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    The New York Post, June 2001

    Daddy.com
    A guide to pointing and clicking your way through Father's Day.

    By Bruce Kluger


    Time was, dads across America would
    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
    15-inch monitor, keyboard and mouse, and time enough to kill on any number of all-
    dads-all-the-time Web sites that are popping up along the Internet landscape.

    Here are just a few places you might find Dad visiting—or avoiding—on his special
    day.

    RECOMMENDED:

    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
    Lawyer” column.

    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
    thing.

    AVOID:

    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
    for nothing.

    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.
    Cheerio, Daddio.