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July 27, 2009

Program teaches men to be better fathers, husbands

For eight years, Hubert Washington fought to regain custody of his daughter. Last month, he couldn't fight his emotions when he picked her up from a group home.

Reunited, they hugged. They cried. And that night, 16-year-old Amber lay awake too excited to sleep. She had returned home to a changed man.

"It's never too late to be a good parent," Washington, 50, said as his eyes watered Tuesday night at a Fatherhood is Sacred meeting on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community just north of Mesa. | Read story
July 26, 2009

Mr. Mom isn't alone as recession hits men hard

Chuck Shepard stands in his kitchen, in the middle of a tornado – his 5-year-old, Catherine, and 4-year-old, Jolie, run around him, laughing, as 2-year-old Caleb naps upstairs. But he's calm while reflecting on life as an unemployed stay-at-home dad.

Physically, being with his kids all day isn't that bad. Mentally, it's a wringer.

Are they learning enough while I take care of them? Will they be OK while I use the bathroom? I can't let my guard down.

"It's like studying for a final every day," Shepard said. | Read story
July 20, 2009

Dads reveal struggle to balance work, family

The recession has radically changed the amount of time many dads spend with their children because fathers are either home much less or a lot more.

It's a two-sided coin: Many American fathers are working harder than ever as their managers try to take care of business with fewer workers. On the flip side, many dads who've lost their jobs are finding that they're becoming the new Mr. Moms. | Read story
July 13, 2009

Fathers looking to step up feel invisible

Father's Day has come and gone, and with it the annual flurry of dad-friendly gifts, heartwarming newscasts and the highest-ranking father in the land — President Barack Obama — taking time to urge his fellow fathers to step up when it comes to their kids.

Fathers, Obama wrote in a letter to Parade magazine, need to "realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one." | Read story
July 10, 2009

State, president promoting responsible fatherhood

About 24 million American children are growing up with absent fathers, and the state of Connecticut and President Barrack Obama are working to reduce that number.

Late this past month state legislators passed and sent to Gov. M. Jodi Rell a bill promoting "responsible fatherhood and strong families." Among the bill's strongest supporters was Rep. Bruce Morris, D-Norwalk, who co-chairs the Fatherhood Task Force. He said government has inadvertently built barriers in some instances to fatherhood, and the task force tries to come up with ways to remove them.

According to Morris, almost 50 percent of children in Connecticut "go to bed in fatherless homes." He and state Sen. Gary D. LeBeau, D-East Hartford, brought actor-comedian and fatherhood activist Bill Cosby to a December public hearing to support work on the bill. | Read story
July 4, 2009

'First father' calls dads to take action

On his first Father's Day as president, Barack Obama — our nation's "first father" — encouraged America's dads to be there for their children. For our nation's dads and the 25 million children living in father-absent homes, there could not have been a more welcome presidential message.

Mr. Obama's compelling, first-of-its-kind call to action to dads was distributed via a public service advertising campaign for the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. In his message, Mr. Obama urges fathers to "take time to be a dad today" because "the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child's life." | Read story
July 1, 2009

Responsible Fatherhood

On the 100th anniversary of Father's Day, the President writes a piece on fatherhood in Parade Magazine talking about his own life and highlighting the responsibilities all fathers must step up to:

In many ways, I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence—both in my life and in the lives of others. I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill. We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference. | Read story
June 25, 2009

Obama's 'national conversation' on fatherhood

Reporting from Washington -- President Obama, who barely knew his own father, devoted his afternoon Friday to promoting the importance of being a good dad, saying he wanted to start a "national conversation" on the subject.

Two days before Father's Day, Obama attended events related to fatherhood -- gathering famous and not-so-famous dads for a series of service projects around Washington and a White House town hall meeting, then addressing young men on the South Lawn. | Read story
June 25, 2009

Celebrating 100 Father's Days

One hundred years ago, a Washington woman listened to a Mother's Day sermon and reflected on how her courageous, selfless father deserved a day of recognition, too.

The first Father's Day celebration occurred June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Wash., in honor of Sonora Smart Dodd's Civil War-veteran father, William Smart, who raised six children after the tragic death of his wife. | Read story
June 25, 2009

Poll: Fewer fathers want to be stay-at-home dads

Over the course of this current recession, we've witnessed large corporations tumble, small shops shutter and layoffs affect workers of all walks. You can safely assume that most people are concerned about financial security right now, and working fathers are no exception, a recent CareerBuilder survey finds.

Thirty-one percent of working dads would leave their jobs if their spouses or significant others earned enough money to comfortably support the entire family.

Although that's a sizable percentage, it's a slight drop from last year's 37 percent and a significant drop from 2005's 49 percent. | Read story

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