Why "Mocha Dad" has been so well received

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Why "Mocha Dad" has been so well received

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The thing people have connected to my blog because I try to be authentic in everything that I write. It may not always be pretty, sometime it is messy, sometimes it is encouraging. I think people want to hear what is actually happening with parents. I have 1 woman who come up to me in one conference jus a couple of months ago and she told me a post that I wrote about taking my son to the barber shop. Really resonated with her to this day she remembers that, she told me that it really touch her heart. And I was thinking, wow that some incredible influence to have on somebody. My hope is that other parents read my blog and have their desire to improve their parenting skills and become better parents. Taking my experiences, learning from them and applying those things to their own lives to improve their situation. The funny thing is, most of my blog readers are women, even though I read about fatherhood. And they always tell me, I read your blog and I show it to my husband because I want him to know that he is not alone. I always find that funny when that happens but people want to know how to parent in the best way, whatever way that is. So the women read my blog, they share with their husbands they talk about it and that really is my goal, that is really what I want to happen. People have open conversations about parenting and figure out ways that they can become better parents by reading my experiences.
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Frederick J. Goodall

Blogger, "Mocha Dad"

Frederick J. Goodall is a writer, a speaker, and a father. In 2008, he started the popular fatherhood blog, "Mocha Dad" to chronicle his life as a dad and to counter the negative stereotypes regarding black fatherhood. He wanted to give readers a first-hand account of a black father who is intimately involved in his children’s lives. Now he uses the blog to not only capture his experiences, but also to help motivate other men to be more actively engaged and involved with their children, families, and communities.

Through his writing, Goodall attempts to address serious cultural and social issues. His articles and essays have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals such as The Houston Chronicle, Essence, and Folio Weekly. His work has also appeared in the anthologies: Paper Thin/Soul Deep and The African-American Book of Values. In addition, Goodall is a regular contributor to the websites Mamiverse, Goldfishsmiles, Your Teen Mag, and Together Counts. Goodall also travels the country speaking on the topics of fatherhood, men’s issues, social media, and blogging.

Goodall was born in Houston, Texas and graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He currently lives in Houston with his wife and three kids.

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