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November 18, 2008

Inmates learn parenting skills

It's never too late to try being the best parent one can be - even from a prison cell miles away from home.

More than 100 Hawaiian prisoners housed in Eloy are learning to do just that, through books, thanks to a program of the Hawaii-based Read-to-Me International organization.

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November 17, 2008

Dads Trade Overtime for Quality Time

Jim Moore remembers how helpless he felt the day he heard of a school shooting in Jonesboro, Ark. Even though it was far from where his own children went to school in Springdale, Ark., the news made his children anxious, and he felt the need to do something -- anything.

"I thought about the people in our community, and could this happen here?" Moore said.

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November 15, 2008

"Dead-Beat" Dads Feel Dead-Broke

"I feel like my ex wife is making me into a paycheck for my daughter instead of a Father".

Labeled a dead beat dad by his ex-wife...Barry Hynes wishes his wallet was filled with more than an outdated picture of his daughter Brandy.

"My ex -wife decided because I'm behind on my child support I can't see her anymore" said Hynes.

Hynes says having Chrones disease makes it difficult for him to hold a job. He's now far behind on child support payments...and hasn't seen his only daughter in five years.

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November 10, 2008

Doing time to be better dad

Ideally, a prison sentence is not only punishment for a crime, it is a chance for rehabilitation toward a new life. The Maryland-based National Fatherhood Initiative is hoping that if men are taught to be better fathers, they can start that new life with a plan.

NFI's innovative InsideOut Dad program is a 12-session course facilitated for inmates by social workers and other mental health professionals. "It gets men to examine who they are as people and how that can impact relationships with the women and children in their lives," says NFI President Roland Warren.

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November 7, 2008

Men on the Obama team balancing family and career

Rahm Emanuel has the right priorities. When news broke on President-Elect Obama's selection of Emanuel, many people assumed it was a done deal. Rahm wasn't so sure. | Read story
November 4, 2008

Helping new dads become great dads

When Jeremiah Smith fell in love with Carri, his heart willingly accepted his future wife and her two young sons.

His head had a few questions--about household cleaners and electric outlets, speech delays and sleep.

Melodie Eggleston walked him through every step of his new fatherhood.

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November 2, 2008

Despite successes, boys need fathers

I suspected it would happen; I just didn't think it would happen so quickly. Shortly after the historic achievement of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, and just before the historic nomination of Sen. Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, a major newspaper ran a full-page story celebrating the news that single moms succeed in raising accomplished sons.

The article cited Mr. Phelps, Mr. Obama and others, including cycling great Lance Armstrong, to make the case that boys raised by single mothers are doing just fine, thank you. It also quoted a number of supportive experts, including Peggy Drexler, author of a book called "Raising Boys Without Men."

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October 30, 2008

Offenders learn fathering skills through 'Inside Out Dads'

One of the biggest challenges for incarcerated fathers is maintaining a meaningful relationship with their children while they are doing time.

Through the Inside Out Dad program, offenders at Putnamville Correctional Facility can learn skills to make that happen.

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October 20, 2008

Md. dads prepare for fatherhood at 'boot camp'

He can hardly believe it, but in a month Kevin de Ronde will be a dad.

Like any soon-to-be parent he's super excited, but also a little apprehensive. How will it all shake out? What about day care? What about romantic life after baby?

"I have so many questions," says de Ronde of Pasadena, Md. "Right now, I'm even wondering how we're going to get to the hospital in time."

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October 17, 2008

Game plan for fatherhood

Laying awake in bed, Darren Evans lifted his head off the pillow and looked through the darkness across his room at a smaller bed where his son, James, slept. Evans stared for a few moments, absorbing the reality that, for the first time in two months, James was living with him and his girlfriend, Taneesha Lange.

Around 6 o'clock the next morning, a Sunday, Evans woke up sore from Virginia Tech's game the previous afternoon against Western Kentucky. A bandage wrap covered the scrape on his right elbow. Then James toddled over and climbed into Evans' bed. Evans scooted aside, turned on cartoons and laid next to the child he never planned on having, but now can't bear to live without.

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