Work With Dads


Reflection and Awareness

Your Child’s Perspective: The IALAC Story (PDF - 226 KB) from Pamela Wilson

This short activity demonstrates the impact of parental conflict on children. The activity is designed to increase participants’ motivation to work cooperatively with their child’s mother and other parenting team members. 

Journey – The Road You’ve Traveled (PDF - 180 KB) from Pamela Wilson and Nigel Vann

This activity can be used in group sessions with fathers and in training sessions with staff to facilitate reflection on previous life experiences and encourage identification of ways these experiences have affected personal attitudes toward parenting, relationships, and marriage.

Communication and Relationship Skills

Active Listening

This 35-minute activity from Fatherhood Development: A Curriculum for Young Fathers divides participants into pairs. A “speaker” discusses a problem with a “listener” who secretly was instructed to listen poorly. Group members then assess aspects of poor and good listening, and practice using effective listening skills in a role play.

Showing and Handling Feelings

This three-part activity from 24/7 Dadtakes about 100 minutes and helps fathers increase their awareness, knowledge, and capacity for showing and handling feelings and emotions. The final part of the activity focuses on showing and handling grief and loss.

General Relationship Skills

What Is a Healthy Relationship?

A 30-minute activity from The Blueprint: A Guide to Family Stability & Economic Success designed to identify the basic qualities of a healthy, committed, romantic relationship and behaviors and circumstances that can seriously damage relationships. The activity includes a participant handout “Qualities of a Healthy Relationship.”

Strong Relationships, Strong Families

This research-based curriculum from the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families includes activities that cover seven key aspects of healthy relationships:

  • Care for Self: Being Physically and Mentally Healthy.
  • Getting to Know Partners Well.
  • Nurturing the Relationship.
  • Showing Affection and Respect.
  • Developing and Maintaining Friendship.
  • Dealing with Differences in Healthy Ways.
  • Engaging in a Positive Social Network.