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 2009 study represents a repeat of research conducted in 1999 which looked at attitudes about the role of fathers in America. The purpose of the current study is to measure the extent of change that has occurred, whether positive or negative, during the ten-year gap. (Author abstract)
The first three years of life are critical in a child's physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Military life presents some unique parenting challenges that civilian families may not face, such as frequent deployments, long duty hours, moves to unfamiliar locations, and separation from extended families and friends. The New Parent Support Program was developed to help military families with young children to adapt to parenthood and to thrive as healthy families no matter where their service may take them. (Author abstract)
Here are some suggestions for working with mothers, from the mothers themselves.
How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children is a wake-up call to America that we are abandoning our children emotionally. Failure to support our children's emotional health at home and in schools is jeopardizing their future and that of our nation. The book has a compelling and provocative message about parent-child relations. It provides powerful and practical concepts and tools that enable parents, teachers, and childcare providers to interact with children and with each other in emotionally healthy ways. In the process, children learn to interact with each other in the same way. How to Raise…
As part of her Happiness Project-- an account of the year she spent test-driving every conceivable principle about how to be happy, from the wisdom of the ages to current scientific studies-- the author provides strategies on being a more light-hearted parent. Her tips include: make each child helpless with laughter, sing in the morning, wake up before your kids, cut back on treats and impulse buys, try to cast answers as "yes," look for little ways to celebrate, repetition works, say "no" only when it really matters, and remind yourself how fleeting this is.
In this issue, you'll hear from a dad who sought to enhance his fathering capacity. You'll read about a community coalition aiding dads to be better fathers. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Father's Day, QIC partner National Fatherhood Initiative shares reflections on fatherhood and the holiday that celebrates it. Also in this issue are several legally focused articles. Two include useful advice for fathers on what they should do if their children become involved with the child welfare system, and on how to work with their attorneys. We also include a piece on the constitutional rights…
Long distance relationships are more common than ever. Reasons for this include technological advancements that allow for communication without being face-to-face, the popularity of online dating, and a rise in work related travel and military deployment. Maintaining an intimate bond with your partner while many miles separate the two of you is a challenge. This tip sheet offers ways in which couples can establish clear expectation and boundaries to stay connected and ensure that they maintain a satisfying relationship. (Author abstract modified)
This year, celebrate Father's Day in a big way--or a small way-- but celebrate in the best way, which means taking time to be with your children. Here are some suggestions for easy, no-cost or low-cost ways to spend meaningful time with your family on Father's Day. Everyone's circumstances are different, so some of these activities might not be possible for you and your children. But starting this Father's Day, make time to do as many activities as you can throughout the coming year. (Author abstract)
As a dad, you may often feel as if you're pulled in a dozen directions at once. With so much competing for your attention, reading a book might be low on your list of priorities. But books about parenting can give you great insight into what it really means to be a father today, provide the children's perspective on a father's impact on their lives, or help you become enthusiastic about spending more time with your children. And you will become a terrific role model for your children when they see you enjoying and using the knowledge books bring us. (Author abstract)