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March 18, 2020

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. My guess is I’m not alone in this concern. And I’m sure...

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March 10, 2020

Sports fans are probably well aware of the importance of good teamwork. I spend a lot of time watching television broadcasts of games between the top soccer teams in England. It’s often the partnership between two or three key players that leads to a good team performance–if one of those players is missing or not contributing like they normally do, it can negatively impact the team.

If you think about it, the same is true in most walks...

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February 25, 2020

With the new year, what better time to celebrate new dads! Becoming a dad, whether by birth, marriage, or adoption, is a life altering experience that comes with no instruction manual. Ross Noble, an English stand-up comedian, stated in a recent article, “A baby to me is like buying a new gadget that doesn’t come with an instruction book. And then, even if you went online and found the instruction book, those instructions will change every...

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February 10, 2020

Welcome to 2020, a new year and a new decade! The new year is a great time to teach children about making meaningful resolutions, starting new habits, and planning meaningful activities. Think about creating some traditions that they can pass on to their children! Here are some ideas to help you make this new year extra special.

Give back to others. This is a great time of year to teach kids the importance of being kind and helping...

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December 17, 2019
With violent events in the news, such as recent shootings, children of all ages may be frightened for the safety of themselves or others. Fathers and father figures can play a crucial role in helping children of all ages process these events and help them feel safe.  Depending on their age or maturity level, kids might not yet understand the differences between fact and fantasy. But by the time they're seven or eight, what children see on TV... Continue reading this blog post
November 13, 2019

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse recently published a new Data Snapshot revealing how men’s behaviors, attitudes, and values on family formation have changed in recent decades. The data show that men are delaying marriage and increasingly living with partners prior to getting married. Additionally, they are becoming fathers at increasingly older ages.  These changes in behavior are mirrored by men’s attitudes towards children...

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October 17, 2019

Research on fatherhood has come a long way over the last 30 years. Fathers today are recognized more and more as caregivers, playmates, and nurturers–not just economic providers . NRFC's new research scan Father and Child Well-Being: A Scan of Current Research summarizes what fatherhood looks like today, as well as what fatherhood means for fathers’ and children’s well-being. Here’s a quick overview of some of the key points.

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October 02, 2019

Check out this blog entry from The Family Dinner Project about helping your children develop “grit” – the qualities of perseverance, resilience, and having the attitude that failures and setbacks are all part of a longer process of learning. The Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit initiative that champions family dinner as an opportunity for family members to connect with each other through food, fun and conversation about things that matter....

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June 17, 2019

Through program practitioners’ day-to-day work with fathers, they are given a unique window into the ways fathers shape their children’s development. However, it is also important to step back and dig into the research from time to time in order to keep up with any new findings around how and why dads are so vital to children’s lives. There is always something new to learn in the field of father involvement and children’s development—as...

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May 07, 2019

Non-residential fathers are diverse, and they face diverse circumstances. Young fathers, divorced fathers, and fathers who may not have a formal relationship with a child’s mother all experience complex situations that require understanding and attention to specific challenges they face. These challenges are often compounded by other circumstances, and fatherhood programs should be aware of and prepared to help fathers navigate these...

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