DadTalk Blog

August 03, 2015

Every great dad was once a son.  This is a profound thought considering how many women dream of marrying a “great guy” with the hopes he will be a “great dad” to their future children. The impression women have of their sons in the role of mom is everlasting. However, many moms do not realize the impression they have on their sons until it is too late. Raising a son that ultimately, with time, support, and accountability, will grow into a...

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July 28, 2015

As dads and stepdads, we are often the initial male influence in our daughters' lives, setting standards for what they expect from boys and other men. Perhaps even more important, we convey what men--and the world outside our front doors--value in girls and women.

Yet, we often are confused about how to parent our daughters; they seem to think, act, and communicate so differently than our sons and other men like us! We sometimes think...

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July 23, 2015

Ed. Note: This story previous appeared on the ACF FamilyRoom Blog and on the AdoptUsKids website.

Mark and Nicole Hayward had been married for 15 years when they became parents for the first time through adoption from foster care.

As part of their search for their “perfect child,” Mark and Nicole registered their family on adoptuskids.org. They began a search for a girl, preferably no older than 12, who shared many of their...

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June 29, 2015

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...

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June 24, 2015

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...

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June 22, 2015

On Sunday, millions of kids across America celebrated their dads, and everything they’ve done for them. If you’re a dad, you’ll know that it’s an incredibly special and rewarding role. Sure, it has its challenges and may not always be easy but it’s the simple everyday moments you share with your kids that leave the biggest impact and bring the most joy.

So this Father’s Day and every day, we want to help you to Take Time to Be a Dad....

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June 19, 2015

June is traditionally the month that we highlight many of life’s transitions and achievements, such as celebrating the academic achievements of our children. June also launches a season of weddings, family reunions, great weather and vacations. In the midst of these things, we also take time to focus on celebrating parents—Mother’s Day in May, and, now, in June we celebrate our nation’s fathers.

More so than in the past, I believe...

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June 17, 2015

What could be more important than putting a smile on the face of a hardworking, loving and deserving dad? This Father’s Day find ways to get your kids to make Dad smile, laugh and grin and show his teeth. Dads like to smile and laugh but sometimes it takes a little bit more to get Dad smiling. Here are five ideas on how kids can get Dad smiling this Father’s Day:

Surprise HimDads love surprises from their children and family. Do...

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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),...

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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...

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