When you look around in August and September, you begin to see autumn in the air. You feel the weather beginning to change, you see the leaves turning colors, and you see back-to-school sales advertised. As a new season takes shape, there is a sense of a new beginning as families get back into the routine that comes with kids returning to school. As the son of a teacher and coach, a former teacher, a recovering principal, and the father of... Continue Reading
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Most men who have been victimized by an intimate partner feel as if they are forced to live a life of secrecy. These men remain silent because of a variety of reasons, including stigma, fear, isolation, and what may appear to be a lack of supportive services.
Domestic violence includes a mental component that makes it shrouded in deception, shame, and humiliation; making it extremely difficult to detect, accept, and even more... Continue Reading
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. November is “Movember” and “No-Shave-November” to raise awareness about men’s health issues.
Observances like these are excellent reminders of the importance of actively paying attention to our health, and the benefits that prevention, healthy habits, and regular doctors visits can have in early identification and treatment of these, and other,... Continue Reading
Fathers can play an important role in promoting early learning and literacy. Unfortunately, as some colleagues and I discussed in a recent NRFC webinar, not all dads realize this or know how to go about it. Fatherhood programs can help fathers understand the benefits of early literacy skills for their children, demonstrate ways to make reading fun, and show how engaging in literacy-related activities together can cement bonds between fathers... Continue Reading
This past July parents, mentors, and caring adults met in the city of Baltimore for a community town hall to discuss ways to parent in a violent world. This was a much-needed conversation at such a critical moment in time. Panelists and community partners discussed the need for parents to filter a lot of the negative imagery and lifestyles that have been easily able to influence the impressionable mind of youth. This led to a deeper... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog (June 19, 2015). View the original post.
Fourteen months ago, I became a father for the first time, and every day I relish how my daughter’s smile warms my heart and keeps me going.
The new addition to my family also helped me personally discover that fatherhood can be a catalyst for change. Children can inspire dads and give them new purpose — my daughter certainly... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on Youth Today. Read the original post here.
Becoming a father at a young age can be both exciting and terrifying. While some young fathers talk of the birth of their child as “the best day of my life,” others recall feelings of shock and confusion when they first heard they were about to become a father.As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, I reflect on the challenges that many young... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post.
Recently, I had the privilege of visiting Family and Youth Services Bureau grantee Futures without Violence in San Francisco. For more than 30 years, “FUTURES" has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns for the community. Its work targets individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post here.
Built by visionaries who sought to open avenues of opportunity for families most in need, Head Start continues to be at the forefront of transformation and innovation. As Head Start celebrates the historic 50 year milestone, it is my great pleasure to serve as the director of the Office of Head Start- to help create the vision, and lead the... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on Youth Today. Read the original post here.By the time Natasha was eight, she barely spoke in school. In fact, she rarely spoke to any adults. Raised in Portland, Ore., by her great-grandmother, Natasha was paralyzed by her fears of rejection, distrust and low self-esteem.
She had sporadic contact with her parents, and other adult family members repeatedly told her she would never amount to... Continue Reading