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UNLIKELY DAD is an amazing story

Hildebrandt family photoAs someone who personally spent too long on the infertility treatment treadmill, without any success, I love to read about folks who truly beat the odds. Brad Hildebrandt of Oakland, N.J., is one of those miracle stories. The 44-year-old husband and father has cystic fibrosis, defying the odds by living longer than most CF patients but also by fathering two children. His twins were born via a very difficult, not often successful fertility procedure. If you love a good heartwarming story — or just need to believe that something good can happen at a time when our economy is bottoming out — read Brad’s story.

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
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CHALLENGES of Fatherhood

Lafayette dad Derek Taylor (Dean Coppola, Contra Costa Times)
Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! In this morning’s Times, we celebrate the superdads out there — men like Derek Taylor (pictured above) who take fatherhood far beyond Ward Cleaver’s cardigan and slippers. There’s been a huge cultural shift in fathers’ roles in the last generation. And now the 21st century dad — much like today’s super moms — is expected to juggle career and intense family involvement, change diapers, drive carpool, coach the soccer team, and keep romance alive. That’s a tall order. Take a look at the story, then click “comments” and tell us, what are the biggest challenges dads face today?

Posted on Sunday, June 15th, 2008
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FATHER’S DAY Book Giveaway

Oh Daddy-O! We’re celebrating Father’s Day a tad early with a cool daddy-inspired book giveaway. And the prizes? Kinda great. We’ve got Jabari Asim’s picture book “Daddy Goes to Work,” Todd Parr’s whimsical “The Daddy Book” and our fave, Harry Harrison’s “1001 Things It Means to Be a Dad (Some Assembly Required)” — funny, poignant, philosophical. Want a sneak peek?

* Being a dad means becoming heroic.

* Being a dad means showing your kids how to fix stuff. It helps, of course, if you know how to fix stuff.

* Being a dad means letting your child dress herself for preschool even if she emerges wearing a Batman costume.

So click “comments” and share your very best “being a dad means…”  We’ll draw a winner’s name next Sunday evening. (And congrats, by the way, to Linda, winner of the Junie B. books!)

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2008
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 Valentines Day (Laurie McAdam, MCT) Valentine’s Day… oh yeah, we know what we want. (Honey? Roses. Red ones. And dinner reservations at Va de Vi or somewhere equally fab.) But we thought we’d give you a dad’s take on the topic too. And since fellow blogger Ari rolls his eyes at questions like that, we’re bringing you dadly expertise from Paul Banas, founder of the Bay Area’s own, an advice site for fathers.

“Comedian Bill Maher often quips that holidays were invented just so married people have a reminder to have sex,” says Paul. “(But) we know how important this day is.”
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Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
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hiker, StockXchng The East Bay’s Grateful Dads, a charming group of outdoor-loving pops and tots, are celebrating their fifth year of surging up and down the East Bay’s hills, mountains and winding trails, but it’s not all cardio-workout. They take in the beautiful surroundings, talk football and movies, bond with their kids — and let mom sleep in too.

“There are so many neat places in the Bay Area that you just don’t see if you’re just going to work every day,” says East Bay chapter founder Allen Mueller, “and I was looking for something to get back in shape and do something with my daughter.”

And there are chapters everywhere, including Marin County, where the original group got its start, SoCal, Spokane, Charleston, Chicago and more than a dozen other cities.

The Grateful Dad’s next East Bay hike? They’ll be traipsing the 2.7 mile lakeside trail at the Lafayette Reservoir this Saturday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. And dads of the East Bay? You’re invited.
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Posted on Saturday, January 12th, 2008
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