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September 08, 2016

The month of September is now recognized across the nation as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. As we continue our efforts to combat the continuing crisis of childhood obesity in the United States, it is important to recognize that we have made some progress in recent years.  However, there is still a long way to go.

Childhood obesity increases the risk of developing severe health problems later in life, including high blood pressure... Continue Reading

August 24, 2016

Ed note: This post appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog and was originally posted by the Department of Education. View the post here.

Back to school time can be a hectic time for both you and the kiddos. These are some of our best back to school tips to help ensure this school year gets off to a great start!

#1: Visit the school

Walk or ride the route your child will take and make note of school patrols, crossing guards... 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 06, 2016

On Mother’s Day, many fathers seek ways to honor the mothers of their children. Sometimes, there is not a mom in the equation but another adult who plays an important role in the child’s life who deserves appreciation, such as a grandmother or aunt. Here are four fun ways for parents and children to celebrate the day:

BrunchMother’s Day is synonymous with brunch for many people. But if you have young children, going to a crowded,... Continue Reading

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

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

April 18, 2016

When the daughter of one of my employees was about eight years old he took her to work at the environmental engineering firm that I owned. Once there she immediately ditched him and latched on to the lone female geologist I had working for me at the time. She took her out with her to take soil samples from a site and apparently had a grand old time in the field and at lunch. Afterwards his daughter talked about her experience nearly nonstop.... Continue Reading

April 11, 2016

Accidents can happen to anyone, sometimes even under Dad’s watchful eye. The most important thing dads can do to keep their children safe is stay informed about how they are most likely to get hurt. Even though most children do not get seriously injured from these everyday accidents, it is important to know what dangers they face and what Dad can do to help avoid them. This is where the Safety Tips for Dads fact sheets from the National... Continue Reading

February 29, 2016

Unfortunately, divorce can bring out the worst in us. The biggest obstacles to successful co-parenting are emotions like anger, resentment, and jealousy. Those kinds of emotions make the challenge of co-parenting with your ex more difficult. However, your children still need their mother and their father—whether they still live together or not. Here are five things to remember to help you successfully co-parent together.

It is not... 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