A guide to pointing and clicking your way through Father's Day.
celebrate Father’s Day with a predictable,
easy-does it schedule: breakfast in bed
(served by the kids, of course); an afternoon
outing (frolic in the park, anyone?); dinner
with the family at the local pizza joint, and a
quiet, romantic evening at home with mom
after the kids went to bed.
But the World Wide Web has changed all
that. Today’s dad no longer has to rely on
the company of his wife and children to make
the most of Father’s Day. All he needs is a
dads-all-the-time Web sites that are popping up along the Internet landscape.
Dad Stays Home.com (www.dadstayshome.com): Designed especially for fathers
who have left the workplace in order to be closer to their children, this domestic-dad
checkpoint features such warm-and-fuzzy articles as “Awakening Your Toddler’s
Love of Learning,” as well as an idea-swapping forum, shopping guides and links to
other hands-on daddy sites.
Dads Today (www.dadstoday.com): Billed as “The Community for Dads and Dads-
to-be,” this upbeat branch of the iParenting.com Website has all the poop on pop,
including dispatches and diaries from other webfathers, as well as advice columns,
in which experts field such questions as “Why do fathers matter so much to
daughters?” and “How do I handle my wife’s moodiness during her pregnancy?”
FatherMag.com (www.fathermag.com): The father of all daddy Web sites, this
formidable resource center covers the dad beat from the lemonade stand and the
soccer field to the bedroom and the divorce docket. Serving up the dish on dad with
articles that are alternately thought-provoking (e.g., “Teaching Children the
Importance of Winning”), practical (“Second Wives, Second Families”) and outright
joyous (“Loving Kids”), the site also features up-to-date news briefs, sports scores
and a parent-oriented health watch. It’s even got poetry.
DadsDivorce.com (www.dadsdivorce.com): While not the most upbeat of web-dad
hangouts, this earnest, no-frills site nonetheless offers up a motherlode (make that
fatherlode) of vital information for the matrimonially-challenged dad, including
custody guides, referrals, a state-by-state law library, and an ongoing “Ask the
Dadmag (www.dadmag.com): Handsomely designed and easily browsed, this smart
pop stop specializes in celebrity names, with ruminations from (and interviews with)
such high-profile dads as author Scott Turow, Senator John McCain, Al Roker and
best-selling fatherhood guru Armin Brott (aka “Mr. Dad”). Rounding out its content
with a “Dadspick” review section (covering the latest in dad-friendly books, music
and video) and ongoing special features (this week: the first “Top Pops” awards),
the editorial mix also doesn’t shy from candid articles about sex. And that’s a good
Married Men’s Militia (www.marriedmensmilitia.com): The name should tell you
everything you need to know. Self-proclaimed “the Web site that can save your
ass,” this testosterone factory is more combat zone than resource site, with such
belligerent “briefings” as “Preparing For Battle,” “Know Your Enemy” and “The
Female Conspiracy.” Pass.
Parent Soup (parent soup.com): Despite its cutesie name, this helplessly perky
subdivision of iVillage.com is all-soup but no-nuts, as it audaciously plays favorites
with mom. A global search for the words “mother” and “mom” on just the front page
turns up no less than a half-dozen articles, while a search for “dad” or father” yield
just one item: an advice column that answers the question: “How does a worried
mother help her 12-year-old son deal with verbal abuse from his father?” Thanks
Mr. Momz (www.mrmomz.com): Any Web site that still tags the involved, modern-
day father with the antiquated moniker Mr. Mom doesn’t deserve your double-click.