This section provides web links, PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood from news outlets around the world.
How Dads Feel About Lower TestosteroneIn the Styles section this weekend, Alex Williams looks at how men are taking that study out of Northwestern University showing that testosterone, the most male of hormones, decreases substantially after a man becomes a father.
While there are jokes to be made (“I knew that my testosterone was at a low point when I found myself wearing my wife’s polka-dotted breast-feeding pillow strapped around my waist in an attempt to feed a bottle of milk to my infant son,” he quotes one father as saying) and insecurities to be confronted (“Not only are you a dork when you lapse into goo-goo talk, but now you’re less of a man scientifically,” another tells him) there is an optimistic message in the end. | Read story
Connect with your kids on Family DayMark your calendar: September 26 is Family Day ... a day to connect with your kids.
Maybe you’ve never heard of Family Day. The concept is simple. On Family Day, make sure you eat dinner with your children.
Dad, the research is clear. The more often your kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink, or use drugs. See, when you eat dinner as a family, you have time to connect with your kids. You have an opportunity for spending time talking to your kids about their friends and what is going on in their lives. You have an opportunity to look for red flags, and you have an opportunity to coach and mentor them by answering their questions and setting a good example. | Read story
Fatherhood, Not Testosterone, Makes the ManA study this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that when men become fathers, our testosterone levels drop. Like a brick.
Dr. Lee Gettler at Northwestern University checked the testosterone levels of 624 Filipino men when they were 21 and brimming.
But five years after becoming fathers, their testosterone levels had dipped as much as 34 percent. The steepest decreases occurred among men who reported that they spent time caring for and palling around with their children. | Read story
Too important to failIn countless communities, boys and men of color are on the front lines of the nation’s crisis.
As a group, boys and men of color are experiencing the highest rates of unemployment, educational underachievement, incarceration, violence and trauma. Their health is in peril and in many of the neighborhoods where they live, it is easier to buy a gun than a tomato.
What does it mean for America’s future when mothers are bracing for the unspeakable possibility that they may never see their sons graduate high school or college? How do we support daughters, sisters and nieces watching helplessly as their fathers, brothers and uncles struggle with debilitating anger, depression and hopelessness? | Read story
Coaches to prevent violenceI am very impressed with prevention efforts that work with coaches, such as Coaching Boys Into Men. One great example of a coach making a difference is former college allstar and NFL player Joe Ehrmann.
Check out this interview as he discusses his book InsideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives. This book includes preventing sexual violence and dating violence as part of the issues that coaches must address to promote social justice and address this country’s crisis of masculinity. | Read story
Study: Fatherhood suppresses testosterone, but that's goodHaving more testosterone may help men find mates, but fathering children makes their testosterone levels decrease rapidly - by between 25 and 25%.
Researchers at Northwestern University and in the Philippines studied 624 single men in the Philippines beginning in 2005. Over time, 162 of them entered into stable relationships and had children. On-going saliva tests showed that the fathers' testosterone levels decreased by a median 26% during the day and 34% at night compared to single men. | Read story
Fathers' Presence Linked to Enhanced Intellect, Well-Being Among ChildrenFathers who actively engage in raising their children can help make their offspring smarter and better behaved, according to new research from Concordia University.
Published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, the long-term study examined how fathers can positively influence the development of their kids through hands-on parenting. | Read story
Supporting grandparents caring for grandchildrenAt a time in life when many are beginning to ease into retirement and enjoying a little more free time, Mr. and Mrs. B. found themselves unexpectedly starting all over again—struggling to care for their adopted daughter’s two young sons. Their daughter’s bipolar disorder was recognized very late, and though she stays involved in her sons’ lives, neither she nor their father were able to be a full-time parent. So the boys went to live with their grandparents. As in all families with children, there’s always something happening that demands attention and this family has had very serious needs. When their youngest grandson was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Mr. and Mrs. B. had trouble finding a good doctor to care for him. Then Mrs. B. was diagnosed with cancer. But there are no regrets: “There’s no ‘us time,’” Mr. B says, “but I would do it again in a heartbeat.” | Read story
Involved fathers, healthier childrenChild care centers can be intimidating -- with new teachers and children, unfamiliar surroundings and just a sense that you don't quite fit in.
Not for the children, mind you, but the fathers!
Survey results released Thursday found that many fathers don't feel welcome at their kids' child care centers because of cultural and other barriers. | Read story
Fatherhood conference in Cleveland celebrates dadsThe Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative held its annual conference Friday to celebrate dads and provide resources and advice to help them become more effective parents.
More than 500 people -- the majority of them fathers -- attended the "A Celebration of Fatherhood" conference and related workshops at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Cleveland. | Read story