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childhood poverty | Father Hunger - How Father Absence Impacts Our Youth

Finances is a Contributor to Father Hunger

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Do you think the number one cause of divorce is finances?  It is an age old debate that you may find multiple answers.  Does money cause many marriages to fail?  Maybe I should research that for a future article but I do know that lack of a committed father in the home increases the likelihood that a child will grow up in poverty. 

I like you,  know of some fathers that do what they have to do to support their kids.  I applaud the fathers that are handling their responsibility.  I know that other issues arise due to child support agreements and I will definitely write about some of those issues at a later date. 

All I know is more often fathers are not in the picture financially or physically and it is setting our future generations up for failure.  If the kids are growing up in poverty, life is more challenging.  That is a life that did not ask to come into this world and costs the taxpayers a lot of money anually to fund programs for those in need. 

If you are a father and your finances are challenging, we want you to do your part to take care of your kids.  Contact RffDads and we will share with you what we can do to not only help with your day to day finances but what are you doing for your kids future.

Are You Preparing Your Children for Success or Failure?

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Having a child is one of the biggest responsibilities we have in our lifetime. Along with the responsibility comes many choices. As dads, it is our responsibility to do EVERYTHING we can to make sure our children have the opportunity to succeed. If we don’t take our responsibility seriously, we set our kids up for failure. You may be a great dad and I applaud you but if you know you are not doing everything to set your kid up for success, it is never too late. Act Today!

How do you end Father Hunger? One child at a time is how. 1 out of 3 children will go to bed tonight without their fathers. Contact Us today and find out how you can get involved to end father hunger.

Educating Dads

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Any man can be a Father but it takes a real man to be a Dad. How did you learn to be a Dad? We learn the majority of things from the things we see, books we read, and people we meet. Have you had good role models in your life to teach you how to be a Dad? Often times, if we have a bad example that we see, we repeat the same behavior when it comes to Fatherhood, substance abuse, etc.

Sometimes a man decides the example he had was not his idea of the role a father should play. When this happens, a conscious decision is made to break the cycle of incorrect behavior and to raise a family the best he can.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a Dad? This is what Reunite Fatherhood Families, Inc. is all about. We have to educate men on their critical role in the family. Too many fathers are being selfish and not accepting the commitment and sacrifice that comes along with fathering a child.

Are you doing enough? Once I educated myself through the father facts as provided in the free report at www.rffdads.org when you signup for the newsletter. I realized I could do more. Someone once told me that whoever came up with quality time was not telling the truth. It is not quality time that counts, it is the quantity of time that really counts. The more time you spend with a child the better. Our children don’t want our stuff, our children want our time. For example:

  • Are you eating dinner with your children?
  • Are you spending one on one time with your children?
  • Are you reading to your children?
  • When is the last time you told your children that you love them?
  • When is the last time you encourage your child?

 

Signup for our free Dads newsletter today and we will keep you informed of webinars and education opportunities provided by RFFDads or any of our partner sites.

1 in 3 Children Will Sleep Without Their Dad Tonight

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We all know that father absence is a major problem in every community. Why don’t we talk about this major problem and address the issue. Do we really understand how big a problem father absence is in our communities? At this very moment, more than 24 million children are going through their day without the love and support of their biological father. 

Imagine the emotional and psychological problems our children carry around each day.  Why are are school systems struggling with educating our students.  Too much time is spent on behavioral challenges and less on education.  You have to educate yourself on the impact of father absence so you can identify the symptoms in our children.

Just take a look at the picture above and count the kids.

1 in 3 kids without their father tonight. Wow!

References: Kreider, Rose M., and Jason Fields. The Living Arrangement of Children:2001. Current Poplulation Reports. 70 -104. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Census Bureau, 2005.

National Fatherhood Initiative, www.fatherhood.org, The Father Factor: How Fatherhood Impacts Our Youth

Its The Small Things That Count

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What is it that your kids want most for you? Is it your money? No, the most important thing your kids want from you is your time. Your time is so important to a child. The one thing we never seem to have enough of is what our kids are starving for.

We all have 24 hours in a day. Why is it that some fathers find the time to spend with their kids while others do not? Education is the key to understanding the importance of time to your kids. Read the following article to learn more about the importance of time to your kids.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1630551,00.html

Work Family Balance – reality or myth?

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We have all heard the term work family balance before. Most companies and corporations have adopted the terminolgy of a work family balance or a family friendly work environment. Exactly what is that? I spent my last 15 years working for one corporation and I have no clue what work family balance means. Deadlines and projects are always a heavier balance.

Is 2 – 3 weeks of vacation really a balance? What about the other 49 – 50 weeks of the year? In this case, I would say that work family balance is a myth. Family leave Act and other laws have done very little to provide more balance in Americas families. Companies are expecting more from its workers in this economy were staff reductions have taken place and people are afraid of losing their jobs. What about your family? It is important to schedule time each day to spend with your kids.

Eat Dinner with your kids.

Read to your kids.

Make a call to your kids.

Have play time with your kids.

When your day is over, can you say you have done all you can do for your kids today! Remember you can never recover those precious moments you have lost but you can make a difference everyday from this point forward.

learn more about work family balance


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