Teaching his son a powerful lesson

Bradley Howard is a Texas high school football player who has a problem. He talks a lot during his physics class, so much so that his teacher emailed his father, Brad, about it. Brad did what any conscientious dad would do—right?—right?—and showed up in class recently to give his son more of an incentive to keep quiet.  The teacher was grateful, but no word on what Brad’s reaction was, though, according to BuzzFeed, he was “super shocked” to see his dad there. Bradley, for his part, hopes not to have to do it again.

In that same kind of situation, what would you do? Let us know in the comments section, below.

Kid-inspired creativity

The rapper Beleaf released a new album this week via iTunes, called “In Fatherhood.” The album grew out of his experiences as a dad, according to HipHopDX, up to and including the birth of his third child, a daughter, this year. The 17 tracks are fantastic—perfect for showing your kids just how hip you are.

In a similar vein, jazz saxophonist Jackie Joyner’s latest CD, “Main Street Beat,” threw out of the  elation he felt when he became a father. According to BBWMusicWorld.com, the music is funky, dance-inspiring, and Motown-influenced—not a bad set of adjectives.

“My little girl played a huge role in inspiring this album,” Joyner says. “Having Trinity around during the writing process sparked an enormous font of creativity and really kicked my writing into high gear. The first single, named after her, really captures the excitement and joy of being a dad as well as the exciting little girl that she is.”

Makes me wonder what creative projects come about as a result of being a dad? Let us know what you’re working on in the comments below.

Mother’s Day in a home without a mom

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and it seems a new thing on the minds of some people is what to do in a home with two dads and no mom? According to the Washington Post, there’s some confusion. Now that more and more households have two parents of the same sex, this could be a problem. Or at least a situation. (I imagine the opposite is true on Father’s Day for a family with two moms and no dads.)

In my own home, the question was more like this: Is Mother’s Day a day when mom spends the day with our kids, or is it a day when mom gets time off until that night’s family dinner?

Some families don’t do much for Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day) and never did, believing it’s a so-called “greeting card holiday,” but others have realized they can celebrate their own moms and grandmoms just as easily. That’s the way to go.

Your thoughts? Comment below.

—Tony Buchsbaum