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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

At the Park with Ryan

Dad, there’s a kid just down your street with real needs that you can fill.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Marriage: Love Is Service

Love is more than cuddling by a fireplace. Actually, sometimes it's the opposite of staying warm and toasty.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Two Essays from Fatherless Kids

Kids need dads, and we can always find proof in some of the essays written for our annual Father of the Year Essay Contest. In the midst of the all happy sentiments we receive, these essays are reminders that many kids out there don’t have a father in their lives. The essays they send—about the importance of fathers—bring a whole different set of emotions.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Encourage Other Dads

Rusty is a friend of ours who has a passion for helping prison inmates. He recognized the overwhelming trend of fatherlessness among inmate fathers and took simple action to try to help. Some time ago, he began printing off copies of our weekly fathering e-mails and mailing them to prisoners he knew, knowing that it would have a ripple effect since reading material is often passed from inmate to inmate until the paper falls apart.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Proverbs from Pop

My father passed away in the year 2000, but I’m still processing everything he stood for and everything he said. My sister has sent me some of my parents’ old stuff, and it’s amazing to look at.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Teach Values with Words and Example

Part of our work involves helping with development training for some players in the NFL. Not long ago, I was talking with one player and trying to help him through a tough time that was made worse because of his drinking habit. So I asked him, “Where did you first take a drink?” And he told me, “I drank a beer with my dad.”

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Loving Your Kids: “You Just Don’t Get It”

Dad, do you get it? Or are you missing it?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Reach, Teach, Unleash

Dr. Kyle Pruett is an expert in fatherhood at the Yale University Child Study Center. We may disagree on some issues, but here’s what he said about the urgency of engaging fathers during an interview for a documentary-in-progress:

Friday, May 16, 2008

Is my child ahead … or behind?

How well do you know your child's developmental needs? A study at the University of Rochester discovered that about one-third (31.2%) of parents of 9-month-olds are "clueless" about child development milestones, such as when babies talk, learn right from wrong, or can be potty trained. Some moms and dads have unrealistic expectations for their children’s physical, social or emotional growth, and become frustrated. Others underestimate those abilities and prevent them from learning on their own.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Power of Knowing Your Child’s Needs

How well do you know your child's developmental needs? A recent study at the University of Rochester discovered that about one-third (31.2%) of parents of 9-month-olds are "clueless" about child development milestones, such as when babies talk, learn right from wrong, or can be potty trained. Some moms and dads have unrealistic expectations for their children’s physical, social or emotional growth, and become frustrated. Others underestimate those abilities and prevent them from learning on their own.

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