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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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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... Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

My wife and I were supposed to deliver our son on February 22, 2018.  For a little over 8 months everything we thought about our pregnancy centered around that date. I requested time off from work starting on February 21.  Our parents were planning to make alternate trips to visit us based on the expected due date.  When we were deciding on how and when to paint his nursery, we used February 22 as our benchmark for how soon we needed to get... 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

January 18, 2017

Over the recent holiday season, the old adage “caring is sharing” often comes to mind. Sharing gifts. Sharing time with family and friends. Sharing food (perhaps a cookie or two). These are all wonderful ways to show others that we care about them, and excellent skills to be teaching our children.

But caring is more than sharing, and is fundamentally important to helping raise our children to be empathetic, responsible, successful, and... Continue Reading

November 21, 2016

The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to reflect on what we have to be thankful for in our lives, spend quality time with family, take a break from work and school, and of course, eat some pie! Whether you travel to visit others or stay at home this year, here are some ideas for getting the most out of this Thanksgiving holiday with your kids.

Volunteer together. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to give back to the community and... 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 14, 2016

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

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. ... Continue Reading

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—... Continue Reading