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January 11, 2010

A Decade of Dads Who Care

It's hard to believe, but it's already time for the Annual Midwest Fathers Conference, the only event of its kind in Michigan (and one of only a few fathers conferences in the country). This event marks an amazing milestone: the Tenth Annual Midwest Fathers Conference. The day has gotten more popular every year, to the point where it outgrew previous venues. This year the Conference will take place at the state-of-the-art Oakland Schools Conference Center in Waterford, near the Oakland County Complex. Presented by the nonprofit Partnership for Dads (full disclosure: I sit on the board), the theme of this year's event is "Embracing the Challenges of Fatherhood." | Read story
January 10, 2010

Children, family of prisoners pay hefty price

When Patti Brewer drives by Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility near her home, her 6-year-old son Bryan often says, “That’s Daddy’s house, isn’t it?”

The last several years, the father of her two sons has been in and out of prison.

Single parenting has been rough on Brewer. She works during the day in a bakery and has to get her boys to the family daycare provider before dawn. Her car is barely running, and the electricity in her home was shut off last month. | Read story
January 8, 2010

Are dads disposable?

A recently published study called Mama Says: A National Survey of Moms’ Attitudes on Fathering by the National Fatherhood Initiative tells us that, among other things, most mothers believe there is a father-absence crisis in the United States, that fathers parent best when they are married to their child’s mother, and that a father’s work-family balance could be improved. The survey also reveals that married mothers have higher satisfaction with dad’s parenting than unmarried mothers.

Well, yeah, of course. All of that makes perfect sense. | Read story
January 7, 2010

Fatherhood street preachers: Volunteers aim to reach more black men

While President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been talking about the importance of black fathers raising their children, a group of ordinary citizens is taking action.

The six men have been meeting in a Riviera Beach church, learning how to prevent babies from dying and how significant a role fathers play in the lives of their children from birth to adulthood. They will spread this knowledge to strangers, friends and relatives. In their homes, churches, barber shops, salons, and anywhere else they get the opportunity. | Read story
December 18, 2009

Expectant dads: Hospital's 'boot camp' teaches men how to build fatherhood skills

An uncle of three, Nick Hunn of Des Plaines has had plenty of practice with babies. But he could always give his nieces back to their parents if they cried.

That won't be an option now that his girlfriend is expecting his first child.

"I wanted to see what it's like to be a full-time dad," said Hunn, 24. | Read story
December 17, 2009

A Support Group That Listens To Dads

Robert Sanchez does a lot of listening during the monthly sessions of the Fatherhood Initiative he helps facilitate.

But as the members of the group share their experiences on the joys and challenges of parenting, they know they can always count on Sanchez's input, support and, if needed, an honest critiquing of their behavior and sometimes macho attitudes | Read story
December 16, 2009

Holder Discusses Fatherhood At Morehouse Forum

Attorney General Eric Holder brought President Barack Obama's message of responsible fatherhood to an audience committed to that cause.

Holder praised their efforts and listened to their challenges and stories of success. | Read story
December 15, 2009

White House Fatherhood Town Hall Features Eric Holder and Allan Houston

Since the Obama White House launched its series of town hall meetings on responsible fatherhood last Father's Day weekend, lots of celebrity dads have taken high-profile stumbles. Think Tiger Woods (father of two), Mark Sanford (father of four), David Letterman (father of one). It will be interesting to see if any of those names come up tonight at the Obama administration's town hall on responsible fatherhood in Atlanta. | Read story
December 10, 2009

Lack of good fathers harms a generation

What are good fathers worth?

A lot.

Otherwise, we wouldn't have 93 percent of moms saying there's a "father absence" crisis in the new report released Wednesday by The National Fatherhood Initiative.

If you've read The Jackson Sun's editorials, you know there is a startling increase in teens carrying guns. | Read story
December 7, 2009

Neither parent is fully replaceable

A few years ago, the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) surveyed about 700 dads about their lives.

Last week, NFI came out with a survey from 1,500 moms, and compared notes.

It turns out that both moms and dads agree that America has a "father absence" crisis.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the solution. | Read story

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