The present study was based on analyses of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a multi-year national sample of young adults which began in 1979 (NLSY79). To explore the role that father involvement during adolescence has on gender role ideology of young adult Hispanic males and females, data from 406 Hispanic participants, a subset of the children of NLSY79 female respondents, were reviewed from the 1992 through 2002 biannual survey waves. Gender role ideology is the extent to which opinions and beliefs about family and work roles differ based on sex, and range along a…
Dads play a unique — and very important role in their kids’ lives from the very start. Children who grow up with involved fathers do better in school and are much less likely to become teen parents or get involved with drugs, alcohol, or crime. They also manage their emotions better and are less likely to resort to violence. This brochure provides tips fathers can use to stay involved in their children’s lives, even in the event of separation or divorce. (Author abstract modified)
Many parents believe that physical punishment is an acceptable form of discipline. But child behavior research shows that there are far more effective ways to change children's challenging and upsetting behaviors. This publication provides parents with the facts on the negative impact of physical punishment, and introduces parents to effective alternatives to physically disciplining their children. (Author abstract)
Raising well-behaved kids is a challenge. Although there is no "right way" to do it, there are some methods that work better than others. This fact sheet provides parents and caregivers with positive, proven techniques for changing problem behaviors and setting the tone for a peaceful and happy home. (Author abstract)
This newsletter describes the challenges faced by military families when a parent is deployed, characteristics of military families, and children's adjustment in military families. Research findings are cited that indicate children in military families generally fare as well or better than their civilian counterparts, are adaptive and resilient, and cope effectively. The cycle of deployment in the military is examined, as well as family tasks and stressors at each stage. The stages include pre-deployment, deployment, sustainment, reunion, and post-deployment. Differences between peace-time…
Esta hoja informativa ofrece consejos sobre cómo los padres pueden, no sólo crear buenas relaciones con sus hijos, sino construir su autoestima a través de una comunicación dinámica y positiva.
Intended for biological fathers, this information sheet discusses the positive impact stepfathers can have on children and how a parenting partnership with the other father can benefit children. Biological fathers are urged to communicate with stepfathers, work together on school and homework issues, and take a genuine interest in their children. Discussion questions are included, as well as a list of recommended books.
For a variety of reasons, many dads do not see their children on a regular basis. As a result, they often have to redefine their roles and responsibilities as a father. Incarcerated dads have extraordinary challenges to keeping track of their children's development and activities. Nevertheless, incarcerated dads across the country are improving the quality of their relationships with their children just by starting with a little inspiration, mixing in some imagination, and adding a lot of love. This Spotlight highlights several creative ways that incarcerated dads have used to stay connected…
This information sheet discusses how biological fathers can rebuild their relationship with their children. Fathers are urged to reach out to a mentor to help them become a loving father and engage in the following strategies: be involved with children as much as possible, show acceptance of children for who they are rather than only for what they do, demonstrate affection through loving words or appropriate touch, and be consistent in personal characteristics and fathering habits. Discussion questions are listed, as well as suggested actions, movies, and books.
This fact sheet explains the development of toddlers between the ages of 2 and 3, the need for parents to help toddlers navigate the tide of strong emotions, and tips for parenting toddlers. Tips include: talk about feelings and how to cope; offer your child ideas for how to manage strong emotions; empathize with your child; give your child a visual aid to make waiting easier; let your child make choices appropriate to her age; and look for ways to help your child practice self-control.