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There's Now a Tinder of Sperm Donors

Gone are the days of flipping through binders of donor profiles

(Newser) - Sperm banks are keeping up with the times, and it's driving some people crazy. Back in the old days (say, the dark ages of the 1990s), those on the hunt for the perfect sperm donor had the time-sucking task of flipping through binders of prospective donors to weed out... More »

Ronnie Wood, 68, a New Dad to Twin Girls

Start those baby monitors up for this Rolling Stone

(Newser) - For those wondering how the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood is still among the living, he's not only surviving, he's procreating: He just became a dad to twin girls at the age of 68, CNN reports. Wood and his wife, Sally Humphreys, welcomed Gracie Jane and Alice Rose (sorry,... More »

Joe Biden and Son Talk Fast Cars and Family

'Popular Mechanics' interview offers glimpse into their tight-knit family

(Newser) - Father's Day is still a few weeks away, but that didn't stop Joe Biden and his son Hunter from waxing about father-son relationships and other family-themed topics for Popular Mechanics . The exclusive interview, titled "Things My Father Taught Me," touched on everything from how they bond... More »

A 'Dads' T-Shirt Starts a Conversation on Parenting

'Aww, it's so nice of you to babysit' doesn't go over well with male primary caretakers

(Newser) - The message may seem so obvious as to not require stating, but a photo of a shirt that reads "Dads Don't Babysit (It's Called 'Parenting')" has sparked a larger conversation about parenting on Reddit and beyond. The man behind the shirt, Al Ferguson of The... More »

There's Science Behind the 'Dad Bod'

First-time fathers gain between 3.3 to 4.4 pounds on average: study

(Newser) - There's science behind the plump dad bod: A new study that tracked the weight of 10,000 males over 20 years from adolescence into their early 30s finds the average 6-foot tall, first-time father gains 4.4 pounds if he lives with his child after birth and about 3.... More »

18-Year-Old Plans to Marry Her Long-Lost Father

Young woman says the two were instantly attracted after a 12-year absence

(Newser) - It's been established that reuniting with long-lost relatives can and does result in "Genetic Sexual Attraction," a term coined in the 1980s. In fact, some have estimated that elements of sexual attraction occur in as many as half the cases of estranged loved ones who meet as... More »

2 Expectant Dads Die in Freak Plane Crash

The pilot, their father-in-law, also died in the crash

(Newser) - In a time meant for rejoicing—with a 30th wedding anniversary and the births of two babies on the horizon—three women, now widows, are left to pick up the pieces after a freak accident claimed their husbands' lives. Doug Symiczek had planned to take his two sons-in-law, Kyle Parton... More »

Men With Smaller Testicles Likely Better Dads: Study

Researchers attribute it to lower testosterone

(Newser) - Apparently size does matter—a new study out of Emory University suggests one unusual way to predict whether a man will be an involved father: "Men with small testicles are better parents," is the key quote. Chalk it up to lower testosterone. Newsy reports: More »

Do Men Need More Rights on 'Forced Fatherhood'?

Two bloggers disagree on consequences of unplanned pregnancies

(Newser) - With Father's Day near comes a debate about "forced fatherhood." The phrase refers to guys who get turned into fathers against their will through unplanned pregnancies, explains Laurie Shrage in the New York Times . Men in this situation "have few choices," she writes. It's... More »

YouTube's Musical Dads Sign With Sony

'The Piano Guys' are five Mormon fathers

(Newser) - They're five Mormon dads from Utah. They love to do quirky, instrumental covers of pop songs and put them on YouTube. And Sony just signed them, reports USA Today . "This is kind of freaky—miraculous, really," says one of the members of The Piano Guys, who have... More »

New Link to Birth Defects: Dad's Job

Artists, physicists, hairdressers among jobs associated with increased risk

(Newser) - Yet another thing for pregnant women to worry about: Their partner's choice of profession in the months before conception could increase the risk of birth defects in their newborns, finds a new study. Researchers studied more than 14,000 dads who worked in one of 63 job categories from... More »

If Your Dad Is Older, You May Live Longer

Older men provide life-expectancy boost in baby's DNA: study

(Newser) - As men get older, their DNA matures—and when that genetic material is passed on to children, it may mean a longer life for the kids, researchers find. Thus kids with older dads and grandfathers may be "genetically programmed" for higher life expectancies, the BBC reports. It all comes... More »

Man Straps 4 Kids to Hood of Car, Takes Off

Said tying down reportedly occurred in a liquor store parking lot

(Newser) - There are drunk dads who designate their not-yet-10-year-olds as designated drivers ... and then there are men who just strap their kids to the hood and hit the open road. That's exactly what happened last night in Fort Wayne, Indiana, say police, who were alerted by a witness who saw... More »

Introducing: 'Dadchelor Parties'

Expectant dads mark last days of freedom, but not everyone likes the idea

(Newser) - The "dadchelor party"—in which soon-to-be new dads are taken out by the boys for a night of drinking—is officially a trend, declares the Huffington Post . (Other names: daddymoon, dadelor party, man-shower, diaper keg.) "I've been on three or four of them," says... More »

Theory: Women With Daughters Don't Need Husbands

It's a new take on divorce statistics

(Newser) - Sociologists have puzzled over an odd stat for years: Parents are more likely to divorce if they have girls instead of boys. The New York Times parenting blog today takes note of a new theory by a Notre Dame psychologist: Women who have daughters don't need a husband as much... More »

Dads Even More Stressed Out Than Moms

Expected to do more, fathers now feel mothers' pain at the balancing act

(Newser) - Happy Father's Day, Tara Parker-Pope writes in the New York Times: You deserve it, because it's gotten a lot harder to be a dad. Fathers, increasingly expected to pull their weight at home as well as in the office, are now as stressed about juggling it all as their wives,... More »

Postpartum Depression Affects Dads, Too

About 1 in 10 show symptoms, says new study

(Newser) - Postpartum depression doesn't just hit new moms. A new study suggests that 1 in 10 fathers—about half the rate for women—are afflicted, reports Live Science . Generally, it's most common when the baby is 3 to 6 months old, and the symptoms manifest themselves differently in guys, who become... More »

Day-Care Kids Take Bigger Risks

New fuel for mommy wars

(Newser) - Teenagers who spent long hours in day-care as toddlers are more likely to take risks and act impulsively than peers who spent those years at home, finds the largest and longest study of child-care in America. The findings—sure to stir controversy among parents and policy makers—found that teens... More »

Gretzky, Montana Sons Hobnob on High School Team

Sporting legends cheer on their offspring at California's Oaks Christian

(Newser) - California's Oaks Christian is ranked the fifth best high school team in the country but the sporting icons in the stands often get more attention than the players. The '49ers superstar Joe Montana and NHL legend Wayne Gretzky regularly turn up to watch their sons, quarterback Nick Montana and his... More »

Guys, Take a Page From Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs

Michael Chabon's essays on fatherhood, manhood paint him as quite a catch

(Newser) - Michael Chabon throws his voice into the widening pool of “daddy diaries” with Manhood for Amateurs, which offers “poignant meditations on manhood, fatherhood, and aspects of his own childhood.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning author emerges from the essays “as a prince among men,” writes Heller McAlpin... More »

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