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November 14, 2007

Elway signs contract for children’s safety

John Elway’s focus has shifted from football to fatherhood.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer who led the Broncos to two Super Bowl titles just finished serving as his son’s quarterbacks coach at Cherry Creek High School.  Jack Elway orally committed to attend Arizona State on  a football scholarship.

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November 5, 2007

Fatherhood is Top Priority for Bolitho

Scott Bolitho had spent so much time talking about his kids, that it became imperative to remind him that the focus of this article was on him.

"If it's about me, it's about my kids," stated Bolitho.

So it became apparent that Bolitho, who has spent much of his life helping others, has immersed himself in his family of eight.

That's right, eight children.

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November 5, 2007

Coach Dungy Speaks About the Importance of Dads

The White House is hosting a conference in Indianapolis on Monday and Tuesday for faith based organizations. The event kicked off Monday morning at the downtown Marriott hotel.

The conference helps faith based and community organizations grow their programs. Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy spoke about an organization he's involved with called All Pro Dad. The organization emphasizes the important role father's play in their children's lives.

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November 4, 2007

Why Dads Matter

Children need more than ever the presence and guidance of fathers in family life. According to a recent collection of essays, a significant body of scientific research clearly documents the vital role a father plays in the formative years of a child's life.

The book is titled "Why Fathers Count: The Importance of Fathers and Their Involvement with Children" (Men's Studies Press). Sean E. Brotherson and Joseph M. White, the editors and authors of the first chapter, set the tone for the book with an overview of arguments regarding the importance of fathers for children. The presence of a father has a positive impact in many ways, they note, as children with fathers have fewer behavioral problems, obtain better academic results, and are economically better off.

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October 16, 2007

Tough, Sad and Smart

They are a longtime odd couple, Bill Cosby and Harvard’s Dr. Alvin Poussaint, and their latest campaign is nothing less than an effort to save the soul of black America.

Mr. Cosby, of course, is the boisterous veteran comedian who has spent the last few years hammering home some brutal truths about self-destructive behavior within the African-American community.

“A word to the wise ain’t necessary,” Mr. Cosby likes to say. “It’s the stupid ones who need the advice.”

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October 9, 2007

A male view of domestic violence

Men are rarely comfortable sharing their feelings, let alone talking openly about domestic violence, says one man who wants to change that.

Robert Sobel is the force behind a new men's initiative at SafeHouse Denver.

It doesn't target batterers - there are other programs for that.

Instead, the program targets the average guy who may not understand domestic violence or his role in averting it.

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October 5, 2007

The evolution of Dad: he's no Mr. Mom

Does being more of a dad make you less of a man?

That's the question we asked in a story running (finally) in today's TIME, Fatherhood 2.0., co-written by me and Lev Grossman. I began asking this question of dads back in May, when we first embarked on this assignment. I asked this of stay-at-home dads. I asked this of one top exec dad who traveled five days of the week. I asked this of a group of 14 dads one night at a diner in Maplewood, N.J., gathered for their monthly cake-and-kvetch as members of a group called Pop Culture. All in all I asked this rather obnoxious question of more than two dozen dads.

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October 4, 2007

Fatherhood 2.0

Does being more of a father make you less of a man? To a group of committed dads assembled one night in a New Jersey diner, the answer is obvious. Sort of. Paul Haley, 38, a father of two, says women look at him when he walks down the street with his kids. "I think it's admiration," he says. Adam Wolff, also 38--with two kids and one on the way--ponders what it means to be a man. "Is my man-ness about being the breadwinner or being a good father to my kids or something else?" Michael Gerber, 36, father of a 7-month-old, asks, "Do you mean, Do we feel whipped?"

"I'm probably a little whipped," shrugs Lee Roberts, 45. He's a part-time copy editor, married to a full-time journalist, who has stayed home for nine years to raise their two children. "There are definitely some guys who look at me and think, 'What's up with him?' Do I care? Well, I guess I do a little because I just mentioned it," he says. Haley speaks up to reassure him: "Kids remember, man. All that matters is that you're there. Being there is being a man." | Read story
September 10, 2007

Helping flawed fathers measure up

Rocky Mountain News columnist Tina Griego concludes her Aug. 30 effort on the irresponsibilities of Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry and the stellar determination of Oshanette Neal — single mother of six — with a quote from Sidney Poitier’s book, The Measure of a Man.

Poitier writes, “The measure of a man is how well he takes care of his children.” Neal wants all her sons, and I presume daughters, to know and believe that no matter who you are, male or female, single or married, dead beat or dead broke, that “when you have children, life is not about you anymore. It’s about them.”

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August 20, 2007

Picking a hero, it’s all in the family

When it comes to those they most admire, young people do not look chiefly to the worlds of music, today’s wars or history. Instead, they turn to their families.

Asked to name their heroes, young Americans surveyed by The Associated Press and MTV make their parents the collective top pick. Twenty-nine percent choose their mothers, 21 percent name their fathers, and 16 percent pick their parents without specifying which one. Allowed to choose as many heroes as they'd like, nearly half mention at least one of their folks.

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