Family Issues, Fatherhood, Parenting

forced fatherhoodForced Fatherhood? It Happens More Than You’d Think

Dear Mr. Dad: My girlfriend and I talked many times about children and mutually decided not to have any. However, without telling me, she changed her mind and got pregnant. I have absolutely no interest in being a father or raising children, but she’s threatening to come after me for child support. Is there anything I can do to stop her?

A: The short answer to your question is no, there’s nothing you can do to stop her. Society’s reaction to any man who gets a woman pregnant—even if he was lied to about her intentions—is basically, “Tough #$!%, buddy, if you didn’t want kids, you should have used a condom or had a vasectomy.” The legal system’s reaction is pretty much the same: If you and your girlfriend break up (and I can’t imagine how you could possibly stay together after such a major breach of trust), and she chooses to keep the baby, you’re on the hook for 18 years of child support for a child you never wanted. Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll be forced to have an ongoing relationship with a woman you’d probably just as soon never hear from again.

Bottom line: She can do whatever she wants and you have no say in it at all.

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Family Issues

Donate Stuff, Create Jobs, and Feel Great. Does It Get Any Better Than This?

Making a difference this holiday season may be easier than you think. Millions of us will be doing online shopping–after all, it’s hard to find a more convenient way to shop. Plus, it cuts way down on those endlessly annoying “Daddy, I want that, and that, and that, and that…..”

When you buy something online this holiday season, many major retailers will send your purchase in a Give Back Box, which you can fill up with unwanted items to donate and your local Goodwill–and it comes with a pre-paid shipping label, so it won’t cost you a dime. Visit GiveBackBox.com for more information and to see all online retailers who are participating.
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Family Issues, Sex

medicine in the cloudMedicine from the Cloud

Who says a patient has to be sitting right smack in front of you for you to make a difference in their lives? I am the first to admit that reading a book is so much easier if the “book” is in the room with you. But you gotta’ roll with the times. Whoever thought that buying auction items online, sight unseen, would be as wildly popular as it is today. Go figure.

Cloud Clinic

Years before the telemedicine era, I first learned about the power of distant healing and remote medicine from my Stanford Medical School classmate, Dr. Elisabeth Targ. A purveyor of prayer for cure, Liz taught me that therapeutic medicine can certainly be delivered outside of the office setting. Where there’s a will, and maybe a cloud, there’s a way.
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Cardio, Diabetes, Fitness, Nutrition

get fit weight lossGetting Fit: How to Handle Your Weight Loss Transition

Are you ready to commit to getting fit? If you can make a promise to start taking good care of your body, you can be successful at reaching your physical and health goals. For most men, losing weight is only half the struggle, keeping it off is the hard part. But by putting your nose to the grindstone and counting calories, exercising on a regular basis, and keeping yourself motivated, you’ll drop those unwanted pounds pretty quickly. You’ll have to be determined to kick up the exercise, add new healthy foods to your diet, and keep a strict eye on your health plan to keep all of it up. Losing and keeping weight off is a goal and challenge for many men, but when you are prepared and knowledgeable with the right health tools, this task becomes more manageable. Keep reading to learn the most effective methods for losing weight and keeping it off and things that can help in your transition to a new lifestyle, better body, and healthy diet.
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Fatherhood, Parenting, Relationships

coparenting divorce when it worksCo-Parenting: When It Works and When It Doesn’t

Dear Mr. Dad: Last week you wrote about co-parenting strategies. But you made it sound like it’s an arrangement that works for everyone. I’m a divorce lawyer and I can assure that it doesn’t. Please explain to your readers why parents would want to co-parent in the first place, as well as when it’s likely to be successful and when it’s not.

A: The most compelling argument for co-parenting is that it’s by far the best option for everyone.

  • Parents like it. Former couples who share physical custody of their children fight less and are generally happier with their custody arrangements.
  • Judges like it. Divorced co-parents are about half as likely as sole-custody parents to go back to court to settle their disputes.
  • Kids like it. Because co-parenting exes each have a significant role in their children’s life, kids get the benefit of spending time with both parents. A parental breakup can make children feel frightened, out of control and, unloved. And if one parent disappears—or almost disappears—those feelings get worse.
  • It nearly eliminates child-support default. Parents (dads or moms) with shared physical custody keep in much closer contact with their children than those who don’t share custody. As a rule, people who see their children pay their child support.

Co-parenting Works When …

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