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Join #DadGames12 Twitter Party and Win Prizes - Tonight 9PM EST

Dad Games 12Week 1 is in the books and week 2 is here. We had a blast last Thursday as many dads joined our Twitter party with questions, answers, tips and advice. Join National Fatherhood Initiative (@TheFatherFactor) as we host a Twitter Party for week 2 with great prizes to get dads ready for Communicating with Mom this week!

Get full details about The Dad Games 2012.
Join us tonight at 9PM EST as we share advice and tips for this week's topic of how to connect with your wife and the mother of your children.

Last week's party was a great time to conenct with other dads and be motivated to work through the action steps of the checklist. Remember, we're becoming Gold Medal Dads to our help impact our kids, our wives/kids’ moms and our family.

This week’s topic is Gold Medal Dads…Communicate With Mom
Make sure you have our checklist with seven ideas of how you can work at your relationship.

Get this week’s Gold Medal Dad checklist.

During tonight’s Twitter party, we’ll walk through some of the challenges for the week and share stories and ideas of how to win Gold by connecting with your spouse or the mother to your kids.

Bring your advice, tips and questions!

Be sure you’re following @TheFatherFactor and using the hashtag #DadGames12 for all your tweets.

Two prize winners will be selected from among Twitter party participants and notified at close of party. Be active at the party to increase your chances of winning!

What can you win? See the Dad Games prizes.

#DadGames12 Prize from Dove® Men+Care®:
Dove® Men+Care® celebrates men who are comfortable in their own skin and understand the importance of caring for themselves and others. One Twitter party participant will win an autographed sports item from a legend and the new collection of Dove® Men+Care® products to keep you literally comfortable in your own skin.

#DadGames12 Prize from Gillette:
Gillette has a series of limited edition Olympic-packaged products in suppport of their ongoing partnership with the Olympic Movement and their 25 Olympic athletes including Ryan Lochte and Tyson Gay. One Twitter party participant will win a gift package of Gillette’s Olympic-themed products - plus a fatherhood book from NFI. 

Host: @TheFatherFactor
When: Thursday, July 26 at 9PM EST
Hashtag: #DadGames12

To get next weeks Dad Games checklist directly to your email inbox, sign up for our Dad Email. Go Dads!

Week 1 Recap of The Dad Games

describe the imageWe had a blast sharing stories and being challenged to spend time with our kids this week. We hope you connected with your children throughout our challenge.

Through our blog, Facebook page and Twitter stream, we not only connected with our children, we connected with other dads.

Dads, we can be intentional and spend quality and quantity time with our children. We can make an impact on our kids' lives.

It’s been a busy week. Check out hightlights of what dads who are competing in The Dad Games are saying! Below is a snapshot of the first week. Remember, you can join at any time!

What Dads Are Saying on the Blog
Spent the day with my daughter today. Went to lunch, spent time reading at the local bookstore and pre-shopping at the mall for back to school. --Sean Nixon

Camping is a great way to spend time with your children. There are a variety of cool aspects to camping, allowing you to explore with you kids and do things together. You can really connect with your child during this time of relaxation and enjoyment. I know from first hand experience. I've been camping with my own kids for several consecutive years now. It's a blast! --Dan Rayner

I recently purchased kayaks for myself, my wife and my nine-year-old daughter. For quality time with my daughter, I took her to the nearby lake and we spent the afternoon kayaking and talking. She loved the exercise and I loved the small talk with my little girl. --Chuck Wooddy

Love the idea of the 2012 Dad Games! Had a ball yesterday riding the go-kart, bike riding, reading, etc. Summer has been great overall, but it's nice to have the "challenge" placed in front of me as well as other Dad's. --Tim Myers

Dad Games 2012. Great idea to inspire us guys to be better fathers. My little girl is 1. I read a couple of books to her today. The most important time to me is when we both can take a nap together during the day. Lets do work DADS!! --Robert Witcher 

My son and I have colored, played Batman, fixed the kitchen tile in my grandfather's house, read a few books, and the week ain't over yet. :) Thanks for the fishing tips. My son is afraid of pretty much every animal so fishing is a no-go for a while anyway. –Maury Wood


What Dads Are Saying on Facebook
I am a single dad. My daughter is 12 years old for the last 4 years she has been doing fundraising to help kids go to church camp. This past sat. 7/14 she did a car wash we washed cars for 4hrs in june she did a garage sale and bake sale this is how we spend a lot of our time and the hard work of helping others it is fun to help my daughter do what makes her fill good. --Doug Tripp

I've taken four of my children to work with me on my side job this week so I can spend some time with them and so they can see what a hard days work is. --Billy D Vickers

Me, my son, and my daughter a ping pong table on Friday. Saturday we went to the circus in the morning and then went straight to Splashtown waterpark right after. We had such a wonderful time! --Matt Taylor

My daughter Savannah and I spent all weekend at a Girls Scout camp for Girl Scouts and their family members. We rode horses, hiked, did crafts, archery, low ropes, and just enjoyed each other's company. It was one of the best times ever!!!!! --Mike Parish

Yes, from bringing them to work to having "special lunches" while @ work to fun dinners, late night dips in the pool . Movies ordering pizza late at night to all falling asleep together on the same couch.. Loved every second of it! --Will Hamilton

Not this week but last week was great, went home on a pass before I deploy to spend 4 days with my little girl. I took her and my niece swimming 2 days, ate together everyday, took some naps and held her close, seen the new Ice Age movie and spent every moment I was there with her. I can't wait to get back to her! --Lee Whited


What Dads Are Saying on Twitter
Told wife my main goal is to make her happy. She said 1 of the best things I've ever said. Show kids u love mom. #DadGames12 @maurydwood2

I took my daughter to a movie and then bowling.....but we play xbox daily #DadGames12 @chefydaddy

Saturday mornings we go get bagels and give Mom the morning off! #DadGames12 @bfalvey

I was missing too much so left high-paying job so could work part-time & spend more time raising my kids #dadgames12 @GeekDad248 

Making up dance moves to songs like Call Me Maybe in our chairs once dinner is done. #DadGames12 @cdel58

Meal time is our listening and giggling time. 3.5yr old tells antics of day. Sometimes tattles on herself #Dadgames12 @jon_wilke

My son and I read a National Geographic Kids magazine last night and a dinosaur alphabet book #DadGames12 @candyland0606

Singing The Duck Song with my kids. Grand time quacking together before bed time #DadGames12 @JasonBruce

Getting spanked by my kids in UNO. #DadGames12 @ctramosono


Great job, Dads! Keep up the good work!

Week 1 may be over, but you can still join us for Week 2! Stay tuned for more information as we challenge you to be a Gold Medal Dad by Communicating with Mom!

Don’t forget to sign up for our Dad Email to get this week’s checklist. Then share how you’re competing with other dads during the week.

7 Ways To Connect With Your Kids

Spending time with your kids can be difficult. I’m talking the real, intentional time. I don’t mean the time like when you’re in the same room with your kids but you’re on your phone streaming twitter while your daughter plays in the background because you have a job in social media and must retweet that quote from that guy who said that thing about fathering…wait…I flashed-back to last night at my house. Sorry.

7 ways to connect with your kids

The challenge is to actually spend time and undivided attention with our kids.

Here are seven ideas to help get you started:

1) Gather the Family for a Meal
Enjoying a family meal together is one of the best ways to connect as a family. It’s an opportunity to discuss the highs and lows of the day and talk in detail about what you’re children are learning each day. Check out our tips to help you make family mealtime easy and meaningful!

2) Read to Your Child
If you have young children, read to them. Use deep voices for some character and high voices for others. Be animated. Your child needs to hear his/her dad’s voice. 

Reading allows for bonding with your children like nothing else.

Think about how close you have to be to read to someone. You wouldn’t sit and read to a stranger on a bus. That would be weird. Reading is a great way to connect with your child, if only for a few minutes. Be warned, you won’t be able to read only one book. Your child will beg for more!

For older child: read the same books your children are interested in. This will take extra effort, but at least take time to discuss the latest book they’re reading. Ask good questions about the books and characters like, "Which character in the book is your favorite? Why?" The point is to connect with your child on a deeper level than asking “how was your day?” Then they answer, “Good.” And then the talk ends.

NFI’s tips on making reading fun will work well if you feel like you don’t know how to get started with this activity.

3) Interact in Play With Your Child
Do something with your child that he/she enjoys. Let them pick the thing. Whether it’s getting on the floor and playing with dolls or trucks, get on your child’s level and play. The simpliest thing you can do now will reap massive rewards and open lines of communications for later. 

For older child: do something they like, such as playing video games or walking around the mall – be invested and interested in your child intentionally for this activity.

4) Dad-Kid Dates
Whether you have a son or daughter, take time to go out for ice cream, eat together or take a walk. The point is to spend individual time with your child. If you have more than one child, work toward children getting their own individual time with you. (If you can pull this activity off with multiple children, please write us in the comments and give your advice on making this happen!)

5) Get Active
Engage your children in physical activity. It will bond you together and help build healthy habits. From riding a bike, basketball, or walking in a nearby park, you can be intentional about getting out from the normal routine and get active this week. 

6) Get Creative
This may be as simple as coloring together if you have young children or involving your child in fixing something around the house. Consider cooking together for this activity. From the trip to the store to preparation, use the time to connect with your child and talk about life while you do something that you have to do anyway – eat!

7) Family Game Night
Did you have family game night growing up? Whether your family played board games or not when you were a kid, the idea here is to have fun and get the family together and playing. We have suggestions for games to suit all ages and ideas to make game time fun for your child.

At NFI, we know that children whose fathers are stable and involved are better off on almost every cognitive, social and emotional level when measured by social science researchers. Keep up the good work, dads!

photo credit: kevin dooley

Join #DadGames12 Twitter Party and Win Prizes - Tonight 9PM EST

DadGames12In the spirit of the 2012 London Olympic Games, join National Fatherhood Initiative (@TheFatherFactor) as we host a Twitter Party with awesome prizes to get dads geared up for The Dad Games of 2012!

Get full details about The Dad Games 2012.
Join us tonight at 9PM EST and each Thursday night through 8/16. We’ll share advice and tips for each week’s Dad Games topic. We’ll motivate Team Dad to stay strong in the Dad Games as we strive to be Gold Medal Dads to our kids, our kids’ moms and our family.

This week’s topic is Gold Medal Dads…Spend Time With Their Kids.
Make sure you have our checklist with seven ideas of how you can spend time with your kids.

Get this week’s Gold Medal Dad checklist.

During tonight’s Twitter party, we’ll share stories and ideas of how to win Gold by spending time with our kids.

Bring your ideas and your questions!

Be sure you’re following @TheFatherFactor and using the hashtag #DadGames12 for all your tweets.

Prize winner will be chosen from among Twitter party participants and notified at close of party. 

What can you win? See the Dad Games prizes.

#DadGames12 Prize from Dove® Men+Care®:
Dove® Men+Care® celebrates men who are comfortable in their own skin and understand the importance of caring for themselves and others. One Twitter party participant will win an autographed item from a sports legend and the new collection of Dove® Men+Care® products to keep you literally comfortable in your own skin.

#DadGames12 Prize from Gillette:
Gillette has a series of limited edition Olympic-packaged products in suppport of their ongoing partnership with the Olympic Movement and their 25 Olympic athletes including Ryan Lochte and Tyson Gay. One Twitter party participant will win a gift package of Gillette’s Olympic-themed products - plus a fatherhood book from NFI. 

Host: @TheFatherFactor
When: Thursday, July 19th at 9PM EST
Hashtag: #DadGames12

To get next weeks Dad Games checklist directly to your email inbox, sign up for our Dad Email.

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