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June 11, 2015

Summer vacation. The words still bring a feeling of joy to thousands of kids (and former kids). No class. No homework. It’s the dream. 

Summer vacation, for parents, may bring feelings of panic and anxiety.  No regular child care. No pre-scheduled afterschool activities.  There are many real and challenging aspects to planning for the summer (visit the ACF Office of Child Care website for help in connecting to child care resources),... Continue Reading

June 01, 2015

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

May 11, 2015

There is tremendous diversity in foster care. From single-parent foster families; children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ); multiracial families; and grandparents and other extended relatives, it takes a variety of people to support children, youth, and families in foster care. The Children's Bureau's 2015 National Foster Care Month theme, "Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care," draws... Continue Reading

May 06, 2015

Moms can make every day special. Mother’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate the mothers in our lives, and to show the other special women in our lives, like aunts, grandmothers, and friends, how much we care. This year, do something not only on Mother’s Day, but throughout May.

Finding ways to show our respect, appreciation, and love for the moms in our lives will not only make Mom feel special, but helps to build healthy relationship... Continue Reading

April 06, 2015

Recently we spent some time with a group of dads to hear their feedback about what motivates them to be the best father that they can be. What motivates them to “take time to be a dad today?” One dad, currently in the middle of a divorce, shared his heartfelt comment on how the lives as fathers are often different from how people imagine them:   “I got married,” he shared, “with every intention of being an everyday dad…”

Since the NRFC... Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

“Being bullied is not a rite of passage,” said David Miller, NRFC Social Media Manager and Urban Leadership Institute Co-Founder. “We, as fathers, need to regularly demonstrate to our children that all people are to be treated with respect.” The December 2014 NRFC Webinar, How can fathers address bullying issues with their children?, provided concrete ways to recognize if a child is being bullied and how fathers can help prevent or end... Continue Reading

February 17, 2015

Workers, including the self-employed, may get a larger tax refund this year because of the EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit.  But to get it, you must file a tax return and claim it.

Friday, January 30, 2015, was EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about the EITC. The EITC is 40 years old this year, and for those 40 years, the EITC has made life easier for millions of workers. Last year, more than 27 million... Continue Reading

February 16, 2015

On Valentine’s Day and everyday dads have opportunities to teach their children about love when they: 

Model love Modeling love is a way of showing your children how to love, how to give love and how to receive love. Fathers can reveal the power of love through demonstration and participation. Love is modeled in ways that your child will be able to appreciate when you exhibit behaviors that clearly show your children what it means to... Continue Reading

February 09, 2015

Getting your child to smile and laugh is a great feeling as a parent. A big toothy grin feels like a great reward for a funny joke, silly story, or happy moment. Developing early good dental health habits is important in keeping those smiles bright, and prepares your child for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Since 1981, the American Dental Association (ADA) has been celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month to help support... Continue Reading

February 02, 2015

They are words no father wants to hear. They never come out as a statement, but a groan, a plea to get you to make whatever it is that has caused this uncomfortable feeling to stop and go away.  Here are some quick tips from on ways to recognize flu symptoms, ways to tell if that terrible feeling is the flu or a cold, and ways to prevent the flu in you and your children.

Flu symptoms include:

A 100oF or higher fever or... Continue Reading