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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...

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April 19, 2013

Growing up I have fond memories of accompanying my mother and father to work. With great anticipation I would jump into the car and head to work with Mom at least once a year. While the experience was often scary it was exciting to climb up on the big chair in the back of the room and watch Mom work. Mom was a High School Home Economics teacher at an urban school in Baltimore, MD.

Going to work with Dad was altogether a different...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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September 14, 2012

Reposted from Administration for Children & Families The Family Room Blog (Sept. 7, 2012)

As a new parent, I remember the time that I forgot my newborn’s diaper bag.  Imagine a screaming newborn that HATED being in dirty diapers, luckily I had diapers stashed in my car.  The great thing about this incident is that I now make sure we have diapers in as many places as possible.

We really shouldn’t wait until a disaster happens...

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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...

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August 20, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to visit RecycleForce, a social enterprise in Indianapolis, IN that operates a recycling business while providing transitional jobs and comprehensive support services to formerly incarcerated individuals.

RecycleForce received a $5.5 million grant through the Department of Labor’s Enhanced Transition Jobs Demonstration (ETJD) to serve low-income, non-custodial fathers with criminal records. To implement...

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August 16, 2012

Fatherhood Buzz - Back to School Initiative: Effective Strategies for Increasing Father Involvement in Schools  

Thursday August 23, 2012 -  12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (EASTERN)

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) is providing a technical assistance webinar for all responsible fatherhood practitioners, including current OFA grantees, and other interested stakeholders. The webinar will provide ideas and resources to...

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July 24, 2012

This past June, hundreds of public housing authorities across the U.S. participated in HUD's fatherhood initiative. More than 300 local agencies answered HUD's call to host free events, topping last year's participation of over 200 agencies. HUD planted the seed, and we were pleased that housing authorities added their own twist to make their events unique and special. The events celebrated fatherhood, family and the importance of dads...

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