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How having small moments with your children make a big difference

How having small moments with your children make a big difference

Small Moments With Your Children Make a Big Difference

Studies confirm that fathers play a central role in their children’s lives

There are about 74 million children in America today. If you’re a parent, here’s something you should know:

Involved fathers—whether they live with their kids or not—can help their children lead happier, healthier and more successful lives. Children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high school, 80 percent less likely to end up in jail and 50 percent less likely to experience depression. The small moments kids enjoy spending with their fathers can make a big difference in their lives. If you’re like most fathers, you’re already doing what you can to be a great dad. Here’s a look at five easy ways to keep it up.

What You Can Do

  1. Spend time with your children.
  2. Be a positive role model.
  3. Send a text to stay connected when far away.
  4. Read to your children.
  5. Remember #DadJokesRule!

Over decades there has been a massive growth in fatherhood involvement. Fathers now spend nearly triple the amount of time with their children than fathers did in the 1960s.

What Dads are Already Doing

Recent research suggests fathers are already very involved:

  • 90% consider the role of dad is to be rewarding every day.
  • 78% talked to their child’s teacher about progress in school.
  • 61% have attended a PTA or other school meetings.
  • Over half have helped with a class trip, special project or activity.
  • Over a third of fathers have helped with coaching their children’s sports teams.

 

Even though fathers are largely more involved than in previous generations, dads today still want to be more engaged. Half say they don’t spend enough time with their kids and want to do a better job at parenting.

To help more fathers understand the importance of their role in their children’s lives, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and the Ad Council have partnered on a national Responsible Fatherhood Campaign.

“All dads should be supported and celebrated for their efforts on Father’s Day and year-round because we know how the story ends for the kids whose fathers show up for them consistently—these children and families thrive,” says Kenneth Braswell the Director of National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and Fathers Incorporated.

The campaign drives to Fatherhood.gov a free resource that offers information, tools and more. Dads can visit the website for ideas to get involved and stay involved in their children’s lives. Other resources include activity suggestions, homework help, online games and a long list of dad jokes! No matter how busy you may be, make time for your children. It only takes a moment to make a moment.

Learn More. For helpful tips, tools, information, jokes, and resources, visit www.fatherhood.gov.

 

How to Make Father’s Day a Memorable Occasion?

How to Make Father’s Day a Memorable Occasion?

Making memories on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood. We usually show our appreciation by giving gifts to our fathers. Then you’ll notice that your dad’s closet is overflowing with ties. He is ahead of two wallets and has enough shaving lotion and men’s colognes to last him the rest of his life.

So, what to do for Father’s Day? What would you do when your father seems to have everything? That special day can be made a memorable one with a little creative thought. What makes your dad his happiest?

Here are some tips you can do on Father’s Day:

  • Take him to his favorite restaurant and slip a gift card for that special place or another purpose, into his Father’s Day card.
  • Be a slave for a day. Mow the lawn. Wash his car. Cook him a lavish meal and wait on him hand and foot.
  • Most men have a hobby or multiple hobbies. If he likes to garden, get your hands dirty and help him weed the produce patch. If he likes photography, plan a special scenic day trip with you driving, so he can be photographically creative.
  • Does he enjoy finer tastes in life? Some specialty liquor stores have sample-size bottles of single malt scotches or glass-size bottles of wines. Accompany these gifts with food items that act as pallet cleansers for the tastings.
  • Brew him a pot of his favorite coffee, make him breakfast, and prepare a basket full of sample coffees for him to try later. Baskets are always a good choice. You can put one together from various items, like books for reading, CDs, DVDs, or foods he likes but doesn’t usually buy for himself.

Remember, whatever the gift, it’s the thought that counts.

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” 

– Pindar

Happy Father’s Day!!