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.Watch out for surprise sodium... Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
When tackling the big task of raising smart kids, dads have to use every resource possible; including their tablets and smartphones. In the July NRFC Webinar, Strengthening Literacy and Father-Child Relationships through Reading, our presenters shared a number of ways that dads can encourage and support literacy, including how the ways in which we read and get information has changed over the years. One modern way to build literacy skills can...Continue reading this blog post
Like so many other children, 6-year-old Etan Patz walked to school on the morning of May 25, 1979 but unlike many others, he never made it. Etan had gone missing and there was no national support to help look for him. Two years later, when my brother, Adam Walsh, also six years old, was abducted from a retail store in South Florida. There was still no regional or national response system in place to help search for Adam; however, the immense...Continue reading this blog post
Every great dad was once a son. This is a profound thought considering how many women dream of marrying a “great guy” with the hopes he will be a “great dad” to their future children. The impression women have of their sons in the role of mom is everlasting. However, many moms do not realize the impression they have on their sons until it is too late. Raising a son that ultimately, with time, support, and accountability, will grow into a...Continue reading this blog post
As dads and stepdads, we are often the initial male influence in our daughters' lives, setting standards for what they expect from boys and other men. Perhaps even more important, we convey what men--and the world outside our front doors--value in girls and women.
Yet, we often are confused about how to parent our daughters; they seem to think, act, and communicate so differently than our sons and other men like us! We sometimes think...Continue reading this blog post
Ed. Note: This story previous appeared on the ACF FamilyRoom Blog and on the AdoptUsKids website.
Mark and Nicole Hayward had been married for 15 years when they became parents for the first time through adoption from foster care.
As part of their search for their “perfect child,” Mark and Nicole registered their family on adoptuskids.org. They began a search for a girl, preferably no older than 12, who shared many of their...Continue reading this blog post