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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…

6 facts about American fathers

6 facts about American fathers As the American family changes, fatherhood is changing in important and sometimes surprising ways. Today, fathers who live with their children are taking a more active role in caring for them and helping out around the house. And the ranks of stay-at-home and single fathers have grown significantly in recent decades. At the same time, more…

KidsCare is back !

KidsCare is back ! Hello parents, We have some good news! KidsCare health coverage is now back in Arizona. You may qualify for this low-cost, high quality medical insurance for your children. There are a lot of great reasons to see if you qualify. You can see your doctor whenever your child is sick. KidsCare also…