Dad Bod: What It Means to Me at Mid-Life

— July 15, 2019 — Editor’s Note: On this blog, I refer to my daughter as “Dear Daughter” (DD) and my wife as “Dear Wife” (DW).   Let it go,” my wife instructs whenever she catches me in front of the mirror of our bathroom vanity, pinching my jiggly love handles. I’m staring at the reflection of a...

Dad Bod: What It Means to Me at Mid-LifeJohnathon E. Briggs

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

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 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

A Ribfest to Remember

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 this way and that,...

A Ribfest to RememberJohnathon E. Briggs

Giveaway: 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:     One lucky winner will win...

Giveaway: Cantu Men’s CollectionJohnathon E. Briggs

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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 adventure called fatherhood.

Please email me if you’d like to collaborate or have ideas for a blog post:

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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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