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What are the 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers?

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When Fathers Grow and Focus, Children Thrive

The National Center for Fathering has a warehouse of three plus decades of fresh research, cutting edge tools, practical insights, and provided training for dads and leaders who are impacting millions of children and households. The data is clear, inattentive disconnected fathers who are not fulfilling their role as dads lead to poorer outcomes for children. Contrastingly, fathers who are committed and growing in healthy ways, and then engage in their child’s life, they will crush the “curse of fatherlessness” and its negative effects. Enjoy free access to the wealth of articles, research and blogs we provide, arranged by your situation, your child’s age and common fathering hot topics.

WE HAVE SERVED MORE THAN 7967457 FATHERS OVER THE PAST THREE DECADES

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Meet the Founder Dr. Ken Canfield

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Dr. Ken Canfield is a nationally known leader and scholar
who has committed his life to strengthening men, fathers,
families and grandparents. He founded the National Center
for Fathering (www.fathers.com) and the National
Association for Grandparenting, (www.grandkidsmatter.org).
He is a trusted voice and counsel to many non-profits,
community organizations, state and regional efforts which
are strengthening families. He has written both popular and
scientific articles on fathering and is a frequent guest on
programs which promote responsible fathering. In addition,
Canfield has been heard on a daily weekday radio
commentary, Today’s Father, which he began in 1993 and
aired on over 600 stations. He has been interviewed on
The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s
World News Tonight, Focus, and numerous other radio
and television programs, especially during Father’s Day.

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Recent Blogs

Teens: Make the Most of Opportunities

Teens: Make the Most of Opportunities

Be ready, dad. When chances come to spend time with your teenager, don’t miss ‘em. Roy had a thirteen-year-old son named Sam. As you might expect with a father of a teen, satisfying connection times were hit-and-miss, and often it was "miss." Both of them were busy...

How to Bond with Your Baby

How to Bond with Your Baby

When Gary first held his son, it was awkward. The child cried and he didn’t know what to do. It was obvious that his wife already felt a deep affection for this new member of the family. But Gary didn’t know what to say, and there was no rush of emotion, no glow in...

Dad, do you shirk discipline?

Dad, do you shirk discipline?

A few years back, a research study on parental discipline emerged from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and here's the big headline for fathers: Dads are largely shirking discipline duties. "When it comes to disciplining the kids, there's been a role...

5 Ways to Make a Difference for Your Son

5 Ways to Make a Difference for Your Son

According to recent research, boys in our country are "fragile." And this isn't a new idea. Similar things have been written for almost the past 30 years. When compared to girls, boys generally show much higher tendencies to struggle with issues such as: learning...

Single Fathers: Press On

Single Fathers: Press On

by Matt Haviland Is it possible to be a great father as a single dad? The short answer is, “Absolutely!” However, since being a single parent brings a variety of outside factors and dynamics, we may have to take a slightly different approach. It will surely look...

4 Qualities of Growing Dads

4 Qualities of Growing Dads

Howard, who grew up without a dad, became a father in his teens and has struggled for years with the demands of raising five children, especially since he never had a male role model. Working two jobs, he was always too tired for his kids and made excuses instead of...

The National Center for Fathering Has Worked With Countless States, Cities and Countries Around The World To Help Strengthen Fathers

Our Trainers

Ken R. Canfield, Ph.D.

Dr. Canfield is a nationally known leader and scholar and founded the National Center for Fathering – fathers.com – in 1990. He is the author of twelve books on fathering and family life and has keynoted and presented at dozens of state and community conferences and led hundreds of seminars.
George Williams

Dr. George Williams

Dr. Williams is a nationally recognized fathering and family expert. He has testified as an expert fathering witness before a Senate sub-committee, visited the White House to coordinate the First Lady’s visit to his R.E.A.D. to Kids program at a Kansas City elementary school and attended her Helping America’s Youth conference and White House reception.

George Williams

Michelle Watson Canfield, Ph.D, LPC

Michelle is founder of The Abba Project, a 9-month group forum that is designed to equip dads to more intentionally and consistently relate to their teen and young-adult daughters. She is author of the book, Dad, Here’s What I Really Need from You: A Guide for Connecting with Your Daughter’s Heart. More coming. . Read more…