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Smartphones and Parenting

When I was becoming a dad and a parent I was fortunate that smartphones had not been invented. It might have been even more important for my children!

Being distracted by smartphones when you are with your kids is becoming a concern for many parents and researchers today. This seem to be an increasing problem. There are so many benefits of smartphones but there is also a huge downside we are learning about now.

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When Dads Help Out at Home…the Father Daughter Relationship

Current research shows that when dads help out at home it can have a big effect on their daughters careers. Seeing dad participating in the chores at home helps promote gender equality between husband and wife. It gives his daughter a view of the world that is not so rigidly divided between “men do this and women do that.” The flexibility of the parents gender roles really demonstrates gender equality. It is not just something that is talked about but is practiced by the parents. Read more

A Mom Reflects on Fatherhood

Our guest blog this Friday is by Julia Sherwin who writes the blog “Perspective on Parenting” and is the “Morning Magazine”  Co-host on WCHE 1520a.m.

In an online world filled with “mommy blogs,” it’s usually we women who feel pretty comfortable venting and sharing the many parenting challenges we face daily. Thankfully, we can share such stories via Facebook and other social media outlets, laughing at our many parenting pitfalls and uniting in our milestones of motherhood.

While we moms don’t hide our feelings on parenting too often, I remain curious about the dads among us, many of whom are staying at home to raise their young children. Do they have days when they want to spill their innermost thoughts and feelings on the love they have for their children? Could they use some comfort after trying to pacify a crying baby and his older sibling while navigating a busy grocery store? Believe me, I’ve seen these dads in action, patiently and proficiently performing their fatherhood duties.
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The Day After Father’s Day…

I spent this Father’s Day with my daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter. It wasn’t that long ago I was that young dad like my son-in-law just starting off and celebrating my first Father’s Day.

It was in 1985 when I started the Fathers’ Forum programs. I offered classes and workshops for expectant and new dads. I was struggling myself trying to make sense out of what it meant to be a father. And the whole adventure began that has shaped both my life as a man and my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. My kids were 1 year and 4 year’s old at the time.

I still continue this journey both personally and professionally…it is great to have adult children and have them “off the payroll” and making their way in the world. I can honestly say that all the choices I made to spend time with them and be able to share in their growing up has given me a real feeling of a very special connection with each of them.    Read more