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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…

Families Are Changing, But Still Key to Happiness

 Families Are Changing, But Still Key to Happiness By Philip Moeller Love ’em or hate ’em, family really matters in shaping happiness and well-being. People are directly influenced by the quantity and quality of family interactions—phone calls between mothers and daughters, extended family vacations, visits with in-laws, and perhaps later, time with Grams and Gramps….

Why Your Family and Friends Are as Important for Health as Diet and Exercise

Why Your Family and Friends Are as Important for Health as Diet and Exercise By Health Editor Social ties are as important to your long-term health as exercise and healthy eating, a new study suggests. “Our analysis makes it clear that doctors, clinicians, and other health workers should redouble their efforts to help the public…

In Partnership With The Diaper Bank of Central Arizona

In partnership with the Diaper Bank of Central Arizona Dear Father Matters partner, The need for disposable diapers is ongoing and critical. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, 5.9 million babies age 3 or younger in the U.S. live in poor or low-income households. Diapers can’t be purchased with food stamps, and many child…

Happy Holidays Despite Incarceration

 Happy Holidays Despite Incarceration By Susan Lemere Helping kids cope with the holiday season when a parent is in prison When a parent is in jail for the holidays, whether this is the first holiday season since the parent’s incarceration or one of many, kids may be struggling with feelings that are often difficult for…

Get Your Kids Involved with Thanksgiving Cooking

Get Your Kids Involved with Thanksgiving Cooking Preparing a Thanksgiving meal is a big task, but you don’t have to do all the work yourself. Make it a family affair and get your kids involved. Depending how old your kids are, they can help out in a variety of ways. Sit down with everyone before Thanksgiving…