All parents deserve support in the important job of keeping children safe. Begin to teach your children basic safety skills as early as possible, in the same way that you would teach them traffic safety rules. We hope these tips are helpful, but they are only a first step. To make sure children remember and use safety skills, it is important that safety material is part of their school curriculum.
'Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord' was a research project examining the ways in which men have been involved in childbirth over the last half century. Nowadays, it is estimated that over 90 per cent of dads are there to witness this major event, but in the 1950s, it was considered 'unmanly' for men to be there. Who was there when you were born? And who helped welcome your child into the world? The aim of the research was to uncover why such a dramatic change took place; what implications this had for fathers, mothers and babies, and the relationships between them; and the ways in which…
Relationship-building describes the process of establishing emotional connections with others, starting from birth, which are based on trust and intimacy. Through relationships, children discover who they are and learn to understand others. When young children experience people helping, understanding, and enjoying them, they approach the world with openness and enthusiasm, and they grow to be responsive and caring people. (Author abstract)
In 2008, both mothers and fathers exited the workforce for various reasons, including caring for a minor child. Estimates from Current Population Survey (CPS) data spanning 1968-2009 indicate the percentage of homes with a stay-at-home father in which the wife earned 100% of the income increased from 1.2% to 3.4% (the percentage of homes with a stay-at-home mother decreased from 47.7% to 25.7%) (Kramer and McColloch, 2010). The increased trend of fathers leaving the workforce to take care of a child is associated with financial reasons (Doucet, 2004), parenting values, career advancement of…
This Web page contains resources from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research's 2012 annual research conference. The goal of this conference was to move forward the understanding of fathers and fathering in contemporarycontexts and examine their linkages to well-being. Thepanel of interdisciplinary researchers discussed cuttingedge topics on fatherhood and fathering by sharing newtheoretical, empirical, methodological, and measurementinsights. Further, researchers addressed how their workinforms current policy debates.Substantive topics included:* Resident Fathers* Nonresident…
This set of three slide presentations shares findings on the effectiveness of home visiting programs in engaging fathers. The first presentation discusses findings from a study that reviewed research on programs and services to support fathers, including the use of home visiting programs. It found home-visiting programs for fathers are uncommon but may be increasing, most programs are an expansion of services offered to mothers and children, programs may have difficulty convincing families and staff that the programs are for men, and that there is insufficient research to evaluate the…
This fact sheet provides tips for families on healthy communication such as active listening and thoughtful speaking. Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet gives tips for parents on healthy parent-child communication including using encouragement, I-messages, positive messages, and active listening.Note: PDF version available.
This tip sheet gives numerous ideas for parents of how to spend time together as a family year-round, at home, and in the community.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet features a comic strip discussing choosing a set weekly family time and how to choose a time and activities as a family.