It’s a great time to be a dad.Being a dad is so important today because it’s an opportunity to empower the next generation of men and women to conquer whatever challenges may face them. It’s an opportunity to help shape their future.When fathers aren’t a part of their lives, kids are more likely to get involved in harmful and destructive activities like drug use and crime. On the other hand, giving children the paternal support they need... Continue Reading
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President Obama celebrated Father’s Day a little early with four dads at Kenny’s Barbeque Smokehouse in Northeast Washington, DC. The four fathers, two active duty members of the military and two long-time local barbers from Mason’s Barbershop, talked about the rewards and challenges of fatherhood as well as the joy and anxiety fathers experience watching their children grow up.... Continue Reading
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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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
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
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
One of the most frequent workshop question that I am asked is; “What does father involvement mean and what does that look like?” The goal of a father’s involvement is to nurture his child’s intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual development. The key is to focus on his child’s strengths utilizing the natural assets of a father’s parenting style.
Teaching through Play - Teaching through play is what draws your children... Continue Reading
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:Talk and then talk some more Listen Be Patient Offer choices
Read more about these and other tips and use the questions below to get everybody talking!
TableTalk#2When you grow up, what do you want to be?... Continue Reading
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
Earlier this year, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Sims initiated something historic: a call to all Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to recognize fathers through events held around Father’s Day. Dubbed “Father’s Day 2011”, HUD modeled this effort on a program that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) launched last summer. That model event had two purposes: to strengthen the bonds between fathers and... Continue Reading