Monday, February 21, 2011

Life with Homie - A sitcom?

 In a recent Parents Television Council study, it was reported that 83% of all prime-time family sitcoms involve some form of father-child relationship. If you do the math, that's a whole lot of TV dads. 

The study showed that, as a whole, television shows are increasingly showing more fathers who are involved in their children's lives.  According to the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI):
  • Fathers who live with their children are more likely to have a close, enduring relationship with their children than those who do not. 
  • Twenty-four million children (34 percent) live absent their biological father. Children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.
  • Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.
With the history of television already spanning more than 50 years, there certainly are some fictional fathers that have struck a chord with audiences. But which ones? And why?

Another study conducted by applied a number of criteria to find out which are TV's most memorable dads. The criteria areas follows:

·  The character must primarily be known as a father;
·  The main purpose of this character is to be a father figure;
·  The show must appeal to men in general (so Danny Tanner from Full House is out)
·  The show may, or may not, currently be on the air 

So which prime-time daddy's made it on the list? Here are the results:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bieber Fever

One thing I am starting to realize from living with dad, is that I am constantly learning new things about him. This week's revelation: my dad has a crush on Justin Bieber.

I first starting noticing my dad's new found love for the Biebs last week when we were watching tv. A commercial for his new movie "Never Say Never" came on, and out of nowhere, dad came running into the room "OH MY GOD SADIE!! Is that a Justin Bieber MOVIE?!?!" "yes dad" "Oh my god. That movie is gonna make more than TITANIC! Mark my words Sade...highest grossing film of all time!" I was pretty taken back by his enthusiasm for the flick, but I was even more taken back by his knowledge of Bieber facts. "He's from Ontario you know? Straford. He grew up there. Oh, annnd he plays hockey, it's hard to hate the kid if he plays hockey. And like also plays like...4 different instruments too." Oh really dad? Impressive.

It continued...

"OHHH and did you see him on the cover of that magazine with all the kisses on his face?!" (referring to last month's Vanity Fair). "Yes dad I saw it". "They did that on purpose you know. All those little teenage girls are going to see those kisses and wish they were from THEM! And then they're going to buy the magazine." Damn those sneaky marketing tactics.

But it doesn't stop there. The magnitude of dad's Bieber Fever reached a tipping point last night while we were watching the Grammy Awards.

Every time the camera stopped on Biebs, dad would yell "Look! Look! There he is!" During his performance, the praise just kept coming: "Oh he sounds pretty good! His dancing is good, reminds me of M.J, he is definitely winning something." During all the awards presentations in categories which J.B was nominated, dad was hell bend on him winning. "He's got this one in the bag for SUREE Sadie, watch." Needless to say, the Grammy's were disappointing for daddy.

So this week I learned that my father is a true Belieber. Not sure how I feel about this yet. Updates to come...

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Dad's buddy is over for a bbq tonight. He fixed the toilet in the first 10 minutes he was here.