I think that love is a deep affection or attachment to something or someone. It consists of traits such as unselfishness, loyalty, devotion, tenderness, passion, and compassion. When thinking about the love that a father or a mother has for his or her child, it is easy to think about the emotions and feelings when a kid smiles or giggles. From the perspective of the child, one can see the joy in the smile, the glimmer in the eyes, and the...Continue reading this blog post
Everyone thinks their dad is the toughest guy on the planet to find a gift for. And we are—to some degree. But the key is to think like a man—what are things that all men like and appreciate? (Hint: we are not as complicated as you think). Here are five ideas that the big guy will enjoy and appreciate this Valentine’s Day.
1. Head rub. I don’t do it very often but there is nothing more relaxing and...Continue reading this blog post
Enjoying Valentine’s Day is not always easy because Cupid’s arrow does not always seem to find everyone! Valentine’s Day puts a lot of pressure on us to shower our partner and children with love on one specific day. The pressure on Valentine’s Day can seem like too much. Almost all of us have had the “perfect” gift go wrong. How can you get it right? How do you show love?
Researcher and therapist Gary Chapman argues that there are five...Continue reading this blog post
In the latest Kung Fu Panda 3 movie from DreamWorks Animation, Po, reunites with his long-lost birth father. Po was separated from his family at a young age and grew up with his adoptive father. When his birth father comes back into his life everything changes. The new film highlights the special relationship between Po and his birth father and his adoptive father, and the unique challenges he is able to overcome with the love and support of...Continue reading this blog post
Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on December 30, 2015. View the original post.
According to a 2014 DOJ report1, 60 percent of children are exposed to violence, sometimes on a daily basis. Exposure to violence lowers soft skills and increases risky behaviors.2
It raises the potential for being a potential perpetrator.3 Children exposed to violence are more likely to have problems in school, or developing...Continue reading this blog post
This time of year, many people are striving to achieve, or remember, their New Year’s resolutions. Many of us set goals to take better care of ourselves and spend more time with those we love. Even with the best intentions these goals can be difficult to juggle with busy schedules and more immediate priorities. In fact, one in every three Americans have abandoned their resolution by the end of January.1 While this statistic may be...Continue reading this blog post
Why do fathers come to fatherhood programs? After talking with many responsible fatherhood program practitioners and the diverse fathers they serve, the answer to that is usually ongoing challenges with child support obligations, a lack of opportunities to spend time with their children (often because of co-parenting relationship problems), or numerous issues with finding and maintaining stable employment. Many of the fathers have admitted...Continue reading this blog post
January is National Mentoring Month and Monday, January 18, 2016 is National Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service.
Chances are that if you are reading this post you are already committed to being a positive, loving, and strong influence in the life of your own children, and in the lives of the other children in your life and community. This month, further your commitment by volunteering with your family and finding...Continue reading this blog post
Said many different ways, the questions moms and dads must tackle during divorce can be pretty common. It’s important that parents be prepared to tackle hard questions, like those on the list below, to ensure the health of their children and other family members that will be affected by divorce.
Here are four big questions parents should be prepared to tackle:
1. Where will I live?
When trying to wrap their heads around...Continue reading this blog post
Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on December 22, 2015. View the original post.
Home visiting programs have traditionally targeted pregnant women and mothers of young children as primary clients. Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives, and some home visiting programs have begun implementing strategies to engage fathers.
A new report from our project on fathers in home visiting programs...Continue reading this blog post