Help Men To Become Better Fathers
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Since: Nov 08
#1 Dec 1, 2010
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Ryan Thatcher decided he wanted a way to get more involved with his children. An organization called All-Pro Dads has given him that opportunity.
All-Pro Dads was brought to Indiana by former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. It focuses on making men better fathers by giving them tips, conversation topics to talk about with their children and opportunities to interact with their children.
Thatcher heard about the organization while reading Dungy’s book,“Quiet Strength,” and decided it would be a good way for him to interact with his two daughters, 6 and 3, and his 2-month-old son.
“I started with just an e-mail tip, but I soon decided I wanted more than the e-mail tips,” Thatcher said.
Another part of the program is breakfast meetings once a month in a community. Fathers and their children have a breakfast, talk with their children, hear a short presentation on a fatherhood topic and then walk their children to class.
“I started a group at Liberty Christian, but it was really hit or miss,” Thatcher said.“After a couple of months, there weren’t many coming.”
So the breakfasts stopped for a while, but Thatcher didn’t give up on the idea.
“My children really kept me going through this,” Thatcher said.“They really liked the idea when I had it going and if it weren’t for them and how much they liked it, I probably would have given up.”
Thatcher heard about a breakfast started at Sugar Grove Elementary in Greenwood and decided to go there for a meeting to see how it was run and what he could do differently. He learned when to have meetings, how to get food and how to run the meetings. He tried again three months ago, and the results were much better.
“The key was to get the schools involved,” Thatcher said.“We had our first meeting and we had 160 people attend.”
Thatcher got permission to have the breakfast at South Elementary School once a month, and the breakfast has been very popular.
“We teamed up with Chick-Fil-A in Greenwood and they bring the breakfast that day,” Thatcher said.“And it’s gone really well.”
The meeting starts with 25 or 30 minutes to eat breakfast and talk to the children about their lives. The next 15 minutes are spent talking about a fatherhood topic. The first meeting was about motivating your children, the second was about how to be a good role model.
Then there are discussion cards handed out with two sentences for the fathers and two sentences for the children to help stimulate discussion for the next 15 minutes. Then the fathers walk their children to their classrooms.
“There are not too many opportunities specifically for dads to meet with their children, so this is a great thing,” Thatcher said.“I know my daughter who is in first grade really loves the one-on-one time with dad, and I love spending that time with her.”
Thatcher said he hopes to spread the group around to other elementary schools in Martinsville.
“I think all of the elementary schools should do something like this,” Thatcher said.
“YOUR DREAMING AGAIN!”
Since: Nov 08
#2 Dec 9, 2010
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