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When Dad Comes Home From Prison

When Dad Comes Home From Prison Children whose fathers have been incarcerated may experience numerous challenges when their fathers come home from prison. They have basic needs: a safe place to live and people to care for them in their fathers’ absence, food, clothing, and medical care. One challenge is how the child responded to…

U.S. households now have as much debt as they had in 2008

U.S. households now have as much debt as they had in 2008 By Maria Lamagna   After months of speculation, it happened: Household debt levels in the U.S. have surpassed their 2008 peak. The New York Federal Reserve released a new report that showed U.S. collective household debt balances totaled $12.73 trillion in March 2017, surpassing…

17 Ways to Ease Back-to-School

17 Ways to Ease Back-to-School By Stephanie Dolgoff   For a kid, going from a hazy, lazy summer where the only thing she has on her schedule is scratching a mosquito bite (and even then only if she feels like it!) to having to rise with the sun, look remotely human, and pay attention all…

Father Matters Confidential Intermediary Program FAQ

Father Matters Confidential Intermediary Program FAQ Arizona Adoption Records Arizona adoption records are handled by the Office of Vital Records.  After an adoption has been finalized the Office of Vital Records is responsible for amending the birth certificate to reflect the adoptive information.  Once the birth certificate has been amended, the original birth certificate is sealed by…

Anger Disorder: What It Is and What We Can Do About It

Anger Disorder: What It Is and What We Can Do About It   In my PT blog (Evil Deeds) I have been posting numerous examples of murderously violent behavior perpetrated by pathologically angry individuals, usually men, including the Columbine High School shootings, Virginia Tech, as well as some more recent savage massacres in Los Angeles, Germany, Florida and…

Your Child Is Not Your “Friend”

Your Child Is Not Your “Friend” By James Lehman, MSW   There is a purely emotional part of the parent/child relationship that is built on affection and esteem. Parents and children are genetically geared to love each other, and it’s a beautiful thing to behold. But there’s a stage where parenting becomes a functional role, not…

Beware the Green Eyed Monster: How Jealousy Can Impact Your Blended Family

Beware the Green Eyed Monster: How Jealousy Can Impact Your Blended Family   I tiptoed up to the topic, believing that most of us are pretty sensitive about it: “Sometimes step parents feel…I don’t want to call it jealousy, but…” at which point Kelly, eight years into her step mom experience, interrupted, “Oh, you can…

The Father-Daughter Bond: A Dress Rehearsal for Life

The Father-Daughter Bond: A Dress Rehearsal for Life By Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW Many women underestimate the importance their father has in their lives. For the most part, a good relationship with an intimate partner is strongly tied to a woman’s relationship with her dad. A father’s presence (or lack of presence) in his daughter’s…

GOOD FATHERS DO NOT PAY CHILD SUPPORT

GOOD FATHERS DO NOT PAY CHILD SUPPORT By Ryan E. Hamilton Based on the potentially controversial title of this article, I think I have a lot of explaining to do…So, let’s jump right into the matter! Okay? FIRST, LET ME BOLDLY STATE WHAT THIS ARTICLE IS NOT. This article is NOT to ridicule fathers who…