8 Parents You Do NOT Want At Your Super Bowl Party

America’s biggest sports day of the year is almost upon us, and yes, I’m talking about the Super Bowl pitting the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons. When it comes to the game, most of you fall into one of three categories:

1) You love football and will be watching the game no matter what, and yes — I’m firmly planted in this category.

2) You tolerate football, but you mostly care about hanging out with friends, eating food, and watching the commercials.

3) You despise football and you will not watch the game under any circumstances.

For those of you in categories #1 & 2, you may decide to host a Super Bowl party and watch the game with friends and family members. If so, I hope these eight parents aren’t at your gathering. More importantly, I hope you’re not one of these eight parents. Oh, and if you happen to be in category #3, don’t worry— I have something for you too.

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No More Wound Myths

I’m excited to partner with Band-Aid and Neosporin on this post.

I remember when I was a kid I used to get hurt — a lot. Everything from broken bones and torn ligaments to minor scrapes and bruises. When it comes to the major injuries, the treatment is set by a doctor. In my case it usually meant undergoing surgery, getting casted, and resting for a few weeks.

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Society’s Fear of the Black Man

As a fatherhood author and activist, I pride myself on talking about issues that celebrate our similarities instead of focusing on our differences. However, when NPR’s Morning Edition contacted me to discuss society’s fear of the black man, I took them up on it because it plays a role in how I approach being a dad. I hope you’ll take the time to listen to the interview in its entirety and share your thoughts.

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Dads Going Viral? Yeah, It’s A Good Thing

Dads are getting a ton of attention in traditional media and social media right now. A single dad named Greg Wickherst decided to enroll in cosmetology classes so he could learn to style his 3-year-old daughter’s hair and the world lost its mind. The Super Bowl broadcast aired multiple commercials featuring dads involved with their kids and people still can’t stop talking about them. The list goes on and on.

Meanwhile, there are moms all over the country with arms folded thinking, “Why are these guys getting all of this praise? I do all of this blindfolded on a typical Thursday morning and nobody is planning a parade route for me or even giving me a pat on the back. It’s a joke.”

Not so fast, ladies.

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What Ferguson Should’ve Taught Us About Critical Thinking

ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR ASKMEN.COM

 

Back in the not so distant past, I remember watching the O.J. Simpson murder trial with some of my college friends and our discussions became heated. No, we didn’t come to blows and we didn’t stoop to name calling, but we did have diametrically opposed opinions when it came to whether Simpson should walk or fry. I would make my points, my buddies would offer their counterpoints, and the cycle continued.

Even though we never came to a consensus, a beautiful thing happened: We had a respectful debate. We felt energized and empowered to believe what we believed while also empathizing with those who felt differently. I learned from my friends, they learned from me, and the issues were spoken about thoughtfully. It was a clichéd win-win situation.

I remember my parents having the same thoughtful discussions with me and my brothers when similar hot button topics came up in the news. That’s just how things were handled back in the day. Then Al Gore invented the World Wide Web and respectful, open-minded discussions began to take a nosedive.

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