This paper analyzes legislative proposals that address marriage, and the potential impact on current fatherhood programs serving low-income families. The initiation of fatherhood programs following the passage of the Personal Responsibility Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act in 1996 is reviewed and current legislative proposals are described, including: the Child Support Distribution Act of 2001 and the Fathers Count Act of 1999, which combine child support reform measures with fatherhood provisions; the Strengthening Working Families Act, which contains child support distribution…
This brief quiz encourages fathers to assess their level of involvement with their children. It provides examples of concrete ways fathers can interact with their children and suggests fathers find ways of sharing their world. Fathers are urged to initiate and welcome opportunities to be with their children.
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Current child welfare programs are targeted toward the mother and child and do not place priority on services to support father-child relationships. This curriculum was developed by the National Family Preservation Network to instruct child welfare policymakers and practitioners in the importance of fathers in the lives of their children. The goals of the training program are to promote father-friendly policies that strengthen families and provide additional resources for child placement, when necessary. Administrators will learn to evaluate agency policies and modify those that prevent…
Parents are often worried or confused by changes in their teenagers. The following information should help parents understand this phase of development. Each teenager is an individual with a unique personality and special interests, likes and dislikes. However, there are also numerous developmental issues that everyone faces during the adolescent years. The normal feelings and behaviors of the middle school and early high school adolescent are described here. (Author abstract)
Parents are often worried or confused by changes in their teenagers. The following information should help parents understand this phase of development. Each teenager is an individual with a unique personality and special interests, likes and dislikes. However, there are also numerous developmental issues that everyone faces during the adolescent years. The normal feelings and behaviors of the late high school adolescent are described here. (Author abstract)
Chapter 1. Who's Minding the Kids?; Chapter 2. Profiles in Parenting: The Top 6 Reasons Dad Stays Home With the Kids; Chapter 3. Your Business Plan for Becoming a Stay-at-Home Dad and Working Mom Family; Chapter 4. How to Make It on One Income, and Other Minor Miracles; Chapter 5. Mr. Mom & Ms. Breadwinner: Overcoming the Stereotypes; Chapter 6. Dad and Mom Parenting Styles-- and the Kids Who Benefit From Both; Chapter 7. Career Planning for the Role-Reversed Couple: Finding the Work-Family Balance; Chapter 8. Sexual Sparks in the SAHD/WM Marriage; Chapter 9. Summing It All Up: The ABC…
This book reminds parents of the challenges and stresses teens may be experiencing, and how these pressures influence teen behavior. The book reinforces the parenting skills that are essential to raising teenagers and keeping them out of trouble, and it explains exactly how to address challenging, risky, defiant, and anti-social behaviors. The book forcuses on effective communication: how to avoid making threats and put-downs, offer clear explanations, stick with the issues at hand, negotiate successfully, and stop interrogating or lecturing. The author uses examples from his practice to…
On November 15 and 16, 2001, more than 50 researchers, policymakers, practitioners, corrections officials, and other specialists in the field of fathers and families gathered in Philadelphia, PA, to convene the National Center on Fathers and Families' (NCOFF) "Roundtable on Constructing and Coping with Incarceration and Family Re-Entry: Perspectives from the Field." The discussion at NCOFF's roundtable focused on four general topics: (1) "The Effects of Parent Incarceration on Child and Family Welfare"; (2) "Practical Dimensions of Father Incarceration and Re-Entry: Race, Legal Representation…
Twenty suggestions by The National Long Distance Relationship Building Institute to help fathers strengthen their relationships with their kids when they have to be away for work or other reasons.
Children benefit greatly from the unique masculine approach that men bring to parenting. We can and must become nurturing dads through the Three A's - affection, affirmation, and attention. (Author abstract, modified).