Fathers are models to their children. Through your example, you provide a model of what fatherhood and manhood are all about and teach many lessons about life, relationships, and responsibility. It’s about how you treat other people, spend your time and money, and handle the joys and stresses of life. Even when children seem to be ignoring you, they are aware of how you conduct yourself. This resource provides tips for you to put being a good role model into practice.
This InfoSheet includes 10 steps for involving fathers in the early literacy development of their children. (Author abstract modified)
This InfoSheet attempts to define what a "good father" is in terms of generative fathering, which is a is a way of looking at the role of fatherhood through a lens of asset-based development with a presumption that most fathers want to help the next generation to live a better life.
This InfoSheet seeks to aid organizations and agencies that want to add a father-specific program or a father-recruitment goal to their existing social serviceprogramming or educational calendar. (Author abstract)
For researchers, practitioners, and fathers themselves, the challenges facing low-income fathers are interrelated. If fathers are unemployed or underemployed, it is much harder to pay child support and maintain necessary health insurance for themselves and their families. Also, many low-income fathers are incarcerated, which makes it extremely difficult to provide financial support for their families. Upon reentry, their criminal records have a negative impact on their ability to find and hold jobs which, in turn, makes it more difficult to connect or reconnect with their children. These…
This study explored the role that fathers play in the language development of their children. Families were two-parent and middle social economic status. All families spoke English in the home. Children had been in child care since, on average, three months of age. Findings show that children, whose fathers' vocabularies were more varied when they were two, had greater language skills at age three. Mothers' vocabularies did not have a significant impact on children's language skills. Data indicate that parents' levels of education had a significant impact on children's language abilities. In…
An essential goal of youth league administrators and coaches is to foster within young players (and parents) an appreciation for the value and responsibilities of being on a team. This objective can be achieved by setting team-building goals to which every team member can aspire. This article discusses the value of good sportsmanship and how this helps children to develop community values and strong relationships. (Author abstract, modified)
Involved dads or other men are essential in a child's life. This fact sheet illustrates a few ways that men can develop a positive relationship with their children. Fact sheet adapted from the book Understanding Children by Richard Saul Wurman and Civitas, c2002.
This fact sheet lists the guiding principles of Fathering After Violence (FAV), a national initiative developed by the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) and its partners to enhance the safety and well-being of women and children by motivating men to renounce their violence and become better fathers (or father figures) and more supportive parenting partners. The principles include: the safety of women and children is always the first priority; work with fathers must be continually informed and guided by the experiences of battered women and their children; FAV does not endorse nor…
National Fatherhood Initiative brochure on ten ways to become a better dad. Ten tips include: respect your children's mother, spend time with your children, earn the right to be heard, discipline with love, be a role model, be a teacher, eat together as a family, read to your children, show affection, and realize that a father's job is never done.