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Creative Uses of NFI Guides Never Stop!

"It's like a focus group [guide] for dummies!" 

That's the conclusion William (Bill) Macchione came to after he used National Fatherhood Initiative's 14 Critical Issues to Discuss with Moms guide to help him create questions for a focus group he conducted with single moms.

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 to Help Staff Counsel Dads (Downloadable eGuides)

One of the primary challenges in working with dads is building the capacity of staff to talk with and counsel dads one-on-one. Whether trying to help a dad during a 5-minute intake or a 1-hour coaching session, staff can struggle with what to tell him when it comes to the most critical challenges dads face.

Spotlight > How Seneca County's (NY) Creative Use of NFI Resources Helps Dads

Charles (Charlie) Schillaci has made it his personal mission to help dads in Seneca County (NY) to be the best dads they can be. That's impressive because Charlie wields a big stick as the commissioner of the Seneca County Division of Human Services, which is responsible for all of the county's human and social services.

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.

We Have a Winning Pledge! Announcing 24/7 Dad® and InsideOut Dad® Pledge

A few weeks ago, we asked 24/7 Dad® and InsideOut Dad® program participants and facilitators to submit an optional pledge that fathers participating in these programs could recite before or after each session.

We received a variety of unique and inspiring pledges. So many in fact, that while we selected a winner, the final pledge we present to you combines the very best of the "heart and soul" of many of the submissions we received.

Read on to learn the final pledge and the fatherhood facilitator who submitted it.

Readers' Feedback on Effective Facilitation

In several blog posts during the past several weeks, I focused on three questions we ask during training institutes on our fatherhood programs:

  • What are the three (3) most vital characteristics of an effective fatherhood program facilitator?
  • What are the three (3) greatest challenges in helping dads to become the best dads they can be?
  • What are the three (3) most critical steps in preparing to effectively facilitate a fatherhood program? 

I asked for your answers to these questions as effective facilitation is central to running effective fatherhood programs.

Spotlight > Buckner Project Helps Fathers Become Better Dads in Texas

Child abuse, teen pregnancy, substance abuse...these are some of the risk factors you face when you live in Gregg County, Texas. Now, I'm not bashing Gregg County. Please understand that Gregg County is just like most counties in the United States. Yes, they're ranked third-highest in the state for these risk factors, but they're doing something different. 

As you read this post, ask yourself: What about my county? What is being done to connect fathers to families? This post is an example of how one group is helping fathers learn the skills they need to be good husbands and dads. 

Let's put the spotlight where it belongs, on the great work in Gregg County with the Buckner Project and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

A Unique Resource to Begin Healing Relationships Affected by a Father’s Incarceration

In case you hadn’t heard, NFI recently released a new resource entitled, Out of the Ashes: Where a Seed Finds Life. Out of the Ashes is a one-act spoken-word play written and performed by Coley Harris (the father) and Ahmarr Melton (the son). It leverages the power of story in a more intimate way than any film or documentary we’ve seen. The format draws the viewer in and focuses them in such that they are, in a word, mesmerized. The first time we watched it, by the end of the film, we knew it could be the basis for one of the most powerful resources we would ever release.

A Hidden Opportunity to Serve Dads

There is an opportunity that hides in the shadow of a disturbing trend: the rapid increase in the number of children born to cohabiting parents. But before I share the opportunity, let's first look at the trend. 

The Best Fundraising Book You Might Never Heard Of

Fundraising is one of the biggest challenges in starting and maintaining a fatherhood program. (Not to mention a challenge in running National Fatherhood Initiative®!) That's why you must read the following book. 

How Should You Prepare to Facilitate a Fatherhood Program?

We often ask the following question in training institutes on our fatherhood programs: “How do you set the stage so you can effectively facilitate a fatherhood program?”

Participants often don’t have a lot of answers. That’s because it’s easy to bypass preparation and launch headlong into facilitation. But proper preparation can make the difference between a session going well or going poorly.

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