Spotlight On Dads

For fathers and families, these short articles help dads think about the ways their involvement affects the lives of their children.
 
Spotlight on Dads resources are designed specifically for dads, and for programs to be able to share with fathers. Spotlight on Dads help dads think about the ways their involvement affects the lives of their children. Each contains suggestions on books or movies that dads can use to learn more, and a page of discussion and thought provoking questions to further think about each issue.
 
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The Other Terrible Toos: Recognizing Virtue and Character in Your Children. (2010)
Although children eventually grow out of the Terrible Twos, they--and their fathers--face another developmental stage that can present similar challenges. In the pre-teen and teen years, the Other Terrible Toos can strain a dad's tolerance for his child's increasing desire for independence. In addition, the Other Terrible Toos can be a struggle for young people as they enter new environments and new relationships that test their values and self-discipline. This Spotlight suggests ways dads can recognize their children's virtues and character and help them learn to become responsible adults. It includes a section on defining virtue and character and gives recommendations for books and movies. 

Get Creative, Stay Connected (2009)
For a variety of reasons, many dads do not see their children on a regular basis. As a result, they often have to redefine their roles and responsibilities as a father. Incarcerated dads have extraordinary challenges to keeping track of their children's development and activities. Nevertheless, incarcerated dads across the country are improving the quality of their relationships with their children just by starting with a little inspiration, mixing in some imagination, and adding a lot of love. This Spotlight highlights several creative ways that incarcerated dads have used to stay connected with their children.

Back in Touch (2009)
This information sheet discusses how biological fathers can rebuild their relationship with their children. Fathers are urged to reach out to a mentor to help them become a loving father and engage in the following strategies: be involved with children as much as possible, show acceptance of children for who they are rather than only for what they do, demonstrate affection through loving words or appropriate touch, and be consistent in personal characteristics and fathering habits. Discussion questions are listed, as well as suggested actions, movies, and books.

Steps in The Right Direction (2009)
Intended for biological fathers, this information sheet discusses the positive impact stepfathers can have on children and how a parenting partnership with the other father can benefit children. Biological fathers are urged to communicate with stepfathers, work together on school and homework issues, and take a genuine interest in their children. Discussion questions are included, as well as a list of recommended books.

Deployed Dads : Preparing Children for Separation (2009)
This information sheet offers advice to fathers on strengthening their emotional bond with their children in order to prepare them for the physical separation of military deployment. It also contains a list of online tools to help children cope and families stay connected during deployment.

Healthy Relationships : Letting Go of the Past (2009)
This information sheet provides a few fundamental steps for fathers to follow for building strong and healthy adult relationships in order to positively influence the types of relationships their children will have. It also includes additional resources for more information on healthy relationships.

Praise with a Purpose : Encouraging Children to Succeed (2009)
This information sheet provides tips on how fathers can not only build relationships with their children but also build their self confidence through consistent, positive communication and encouragement

A Father's Laughter : Sharing the Fun and Joy of Childhood (2008)
This information sheet provides advice on teaching children how to handle failures so they are not defeated by them but learn from them.

The Courage to Fail : Dealing with Life's Lessons (2008)
This information sheet provides advice on teaching children how to handle failures so they are not defeated by them but learn from them. It also contains a list of topics for further discussion as well as recommendations for books and movies.

Unbreakable Bond : The Strength of a Father's Love (2008)
This information sheet provides tips on how fathers can start building a more loving connection with his children by responding to several important needs. Children need a father who is: involved, accepting, affectionate, consistent, and available.

Forever Family : Ancestors Who Shaped Our Lives (2008)
This information sheet provides tips on how fathers can share stories about their family history with their children to help them to value both their heritage and who they are as individuals.

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