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In defense of dads

Daddy blogger Mike Cruse is trying to shatter the stereotypes of the bumbling, uninvolved father.

Even catfish dads show parenting skills, the zoo says.


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He lost his 2-year-old in a very public way. Here, Jayson Greene reflects on the holiday that brings both pain and longed-for recognition.

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Although I write and speak regularly about parenting, sexuality and equality — and try year-round to teach my kids about inclusivity — hearing another parent describe Pride Month as “huge” for their family made me consider what more I could do.

  • Bonnie J. Rough
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We asked fathers to describe the moment they truly felt like a father, in 500 words or fewer. Here are some of our favorite essays.

Two decades after Congress tried to wall off the worst of the Internet in hopes of protecting the privacy and innocence of children, the ramparts lie in ruins.

Here’s what parents need to know.

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The truth is overrated, anyway.

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Today’s parents’ focus on kindness is all for the best. But we must ask ourselves how we define it.

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Imagine having to engage with one’s rapist through a shared-parenting arrangement.

Misty Daugereaux said she was ordered to leave a public pool after arguing for her right to breast-feed her 10-month-old son.

Plenty of parents can relate to Max, whose love for his owners' new baby evolves into a new kind of anxiety over protecting the child from any and every possible threat.

  • Aaron Pruner
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Fun new picture books about and for dads

  • Mia Geiger
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A woman allegedly impersonated a social worker to try to take a 1-week-old away from the mother, police say. She was charged with attempted kidnapping.

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In our 20s, this month meant boozy brunches and public displays of affection. Now married with a child, we celebrate in a different way, and with greater purpose.

  • Laura Leigh Abby
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I joked often that eventually the wheels would fall off this overscheduled wagon, yet I managed to always keep us on track. But an unexpected block of free time made me rethink things.

  • Meg St-Esprit
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I wanted to give my soccer-playing 9-year-old a game with players that looked like her. I found out it doesn’t exist.

  • Nicole Graev Lipson
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As a pediatrician, I am in favor of providing children with more opportunities that promote independence and resilience. However, being left alone in a car for even just 10 minutes on a 67-degree da...

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In some ways, their simple design and off-white coloring looked as dated to me as mom jeans. But in another sense, they looked as wonderful as the day I first saw them. My 13-year-old wanted them. And in that moment, I wanted them, too.

  • Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff
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