DadTalk Author: Nigel Vann

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Nigel Vann
Product Development Lead
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

Current as of August 2017: Nigel has nearly 30 years of experience in the responsible fatherhood field. He has worked with the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) since 2008. He leads the NRFC’s development of resources for practitioners, is the main author of the Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit, and facilitates the NRFC Webinar series.

Prior to his work with the NRFC, he managed Maryland's Absent Parents Employment Program; served as Program Officer for Public/Private Ventures' Young Unwed Fathers Pilot Project; and was Director of Partnership Development and Training for NPCL. He earned his M.A. in Sociology from East Tennessee State University and B.A. from University of East Anglia, UK.

As a contributing author to The DadTalk Blog, Nigel has written on topics such as father and child communication, domestic violence, and supporting young fathers.

Blog posts from Nigel Vann

One of the greatest regrets I’ve heard from parents is that they didn’t spend enough time with their children when they were younger. Or that when they are with their young children now, they’re too tired to do anything creative.
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I spend a lot of time each day looking at screens. I tell myself this is OK, much of the time is spent doing work, writing or responding to emails, reading books or newspapers online, and watching “quality tv” or “essential sports.” After all, I’m just keeping myself informed and entertained. If I’m honest though, I do worry about the amount of time I spend with these various screens.
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In our outreach and communication with fatherhood programs and dads throughout the country, there are a number of questions that often come up.
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Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on Youth Today. Read the original post here.
Domestic violence is a serious challenge affecting families and communities. One in five women, and a growing number of men, experience domestic violence sometime in their lives [1], and an estimated 3.3 to 10 million children suffer the trauma of witnessing domestic violence each year [2].
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I have treasured memories of my son as a little tot, but I also remember those teen years when it often felt like he was tuning me out.   Even though these years can be challenging,  Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent’s Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens  from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration points to the desire that some
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Here at the end of Domestic Violence Awareness month for 2011, it’s a good time to reflect on ways in which responsible fatherhood programs can help fathers change attitudes and behavior in their families and communities.
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