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May 05, 2016

Mothers have a pretty thankless job. They are the backbone of the family—the glue that holds it together so to speak. Single moms especially are generally overworked and underappreciated. The truth is without mom; most kids would suffer mightily and fail to thrive to their full potential. Therefore, it’s vitally important that mom know how much everyone appreciates her and all the things she does. Here are five ways for dads to show mom how... Continue Reading

February 15, 2016

I think that love is a deep affection or attachment to something or someone.  It consists of traits such as unselfishness, loyalty, devotion, tenderness, passion, and compassion. When thinking about the love that a father or a mother has for his or her child, it is easy to think about the emotions and feelings when a kid smiles or giggles. From the perspective of the child, one can see the joy in the smile, the glimmer in the eyes, and the... Continue Reading

February 08, 2016

Everyone thinks their dad is the toughest guy on the planet to find a gift for. And we are—to some degree.  But the key is to think like a man—what are things that all men like and appreciate?  (Hint: we are not as complicated as you think).  Here are five ideas that the big guy will enjoy and appreciate this Valentine’s Day.

1. Head rub.  I don’t do it very often but there is nothing more relaxing and... Continue Reading

February 01, 2016

Enjoying Valentine’s Day is not always easy because Cupid’s arrow does not always seem to find everyone! Valentine’s Day puts a lot of pressure on us to shower our partner and children with love on one specific day. The pressure on Valentine’s Day can seem like too much. Almost all of us have had the “perfect” gift go wrong. How can you get it right? How do you show love?

Researcher and therapist Gary Chapman argues that there are five... Continue Reading

January 04, 2016

Said many different ways, the questions moms and dads must tackle during divorce can be pretty common. It’s important that parents be prepared to tackle hard questions, like those on the list below, to ensure the health of their children and other family members that will be affected by divorce.

Here are four big questions parents should be prepared to tackle:

1. Where will I live?

When trying to wrap their heads around... Continue Reading

December 21, 2015

Ed. Note: This post first appeared on the DadTalk Blog in December 2014. Read the original post here.

During the holidays, we look forward to spending time with family and loved-ones.  The season is full of opportunities to make wonderful memories, but it can also be a stressful time, particularly for co-parents and blended families. Parents in a healthy relationship (regardless of romantic involvement) should feel safe to express... Continue Reading

December 14, 2015

Adjusting to married life can be a big challenge for fathers of blended families. Combining households with kids involves a unique set of hurdles, sensitivities, and opportunities dads need to be prepared to handle.

Here are six tips to help fathers of blended families:

Remember, You’re in it for the Long Haul

According to Couples Considering a Blended Family (University of Florida. UF/IFAS Extension... Continue Reading

November 10, 2015

The many moving parts of a divorce can make parenting extra difficult. For fathers, maintaining healthy relationships with children can be especially challenging without the right help and approach. Here are four strategies to help you ensure your father-child relationship continues to be a success through the tough transition of a divorce.

Practice Great Co-Parenting

The start of healthy parent-child relationships during a divorce... Continue Reading

November 05, 2015

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel

Domestic Violence is a violation to a person at the core of their being. It betrays love, destroys trust, inflicts irrevocable damage, and often leaves a jaded perception of love in its wake.... Continue Reading

October 19, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post.

When I am introducing our work at the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) to new audiences, I often say “I lead the Office of Family Assistance – not the office of adult assistance or the office of child assistance.”  My goal in making that statement is to signal our interest in whole family or two‐generation approaches, which provide opportunities for and... Continue Reading