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January 13, 2009

Bayh wants Dungy to lead dads effort

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh collaborated with President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday on how to keep outgoing Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy busy in retirement.

Bayh said he suggested to Obama that he recruit Dungy to work on promoting responsible fatherhood.

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January 11, 2009

Meet the Press Panel

On Sunday, January 11, Bill Cosby and other leading parenting scholars participated in a panel discussion of current American families, trends and the need for more fathers to be involved in their children's lives. | Read story
January 9, 2009

The internet can be wonderful and dangerous

Last week's article regarding computer safety brought lots of e-mails from parents regarding what to do and how best to protect their children who are using the Internet for the first time. I am extremely pleased that so many of you parents took the time to e-mail me. As I mentioned last week, the Internet is a wonderful thing, but it also brings dangers, especially for kids. | Read story
January 7, 2009

Dads in the PTA

In 2009, for the first time in U.S. history, the parent in charge of the Parent Teacher Association will be a dad.

Charles J. Saylors will take office as president of the 5.5 million member organization in June, putting a further dent in the stereotype that has taken hold in recent years of moms who leave the workforce and devote their impressive — and sometimes excessive — energies to the PTA.

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January 4, 2009

Black males often struggle to stay ahead

In 2008, an important chapter was written in the history of African-Americans.

Barack Obama -- the first black nominated to run for president by one of the nation's major political parties -- won a landslide Election Day victory to become the 44th president of the United States.

But another issue in the African-American community also dominated the headlines in the last year, mentioned numerous times on the campaign trail by Obama himself -- most notably his Father's Day speech before a predominantly black crowd at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago's South Side.

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January 4, 2009

We don't have a father to spare

I met Damu Smith just once, and it was in the most unlikely of situations. In late 2003, he and I were at an Essence magazine photo shoot for an article called "The New Activists."

One of the things I remember vividly about our acquaintance was that, as the lone guys selected, we were a bit like fish out of water. While the women in the group took considerable care to make sure they were wearing just the right outfit -- they all had brought more than one -- he and I were trying to figure out why the photographer needed to take just shy of a billion pictures of us when he was only going to use one. We were especially exasperated by the fact that the mid-December shoot required us to spend about five hours outdoors trying to look "warm" since the story was to run in a spring issue.

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January 3, 2009

What are fathers for?

Richard Collier, professor of law at Newcastle University, lives in a quiet part of town in a house full of the normal detritus of family life - books and papers and photographs, a cat asleep on a bed, a rocking horse on the landing, a bowl of wrinkled fruit on the scrubbed pine table. Collier is a tall, freckled man, with a voice so soft it sometimes disappears into a whisper (he has a habit of clearing his throat to get it back). You would imagine that he must possess the attributes of a good father - if you didn't know from talking to him that such language is to be avoided, that there really is no such thing.

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December 30, 2008

Teach children money matters

These days, government is focused on bailouts. Banks and small businesses are intent on getting credit. Grown-ups are worried about their jobs and their retirement.

"We need a wake-up call about our kids," said Robin Wise, head of Junior Achievement. "Nobody's talking about what this means for a whole generation of kids."

From learning to navigate the world of 401(k)s and health-insurance choices to understanding credit scores and identity theft, today's youths face a complicated financial world | Read story
December 16, 2008

Why Unmarried Fathers Stay

In a cross between academic analysis and an update to the “man-catching” guide “The Rules,” researchers at the University of Maryland in College Park have found that the “best chance of ‘reeling-in’ an unmarried father and building the foundations for a stable family life are the critical months of pregnancy,” according to the school’s own analysis of the research.

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December 15, 2008

Class aims to help men be better fathers

The Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield will equip men to be great fathers through the Fatherhood 3.6.5 class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the new PCC location at 1342 E. Primrose just east of Cox South.

This session will focus on dad interaction with children, how to have fun with children and activities to do with children.

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