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Three Spook-takular Reasons Why Date Nights Rule

— October 31, 2017 — Date night. It's a ritual that has become an institution in the Briggs household, established years before my wife Rhonda and I became parents, consistently observed before we married, and eagerly anticipated when we were dating. When I tell people that every other Thursday is reserved for date night with my partner in...

Three Spook-takular Reasons Why Date Nights RuleJohnathon E. Briggs

Fashion@Forty: Great Shoes Make You Look Dapper

— October 8, 2017 — My friends know I have a soft spot for wingtip shoes. Oh, and I have a guilty pleasure of shopping on Gilt.com. When those two things collide—and there are fun tickets in the wallet—the result is a purchase of wingtips from Gilt. See how that works? My latest purchase is the wingtip...

Fashion@Forty: Great Shoes Make You Look DapperJohnathon E. Briggs

Fashion@Forty: Feeling Floral for Fall

— October 1, 2017 — The official start of fall had me feeling a wool blend, a floral print, a wingtip derby shoe, and origami socks—just because. Here's my Fashion@Forty for the week of Sept. 25-29: Where I Shop: The floral shirt is from Banana Republic Factory and Outlet; Stafford blazer, JCPenney; tie, Brooks Brothers. The...

Fashion@Forty: Feeling Floral for FallJohnathon E. Briggs

Learning to Accept My Daughter’s Autism Diagnosis

— September 24, 2017 — My whole life has been filled with words—big, bold, beautiful words. Enchanting words from children’s stories my mother read to me; explosive words from comic books I collected as a teen; lofty words from college textbooks; informative words I placed on the pages of newspapers as a journalist. When my daughter...

Learning to Accept My Daughter’s Autism DiagnosisJohnathon E. Briggs

Review: Road Trip Saved By Disney Junior App

— August 5, 2017 — Review: Disney Junior App Dad Approval Rating:   Three years ago this month, my wife and I began a journey of parenthood with the birth of our daughter, Emarie (a.k.a Sugar Smacks). True to her name, she has brought us immense joy—and a never ending subscription to the Disney Junior channel. So when...

Review: Road Trip Saved By Disney Junior AppJohnathon E. Briggs

Family Reunions: A Sense of Legacy

— July 22, 2017 — DETROIT (July 14 and 15, 2017)—A smoky sizzle permeated the air as my cousin, Dana, manned the barbecue grill. She flipped burgers, hot dogs, and kabobs for hours at Belle Isle Park as descendants of the Jones and Jordan families gathered along the Detroit River under the shade of Pavilion...

Family Reunions: A Sense of LegacyJohnathon E. Briggs

A Ribfest to Remember

— July 4, 2017 — Naperville, Ill. (July 3, 2017)—Fireworks emblazoned the night sky, their explosions choreographed to a patriotic simulcast from 95.9 The River, the FM station of rock 'n roll favorites. My daughter, on the eve of her third birthday, darted across the openness of Knoch Park like the Road Runner from Looney Tunes, zigging and zagging...

A Ribfest to RememberJohnathon E. Briggs

Sponsored: Cantu Men’s Collection

— June 30, 2017 — The good folks at Cantu Beauty were kind of enough to send me their new line of men's grooming products. Wanna try them for yourself? Enter for a chance to win a sample of the collection by clicking the Giveaway tab on my Facebook page or this link: http://gvwy.io/win06a3.     One lucky winner will win...

Sponsored: Cantu Men’s CollectionJohnathon E. Briggs

Three Things I Learned From Doing My Daughter’s Hair

— June 25, 2017 — I probably know more about Black women’s hair than the typical guy. Growing up, I was often enlisted by my mother to help her with the upkeep of (or switch over from) the many styles she wore during the 80s and 90s: braids of all stripes (basket weave, box, micro),...

Three Things I Learned From Doing My Daughter’s HairJohnathon E. Briggs

Lost & Found: Who was my father?

Editor's Note: This essay is from 2016, but I'm reposting for the launch week of Fatherhood@Forty. Happy Father's Day! January 12, 2016 Ten years ago, Friday the Thirteenth proved to be the most extraordinary day of my life. Two days after Christmas in 2005, I set out to answer a seemingly simple question: Who was my father? As a...

Lost & Found: Who was my father?Johnathon E. Briggs

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Three Spook-takular Reasons Why Date Nights Rule

Fashion@Forty: Great Shoes Make You Look Dapper

Fashion@Forty: Feeling Floral for Fall

Learning to Accept My Daughter’s Autism Diagnosis

Review: Road Trip Saved By Disney Junior App

Family Reunions: A Sense of Legacy

A Ribfest to Remember

Sponsored: Cantu Men’s Collection

Three Things I Learned From Doing My Daughter’s Hair

Lost & Found: Who was my father?

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About

Six weeks before my 40th birthday, I became a first-time father. This life-changing moment made me think about my own dad, who became a father at 44. As my parenthood journey unfolded, I noticed that most of my friends had become parents earlier in life yet, here I was, changing diapers and battling sleep deprivation at (nearly) 40. I told my wife, “Parenting is definitely a young man’s game.” But is it really?

Where most of my friends were preparing for their children’s middle and high school graduations, I was mastering the art of the swaddle, perfecting the one-hand baby wipe, and learning to decipher my daughter’s gurgles and whimpers. It occurred to me that I had so much more to offer my daughter at the sure-footed age of 40 than I did at, say, 28, when I was still coming into my own. In this awareness I gained appreciation for where I am in life and the idea for Fatherhood@Forty was born.

Fatherhood@Forty is a parenting blog that chronicles my adventures (and misadventures) as a mid-life dad. It is a creative outlet for me to share my experience of fatherhood and to inspire other (relatively) late-in-life dads. It’s been said that each child is their own assignment and I believe each parent’s journey is its own destination.

Here are a few factoids about me, Johnathon Briggs, the editor behind this blog:

  • I am a former journalist (Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune) who appreciates the power of storytelling.
  • I live in the western suburb of Naperville, but love exploring Chicago and the Midwest with my family.
  • I am thankful for my “dad bod” and remain on a constant quest to stay fit through charity 5Ks, weight training and intermittent fasting.
  • I support charities that fight HIV, uplift families affected by incarceration, and ensure African American boys graduate from college.
  • In my spare time I enjoy reading The New Yorker and comic books, binge-watching House of Cards and Luke Cage, experimenting with photography, and shopping on Gilt (guilty pleasure)
  • I am a child of the ‘80s, so please expect references to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop, School House Rock and Scooby-Doo.

As a reporter for daily newspapers, I had the opportunity to interview fascinating people and to test out great products and brands for my readers. I hope to do the same for you as I blog about the moments that make up this thing called fatherhood.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts about the “4 Fs”: fatherhood (Pop Life), food, fitness, and fashion. Please email me if you’d like to collaborate or have ideas for a blog post: fatherhoodforty@gmail.com.

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