In these Through the Years articles, Sesame Workshop experts discuss how fathers help their children grow. They cover the crucial impact of family relationships on child development. As a child grows, his interactions with family members shape his personality and create the basis for the ways in which he will relate to other important people in his life. (Author abstract modified)
Examples are provided of repentant fathers who took the initiative to restore and rebuild their relationships with their children, and strategies are discussed for becoming a growing father. Strategies include making a commitment to children, fathering with a long-range perspective in mind, and using sources of ongoing encouragement such as the mother of the children, fathering education, training materials, and accountability partners. Fathers are urged to be willing to adjust to meet the developmental needs of children, and specific action points are listed.
What does it mean to be a man? Moreover, how does a father instill these qualities in his son? Using as an example the process by which a boy moved through the medieval stages of knighthood, author Robert Lewis identifies parallel stages for today's fathers to create ceremonies to commemorate significant milestones in a young man's journey toward becoming a modern-day knight. Beginning with a biblical perspective of manhood, author-pastor Robert Lewis shares a unique approach to shaping a boy into a man by equipping him with three essential elements: a vision, a code of conduct, and a cause (…
Training Materials, Book
It is your job to help the offender prepare themselves for life on the outside. You may think this means helping them find a job or avoiding substance abuse issues. It certainly does, but another important area that needs to be addressed is the offender's family life. More specifically, they must take responsibility for their children. This manual, along with the workbook, will help you to prepare fathers for the tremendous responsibility that accompanies parenthood. This manual includes several reproducible worksheets and a participant certificate that can be given to all participants upon…
The significance of grandfathers in linking families together over generations and nurturing their growth is highlighted. Ways grandfathers exert influence in family life are described, including shaping a child's sense of identity, transmitting family values, and serving as an example of caring and respect. Roles that grandfathers play are also explored, and an overview is provided of themes emerging from research on how grandfathers work to fashion stronger intergenerational relationships. 1 table and 12 references.