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June 22, 2009

Obama Leads Conversation on Fathering By Example

Barack Obama, regular guy, was telling a gathering of mostly young black men about his experiences as a dad. He recalled an urgent drive to the hospital with his then-pregnant wife, Michelle, as well as an oh-so-careful ride back home with her and their newborn baby on board.

By the time he had finished reliving the moments, gesturing with excitement and sighing in awe, you'd have thought that daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 8, had been born just yesterday. | Read story
June 21, 2009

In Harlem, A Boost For Fathers Who Stay Involved

Walking arm-in-arm with her father through Harlem on Sunday, Nikita Reid, 11, leaned over to excitedly ask whether she could wear one of her favorite dresses for their special Father’s Day dinner.

“Daddy, can I wear my black-and-white dress tonight? Pleeeaase!”

Usually, Hubert Reid preferred that his daughter wear conservative slacks, but, with her cooing at him, he just couldn’t say no. “If you can find what shoes to wear with it, sure,” Mr. Reid said.

It was a tender moment between a father and daughter who had shared difficult times in the past. A week earlier, at the suggestion of his therapist, they had gone to a pre-Father’s Day cookout organized by a local group — Harlem Men Stand Up — that encourages commitment to fatherhood. | Read story
June 21, 2009

Fathers Implored at Rally to Fulfill Duties

Several hundred people gathered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial yesterday to issue a national call for fathers to become more committed to their children, rallying through occasional downpours and bursts of lightning.

The event, organized by the National Partnership for Community Leadership, drew men and their families from across the country. They got an early start on Father's Day by recognizing the responsibilities that come with the holiday. Participants said they came to show unity in their pledges to be strong fathers and pay homage to the national holiday, which dates to 1909. | Read story
June 20, 2009

Real men love the kids in their lives

In a burrito line the other day, two young dads in front of me got all gooey about their kids. She's doing this now, he's in that stage, "God, I just love them." I found this very cool. I never heard this much from my father's World War II generation, or my own. I felt proud of those young dads. Guys have come a long way — OK, some guys.

I think about my dad. He died 20 years ago, yet I still give thanks for him and who he was in my life. He died of heart disease, and our family doctor meant it as a warning when he told me, "You have your father's heart." I know he meant I should start paying attention to cholesterol and exercise, but having my dad's heart is not a bad thing; it's an honor. It's more compliment than warning. | Read story
June 14, 2009

All Eyes Are on Tiger Woods, the Father

Fatherhood is a major enterprise, requiring strategic planning. So when the tennis star Roger Federer and his companion, Mirka Vavrinec, were tossing around the idea of starting a family, Federer decided to bounce it off an expert. Somebody familiar with the globe-trotting, privacy-challenged lifestyle of a sports icon.

He phoned Tiger Woods, a married friend with two small children. It was like seeking the actor George Hamilton’s opinion on tanning. Woods, 33, has been married to Elin Nordegren since 2003. Their daughter, Sam Alexis, turns 2 this month. Their son, Charlie, was born in February. | Read story
June 14, 2009

Devoted dad key to reducing risky teen sex

When it comes to preventing risky teen sex, there may be no better deterrent than a doting dad.

Teenagers whose fathers are more involved in their lives are less likely to engage in risky sexual activities such as unprotected intercourse, according to a new study.

The more attentive the dad — and the more he knows about his teenage child's friends — the bigger the impact on the teen's sexual behavior, the researchers found. While an involved mother can also help stave off a teen’s sexual activity, dads have twice the influence. | Read story
June 12, 2009

Father's Day: a challenge to absentee dads

On Sunday, June 21, people all over the world will commemorate Father’s Day, a day set aside to honor men who have sacrificed to raise offspring. But, I often wonder about how children that don’t have fathers really feel. In the twenty-first century with our modern-day ideologies about responsible parenting, a lot of men fail to “father” their children. Not unlike males in the animal kingdom, they “hit that,” and go on to the next victim of unbridled passion and unprotected sex. Many men may never know the woman has conceived; and sadly, some women couldn’t identify their baby’s daddy without a paternity test! Anonymous absentee dads have become more the norm than the exception, far removed from the Biblical genealogies that recorded who begot whom with accuracy and aplomb. | Read story
June 10, 2009

Fatherhood issues remain

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Father's Day, and a big celebration is planned for June 20 at the Lincoln Memorial. I figured it was a good time to ask a local lawyer who is active in family court, child support and gender issues about what he sees facing boys and men at this milestone.

To begin with, President Obama's recognition of the importance of fatherhood is very welcome, said Ronald K. Henry, a child-advocacy attorney in the District. | Read story
June 8, 2009

Supporting fathers serves children, too

Among the worthwhile bills that didn’t get much attention this session — but passed this week — is one that takes several steps to promote responsible fatherhood.

“We need to change the way we think about parenting,” Sen. Gary D.LeBeau, D-East Hartford told the Journal Inquirer. “We need to raise the role and status of fathers in our children’s lives to the point that in the future, we might say that things are ‘as American as fatherhood and apple pie.’”

We couldn’t agree more. With Father’s Day fast approaching, we’re pleased to see the state being pro-active in solving one of the biggest problems facing American families today — the absence of fathers in the lives of children. | Read story
June 8, 2009

Having a blast with dad

Hanging with Dad has never been so much fun.

Despite strong winds and overcast skies, hundreds of dads with their children flocked to Olathe Sweet Corn Park on Saturday for the Men in the Mix event, “Life’s a Jungle, Hang with Dad for a Day.” | Read story

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