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A dad is doing his part to make sure his daughters always keep their confidence.

'They’re not a novelty act. ... They’re here to compete.'

A dad is doing his part to make sure his daughters always keep their confidence.
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"I will do anything to make sure my daughters have a seat at the table."

Doyin Richards wants to make sure his daughters know they can do anything boys can do. That's just one reason he coached his daughter's all-girl T-ball team — the only all-girl team in the league.

"They’re not a novelty act," he says, explaining that the team sometimes gets strange looks from parents on the opposing teams. "They're not here to just prance around and pick daisies in the outfield and look cute. They’re here to compete. They want to win."


He knows that when kids are young, they think anything is possible.

When he asks his team, "Who is the fastest girl on the team?" they all raise their hands.

As they grow up, however, around the third or fourth grade, he says, he notices that they start to hesitate. Girls often get the incorrect impression that they are somehow less strong or competitive.

Doyin knows — as parents do — that his daughters can do anything they set their minds to. That's an attitude he wants to make sure they keep their entire lives.

Watch Doyin explain how he instills such important lessons in his team in this episode of "What Dads Do":

(And enjoy the physical comedy at 1:34.)


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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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As people get older, social isolation and loneliness become serious problems. Many find themselves living alone for the first time after the death of a spouse. It's also difficult for older people to maintain friendships when people they've known for years become ill or pass away.

Census Bureau figures say that almost a quarter of men and nearly 46% of women over the age of 75 live alone.

But loneliness doesn't just affect those who reside by themselves. People can feel lonely when there is a discrepancy between their desired and actual relationships. To put it simply, when it comes to having a healthy social life, quality is just as important as quantity.

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