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What are the rules that make a man a father? Slava Potik/Unsplash

Who’s your daddy? Don’t ask a DNA test

Before the advent of genetic testing, definitions of paternity were primarily social and legal. Science has destabilized these older definitions, but it has not replaced them.
A growing number of ‘dad bloggers’ are using social media to provide a window into their lives as fathers. Here, blogger and father Casey Palmer and his sons. (Casey Palmer via Casey Scheibling)

Dad bloggers want social change for Father’s Day

As dads blog about their lives and changing norms and issues around fatherhood and parenting, they're pushing for social changes to benefit families in Canada — one blog post at a time.
Research with Canadian families found that modelling of healthy food intake by fathers, but not by mothers, was associated with a healthier diet among their children. (Shutterstock)

Fathers are vitally important to their kids’ health and to public health research

Most Canadian children spend too much time on screens and don't eat enough fruit and vegetables. Fathers can help by modelling healthy behaviours and getting involved in research.
What dads do online helps them navigate gender roles as society changes. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

How new fathers use social media to make sense of their roles

The tasks of fatherhood are changing, but society's expectations haven't caught up. Many dads use online discussion groups, blogs and videos to explore their new identities.
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The understated affection of fathers

Wives sometimes chide their husbands for being cold or distant toward their sons. But men express their love in subtle ways that deserve to be honored rather than belittled.
The number of men married to each other who have children is rising following legal rulings about marriage equality. Shutterstock

How families with 2 dads raise their kids

Research reveals few differences between the parenting of gay men and their straight peers. But it looks like gay fathers could be more apt to volunteer at their children's schools.
It’s about more than gender dynamics: Do social institutions get in the way of dads being dads? Reginald Williams / Pexels

Why dads can’t be the dads they want to be

Why is it all about mom? Fathers want to be more involved in their children's lives, but are limited by public policy and social institutions. This is a bad deal for dads, kids and moms alike.

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