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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.

Spotlight > 24/7 Dad® Launches in Iowa, Shows Recruitment "Must Haves" [Video]

With all eyes on Iowa this week for the presidential caucuses, we have our eyes on a fatherhood program in Northern Iowa who's doing more than shaking hands and taking pictures with babies. Jeremey Simerson, the program facilitator, shows by example how to get dads in the door to your program...

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.

8 Ways an Involved Father Helps His Child

Father absence has many negative consequences for children, which is why we, at NFI, often often talk about The Father Absence Crisis in America. But, what about the benefits of an involved dad? Well, we definitely focus on that, too. 

Time and again, practitioners have told us that they would like a tool they can share with their clients (both moms and dads) that focuses on the benefits of an involved father. In this post, I'll show you eight ways an involved father helps his child, and get you up close and personal with our newest brochure entitled The Importance of an Involved FatherSide note: We think every leader reading this post should have this brochure in their office to help fathers and families!

Spotlight > Indianapolis Re-Entry Facility Gives 42 Families More Than Just a Dance (Video)

On the outside looking in, it's just a lunch and a dance. Oh, but it's so much more. For these 42 dads, it's a chance to connect with their daughters. At NFI, we're inspired by these stories. Watch the video and see how the Indianapolis Re-Entry Facility is connecting fathers to their families. 

Free Tool Helps You Be a Better Dad [Google Play App]

In my almost four years of working at National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), I've learned that every dad struggles with being a great dad. Often, us dads make connecting with our children too complicated. We think we have to plan some major vacation or spend a fortune. We're lying to ourselves. What if we could simply change our fathering habits? This tool can help. 

Spotlight > An Amazing Gift from 10 Dads in Prison

Recently, 10 graduates of the InsideOut Dad® program made an amazing, unexpected gift of $86 to help National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) pursue its mission. Receiving it is one of the greatest joys I’ve received in my time with NFI.

NFI's Top 5 Blog Posts of 2015

We love blogging. Apparently, you love us blogging. We had a lot of traffic, shares, and comments on our posts this year. We pulled our top five blog posts of 2015 and think you will enjoy going down memory lane with us. It's been a fun year. Thanks for reading, sharing, and commenting on our content.

Here are our top-performing posts of 2015...

The Top 5 Leadership Books I Read in 2015

One of my goals for 2015 was to read one book per month. In working toward my goal, I fell in love with reading again. I read over 20 books this year. I haven't read that much since seminary. My top five books include a mix of business, marketing, and fatherhood. Basically, they all fit under leadership. Here we go...

Research to Application: Planning Prompts

Sometimes the simplest changes can have a big impact. Such is the case with planning prompts, which involve prompting people to plan when they’ll follow through on and engage in a beneficial behavior.

Why Involving Fathers in Child Welfare Cases is a Matter of Ethics

Involving fathers in child welfare cases is a matter of ethics for child welfare workers, so say researchers who recently completed a study of fathers involved with the child welfare system in the San Francisco Bay area. National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) can help workers meet this ethical challenge.

The study involved focus groups with 37 fathers that concluded child welfare workers had difficulty connecting with fathers because of the different cultural backgrounds of workers and fathers. The study also concluded that female workers in particular had difficulty relating to fathers because of their different gender and fathers' socioeconomic status (i.e. fathers' disenfranchised status).

14 Critical Issues to Discuss With Moms

I've been been married over 12 years. I get it. It takes two people, working their butts off, to make this parenting thing work. The end-goal has to be the child's best interest. But sometimes, that's easier said than done. Especially if mom and dad aren't married...or even "together".

You, the fatherhood leader, know this all too well. If mom isn't on board with dad being involved, his hands seem to be tied. The most well-meaning dad can only do so much if mom isn't willing to come half-way.

So, the biggest questions become: How do I convince a mother to allow the father to be more involved? How can I talk about dad being involved when mom seems so angry at dad? How do I talk with a mom who can’t seem to say one nice thing about the father of their children?

To help answer these questions, we've created a new resource for practitioners working with families to discuss 14 critical issues with moms around involving dads. It's a tool that helps practitioners feel equipped and confident to talk with moms about the tough issues of relationships and parenting. Let's talk about it...

The Need for More Mom-Focused Prison Programs

Recent data reveal that we need more relationship-focused programs for incarcerated mothers.

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.

Spotlight > Richmond Jail Gives Dads 3 Hours and Hope (Video)

Three hours. Imagine being locked up for a year or more and then getting to spend three hours with your daughter. You get to put on a suit and connect with her. What would you tell her? What happens when the three hours ends and you have to replace the suit with your prison clothes?

I dare you to watch the entire video from "This is Life" by Lisa Ling (CNN) and not cry. I dare you to watch and not see how connecting fathers to their families can inspire dads to stay out of prison once released. 

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