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Honoring Fatherhood 

click to enlarge Mira delivers her speech to Jeff - COURTESY OF ALISON NOVAK
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  • Mira delivers her speech to Jeff

At the end of April, I organized a surprise party for my husband, Jeff's, 40th birthday, which included two dozen of our closest family members and friends. A highlight of the night was watching my 10-year-old daughter, Mira, give a killer speech she had written for her dad. Besides being kind of blown away by the fact that Mira is now old enough to craft and deliver a speech, I was touched by her words. She talked about all the things she loves about Jeff, like how he reads to her at bedtime and jumps his heart out at the trampoline park rather than just watching. She ended with a line that went something like this: "There's no such thing as perfect ... but my dad is pretty close."

In our June Dad Issue, timed to coincide with Father's Day, we highlight dads who — though they may not be perfect — strive to do their best for their kids and their communities.

Dads like LeVar Barrino, a father of three and director of individual support services at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington: He's responsible for helping kids in the Old North End and Winooski navigate challenges and make good choices. Ken Picard profiles Barrino in "Positive Pressure." 

New dads like Sean Prentiss and Conor Stinson: We tasked them with interviewing experienced fathers whom they admire for "Father to Father." 

Thoughtful dads like Eric Olsen: He writes humorously about getting his first-ever pedicure with his 8-year-old daughter in an essay. And adventurous dads like Benjamin Roesch: He chronicles a day trip to Huntington's Green Mountain Audubon Center and Birds of Vermont Museum with his wife and sons.

In addition to this dad-centric June issue, Kids VT has a new, 36-page guide to family summer fun in Vermont coming out this month, called the Daytripper. Aimed at both locals and tourists, it features five diverse day-trip itineraries packed with attractions, food and drink spots, and hikes. If you're a dad — or mom — searching for new and interesting things to do with your kids when school's out, pick up the Daytripper at a local attraction, state park, municipal pool, public beach or town library near you. Look for it in the first full week of June.


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