Activities of the Week
Take Time to Be a Dad Today! Here are some suggestions for easy, no-cost or low-cost ways to spend meaningful time with your family. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so some of these activities might not be possible for you and your children.
April 21, 2013 to April 27, 2013
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - April 25
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - April 25: On Thursday, April 25, 2013, millions of workplaces, employees, parents and children will celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day program. See if your workplace is participating and bring your child (or children) with you to work! Showing your children your work life can help them to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives. Learn more at http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org
April 14, 2013 to April 20, 2013
Celebrate National Library Week!
Celebrate National Library Week!: Get a free library card. A library card is your ticket to a world of resources for education and entertainment for the whole family: books, e-books and e-readers, digital audio books, movies, magazines, games, and many other traditional and digital resources. Not sure where your local library is? Find a Public Library from our Local Resources page (http://fatherhood.gov/for-dads/with-school/local-resources). Learn more about Connecting with your kids @ your library online www.atyourlibrary.org.
April 7, 2013 to April 13, 2013
Put a poem on the pavement
Put a poem on the pavement: April is National Poetry Month and there are lots of ways to celebrate with your kids. Grab some chalk and a poem, draw out hopscotch squares and put a line in each square. Hop through reading the lines together. Not sure what poem to use? Visit www.poets.org for poems and examples. Feel extra creative? Write poems together as a family.
March 31, 2013 to April 6, 2013
Grab a pack of cards and have a family game night
Grab a pack of cards and have a family game night: Even young children can play on an adult’s “team”. Playing games together is a great way to connect, to model positive and respectful behavior, and teach age-appropriate skills. Reading and math skills can be built in even some of the most basic games – from Go Fish to Gin Rummy.
March 24, 2013 to March 30, 2013
Visit an Art Museum
Many museums offer an evening a week or an occasional holiday when admission is free or very inexpensive. Take your child to look at art. To avoid museum fatigue, check out the museum's Web site or call the museum's education department beforehand and make a plan of seven to ten works you and your child want to see. You could also search the Web for online art museums. Source: PBS Parents: http://www.pbs.org/parents/creativity/tryhome.html
March 17, 2013 to March 23, 2013
Stop Cyberbullies Together
This week is National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 16% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year. Learn ways to prevent talk with your children about being safe online and about cyberbullying by visiting www.StopBullying.gov.
March 10, 2013 to March 16, 2013
The most important meal of the day
When everyone is too busy to be at home for regular family dinners, it’s time to come up with creative solutions. Work family time in around times that you are all together—a mandated family breakfast can be just as effective as regular family dinner together. In many ways, it doesn’t matter which meal you eat together. What matters is doing it as often as you can, and then making the time worthwhile. Tip from ParentFurther http://www.parentfurther.com/familydinners
March 3, 2013 to March 9, 2013
Celebrate Women’s History Month
March is National Women’s History Month. Learn about some of the remarkable contributions of the past – like Amelia Earhart and Wilma Rudolph - and the present– like Sonia Sotomayor and Annie Leibovitz – have made in the U.S. and around the world. Talk to your children about some of the remarkable women in their lives and have them ask questions about their lives growing up. Visit http://www.womenshistorymonth.gov to learn more.