The following activities can be used in one-to-one work during home visits or in-office sessions. They also can be adapted for group work.
The Modern Dad’s Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Children?
This quiz from The Modern Dad’s Dilemma: How to Stay Connected With Your Kids in a RapidlyChanging World can be completed by fathers on their own or with a fatherhood practitioner. Its goal is to show fathers how much they know about their children and encourage them to learn more if they don’t know all the answers.
This resource is available from Modern Dads.
Meeting Baby’s Basic Needs (Baby’s Cycle of Care) and Five Keys to Being an Involved Father
Originally developed for fathers in prenatal classes, these handouts from Conscious Fathering are also useful in one-to-one work to help fathers understand the needs of babies and ways they can be an involved father.
This curriculum is available through Parent Trust for Washington Children.
From Maps for Dads: Welcome to Dadhood and Doin’ the Dad Thing:
The Dads Make a Difference program of Healthy Families San Angelo (Texas) offers handouts to leave with fathers during a home visit or for structuring one-to-one conversations aimed at increasing developmentally appropriate father-child interaction. Program staff encourage dads to keep these and other handouts as a “memory book” to document their children’s growth and development.
- Just the Facts Jack
A two-page handout with illustrations and layman’s language that emphasize the basic facts about the importance of father involvement in a child’s life.
- Bonding with Your Baby
Ideas that dads can use to bond with their infants and babies.
Tips dads can use to respond to their crying babies.
The Dads Make a Difference program of Healthy Families San Angelo (Texas) staff use the CHEEERS assessment to structure conversations with dads about positive father-child interaction while reinforcing positive behaviors and assessing them over time. CHEEERS gets its name from father-child interaction: how a father responds to the baby’s Cues; the quality and frequency of Holding; what Expressions he uses; how much Empathy a dad shows for his baby’s feelings and needs; the extent to which a dad promotes an Environment that supports the baby’s growth and development; whether there is a smooth Rhythm to father-child interaction; and how much dad Smiles at his baby.
Tips for Dads
Developed and adapted from various sources by Fernando Mederos of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, these four tip sheets can be used as handouts in one-to-one or group sessions to reinforce key points: