DadTalk Blog

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...

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February 05, 2015

Ed. Note: This blog post was originally posted on the ACF Family Room Blog (see the original post here) as well as in the NRFC DadTalk blog in June 2013.

If you are in need of health insurance coverage, visit HealthCare.Gov by February 15, 2015 to learn more about options and enroll in coverage for 2015.

Although one generally doesn’t think of being a dad or a dad-to-be as a health issue, there’s no question that it is. Just...

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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 Flu.gov 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:

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January 29, 2015

Ed. Note: This blog post originally appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

After I graduated from college, I started lifting weights as a hobby. Now it helps me release stress. I enjoy doing it. I enjoy competing. It makes me feel good about myself.

Pound for pound, I was the strongest in my gym. I was bench pressing 315 pounds. Then I started feeling pain in my left shoulder. But I didn’t have...

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January 26, 2015

Have you ever talked with your kids about cyberbullying? Some parents don’t know how serious cyberbullying can be, so they don’t talk about it. When I speak with fathers about child safety, I encourage them to include this topic in their conversations.

What is it and why should you care?For fathers who aren’t familiar with cyberbullying, it’s exactly what it sounds like—bullying through technology like cellphones and social media....

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January 20, 2015

Ed. Note: This highlight is from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance Project. Read the original postings: Podcast 1, Podcast 2

Beech Acres Parenting Center

Beech Acres Parenting Center Building Strong Marriages and Relationships in Cincinnati, Ohio works...

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January 12, 2015

Ed. Note: This highlight is a repost from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance Project. Read the original posting here.

This highlight from the field features Arturo, a participant of the Strong Fathers, Stronger Families program at Seedco (Structured Employment...

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January 05, 2015

Ed. Note: This highlight is a repost from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance Project. Read the original posting here.

Rubicon For more than 30 years, fathers and families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area of California have received timely employment and...

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December 22, 2014

Ed. Note: This highlight is a repost from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance Project. Read the original posting here.

This Highlight from the Field features Austin, a participant of the Phoenix House program, a Healthy Marriage grantee of the U.S. Department...

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December 17, 2014

During the holidays, we look forward to spending time with family and loved-ones.  The season is full of opportunities to make wonderful memories, but it can also be a stressful time, particularly for co-parents and blended families. Parents in a healthy relationship (regardless of romantic involvement) should feel safe to express themselves and respect each other’s opinions, while being able to resolve conflicts without anger. Both parents...

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