Children’s Book Review: The Pout-Pout Fish

Even when my son, Isaiah, was only fifteen months old, if we asked him to grab The Pout-Pout Fish, he'd swim through the ocean of children's books and pull it out by its tail. The picture book is now anchored in our home as a household favorite as it towers over the rest of our library like the Titanic.

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How To Talk About Men, Mental Health, And Masturbation

“Every guy has done it,” was the whispering truth I grew up hearing, but the only times it was talked about was between pubescent peers too horny and immature to speak responsibly. Having hushed the topic, many men learn to confide in the act secretively as they fight to mask deeper issues beneath a temporal pleasure.

Being Known, How To Clean Your Butt, And The Role Of Mental Illness In Mass Shootings

Wow. That picture is random. Well, so is this post. It feels like my job is to be an internet sponge. I soak up what’s going on in the world and then squeeze it out through my craft. As I work throughout the week, I stumble upon many valuable resources that don’t always find a home in a blog post. So, here are a few of my favorite ones that I’ve found lately.

Where Did The Time Go? One Man’s Quest Out Of The Dark

My mission on Dadding Depressed is to be a "match for men in the dark." Regardless of political views, I believe every man is susceptible to mental health issues, and no two stories are the same. I'm extremely grateful to Casey Cavalier for sharing this post with me. His political views do not necessarily reflect those…

How To Be Alone, Infinite Earths, And The Secrets Of Body Language

Wow. That picture is random. Well, so is this post. It feels like my job is to be an internet sponge. I soak up what’s going on in the world and then squeeze it out through my craft. As I work throughout the week, I stumble upon many valuable resources that don’t always find a home in a blog post. So, here are a few of my favorite ones that I’ve found lately.

Mr. Moms Or Good Dads?

Throwback Thursday Dadding Depressed style with this classic one.

DADDING DEPRESSED

The 1983 film,Mr. Mom made it a little more okay to be a stay-at-home dad for parents of the 80’s. Still, it’s remarkable how idiotic they managed to portray the diaper-duty-dad, Jack, played by Michael Keaton. At one point, the washer machine was going rogue, the stove was on fire, the baby was eating chili, and the vacuum (named Jaws) was trying to eat the middle child. The movie resounds with the stigmatization that men are inept in the home and that elements of the professional world do not transfer into the realm of child-rearing.

Such stigma propelled by blockbusters like Mr. Mom, Three Men & A Baby, and Junior creates an unfortunate barrier between men and home-life. Even in more recent representations of patriarchs like in Modern Family or Family Guy, the father figures are portrayed as basically incompetent, funny as they are. Consistently, men are…

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