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9 Ways Dads Can Nudge Their Child’s Doctor

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released a significant report on the importance of dads to the health and well-being of their child, and to the health and well-being of the mother of their child. The report arrives 12 years after the AAP’s first report on the importance of dads.

How Many Children Won’t Buy a Gift for Dad?

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

As Father’s Day 2016 approaches, it’s time to take stock of how many children won’t experience the joy of giving their dad a gift and the smile, hug and kiss that follows.

How to Help the 5 Million Children Who Have Had an Incarcerated Parent

More than 5 million of today’s children have had an incarcerated parent with the vast majority of those parents being fathers.

Let Your Teen Girl Do This, She’ll Be Glad You Did

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

The best thing you can do for your teen girl is to let her figure out life on her own.

Do you find that advice hard to swallow? If you do, you’re not alone. It’s difficult for many parents to allow their teen daughters the freedom they need to develop into healthy adults who rely on their parents for very little.

How Are You Helping Mothers This Mother's Day and Beyond?

Given that Mother's Day is this Sunday, it's time to take stock of just how important moms are to child well-being. For organizations that serve families, Mother's Day is a great reminder of how important it is to provide moms with help in being the best mom possible.

Making Good on Fatherhood: A Review of the Fatherhood Research (Free Resource)

If you're interested in a good review of the history of fatherhood programs in the U.S., look no further than Making Good on Fatherhood: A Review of the Fatherhood Research, a recent review produced by the Child and Family Research Partnership at the University of Texas at Austin.

4 Vital Questions to Teach Your Kids

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

As I reflect on more than two decades of parenting my own children, I continue to believe that the greatest gift any parent can give is to help their child develop self-awareness.

How One Hour Changed My Image of Jerry Jones

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is undeniably one of the most polarizing figures in pro sports. Ever since he booted the legendary Tom Landry from his perch atop America's Team, Jones has assumed the mantle of maverick owner controlling every aspect of the team's operations as president and general manager.

The Deep, Powerful Message in Kelly Clarkson's New Hit Song

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

Kelly Clarkson performed her new hit song "Piece by Piece" on the February 25th episode of the 15th and final season of American Idol. There was hardly a dry eye in the house. Keith Urban was especially moved. He couldn't hold back his tears. Even Ms. Clarkson had a trying time singing the song all the way through. She received a standing ovation at the conclusion of this moving performance.

"Piece by Piece" is the title track from Ms. Clarkson's first album of original songs in four years. What's she been doing all that time? Still performing, for sure. Her primary focus, however, has been stepping into the role of her lifetime: being a stepmother to her husband's two children and a new mom to her own child. If you saw her performance--and you have to watch it--you know her second child will soon say hello to the world. What has happened to transform her life since her last album is key to understanding why "Piece by Piece" is her most emotional song yet.

The Secret Sauce for Dads to Take Paternity Leave

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

In a previous post in this blog, I wrote about Netflix's new parental leave policy that gives new parents up to one year of paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child. While we should applaud Netflix for that policy, I noted that it lacks the teeth necessary to encourage dads to take advantage of it. 

More Organizations Using 24/7 Dad® with Teen Dads

More organizations are using National Fatherhood Initiative’s 24/7 Dad® program with teen dads. 

This fact was underscored a couple of weeks ago when I attended the Texas Fatherhood Summit in Austin, Texas. Organized by the Child and Family Research Partnership at the University of Texas (at Austin), the conference brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest in evidence-based research on fatherhood programs. Several of the attendees included staff from organizations using 24/7 Dad® with teen dads, including those with home-visiting programs.

3 Best Websites for Dads

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

According to the Pew Research Center's recent Parenting in America study, only 39% of dads say they do a "very good job as a parent." That's compared to 51% of moms who say the same about their own parenting.

Why, then, do 6 in 10 dads lack confidence in their parenting? One reason might be dads' lack of confidence in how well prepared they are to be dads. National Fatherhood Initiative's Pop's Culture study -- the most comprehensive national study ever conducted on dads' attitudes on fathering -- found that only 54% of dads "agreed" and 22% "strongly agreed" that they were adequately prepared for fatherhood when their first child was born.

Where Presidential Candidates Stand on Supporting Families

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

With the focus during this presidential race on Obamacare, immigration reform, terrorism, and the economy, it's not surprising that the leading Republican and Democratic candidates have had little to say about what they would do to support strong families. Moreover, the media haven't been particularly interested in what the candidates would do once elected to build and maintain what is arguably the most important institution in American culture.

What the NFL Can Teach You About Fatherhood Programming

As we wind down another NFL season and get ready to celebrate the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl, there's a vital lesson for efforts to implement fatherhood programs. The lesson comes from an unlikely source: the link between the salaries made by NFL players and their play time. Does that link seem odd? Stay with me for a moment.

How to Raise a Resilient Child

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

The discussion today around parenting often centers on "helicopter parents," those parents who hover over every aspect of their children's lives to such an extent that they organize and monitor every minute of their children's lives. As a result, their children have little or no space to explore the world on their own and learn how to effectively navigate life's challenges from one of life's great teachers -- learning from failure.

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