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National Fatherhood Initiative

9 Ways Dads Can Nudge Their Child's Doctor

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 07.14.2016 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released a significant report on the importance of dads to the health and well-being of their child, and to the health and well-being of the mothers of their child. The report arrives 12 years after the AAP's first report on the importance of dads.

How Many Children Won't Buy a Gift for Dad?

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 06.10.2016 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

As Father's Day 2016 approaches, it's time to take stock of how many children won't experience the joy of giving their dad a gift and the smile, hug and kiss that follows.

Let Your Teen Girl Do This, She'll Be Glad You Did

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 05.19.2016 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

The best thing you can do for your teen girl is to let her figure out life on her own. Do you find that advice hard to swallow? If you do, you're n...

4 Vital Questions To Teach Your Kids

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 04.22.2016 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

As I reflect on more than two decades of parenting my own children, I continue to believe that the greatest gift any parent can give is to help their child develop self-awareness.

The Deep, Powerful Message in Kelly Clarkson's New Hit Song

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
Christopher A. Brown

Kelly Clarkson performed her new hit song "Piece by Piece" on the February 25th episode of the 15th and final season of American Idol. There was hardl...

3 Best Websites for Dads

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 02.18.2016 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

Dads have the ability to learn to be better dads. Unfortunately, they lack the kind of help-seeking behavior of moms when it comes to parenting. In a way, dads are often their worst enemy when it comes to seeking advice and guidance on how to be a good father.

How to Raise a Resilient Child

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

No matter how closely parents try to manage their children's lives they can't possibly protect them from life's trials and tribulations. Indeed, parents shouldn't protect their children from those things. Parents should guide their children instead in how to effectively manage the challenges they'll face on their own.

Two Supports Lacking for U.S. Children in Poverty

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

The effects of father absence and the poverty that results from it are exacerbated by two supports lacking in the U.S. -- the lack of extended family and the dismal spending by the federal government on family-benefit programs.

Netflix's New Parental Leave Policy Lacks Teeth

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Christopher A. Brown

The challenge for Netflix is how to encourage dads to take full advantage of this policy. Dads are not moms. They require efforts that speak specifically to them--that meet their needs and wants as dads broadly and within the context of work-family balance.

What Makes a Parent a Smart Parent

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 05.12.2015 | 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.