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May 20, 2009

Stopped in his tracks

When he made his move in the most important race of his young life, Anthony Luna's mind flashed to his 4-year-old son, whose conception seemingly ended his dreams of glory almost five years ago.

Luna wanted to win that race — the 800 meters at the Division II NCAA Indoor Championships on March 13 in Houston — for himself, for the Metro State program that gave him a second chance, but especially for little Anthony back home in Westminster. | Read story
May 19, 2009

Becoming a dad -- lonely, funny and scary

It's nearly impossible to explain to the uninitiated the enormousness of parenthood, the all-encompassing giganticness of sharing your home with a baby.

One father didn't let his new baby slow him down. He would strap him to his chest and take him to a ball game.

One father didn't let his new baby slow him down. He would strap him to his chest and take him to a ball game.

And unlike moms, who to some extent get to know the baby in utero, dads meet fatherhood with a head-on crash. | Read story
May 13, 2009

'Hang With Dad' a Fatherhood Event in Olathe

The fourth annual Fatherhood Event “Life’s a Jungle, Hang with Dad” will be held June 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Olathe Sweet Corn Park in Olathe. The event is free to the public. The first 200 dads will receive a free goodie bag with fun giveaways and great parenting tips.

The event will include activities for the whole family, especially for dads and their children – climbing wall, dunk tank, water balloon launches, karaoke, photo gallery, and more. Plus, don’t miss out on some great food and prizes. Free grilled hot dogs and drinks will be provided from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., along with numerous door prizes throughout the day. Last year’s prizes included a camping set, golf clubs and a grill. | Read story
May 11, 2009

Examining strong father-child relationships

As the 100th anniversary of Father's Day approaches, social scientists, governmental agencies and educators are exploring why some fathers have good relationships with their children, while others fade from the family portrait.

Ed Gittens, director of fatherhood programs for UIH Family Partners, said that was the essence of the ninth Annual Fatherhood Conference, "Welcome Home, the 100-Year Celebration," held at the Holiday Inn in East Windsor re cently. | Read story
May 11, 2009

Leisure is a vital ingredient for fatherhood

Taking time out to play in the sand, read a few stories, play board games or have a game of backyard cricket could be some of the best ways for non-resident fathers to establish a positive relationship with their children says Southern Cross University academic Professor John Jenkins.

Professor Jenkins, who is head of the University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, has just completed a study examining non-resident fathers’ leisure with their children, and has found that leisure pursuits help non-resident fathers to both engage with their children and reassert themselves as a parent. | Read story
May 7, 2009

Commentary: Man up and be a real dad

"I'll kill all y'all."

Imagine looking at the man whose DNA you carry standing in your home, telling you those chilling words, as he wields a shotgun.

The frightening image is a scary thought. But according to former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry, it was an actual scene, one that begins his book, "Straw: Finding My Way."

I vividly remember the towering home runs hit by the former star, who played for four big league teams, including the New York Mets and Yankees -- and of course, the many times he was in the news for failing drug tests, beating wives, getting cancer twice, going to prison. He was a man fighting enormous demons. | Read story
May 6, 2009

Hopes rise for progress on fatherhood woes

With a centennial celebration of Father's Day coming next month, and a new president committed to supporting better parenting, liberals and conservatives alike say the political stars may be aligned for major progress in promoting responsible fatherhood.

It's an issue that's been divisive in the past, even as research made clear that the estimated 24 million children growing up with absent fathers — a disproportionate number of them African-American — are at higher risk in regard to poverty, crime and other social problems.

But the left-right divide over the government's role in solidifying such families appears to be narrowing at this stage of Barack Obama's presidency. | Read story
May 5, 2009

Fatherhood Initiative helps men realize their value

Morgan Streeter guides and shapes central Iowa fathers from a wide range of backgrounds and ages - from high school students to men leaving prison.

He serves as outreach coordinator for the Fatherhood Initiative, a program "finding ways to help dads realize their value," he said.

The Fatherhood Initiative has had more than 150 participants and graduated more than 60 men from its 12-week curriculum programs that have continued to grow since the initiative began in February 2007. | Read story
May 4, 2009

Jacksonville man teaches lessons on fatherhood

As the school day ended recently at St. Clair Evans Academy, and the children began to file out the doors, one class was just beginning - a class for men.

These men had learned their ABCs long ago; what they needed to learn on this day was the basics on being a father. No one had taught them that. At least not until Ronnie Cage came along. | Read story
May 3, 2009

Taking hard hits a father's duty

A little more than 20 years ago, I learned one of my most valuable lessons about fatherhood — the hard way. It was a cold, winter night, and I was carrying my sleeping, 2-month-old son, Jamin, across a parking lot when suddenly, I lost my footing on a patch of black ice and went airborne. I landed hard, hitting my head first before landing solidly on my back. It was at that very moment — lying there motionless, in pain and embarrassed — that the significance of my role as a father hit me. | Read story

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