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A highlight of every Dad 2.0 Summit is the collective readings from our Dad Spotlight Readers (such as Doug Zeigler, pictured above), each taking his shot on the main stage, just a microphone, a well-crafted piece of writing, and a room overflowing with support. You can feel the moment, and frankly, we relish it.

It all started with a conversation a few years back during the off-season. We were standing around the Dad 2.0 water cooler, missing everyone and the words they shared, when it hit us: Let’s feature five writers as a weekly part of Fatherhood on Friday. Granted, we could never recreate the magic of a live reading, but we could certainly pull our chairs a little closer, enjoy a cup of something, and let the story take us the way that stories do. And so the Porchlight Posts were born, and they’ve been growing ever since.

Each week, we choose five Porchlight Posts from among the best dad-produced content on the webbernetter. So far, we've chosen 100 posts from 61 dads. Will you be No. 62? #FoF pic.twitter.com/uYoJlNSJwd

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) July 4, 2018

For instance, since Dad 2.018 we have shared 100 Porchlight Posts written by 61 dads. That means there are not only a ton of stories worth telling in the world of online dads, but also plenty of storytellers worth reading.

Topics have ranged from diapers and birthdays to politics and policy. We have shared personal accounts of loss and addiction, joy and adventure, the full spectrum of pride and hardship of parenting. Not every story is about fatherhood per se, but they are all influenced by its lens. Fatherhood is the thread that connects an endless sea of dots, and the picture made is worth far more than a thousand words. The Porchlight Posts are downright priceless.

If you’re a dad creating content online, please share it with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by tagging #Dad2Summit and #FoF. You never know, the next porch we sit on might be yours.

IN THE NEWS

Science stuff: “The fathers who received oxytocin showed higher levels of activity in the regions of the brain linked with reward, empathy, and attention than fathers who had received a placebo.”

A new study has found that parenthood is associated with increased satisfaction and happiness most among fathers. We thought as much.

Do fathers really make a difference? All signs point to yes.

Divorce can be brutal, and we don't know all the details. But it makes all the sense in the world that #BradPitt feels better when he's around his kids. https://t.co/YGKrVbNquy

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 30, 2018

“It doesn’t matter if you have your kids as a solo parent, or as a part of a working family, or as part of a family where the mother stays at home: kids need their dads, and dads need and want the flexibility to spend time with their kids.

Clutching another baby to his chest, Daniels held 2-year-old Bella’s hand as he expertly twirled alongside her, pirouetting and curtsying as the crowd looked on.”

“The need for inspiration is only an excuse, and a lazy one. If you want to avoid such troubling regrets, the remedy is clear: take action while you can.”

"Talking about suicide doesn’t put the idea into anyone’s head. In fact, talking lowers the risk." – L. Jordan #mentalhealth #parenting #kids #family https://t.co/fQCOWvXPTW

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) July 2, 2018

Florida’s high court unanimously agreed that biological fathers should no longer be automatically blocked from having contact with their children born to women who are married to someone else.

When anger runs in the family, it needs to be addressed, clearly and often.

Hot take: Parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever love.

Five dads discuss #worklifebalance, and how difficult it can be to break from what you learned from your own parents.

"I love my career, but my children are my life and who and what I live for." @evanfmoore https://t.co/4CFdxvLWko

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) July 3, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS
  • “Starlings in the slipstream. Starlings like a daydream. We can all exist and subsist and all at once. Love each other. Be thieves of love and murmurating participants in a bustle of wings. Love, and love.” – Thom Hofman, Starlings in the Slipstream
  • “You are a boy that is nothing but smiles. It doesn’t matter where you are or who you are with; you have a smile on your face. Your first year was rough, being sick and all, but this second year has been anything but.” – Brandon Billinger, A Letter to My Son on His 2nd Birthday
  • “Parents have a responsibility to teach their children how to acknowledge the past, live in the present, and prepare a future for the generations to come.” – David Kepley, Fourth of July Messages Children Should Hear from You, Take to Heart
  • “My beautiful daughter, I see a growing strength in you that inspires me. You have brought me to tears watching you invest yourself in activities and succeeding despite your fears. I am proud of all you have done, all that you are.” – Hop Dad, You Are 9
  • “That’s why we invest in the summer. It is an opportunity to recharge, to build memories, to find adventure. And as a teacher, I bottle all those things up and store them for the grey times.” – Creed Anthony, The Strength of Summer

Celebrity dads are just like us, especially those of us that are rich and handsome. We all love our kids something fierce, and Ryan Reynolds is no exception. Here’s a fun look at Reynolds getting it.

.@VancityReynolds explains what fatherhood and family mean to him pic.twitter.com/vt3qyapj47

— Men's Health Mag (@MensHealthMag) July 4, 2018

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On Wednesday, the country will celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the day the American experiment was effectively launched. And among the flurry of flags and bunting that will be raised and draped, many of us will take a hard look at those ubiquitous stars and stripes and contemplate what they truly stand for.

By now we’ve all seen the news. Families along the border between the U.S. and Mexico have been separated, parents into the system and their children into cages (and representing themselves in court), unsure when—or if—they will see the other again.

Debates over the merits of immigration have raged on for centuries and will likely outlive us all. Amid the hyperbolic rhetoric and ruthless politics, however, we keep focusing on people suffering the collateral damage, like this father listening to his daughter’s pleas for help and knowing he’s powerless to do anything but offer hollow assurances.

This photo. A father deported to El Salvador without his daughter talks to her over the phone. She's calling from a shelter somewhere in the United States.

“Papa,” she said. “When are you going to take me out of here?” pic.twitter.com/ulIPkQHrCU

— Kevin Sieff (@ksieff) June 24, 2018

If you’re a dad, and a picture like this doesn’t make your lungs seize, it’s time to get your affairs in order because it’s quite possible you’ve been dead for weeks.

Tomorrow, Americans will stand together to share our common belief that taking children away from parents is not a product of democracy nor the price of freedom, but rather a depth to which we should never sink. The Families Belong Together protests and marches will be held all across the U.S., and you and your family will have the opportunity to lend your voice to families that have none.

On Saturday, the odds are sort of favorable that there's a #FamiliesBelongTogether march happening near you. https://t.co/DuvQQoUG6f? pic.twitter.com/I7ytt2YtG9

— Doug French (@mrdougfrench) June 27, 2018

If America is a “shining city on a hill,” we need to resist efforts to dehumanize people, especially those refugees who, after legally seeking asylum and submitting to its rigors, are seeking a better life for their children.

IN THE NEWS

When it comes to parenting, do you consider yourself a guide or a guard?

This interesting piece is the second in a series speaking to very different dads about fatherhood and the effects thereof.

Kids aren’t all the same. Perhaps differences in learning styles may be better served through parental advocacy and educator-inspired acceptance, rather than forced conformity.

Parents, do you give your kids "homework" over the summer? #parenting #summer #education https://t.co/BGCYUFF9c2

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 22, 2018

“Having Phoebe [at 58] has completely changed me. I lived most of my life responsible only for myself; not really thinking about other people very much. Now I think I’ve finally grown up.”

“Establish—and enforce consequences. The manners bar should get higher as your child gets older.”

“How do you encourage a true life, where the risks are worth it and chances must be taken?”

Our friends at @FatherlyHQ have released their annual list of great places to work for dads, and they say this year it's a reason for hope. Did your company make the cut? https://t.co/ADcbAzJh9L

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 23, 2018

Fact: You’re never too old (or too ridiculously successful) to learn from your dad.

Dads, let’s all agree how early we should get to the airport.

“Hands-on” deserves a much broader interpretation than literally having your hands on your kid.

Great conversation with our friend (and #dad2summit alum) @BeleafMel about his awesome work and wonderful family! https://t.co/enXZ430YkD

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 22, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS
  • “If nothing else, I suppose it served as a reminder to me that I still have some work to do regarding being open-minded about my place in the world.” – Aaron Yavelberg, Being Jewish in a German Airport
  • “It’s a strange time in my life, and in the world at large, to wallow in self-pity. I don’t really have the oomph for that kind of thing right now.” –  Joe Medler, Summer Vacation
  • “There I was, looking down the tiger that is a low blood sugar. No meter, no CGM, no glucagon, no low snacks, nothing, nada, zilch, jack squat. Not good at all.” – Tim Brand, D-Dad Fails: Yard Waste with a Low
  • “Instilling a sense of pride in our children is a responsibility many parents work to fulfill. For our family, in which my wife and I both identify as queer, that includes our children being proud of their queer trans papa and queer cis mama. Together, we make a proud queer family.” – Robbie Samuels, LGBTQ Pride Through Raising Strong, Resilient ‘Queerspawn’
  • “The guilt was waning. We were relaxing. We were doing what we wanted to do. We had the complete ability to be selfish for the first time in a long time and we soaked it in.” – Buzz Bishop, I’m on Vacation and I Don’t Miss My Kids

Are your kids on the internet? Just kidding: Of course they are. Check out this video from our pal (and Dad 2.018 alumus) Jorge Narvaez on helping kids “Be Internet Awesome!”

Families UNITE to be awesome & online safe!

It's so easy nowadays for a child to get lost in the internet. I mean c'mon parents how many of you are guilty of not knowing enough about internet safety? I'm raising my hand by the way. So I was invited by Google for Education to be part of their "Be Internet Awesome" event put together to teach local Los Angeles middle school students and their parents about internet safety! It made me really happy to see so many families come together! I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed the event! #genialeninternet #ad

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Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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After the flurry of Father’s Day, we’ve received a record amount of outreach about the Dad 2.0 Summit. Thank you for that! We answered some of these questions two weeks ago when our Father’s Day Sale began, and today we’re offering a companion piece to the what, something akin to the why, with a dash of how, and a whole lot of who. All this month, we’ll be looking back at the Speakers and breakout panels that have started and maintained the conversations we think dads need to have, and below are just a few of them:

When dad-created content began going viral and the market took notice, @the818, @lunchboxdad, @MommasGoneCity, @DadNCharge, and @daddydoinwork relayed their hands-on experience in working with mainstream media at Dad 2.015 in #SanFrancisco. pic.twitter.com/WOEOaqXOzc

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 19, 2018

The topics covered at Dad 2.0, whether in a panel discussion, on the main stage, or across a pint, range from influencer-centric to pure fatherhood, and those adding their voice to the mix are the respective leaders in their fields, the learned and the curious.

At Dad 2.017 in #SanDiego, when implicit bias had become a key part of the dialogue on race and gender in America, @tshakaarmstrong, @mochamomma, @PlaidDadBlog, @acjlist, and Mike Adamick provided insights into how to discuss the problem with our kids and their teachers. pic.twitter.com/qrjRnmkrEQ

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 20, 2018

We tackle matters of policy and parenting, entertainment and entrepreneurship, sometimes with tears, others with laughter, but always with useful, insightful, tangible takeaway.

We've been talking about dad influencers and entrepreneurship since the very beginning in 2012 in #Austin, when @DaveTaylor, @OfficialJimLin, @thejuliemarsh (of @coolmompicks) and @ssmirnov discussed how to cultivate and maintain brand relationships. pic.twitter.com/yIlruYAwQn

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 19, 2018

At Dad 2.014 in #NewOrleans, @calebgardner, @charliecapen, @RyanEHamilton, and @eduardovegasays convened one of our most powerful panels to date: It's common to assume an engaged father learned from a great dad of his own; often, however, the opposite is true. pic.twitter.com/6KjUvgHwpD

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 19, 2018

It’s a who’s who of people dropping knowledge faster than we can pick it up. These are the conversations that matter to us as men and fathers, but also to anyone who values the positive impact of the modern dad.

All this month, we'll be looking back at the programming that has defined our conference and thanking the Speakers who contributed their insights. Like our #MeToo panel at Dad 2.018, with @Chookooloonks @AmandaMagee @EverydayGirlDad @acjlist and @KimmySWolf. pic.twitter.com/HLbG3HsY8V

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 19, 2018

Some conversations, we just need to listen.

Dad 2.0 is all that, a Venn diagram of practical creativity with a fatherhood lean, and sometimes a famous face or two. The people you’ve read about have had an indelible effect on our success, and next year we hope we can add your name to the list.

IN THE NEWS

The definition of the “good American dad” may be fragmenting, but there’s solace in knowing that there’s more discussion than ever about to reconcile these differences of opinion.

Last November, 83% of American millennials said they would be more likely to join a company offering paid paternity leave, and 38% even said they would move from the US to another country with better leave policies.

In Canada, the number of children living with a single dad grew 34.1% since 2001, compared to those living with a single mom, a group that grew by 4.8%.

Our friend and Dad 2.0 alumnus @CFGarfield alleviated new dads' fears about holding newborns, managing finances, losing sleep, the health of their babies and partners, and not having enough time to spend with their children. #FathersDay https://t.co/TjFTR1KzHf

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 16, 2018

Want to raise kids that care about other people? “The gateway to empathy is emotional literacy.”

“When this brand-new human looked up at us, deep eyes, almond shaped, sparks, the tightness in my chest released. I sensed a new purpose.

“The greatest achievement of my father’s parenting was letting us know that we were loved, and moreover giving us the knowledge that to love—and be loved—was the most important of things.”

"Shared Parental Leave taught me how hard it is sometimes to be a parent. Looking after a baby can at times make training for the Olympics look easy!" – @discusabs #fatherhood #sharedparenting #familyleave #paternityleave https://t.co/7vpP8tfoGi

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 19, 2018

We hear a lot about kids and tech, but what about parents and the example(s) we are setting?

This is a great story about how a kidney transplant turned a devoted stepfather into a blood relative.

Bruce Mulkey has experienced the shifts in masculinity and fatherhood over the past 40 years through a unique lens

A great piece from @NPR about @LaGuardiaCross and the makings of YouTube superstar (which we like to think of as a YouTuberstar). #FathersDay https://t.co/XvpPh4NF1t

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 17, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS
  • “It just came across as really needy and whiny – a whine I couldn’t quite hear – and for what? A gift to act as validation that they’re actually a dad.” – Ryan Darcy, You Asked for WHAT for Father’s Day!?
  • “Like many contemporary dads, I am a different kind of parent than my father. Broadly speaking, you could say I’m more present than he was in my childhood. The conventional wisdom is that social and cultural norms were different “back then.” We should cut, say a distant father, some slack because of this. Not me.” – Anonymous (published at City Dads Group), Distant Father Not Product of His Times, Result of Lies, Deception
  • “I recently prepared a tasty lentil soup for dinner and after one spoonful my son looks me straight in the eye and says, “This tastes like dumb.”” – Hop Dad, Creative Conversations
  • “On our gender-fluid journey, I’ve fundamentally felt that honesty, openness and truth will be our biggest assets. I think we need to address how our kid is and what his truth is.” – Gavin Lodge, Major Strides, Minor Paranoia
  • “Dad has given me many good things but teeth aren’t one of them. He tells me not to worry and says that most of his bad dentist bills came during his forties. “You’re 49, shouldn’t be much longer.”” – Joshua Wilner, You Can’t Save Me

At Dad 2.018 in New Orleans, we asked members of our community about their favorite memory with their own dad. This is what they said:

Thanks to our friends @charliecapen, @lunchboxdad, @BertoInPublic, @fowlcomics, @BeleafMel, @CanadianDadBlog, and @acjlist for sharing indelible childhood memories of their fathers while at Dad 2.018 in #NewOrleans. And thanks to our media partner @LifeofDadShow! #FathersDay pic.twitter.com/1tBZ8IgEly

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 16, 2018

Do you receive the Dad 2.0 Summit Newsletter? You should! In it we share all kinds of information and news about the Dad 2.0 Summit. Add it to your inbox! It’s the perfect way to start planning your trip to San Antonio.

Share your traditions of fatherhood news or stories that you would like to share you can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Snapchat using the #FOF hashtag! And now we’re on Medium!

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Sunday is Father’s Day, once an occasion sewn from the collective threads of forgotten BBQ aprons adorned with such clever wordplay as “Get out of Dad’s grill” and “Beer Me,” but now expanded to such new levels of inclusiveness and modern masculinity that some of the aprons are for baking! Progress!

We’re also seeing campaigns like Dove Men+Care’s “Dear Future Dads,” which shows men who are understandably nervous about their entry into fatherhood but grateful for the chance to try. This, too, is progress.

It also checks out that Disney would choose Father’s Day weekend to release the long-awaited Pixar film Incredibles 2, which features our first look at Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr as a stay-at-home dad. Having seen an advance screening, because we’re cool like that, we can tell you it’s funny and real. For some, though, it will be easy to take offense. He does have trouble. There are jokes about it. However, and we believe this to be the saving grace, the jokes aren’t about some Mr. Mom lack of ability to care for his kids (he can cook, he doesn’t mind household chores, he gets the kids to the bus on time, he is very loving and affectionate, and he can change the diaper of a kid who routinely shoots lasers out of his eyes). Rather, he is dealing with things that throw the best of us (teen romance, new math, interdimensional travel), all while learning to swallow his own pride—steeped in a lifetime of traditional gender roles—and better himself in the process. We think that is the best progress of all.

We enjoy Father’s Day as a chance to reflect on our individual fatherhood, as well as on the work being done by fathers everywhere. The bottom line? Dads are making a dent. While active, involved fathers aren’t superheroes (no capes!), we are a reality. And the fact that Big Father’s Day is leaning more into love and family than ever before? Well, you see where this is going.

Happy Father’s Day, everyone! We hope it’s well above Parr.

IN THE NEWS

Our hearts go out to the family, friends and fans of Anthony Bourdain, especially his 11-year-old daughter. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, you are not alone, call 800-273-TALK for help.

The night before Father’s Day is Father’s Eve, when dads are meeting all over the country to celebrate fatherhood. Find a gathering near you!

You’ve probably seen the video of the dad who joined his young daughter on stage to help her through her ballet dance, but who is he?

Seventy-three percent of those surveyed said a “real father” knows how to express emotional support to his children. #FathersDay https://t.co/kOshRs0ith

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 13, 2018

“At 5½ years old, I knew some things about the world. I also knew that I had plenty of dads in my life, and that I could count on them.”

“When you talk to involved dads you quickly discover that the positive effects of becoming one aren’t just for the children. Fathers’ own ideas of manhood expand during the transition, as do their abilities to form rewarding human connections.”

“So when the tradition of Father’s Day came along each year, we just didn’t fit the mold. We just couldn’t celebrate like the other dads we knew. And I always resented it. It hit me at my core.”

Watch the whole thing!! https://t.co/XXtfGTtJoU

— Glen (@BeleafMel) June 13, 2018

Even now, with dad organizations more popular then ever, many fathers have trouble finding groups when they need it most.

There are plenty of healthy, productive ways for kids to use social media, and it starts by being positive.

Hey, parents! Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, here’s something else to worry about (bonus points for being gross).

Here's a fun collection of dad-centric photos for your viewing enjoyment, because #FathersDay https://t.co/wtBVWA13Ga

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 14, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS
  • “It’s moments like this; the shroud of mundane that is associated with parenthood, is stripped away. What was, just moments ago, the same boring routine, is now the sudden realization of how much time has passed; how much has changed; how much has happened, and how much you’ll miss going forward.” – Mike Cruse, Daddy Dis Way
  • “Suppose that you had an opportunity to do something really cool with your kids. Not just cool, but something that was an unforgettable experience, the likes of which would create memories which would last forever. Now suppose that you weren’t allowed to partake in this opportunity because of your gender.” – Mike Armstrong, No Father’s Day
  • “I admit there is a part of me that remains embarrassed to be a stay-at-home father. I never envisioned myself in this role. Caring for my children while remaining unemployed was a huge blow to my ego.” – Billy Kilgore, Unsolicited Parenting Advice for Mr. Incredible
  • “There is never a time when memory forgets its childish beginnings, for how can a soul forget or fail to reference innocence not wholly lost? The danger isn’t the loss of a thing, the horror is in the forgetting of having ever had it.” – D. Durand Worthey, Reflection : A Walking Tour of San Diego
  • “This is the last summer of his always being here, lanky and lazy, stretched across the couch without worry or agenda. This is the last summer of the status quo and our comfort with it.” – Whit Honea, The Window of Childhood Doesn’t Need Cleaning 

Here’s another fun point about the progress of Father’s Day from Dad 2.0 Summit alum Stewart “Brittlestar” Reynolds (it has over 2 MILLION views!). For years, the image of dads was that of bumbling oafs with one good pair of cargo shorts and easy access to the TV remote. Thankfully, we’ve come far enough that we can laugh again, at ourselves and the stereotypes. Because at the end of the day, there’s good work being done, and everybody knows it. Thanks, Stewart, and congratulations!

Father's Day is right around the corner. Are you in character? #fathersday2018 #fatherhood #humor Also: #humour https://t.co/puO1Lb3GEN

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 8, 2018

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Share your traditions of fatherhood news or stories that you would like to share you can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Snapchat using the #FOF hashtag! And now we’re on Medium!

Photo: Disney/Pixar

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Did you watch the Stanley Cup Finals last night? The Washington Capitals finally broke through, and the Great Eight himself finally got to hoist the trophy.

This is a sign, because today is June 8, and we’re opening the ticket window for our 8th Dad 2.0 Summit with our annual Father’s Day, Never-Gonna-Be-Cheaper-Than-This price of $169. Where it will stay until July 1, when the price goes to $199.

We get pretty excited about stuff like this, because we want everyone to experience Dad 2.0 for themselves, whether they have 8 kids (looking at you Dick Van Patten) or worship their Magic 8-Ball (it is decidedly so). Fathers, media, and marketers should all be able to have their conference cake and ate it, too (sorry about that). But what is Dad 2.0?

  1. The easiest answer is from the landing page of this website, which we have dutifully cut and pasted here: The Dad 2.0 Summit is an open conversation about the commercial power of dads online, and an opportunity to learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high-quality content, build personal brands, and develop business ideas.
  2. It is a place to connect with others (like-minded and otherwise) and talk about how great fatherhood is, and how we can make it even better.
  3. It’s where you can share your story (perhaps at our Friday night Dad Voices workshop) that makes an impact on others, who share their stories, which affect you at the same time.
  4. It’s where we directly influence the narrative of fatherhood, as portrayed in the media or by brand campaigns.
  5. Looking for creative inspiration and collaboration with potential business partners? You’ll find your fill of fodder and tons of folks searching for the same thing. Dad 2.0 connects creatives and entrepreneurs who make great things.
  6. What about bonding and making lifelong friends? That’s our real specialty. Dad 2.0 is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
  7. Dad 2.0 Summit has “Dad” right there in the title. And even though moms are absolutely more than welcome, the topics we discuss keep dads’ viewpoints and concerns at the forefront of our conversations.
  8. In a nutshell, Dad 2.0 is a celebration of modern fatherhood, the lessons we’ve learned, and the wisdom we attempt to pass on to the next generation. It is the place to champion causes and policy, viewpoints and parenting styles. It is full of hugs and handshakes, and a big scoop of hope for tomorrow.

And seriously, ticket prices will never be this low again. Register. Meet us in San Antonio. Then see what happens next.

IN THE NEWS

Interesting results from a survey of 1,200 dads. They know they need to learn many more skills than their fathers did, but doing so is absolutely worth it.

The new book from Omar Epps is “an intimate, unapologetic, and emotional conversation about childhood, manhood, and parenting.”

We’re strong supporters of paid paternity leave, and we’re grateful for every effort that makes it more available and encourages more dads to use it.

"The soldiers — who were all home from Afghanistan — banded together again at Cape Fear Botanical Garden to show Christian she will always have them as a family." @jasonduaine https://t.co/Ea0K7K7bsP

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 3, 2018

From the “celebrities are just like us” files, Jimmy Fallon cries while reading to his kids, too.

A new study says dads nationwide receive about 35% of child custody time. Twenty states, including Virginia and Delaware, tied for the top spot at 50%; Tennessee was last, at just under 22%.

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” And 49 other truths.

These photos by @AZehbrauskas featuring new dads is part of @UNICEF's effort encouraging fathers around the world to take a more active role in the early life of their children. #fatherhood https://t.co/4EqMko8Uvt

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 7, 2018

Dave Matthews is back, and he’s bringing the “dad rock.”

Stop this trend: Why must every Hollywood hero have a dead or deadbeat dad?

Moving this summer? Leaving a place kids are comfortable with and heading to the unknown is scary. What can teachers and parents do to help kids overcome their fears and enjoy the exciting time of school endings?

Watch out, world. @owtk's daughters are building an empire, one pair of earrings at a time. #Etsy https://t.co/TScVRqdjBm

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) June 5, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

“8 Days A Week”! See? We’re still working that 8 thing.

Back at Dad 2.018, our six-time Title Sponsor Dove Men+Care asked our attendees to record messages to the next generation of fathers, to help them build on the work we’re all putting in now. And as Father’s Day approaches, you can see a number of them being shared on social media with the #DearFutureDads hashtag.

To learn more about all the great stuff Dove Men+Care is doing to champion paternity leave for all fathers, visit DoveMenCare.com/PaternityLeave.

#DearFutureDads | Dove Men+Care - 1:10 Subtitled - YouTube

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The changes in the perception and implementation of paid paternity leave over the last few years have been truly remarkable. Not that long ago, the idea of offering a dad a portion of his salary to stay home and bond with his new child (rather than merely “hang out and help Mom”) virtually unheard of; now, it’s a specific employment that many top companies offer to attract and retain the best talent.

Success is seldom linear, though. And even though 89% of dads believe it’s important for companies to provide paid paternity leave benefits, only 15% of U.S. men have access to them, and fewer still take their full time off. Apart from some social impediments, sometimes the reason is simply money. Either the pay can’t sustain them, or there’s too much risk that the job they return to won’t be the same.

Enter the “Dear Future Dads” campaign from our longtime friends at Dove Men+Care.

Back in February, our six-time Title Sponsor asked our attendees to record messages to the next generation of fathers, to help them build on the work we’re all putting in now. And as Father’s Day approaches, you can see a number of them being shared on social media with the #DearFutureDads hashtag.

And throughout the next several months, you’re going to see a lot from Dove Men+Care about challenging the stereotypes and stigmas that prevent men from taking paid paternity leave. Much of that will be to create more workplace support for fathers, and to spark a cultural movement around paid paternity leave by:

  • convening discussions like the one this morning with City Dads Group in New York City to drive awareness;
  • helping improve policies through corporate collaboration and partnerships; and
  • using their prodigious digital resources to create content (like this amazing new “Dear Future Dads” film, below) that depicts real dads reacting to the extraordinary effect fatherhood has on their lives.

#DearFutureDads | Dove Men+Care - 1:10 Subtitled - YouTube

And here’s the best part (yes, we’ve totally buried the lede on this): In a more tangible angle, Dove Men+Care has chosen to help alleviate the financial burden of paid leave and contributed an average of $3,300 to each of 27 active crowdfunding paid family leave requests of real dads and their families across the country.

Seriously. How cool is that?

For more about all the great stuff Dove Men+Care is doing to champion paternity leave for all fathers, visit DoveMenCare.com/PaternityLeave to learn more about the resources available to new and expectant dads. Because we’re only just beginning to understand the benefits to children, families, and communities when men take the time off work to care for a newborn.

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Fatherhood is about building all the things, from character to memories, and the countless blocks between. We provide the foundation upon which our children grow and play, and also ample support for both. In turn, we are often inspired by our children with fits of creativity, most of which manifest themselves in the moment.

Then there are the dads that take it up several notches, turning the amp of awesomeness all the way to 11. For instance, do you share a love of Star Wars with your kids? Build them a Millennium Falcon bed, obviously. Want to take it outside? Have you considered an AT-AT (or a TIE fighter)?

Building a HUGE Star Wars AT-AT - YouTube

These are not your father’s tree houses, but they might be your kid’s.

From full arcades to bat caves, dads around the world continue to wow us with their ingenuity. They build roller coasters in their back yards. (Or, they improvise the next-best thing.) They create massive, two-story playhouses and find a whole new career. Some bring their kids to Disney; others bring Disney home.

Dad Creates Ninja Warrior Course For Daughter - YouTube

Is the creation of new worlds and adventures an innate dad quality? Does fatherhood increase our chances of design, or does it just provide the focus, the platform upon which blueprints are erected as tangible family-friendly fun?

Does it matter?

At the end of the day, the best thing any dad can build is a healthy relationship with his child(ren), and that doesn’t require any skills with hammer, paint, or saw. It only requires love.

That other stuff is pretty cool tho’.

Dads build the coolest stuff. https://t.co/mqUPs8gcQb

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) May 13, 2018

IN THE NEWS

We love stories like this: In order to commemorate the competition’s 25th anniversary this year, 24 dads raised $55K for Camp No Limits, which provides camps for children in need.

When fathers are engaged with their kids in these creative, playful ways, children pick up more vocabulary and can engage with their fathers linguistically a little better.

Ninety-two percent of dads indicated that “SMS4dads” had helped them in their transition to becoming fathers, and 83% said it helped their relationship with the mother.

“Parents who withhold praise or downplay pride deprive children of a powerful source of motivation that can help them persevere in the face of challenges today—and throughout their lives.” @wallacejennieb #kids #parenting https://t.co/PbyPA9mSAc

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) May 17, 2018

New Zealand is looking at the paternity leave model in Sweden, where payments are pegged at 80% of the person’s previous income and fathers claim 27.9% of the total childcare leave, more than 10 times the New Zealand number.

“When a dad needs new ideas, he turns to Pinterest for help; 42% of U.S. dads use Pinterest, including 47% of dads with a household income of $100K or more.” Are you among them?

Baby in the womb? Dads can bond in more ways than singing to the mother’s belly (although that’s still highly recommended).

Don't ask a female candidate "Who is caring for your children while you are governing?” unless you plan to ask every male candidate, too. #MothersDay https://t.co/umO3I33vyz

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) May 13, 2018

Dads are not only great at spotting a confidence gap, but they also play a crucial role in teaching their daughters to believe in themselves.

Men want more quality and fun time with their kids and to share in the harder work of caring for them. Some men, however, argue that their employers are unsupportive of this trend.

A Glasgow student created an app to connect dads, and it includes advice on nighttime routines, stories from other parents, mental health support and a directory of resources on parenting.

Dave Grohl of @foofighters is well-known for his amazing musical collabs across many genres, but this session with his young daughters at @UCSFBenioffOAK is our new favorite. #fatherhood #daughters #music #charity https://t.co/h31ZWaE5yX

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) May 16, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

With all due respect to Dick Van Patten, we do not believe that eight is enough. We do think, however, that eight is pretty damn special. After all, we are gearing up for our 8th Dad 2.0 Summit, and as such it is currently our favorite number. Eight also lends itself to all sorts of dad jokes (Seven ate Nine, anyone?). But that’s just us.

Here’s why you should be onboard with all things eight. On Friday, June 8, we will reopen our ticket window for our annual Father’s Day sale of $169. Want to give the father in your life a great Father’s Day gift? Send him to San Antonio in February! Or get him eight ties and see how that goes.

Is an event an event without a Facebook event page? We'd rather not find out. https://t.co/X0p33gTGDH pic.twitter.com/dMQc5T8nWI

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) May 14, 2018

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Share your traditions of fatherhood news or stories that you would like to share you can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Snapchat using the #FOF hashtag!

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This week’s column, which serendipitously falls on Star Wars Day (more on that below), comes to you live from the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, home of the tenth Mom 2.0 Summit. Ten years is a long time, in both parenting years and parent-conferencing years, and we’re thrilled to have spent the last two days immersed in the chock-a-block programming, featuring lots of talented, successful women sharing the knowledge and expertise they’ve amassed over the years.

All of which was bookended by Wednesday’s Welcome Party, which featured several trust falls into a ball pit, and Natalie Morales’s interview with Kristen Bell, who began by taking a call from Natalie’s sitter (see above).

And tonight is the fifth annual Iris Awards, when the parent blogging industry recognizes achievements and accomplishments from the past year! We look forward to cleaning up and coming correct, to congratulate all the amazing and deserving nominees, and to share the surprise with the crowd as we find out who this year’s surprised emcee will be.

If you’re not here with us, mark your calendars for April 24-26, 2019, and get your tickets for the 11th Mom 2.0 Summit at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas! You won’t want to miss it.

IN THE NEWS

Want to learn a new language with the kids? Have you considered Wookiee?

The number of single-father households has risen slightly (to just 4%), but 17% of solo father families are living in poverty (compared to 30% of single mother families).

Do your children have the indoor blues? Studies show that people who love nature are happier in general. Get those kids outside!

"It's important to have dad friends." We agree. @Caitlin_Writes #fatherhood #dads #parenting https://t.co/gl1bw8TzGq

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) May 1, 2018

Two Basingstoke fathers will cycle a 903.13-mile route this summer to fund playground equipment for St. John’s Primary School.

The dads of the “Me and My Dad Playgroup” have become role models for dads to be active and engaged playing with their children. “For most of us, this group is transformational.”

A group of fathers spend every New Orleans Jazz Fest parking cars and grilling up food to raise money toward school programs and tuition for their daughters and other students at Cabrini High School.

The first time James Shaw Jr. cried was in the ambulance, when one of the paramedics asked if he had kids. “I thought I could have possibly never seen my daughter again. That hurt.” @tennessean #WaffleHouseShooting https://t.co/VwqoIR1dFX

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) April 29, 2018

“Of course, we will all fall short. We may even fail spectacularly. But hopefully, our children will at least see that we are trying.”

Breaking: It’s okay to fail while parenting and have a sense of humor about it.

After a class-action lawsuit, one of the most stringent prison policies has been overturned, and dads can stay in touch with their kids while awaiting trial.

The father and son duo of Jack and Tim sure do make beautiful music together (and @SimonCowell knows it!). #fatherhood #fatherandson #music #BGT https://t.co/CtNmrs0OQy

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) May 1, 2018

IN THE NEWS, “THAT’S MY KID!” EDITION

Congrats to Dad 2.0 team member @OMGpacini, whose film SONA is an Official Selection at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival, and thanks to @BestBuy for celebrating his work in their Magnolia Home Theater Lounge at the festival. #MagnoliaLoungeNBFF #nbff pic.twitter.com/i1QFygM5ZL

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) April 28, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

As we mentioned, May the Fourth is Star Wars Day, and Holy Banthas there’s a lot to celebrate if you and your kids are fans of this much-beloved and recently rebooted franchise. WHICH OF COURSE YOU ARE:

Solo Director Ron Howard Stops By to Give Star Wars the Arrested Development Treatment - YouTube

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