A couple of months before [Dwyane Wade’s] official date to go down the aisle, which happened at a home in Miami Saturday, his fiancée, the actress Gabrielle Union, 41, told Us Weekly that their wedding planning was going smoothly thanks to her betrothed.
“He realized that I was trying to turn it into a frat party with K-cups and beer pong, and he took over,” she said. “He really Kanye’d himself and really doubled down, and it’s his princess day, and I’m just along for the ride.”
“He was especially good at being the patient, authoritative voice of reason, gently explaining to an idiot why he was an idiot, and why he had to stop being an idiot.”—Jack Handey, on what made Phil Hartman so phenomenal on “Saturday Night Live,” for Slate.
“… despite the claims of prescience-y being tossed about in the half-year afterlife of Cuban’s remarks about the NFL from last March, Mark Cuban is wrong about America’s love for this ridiculous sport, and this ‘we-don’t-give-a-rat’s-ass-about-you’ league.
A collection of received advice for being a father to a girl
A while back, I learned I was going to be a dad. A few months after that, I learned I was going to be the dad of a girl. Between that revelation and the birth of said girl, I asked the Internet for advice on being the father of a girl. Despite that sounding like a bad idea, I got what I think are some pretty good responses of various types, so I figured I’d be true to my ShareBro roots and share them with the world.
If you have something that you think is a good piece of advice for being the father of a girl and you don’t see it represented here, feel free to share it. On one hand, I think I’m doing a pretty kick-ass job so far; on the other, it has been less than one month, so I’m probably going to need to learn at least a few more things.
Without further ado:
• The term “daddy’s girl” is absolutely true. When they are young, they are less wild than boys but so much fun. And the bond you form with her early on will be critical because it will last a lifetime. I can ruin my daughter’s day with a look, so I have to be cognizant of that, always. You’ll have to remember that they see the world and react to situations differently than we ever did, and trying to keep that in mind whenever you’re together will help. […]
As my daughter grows I realize she will always be one of my best friends, especially as she charges toward adulthood. She looks at me for affirmation and we have a lot in common. I once said her future husband owes me a debt of gratitude because I taught her to love college football, the Spurs, grits and steak.
• [She’s] never too young for a Nerf hoop. Find ways to make time for you and Lady Devine once a week or so once things get settled. Dinner or pizza + Netflix or a picnic or a hike or whatever. Decompress, talk, enjoy each other without both being distracted by the baby.
One more: teach her your best dance move as early as possible.
• Don’t buy her those fucking pink Legos, and don’t associate with those who would. It sends a direr message than you think. I’m completely serious. I mean, I’m not anti-pink […] but beware of situations where she might be sent messages that her gender limits her.
• Let her be who she is. Don’t scare her boyfriends; be nice to them, otherwise she’ll resent you and look for worse ones. Challenge her to do things that aren’t “girly,” but don’t be disappointed if she is. Find something special for just the two of you. (My dad took me to the barn and riding lessons and it became our thing.) Don’t get mad at her for cussing.
• When someone says, “You’re going to have to watch out for her when she’s older,” resist the urge to punch them or sob.
• The fun/big/small/momentous/memorable stuff just pops up. Never sweat it. It’s always just around the corner.
• You could do some things as a dad that would apply to any gender, mostly based on just paying attention to what makes them tick and being involved in the minutiae of their lives. They are, with good reasons, the centers of their own universe and everything they understand comes from that basic premise.
With your daughter, just be involved … read to her, play with her and know the basics of female beauty and hygiene. It seems silly and insignificant, but my daughter always appreciated that I knew how to tie a ponytail and even learned how to make a braid. It makes them feel special and, as girls that grow to women in a pretty misogynistic society, empowering them and making them feel special whenever you can is the best thing you can do.
Also, just enjoy it, man. It goes by faster than you’d think.
• Don’t limit yourself to the “girls” section of whatever clothing store you frequent.
• Teach her how to mow the lawn, change her oil and tires, and be ruthless at board games. My dad did this, and I came out awesome.
• The first weeks and months are really hard, but also wonderful and for the ages. You’ve heard it before, but be in the moment — soak it all up. These are the days you’ll remember, Natalie Merchant said.
This is more a general piece of advice than something having-a-daughter-specific, but I like it: “At family gatherings and the like, let your wife have firsts before you go for seconds.” Seems like solid wisdom for all partners, whether you’ve got seeds or not.
“Pockets are a must, for storing your necessaries. Knife, money, tobacco, frogs, string, marbles, bullets. Read your Twain for suggested pocket wares.”—Nick Offerman prescribes your everyday carry (via putthison)