Research findings are shared on the role of fathers in children's spiritual development and the meaning of spirituality to some fathers. The work of fathers as spiritual guides to their children is highlighted and includes: role modeling, parenting with humility, being there for their children, and viewing fatherhood as spiritual calling. Narratives from fathers suggest the influence of spiritual beliefs and behavior on fathers and their interactions with children. 16 references.
This chapter explores the influence of race and ethnicity as a factor for fathers of color. It discusses issues affecting fathers of color in America today, similarities and differences among fathers of color, contributions of Latino and African American fathers in the lives of their children, and potential hurdles some fathers of color may face in being involved fathers. Suggestions to help others understand and appreciate the contributions made by fathers of color are presented. 70 references.
The influence of separation and divorce on fathers' involvement with their children is discussed, and information is provided on how nonresidential fathers may remain involved in their children's lives after a divorce. Issues are identified that relate to the effects of divorce on children and a case is made for the importance of father involvement. Obstacles to quality interaction with children are also addressed, as well as strategies for overcoming these obstacles. 22 references.
The incidence of incarcerated fathers is discussed, and a program for supporting incarcerated fathers is described. The impact of incarcerated fatherhood programs on fathers, their families, and the prisons is then considered and the Incarcerated Fatherhood Program Model is offered. Recommended strategies are also provided for assisting incarcerated fathers and their families. 13 references.
This chapter outlines fathers' issues in harmonizing work and family needs and expectations. Using the metaphor of musical harmony as a paradigm for working fathers, it explores the significance of work for fathers in their role as parents and the frequent conflicts that occur between work and family contexts. Suggestions for dealing with work-family conflicts are offered, such as limiting work time as possible, bundling activities, staying in touch from a distance, and using flexible work options. 16 references.
The value of mentoring is discussed, as well as how fathers and other caring adults can use mentoring to bridge the gap between generations. Mentoring is defined, the role of fathers and father figures as mentors is explored, and characteristics of good mentors are described. 13 references.
This chapter focuses on how fathers' involvement can complement and reinforce school efforts, the particular focus fathers can bring to supporting children's education, and the positive outcomes on a child's education when fathers are positively involved. Outcomes include school readiness, improvement in academic achievement, and fewer child behavior problems. 23 references. (Author abstract modified)
The religious contexts in which fathers and children often exist in family life are outlined, and ways in which religious beliefs, practices, and community support may help turn the hearts of fathers to their children are addressed. Religious activities that strengthen fathers and their families are described and include sacred rituals that bring meaning and order to family life, sacred family times that unify the family, and shared prayer that promotes connection. The impact of faith community involvement on fathering is also discussed. 25 references.
The importance of fathers serving children and families in the home setting is highlighted, and the need for fathers to provide effective leadership in family life is stressed. Different types of leadership are discussed, as well as the concept of servant leadership and principles associated with servant leadership that can be carried out in home and family life. 17 references.
This chapter highlights lessons from a collaborative effort between the Dakota Fatherhood Initiative and the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, an effort that developed a local fatherhood initiative for serving fathers and their families within the Sioux Falls area. The development of the initiative, the launch of the grassroots community-based effort, and sector action plans for strengthening fatherhood are described. Recommendations are also offered for starting a community-level fatherhood initiative. 10 references.