Category: Parental Rights/ Parenting

The Value in Customizing a Fatherhood Program

There’s a lot of emphasis these days on implementing fatherhood programs with fidelity. Indeed, many funders of fatherhood programs insist upon it. That’s because implementing a fatherhood program with fidelity can make all the difference in its effectiveness. On the other hand, customizing (adapting) a fatherhood program to meet the needs and wants of a specific type of dad can also make that program more effective.* That’s a lesson applied by the BLACK Wellness & Prosperity Center in Fresno, CA. Dedicated to being “a catalyst to improve well-being and prosperity in the Black community,” this center implements efforts to improve outcomes in maternal and child health, among other priorities that improve the lives of Black people throughout the state. One of the center’s recent efforts was to address a lack of engagement of Black dads during their partners’ pregnancies through the development and evaluation of: “… a doula-informed fatherhood workshop that incorporates doula support strategies during the perinatal period into an existing evidence-based fatherhood curriculum to emphasize the importance of paternal involvement beginning at conception…doula support services provide emotional, physical, and educational support to birthing people before, during, and after pregnancy.” What was the evidence-based fatherhood curriculum they chose? The 24:7 Dad® program of National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI). Despite research on the importance of father involvement during the perinatal period to positive maternal and child health outcomes, there’s a stark lack of intentional and proactive efforts to involve dads during a time that sets the stage for healthy child development and positive parenting.

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Mental health ranks as top concern for parents: Study

Mental health is the top priority for parents when they are concerned about their child’s well-being. A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that 4 in 10 U.S. parents are extremely or very worried about their children struggling with anxiety and depression, followed by being bullied (35%) Mental health concerns topped physical threats to children, such as alcohol/drugs, teenage pregnancy, and getting in trouble with the police. Overall, mothers are more likely to worry about their children than fathers by significant margins, per the study. Parents are also worried about aspirations for their children when they reach adulthood. They are equally concerned with their children establishing financial independence and securing a job or career that they enjoy, with 88% of parents saying it is “extremely/very” important to them. However, how children achieve that job differs by race and ethnicity. For example, 70% of Asian parents say their child graduating college is extremely important to them, compared to 57% of Hispanic parents, 51% of black parents, and 29% of white parents. Parents are worried about their overall performance as well. Most parents, 64%, believe they are doing an excellent or very good job as a parent, with 62% also saying that being a parent has been at least somewhat harder than expected. Upper-income parents and black and white parents are more likely to think they are doing a great job as a parent.

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Mom Explains What It Took to Rescue Daughter From Transgenderism

When her daughter said she was “transgender,” Friday began taking decisive steps to rescue her from transgenderism. She took her daughter’s phone, put her in a new school, and tried her best to surround the preteen with the truth about who she was as a female. It was not easy, but Friday says, as a parent, “you have to be strong enough, your love for your child has to be strong enough, to take their vitriol.”

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Madison parents sue school district for plan to hide their children’s gender confusion from them

A “preemptive lawsuit is the only way to prevent lifelong harm to minors and preserve parents’ constitutional rights, because parents cannot be expected to know either the future or what the District is hiding from them. No professional organization recommends that untrained school officials secretly facilitate gender transitions without involving parents and experts.”

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Quebec court rules hospital can remove child’s breathing tube against parents’ wishes

The child, identified as “X,” has been in a coma since he was found at the bottom of his family’s swimming pool last June. Though the hospital believes that the child may actually breathe on his own without the help of the breathing tube, his parents want reassurance that he will be reintubated if that isn’t the case. The hospital is refusing to concede to this request, arguing instead that the boy should receive end-of-life care if that happens.

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It’s Time to Treat Big Tech Like Big Tobacco

We’re at a moment with Big Tech much like we were with Big Tobacco in the 1970s, when the studies were rolling in documenting the medical risks associated with smoking, but the government had not yet stepped in aggressively to limit smoking. In the past decade, anxiety, depression and teen suicide have surged, especially among girls, since the mass adoption of smartphones around 2010. Depression more than doubled, from 12% in 2010 to 26% today for teen girls. Emergency room visits for self-inflicted injuries almost doubledover the same period, again for teen girls. And teen suicide among girls has risen to a 40-year high.

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North Carolina Teacher Association Instructs Kindergarteners In Radical Gender Theory

The North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (NCAEYC) hosts a documentary on their website called, “Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years,” featuring a scene with a group of children aged four and five getting a lesson on “gender identity” from their “non-binary” teacher. The film was recently shown to daycare owners in North Carolina during a training session by the NCAEYC, according to Jordan Chamberlain of the Washington Free Beacon.

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AAP’s Obesity Treatments Prioritize Big Pharma Over Children’s Health And Wellness

Why would the AAP advise such drastic courses of action when basic diet and exercise are the safest options for children? Look no further than the AAP’s list of top donors, mostly comprised of both ultra-processed-food manufacturers — whose products make children sick and obese — and pharmaceutical companies that sell expensive medications to cure them. The most telling names among them include GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of orlistat, and Novo Nordisk, manufacturer of semaglutide.

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