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Why the Father Times Parenting Newsletter?

Parents need information. They need knowledge that will help them understand children, provide a healthy environment and nurture their children to adulthood.

Dad with laughing kidsOne educational tool that has become increasingly valuable in parent education is parenting newsletters. Until now there have been few if any resources that addressed the important relationship of fathers or father figures and their children.

The Father Times parenting newsletter is targeted at fathers or father figures of young children (ages 0 to 8) and those who support them. It is intended to increase parents' knowledge, provide parents with confidence and promote healthy parenting practices. This parenting newsletter resource focuses on fathers and father figures for the following reasons:

  • Fathers and father figures are more likely to get involved and remain involved in their children's lives when their children are young.
  • Fathers and father figures are more likely to respond to parent education if it focuses on them as fathers rather than on parents in general.
  • Parenting newsletters are generally a low-cost, high quality method of delivering information to fathers and father figures in a convenient fashion. This makes it possible to overcome work, time or other barriers to fathers receiving information.
  • Research has shown that parenting newsletters can be very effective in increasing knowledge, changing attitudes and improving behavior among parents.
  • Fathers and father figures contribute significantly to a child's development and well-being when they are involved in positive, meaningful ways. Such an approach recognizes this fact and attempts to encourage responsible father involvement.

Father Times Newsletter - Where Does It Fit?

There are a number of parenting newsletters, but there is very little that specifically addresses fathers and father figures in the lives of young children. This newsletter resource meets that need and provides a practical, father-friendly approach to sharing information and ideas with men as parents.

Father Times Newsletter - Who is Using It?

The Father Times parenting newsletter is adaptable and designed for use in a variety of educational settings. It has been used in early childhood settings (Head Start and Early Head Start), kindergarten and other school programs, parent education centers, prisons with incarcerated fathers, social services agencies, faith communities, community education programs, businesses and other areas where fathers and father figures can be reached.

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