To investigate the family support needs of Iowa citizens, the Iowa Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Supports Advisory Group conducted 25 focus groups involving over 250 adults. This resulting report discusses themes that were prevalent during these focus groups and presents the following recommendations for family support services: (1) lift up the importance of the family; (2) act before a family faces crises and is harmed; (3) improve the relationship skills of all Iowans; (4) bolster families through economic stability and employer support; (5) surround families with a comprehensive array of…
Third in a series of guides on encouraging father involvement in Head Start programs for young children, this guide discusses assessing program effectiveness in involving fathers and identifying what changes might need to be made to ensure that the program is as father-friendly as possible. It begins by explaining six stages of becoming a father-friendly program: understanding and appreciating fathers' vital contributions to healthy child development, creating an environment where fathers feel welcomed and valued, deciding what to do, recruiting fathers, operating the program, and sustaining…
This InfoSheet contains a list of suggested activities for how a father can be to be involved in his child's life--whether he or she is a baby or a young adult. The key to each of these activities is finding mutually enjoyable activities that can be done all year--not just as a special event on Father's Day. (Author abstract modified)
Las siguientes actividades son unas de las muchas ideas de cómo participar en la vida de sus hijos-no importa que sea él o ella, un bebé o un adolescente adulto. La llave importante de cada una de estas actividades es encontrar actividades agradables y no solamente como evento especial del día del padre, sino que ustedes puedan hacerlas todo el año. (Author abstract)
Over two decades of research confirms that parents -- and that includes Dads -- are an important influence on whether their teenagers become pregnant or cause a pregnancy. In a variety of ways, parental behavior and the nature of parent/child relationships influence teens' sexual activity and use of contraception. While parents cannot determine whether their children have sex, use contraception, become pregnant, or cause a pregnancy, the quality of the relationships with their children can make a real difference. (Author abstract)
Research demonstrates that children benefit in a variety of ways when they have significant positive involvement with fathers and father figures. Research also demonstrates that fathers accrue a variety of benefits by being positively involved with their kids. This two-way street of mutual benefits for children and fathers is increasingly noted as a reason for strengthening the relationship between dadand child. This fact sheet highlights the broad benefits of father involvement for children and fathers. (Author abstract).
Promoting health and recognizing illness in young children are not intuitive skills and many fathers lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to safely care for the health and well-being of their children. The National Fatherhood Initiative's (NFI) Doctor Dad workshop was created in 2002 specifically to address this concern.This report is a summary of a formative-evaluation study on the Doctor Dad workshop and curriculum conducted by the Center for Social Work Research at the University of Texas at Austin. The formative evaluation was part of a pilot test to assess the effectiveness and…
Close relationships between father and child are not built overnight. They require time, personal growth, commitment and sacrifice on the part of fathers.
This fact sheet instructs parents in the benefits of understanding their child's temperament. This understanding can help parents: explain why their child is acting a certain way, anticipate how their child will react to a certain situation, help parents to communicate with their child, know which approach to discipline will be effective, and create a positive relationship with their child. (Author abstract, modified)
This fact sheet illustrates the benefits of a good fit between a child's temperament and their caregivers' parenting style.