DadTalk Blog

October 29, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on October 22, 2015. View the original post.

At the Office of Child Care, we know the need for care doesn’t end when children enter their elementary school years. And as the mother of two school-age children, I know first-hand how important it is to know my children have a safe and enriching place to go at 3 o’clock each day. The need for high quality afterschool care is no...

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October 19, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post.

When I am introducing our work at the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) to new audiences, I often say “I lead the Office of Family Assistance – not the office of adult assistance or the office of child assistance.”  My goal in making that statement is to signal our interest in whole family or two‐generation approaches, which provide opportunities for and...

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October 12, 2015

When you look around in August and September, you begin to see autumn in the air. You feel the weather beginning to change, you see the leaves turning colors, and you see back-to-school sales advertised. As a new season takes shape, there is a sense of a new beginning as families get back into the routine that comes with kids returning to school. As the son of a teacher and coach, a former teacher, a recovering principal, and the father of...

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October 05, 2015

Most men who have been victimized by an intimate partner feel as if they are forced to live a life of secrecy. These men remain silent because of a variety of reasons, including stigma, fear, isolation, and what may appear to be a lack of supportive services.  

Domestic violence includes a mental component that makes it shrouded in deception, shame, and humiliation; making it extremely difficult to detect, accept, and even more...

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September 29, 2015

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. November is “Movember” and “No-Shave-November” to raise awareness about men’s health issues.

Observances like these are excellent reminders of the importance of actively paying attention to our health, and the benefits that prevention, healthy habits, and regular doctors visits can have in early identification and treatment of these, and other,...

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September 21, 2015

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Recent research shows that one out of three children and two out of three adults struggle with weight issues or obesity.1 One of the best places to fight the battle for family health and win against obesity is in the kitchen. As a dad, you can lead the charge with these power tips for equipping your family with healthy lunches.

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September 14, 2015

Fathers can play an important role in promoting early learning and literacy. Unfortunately, as some colleagues and I discussed in a recent NRFC webinar, not all dads realize this or know how to go about it. Fatherhood programs can help fathers understand the benefits of early literacy skills for their children, demonstrate ways to make reading fun, and show how engaging in literacy-related activities together can cement bonds between fathers...

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September 08, 2015

This past July parents, mentors, and caring adults met in the city of Baltimore for a community town hall to discuss ways to parent in a violent world. This was a much-needed conversation at such a critical moment in time. Panelists and community partners discussed the need for parents to filter a lot of the negative imagery and lifestyles that have been easily able to influence the impressionable mind of youth. This led to a deeper...

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August 31, 2015

Fatherhood can be expensive. Back to school is traditionally one of those times when families can see a large amount of cash going out. That is why smart dads are always looking for opportunities to save and make the family dollar go further.

Here are seven ways that dads can make sure they get the most for their dollar while gearing up to send their kids back to school:

Time it Right1. Find the Closest Tax-Free HolidayOne of...

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August 24, 2015

Fatherhood can be challenging at every phase of a child’s development, especially when that child heads off to college. The challenges that come with guiding the development of a college-bound child require a combination of patience, commitment and preparation.

Here are eight tips that should be on every dad’s radar as their child prepares to continue their education after high school:

1. How to Pick a School that’s the Right...

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