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August 6, 2011

Learning to love

Spanking a child risks more than the possibility of physical or mental scars. It can damage brain development in ways that neuroscientists are just beginning to understand.

Internationally known parenting expert Stephen Bavolek said many parents believe that the biblical "spare the rod and spoil the child" axiom justifies spanking, not just with the hand but with belts and other means and starting when children are as young as 18 months. | Read story
August 3, 2011

Bloomberg to Use Own Funds in Plan to Aid Minority Youth

The administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in a blunt acknowledgment that thousands of young black and Latino men are cut off from New York’s civic, educational and economic life, plans to spend nearly $130 million on far-reaching measures to improve their circumstances.

The program, the most ambitious policy push of Mr. Bloomberg’s third term, would overhaul how the government interacts with a population of about 315,000 New Yorkers who are disproportionately undereducated, incarcerated and unemployed. | Read story
July 29, 2011

4 Practical Tips for a Family Vacation

Although family vacations take place throughout the summer, we're just entering the weeks that seem most common for an extended family getaway. Kids' summer activities and sports schedules typically take a break for a few weeks, and a new school year is on the horizon.

If you're approaching your family vacation time, it's probably something you've planned and eagerly anticipated for weeks, if not months. And you can be sure that your children are even more eager. | Read story
July 25, 2011

Soldier's return marks beginning of fatherhood

One of the ninety soldiers to arrive in Le Mars on Sunday was Spc. Josh Vondrak of Sioux City. He is returning home, but to a different life as a family man.

"It's been a long year," said Josh's mother, Dee Vondrak.

"It's just pretty much a constant knot in your stomach," said his father, Dan.

On Sunday, the Vondrak family became complete again. | Read story
July 15, 2011

Are you connecting with your kids?

How engaged are today's fathers? Recent data analysis from the Pew Research Center is encouraging ... and discouraging.

The study focused on two areas: fathers' presence and their involvement. While the results are interesting, I'm more concerned about how well you're connecting with your children.

First, the research: 27% of children are currently living apart from their fathers, and 46% of all fathers have at least one child who doesn't live with them, and 31% report that all of their children were born out of wedlock. | Read story
July 12, 2011

Two photos, thirty years apart, move the Web

Thirty years ago, the first space shuttle launched into the stratosphere. Chris Bray and his father Kenneth watched -- and took a picture. Then last Friday, the shuttle Atlantis took its final trip. Again, the Bray men were there. And again, the two snapped a photo to capture the moment.

The side-by-side photos, which are up on Chris Bray's Flickr photostream, immediately went viral on the Web.

The first shot shows 13-year-old Chris with then 39-year-old dad looking through binoculars at the space shuttle Columbia's first launch on April 12, 1981, from the Kennedy Space Center.

The second snap comes three decades later and recreates the same moment at the last shuttle voyage. The young son is now an adult. His father is now gray-haired. | Read story
July 8, 2011

Ways to Encourage a Love of Reading

It's the middle of summer, and the school year is a distant memory for our children. It's fine to give them a few weeks to relax and enjoy other activities, but now may be a good time to try to instill a love for reading.

With a little planning and effort, we can get them into good reading habits -- reading for pleasure, not because they're fulfilling an assignment. If we can help our kids learn to appreciate the wonder and satisfaction of getting lost in a good book, that can be a big and potentially life-changing accomplishment. | Read story
June 29, 2011

Fatherhood, marriage to get $150 million boost

Fatherhood and marriage are the focus of four new grants, totaling more than $150 million, to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families and of Family Assistance.

The Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grants were created to help fathers "meet their parenting and financial responsibilities to their children and assist married couples or those considering marriage in building strong relationships with each other and their children," the announcement said. | Read story
June 19, 2011

More dads discover joys, challenges of single fatherhood

Here's what they think about: broken arms and baseball practice, spaghetti suppers and dentist appointments, getting the last load out of the dryer before a bedtime snack, shuttling the wee ones to school or day care before hustling themselves to work.

And what they don't: Where's Mom?

"I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about what's missing in our household," said Brent Nelson of Waunakee. "You provide the best you can." | Read story
June 19, 2011

Father's Day tough on dads separated from families

As the father fiddled with his gear, the little girl started asking questions. "Are you leaving this weekend?" she asked. "Are you packed, Daddy? Are you ready, Daddy? What are you doing, Daddy?" U.S. Army Maj. George Brauchler turned from his things, spread out before him. "I have to make sure my helmet is put together and the plates fit in my body armor," he said.

After the briefest of pauses, 8-year-old Amanda Brauchler — the oldest of his four children — posed another question.

"Daddy, why do you need a helmet and armor?" | Read story

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