This section provides web links, PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood from news outlets around the world.
Journal details childhoodEvery child has a story, and every community has dreams for its youths. The Montelores Early Childhood Council hopes to capture those stories through a communitywide journaling project.
Monday, MECC launched the Colorado Journals for Children campaign, an effort to gather stories of youth advocacy, community goals and family triumphs from residents of Southwest Colorado. | Read story
D.C. court program teaches absent fathers how to be good dadsWhere are the fathers?
I get that question every time I write about women and children in peril.
I write about the broken families of homeless women, their daughters and the grandbabies sleeping in cars, on the streets and trying to get into shelters in alarming numbers throughout our region. | Read story
Are Moms and Dass Really That Different?Parenting gurus often like to point out that moms and dads are very different, and they often use back-handed statements to suggest that mothers are inherently more capable and nurturing. These experts will say things like, “dad might be rough and tumble before bedtime, and that’s okay” or “so what if dad doesn’t fold the sheets the same way you do, at least he’s pitching in!” But, if we take a step back, I wonder if dads are really that different from moms, or if parents are just different in general?
Some argue that moms are more nurturing and just know how to be better parents. I’ve met both moms and dads that are happy to give a screaming child a candy bar to get him to settle down, just as I’ve met moms and dads that show up to a playdate with three or four BPA-free, reusable plastic containers filled with organic fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market that have been sliced to perfect bite-size pieces to ensure that their new eater won’t choke. I’ve also known moms and dads who rush their children to the emergency room when they fear that barking cough might be croup, and other moms and dads that haven’t taken their kids to the doctor for more than routine checkups. These differences aren’t gender specific—the differences are based on individual instincts, knowledge, and beliefs. | Read story
Is your kid on drugs? Time to Act classes to teach parents to talk to kids about drugs, alcoholWhat do you do if you suspect your kid is on drugs? A) Fry an egg in a pan and say, "This is your brain on drugs." B) Make him watch the E! True Hollywood Story of Lindsay Lohan. C) Attend a Time to Act Community Program. The first two won't win you Mom or Dad of the Year. But the third, sponsored by the Denver Office of Drug Strategy, is a good bet.
The Time to Act Community Programs are an offshoot of the Time to Act website, which is sponsored by The Partnership at Drugfree.org (the same folks who brought you those egg-frying commercials in the '80s). The classes are designed for parents who suspect, or know, their child is doing drugs or drinking alcohol -- or parents who worry their child might one day do those things. The program's message? Talk to your kids as soon as you think there might be a problem. | Read story
Our view on kids: When unwed births hit 41%, it's just not rightWhat's the matter with kids today? A great deal more than you might realize.
One-third are overweight or obese. Nearly a third drop out or can't finish high school in four years. All told, 75% are in such a poor state that they are ineligible for military service for reasons ranging from health to drugs to criminal records to lack of education.
Last month came bad news about the rest: 23% of those who try to enlist fail the basic entrance exam. | Read story
White House Staffer Addresses Fatherhood "Crisis" In HarlemLast Friday, Father’s Incorporated had a dinner in Harlem to kick off the Year Of Responsible Men in partnership with the White House. Executive Director, Kenneth Braswell hosted the event and he spoke about his idea to use blue bowties to symbolize the crisis of fatherhood in America just as pink ribbons have come to symbolize the crisis of breast cancer. He also detailed the hard work that went into establishing all the partners and sponsors for the Year Of Responsible Men.
Dr. Jeff Gardere, the host VH-1’s “Dad Camp” gave humorous yet poignant anecdotes from his time working on “The Maury Show,” “Dad Camp” and his own private practice working with poor families in Washington Heights. Gardere noted that a great deal of moms would bring in their sons, and that most of their issues came from lack of a father figure. | Read story
The Father Factor in the Tucson Shooting"The family was contemptuous. It wasn't the son. It was the father."
Those are the words of a female neighbor of alleged Tucson shooter, Jared Loughner. As details about the Loughner’s family begin to emerge, a not unexpected picture is coming into focus. Apparently, Loughner’s father, Randy, was far from a positive force in the life of his son and family.
Another individual who used to spend a lot of time with the Loughners said the family's home was "cold, dark and unpleasant" and that he always felt "unwelcomed." | Read story
Fathers Group Launches Year-Long Initiative with White HouseFathers Incorporated, a New York-based agency which seeks to remedy the effects of absentee fathers, will announce a year-long slate of activities to encourage responsible fatherhood and mentoring at an awards dinner on Jan. 14. Joshua DuBois, special assistant to President Barack Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is the event speaker. | Read story
The Daddy Bonus: Which Fathers Get Paid More At Work?One of the more intriguing explanations for the pesky and persistent gender gap in wages is that becoming a mother tends to depress a woman's ability to earn, while becoming a father has the opposite effect, especially among white-collar workers.
Various explanations have been offered to explain the daddy bonus. It may be that fatherhood has a tendency to focus the mind on providing, so guys work longer hours. It's also possible that men who are fathers are considered to be more responsible and promotable, or conversely, that they don't become fathers until they're earning the big bucks. It may be that bosses feel sympathy for fathers because they know how damnably expensive children are. Or it may simply be that dads would rather stay at the office, where everybody behaves like a grown up, than go home to the squirminess and bodily fluid-filled drudgery of family life | Read story
Taking the Child Out of Child SupportAs the nation’s leading fatherhood organization, we often receive promotional materials for books about fatherhood. It’s great to see more people writing about fatherhood, sharing inspirational stories from their own experiences, and adding to the cultural conversation about this important issue.
We recently received a postcard for a book titled, Boy, Drop That Child Support: How to Keep Your Baby Mama from Draining Your Pockets Dry written by family law attorney Cathy Middleton. The book claims to teach men legal strategies to protect their paychecks from “greedy baby mamas who want to use your money to support their lifestyle instead of their children. | Read story