Currently in the United States, millions of adults suffer from alcohol use disorders. Alcohol use disorders include both alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Alcohol abuse is a problem pattern of drinking behavior that results in disruptions in work, school, and/or family life. This may include taking risks under the influence of alcohol that put the drinker or others at risk. Alcohol dependence includes any of the symptoms associated with alcohol abuse, but is more serious. Symptoms of alcohol dependence include cravings (a strong desire or need to drink), a loss of control, regularly…
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)
The success of every healthy marriage initiative depends on getting the word out about the program. In addition to making the community aware of the services offered, quality marketing helps recruit participants. While some organizations will have a media or advertising budget, many will not. This Tip Sheet provides ideas on how to get free or discounted print and broadcast media coverage for your initiative/program. Tips on developing radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs), TV PSAs, relationships with the media, and writing press releases are also available in the following resources:…
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.
This Web site contains a collection of fact sheets in PDF format from the NCSL's publication Connecting Low-Income Fathers and Families: A Guide to Practical Policies . The topics are:* Low-Income Fathers* Services for Fathers* Collaboration* Financing Fatherhood Programs* How Child Support Affects Low-Income Fathers* Prevention* Incarcerated Fathers
Money can be the number one source of frustration in relationships. These frustrations ring true for couples regardless of the length of their courtship or the number of years they have been married. This Tip Sheet offers tips to help couples handle the financial strain that often accompanies a long-term relationship. (Author abstract)
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.
There is a strong correlation between family stability and the family's social and economic well-being. Two-parent, married families are touted as the ideal environment for raising children. Research shows that stable, two parent married households are connected to various positive outcomes for child well-being.In addition, there are various positive psychological, emotional and economic outcomes for adults who are in healthy marriages. This is true across various racial and cultural groups. Despite the decline in marriage among African Americans, marriage has historically been and continues…
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)