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By now, we’ve all seen the news about and interviews with survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, each of them a teenager who is poised and prepared beyond any of our commonly held concepts of typical teenagery. The reason for their sudden appearance in the limelight is tragic and terrible, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that the kids are impressive as hell.

We applaud their resolve and passion, and we ponder the range of emotion their parents must continually experience: from terror and fear to sadness and, we assume, immeasurable pride.

While everyone’s story is different, it sure seems like there are a number of amazing parents in Parkland who are raising kids with the kind of awareness and understanding that we’ve seen from this group, not to mention the strength to stand back and offer support and the assistance needed. It can’t be easy, and we have nothing but the utmost respect for those involved.

We also can’t help but feel a little shame, because although we welcomed the supportive tweets from our former First Family, using language like “we’ve got your backs” and “we’re behind you” rings discordantly in our ears. Children are supposed to rely on adults to be the adults in the room, and it sounds like we’ve abdicated our responsibility and are sending our kids into a battle ahead of us.

This makes us all the more interested in cultivating the future we’re all relying upon.

IN THE NEWS

Talking to kids about the government is more than politics as usual.

The real stories of gay dads in today’s America: Things are improving, but there’s work left to do.

Dads, do you experience isolation on the playground?

Braden Friedkes and his dad now have a shared experience, in a way they could have never imagined. #VegasStrong #ParklandStrong #NeverAgain https://t.co/Gy1EsgituA

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) February 21, 2018

Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps kids in the classroom, and it can also make children and parents happier at home.

According to research, stress changes the father’s sperm, which can then alter the child’s brain development.

Cleaning the house got you down? Here’s how one family changed its chores for the better.

Here are nine ways #parents can help boys defy #stereotypes and form the close #friendships they crave. @Pfagell https://t.co/oSD3z6Ha1k

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

Are you well versed in the art of the handshake and the effect thereof?

In a recent study of 40,000 participants, single fathers were older and had a greater incidence of cancer and cardiovascular disease than single and partnered mothers.

Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles, decries colorism and says the music industry must stop ignoring singers with dark skin.

A look at honesty, #fatherhood and #BlackPanther from @Zaron3. https://t.co/XITZHpymx5

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

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

Pixar’s Mr. Incredible is about to become as true a superhero as you’ll find: A stay-at-home parent (still no capes):

Incredibles 2 Official Teaser Trailer - YouTube

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.

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Welcome to the most important phase of Dad 2.0 Summit: evaluation. We’re very grateful to everyone who has responded to the post-conference survey, and we’re also keeping track of your post-conference blog posts because we love reading about your experiences. All candid feedback, both complimentary and “constructive,” is extremely helpful. This is your conference, and we want it to grow with the community as much as possible to make Dad 2.019 in San Antonio the best yet.

Below is a list of the recaps we’ve seen. If we missed you (or you post something subsequently), drop us a line at info [at] dad2summit [dot] com, post it to our Facebook page, or give it a Twitter shout-out, and we’ll be sure to add you to the list:

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Editor’s note: Normally, this space is written anonymously, relying on the “royal we” to share our collective take on fatherhood and the unified lens through which we see it. Today, however, is something different: a personal note from Community Manager Whit Honea after a week in Sweden, the highest pedestal of paid family leave, and those made better for it.

I am sitting here on borrowed Wi-Fi, nine hours in the future, on my younger son’s 12th birthday, as cold as anyone could ever be, and only now discovering the tragedy that has occurred in Parkland, Florida.

This is the conversation the world is having: What is wrong with a country that values guns more than children? Where does America get the nerve to lecture any other people on how to care or govern? Why are we so broken?

And they are right.

Paid family leave is very important. The list of positives reaches every aspect of society, and seeing the effects thereof in the people here, and the way they embrace it, is telling and full of inspiration. The Olympics have stories, too, and some of them lead to cheering. But until we, America, can protect our own children in their own schools, we have issues much bigger than a sporting chance and time zones.

We all have work to do, and that is as personal as it gets.

IN THE NEWS

Dads ice-carve the coolest stuff.

NBC likes to talk about “must-see TV,” and the moment following Shaun White’s half-pipe was as “must-see” as can be.

Although this father of five American-born children had lived in the U.S. for 28 years, his request to extend his stay was denied.

If #NBC ran a full day of "Dads At The #Olympics" programming, we'd be on board from start to finish. #PyeongChang2018 https://t.co/VcddiCu4yS

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) February 15, 2018

What does paid family leave mean to you?

Tech-savvy executives protect their tweens and teens the same way we all do, with a combination of monitoring and guidance.

We’re hoping the day will come when people won’t instinctively equate “lead parenting” and “acting like mothers.” As long as people do, we have more work ahead.

If your kids write about you in such a loving way after you're gone, you've won life, my man. https://t.co/XbYVhj4wws

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) February 12, 2018

Kids love consuming content, but they can also make it, which is awesome.

Is there a difference between being a father and a dad?

Sometimes, being a better parent (and spouse) means taking your focus off the kids.

As dads prove over and over, "genius" and "disgusting" are not mutually exclusive terms. @chellesue https://t.co/GvwBTtsxsj

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) February 11, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

All good things come in threes, and today is one of those serendipitous vortices: It's #ValentinesDay, #AshWednesday, AND the day that #IrisAwards nominations are open! Join us, @mom2summit, and Premier Sponsor @Kia to recognize great work at #mom2summit! https://t.co/unJ8F9XDZs

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) February 14, 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 New Orleans.

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

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Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? Oh, yes we do.

Dad 2.018 has come and gone, but the memories and friendships we made in the city that care forgot are still as tangible as the souvenir King cake on our counters. We know we’re biased, but seriously, that was a damn good time.

There were many wonderful moments at the 2018 Dad 2.0 Summit, our seventh-consecutive sellout! For instance:

  • The terrific keynote address from Dove Men+Care, with Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and his son Ryan Nece.
  • The Best Buy drone experience and interview with Von Miller.
  • The ride-and-drives, the beignet runs, and the Kiadvisory Influencer Seminar, all brought to us by four-time vehicle Sponsor Kia.
  • The wonderful activations from newcomer Sponsors Hanes and Clorox.
  • The informative and inspiring panel with new Sponsor GSK.
  • The Friday programming, flush with the exchange of crucial skills.
  • The third annual Dad Voices gathering, now a Friday night staple.
  • The Saturday programming, featuring breakouts that were packed and vibrant with conversation, passion, and expertise.
  • The closing keynote from Google’s Global Education Evangelist Jaime Casap.

The all of you. Especially you. We can’t wait to get after it in San Antonio for Dad 2.019.

IN THE NEWS

We’re fans: The first-grade classrooms at Springfield Elementary were overflowing, as teachers hosted a “Super Bowl STEAM for Dads” event.

Dads can feel guilty about the frustrations of integrating work and family. But we “simply do not allow that guilt to take over.”

Losing your hair, dads? Grab a side of fries!

"I reached out to [the #Facebook group] Black Fathers, and I told them it wasn’t a good day for me, and the level of support I got from those guys…. I thank everyone of you brothers for being there for me." @ABC https://t.co/DNkiYeaiK3

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

“NBC’s This Is Us might resonate as ‘cry porn’ to some, but it’s got one thing few other shows do: It’s an earnest portrait of what makes a good pops.”

Does your teen want a tattoo or piercing? Here are some helpful conversation points to discuss first.

In Ohio, family courts a showing a strong preference (and even presumption) for shared parenting. Additionally, they are emphasizing mediation and using the term “parenting time” instead of “custody,” because words matter.

"What are the most common sexist assumptions about stay-at-home parents, and what can we do to stop them from becoming a problem?" – @JenniferELandis #fatherhood #sahd #paygap #parenting https://t.co/nwjM5o8Yhz

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

“My dad taught me to confront the insidiousness of racism head on, no matter what the ramification, so it will not fester. Defeat it and get past it. That was The Talk. Nothing scared me after that.” – Wendell Pierce

“Half of teens say they feel addicted to their mobile devices, and the majority of parents, 60%, say their kids are addicted.”

When America’s Dads collide: Tom Hanks to play Mister Rogers, and that just feels right.

Once again, @BeleafMel is going viral! https://t.co/87vczw3L1G

Also, toddlers are liars.

— La Guardia Cross (@LaGuardiaCross) February 7, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS: DAD 2.018 REVIEWS EDITION

While this edition of Fatherhood on Friday may have started with one last hug for New Orleans, we’re already looking forward to our next embrace in historical San Antonio! Please watch this space (and our social platforms) to stay informed about all the things that will bring us together in 2019!

In addition, we’ve once again formatted donations to the Oren Miller Dad 2.0 Scholarship Fund as a separate line item that will stay open until November 30, 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 New Orleans.

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

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We’re always glad to see our longtime friends LEGO Systems back as a Supporting Sponsor, and one of their main objectives this year is to continue to gather feedback from and build relationships with the Dad 2.0 community. This is an important time for LEGO Systems to capitalize on the strong relationships they’ve built over the years and brainstorm new ideas with influencers about the overall growth and change in the market.

This year it will also be a fun time to engage with them about the LEGO® Star Wars line and its #LEGOCoPilot experience! So when you’re in the Marketplace, be sure to check out the newest products from the LEGO Star Wars line and snap a custom photo in LEGO’s Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian or Rey! We can’t wait to explore the galaxy with you this year!

LEGO Group was with us at our first event in Austin, our long history together makes it particularly fitting for them to be back with us, in a year when we’re celebrating how it all began. Thanks so much for everything, LEGO!

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Our newest Official Sponsor is GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that wants people to do more, feel better, and live longer. And they’re coming to New Orleans to convene a very important panel discussion on Friday, from 2:45pm to 3:45pm, about their #VaccinateForLife campaign, which promotes awareness of the importance or vaccines throughout your life.

Whether you’re the father of a newborn or the son of aging parents, or both, you spend a lot of time researching vaccinations. GSK’s panel of experts is here to include dads in very important conversations about how vaccines protect our kids, our parents, and ourselves, as well as how we can remain informed healthcare consumers:

  • Less than 10% of teens and young adults have received a vaccine that helps protect them against Meningitis B—an uncommon, but potentially deadly disease. During this session, we’ll hear from gold medal winning Para-athlete Nick Springer who was diagnosed with meningococcal disease, or meningitis, at the age of 14 while at summer camp.
  • According to the CDC, approximately 15,000 children under the age of 5 were hospitalized because of flu complications during the 2015-16 flu season. While relatively rare, since the 2004-05 season, flu-related deaths in children reported to CDC during regular flu seasons have ranged from 37 deaths to 171 deaths. We’ll hear from Joan Mann, a mom who lost her daughter, Kendra, to flu.
  • We will be joined by Pediatrician and Vice President, Director Scientific Affairs & Public Health, GSK Vaccines, Dr. Leonard Friedland, a doctor and a dad who can help you make sense of the vaccines for your family.

Join us to get the information you need to educate both your family and your audience about vaccination across the lifespan, to meet dads with firsthand knowledge of the power of vaccines, and to connect with other sandwiched dads.

GSK takes a very educational approach to working with influencers, and this session is your chance to meet the GSK team, talk about how you can further the discussion in the online dad community, and be eligible for a $150 gift card! Attendance is limited, so sign up to secure your spot!

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So you want to give our sponsors some social media love—and you should—then it’s important to use the official #dad2summit hashtag in addition to the respective hashtags dedicated to each sponsor of Dad 2.018. Like, super important. Hashtags measure engagement and impressions. Hashtags make the social media world go round.

What you’re about to read is the complete, comprehensive, finite list of the brands and organizations that are officially supporting the 2018 Dad 2.0 Summit. If a representative of a name not on this list offers you some swag, a free meal or beads, they’re not with us! Worse, they could be trying to outboard the conference. (This is strictly forbidden, and you can read more about it here.) If you see something, support the community and say something. Remember, you’ve been deputized!

Hashtag like the wind, folks.

                                               2018 DAD 2.0 SUMMIT SPONSORS
SPONSOR HASHTAG TWITTER INSTAGRAM
Dove Men+Care #RealStrength @DoveMenCare @DoveMenCare
Best Buy/Best Buy Tech Zone #BestBuyTechZone @BestBuy  @BestBuyBloggers @BestBuy
Clorox #CleanIsTheBeginning @Clorox @Clorox
Kia Motors #KiaDad @Kia @KiaMotorsUSA
Hanes/Hanes Comfort Zone #HappyInHanes  @Hanes @Hanes
GSK #VaccinateForLife #GSK @GSKUS @GSK
LEGO #LEGOdad @LEGO_Group @LEGO
Safety 1st/Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor #Safety1stBabyMonitor @Safety1st @Safety_1st
SmartyPants Vitamins #SmartyDad18 @SmartyHealth @SmartyPants
Plum Organics #TeamParent @PlumOrganics @PlumOrganics
                                                     MEDIA PARTNERS
City Dads Group @CityDadsGroup  @CityDadsGroup
Fatherly @FatherlyHQ  @FatherlyHQ
Life of Dad @LifeOfDadShow  @LifeOfDad
                                                    ASSOCIATED MEDIA
 Father’s Eve @FathersEve @FathersEve
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse  #MakeAMoment @FatherhoodGov @OfficialFatherhoodGov
New Orleans Convention & Visitor’s Bureau  #OneTimeInNOLA @VisitNewOrleans @VisitNewOrleans
                                                       CAUSE PARTNERS
Camp Kesem @CampKesem @CampKesem
National At-Home Dad Network @NAHDN @HomeDadNet

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – The Beatles, probably singing about social media

#ThankYou

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When we came to New Orleans in 2014, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau did such a tremendous job of showing us their beautiful, singular city that we couldn’t wait to come back. And we’re very happy to announce that they’re on board once again, with:

  • A walking tour of the city on Thursday afternoon from 2-4pm;
  • A jazz band at our Welcome Party; and (last but most)
  • A giveaway that will ensure a wonderful return trip to the Crescent City for one lucky Dad 2.018 attendee!

If you’re coming to Dad 2.018, you’ll hear all the details you need in order to be eligible to win the Dad’s Getaway Giveaway, of which one randomly selected winner will receive a return trip for two (including airfare) to New Orleans and a two-night stay at the gorgeous Cambria Hotel (@Cambria_NOLA)!

We love the NOCVB because they do a great job showing off New Orleans as a great family destination, and 2018 will be especially fun as the city celebrates its tricentennial all year long, with festivals, concerts, fireworks, and more. They’re also no stranger to working with influencers who create content about families and travel.So check out the great work they do at @VisitNewOrleans, and be sure to engage during your trip with #OneTimeInNOLA.

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This is it! It’s our last Fatherhood on Friday column before the 2018 Dad 2.0 Summit kicks off next Thursday in New Orleans, and we can’t wait. We’re in the sweet spot now, when all those weeks of preparation and strong coffee have come together, and the only thing left, really, is to tell you all about it before we get to the Ritz-Carlton and start Making It Happen!

This week, we introduced Von Miller (and tickets for his meet-and-greet sessions sold out in 19 minutes), welcomed Plum Organics as our newest Sponsor, and announced this year’s Dad Blogger Spotlight readers. And we’re not done by a long shot!

We still have a handful of Sponsors and partnerships and support affiliations to tell you about, as well as the terrific trio of keynote panelists that Dove Men+Care will start us off with on Friday morning. And that spotlight? We aim to share it as we build on last year’s record of 240 million #dad2summit impressions. Wouldn’t it be cool if this year there was at least one impression for every man, woman, and child in America? That would be a refreshingly democratic result.

Make sure to follow this site, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages for all the latest, and stay tuned to the very bottom of this post for details on this year’s 2018 Kickoff Twitter Party on Tuesday, January 30!

IN THE NEWS

Unchained Melody is a song that was made for a dad to sing.

In Canada lawmakers are taking another long look at how to create dedicated leave for new fathers.

Being a stay-at-home dad is work enough. Add work, and you’ve got a whole new set of considerations.

In keeping with our upcoming Dad 2.018 panel discussion about dads raising their special-needs children, here are some great tips (and some sweet dance moves) from @Zachanner and @KristinaKuzmic. https://t.co/YvVoV0ixIW

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) January 25, 2018

A must-read from John Wall, about his dad’s legacy and influence despite his incarceration and early death from liver cancer.

Wondering if a trusted adult is behaving inappropriately toward a child is a terrible thing to consider, but parents need to be aware, involved, and listen to their children.

UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic shouts to the crowd: “I’m gonna be a dad! That’s all that matters to me right now!” The “baddest man on the planet” has his priorities straight.

Nobody likes to think of their kids as lonely. Talk about it. #parenting #kids https://t.co/bBvQfLLawS

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) January 24, 2018

Congratulations, Mick Jagger! We hope your great-granddaughter has many happy play dates with her new, infant great-uncle.

The impact of the digital age on dad jokes is pretty impressive.

Ever think about going into business with your kid(s)? This dad did, and the results are crazy fun and loads of happiness.

Congratulations to @aknott21 @nerdyathomedad @scotchfulyyours @sleepingonedge & @Eduflack, our 2018 #Dad2Summit Spotlight Readers! https://t.co/r0oCT9XtEO pic.twitter.com/UfC18HY795

— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) January 24, 2018

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 9pm ET/6pm PT for the official launch of Summit Week with our annual Twitter Party! No RSVP required. Hashtag: #Dad2Summit. Consider it a pre-conference mixer for attendees, sponsors, speakers and media to share our hopes and dreams for Dad 2.018. And even if you can’t be there with us, we’d love to hear from you!

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 New Orleans.

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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After months of review of a record number of submissions, we’re very proud to announce this year’s five Dad Blogger Spotlight readers! In an industry that is rapidly evolving into more visual territory, we remain staunchly and quixotically enamored of the written word. And we’re glad our community is still churning out wonderful writing on a spectrum of topics that we feature weekly in our Fatherhood On Friday column’s Porchlight Posts.

And if you’re looking to improve your writing (and perhaps be up on our main stage for Dad 2.019), be sure to stop by the Writing Roundtable Workshop moderated by one of the masters, Daddy, medium-well‘s Thom Hofman. And then head to our Dad Voices event, hosted by Ask Your Dad‘s John Kinnear!

Congratulations, gratitude, and a hearty “keep-it-up” to:

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