apologies for being so direct. I think that The Working Dad’s Survival Guide would make an excellent Father’s Day gift for the dads in your life.

Most dads are working hard and doing a good job in providing for their families and being involved, loving dads. But we all could use some help, advice and encouragement. that’s why I wrote The Working Dad’s Survival Guide– it is full of relatable stories and advice that dads can use right now to make the work-family juggle a little easier.

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Dad’s Home: Back to Blogging After Other Adventures

Dad's home! After lots of other work (including at the U.N.), I'm back to blogging

Dad’s home! After lots of other work (including at the U.N.), I’m back to blogging

Hi everyone, dad’s home!

Apologies for slowing down on providing blog content. I’ve been busy advocating for working dads, just not here at Fathers, Work and Family.

Here’s a quick roundup of what I’ve been up to, including presenting at the United Nations, writing for Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, and working with partners to advocate for working dads. Here are the highlights.

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Involved Fatherhood is Good for Fathers

Involved fatherhood is good for fathers. It sure has been good for me.

Involved fatherhood is good for fathers. It sure has been good for me.

We dads know this headline is true. However, if you read most news coverage on why paternity leave and other supports for working dads are important, you’ll usually see the following arguments:

  • Involved fatherhood is good for kids– especially in terms of positive developmental and behavioral outcomes
  • Involved fatherhood is good for women– especially in terms of gender equity and labor force participation

Both of these arguments are completely true and backed up by a library full of research. But they don’t tell the whole story. Have you noticed who is missing? Ok, I’ll just say it:

Involved fatherhood is good for fathers!

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WooHoo! New York Implements Paid Family Leave!

Me, rallying for Family Leave Insurance in New York State

Me, rallying for Family Leave Insurance in New York State

New York is about to become the fourth state to provide paid family and medical leave. And like the plans enacted in California, New Jersey and Rhode Island, this benefit is funded through a small payroll deduction into a state-wide insurance fund. As an advocate for working parents and a business school professor who works closely with employers, I am excited by this news.

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Dads, Tell Your Work-Family Story as Part of the It’s Working Project!

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Please join me, click on this picture, and share your work-family story at the It’s Working Project.

Join me in sharing your work-family story at the It’s Working Project. It will help spread the word about involved fatherhood (and you can even win a copy of my book!)

The awesome folks at the It’s Working Project (led by the incomparable Julia Beck) do amazing work in promoting the needs of working parents. One of the most important things they do is curate the “Portrait Project” a website where working parents share their work-family stories. Their powerful collection of first-person narratives are important for so many reasons: Continue reading

Author Q&A with Clint Edwards on the Funny and Messy Sides of Fatherhood

I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it

I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it

Clint Edwards wrote This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, a really funny, honest and insightful memoir about fatherhood. As one reviewer said, “It will make you laugh. It will make you think. It will make you cry. Sometimes all three at the same time.”

Clint is a great writer and I think all of us will see ourselves in some aspect of this book. Clint was nice enough to answer a few questions about his book and the advice he has for working dads.

Your book is really funny, can you share one funny story from This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things?

Sure! Here is a list of stupid questions I received after having my third child and how I’d like to respond… If I wasn’t such a nice guy.

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The Good News From the Adam LaRoche Situation

The Adam LaRoche situation stirred controversy. However, it also validated involved fatherhood

The Adam LaRoche situation stirred controversy. However, it also validated involved fatherhood (Wikimedia/creative commons)

The Adam LaRoche situation, even with its controversy, validates how far we’ve come in recognizing the importance of involved fatherhood.

Baseball and fatherhood are my two favorite topics, so when the curious case of Adam LaRoche and his fatherhood-related exit from the Chicago White Sox broke last week, some asked me for my thoughts.

After all, the last time fatherhood and baseball crashed together like this was when Daniel Murphy was criticized for taking paternity leave two years ago. As that story was blowing up, I made sure to jump on it quickly, and got my first national TV interview, an article in the Wall Street Journal, and lots of other inquiries from journalists looking for some commentary.

This time around, though, I hesitated to jump in with my analysis. And I’m glad I did, as the details are murkier and the issue is not as black and white.

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