This section provides PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood which feature Colorado programs and grant recipients.
Teen dads, Haitian orphansI find myself still thinking about the four young fathers I wrote about Saturday. Look at the research on teen fathers, and you'll find a Yale School of Public Health study released last month reporting that the sons of adolescent fathers are more than twice as likely to become teen fathers themselves. You'll find these are young men, much like teen mothers, who have less educational achievement and poorer earning potential. You will find they come out of poverty. What you have, then, is children of poverty raising children of poverty. | Read story
Learning to be the fathers they didn't haveThe three young men gather for their graduation ceremony in a church converted into a school. They're proud of themselves. Each admits that without showboating. They appear, instead, satisfied. What they have accomplished has been done in the name of love. The hard kind of love, that which is both unbounded but capable of limits, which understands the rewards of responsibility, discipline, patience.
They invited their families, mothers, girlfriends. One of the young men, Raul, shows up with his wife, his mom, his godparents, his cousin and cousin's wife, his father- in-law, his sister, his niece. And, of course, his son. It's all about his son, a 2-year-old who runs around on chubby legs, his hair cropped close to his head just like his daddy's. | Read story
Dads: Penny saved is a penny learnedToday`s economy provides an opportunity for youth to learn from the financial mistakes of the adults around them. According to Jump$tart Coalition, at least 75 percent of American high school seniors lack the necessary skills to make sound financial decisions. By educating their children on the value of saving, the dangers of easy credit and the importance of a budget, fathers can help them avoid unnecessary financial mistakes later in life. | Read story
Calling All FathersIf you are a father, check out Redeemer Lutheran Church’s new Fatherhood Program. Regardless of whether or not you have custody, you can access free educational classes and referral programs to improve your relationship with your kids.
Fathers make a huge difference to their families. Studies show that when a father lives at home with his children the family is more likely to succeed. The children are far more likely to graduate high school and even aspire to college. Children whose dads live in the home are less likely to drop out of school, commit crimes and go to jail. Fathers really make a difference. | View PDF
Dad will be home for Christmas JoyI started by asking when he knew he hit bottom. Most guys would cough, hack and fiddle, trying to soft-pedal it. Not Mike Irby.
"It happened after the first year and a half in prison," he said. "I was into a lot of self-pity then, you know, how I'm a screw-up, my kids will never know me, how my life is over.
"I got fat. I was getting even lazier. One day I was sitting on my bunk in my underwear, and I just said, I can't do this anymore."
That afternoon, he signed up for classes. He talked to the teachers about what he needed to do to be successful. | Read story
The gift of a father's timeAs the holiday season approaches, children will soon be handing their parents a list of presents they would like to receive. For many of these children, whether or not they get these often expensive gifts could make or break their holidays, leaving a great deal of pressure on their parents. But fathers who may be struggling financially can take comfort in the fact that buying the best video game, CD or toy is not the only way to make a child happy. This year, Colorado fathers are encouraged to spend quality time with their kids, stressing that the true meaning of the holidays does not lie inside a box covered in wrapping paper.
Unfortunately, the holidays have turned into a material event where a parent's love is often measured by the amount of gifts they give to their children. Instead of worrying about emptying their wallets during the holidays, fathers should concentrate their efforts on building relationships and traditions with their children. These are gifts that do not cost much but payoff in a big way. | Read story
Dads, there's a lot to remember. Here's a listRecently, my wife caught our 4-year-old daughter opening up the fridge and taking a big gulp of milk right out of the carton. When questioned about this behavior my daughter explained, “That's what Dad does.”
Busted! These days there's a lot of talk about celebrities and professional athletes and rock stars as role models for kids. By definition, a role model is neither good nor bad, but simply a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others. Unfortunately, we often overlook one of the most important role models in a kid's life — their dad. | Read story
Getting fathers to read to their childrenAccording to a recent poll, 55 percent of fathers currently read to their children once or twice per month; 39 percent never do.
The U.S. Department of Education reports that when fathers read to their kids, their children are more likely to do well in school overall. | Read story
MRC fathering class starts soonMen interested in improving their parenting skills may check out the Mountain Resource Center 24/7 Dad Program in Conifer.
The last session of the year starts Sept. 23 and is free. According to Debbie Rew, MRC director of fund development, the program was funded by a grant from the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative | Read story
Dads get help in this family programCamarad-erie mixes with angst as five men sit around a rectangular table, discussing their subject of mutual distress.
One of the men has rambled on for several minutes, first telling his good news about recent job advances, then launching into a somewhat troubling review of his recent dealings with his estranged wife. Abruptly he realizes he's hogging the spotlight. He stops his tirade and smiles.
"Thank you," Richard Dilworth tells the group. "I feel better. ... This place has been a godsend."
This is the weekly meeting of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood initiative, a unique program with a goal of keeping fathers involved in their kids' lives, no matter what their relationship with the mother becomes. | Read story