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.
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)
Rainy day? Snowed in? Looking for something to do for a few hours on a Saturday? Here are some movies that you and your children can enjoy together and discuss the lessons they highlight. Before selecting a movie, check its rating and description to ensure it is appropriate for your children. For example, Finding Nemo may be great to watch with your preschooler, while The Lord of the Rings may be too mature for that age group. (Author abstract)
Too often, Father's Day is recognized with a greeting card or a less than flattering tie--neither of which has real meaning or adequately expresses the thanks the dads in your program deserve for all they do throughout the year. This year, your program has the opportunity to make Father's Day meaningful and memorable for the dads with whom you work. Start by encouraging them to be positive role models for their children and become involved in their children's lives. (Author abstract)
Too often, Father's Day is recognized with a greeting card or a less than flattering tie?neither of which has real meaning or adequately expresses the thanks dads deserve for all they do throughout the year. This year, take the initiative to make your Father's Day meaningful and memorable by spending time with your children. Thank them for letting you be part of their lives and giving you so much happiness by just being their dad. (Author abstract)
This 8-page guide summarises the evidence on the effectiveness of parenting programmes in supporting father-child relationships, and offers guidance on developing strategies and commissioning services which are father-inclusive. It includes the Executive Summary of Fathers and Parenting Interventions: What Works? and the 10-point Commissioning Checklist. (Author abstract modified)
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.