The debate over equal rights for same-sex couples in the United States is ongoing. While the central issue usually focused on is the right to marry, another related issue must also be addressed. As a newsworthy case in Florida demonstrates, just as gay couples are fighting for the right to marry, some are now focusing on the right to divorce.
Fathers are a great source of inspiration and knowledge for their children. Fatherhood teaching opportunities have traditionally been limited to fishing, hunting, camping, fixing things, and grilling dinner. Nowadays, fathers are much more involved in their children’s lives. But when divorce splits up a family, the noncustodial parent can lose out on time with their children. While there are many programs out there to help mothers during and after divorce, fathers are only now finding programs to assist them in their time of need. And a local program recently held a seminar to give tips to dads about dealing with custody disputes.
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse was set up “to provide, facilitate, and disseminate current research, proven and innovative strategies that will encourage and strengthen fathers and families, and providers of services.” The website has a lot of information to help not only set up local fatherhood support programs, but to give ideas to dads about interacting with their kids. The clearinghouse states “when fathers are involved in the lives of their kids, especially with their education, they learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. Even when fathers do not share a home with their kids, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact.” The clearinghouse website gives links to help dads help their kids with homework. There are also links to websites with multiple activities that dads can share with their kids.Read More