DadTalk Blog

May 23, 2016

What are you planning to do with your family this weekend? Or next weekend? Or the weekend after that? Coordinating schedules and managing our time is a big part of parenting. Between bringing kids to practice or afterschool activities, having mom and dad on different work schedules, and handling an inevitable child care disruption, it can be easy to lose sight of the importance of making the effort to create time for you and your kids. ...

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May 16, 2016

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” --Mr. Rogers

Children often pretend play about occupations that they find interesting. Police officers, veterinarians, princesses, firemen, and soldiers can all be found playing together in any nursery or playground. Pretend play is extremely important in the development of...

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May 11, 2016

The 2016 theme for the Children’s Bureau’s National Foster Care Month is “Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families.” This year's theme highlights the important benefits to children and youth when they're connected and reunited with family and, in particular, their fathers. Many fathers want to do more than pay child support,1  they want to have healthy connections with their children and be an equal parent. Youth, especially those who have...

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May 06, 2016

On Mother’s Day, many fathers seek ways to honor the mothers of their children. Sometimes, there is not a mom in the equation but another adult who plays an important role in the child’s life who deserves appreciation, such as a grandmother or aunt. Here are four fun ways for parents and children to celebrate the day:

BrunchMother’s Day is synonymous with brunch for many people. But if you have young children, going to a crowded,...

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May 05, 2016

Mothers have a pretty thankless job. They are the backbone of the family—the glue that holds it together so to speak. Single moms especially are generally overworked and underappreciated. The truth is without mom; most kids would suffer mightily and fail to thrive to their full potential. Therefore, it’s vitally important that mom know how much everyone appreciates her and all the things she does. Here are five ways for dads to show mom how...

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May 02, 2016

The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently released Focus, [Link to Journal PDF] with six articles that examine the issues of paternal incarceration and its affects on fathers and their children during and after imprisonment.  The issue of parental incarceration is of great concern for several reasons.  First and foremost is the sheer numbers: On any given day in America, it is estimated that more...

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April 27, 2016

In addition to the obstacles that almost all former offenders are faced with, men who have children encounter an especially difficult set of hurdles, when reentering society. As someone who has worked on the issue of re-entry in numerous capacities, and as the older sister of three brothers who have been incarcerated, I have developed a deeper understanding of the supports needed by these fathers to help them succeed as parents, both during...

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April 26, 2016

The effects of incarceration are felt far beyond prison walls.  New research estimates that more than 5 million children, or 7% of all children in the United States, have had a parent in prison at some point during their childhood.  Every year more than 600,000 individuals return to our neighborhoods after serving time in federal and state prisons and another 11.4 million cycle through local jails.  Though every family’s story is different,...

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April 25, 2016

Because we did not have a lot of money growing up, I went to work at age 12.  I started my own lawn mowing business in the summer and had my own paper route year-round.  At 14, I went to work at a semi-truck tire rim refurbishing plant.  It was the most physically demanding job I have ever endured.  It involved shoveling huge piles of sand and moving them by wheel barrow to the sand blaster as well as lifting giant steel tire rims—by-hand—...

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April 18, 2016

When the daughter of one of my employees was about eight years old he took her to work at the environmental engineering firm that I owned. Once there she immediately ditched him and latched on to the lone female geologist I had working for me at the time. She took her out with her to take soil samples from a site and apparently had a grand old time in the field and at lunch. Afterwards his daughter talked about her experience nearly nonstop....

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