The issue of drugs can be very confusing to young children. If drugs are so dangerous, then why is the family medicine cabinet full of them? And why do TV, movies, music and advertising often make drug and alcohol use look so cool? We need to help our kids to distinguish fact from fiction. And it's not too soon to begin. National studies show that the average age when a child first tries alcohol is 11; for marijuana, it's 12. And many kids start becoming curious about these substances even sooner. Children Now discusses ways for parents to talk with their kids about substance abuse. (…
This fact sheet discusses research findings on the ways fathers impact the development of their children. Findings indicate: fathers' religiosity is linked to higher quality of parent-child relationships; fathers who regularly attend religious services are more likely to be engaged in one-on-one activities with their children; civically active fathers are more likely to participate in youth-related activities; fathers' engagement in their children's activities was linked to higher academic performance; among adolescent boys, those who receive more parenting from their fathers are less likely…
This chapter explores how mothers and their expectations contribute to good fathering. It discusses ways good mothering is connected to good fathering, as well as the link between marriage and good fathering. Suggestions are shared for how mothers and fathers can influence each other positively, including maintaining a positive climate in the home, accepting help from one another, making parenting decisions together, and responding to each other's needs. 35 references.
Portrayals of father-daughter relationships in media and history are considered, along with research findings that show the importance of fathers to daughters and insights regarding the nature and significance of father-daughter relations. Key issues in the relationship dance are discussed and include: learning from each other's diverse perspectives, promoting healthy individual development, creating a template for close relationships, and influencing a positive female identity. Suggestions are offered for fathers and daughters to help develop and enhance their relationships. 31 references…
The topic of marriage and fathering is explored in this chapter and new insights on marriage from recent research findings are shared. A set of principles is outlined for establishing healthy marital relationships that also support active and caring father involvement. The principles include: commit, grow, understand, nurture, solve, and serve. Recommended practices are provided for each dimension. 1 table and 32 references.
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.
This chapter explores the concept of connection between fathers and their children, cites examples of its influence from contemporary research, and illustrates some of the key strategies fathers can use in forging strong connections with their children. Strategies include shared activities in the areas of recreation, play and learning, work and important events, participation in spiritual activities, and involvement in consistent and enjoyable family traditions. 16 references. (Author abstract modified)
This chapter discusses the important role of fathers in aiding their children's development through interaction and play and connecting with their children through the language of play to communicate, help them cope with life, comprehend the world around them, and assist them achieving success in their pursuits. The benefits associated with play for children are considered, as well as the benefits to fathers. 14 references.
The relationship between fathers, reading, and children's well being is documented and specific benefits of joint book reading for fathers and their children are identified. Practical suggestions on how fathers can use reading to strengthen their children's literacy skills and overall quality of the father-child relationship are offered. The impact of the Fathers Reading Every Day program is highlighted. 18 references.
This chapter explores the impact fathers and father figures have on children's lives through their sacrifice and care. It discusses examples of sacrifice by fathers for children during daily routines or times of hardship, and considers fathers' nurturing abilities and the impact of fathers' nurturance on children. Key characteristics of fathers' love are explained, including focusing on the child and his or her well-being, accepting the child, sharing life, and enduring in their efforts. 40 references.