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June 21, 2013

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

Gone are the days when fathers were stuck in prescribed gender roles and only interacted with their children for disciplinary or financial matters. Today, fathers contribute to their children's overall development and well-being in many ways. They shop and play with children. They shuffle children to sports practices and doctor's appointments....

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June 20, 2013

It’s funny what kids remember about their parents when they grow up. They see things. Children have a way of remembering little moments that reveal a part of your character. I remember my dad helping me with my homework and explaining how an engine works. He taught me practical things. He showed me I could depend upon him.

Even if parents are no longer together, they can still be parents for life, perhaps in a co-parenting relationship...

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June 19, 2013

Each Father's Day , I find myself reflecting on the lessons and wisdom embedded within me through my father.

Fathers love and respect their partner - He was born on a farm in Ipswich, South Dakota, the oldest of eight children. He was a farmer at age 14 and a young soldier early in World War II. After seven years in the Navy, our dad fell in love and married the enduring love of his life, our mother. They were married for 62 years. My...

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June 18, 2013

Ed. note: This article was first published on healthcare.gov.

As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health.  

National Men’s Health Week, from June 10 through Father’s Day on June 16, is a good time for us to start taking responsibility and doing what’s needed to stay healthy and active. That means eating right, taking the time to exercise, and—yes—talking to our doctors about what...

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June 18, 2013

Sione is one of the many fatherhood success stories from the Office of Samoan Affairs Healthy Marriage and Relationship (HMR) program. The program has created a platform for Pacific Islanders that address the foundation of family and marriage. In doing so, fathers and families become healthier and happier which helps promote thriving communities. 

Sione never had it easy. He carried an accent in his residing city of Sacramento, from...

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June 17, 2013

Ed. Note: Reposted from the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

Greetings and Happy Father's Day!

On behalf of the Administration for Children and Families and my office, the Office of Family Assistance, congratulations to all you dads on being an engaged, responsible and concerned father.  I know you wouldn’t be visiting this blog if you didn’t care about your role as a father, dad and friend to your children....

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June 14, 2013

As we head into Father’s Day this year, we are celebrating the bonds created through spending quality time between fathers and father figures, families and children. As the President has said before—Our children don't need us to be superheroes. They don't need us to be perfect. They do need us to be present. They need us to show up and give it our best shot, no matter what else is going on in our lives. They need us to show them -- not just...

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June 13, 2013

This June, Essence Magazine’s “10 things we’re talking about” focused on Father’s Day. At number 8, we were honored to see the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and our tips and resources mentioned.  This article along with many others that will be published this June highlight the fact that it’s time to celebrate fathers who play a critical role in the lives of their children and families.  

For some, deciding how...

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June 12, 2013

Ed. note: This article was first published on the grio. You can see the original post here.

Have you received a wake-up call yet?

For too many of us, it takes a sudden wake-up call — in the form of a major or minor health crisis — to make us realize that we’re not invincible.  And tragically, for some, that call comes too late.

As black men, we often don’t talk about our health or seek help until something goes wrong. We...

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June 11, 2013

Ed. note: This statement was first published on HHS.gov. You can see the original post here.

A father’s love and full involvement in his children’s lives is crucial to their health, well-being, and development.

Fathers influence the physical well-being of their children in a number of ways -- by being engaged in their lives, supporting a mother’s health, or by ensuring that children get the preventive services, such as...

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