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June 16, 2008

Practice Swings

Hey, Dad.

Your granddaughter and I play T-ball these days at a local rec center, a patch of trampled grass and dirt just north of where the 134 cuts from Pasadena to L.A.'s west side. Tess wears number 12 and meticulously pulls the front of her red jersey down over the top of her pants so you can read ANGELS across the front. She has rituals. She runs out to play second base and draws a broad circle in the dirt with her right toe and then steps into the circle, crouches down, reaches her glove toward the ground and looks up at the hitter. In the batter's box, she licks her upper lip, taps the plate twice, takes two deliberate practice swings, then pulls the bat up and back until her chin and nose are tucked behind her left shoulder, like she's got a secret, like she's The Shadow peering from behind his cape.

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June 16, 2008

Obama calls on fathers to embrace duty, family

Addressing a packed congregation at one of the city's largest black churches, Sen. Barack Obama invoked his own absentee father Sunday to deliver a sharp message to black men, saying, "We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception."

In an address that was striking for its bluntness and where the presidential candidate chose to give it, Obama directly addressed one of the most delicate topics confronting black leaders: whether absent fathers bore responsibility for some of the intractable problems afflicting black Americans. Obama noted that "more than half of all black children live in single-parent households," a figure that he said has doubled since his childhood.

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June 16, 2008

Cowboys’ Ware Fulfills a Challenge for Fatherhood

DeMarcus Ware cradled his 3-month-old daughter, smoothing her plentiful black hair, tickling her tummy, kissing her cheeks.

On his living room couch this month, Ware looked nothing like a menacing All-Pro linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. He made baby noises. He shook rattles. He noticed Marley jabbing fingers in her mouth, an indication she was tired.

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June 15, 2008

More dads getting involved at schools

When Henry Trujillo was growing up in a city just outside New York City, his parents weren't very involved with his school or his homework

"My parents didn't speak the language or understand it," he said. "So they were never involved in education."

His wife's parents were busy business owners who didn't have much time to help their children with homework either, so when they started a family of their own, they knew they were going to make education an important part of their lives.

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June 13, 2008

Fatherhood gone full time

Changing diapers and responding to the cries of his infant son Patrick recently became routine in James Neton’s life.

For a week, at least.

During that short timeframe, Neton decided to stay home for the second time while his wife, Melany, went back to work as a kindergarten teacher in Hayden.

Those weren’t the worst parts of the job. Instead, diaper duty and soothing a crying baby were his favorite aspects of being a stay-at-home father, he said.

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June 11, 2008

George Foreman Talks Parenting, Grilling and Boxing

He's one of the world's most famous people: a two-time heavyweight champion, celebrity pitchman/griller, and all-around cheerful guy, George Foreman.

He stopped by the show this morning to discuss fatherhood, along with author Tom Sturges and Roland Warren, the president of the National Fatherhood Initiative.

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June 11, 2008

Why Fathers Matter

1. Children's well-being. Children living in intact families tend to fare better on cognitive achievement and behavioral outcomes than peers living in families with unmarried biological fathers, stepfathers and mothers' cohabiting partners.

2. Adolescents' psychological well-being. Close relationships between adolescents and their fathers are positively associated with adolescents' psychological well-being.

3. Adolescents' behavioral problems. Adolescents of more involved fathers tend to exhibit lower levels of behavioral problems than peers of less involved fathers. | Read story
June 11, 2008

Fathers give children a tasty legacy seasoned with love

One generation back, moms traditionally ruled the kitchen. When it came to warm, fuzzy food nostalgia, mothers came first.

Now, the culinary influence of fathers on their sons and daughters finally is being acknowledged.

Dads often have a significant impact on how their children eat, taste, cook and dine.

This paternal input is especially strong in offspring who pursue a career in food. In honor of Father's Day, we offer memories of Dad from four notable Denver-area foodies: a baker, a chef, a winemaker and a teacher.

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June 11, 2008

Father's Day 2008: a reflection

There’s an old saying that the greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.

That’s the importance of a father: the witness he gives through his love. I have many memories of my own father. But above all, I remember his love for my mother. I always believed in it, because it was always there. My father taught me that fidelity was not just possible, but a source of joy and freedom, satisfaction and friendship. I might have learned that without him, but not in the same way, and not with the same intimacy. He also taught me how to choose to love. Real, fatherly love is entirely a free-will act of self-sacrifice. Lived well, it gives us a window on God’s own fatherhood.

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June 9, 2008

3rd annual forum promotes and supports father-child relationships

Aidan’s father Jerry Paider collected pebbles and poured them into a pile at the end of a plastic slide as his 18-month-old child watched and mimicked his moves.

This basic parent-child play is just a small part of a relationship research suggests is integral to Aidan’s success in life. “I wouldn’t trade this for the world,” Paider said of his son.

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