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How I Stayed Present With My Child Even When He Didn’t Want Me There

Mark Steizner is our guest blogger this week. He is an apprentice  at the Fathers’ Forum Programs and co-leads our Thursday evening “Men’s Group for Fathers of Young Children.” For more of Mark’s terrific writing on becoming a dad visit his blog “Dad in the Here and Now.”

One of the hardest things for a father is when your child seemingly doesn’t want to be with you. About a month ago my twenty month old son wanted to be with his mommy all the time. Then my in-laws would come over and he’d want to be with them. He’s a toddler and it’s really nothing personal but it was breaking my heart. You can’t help but love your child deeply, and want to be around them.

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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