This guide offers a list of low-cost or free curricula to support efforts to strengthen relationships for singles, couples, parents or families. It will help you find Web-based and other resources including materials developed with federal funding that are available for public distribution. It is the second in a series of guides designed by Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Healthy Marriage Initiative staff to support the implementation of valuable programs under the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives. (Author abstract modified)
This bibliography is a compilation of resources regarding the impact of military service on marriage and family life. It is divided into two sections-- 1) Further Scholarly Summaries of Research on Military Service and Marriage and 2) A Bibliography of Research on Military Service and Marriage.
This information sheet offers advice to fathers on strengthening their emotional bond with their children in order to prepare them for the physical separation of military deployment. It also contains a list of online tools to help children cope and families stay connected during deployment.
This information sheet provides a few fundamental steps for fathers to follow for building strong and healthy adult relationships in order to positively influence the types of relationships their children will have. It also includes additional resources for more information on healthy relationships.
A DVD produced by Dr. Percy Ricketts, which is designed to give divorced and divorcing parents some simple steps that they could take, which could help make their adjustment and their children's adjustment to divorce, quicker and more effective. (Author abstract)
Presented by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center on March 25, 2009, this one hour, 30 minutes webinar focuses on how severe economic stress affects couple relationships and children, strategies Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood educators can use to help couples cope with economic stress, and how Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood program providers can coordinate with the Workforce Investment Act to offer their economically distressed clients job and other financial services support. The first presentation is provided by Dr. William Bailey an Associate Professor…
This newsletter describes the challenges faced by military families when a parent is deployed, characteristics of military families, and children's adjustment in military families. Research findings are cited that indicate children in military families generally fare as well or better than their civilian counterparts, are adaptive and resilient, and cope effectively. The cycle of deployment in the military is examined, as well as family tasks and stressors at each stage. The stages include pre-deployment, deployment, sustainment, reunion, and post-deployment. Differences between peace-time…
"Gatekeeping" is the term used in this infosheet to describe the mother's behaviors that act as a gate to open or close the door to father involvement. Gatekeeping is not always a bad thing. It can occur for positive reasons (to protect the safety of the child, for example) but it may also happen for reasons unrelated to the child (to punish a father after a break-up, for example).This infosheet is intended to help professionals engage mothers to engage the fathers of their children in healthy ways. This document provides ideas for working with families to recognize and eliminate or reduce…
This infosheet is intended to help professionals engage mothers to engage the fathers of theirchildren in healthy ways. It focuses on the active role professionals can take in talking with mothers about fathers and includes suggestions on the language we use to talk about fathers. The focus here on the mother's role in father involvement is not intended to diminish the father's responsibility to participate in the child's upbringing. Nor are we suggesting thatprofessionals limit attempts to engage fathersdirectly. Here, we are recognizing that professionals who work with mothers have a…
Intended for biological fathers, this information sheet discusses the positive impact stepfathers can have on children and how a parenting partnership with the other father can benefit children. Biological fathers are urged to communicate with stepfathers, work together on school and homework issues, and take a genuine interest in their children. Discussion questions are included, as well as a list of recommended books.