​Forging a Fatherhood Network

Studies consistently show that fathers who are committed to being involved in their children’s lives positively impact learning and development through the first five years and beyond. Connecting with other parents and community resources is an important way for fathers to actively build helpful relationships, gain knowledge, and get support to be the best parent possible. Here are suggestions for fathers to create opportunities for forging a family parenting network:

  • Volunteer. You child’s day care or preschool needs you. Whether it’s helping out with snack time or doing field trip duty, volunteering gives you insight into your child’s day, helps you to get to know other parents, teachers and administrators, and lets your child know that he or she is important to you.
  • Get active with experts. Take your baby or child to the doctor, dentist and other professionals that are important in your child’s life. Getting to know health care and other professionals helps you play a more active role, and provides a resource for you to reach out to when needed.
  • Join a Dads group. Connect via fathers-only meet-ups throughout Los Angeles County. Whether you have parenting questions or just want to hang out with other dads (with or without your kids), there’s a group for you. Visit http://www.ladadsgroup.com/ for more information.
Do a fathers-only parenting workshop. If you have questions about connecting with your baby or child or want to know the best way to discipline or manage frustration, you are not alone. Great fathers are made, not born, and attending workshops can help you connect to other dads and learn. For more resources, visit http://www.first5la.org/DadsResources or call for more information about programs in L.A. County, call 211.
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