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Monday, June 19, 2006

Along with boosting sales of cards and barbeque grills, Sunday's holiday prompted the media to run articles on fathering in this era.
Some worth checking out:

Life Magazine profiles actor Chris O'Donnell, onetime Boy Wonder and new Grey's Anatomy costar, who talks about the rewards of fatherhood and his return to fame after taking time off to be a dad.

USA Weekend's Home Run Dads uses the stories of three baseball dads who not only excel at their sport, but are all-stars off the field too, meeting the needs of their families. Melvin Mora raises quintuplets- plus one. Eric Young says baseball is the game that has helped hold he and his son together. Although he never married, he made sure his son was a big part of his life. Eric Jr. now plays for the Colorado Rockies. And Albert Pujols has adopted daugther Isabella who has Down syndrome.

A well written timely piece by The Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus gave us a glimpse into the lives of gay fathers and their efforts to raise children, either as single parents or as couples.

An intelligent article by Leonard Pitts in The Miami Herald assures us that black men are keeping the faith even with all the water that has gone under the bridge.
Writes Pitts: "You consider all the strong brothers who don't show up in newspapers or statistics, out there walking kids to school, checking homework, coaching softball teams, buying flowers for baby girls, fixing meals, drawing the line, still in there pitching, ain't dead yet.
As we African-American men search for identity amid contradiction and paradox, it would be good if more of us turned to men like that, understood as they do how crucial we are to the well-being of our families and communities. Not simply for the income we bring, but for the security and stability we bring, for our ability to stand like a bulwark between our children and harm." Well put, Leonard.

I'm thrilled to see Father's Day inspire articles on work and parenting and highlight some of the sacrifices men are making to advocate for their children. This is just a starting point for coverage of this subject.


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