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June 19, 2013

Each Father's Day , I find myself reflecting on the lessons and wisdom embedded within me through my father.

Fathers love and respect their partner - He was born on a farm in Ipswich, South Dakota, the oldest of eight children. He was a farmer at age 14 and a young soldier early in World War II. After seven years in the Navy, our dad fell in love and married the enduring love of his life, our mother. They were married for 62 years. My... Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

This June, Essence Magazine’s “10 things we’re talking about” focused on Father’s Day. At number 8, we were honored to see the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and our tips and resources mentioned.  This article along with many others that will be published this June highlight the fact that it’s time to celebrate fathers who play a critical role in the lives of their children and families.  

For some, deciding how... Continue Reading

June 10, 2013

Mario Renteria started with Project Padres at Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program in El Centro, CA, as a participant in 2012. Like many participants, he was unemployed, separated from his spouse, and at a crossroads. Mario wanted to have a better relationship with his three children and their mother, but didn’t know where to start. Mario signed up with Project Padres to learn how he could communicate better with his family and... Continue Reading

June 05, 2013

“Gerardo” is an Education Service Center Head Start parent and a Responsible Fatherhood program participant. Gerardo believes the program has helped him become a better father and husband.

“I’ve learned so much about being a father, a husband, and a provider,” says Gerardo. “I’m spending more time with my children; I’m there for them and cherish every moment.”

One of the most valuable lessons Gerardo has learned is patience. “A... Continue Reading

June 05, 2012

Inspired by President Obama’s Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative, seven-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade hosted a Responsible Fatherhood Roundtable discussion and recognition ceremony with a group of individuals who exemplify the goals of the President’s initiative. While I was encouraged by Dwayne’s remarks, I was also impacted by the local individuals who joined us at this meeting that exemplify and promote responsible fatherhood.

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June 05, 2012

Recently, I had a chance to sit down with seven time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade, to talk about how he is, in his own words, a “father First.” Through the event, Dwyane had an opportunity to share why fatherhood is so important to him. His remarks were made to a room of individuals in Orlando who exemplify the principles outlined by President Obama in his Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative and highlighted in this event by Dwyane Wade: that... Continue Reading

June 05, 2012

Along with over 500 fathers and children, my children and I recently had the privilege of attending the All Pro Dad’s Baltimore All Pro Dad Father and Kids Experience at M&T Bank Stadium. At the event, Super Bowl Champion Matt Stover spoke very personally about the importance of being a father. My kids enjoyed plenty of fun games and getting their faces painted by clowns who made them balloon animals. I was profoundly touched by the... Continue Reading

June 05, 2012

In response to the call by President Obama to strengthen fathers and families, the NFL Players Association shared the initiative with players, encouraging them to showcase the role of fathers and mentors in their communities.

Ran Carthon, a pro scout with the Atlanta Falcons, responded to the call with an innovative idea: The Fatherhood Ticket Program. Because Carthon wanted to highlight positive role models for change in his community... Continue Reading

June 05, 2012

Last week, we launched the first in series of blog posts we are calling TableTalk. TableTalk posts include topics that fathers, caretakers and mentors can talk about with kids. Here are some tips for good communication:

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Read more about these and other tips and use the questions below to get everybody talking!


When you grow up, what do you want to be?... Continue Reading
June 05, 2012

Exciting news: today, we are launching the “TableTalk” blog series on the DadTalk blog! TableTalk are ideas of things that dads can talk about with their kids. TableTalk can happen at any time; it might be a conversation over a meal or while you are playing catch. The key is to get yourself and your child talking!

These questions don’t just have to be for dad. Kids, moms, grandparents and mentors can use these questions to get their... Continue Reading