As the old adage goes, we must hope for the best while still preparing for the worst. Unfortunately, disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods happen all too often in our communities. However, initiatives such as National Disaster Preparedness Month encourage families to put contingency plans in place should emergencies arise. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait, Communicate,” with an emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults,... Continue Reading
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Back to school time can be a hectic time for both you and the kiddos. These are some of our best back to school tips to help ensure this school year gets off to a great start!
#1: Visit the school
Walk or ride the route your child will take and make note of school patrols, crossing guards... Continue Reading
During the summer months, it is easy to put learning on the back burner. Summer activities, vacations, and other priorities often get in the way, and kids can lose some of the math and reading skills they spent the previous school year building. Children risk significant ‘learning loss’ between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. Even though all children have some learning loss during the summer, research shows that low-... Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
This Sunday, millions of fathers across America will celebrate one of the greatest days of the year: Father’s Day. If you’re a dad like me, you know how amazingly special and memorable this day can be. And what’s so special about it you ask? Other than all the hand written cards, neck ties, and coffee mugs that are given to dads by their adoring kids, it’s the opportunity that Father’s Day gives us all to make a moment with our children... Continue Reading