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March 24, 2014

What’s in the fridge today can make or break your family’s health (and your credibility as a dad) tomorrow.

Here are a few tips to take the hassle out of grocery shopping while helping you make your entire family healthier with every trip.

1. “Shake” it up.According to USDA’s “10 tips for Healthy Eating for an Active Lifestyle (PDF 474 KB),”

“Variety is great! [You should] get the nutrients your... Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

Fathers of infants and young children have a lot going on. Every day is filled with joy and new challenges. Sometimes the mere act of making sure your child survives from minute to minute can seem overwhelming. Just surviving the adventure of getting to the grocery store can feel like a win! Did you know that another win can be reading to your child?

Resident fathers who more frequently read books, tell stories, and play building toys... Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

I have treasured memories of my son as a little tot, but I also remember those teen years when it often felt like he was tuning me out.   Even though these years can be challenging,  Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent’s Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens  from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration points to the desire that sometimes goes unspoken from many teens not only to be heard but also to be given advice:

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September 06, 2013

As the father of an infant, you probably feel like something new is happening every day. Around 2-to 3-months old, your baby will be going through a lot of new firsts. As their nervous system and vision develops, infants begin to move and rollover. Socially they’ll begin to smile at people. They’ll start to turn toward sounds and coo, making sounds on their own. They’ll also start holding their heads up and begin to push up when lying on... Continue Reading

August 13, 2013

There is somebody in your home that removed your video game controller from a drawer on your entertainment system, and is slobbering over it as you read this article. It was so much easier two months ago. When he couldn’t crawl and depended on you for his every move. When she couldn’t stand on her own two feet and wouldn’t start tearing the pages out of your signed Larry Bird memoir on your coffee table. That’s right.Your bundle of joy has... Continue Reading

May 10, 2013

One of the greatest things that a father can do for the mother of his children is to show his appreciation for her. Whether mom and dad are together or co-parenting apart, fathers expressing appreciation for mom, greatly benefits the mother, the father, and the child(ren).

Mom will feel appreciated for the balancing act that she gracefully performs every day, often sacrificing to ensure that the needs of others are met. Dad benefits as... Continue Reading

April 01, 2013

I’m sure that you have all heard the statement, “they don’t have a manual that comes with your child when they are born on how to be a parent”. There still isn’t a manual, but there are some cheat sheets. The NRFC’s Fatherhood Buzz Tip cards can be found online, and may be at your local barbershop. Barbershops are safe havens where men gather to get a haircut and talk about life’s events. What are the tips? They are simple and straightforward... Continue Reading

March 25, 2013

Our views on money management were modeled by our parents.  Attitudes and fears are attributable to lessons that we learned or didn’t learn growing-up.   Before teaching your children about finances, it is important to explore and understand your relationship with money.   Understanding your own emotional relationship with it will help you to avoid passing on bad habits.  Fatherhood Buzz has listed four tips for teaching your children money... Continue Reading

January 22, 2013

Fathers, have you or your child/children gotten your flu shot this year? If you didn’t know, the flu, or influenza, is a viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. The disease can spread from person to person and it has already swept the country this season.

According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity is now considered "widespread" in 47 states and the percentage of... Continue Reading

August 30, 2012

Recent studies reveal that the approximately 24 million children in the United States living apart from their biological fathers are two to three times more likely to be poor, abuse drugs and alcohol, experience emotional, health, behavioral and education problems, and engage in criminal activity.

How are American communities and organizations responding?

In response, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NFRC) has... Continue Reading