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November 1, 2009

Why don't more dads work part time?

"I'm a man," says Tom, "therefore I work. Therefore I don't do childcare, or at least not much. That's what my wife does."

Tom, 37, is one of those unreconstructed fathers whose world-view flies in the face of today's report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which suggests the majority of working fathers are unhappy with their work-life balance. The Fathers, Family and Work report found that that 62% of fathers thought that dads should spend more time caring for their children. | Read story
October 31, 2009

Movie examines need for a father

I recently had an opportunity to screen the new Miramax movie, "The Boys Are Back," which takes an honest look at the impact a father's presence and absence has on his children.

Inspired by a true story, the film stars Clive Owen as Joe Warr, a newly widowed dad struggling to figure out what true fatherhood means. He left his first son, Harry, behind after divorcing Harry's mother. And before his second wife's death, though physically present, he is emotionally absent from the life of his younger son, Artie. | Read story
October 31, 2009

Fatherhood program here to help

The metropolitan Dalton area has an unemployment rate of 12.4 percent, well above the national rate of 9.5 percent. But you wouldn’t know that by the attendance at a career fair held Friday at the Dalton Recreation Center.

“There has been a steady stream of people, but it hasn’t been as large as we thought it would be,” said David Harris, manager of the Georgia Fatherhood Program, which sponsored the event.

A division of the Georgia Department of Human Services Office of Child Support Services, the program works with non-custodial parents, both male and female, who are willing yet unable to pay their support regularly. | Read story
October 30, 2009

Keynote: The Father Figure

Joe Jones knows what it’s like to have a father—and to lose him. Jones spent the first nine years of his life living with his mother and father, who tag-teamed on childrearing while training to become a nurse and a teacher, respectively. “We lived in the projects in East Baltimore, [but] I didn’t even realize that we were kind of poor,” Jones says. “I was in this cone, you know, being protected and raised and nurtured by them.” | Read story
October 28, 2009

This Is Your Brain Without Dad

Conventional wisdom holds that two parents are better than one. Scientists are now finding that growing up without a father actually changes the way your brain develops.

German biologist Anna Katharina Braun and others are conducting research on animals that are typically raised by two parents, in the hopes of better understanding the impact on humans of being raised by a single parent. Dr. Braun's work focuses on degus, small rodents related to guinea pigs and chinchillas, because mother and father degus naturally raise their babies together. | Read story
October 26, 2009

TAP's fatherhood program focuses on responsible fathers

Darren Evans was nervous. He glanced at the dozens of parents sitting in the room, and his palms began to sweat. But he thought about his girlfriend and his young son. He cleared his throat and spoke.

"I take joy every night in going home to my son, putting him to sleep, waking up in the morning and having him tell me he loves me," Evans said. "It touches your heart. Children that age don't know what they're doing, but they're doing it." | Read story
October 20, 2009

Obama fatherhood initiative: a rare issue of bi-partisan accord?

In theory at least, the Obama administration’s National Conversation on Fatherhood and Parental Responsibility is one of those rare instances when liberals and conservatives can enthusiastically join together. It’s a federal government initiative designed to strengthen American schools and help their most disadvantaged students by focusing on the role of fathers. A series of community forums, scheduled to last at least through the fall, deals with issues like the need for parents to take personal responsibility for the success of their children.

“It’s all the things that conservatives have talked about for years,” says Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy in Washington. | Read story
October 19, 2009

Daddy knows best: in praise of single fathers

The first time I met Will Mulcahey, he was sitting in the busy reception area of a centre offering temporary accommodation to young people in the East End of London.

I was scouting around for subjects for a book on young dropouts. Will, who was 20, was sitting on the edge of a table with little eddies of humanity swirling around him, chatting to his friend Darren. He seemed like a talker, youthfully good-looking, tall but not too skinny.

After we’d chatted for a few minutes he pulled out his phone and flicked through it, looking for something. Then he thrust it towards me. On the screen was a picture of a tiny baby with thick dark hair. | Read story
October 15, 2009

Why fathers don't get more involved

When our first child was born, I vowed to spearhead a movement of fathers who would take an equal share in bringing up children, participating in schooling, and generally being awesome. As my wife pointed out at the time, a woman will just do something, whereas a man must spearhead a movement.

According to the Fatherhood Institute, 82% of full-time, working dads say they'd like to do more childcare. But it's not easy. My own retreat from spearhead to spear butt is instructive. At first, as I was a writer (read "unemployed"), I looked after our firstborn while my wife worked. By the second month of this arrangement, I had become exhausted and gained undying respect for full-time parents, and so a childminder was found. We slowly figured out that she was just parking the children in front of the television set, so we tried a nursery. The nursery staff were all moonstruck, staff turnover was rapid, and I got weirded-out that the mums at the nursery gate wouldn't acknowledge my presence. The place was so ditzily feminine that we didn't want our boy there. So we found another nursery. It was exactly the same, only pinker. | Read story
October 15, 2009

Dads, This Is Your Challenge To Step Up

When my son was 3, my wife and I rushed him to the emergency room. Bouncing from couch to chair in our living room, he had slipped and crashed into a coffee table. The pediatrician and the nurse explained how to care for his five stitches. At some point, it dawned on me that neither one made eye contact with me, even after I asked a question. They gave directions to my wife only. Soon after, I was bringing my older son to school, and his teacher asked me: "Would you tell your wife to pack an extra pair of shoes for Jake tomorrow?"

Admittedly, I'm not eager to pack the shoes, and my wife and I easily slip into classic gender roles. But at the same time, my better nature cringed. Why should I so easily be let off the hook? | Read story

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