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
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
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
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
Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog (June 19, 2015). View the original post.
Fourteen months ago, I became a father for the first time, and every day I relish how my daughter’s smile warms my heart and keeps me going.
The new addition to my family also helped me personally discover that fatherhood can be a catalyst for change. Children can inspire dads and give them new purpose — my daughter certainly...Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on Youth Today. Read the original post here.
Becoming a father at a young age can be both exciting and terrifying. While some young fathers talk of the birth of their child as “the best day of my life,” others recall feelings of shock and confusion when they first heard they were about to become a father.As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, I reflect on the challenges that many young...Continue Reading
On Sunday, millions of kids across America celebrated their dads, and everything they’ve done for them. If you’re a dad, you’ll know that it’s an incredibly special and rewarding role. Sure, it has its challenges and may not always be easy but it’s the simple everyday moments you share with your kids that leave the biggest impact and bring the most joy.
So this Father’s Day and every day, we want to help you to Take Time to Be a Dad....Continue Reading
June is traditionally the month that we highlight many of life’s transitions and achievements, such as celebrating the academic achievements of our children. June also launches a season of weddings, family reunions, great weather and vacations. In the midst of these things, we also take time to focus on celebrating parents—Mother’s Day in May, and, now, in June we celebrate our nation’s fathers.
More so than in the past, I believe...Continue Reading
What could be more important than putting a smile on the face of a hardworking, loving and deserving dad? This Father’s Day find ways to get your kids to make Dad smile, laugh and grin and show his teeth. Dads like to smile and laugh but sometimes it takes a little bit more to get Dad smiling. Here are five ideas on how kids can get Dad smiling this Father’s Day:
Surprise HimDads love surprises from their children and family. Do...Continue Reading
Summer vacation. The words still bring a feeling of joy to thousands of kids (and former kids). No class. No homework. It’s the dream.
Summer vacation, for parents, may bring feelings of panic and anxiety. No regular child care. No pre-scheduled afterschool activities. There are many real and challenging aspects to planning for the summer (visit the ACF Office of Child Care website for help in connecting to child care resources),...Continue Reading