This section provides web links, PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood from news outlets around the world.
The 24/7 Dad: Leaving a legacyJamie Grayson could be a preacher. He has a commanding yet gentle voice, with the kind of hypnotic rhythm that compels you to listen. As he talks, he is very focused, in a disciplined way, perhaps from his years as a football player for Missouri Western State College.
Now 35, he’s an executive with Commerce Bank, on the school board in Plattsburg, Mo., and a motivational speaker for youth, business and religious groups. But talk to him about his accomplishments, and it’s clear that the one thing he is most proud of is the fact he is a dad — a good dad, a “24/7 Dad.” | Read story
Project focusing on fatherhoodA local video producer and radio personality is going public with an issue he believes needs to be discussed in the black community: fatherhood.
Dwaine “DT” Terry, host of the radio show “Unsigned Hype” Friday nights on 93.7 WBLK-FM, is shooting a documentary that explores the topic in hopes of educating young men about being strong role models for their children.
“Seldom do we get together as young black men and talk publicly about this issue,” said Terry, 44. | Read story
Why men act out against womenIt's time for those of us who are good men to start acknowledging the role that male socialization plays in domestic and sexual violence. As good men, we must begin to acknowledge and own our responsibility to be part of the solution to ending violence against women and girls.
What is a good man?
A good man is a man who believes women should be respected. A good man would not assault a woman. A good man believes in equality for women. A good man honors the women in his life. A good man, for all practical purposes, is a nice guy. We believe this to be the majority of men. | Read story
Family center provides support servicesThe Morgan County Family Center, a nonprofit organization serving Morgan County families for 15 years, provides a variety of family support services.
The majority of this time has been as a United Way of Morgan County member agency.
One of the programs currently funded through United Way is the Nurturing Fatherhood class. This class allows fathers to explore the roots of fathering, self-nurturing, the power to nurture, overcoming barriers to nurturing and a variety of other engaging topics.| Read story
Merry Christmas Indeed! Anonymous Donor Gives $20,000.00 to Fatherhood Educational InstituteAn anonymous donor has gifted $20,000.00 to the Fatherhood Educational Institute (FEI) to fund key fatherhood initiatives including the development of a Virtual Visitation Program for Incarcerated Fathers.
This holiday gift supports the FEI's mission to provide innovative educational tools and support reuniting fathers and their children throughout the year. | Read story
Dads Making a DifferenceOn Friday, December 10th, author and filmmaker John Badalament was featured on FOX25 in Boston regarding the Good Men Project. | Read story
UK Offers families raw deal, says Fatherhood InstituteThe UK has a wider gender pay gap and less paid paternity leave than other nations, the Fatherhood Institute says.
Its "family fairness" table factors in proportions of women in management and men working part-time, and the ratio of fathers' to mothers' time spent caring. | Read story
Before fatherhood, teach them what that meansI applaud men like Michael Griffin, who just graduated from the Families and Fathers Center education program on how to be a better father ("Involved dads, successful kids,'' Nov. 28). And I applaud the center, All Pro Dad and other organizations that seek to mitigate the dreadful problems caused by absentee dads. | Read story
Dads have come a long way, tooLast summer I was talking with Leslie Morgan Steiner, the editor of "Mommy Wars," about the stress of staying home with small children, when she cut through my self-pity and said something that stopped me in my tracks. "You know," she began, "as much as motherhood has changed in the last 20 or 30 years, fatherhood has changed more."
It was not really what I wanted to hear, and it has taken me five months of stunned silence to ask her what she was thinking. It's not that they do more than us, but fatherhood has changed more, Steiner said recently. "Are you surprised?" | Read story
Responsible fathers are indespensibleAlthough an involved, responsible father cannot guarantee his child’s success in the world, there is ample reason to wonder about the future of a child who grows up without such a man in his or her life.
Surely, there are many children of single mothers who turn out to be fine, upstanding individuals. But the statistics overwhelmingly prove that they fight an uphill battle on the road to adulthood. | Read story