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National Fatherhood Initiative

What Makes a Parent a Smart Parent

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 03.12.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

Don't wait until you're at your wit's end before seeking advice on how to be a better parent generally and in specific situations. Part of being a smart parent is realizing you're not as smart as you think.

The Opportunity Costs of Absent Fathers

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

When fathers are absent from their children's lives -- physically, emotionally, or spiritually -- it costs them dearly. They give up the benefits of being involved, responsible, committed dads -- such as the love of their children and the joy of seeing their children grow into adults -- and the benefits of mothers' love in raising children together.

How Three Consumer Brands Helped Dads and Kids Score a Touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 04.04.2015 | Business
Christopher A. Brown

Three consumer brands helped dads and kids score a touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday. Nissan, Toyota, and Dove Men+Care focused their annual Super Bowl campaigns on celebrating dads.

What Parents Should Really Fear

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

I really appreciate when really smart scientists make their research easy to understand using stories, concepts, and analogies. Natalia uses the concept of the Worry Clock to illustrate how much parents should worry about dangers to their children.

6 Steps to Deal with Fears for Your Children

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

I'm generally not a fearful parent. Even though I fear accidents the most, I rarely think about whether they might happen. But every once in a while, the scar that Jillian still has from that awful day reminds me how much I love my children and don't want any harm to come to them.

Why Horseplay Is Vital For Your Kids

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

Situational safety has its place. Being chronically concerned about children's safety does not. Children will get hurt.

How Your Vote in November Could Harm or Help Children

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics
Christopher A. Brown

As we approach the culmination in November of yet another election cycle, I decided to stake stock of what so many people these days are voting against -- marriage.

Peanut Butter Cheerios Campaign's Spot-On Portrayal of Fathers

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

General Mills Canada recognizes that the company doesn't have to denigrate dads to sell a product. This campaign reflects the growing influence of dads as moms' partners in raising children in all aspects of domestic life.

Reduce Early Fathering? Teach Men About Birth Control

Laura Stepp | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Fatherhood is a big business these days, but it's missing an important piece.

Why Every Day Must Be Father's Day

Roland C. Warren | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents
Roland C. Warren

For healthy families, communities and nations, we need great dads.

Saluting Dr. Huxtable

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

As Father's Day approaches, I wanted to sing the praises of all the great dads in our nation -- biological, step, foster and adoptive.