A Girl Still Needs Her Father

I was on my way to Hong Kong with my family recently when my 15-year old daughter, Murphy, handed me an opinion piece from USA Today titled “A Girl Still Needs Her Father.” (I’m not sure if she was trying to subtly tell me something or thought I would find the article interesting based on what I do for a living. (I choose to believe the latter!)

The author referenced a 2011 book called Girl Land, in which author Caitlin Flanagan stresses how important it is for a girl’s father to be involved in her dating life.

Parenthood: The ‘Dad Matters’ bloggers react to a father-daughter talk

Far away from home, a daughter begs her father for the truth about her mother’s breast cancer. What follows is the e-mail thread as several of our resident bloggers watch this clip from the NBC show Parenthood and react …


Sam Hoover: Good grief. You gotta give a warning about these things, ’cause I’m crying like a baby over here.

As a dad, my wife dying is one of my biggest fears. My dad’s mom died of what they later attributed to breast cancer when he was only nine.

Welcome to ‘Dad Matters’ (With a bonus tale about the day my daughter stabbed me)

Dads have it rough in today’s popular culture. We don’t get affirmed very often for being important. Matter of fact, it seems that if anything good happens in stories about families, it’s usually in spite of dad – not because of him.

Growing up, I did not want to be that dad. You know … the guy who didn’t have a clue, who put the diaper on the baby’s head instead of the bottom, who didn’t know how to piece together a coherent sentence when a child had a question, needed help or wanted a decision.