Fatherhood on the Back Nine


His first child was born when he was 17. By the time he reached age 40, Rueben Brock had been parenting for more than half of his life. Needless to say, he was looking forward to regaining his freedom when his children launched into adulthood. But, a marriage to a much younger bride who wanted children of her own made Brock a reluctant father again late in life. Unlike his earlier experience, when he was a young father, Brock suddenly found himself experiencing a whole new side of fatherhood as a middle-aged dad.

Fatherhood on the Back Nine is a new vlog from Dr. Rueben Brock, a husband, father and professor of psychology at California University of Pennsylvania. Brock’s voice is witty and insightful, with a tone that feels genuine and familiar. He has a unique ability to be introspective and open while reflecting on thoughts and feelings that are all too common among parents. Anyone who is raising children will relate to Brock’s stories about everyday life as a parent. He will pull on the heartstrings and challenge the minds all at the same time. The Back Nine presents a refreshingly honest take on the life of a parent in today’s world.

Fatherhood on the Back Nine is available only on Youtube.


In this first entry, Dr. Rueben Brock explains his parenting journey to this point. You also get an introduction to Baby Ella, the newest addition to the family.

In the wake of the George Floyd murder, he offers a bit of insight into what this feels like for Black mothers and fathers.



Building a fence with his son and explore the difficulties of parenting during the teen years.

Sonny Boy flying for the first time. He didn’t love it.

In this entry, he reflects on parenting as he builds a playset for Baby Ella.

In this entry, Doc Brock talks about the challenges of raising a Black daughter, the joys of being a girl dad, and the ways we instill that Black Girl Magic.

In this entry, He reflects on the traditions that mean the most to me and my family as his wife makes her grandmother’s legendary peach cobbler.

In this entry, Dr. Rouben take a quick break from parenting in order to get a bit of rest. He does it with one of his favorite relaxation tools: fishing.

In this entry, he reflects on what it’s like to be a father, without having a father to show him the way. he also reflects on his relationship with his father-in-law.

In this entry, he reflects on the lengths Baby Ella will go to get time with him. he is going to enjoy it while it lasts.

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