DadTalk Blog

February 01, 2016

Enjoying Valentine’s Day is not always easy because Cupid’s arrow does not always seem to find everyone! Valentine’s Day puts a lot of pressure on us to shower our partner and children with love on one specific day. The pressure on Valentine’s Day can seem like too much. Almost all of us have had the “perfect” gift go wrong. How can you get it right? How do you show love?

Researcher and therapist Gary Chapman argues that there are five...

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January 27, 2016

In the latest Kung Fu Panda 3 movie from DreamWorks Animation, Po, reunites with his long-lost birth father. Po was separated from his family at a young age and grew up with his adoptive father. When his birth father comes back into his life everything changes. The new film highlights the special relationship between Po and his birth father and his adoptive father, and the unique challenges he is able to overcome with the love and support of...

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January 25, 2016

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on December 30, 2015. View the original post.

According to a 2014 DOJ report1, 60 percent of children are exposed to violence, sometimes on a daily basis. Exposure to violence lowers soft skills and increases risky behaviors.2  

It raises the potential for being a potential perpetrator.3 Children exposed to violence are more likely to have problems in school, or developing...

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January 19, 2016

This time of year, many people are striving to achieve, or remember, their New Year’s resolutions. Many of us set goals to take better care of ourselves and spend more time with those we love. Even with the best intentions these goals can be difficult to juggle with busy schedules and more immediate priorities. In fact, one in every three Americans have abandoned their resolution by the end of January.1  While this statistic may be...

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January 13, 2016

Why do fathers come to fatherhood programs? After talking with many responsible fatherhood program practitioners and the diverse fathers they serve, the answer to that is usually ongoing challenges with child support obligations, a lack of opportunities to spend time with their children (often because of co-parenting relationship problems), or numerous issues with finding and maintaining stable employment. Many of the fathers have admitted...

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January 11, 2016

January is National Mentoring Month and Monday, January 18, 2016 is National Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service.

Chances are that if you are reading this post you are already committed to being a positive, loving, and strong influence in the life of your own children, and in the lives of the other children in your life and community. This month, further your commitment by volunteering with your family and finding...

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January 04, 2016

Said many different ways, the questions moms and dads must tackle during divorce can be pretty common. It’s important that parents be prepared to tackle hard questions, like those on the list below, to ensure the health of their children and other family members that will be affected by divorce.

Here are four big questions parents should be prepared to tackle:

1. Where will I live?

When trying to wrap their heads around...

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December 29, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on December 22, 2015. View the original post.

Home visiting programs have traditionally targeted pregnant women and mothers of young children as primary clients. Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives, and some home visiting programs have begun implementing strategies to engage fathers.

A new report from our project on fathers in home visiting programs...

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December 21, 2015

Ed. Note: This post first appeared on the DadTalk Blog in December 2014. Read the original post here.

During the holidays, we look forward to spending time with family and loved-ones.  The season is full of opportunities to make wonderful memories, but it can also be a stressful time, particularly for co-parents and blended families. Parents in a healthy relationship (regardless of romantic involvement) should feel safe to express...

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December 14, 2015

Adjusting to married life can be a big challenge for fathers of blended families. Combining households with kids involves a unique set of hurdles, sensitivities, and opportunities dads need to be prepared to handle.

Here are six tips to help fathers of blended families:

Remember, You’re in it for the Long Haul

According to Couples Considering a Blended Family (University of Florida. UF/IFAS Extension...

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