“Fatherhood Buzz”

http://www.fatherhood.gov/  Following is a quote from this website…

What’s New in Fatherhood Buzz

This year the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and the President’s Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative are kicking off ‘Fatherhood Buzz’, an initiative to support barbershops in connecting dads with local resources to help build strong families. During this inaugural tour, we will be in barbershops in eight cities.
If you’re in one of the eight initiative cities you can find a participating barbershop near you. If you’re not, take the Buzz to your town. Take your children to the barbershop with you and use the opportunity to talk with the other dads there about their experience and share stories with your children — a story about the goofiest haircut you ever had, the first time you went to this barbershop, or your memories of their first haircuts.

It was lonely growing up in my household.  When Dad was home, it was mostly scary too.  Hanging out with Dad was not fun.  Father’s have a huge role in mentoring kids, but can be sidelined by many challenges, especially for those who serve their country during war.  Deployments can be long and without consistent contact.  In addition to the above new resource, my website includes many links for military families faced with the challenges of deployment and life after war.  Dads often need help along with the kids who are without a father’s consistent love and support.

Another way to provide children additional mentoring and help when parents are not always available is through your local after-school program.  When regular school is out at 3:00 p.m., after-school non-profits i.e., http://www.neighborsforkids.org/ provide the very best mentoring and additional one on one educational assistance.  I have been passionately involved in Neighbors for Kids for almost 3 years as a board member, vice chair, teacher, and mentor.  Helping kids achieve their dreams is a joy and honor.  We can never do enough to ensure that our children get the best opportunities to build a healthy and productive future as an adult.

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

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