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May 4, 2008

Involved fathers good for kids, moms, too

In late April, I turned 19, and for every day of those 19 years my father played an active role in my emotional, spiritual, academic, physical and social development. Today, as I contemplate what life would have been like without my dad, I reminisce about what I took for granted for so long -- a loving and always-present father in my life for me, and especially for my mother.

Only within the past few years have I understood the extensive and essential roles fathers play in families. For example, according to the North Carolina Children's Legal Council, the absence of fathers has contributed to 85 percent of all the children who exhibit behavioral disorders and a staggering 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children. Furthermore, in a 1999 poll conducted by the National Center for Fathering, 72.2 percent of the U.S. population classified the absence of fathers as the most significant social problem facing the United States.

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May 3, 2008

'Bad Dads" a bad idea

Of those everyone loves to hate, few can compete with the deadbeat dad for longevity.

How much do we hate him? While we're counting the ways, Fox TV may try to help America organize its contempt and put a face on this loathsome character.

Bad Dads, redundant in these male-bashing times, is the name of a new reality show Fox is considering. While the network reviews the pilot, outraged fathers' advocates are trying to nip this bad seed before it buds.

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May 2, 2008

Homer Simpson or Darth Vader - What Kind of Dad Are You?

Whatever you think of David Cameron allowing cameras in to film him at home with his kids, it is hard to argue that this was not a shrewd political move. Long after debate about using children for political ends has been forgotten, the images will remain in voters' heads.

This was presumably the calculation of his image shapers. Being photographed at the breakfast table with his nippers burnished Tony Blair's family-friendly credentials on the way to Downing Street and now young, stretched dads are a target group for politicians as never before.

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April 26, 2008

Fathers need to do their part

Ideally families have a father and mother to raise their children. In the world today, however, the ideal is often a rarity. In far too many homes, children are raised without the benefit of a father in the household.

The importance of fathers playing a significant role in the lives of their children was highlighted in a Fatherhood Summit sponsored by Aiken County First Steps.

According to studies cited at the event, a plethora of trouble awaits children who are raised in homes with little or no interaction from a father. They include poor academic results in school, early sexual activity, increased likelihood of substance abuse, as well as behavioral and emotional problems.

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March 31, 2008

New Syndicated News Franchise Targets Fathers 25-54

A first-of-its-kind syndicated news franchise that targets fathers 25-54 is ready to begin airing on local news channels in the U.S. and Canada.

The new Interactive Dad TV™ is available now as a market exclusive.

"We're ready to go," says Glenn Selig, president and CEO of Selig Multimedia, Inc. which created Interactive Dad TV™. "The unknown is which stations in which markets will become affiliates."

Produced by award-winning veteran journalists, the syndicated TV news stories focus on family matters, family finance and other subjects fathers care about.

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March 30, 2008

Fatherhood programs aim to keep dad in the picture

It's 9 a.m. on a Saturday, and Nick Barry is reporting for training.

He's flanked by other rookies preparing for the same battle of a lifetime: parenthood.

Their instructor is front-line veteran Nick Manhart, a stay-at-home father of three.

Welcome to Baby Boot Camp.

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March 30, 2008

Fatherless America?

An excerpt from the introduction of Fatherless America - Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem © 1995 BasicBooks - A Division of HarperCollinsPublishers

The United States is becoming an increasingly fatherless society. A generation ago, an American child could reasonably expect to grow up with his or her father. Today, an American child can reasonably expect not to. Fatherlessness is now approaching a rough parity with fatherhood as a defining feature of American childhood.

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March 29, 2008

Men learning to be better fathers

When the Circle City Fatherhood Coalition started offering classes in parenting skills last year, the organization planned to teach a group of about 50 men every three months, but then came the demand.

Already the coalition has up to 70 men in those classes, said director Keith Smitherman, and it expects to have as many as 100 men when the next set of classes starts.

"We're working at a breakneck pace," Smitherman said. "It's kind of like one-stop shopping for social services for fathers."

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March 25, 2008

Raise a Comeback Kid

A gift for bouncing back is useful all day -- in the marketplace, in the low box late in the game, and when your heart gets broken by a redhead or a margin call. If I had to choose one trait for my kids, resilience, the uber-asset, would be my pick. Scrappers who can shake off the stiff jabs and keep coming often get the split decisions.

Some kids may have genes that make them good at getting off the canvas. But don't despair just because your children carry some of your weenie DNA. Biology doesn't have to be destiny. If you can conjure up a family culture that exalts resilience, nurture can trump nature and make your children tough, even if you're not exactly Rocky Balboa.

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March 17, 2008

Hanging out with dad: Thomson School event gets fathers involved

Mothers are typically more involved than fathers in their elementary-school students’ education, according to Brush schools Fatherhood Coordinator Leticia Garcilazo.

And although a few moms attended Thursday night’s movie in the gym of Thomson Primary School in Brush, the event was designed with dads in mind, she said.

“You don’t see fathers in school as much, and we want to get fathers involved in the child’s education,” Garcilazo said.

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