Welcome to the National Center for Fathering

The Extent of Fatherlessness

More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent.

The Consequences of Fatherlessness

Some fathering advocates would say that almost every social ill faced by America’s children is related to fatherlessness. Six are noted here.

Contributors to Fatherlessness

Most research focuses on two major causes for the growth in fatherlessness since the early 1960’s: divorce and out-of-wedlock births.

Home from Work: 15 Seconds

“The most important fifteen seconds of a man’s day is when he walks in the door after work.” A dad recently made that comment to one of our staff members, crediting one of the pioneers of the fathering movement, the late Dave Simmons, for making the point. What’s the...

Just Keep Learning and Growing. Just Be Dad.

A Balanced Perspective on Fatherhood by Brock Griffin   As you know, fatherhood is a joy! ... and sometimes, not so much. [tweet_dis]The longer I am a dad, the more I’m humbled about the role.[/tweet_dis] I talk to more and more men who are having difficulties with...

Treat Your Daughter Like Royalty

Insights Straight from Girls by Michelle Watson, PhD, LPC With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give you an all-access pass behind the curtain of a girl’s heart from the vantage point of a few courageous girls who shared...

5 Things Never to Say to Your Kids

There are a number of different things you never want to say to your children. Here are 5 important things we think you should NEVER say to your kids. Other Tools for the Journey: 3 Tips for Becoming a Good Listener to Your Son 5 Things Every Kid Must Get from Dad 5...

5 Ways to Connect With Your Daughter

Dad, connecting with your daughter is one of the most important things you can do with her. Setting time aside for moments to connect can shape the way that she will expect to be treated when she is older. What example are you setting? For a full list of ways to...