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Ask a Dad: What’s Your Shaving Routine?

— January 27, 2019 — After washing my scruffy face with glycolic facial cleanser, I pat it dry. I unscrew the bottle of Williams Lectric Shave and squirt a stream into a cotton ball before dabbing my chin, cheeks, and neck with the skin-smoothing solution, infusing the air with the citrusy scent of a pre-shave. Every man has a...

Ask a Dad: What’s Your Shaving Routine?Johnathon E. Briggs

Stepping Into the Outdoors of a New Year

— January 1, 2019 — I closed the door behind me and stepped into the brisk air of a 20-something degree afternoon. The sky was dull and deflated as if the weather gods had partied too hard New Year’s Eve and regretted decisions that came to light this morning, the first day of 2019. The concrete...

Stepping Into the Outdoors of a New YearJohnathon E. Briggs

The 7 Best Dad Moments of 2018

From Hollywood to social media, these dad moments shined. — December 30, 2018 — The Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away. But when it came to showing love for dads in 2018 the Internet mostly, as the kids say, gave me life. Too often in popular culture fathers are depicted as either Missing in Action...

The 7 Best Dad Moments of 2018Johnathon E. Briggs

An Alternative Title for the Jay-Z & Beyoncé Album

— June 17, 2018 — Just in time for Father's Day weekend, Jay-Z and Beyoncé dropped a surprise, nine-track album Saturday titled "Everything is Love." But since the launch of my blog a year ago today, I've learned that everything is change. Change— a six-letter word that sometimes feels like a four-letter verb—is the one constant...

An Alternative Title for the Jay-Z & Beyoncé AlbumJohnathon E. Briggs

Navigating the ‘Autistic Seas’ with Gratitude, Anger & Patience

— December 27, 2017 — Editor’s Note: On this blog, I refer to my daughter as “Dear Daughter” (DD) and my wife as “Dear Wife” (DW).   You never know how alone you're not until you step out and speak your truth. That's what I learned on Sunday, September 24 when I published a post about learning to accept...

Navigating the ‘Autistic Seas’ with Gratitude, Anger & PatienceJohnathon E. Briggs

Once Upon a Time When I was Coloured

— December 3, 2017 — Editor's Note: On December 5, 2013, freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, the father of South African democracy, died at the age of 95. I had the privilege of living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa as a journalist in 1998 during Mandela’s last term as the country's president. This piece was...

Once Upon a Time When I was ColouredJohnathon E. Briggs

Three Spook-takular Reasons Why Date Nights Rule

— October 31, 2017 — Editor’s Note: On this blog, I refer to my wife as “Dear Wife” (DW).   Date night. It's a ritual that has become an institution in the Briggs household, established years before my Dear Wife and I became parents, consistently observed before we married, and eagerly anticipated when we were dating. When I tell people...

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 — Editor’s Note: On this blog, I refer to my daughter as “Dear Daughter” (DD) and my wife as “Dear Wife” (DW).   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;...

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

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Ask a Dad: What’s Your Shaving Routine?

Stepping Into the Outdoors of a New Year

The 7 Best Dad Moments of 2018

An Alternative Title for the Jay-Z & Beyoncé Album

Navigating the ‘Autistic Seas’ with Gratitude, Anger & Patience

Once Upon a Time When I was Coloured

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

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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 an appreciation for where I am in life and the idea for Fatherhood@Forty was born. Fatherhood@Forty is a creative outlet to blog about my experiences and 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).
  • I love exploring Chicago and the Midwest with my family.
  • I remain on a constant quest to stay fit.
  • I support charities that fight HIV, uplift families affected by incarceration, and ensure African American boys graduate from college.
  • I enjoy reading comic books and binge-watching House of Cards.
  • I am a child of the ‘80s, so please expect occasional references to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.

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.

Please email me if you’d like to collaborate or have ideas for a blog post: fatherhoodforty@gmail.com.

Father on,


Disclaimer: Fatherhood@Forty may contain affiliate marketing links, which may result in commission on sales of products or services I write about. My editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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