November 12, 2008
With Father's Day approaching, I know many of us will be celebrating the dads in our lives. For those men who have dedicated themselves to their children and families, you are commended. A father's influence on a daughter or son's life is priceless. It shapes character and paves a way for the future. Any man who raises his child well is doing a job with eternal rewards. But I also acknowledge those who have been hurt by a father. Nowadays we hear more and more of the pain caused in children's and adults' lives at the hands of an absent or abusive dad. And for those women who suffer at the hands of an abusive husband, it is difficult to celebrate his role as father of your children.
June 19, 2010
N o Father's Day is complete without at least one of the following: A #1 Dad mug, a new tie, shirt or barbecue apron, a silly card about Dad's underwear or bathing habits and anything made of construction paper, Elmer's glue and uncooked macaroni. To this I would add, a trip to the hardware store. A few years ago for Father's Day, I made a pilgrimage to the hardware store, intent on buying a self-standing hammock. With visions of wasting my much-deserved day cradled in blissful repose, I would warmly reflect upon my father, my children and my own accomplishments as a dad. All while listening to Vin Scully on the radio.
June 18, 2011
There is a book that many parents-to-be pick up before they have their first child; it's called "What to Expect When You're Expecting. " The book is chalk full of pertinent information and provides guidelines for parents who are about to bring a youngster into the world. One of my sportswriting colleagues in the office, Gabriel Rizk, is about to become a new father. In just a few weeks, he and his wife, Kay, will welcome a new baby boy. The birth will thrust Gabriel into the challenging, rewarding and often headache-inducing realm of fatherhood.
June 7, 2008
Artists have their own reasons for returning to the Pasadena Chalk Festival each year. For Mri Scott ElBey, of Burbank, it is because she enjoys meeting new people and knowing that the event benefits children’s art programs. Andrea Aguilar, of La Crescenta, likes the challenge of competing against professionals and sharing her work with the thousands of people who stroll by during the two-day event. But for whatever the reason the 16th annual street-painting event attracts hundreds of professionals and amateurs to the Paseo Colorado shopping district each year on Father’s Day weekend, June 14 and 15. Participating artists are given 84 pastel sticks of chalk in various colors and an 8-by-8-foot square of pavement on which to create their mural.
June 10, 2009
As I sit here in Iraq missing Father’s Day with my family for the second time since Sept. 11, 2001, my mind wanders to the promise I made to my son the day he was born. As a former Marine who lost 241 brothers in the Beirut bombing on Oct. 23, 1983, Sept. 5, 2001, was the first time in 18 years that I knew why I wasn’t in that building. I held my son for the first time and thought of the Four Freedoms as four things I would promise him. If I could provide him these things, I would be a successful father.
June 14, 2008
The impact of a father cannot be underestimated. Simply said, it plays a significant role in the success of a child. While mothers provide the more nurturing and emotional outlets for a son or daughter, it is the father who builds the child’s base. A father’s love — or lack of it — is a critical yet understudied factor in child development, according to the 2002 research of Ronald Rohner, director of the Center for the Study of Parental Acceptance and Rejection in the School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut, and his colleague Robert Veneziano, an assistant professor of social work at Western Connecticut State University.
June 20, 2009
Throughout my life, I have never sat in front of the television and watched a sporting event with my father. Growing up, my dad never took me to a game — other than driving me to Little League practice — we never went out in the backyard and threw a baseball around and we never shared in the glory of following a team together. It’s not that my father, Paul, is a bad guy, he just isn’t a sports fan. He is a firm believer that almost all sports are fixed.
September 12, 2009
?You don?t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around ? and why his parents will always wave back.? ? Bill Tammeus ? Let?s be honest. Parenting is hard. Most of the time you feel like you?re just barely clinging to sanity, doing and saying things you never thought you would. Every rule and discipline you dole out is a roll of the dice. It?s like investing in government bonds. You put your money in, but you can?