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Fathers encouraged to read with FRED
Local fathers of preschoolers are encouraged to read with their children this school year through a program offering free books and opportunities to meet other dads.
“We’ve had some pretty good success in school district classrooms ... and we’re looking to expand,” said Jann Engleman, manager of the Summit County youth and family department.
Fathers Reading Every Day kicked off last spring at Summit County School District pre-school Head Start classrooms. It’s led by David Shapiro, the local coordinator of Mountain Dads.
Public Relations Society of America Colorado Chapter recently recognized the Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division and the Bawmann Group with a Gold Pick Award for the development and implementation of the Colorado Dads website, coloradodads.com.| Read story
Teen dads often cropped out of picture
His reaction to the telephone call from his newly pregnant girlfriend probably mirrored that of most 17-year-olds in his position: scared, nervous, clueless.
But another feeling soon emerged. A child would be coming into the world — his child — and Brandon Stevens had never felt so utterly irrelevant.
Some in his teen social circle gave him up for lost. Others assumed he'd ditch his girlfriend and wash his hands of the pregnancy. The girlfriend's mom pressed her to consider adoption — and didn't much care what he had to say about it.
How to Bring Out the Best in Your Son
If you have fathered a son, you influence how he ultimately comes to define himself as a man. The image he carries of you in his soul will in some way guide his steps. He may follow in your footsteps, intentionally choose a different path, or journey through a wilderness of ambivalent feelings concerning your relationship.
Many of us adult sons are still piecing together the mixed bag of what we received from our fathers—and some of us can’t find much that’s positive in the bag. Many of today’s fathers are caught in the bind of trying to model something to their sons that they never experienced with their own father.
Colorado dads take a stand against bullying
While the start of a new school year means back to the books for children, it doesn’t have to mean back to bullying. Today, the fear of being bullied is a common experience for many children and adolescents across the nation. Colorado dads are taking the time to educate themselves on the realities of bullying in an effort to become part of the solution for their children.
School-place bullying occurs when a child is repeatedly verbally or physically harassed and tormented by an individual or group. According to the National Institutes of Health, each day 160,000 students nationwide miss school because they fear being bullied. Bullying can have many detrimental affects on children, including lasting emotional consequences.
The conference table was already set with pizza boxes, soft drinks and packaged cookies when the regular Wednesday night meeting of Advocacy for La Plata’s Responsible Fatherhood got down to business.
Among the men attending the night of July 23, one brought along his 11-month-old son, the others, ranging in age from 18 to their early 40s, sat for the next hour and a half discussing issues, bringing each other up to date on their situations, and working through a few “skills” handouts distributed by staff members.
Colorado Business Briefing
The Colorado Department of Human Services will distribute $1.4 million in funding to 30 community and faith-based organizations throughout the state that provide direct services to fathers and their children.| Read story
Co-Parenting Brings Success to Colorado FamiliesFamilies should always strive to use co-parenting techniques to ensure a healthy and balanced familial environment. However, when separation and divorce become a reality, co-parenting and the dedication from both parents to remain active in their children’s lives becomes crucial. Colorado dads know the importance of being there for their kids and should make a commitment to do so no matter the circumstances. | View PDF
Helping dads do the right thing in Jeffco
Child Support Enforcement conjures up images of frustrated moms, angry dads, and irritated case managers trying to get money from dads who have been ordered to pay whether or not they see their children; tension and hostility burn through both ends of the phone lines as accusations and excuses pile up on the floor. Wages are attached; tax returns intercepted, bank accounts drained --a protracted game of hide and seek evolves.| Read story
Fathers splash around with their children
Children splashing and playing in the water are a normal sight most Saturdays at the Sterling Recreation Center outdoor swimming pool.
But last Saturday, there were quite a few dads playing and swimming right along with their little ones.| Read story