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June 05, 2012

Last week, we launched the first in series of blog posts we are calling TableTalk. TableTalk posts include topics that fathers, caretakers and mentors can talk about with kids. Here are some tips for good communication:

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Read more about these and other tips and use the questions below to get everybody talking!

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June 05, 2012

Exciting news: today, we are launching the “TableTalk” blog series on the DadTalk blog! TableTalk are ideas of things that dads can talk about with their kids. TableTalk can happen at any time; it might be a conversation over a meal or while you are playing catch. The key is to get yourself and your child talking!

These questions don’t just have to be for dad. Kids, moms, grandparents and mentors can use these questions to get their...

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June 05, 2012

One of the most important and biggest lessons learned over the past five years working in the fatherhood field is that “You can’t do it by yourself.”Over the last decade or so, both synergy and energy have revived a renewed interest in looking at the issues facing Non-Custodial (mostly fathers) parents. The 2006 federal funding of Responsible Fatherhood programs did much to stimulate the capacity of the field to serve fathers. Because of it,...

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June 05, 2012

Today’s my birthday. When someone asks me how I’m doing, “alive and grateful” is my typical response. As I reflect on my life and the anniversary of my birth, I can’t help but be grateful to those who brought me into this world – my mother and father. When I woke up this morning, I went into my son’s room to look at him still sleeping. Fatherhood is one of the best presents I could ever have wanted.

Most parents want nothing but the...

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June 05, 2012
 

Being a father is a tough job. As a father in the military, there are numerous opportunities and times where being a father can be overwhelming. It can sometimes feel like the role of father is completely forgotten, which can lead to even more stress.

Probably the thing that causes me the most stress as a father is figuring out where, when, and how I can get the services that my son requires and then how to maintain those services....

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June 05, 2012

 

Recently, the DadTalk blog recognized how the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is celebrating fatherhood with their Fathers Day 2011 events held at local public housing authorities. Here are some thoughts, quotes and pictures from people who attended the events. See even more comments and thoughts from Part 1 of this post.

Dallas, TXThe kids had a great time as they enjoyed bounce houses, face painting, and a...

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June 05, 2012

Recently, the DadTalk blog recognized how the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is celebrating fatherhood with their Fathers Day 2011 events held at local public housing authorities.

Here are some thoughts, quotes, and pictures from people who attended the events.

Dayton, OHOne of the most impactful moments of the Father’s Day Summer Celebration was when a 7th grade boy read the poem “Slow Down Daddy”. The words...

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June 05, 2012

In honor of Father’s Day, the White House recognized 15 Champions of Change who are standing in the gap for our kids, and serving their families, their communities and our nation. Along with Michael Strautmanis from the Office of Public Engagement, Joshua DuBois facilitated a discussion with these fathers and leaders as everyone shared our stories about what fatherhood meant to them and how each person had contributed to strengthening...

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June 05, 2012

Earlier this year, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Sims initiated something historic: a call to all Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to recognize fathers through events held around Father’s Day. Dubbed “Father’s Day 2011”, HUD modeled this effort on a program that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) launched last summer. That model event had two purposes: to strengthen the bonds between fathers and...

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June 05, 2012

This week, HHS announced funding announcements for fatherhood and marriage grants. This funding provides organizations in underserved communities with the tools they need to promote responsible parenting, to encourage healthy marriage and relationships, and to help fathers and their families succeed.

In addition to a piece on Huffington Post on Supporting Fathers and our Families, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius...

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