fatherhood

35 years later, these dads are still goofing around!

Friendships are one of the more overlooked aspects of becoming a dad.  It’s probably fair to say that your mates are not top of your partner’s list of priorities when you first have a baby. To be honest, you’d be concerned if they were. But there’s no denying that fatherhood affects your friendships. How much time you have for them, what you do, and even who your friends are. Try to stay in touch not just with your old mates but with your old way of life. Fatherhood can be all-consuming. A lot of men are happy for their new family-focused lifestyle to replace time spent with old friends. It is a new chapter, after all. And that might mean naturally bringing earlier chapters to a close. Check-out these dads….35 years later! But you might find it’s worth the effort to keep in touc...

What ‘happily ever after’ really looks like

I stood in my bedroom doing my makeup when I heard my parents across the hall in the bathroom. My father was groaning in immense pain and luckily my mother was there to help him. I was a self-absorbed twenty-something at the time—bouncing back and forth between two men like a rubber ball. But this moment between my parents struck me.   My father moaned. “It’s okay, Chris,” my mother said to him. “I’m here.”   That was the start of my father’s painful side effects from his prostate cancer years prior—something that would only get worse with time. As I leaned toward the mirror, slipping mascara onto my lashes, I heard more grumbling from my father. I froze. I was stuck in their moment with no place to go. I heard a clank in the bathroom. A mess was made out of my father’s control. ...

Father’s Day in Denver: Fun traditions Dad will love

Father’s Day is June 16, 2024, and Denver is the ultimate place to celebrate dear ‘ol dad. Don’t miss these ideas to start some new traditions with him.  Looking for adventurous ideas with Dad? Don’t miss The Ultimate Denver Summer Activity Guide (250+ Ideas) and the Colorado Bucket List: 100 Offbeat Destinations You Must Visit. Scroll down for even more ideas!  The joy of cooking. Most Father’s Days start with kids wanting to bring dad breakfast in bed. Try to keep that tradition going, even as kids grow older. Then, when their age is right, try having them grill dad dinner. As the years pass, that meal will go from hot dogs and hamburgers to salmon and steaks. “I had a very memorable day when my middle-school son discovered Bobby Flay’s gri...

50 Father’s Day events, brunches and festivals in Denver

Dads come in many forms but most forms of Dad love to eat and spend time with their families. Visit Denver has rounded up some fun festivals and foodie finds for fabulous dads.  If sports are more his jam, be sure to check out Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates June 14-16 or Colorado Rapids vs. Austin FC June 15, 2024. Looking for adventurous ideas with Dad? Don’t miss The Ultimate Denver Summer Activity Guide (250+ Ideas) and the Colorado Bucket List: 100 Offbeat Destinations You Must Visit. Scroll down for even more ideas!  Denver Father’s Day Events 2024 Hangin’ N Slangin’ Markets WHEN: June 8, 16, 30, 2024 WHERE: EDENS Hangin’ N Slangin’ vintage thrift markets will be in RiNo, in the Lot on Larimer, on the second Saturday...

New! Family-friendly Social Lounge & Coffee Shop Opens in Highlands

Are you looking for a new family-friendly hangout? Check out this new social lounge that is also mission-driven!  The Den, a social lounge for families, is a space that aims to provide a supportive and dignified experience for anyone navigating the parenthood journey and searching for something different. Located at 2900 Zuni St, the space includes a coffee shop that’s open to the public, a lounge overlaid with play for children, a laptop bar, a rentable zen room and a classroom for support groups, curated specialist-led classes, and open crafting. The coffee shop will also spotlight independent brands on a rotating basis, starting with ANDI, a brand founded and led by a Denver-based mom. The team’s mission at The Den is to validate the diverse and meaningful experiences of all those ...

Happy Father’s Day to Denver Dads!

Happy Father’s Day to our Denver Dads! Don’t miss our Guide to Father’s Day in Denver with 50+ ways to celebrate Dad. This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too. -Harlan Coben I was raised in the greatest of homes… just a really great dad, and I miss him so much… he was a good man, a real simple man… Very faithful, always loved my mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun. -Max Lucado In our house, Mother’s Day is every day. Father’s Day, too. In our house, parents count. They do important work and that work matters. One day just doesn’t cut for us. -Margaret Heffernan Happy Father’s Day today (and every day)!

A Father’s Day Tribute to My Second Dad

My father quit on us when I was five. Mom remarried a few years later. She then passed away in a car accident when I was nine. Both biological parents were gone before I turned ten. I was stuck living with my Mom’s new husband whom I had only known for a short time. He wasn’t my “real” dad. Randle isn’t even my real last name. Steve Randle then showed me the meaning of real. He dedicated his life to raising us (I have a younger sister and brother). When Steve met my Mom, he was a successful attorney. As a single parent dealing with deep sorrow, he gave up so many of his own interests to be there for me. He has taught me more about life than anyone else – the most important being belief in myself, commitment to family, and faith in God. I have never made a major personal or professional dec...

A daddy-daughter date: 40 years later

I left Canada when I was 18 years old for college and the longer I’m gone, the farther away it feels.  Four years ago, my mom finally passed away after a 30-year battle with MS. Add in a pandemic where I couldn’t cross the border to return home and my Dad’s multiple battles with cancer during that time–and I treasure time spent with family even more.  In February for my birthday, I had one request: to fly home.  I had a few days of wicked-cold temps and a few days of moderation that made for a great visit. We hiked, skied, skated, ate (so much), did a bunny intervention of Mom’s Easter collection (100+ cottontails), and snuggled up to the fire to watch curling every night in my childhood home.   On a very cold day, Dad and I decorated Mom’s grave...

30 Best Dad Jokes You’ve Never Heard

C’mon, who doesn’t love a good Dad Joke? OK, most of us groan when we hear them but that is what makes them that much more delightful.  Also, don’t miss our Guide to Father’s Day in Denver: 50+ Ways to Celebrate Dad.  Looking for gifts for Dad? Check out these customizable graphic tees by Black Lantern, screen printed in Estes Park, or these cool Colorado trucker hats and apparel by YoColorado. Best Dad Jokes “Dad, did you get a haircut?” “No, I got them all cut!” “My wife is really mad at the fact that I have no sense of direction. So I packed up my stuff and right!” “How do you get a squirrel to like you? Act like a nut.” “Why don’t eggs tell jokes? They’d crack each other up.” “I don’t trust stairs. They’re always up to something.” “What ...

Start a new Father’s Day tradition with these ideas in Denver

With Father’s Day almost upon us, here are fantastic ideas to start new traditions with Dad in Denver.  Looking for adventurous ideas with Dad? Don’t miss The Ultimate Denver Summer Activity Guide (250+ Ideas) and the Colorado Bucket List: 100 Offbeat Destinations You Must Visit. Scroll down for even more ideas!  The joy of cooking. Most Father’s Days start with kids wanting to bring dad breakfast in bed. Try to keep that tradition going, even as kids grow older. Then, when their age is right, try having them grill dad dinner. As the years pass, that meal will go from hot dogs and hamburgers to salmon and steaks. “I had a very memorable day when my middle-school son discovered Bobby Flay’s grilling book,” Knippenberg says. Sands of time. Dads who w...

Father’s Day Tribute: Dr. Seuss and a powerful lesson in loyalty

In honor of Father’s Day, we are printing some of our favorite Father’s Day stories from years past. Bode is now a thriving, adventurous and patient 16-year-old, ready to enter his senior year of high school.  My son Bode is thoughtful, kind and beloved by everyone. I can count on one hand how many tantrums he’s ever thrown, and he prides himself on being responsible. How many 5-year-olds do you know like that? He is also analogous to an 8-ton pachyderm. Case in point: We recently encountered another boy at the park whose constant barrage of insults quickly wore on me, but Bode continued playing with him. At one point, the kid demanded, “You need to watch my shark!” and without waiting for consent, he flitted off. Bode simply placed the shark on a ledge and carefully cuppe...

Your Must Know Gift Guide for Your Husband

Unlike the stereotypical gifts a man tends to receive in your average Hallmark Christmas movie, your husband neither wants nor needs a new tie for work, a box of assorted licorice, or a pair of new socks for every day of the week as a gift. Instead, for the sake of his happiness (and the quality of the gifts you receive from him in the long term), make sure you read on to discover your must know gift guide for your beloved hubbies.  Stay Away from Overtly Practical Gifts  Unless you are fully aware of an item of technology your husband needs for his home office, or he has been dropping hints surrounding the best new smartphone released this year, stay away from overtly practical gifts and instead find something he would never have thought of buying himself.  Perhaps he is an...