Time for Courage Part 1: Talking with our daughters when harassment hits home

by Brian Russell In high school I remember girls talking with me about the boys in their lives.  This was back in the 80’s and at that time the conversations with those girls were mostly about feeling disrespected, disconnected, or misunderstood by the boys.  Girls didn’t speak of sexual assault or harassment, maybe because what …

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Spanking, Stress, and the Brain

by John Hoffman I’m starting to think ahead to the time when I will no longer be contributing to this blog. I plan to “retire” from regular writing about fatherhood in March 2019. I’ve had lots of chances to express my views and values about fatherhood. It’s time for me to move aside and make …

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Side by Side: Fatherhood Matters in the Early Years (national conference)

Canadian National Father Involvement Conference Feb 28 & Mar 1, 2019 ~ Ottawa, ON Fatherhood Matters in the Early Years will focus on supporting and engaging fathers with relevant and effective services, programs, or resources. Our goal is to help provide fathers with the knowledge and support needed around the healthy development of children. Highlights: …

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3rd Canadian National Father Involvement Conference

Registration will open mid September.  Stay tuned! Dr. Stuart Shanker on fatherhood and self-regulation Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis on peri-natal fatherhood Dr. Andrew Howlett on fatherhood and mental health The always popular "dads panel" An evening networking social hosted by Movember An overview of fatherhood in Canada Be part of Fatherhood 2020 - casting a vision …

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How Your Baby Helps You Learn to be a Dad

by John Hoffman One thing I will never ever forget about my early days of fatherhood was the way physical contact with my son helped me feel like a dad. Like most new parents, I found the first few days of parenthood pretty overwhelming. It was joy and amazement mixed with all sorts of anxiety, …

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Rough and Tumble: it’s a dad thing

by John Hoffman When my boys were little we used to play this game called “Over the Falls.” Well, it wasn’t exactly a game and it didn’t really have a name. It was just a wrestling and rolling around thing we did on “the big bed” (Mom and Dad’s bed). We’d roll around in the …

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Make It Worse

Surprising thoughts about challenging children by John Hoffman The other day I was hanging out with a family who have a very interesting, cute, bright --and challenging -- 14-month old. This little girl is definitely one of those kids who I think of as “more.” They are like other kids their age…except more. More easily upset and …

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