This section provides web links, PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood from news outlets around the world.
Involved dads give kids a much better shot at successShortly after Nehemiah Griffin's birth four years ago, the child's proud father marked the occasion with what he considered an act of love.
Michael Griffin went to a tattoo parlor and had "Nehemiah" inscribed in 2-inch-high letters on his left forearm.
All caps. Neatly done. Legible from a distance.
But like so many fathers, when it came to actual parenting, Griffin was clueless, and too often absent. | Read story
Montrose County Offers Free Resources for Parents and FamiliesMontrose County has been shocked by the recent deaths of two small children. A 14-month-old girl died of homicide, from blunt force trauma, on Sept. 1. Less than a month later, on Oct. 9, a 4-month-old baby boy’s death was considered “suspicious,” although autopsy results are not yet in.
These deaths are disturbing to everyone, said Peg Mewes, director of Montrose County Health and Human Services, but the county has programs available to the public that can help promote healthy parenting and lower the risk of violence toward children, and she’d like to see more people use them.
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Native Retreat Focuses on FatherhoodParenting, conflict resolution, and suicide prevention are some of the biggest challenges facing Native Americans.
A family training seminar called "The Good Road of Life" had its best turn out since 2008. More than 100 people attended the native leadership program, which is free and funded by a federal grant. | Read story
It's Simply a Case of 'Father Knows Best'If they gave out the Cy Young Award for talking, Chris Lincecum not only would have more awards than his son but he would have more than Tim, Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson combined.
The man can especially talk about Tim. One good story leads to another interesting anecdote, which leads to a strong opinion, which leads to an amusing tale, which leads to some spot-on analysis, which leads to another opinion ("Don't print that'') which leads back to the original story, sometimes. I called him up out of the blue Sunday and we talked for more than an hour, not counting the five or so minutes he stopped to talk to someone else on another phone. Two conversations at once. We talked another 50 minutes at his Bellevue, Wash., home Monday afternoon until I reluctantly had to say good-bye so I could catch my flight to San Francisco. | Read story
It's time to build better dadsScott Longden’s first night as a father was both the happiest and saddest time of his life.
“I’d wanted to be a dad since I was 12 and I’d nurtured that desire for 15 years,” Scott said. “I’d shared a journey with my partner, Karen, that was scary at times and fun.
“Time literally stood still when I held my son for the first time. There was nothing else. I just loved him. | Read story
Ads Urge Fathers to 'Take Time' to be a DadA new series of public service ads, promoting greater involvement by fathers in their children’s lives and aimed at American-Indian, Asian-American and Hispanic fathers, will be introduced today by the Advertising Council. | Read story
The long, hard slog to value fatherhoodProposed changes to give fathers flexible working hours are welcome, but society as a whole needs to do more.
Recently, my partner gave birth to our second child. This, naturally enough, was occasion for celebration.
As much for me as for her, I also looked forward to having six weeks leave to help with all the tasks that go with having a child. | Read story
Is America in a 'Father Absence' Crisis?Are we in the midst of a fatherhood crisis? In a New York Times article about an ad campaign designed at getting Asian-American, American-Indian, and Hispanic fathers more involved in the lives of their children, Jane Levere highlights some eye-opening stats: | Read story
Programs for Fathers and Low-Income Mothers Should Work in TandemOne of the challenges in thinking about the relationship between women and the fatherhood movement is two seemingly contradictory notions held by women who consider themselves to be modern and progressive. Put in easily digestible terms, the first notion is embodied in the 1985 hit song “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” by the Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin. The tune reflects feminist notions about women standing on their own two feet. | Read story
Teaching FatherhoodA significant number of the babies born to teenage girls in Wisconsin are fathered by men over 20 years of age.
Today and Sunday, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee is teaming up with the Fatherhood Initiative at a summit to get men to talk with younger men about what it takes to be a "real father." | Read story