This section provides web links, PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood from news outlets around the world.
Kid Tips: Fatherhood has been reinventedJust a few decades ago, dads would come home from work to the smell of home cooking, a clean house and a chance to relax with a newspaper. Those were the days when men would sit nervously in the hospital waiting room while their pregnant wives did all the pushing and straining. The men's waiting room erupted with emphatic handshakes for each new birth.
American dads have come a long way since the 1950s and '60s. In 1950, only 12 percent of U.S. mothers of children under age 6 worked outside the home. In 2005, about 63 percent of U.S. mothers of young children did (U.S. Department of Labor, 2007). | Read story
Mountain Resource Center to provide services in South ParkA grant of more than $750,000 to the Conifer-based Mountain Resource Center will mean that services that have previously only been offered to residents of eastern Park County will now be offered to the remainder of Park County through partnerships in Fairplay.
"The grant money is being used for the Four-County Family Support Services Project," said Sheryl Porter, program director for the Mountain Resource Center, in an e-mail. | Read story
Improving the lives of black boysWhen Bryan Echols was at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in the early 1990s, his father would drive him to and from school. Once, during one of their many road trips, Echols made a confession to his dad.
"I told him that I didn't really like him much growing up because he was so strict," said Echols, the youngest of his parents' eight children. "He said, ‘You weren't supposed to like me. I wasn't your friend. I was your father. I had one goal and that was to bring you into manhood and get you to college — and here you are.'" | Read story
1st Fatherhood Conference sucessfully launched in Clayton CountyA bright, breezy southern morning ushered in the inaugural Clayton County Fatherhood Conference, which convened about 50 attendees on Saturday, April 17th at the Charles Drew High School. The event, under direction of Jesse Hill, CEO of Shoot the Hoop, opened with little fanfare, but brought together an impressive and comprehensive mix of social service professionals to consider what's working among the Public, community, and entrepreneurial stakeholders, working the issue of responsible fatherhood in and around Atlanta, who were represented. | Read story
Men making fatherhood a full-time jobAs the number of unemployed men continues to rise, many are chosing to forgo outside childcare to become full-time dads
THE SOCIAL consequences of the economic downturn and sharp spike in unemployment figures in Ireland are inevitably having an impact on family dynamics.
While a debate on the changing role of Irish fatherhood was already underway before the current financial crisis, that debate has been accelerated in some quarters by the downturn. | Read story
Beyond the bad boys - A quiet revolution in male behaviorInfidelity is one thing between a man and his maker, declared the English author Samuel Johnson, but between a man and his wife it means nothing: "Wise married women don't trouble themselves about infidelity in their husbands." Ha! Those were the days before women discovered YouTube and golf clubs. When Johnson was writing, in the late 18th century, cheating was not just rife, it was acceptable. Husbands who slept with other women were barely considered to have strayed; they even bragged about bedding lovely strumpets in memoirs and letters to their wives' families. | Read story
Massive rise in stay-at-home fathersThe number of dads who quit work to look after their kids has soared 10-fold in the past decade, a poll found.
Around 6% of fathers - or 600,000 people - are the stay at home parent, up from 60,000 just 10 years ago.
And 75% of men are happy with the arrangement, saying they feel lucky to spend time with the children. | Read story
We need dads more than ever
Father's Day is more than two months away, which means you normally wouldn't expect to read a column about fatherhood in a newspaper right now.
In the news business, we look for "news pegs," a catchy phrase that means finding ways to tie a topic to a current event. Fatherhood, as a concept, is not a current event. In fact, it's running neck-and-neck with motherhood for the title of oldest news ever.| Read story
The cult of fatherhoodThe antenatal group takes place in a warm family home, the couples form tight units in socks and jeans and learn their manoeuvres, preparing for a life-changing day. All the pairs seem to be so close and positive about their approaching adventure, it is hard not to congratulate the bumps on their wise choice of parents. Donnovan Harris, expecting his first child in April, explains why he came to the group: “We are a team. We are doing a role play in which I pretend to be a mum having a C-section, and that gives you an idea of what they may go through.” | Read story
In it for a lifetime, with help and support
Self-esteem. Self-worth. Self-concept.
These are the cornerstones of a father-support program in Fort Dodge called Lifetime Dads.
The co-parenting program focuses on men and improving fathering skills of dads from all backgrounds.| Read story