Take Time To Be A Dad

August 17, 2009

Sometimes it is really hard to be a dad. Sometimes it is hard to feel you are a being good dad because you just don’t know if you are doing what you are “supposed to be doing.” Father involvement with their kids is so important for the youngster’s well-being.

The Ad Council reports on their website: “More than 79% of Americans feel “the most significant family or social problem facing America is the physical absence of the father from the home.” Research shows that the lack of a father in the home correlates closely with crime, educational and emotional problems, teenage pregnancy, and drug and alcohol abuse.

In an effort to show dads the critical role they play in their children’s lives, the Ad Council has partnered with the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and volunteer ad agency Campbell-Ewald to create a new PSA campaign that communicates to fathers that their presence is essential to their children’s well-being. The campaign provides fathers with the information they need to become better dads.”

The ads are great! I saw the cheerleader one at the doctor’s office this afternoon, which is what inspired today’s blog. Here is a whole set of ads – they are all good! I hope they inspire lots of Dads to stick around and be part of their kids’ lives. My dad left my mom and us three girls when I was 7. I was the oldest. I know what it’s like.

Like President Obama said in his recent Father’s Day Message, “even the smallest moments can have the biggest impact in a child’s life” – which is what Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too! is all about, as well. The National Fatherhood Initiative site has examples of things you can do. Hopefully my blog is full of ideas for you, too!

The FatherFactor blog sponsored by the National Fatherhood Initiative is awesome for thought provoking passages. You can check out and maybe join the Dads Club or the Fatherhood Programs.

Being a Dad should be a very special experience. Then when the kids are all grown and have their own children, you hopefully get to do all the fun parts again as Grandpa!

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