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June 14, 2018

I am a clinical pharmacist at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville, a member of Drug Free Duval, and chair of the healthcare education committee for the North Florida Heroin and Opioid Task Force. However, my most significant accomplishment is that I am a father to three wonderful children.

My passion for helping with the opioid crisis started many years ago while working with chronic pain patients. So, when I was asked to... Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

I vividly recall my father’s long fingers and open hands as he spoke and welcomed others into his presence. I wisely knew not to interrupt him when I saw his face buried in his hands as he was deep in thought. I appreciated his big hands when he carried me to the emergency room a few times for accidents I had while playing imaginatively. And I tried to follow his teaching on how to appropriately grasp a baseball for a fast ball or a curve... Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

As the founder of the Center for Urban Families, one of my joys has been helping fathers defy the odds (and society’s low expectations of them) to change their lives—and create a better future for their children.

All transformations require courage and humility. But that’s especially true for dads who are struggling with addiction.

I got hooked on heroin as a 13-year-old kid living in Baltimore. Without a father-figure in my... Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Being a dad can be one of the most joyful experiences in a person’s life. The bonds between fathers and their children are deep and last a lifetime. Loving fathers want the best for their children and work to strengthen these bonds of love; however, the challenges of life can strain even the most precious relationships. Stress at work, financial worries, strained relationships with a co-parent, difficulties related to custody arrangements or... Continue Reading

July 25, 2016

Another Father’s Day full of special and memorable moments has come and gone, but the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse has kept the momentum going through the #makeamoment campaign. This year, we have been reminding dads that it only takes a moment to make a memory that will last children a lifetime!

As an integral part of our Father’s Day festivities, the NRFC, in partnership with the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of... Continue Reading

July 05, 2016

You’re at the supermarket, and your daughter is focused on a bag of chocolate candies. When you take them from her, she throws herself on the floor, screaming.

Sound familiar? The toddler years are a trying but rewarding state in your child’s life. Toddlers are learning that they are independent little people, but often lack the language and coping skills to communicate their wants and needs effectively. These years are also an... Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

In summertime, the warm weather, increased hours of sunlight, and the absence of school open the door for all kinds of new, fun outdoor activities that may not be possible during the school year or in other seasons. Spending time in nature is both entertaining and healthy for you and your children. Sunlight gives us vitamin D, which has been scientifically proven to boost our moods and strengthen our immune systems. Exploring the outdoors... Continue Reading

June 21, 2016

This year the dads here at the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse have been asking you to share the different ways that you have been taking time to appreciate the everyday moment and the special occasions that you spend with your kids, and to share them using #makeamoment. 

Being a father is one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs you can have. “Job” because it takes work to be intentional every day about making good... Continue Reading

June 16, 2016

One of the greatest ways a dad can bond with his children is by making memories together.  That requires us as dads to do things with them.  The key word is do something. When we are making those memories, take a minute to take a photo. Photos are a great way to preserve those memorable moments so you can look back hours, days, and years later on special moments together.

Here are 10 things you can do to make great memories with your... Continue Reading

June 15, 2016

Each year during June I have a level of anxiety around the celebration of Father’s Day. One would ask why? Well, I’ve been conditioned to wear a smile as I receive my gifts, even if I don’t like them. I’ve been told all year long that fatherhood doesn’t matter. Oh, and for some odd reason all of the restaurants my family wants to take me to have available reservations on Father’s Day. What’s that all about!? Long story, short, I’ve had to... Continue Reading