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Fatherhood Resources by State
TEAMDAD has created one of the most comprehensive resources on responsible fathering. Click on the state on the left to find resources near you. Please help us continue to expand the scope of resources included here. To add a resource to this page, please send the relevant information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great Dads Starter Kit
The TEAMDAD Fathering Self-Assessment Tool is one of the most direct ways for a father to get some immediate, confidential and meaningful feedback on his fathering. In addition to obtaining a score in the four important areas of fathering: Financial, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual fathers are asked to reflect on their values and priorities and then to resolve to apply their heightened awareness to becoming a more engaged father. Click Here to download the TEAMDAD Fathering Self-Assessment Tool. It's free and is an important step for any man serious about his fathering.
TEAMDAD Military Fatherhood Essay Contest. For the past two years, TEAMDAD has partnered with the University of Phoenix to conduct the TEAMDAD Military Fatherhood Essay Contest. Each year more than 500 students who are the children of mostly active duty serving in the armed services overseas have participated. Students in grades K - 12 are asked to write an essay of
Famous Fatherhood Quotes and Phrases
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
Clarence Budington Kelland
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Anonymous, Often erroneously attributed to Mark Twain
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world.
My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," my dad would reply, "we're raising boys."
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears.
Francis Bacon, Sr.
A man knows he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera.
What's all this fuss about fathers being present at the birth of their children? The way events are shaping, they'll be lucky to be present at the conception.
George H. Davies
The kind of man who thinks that helping with the dishes is beneath him will also think that helping with the baby is beneath him, and then he certainly is not going to be a very successful father.
One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.
Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name.
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
Lydia M. Child
Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
And don't criticize what you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.
Exodus 20. 12
Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Theodore M. Hesburgh
It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.
The Bonfire of the Vanities
There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.
To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.
A wise son maketh a glad father.
Proverbs 10. 1
Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad.
The child is father to the man.
Gerald Manley Hopkins
Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,
Father will come to thee soon;
Rest, rest, on mother's breast,
Father will come to thee soon;
Father will come to his babe in the best,
Silver sails all out of the west,
Under the silver moon:
Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Sweet and Low
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That's why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back.
You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.
The thing to remember about fathers is, they're men. A girl has to keep it in mind: They are dragon-seekers, bent on improbable rescues. Scratch any father, you find someone chock-full of qualms and romantic terrors, believing change is a threat - like your first shoes with heels on, like your first bicycle I it took such months to get.
It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
How true Daddy's words were when he said: "All children must look after their own upbringing." Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
A father is a banker provided by nature.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
Ruth E. Renkel
There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
John Gregory Brown
It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't.
Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
It matters not that Time has shed
His thawless snow upon your head,
For he maintains, with wondrous art,
Perpetual summer in your heart.