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September 5, 2010

Work-life balance key to success for modern Australian fathers

Whether Australian dads wake up this morning to burnt toast or expensive gifts, they are by and large happy with their lot.

Three-quarters of the country's fathers are content and have no regrets about becoming a dad, according to a national survey conducted exclusively for The Sunday Mail.

The findings of the latest Galaxy Poll are based on data from 1255 fathers of children aged 17 and under.

The survey reveals that nine out of 10 dads find fatherhood fulfilling and only 4 per cent claim to be unhappy.

But parenthood has its challenges. Some working dads are taking on the guilt often associated with working mums. | Read story
August 27, 2010

The politics of paternity leave

The prime minister has put work on hold to be with his new daughter, but many new fathers can't afford the statutory time off. Is modern Britain coping with fatherhood?

It is those precious early moments with a new child that so many fathers treasure. A time to bond with their offspring and offer invaluable assistance to the mother. | Read story
August 19, 2010

Inmates learn to become better fathers

They came from different communities, backgrounds and age groups, but the 31 participants in the Jones County Sheriff’s Department Fatherhood Initiative Program had at least one thing in common.

All wanted to be better fathers and do what they could to keep their children from following in their footsteps. | Read story
August 11, 2010

When Living Apart, Skills Help Dads Stay Connected

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was,” Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anne Sexton penned in a 1972 New Year’s Day reflection.

One in five American children don’t live under the same roof as their father, most often as a result of divorce or because a child’s parents were never married. For teen parents particularly, the challenge of creating a life in which mom and dad raise children together is one in which very few succeed. | Read story
August 10, 2010

Fatherhood, not marriage, is focus of Obama family policies

On a recent Wednesday night, 20 men, most middle-aged and all African-American, sat facing a whiteboard with the words "honeymoon," "guilt," and "cheating" written on it.

"Why do you treat your mom different from your girlfriend?" a female instructor asked.

"It's respect," answered Russell White, who works two low-wage jobs to meet $150 a week in child-support payments. | Read story
August 5, 2010

Fatherhood First

The Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium's Fatherhood First Program in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Conservation will again host its Annual Fishing Clinic this year.

The event will be held from 9 a.m., to 12 p.m., Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Combs Lake, located off Highway 84 about five miles before you get to the series of bridges and Kennett . There will be a sign indicating which way to turn. | Read story
August 5, 2010

Working Dads: Hidden Heroes in the New Fatherhood Movement

My bet is that the dads who are going to make or break involved fatherhood are: working dads.

Why working dads? The media doesn't hark much on them. They are not who we necessarily associate with the phrase :involved dad." For all intents and purposes this vast majority of dads are mostly invisible, going about their business, working hard to support their families as they've been brought up to do. So, how can these guys be pushing the envelope when it comes to fatherhood? Because something is fundamentally changing them as a group -- something that will ultimately reshape the role of fatherhood and parenting in general if it's allowed to grow. Let me explain. | Read story
July 29, 2010

Facing Fatherhood

I still remember the day I found out I was going to be a father.

It was last March. My wife called me after leaving the doctor's office. I didn't even know she'd gone in. I thought she was just phoning to see if I could meet for lunch.

I said to her, "What's up?"

She said, "Well, you're gonna be a daddy."

My heart skipped. It took me a second to process. I didn't know what to say. I still don't remember exactly what I did. But I know what I felt: pure elation, and joy. | Read story
July 29, 2010

Boys on Fatherhood

Teen parenting is prevalent among the kids in the juvenile justice system, alarmingly so. Getting to these kids, listening to their perspectives on being a parent takes the debate away from black and white and into the shades of gray. | Read story
July 27, 2010

What is Fatherhood?

Lisa Schauerhamer, JJS Community Relations Coordinator, recently posed a question to Frank Bedolla, “what is fatherhood? He responded by saying “someone who is there, responsible, loyal, knows how to discipline, a teacher and a protector.” Bedolla is an employee of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) and the Volunteer Director of the Utah Chapter of Fathers and Families. He is passionate about boys learning how to become good role models and active fathers. | Read story

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