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Fathers Facing Addiction: What You Can Do to Help

When a person suffers from addiction, every member of their family feels the harmful effects of the disease. They watch their loved one slowly lose the ability to control their behavior, they see the symptoms of withdrawal and they sense changes in family roles.

While every member of the family feels the effects of addiction, children often feel the most traumatic effects. That’s because their brains and bodies are still developing, and they’re heavily influenced by their parent’s behavior.

5 Tips for Committing and Recommitting to Fatherhood

At National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), we focus on helping fathers to be involved, responsible, and committed to their children and families. I've reflected a lot on that mantra over my more than 13 years at NFI. Most recently, I've wondered what is the relative importance of these characteristics of a great dad. 

Have 20 Minutes? You Can Manage Your Work-Family Life

Be honest, with the New Year upon us, spending more time with family has crossed your mind. But how can you make your work folks and your family happy? Is that really possible?!

Celebrating 20 Years of Changing Fatherhood: John Thomas (Video)

Fatherhood Changes Everything… And We’ve Changed Fatherhood!

2014 is a special year for us at National Fatherhood Initiative. It marks our 20th year of working to “change fatherhood” by ending father absence and connecting fathers to their children, heart to heart.

The Father Factor's 5 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2013

You have spoken by number of pageviews to our blog posts. 2013 has been a fun year. Thank you for reading our posts. We look forward to connecting with you in 2014. Happy New Year! Now, see our five most popular blog posts for 2013.

The “Tale of Two Fathers” Confirmed by New Study

I am having a hard time deciding how to respond to this report from the Associated Press on a new survey of fathers.

5 Ways to Raise Disagreeable Children

One of my favorite authors is Malcolm Gladwell. If you're not familiar with his name, perhaps you've heard of his books. They include The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. His latest book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. What draws me to his work is his insane ability to see what most people miss when it comes to what makes people and organizations successful.  

Poverty Sucks—How Father Involvement Alleviates It

Poverty sucks. It places adults, families, and, saddest of all, children at risk for a host of poor outcomes. If you're at all familiar with the literature on father absence, you're well aware that children in father-absent homes are much more likely to grow up in poverty.  

LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow: On Dads’ Reading to Their Kids

This post is from LeVar Burton. LeVar is the Actor/Producer who Co-Founded Reading Rainbow Kidz. Interested in blogging for us? Read our guest blog guidelines.

As a father of two, I know from personal experience how difficult it is for working dads to find time to spend with their kids. Time really seems to be the scare “currency” of the 21st century. So when we do spend time with our children, spending it wisely is imperative. It probably comes as no surprise to you that for me, reading is one of the best ways I know to make great quality out of scarce quantity.

Why I Drink My Coffee Black

This post is from Richard Beaty. Richard is the father of three who directs TEAM DAD, a Responsible Fatherhood program of Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority. Find Richard at or on Twitter @TeamDad1Interested in blogging for us? Read our guest blog guidelines.

“How do you take your coffee?” “Black,” I reply without hesitation.

Give to for #GivingTuesday

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." —Sir Winston Churchill

I trust you enjoyed Thanksgiving with your family. First, there was "Black Friday." Then came "Cyber Monday." Today is "Giving Tuesday!" Whether you shopped in-store or online in the last few days, today is for giving instead of getting!

Giving Tuesday is a movement that started a few years ago to encourage folks to support the causes that are important to them. For this #GivingTuesday, NFI wants you, our dedicated blog reader, involved in generating support for our work to connect fathers to their children.

Fathering from a "Frozen" Perspective

Disney has done it again. I'm not sure if it's the music (yeah, I admit, I want the soundtrack; you know, for my daughters!), the setting in Norway (I want to go to there), or the story of two sisters (I'm the dad of two daughters), but Disney's newest epic adventure Frozen tugs on my heart-strings. While watching the film, I sat "cold" in my seat, partially because Disney pulls you into another world with it's 3D version of Arendelle, but mostly because I saw my daughters in Elsa and Anna. Here's what I mean...

Pork: Your Secret Ingredient for the Perfect Thanksgiving

National Fatherhood Initiative and National Pork Board partnered for this guest post. Fatherhood and Pork? It just make sense. Find more tasty recipes at www.PorkBeInspired.comInterested in blogging for us? Read our guest blog guidelines.

Thanksgiving is a day we look forward to all year; one we embrace for the opportunity to feast on good food and enjoy quality time with friends and family. However, as delicious and heartwarming as it can be, Thanksgiving can also become time-consuming and stressful if you’re the one hosting the meal.  

Be an Awesome Dad. But If All Else Fails, Just Dance.

The Huffington Post writer Todd Van Luling did something awesome. He compiled a list of 19 Lessons Great Dads Can Teach You About Being a Better Father.

Join Us for #EngagingDads Twitter Chat: Today at 3pm EST.

Please join us for the #EngagingDads Twitter Chat to discuss best practices in fatherhood, and what youth-serving programs and professionals can do to engage fathers in the lives of adolescents!

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