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October 15, 2008

City Unveils Fatherhood Program

The city's Human Resources Administration recently rolled out an ad campaign encouraging fathers to be all they can be.

The campaign, "Ten Ways To Be A Great Dad," encourages fathers to stay involved in their children's lives.

The campaign features real city fathers preaching principles including respect, listening and spending time with their children.

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October 6, 2008

'Dad's Day Out' Fun, education, support meet

Dads were given a chance Saturday to spend some quality time with their children — and enjoy a variety of activities together.

The Morgan County Family Center, Fort Morgan Head Start and Baby Bear Hugs, with funding help from the United Way of Morgan County, put together the event on the grounds of Sherman Early Childhood Center.

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October 5, 2008

Teen fathers offer more than money

Since the news broke that Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's teenage daughter is pregnant by an 18-year-old young man, our nation has had one of its most candid conversations about teen fatherhood I can remember. As in the Palin situation, it happens.

The conversation has exposed our nation's confusion and, at times, indifference about dealing with teen fathers, as well as some of our lingering prejudices against fathers in general.

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October 3, 2008


Jed Mortenson shoulders a brown diaper bag with a floral print whenever he goes out with his kids — Liam, 9 months, and Ella, 3.

Toting purse-like luggage with flower power doesn’t fly well with the guys expecting their first baby who gathered at a Boot Camp for New Dads class.

The reality check represented the first of many during the four-hour workshop held the last Saturday in August.

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September 23, 2008

Commentary: Pay attention to the children in crisis

With the political season in full swing, much is at stake for America. The economy is in a downward spiral. We have an energy crisis. Our jobless rate is on the rise.

These are the subjects that generate headlines and much debate among the candidates.

But there is an underlying problem that we as a nation have not addressed, a situation that should concern any American with an eye on the future, regardless of party affiliation. It is the crisis affecting our children.

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September 23, 2008

Taking a New Tack on Domestic Violence

When Darrick Moore, a forklift operator, first came to the basement of a nondescript, yellow-brick building in Baltimore this year, he was angry.

Baltimore police had arrested him for hitting his wife, and, as part of his probation, he had to attend a 22-week program run by the House of Ruth Maryland, a nonprofit domestic violence center. Each week he would join a group of men, a sign above their heads serving as a grim reminder of the message they were being taught: "Battering is always a choice."
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September 16, 2008

'Step Up For Kids' Rally Held at State Capitol

People who stand up for children want to make sure kids aren't forgotten during the upcoming election.

Several children's organizations joined state lawmakers at the Capitol Tuesday for the "Step Up For Kids Rally."

The non-partisan event is an effort to educate candidates about investing in children this November.

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September 12, 2008

Too old to be a father?

Tony Randall, Strom Thurmond, Clint Eastwood and Yasir Arafat. What do these men have in common? They all, rather famously, became fathers late in life—in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Such decisions are of course highly personal, but they touched off public debates about the advisability of starting a family when you’re a senior citizen. After all, Messrs. Randall, Thurmond and Arafat have since passed away, leaving behind young children.

Recent research on the health implications of late-in-life fatherhood is stirring up the debate again, suggesting the issue goes beyond just whether an older father will be around and healthy for his children. A study in the September issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry found that children born to older fathers – especially those 55 and older — face a greater chance of developing bipolar disorder. This adds to other science linking older parents, men and women, to higher risk of autism, Down syndrome and other health issues.

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September 9, 2008

The Swedish paternity leave system

I was lucky enough to be invited to Sweden recently by Baby Bjorn (you know - the guys who make those baby carriers). They love dads (they've always designed their products to appeal to men as well as women), and they wanted to show off the Swedish attitude towards fathers that is reflected in their parental and paternity leave system.

Here I look at the Swedish system, and the insights I gained into what makes their paternity leave system work for dads, mums, children and society. | Read story
September 5, 2008

Shifting the focus to fathers

Duncan McDiarmid is trying to load the washing machine, amuse his five-year old and talk on the phone all at once.

"Sorry, I'm just doing real multi-tasking here, my five-year-old is jumping up and down saying 'why don't you let me put the soap in the washing machine?'," he says.

"So that's why I'm sounding distracted ... men aren't very good at multi-tasking."

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