DadTalk Blog

March 09, 2015

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

What kinds of services, programs, and activities can assist fathers and their families as they move from prison back to the community? Grantees working with ex-prisoners provide insights as to how to deliver services to these men.

Our recent report from the Urban Institute provides findings from early implementation activities of...

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March 02, 2015

Watching the benefits of a successful program partnership can be empowering. Knowing that working together benefits everyone involved is one thing, but witnessing different groups come together to achieve those goals is something special. While in Los Angeles, the NRFC team had the opportunity to take part in two very special events where the power of partnerships was on display.

This two-part series will feature the programs we were...

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February 23, 2015

To borrow from the British pop group The Beatles, we all get by with a little help from our friends. Fatherhood programs call them partners. Whatever the name, we are all stronger when we come together.

This January, the NRFC team had the opportunity to spend three days in Los Angeles seeing exceptional examples of what can happen for our communities and families when we partner and work together.

This two-part series will...

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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...

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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...

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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:

A 100oF or higher fever or... Continue reading this blog post
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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