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The State of the World’s Fathers is the first report to provide a global view of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving.

Report from MenCare, a global fatherhood campaign active in more than 30 countries on five continents. Their mission is to promote men’s involvement as equitable, nonviolent fathers and caregivers in order to achieve family well-being, gender equality, and better health for mothers, fathers, and children. Down Load Report.

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Fatherhood Coach/Instruction - Archuleta County Department of Human Services | Closing date October 24, 2014

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Results of an evaluation of outcomes and impact for FRED (UK) September 2014 An independent evaluation of the impact of Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) on more than 300 children at nine south London schools, found improvements at above expected levels in reading, writing and numeracy. Among participating children, 42% made progress to a greater than expected extent in their reading, compared to 11% for those who did not take part.

Confessions of Monsters: Exploring gender violence in the horror genre to enhance media literacy in primary prevention programming.

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  • Pilot study on the effects of mothers’ participation in NFI's Understanding Dad™: an 8-week intervention program on mothers’ relationship awareness, knowledge of healthy relationships, and relationship self-efficacy.
  • States are taking away your driver’s license in the name of ‘social engineering’ - Tina Griego | The Washington Post
  • Confessions of Monsters: Exploring gender violence in the horror genre to enhance media literacy in primary prevention programming.
  • Spit'n Anger - A great film that addresses the issue of anger residing in young black males as a result of not having a nurturing relationship with their fathers
  • Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health is conducting a Behavioral Health Needs Analysis Project to help plan for the future behavioral health (mental health and substance use) needs in the State.
  • Evaluation of father-inclusiveness training for health visitors & community practitioners found significant improvements in knowledge attitudes & practice @fatherhoodinst
  • Essay Series on Character and Opportunity | Brookings Institution
  • Child Trends Webcast: Developing Brain: Implications for Youth Nov. 5th
  • The Modern Family Court Judge: Knowledge, Qualities and Skills for Success
  • Routt County, Colorado Fatherhood Forum | Wednesday, Nov 5

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Spring Activities

Looking for some great ideas for things to do with your kids this spring?

Check out our Activities Page for these and other ideas:

  • Healthy Living:  Fathers can play an active role in providing their children with a healthy childhood. From the monkey bars, to a game of catch to a hike on the trail, exercise is a great way for dads and kids to spend time together.
  • Fathers Reading Every Day:  Reading with your children and having an impact on their education is not just a mom thing. In a 1997 study by the U.S. Department of Education, researchers surveyed more than 20,000 parents.The results of the study indicated that when fathers took an active role in their children’s education, the children were more likely to make A’s, participate in activities like sports and clubs, enjoy school and were less likely to repeat a grade.

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Dads & kids like FRED

Every year since 2003 I have helped facilitate a push to encourage dads to read with their kids during the month of November. Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) is a four-week program originally created at Texas A&M University that encourages fathers, grandfathers and other male role models to read to their children on a daily basis. In any given year our post-survey responses reveal that at least 75% of the dads who participate in the program believe it:

  • Improved the quality of time spent with their child.
  • Led to improvements in their child’s vocabulary.
  • Increased their satisfaction level as a parent.
  • Improved their relationship with their child.

I love this simple program, but I am not alone with these sentiments. Listen to what some of the dads who have participated in the program over the last several years have said:

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Building a bond through books

Some of my favorite parenting memories are reading with my children. Whether I was holding them on my lap in a rocking chair, laying prostrate beside them on their bed, sitting leaned up against their bed, sitting in the hall way between their rooms voicing the characters of the Narnia or Harry Potter series, sitting together in the family room or using a flashlight in a tent on a mountain side – the location and posture didn’t matter – what did matter was the bond we created by being together in an imaginary or real world of story. I believe that reading together has a magical way of drawing people closer, especially if those people are parent and child. I’m not sure why that is, but I think it has something to do with sharing our words and imaginations. Unlike visual stories, reading out loud requires a personal voice and expression, it also allows for more individuation of thought, imagination and sharing. I enjoy watching a good movie, television show or even a short You Tube clip now and again with my kids but none of these compare to my enjoyment of reading with them. A recent edition of the comic strip Rhymes with Orange drew this to my attention. The October 13, 2009 strip has a family seated together on a couch with popcorn and soda watching television. The caption reads, “The Barretts settled in for another great episode of ‘Read to your Children.’”

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The moon and stars and fatherhood

I write this post on the evening of a full moon. I have always anticipated and enjoyed full moons as they rise in the evening, stand guard through the night and set in the growing light of the dawn. I anticipate this evening a little differently since reading a research article by Suzanne M. Flannery Quinn. Her article is actually on the presence and depictions of fathers in best-selling picture books in the U.S. and is published in the Spring 2009 edition of Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers. As more of an aside than anything else she notes the presence of the moon in a number of children’s books focusing on father-child relationships. This may simply be because many of the stories take place in the evening or nighttime when traditional dads are more available to their children, but Quinn wonders if it is also possible that the moon is a second-order sign related to fathers.

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"Have you shared a book today?"

A recent study of 2,000 parents carried out by CITV (the children’s programming arm of ITV, the biggest commercial television network in the UK) revealed that three quarters of Britain’s parents are too busy to read bedtime stories to their children. “Mums claim they are distracted by cleaning or cooking while dads blame late nights in the office or sheer tiredness when they do get home,” read the lead in a story published a couple of weeks ago by the Telegraph. The study also found parents seem content with allowing their children more screen time than reading.

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Dads & Kids Reading Together

If you love to read with your kids I encourage you to check out and subscribe to the Book Dads Fathers Who Read! website and blog.

The creators of this site believe that reading together is one of the most important things a parent can do for a child. But more often than not, they found themselves reading books to their son that always talked about moms but rarely mentioned dads. Book Dads grew out of their search for books to share with their son that emphasized fathers and the importance of fatherhood in children’s lives. If you’re a father who cares about reading with your children - no matter how you’re parenting - then Book Dads is for you.

Each blog entry includes a review of a book and sometimes an interview with the author. Reviews are archived under the following headings: About Dads, Any Parent, Dads Only, Divorce & Separation, Family Diversity, Fatherhood & Parenting, Grandpas & Uncles, and Other reviews - other stuff (books, audio books, music, movies, etc.) they like as guys and as dads.

Here is an excerpt from a recent review of Rocket Man by William Elliott Hazelgrove:

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Reading Together

One evening, author Neil Gaiman's son was angry. Neil had said one of those things that parents say, like "isn't it time you were in bed." His son looked up at him, furious, and said, "I wish I didn't have a dad! I wish I had . . ." and then he stopped and thought, trying to think of what he would have instead of a father. Finally he said, "I wish I had a goldfish!" That conversation gave birth to Gaiman's book, "The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish." Superbly illustrated by Dave McKean, the book is a hilarious adventure of a son searching for the dad he swapped. The story line takes the son from friend to a friend of a friend to a friend . . . as they each swap his dad for something more interesting! This particular father reads his newspaper throughout the entire escapade.

“The Day I Swapped My Dad . . .” is a fun read for fathers’ and their children with the added bonus of the opportunity to talk about the importance of relationships over things, and what you enjoy doing together.

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Reading together pays great dividends

Some images carry two messages. Depending on your context, this Speed Bump comic by Dave Coverly could be portraying a “bad dad” or a “good dad.” If dad is in the home but doesn’t have or make time for bedtime stories with his child he definitely has missed the mark. Dads reading to their children can be one of the most enriching of times for a child and his or her father. If dad doesn’t have custody of his child and this is a means to connect despite circumstances that keep them apart video or audio recordings of him reading bedtime stories for his child is right on the money.

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