Everyone is influenced by a father figure of some sort. Whether it is your own father, a grandfather, an uncle or even just an older male friend, everyone’s got a man in his or her life who they look up to.
My own father is pretty incredible and has made a huge impact on who I am today. I’ll never forget the time he taught me how to ride a bike or when we would play Sega Genesis together (now that’s a throw-back). Even as an adult he’s still the guy I call when I need help with anything home- or finance-related – he’s always been the expert at that stuff! It’s important to recognize the men who influence you, and so, this issue’s cover story is all about them (starting on page 16). From lessons you can only learn from a dad and special bonding stories to what to absolutely not do as a new father – there’s something in here for every dad to enjoy (or even laugh about).
Diving into sports in the Learning section (pg 26), we highlight some pretty impressive sports stars who are dominating the Shanghai international school scene. We also take a look at how encouraging self-talk at home can help your own little athletes at home and help improve their game and confidence (pg 32).
In Entertainment we take a sneak peek at the musical Wicked (pg 40), which is making its Shanghai debut this March. We also take a look at the upcoming Shanghai Literary Festival and speak to a children’s author who will be showcased.
A special thanks again to Barefoot Portraits for our cover photo shoot and to Kevin Bogardus and his two boys for being lovely and lively models.
So to all the dads out there who give it their absolute best, happy reading!
Alyssa Marie Wieting, Editor-in-Chief