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Dads Raising Daughters: On Teaching Girls They Are Strong, Beautiful & Powerful

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My Single Father
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Megan's thoughts on being raised by a single dad. Read More »
Dad At My Wedding
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The Best Dad Advice
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Last year for Father’s Day, we ran a series of interviews with real-life dads divulging their wisdom on raising independent, vibrant girls. Dads Raising Daughters turned out really lovely, so I’m making a fledgling Frisky tradition of it! This year for fatherly parenting advice, I turned to Josh, who has two girls ages eight and five; Jim, who has a nine-year-old; and James, whose daughter is three.

Yesterday, we learned what these dads want to teach their daughters about love and dating. Today, the dads explain how they teach their girls they are strong, beautiful and powerful. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: On Redemption In Fatherhood

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Amelia lost her dad this year. Read More »
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I’ve written candidly about Mother’s Day and all the ways I think the commercialization of it fucks up our relationships with our moms. My own relationship with my mom has been easy because … well, she’s awesome. But my complex relationship to fatherhood makes both talking and writing about it difficult.

There are two people in my life that I call Dad – my biological father and my stepfather. I have very different relationships with each of them and writing about one without mentioning the other feels like a weird act of disloyalty. But this Father’s Day, I’m letting go of that and writing about redemption and it’s relationship to fatherhood.

My biological father has a colorful past; he talks openly and nostalgically about his time as a drug dealer and his stint in prison. I remember bits and pieces of it. One time when I was small, my mother took my sister and me and my brother to the prison to see him. We pressed our dirty, little hands against the impassable glass partition that separated us and talked over a black phone that connected the two sides of the glass. When my dad was released, my parents were separated and we were shuffled back and forth between them every other weekend. My parents were young when they had my twin sister and me — just 21 and 22. Now, having a brother who is 25 and a father, it puts into perspective what it must have been like for my dad to have kids at that age. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Assorted Thoughts On Being Raised By A Single Dad

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Here is a collection of memories from my childhood.

I am in kindergarten, it is story time, I am wearing a turtleneck that itches at my neck and I am not feeling well. I throw up on the rug, in front of everyone, sobbing hysterically, and my father leaves the campus where he’s teaching to come pick me up, taking me straight to class with him because it was easier than taking me to the babysitter. I fall asleep in the corner of his classroom to the sound of his voice lecturing disenchanted freshmen about the Yangtze river.

My sister and I spend a hazy, humid summer in Taiwan with our mother, running amok in the streets, eating food at the night market and listening to my mother’s sisters babble over our heads in Chinese. My uncle takes me for a ride on his scooter and I wear no helmet as we careen around the corners and dart in and out of traffic near my ah-ma’s apartment. My mother brings me to the salon to get a perm, and I return to the United States nut-brown and curly haired. When I run to my father at the airport, he holds me at arm’s length. “Who is this?!” he jokes. “You’re not my daughter!”

Countless nights, my father falls asleep in the living room with the television on, our dog Maggie curled up on the floor near the couch. I remove his glasses and wake him up, telling him to go to bed.

My parents divorced when I was very young. The courts granted my father primary custody of my sister and myself because they ruled that my mother’s new relationship with my stepfather was her priority. I have no memory of a family other than the tiny unit that existed — myself, my sister and my father.

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Dads Raising Daughters: Wisdom On Love, Dating & (Some Day!) Sex

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Sometimes the men who help raise us aren't real. Read More »
My Father's Death
Amelia lost her dad this year. Read More »
Dads Are Confused
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Father's Day 2013
We heart you, dad! Read More »

Last year for Father’s Day, we ran a series of interviews with real-life dads divulging their wisdom on raising independent, vibrant girls. Dads Raising Daughters turned out really lovely, so I’m making a fledgling Frisky tradition of it! This year for fatherly parenting advice, I turned to Josh, who has two girls ages eight and five; Jim, who has a nine-year-old; and James, whose daughter is three.

First up, what these dads want to teach their daughters about love and dating… Keep reading »

Unlikely Style Inspiration: Winona’s Dad

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I love the idea of doing a fashion post inspired by my dad because his complete and total disdain for fashion is one of the major reasons I became interested in it. My dad’s style outlook can be summed up as “function over fashion.” He chooses his outfits based on two factors: comfort, and strategic efficiency in the event of a zombie invasion. For this reason, most of his wardrobe consists of zip-off cargo pants, hiking boots, safari hats, and misanthropic message T-shirts. Can you see why I’m excited to turn him into an unlikely style icon? Get the classic “Winona’s Dad” look (venomous snake not included) for yourself after the jump! Keep reading »

Amelia's Dad's Style
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Jessica's Dad's Style
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Rachel's Dad's Style
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Black jeans and a black polo? Yes please! Read More »

Father Knows Best: Our Dads Solve Our 8 Most Pressing Dilemmas

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We’re always running to our moms for advice and wise words, but you know what? Despite their mysterious, often silent presences, our dads possess loads of wisdom too. We rounded up some of our most pressing existential queries and asked our dads to give us their takes. First, let’s meet the dads:

  • Megan’s dad DAVID raised two lovely, relatively capable daughters by himself. When he’s not consulting on corporate training, he spends his days reading quietly, misplacing his glasses and going for contemplative swims in the lake.
  • Julie’s dad STU is a retired nuclear engineer, which yes, makes him basically Homer Simpson. He enjoys gardening, sitting by the pool and offending Red Sox fans.
  • Ami’s dad ZAC is the most intellectual jock from Brooklyn you’ll ever meet. A former college basketball player turned successful business man, enjoys taking the dog to Starbucks and spending time with his wife and two kids. He can still dunk.
  • Jessica’s dad RUSSELL is a retired father of five and grandfather of four, who lives, feeds the dog, and mows the lawn in suburban Connecticut. He emails Jess regularly to tell her funny jokes he heard on “Red Eye” and is really into being a Republican.
  • Winona’s dad DON is a retired monkey wrangler who lives in rural Oregon, and is on an endless quest to find the world’s best chocolate malt.

What they had to say surprised us. Check out their answers to our most crucial queries after the jump. Keep reading »

Unlikely Style Inspiration: Rachel’s Dad

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In honor of Father’s Day, we thought it would be fun to draw some style inspiration from the most unlikely of sources: our dads. Our fathers’ lifestyles — and fashion senses — vary greatly, but one thing’s for sure: all our dads definitely have a look that’s all their own. Let’s kick things off with Rachel’s dad, a Connecticut-based currency trader whose style is summed up by his daughter as follows:

His signature look: black polo shirt (unbuttoned, chest hairs exposed), black jeans he’s had for 25 years, sandals (or UGG slippers, which he regularly wears out of the house), and some fancy ass watch set to a completely different time zone (for work purposes, I guess), expression of displeasure.

Get the “Rachel’s Dad” look for yourself (without the exposed chest hair), after the jump! Keep reading »

GT: Dad's Weird Advice
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Her dad's weird advice turned out to be great advice. Read More »
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Hitched: My Dad At My Wedding

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My father didn’t walk me down the aisle on my wedding day, but he did help me up some very steep stairs. That’s not a metaphor for the next iteration of my life as a married lady: there were actual stairs, my high heels were ridiculous, and I didn’t want to fall over as I climbed to greet my very-soon-to-be husband on the stage where he was waiting for me.

I love that moment. I’d never envisioned being “given away” by my dad. I always loved the idea of walking solo, down the aisle, toward my future. But at the end of the “aisle” — a treacherous brick walkway — at our venue, was a set of precarious stairs. When I reached them, I put one foot on a step and reached with my left hand toward my dad, who helped me balance before taking my place in front of Patrick.

In both the figurative, and the most literal, sense, my dad helped me arrive on that stage, standing with the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I was legitimately nervous I might fall down, but I also wanted that moment of connection with my dad during the ceremony, as a nod to what he and my mom and our family mean to me.

My dad? He was just legitimately nervous. Keep reading »

Unlikely Style Inspiration: Jessica’s Dad

Dad Style

Here at The Frisky, we’re celebrating Father’s Day in style by taking some unexpected fashion cues from our dads. First up was Amelia’s California dad’s amazing ’70s denim-on-denim look. Jessica’s New England-based dad is up next. Here’s how Jess described her computer programmer papa’s style:

“My dad wears shirts or pants with holes in them until we buy him new ones for Father’s Day or Christmas. Please note the ‘dad sweater’ and stylish ‘froggies’ on his glasses.”

While I have a hunch that Jessica’s dad is going to get a brand new pair of jeans this weekend, that doesn’t mean we can’t recreate his holey denim/slouchy sweater look for ourselves. Shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »

Amelia's Dad's Style
How to get this dad's style.
Steal his 70s hippie style! Read More »
Father's Day 2013
We heart you, dad! Read More »
Deep Convos With Dad
6 tips for having some real talk with your pops. Read More »

13 Things Our Dads Just Don’t Get About Us (in GIFs!)

GT: Dad's Weird Advice
girl talk: my single dad's strange advice
Her dad's weird advice turned out to be great advice. Read More »
Father's Day 2013
We heart you, dad! Read More »
Fictional Father Figures
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Sometimes the men who help raise us aren't real. Read More »
Deep Convos With Dad
6 tips for having some real talk with your pops. Read More »
Things Dads Don't Understand About Daughters

Our wish this Father’s Day is that we can make it through an entire 24-hour period without our dads looking at us with that perplexed face they make sometimes. Like when you say, “I need to run to the drugstore because we’re out of lotion.” Then he’ll be like, “But we have four bottles Lubriderm from Costco.” And you’ll be like, “I can only use that on my lower legs, but I have to use the firming lotion on my thighs. Also, I hate the way it smells.” Then he’ll look at you like you just tried to explain the Higgs boson to him and skulk away. Oh dad, you have so much to learn about us. Starting with: Keep reading »

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