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It was back in 1997, and Mark Merrill had an idea. In the midst of the successful parenting organization Family First, founded in 1991 by he and his wife Susan, Merrill wanted to create an organization that was centered around fatherhood. A father of five children, he and close friend Tony Dungy, then head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and father of seven children himself, initially discussed the idea in Dungy’s Buccaneer office. “[Tony] had a real desire to figure out how to help men to be better dads,” said Merrill. It...Continue reading »

In a new digital ad and commercial for Peanut Butter Cheerios launched on YouTube, a smooth talking, do-it-all father shows how to juggle it all. In fact, Actor Dad shows the world how we dads can manage well in frenetic situations, thank you very much. The video begins with his “son” abruptly waking him up by jumping on the bed wearing a horse’s head. Of course, dad doesn’t get annoyed or upset. (Who would?) Son asks: “Are you awake?” Dad: “Of course I’m awake! Is that a new mask. I love it....Continue reading »

A Minnesota dad frustrated with a Southwest gate attendant in Denver whom he thought was rude decided to let the world know about his experience by tweeting about it. He’s flies Southwest frequently, and as such he has status to board early. So on Sunday, he says he wanted his kids, ages 9 and 6, to board early with him–something he told ABC News is normally a non issue. But this time was different. The gate agent would not hear of it. “I am not trying to game the system,” Watson, a marketing executive, told ABC News. “I’m...Continue reading »

When you look at the numbers, it’s clear any of us could benefit from amusement park tips so we can save money. With the average family spending about $1,000 on a visit according to Trip Advisor, we dads could use some wallet relief! “With amusement park prices on the rise each year, families tend to be the group hit the hardest,” says Lissa Poirot, editor of Family...Continue reading »

Not too many dads believe in their son so much that they’re willing to place a bet. But Rory McIlroy’s dad did when he placed a wager 10 years ago that his son would win the British Open before he turned 26. According to ESPN.com, Gerry McIlroy bet 200 pounds (about US$683) at 500/1 odds with the British betting firm Ladbrokes;...Continue reading »

A Daytona Beach father who walked in on a babysitter sexually abusing his 11-year-old son beat the 18-year-old man unconscious and then called 9-1-1. “I just walked in on a grown man molesting… And I got him in a bloody puddle for you officer,” the 35-year-old dad said to a dispatcher, according to the Daytona News-Journal. When Daytona Beach police arrived just after 1:00 a.m., they found Raymond Frolander on the living room floor...Continue reading »

Do you suspect that your child is using or abusing? It’s the dread faced by many dads and moms, unfortunately. And deciding what to do about it isn’t easy. There are a number of companies that help parents get to the truth. SNIF, an acronym for  Special Narcotic Investigative Force, is based in Boca Raton, Fla. and works for people who want to make sure family members aren’t using drugs, but who don’t want to involve police. Though his...Continue reading »

Fathers’ rights groups and dads in general talk endlessly about the importance of fathers and the dangers of having an absentee father. But a judge in Wayne County, Mich. took it to a new level when sentencing a 19 year old for his part in the mob beating of a motorist. The judge says he showed Latrez Cummings leniency because the teen had an absentee father but what he needed was a dad “to beat the hell out of you.” Cummings,...Continue reading »

What girl hasn’t told her father that she wants to be a princess? When that happens, most dads run to the mall and buy their girl a Belle, Cinderella or other dress from The Disney Store. But not 38-year-old Jeremiah Heaton who made his daughter a real princess! “While playing one day she [Emily] stopped and posed a question, ‘Daddy, will I ever be a real princess?’ The only answer I could give my sweet little girl was ‘Yes, of course you will be a princess one day!’ Continue reading »

Whether you’re a dad who owns a business or work for one, this might be of interest: A new nationwide survey of employees shows that the vast majority want financial wellness to be included as part of a company’s wellness program. Though 71-percent say they want it, according to the financial wellness firm, Four Seasons Financial Education, only about 27-percent of companies offer such a program, the FSFE says. “We see this demand increasing over...Continue reading »