Resources for Fathers


At-Home Dad. A quarterly newsletter promoting the home-based father. Created by an at-home dad for the purpose of providing connections and resources for the 2 million fathers who stay home with their children.The Fatherhood Project. The Fatherhood Project is a national research and education project that is examining the future of fatherhood and developing ways to support men’s involvement in child rearing. The Fatherhood Project provides books, films, consultation, seminars, and trainings to support both fathers and mothers as parents. Disseminates research on working fathers, sponsors state initiatives on responsible fatherhood, and is home to The Male Involvement Project, a national training initiative to help men get involved in their children’s lives. Website includes publications, resources and other links of interest to fathers.

FatherNet. Provides information on the importance of fathers. Site includes research, articles and essays, newsletters, and electronic discussion groups to increase the number and diversity of voices discussing fatherhood.

National Fatherhood Initiative. This nonprofit initiative was set up to improve the well-being of children by increasing the number of children growing up with loving, committed, and responsible fathers. It conducts public awareness campaigns promoting responsible fatherhood and provides resource materials.

National Father’s Network. The National Fathers’ Network is dedicated to providing support and resources for fathers and families of children with special needs. Their beautiful, well-designed website includes Articles by Dads, moving, real life stories, poetry and insight from fathers of children with disabilities (many in Spanish); For Providers, a section designed to assist professionals in being “father friendly” in their work setting; an online photo album celebrating dads and their kids; great family, father, and disability links; and much more. One nice feature of this website is that it comes in two versions: one for newcomers to the Web and one for seasoned surfers.

Single African American Father’s Exchange. A clearinghouse for single African-American fathers to obtain services and information on parenting.

Single and Custodial Father’s Network. The site’s authors write: “As a group, single and custodial fathers are isolated by a society that feels that men are not suited to be nurturing and caring parents. Yet families headed by single fathers have increased over 330% in the last twenty-five years. This makes single father family groups the fastest growing family group in the nation.” Site provides information, resources and chat. A friendly online environment to support, advocate and inform stay-at-home dads. The site includes a comprehensive collection of resources for handling common issues, like starting a playgroup with other dads or running a home business, as well as tough issues such as divorce, death and child custody. Site includes research, newsletters, books, articles, ideas for home businesses, access to online chats, FAQ, poetry, and links to other dad-related sites.

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Things to Do With Kids

Early Childhood.Com. Sponsored by Discount School Supplies, this site offers arts and crafts ideas, a bulletin board, an excellent collection of articles, and other resources which support children’s play. A great place to get advice from experts in the early childhood field, expand your collection of creative projects, and share ideas and questions with the early childhood community.

Idea Box: Early Childhood Education and Activity Resources. Tons of practical ideas — words to songs and fingerplays, craft recipes for bubbles, clown paint and eggshell chalk, and more. The ideas on this site are not screened, so you’ll have to do some weeding through. Lots of links for both kids and adults. Chat groups to discuss great ideas for keeping kids exploring and happy.

150 Ways to Show Kids You Care. An inspiring list of ideas, courtesy of the Search Institute.

Parents and Children Together Online: A Magazine for Parents and Children on the Worldwide Web. An online magazine of original stories to be enjoyed and read out loud by parents and their kids. A project of the Family Literacy Center, the goal of the magazine is “to further the cause of family literacy by bringing parents and children together through the magic of reading.” A special section for parents features articles related to children’s reading and writing, as well as book reviews of recent children’s books. Submission guidelines are available online.

The Perpetual Preschool. This unique interactive site for adults celebrates the creativity and dedication of all those who “contribute to the perpetual education of young children.” Here’s how it works: visitors to the site make suggestions regarding art, math and manipulatives, nap time, outdoor play, blocks, science and discovery, dealing with transitions, and numerous other categories. These suggestions are posted within 48 hours, creating a wealth of ideas for early childhood teachers, caregivers and parents. Extensive links and resources for early childhood teachers. Site also includes a daily parenting tip.

365 Outdoor Activities. Steve and Ruth Bennett’s ideas about what you can do with kids in the great outdoors.

365 TV-Free Activities. Steve and Ruth Bennett’s list can give you lots of ideas for what to do with your kids after you turn off the TV.

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Sites for Kids

AOL Net Find Kids Only. A search engine that links to sites that are safe for kids.

COLAGE Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere. They call themselves, “the best (well okay, the only) support and advocacy organization for daughters and sons of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents.” This well-designed, enjoyable site includes research, ideas and fun stuff for kids, resources for parents and information for the media.

CurioCity’s Free Zone: Where Kids Connect. A unique electronic community on the Web for kids and teens, Curiocity’s FreeZone nurtures intellectual curiosity and growth as it encourages kids to explore a vast array of articles, games, fun facts, and other interactive activities. In a fully monitored environment, kids can chat, find e-pals, build home pages, write stories for our online newsletter, and take on a variety of “jobs” like Ask Us advice team member, Homework Helper, or Junior Monitor.

Dragonfly. This wonderful science magazine for kids has also put together a terrific website full of all kinds of interactive science activities. Topics for exploration are: small and tall, earth sounds, using tools, hide and seek, webs of life, animal talk, ice and snow, skeletons, trees and seeds and take flight. A great kid-friendly site full of fun things to explore. Definitely check it out!

Exploratorium. The website for the famous interactive science museum for kids in San Francisco. Lots of terrific hands-on stuff to explore and see here. Do a cow’s eye dissection, build your own sundial, explore the insides of a floppy disc, investigate the wonders of animal camouflage or watch a solar eclipse. The possibilities at this wonderful site are endless!

GreatKids Network. GreatKids Network is designed to honor the outstanding and often overlooked contributions kids make to our world. A fun, interactive site for kids.

The Internet Public Library Youth Division. All kinds of neat stuff for kids that’s fun and educational.

Jean Armour Polly’s 100 Extraordinary Experiences for Internet Kids. One hundred great sites in ten categories: for kids who love arts and music; for kids who love comics, cartoons and animation; for kids who love games, toys and interactive stuff; for homework help; for parents; for preschoolers; for kids who love reading, writing or writing to penpals; for kids who love science; for kids who love sports; for teachers. A fabulous resource.

Kidlink. Kidlink is a non-profit grassroots organization aimed at getting young people (15 and under) involved in a global dialogue. Over 110,000 kids from 120 countries on all continents have participated in their activities, primarily through e-mail. Kidlink has activities in English, French, German, Hebrew, Icelandic, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Macedonian, Turkish, and the Nordic languages. In order to participate, young people must answer the following questions: 1.) Who am I? 2.) What do I want to be when I grow up? 3.) How do I want the world to be better when I grow up? 4.)What can I do now to make this happen? Kidlink also includes opportunities for chat and an online art exhibit.

Kid Safe Sites. The New Zealand Educator’s Association list of sites that are safe for kids. Lots of intriguing sites here including: interactive science fiction, Maori stories, a girl who collects riddles and knock-knock jokes, a kids’ Star Trek club, animated story books, a kids’ news service, children’s websites from around the world, and much more.

The Kids on the Web. A fabulous collection of links. Check them out!

Kids’ Space. Kids’ Space was created to foster literacy, artistic expression, and cross-cultural understanding among the world’s children. Kid’s Space features a gallery of children’s artwork, stories and original music from around the world. Through The Beanstalk Project, children can write or illustrate picture books in collaboration with each other.

MaMa Media: The First Internet Magazine for Kids. A bright and busy interactive website designed for kids who’ve grown up with TV and computer games: the action on this website is colorful, fast, and very active. As grown-ups we found the intensity and pace of images overwhelming, but kids may see it differently. There are ads and also lots of interesting ways to participate. Decide for yourself.

National A great, interactive site with all kinds of goodies from the publishers of National Geographic World, the magazine for kids. Includes links to pen pals, amazing facts, a cartoon factory, articles from the magazine, online quizzes, a talk board for kids, and much more. The site also is home to National Geographic Kids Network, a computer-based science program that connects schools worldwide, lets kids do research and share results.

UNICEF Voices of Youth. Voices of Youth has been developed as part of UNICEF’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Young people are invited to take part in an electronic discussion about the future as we face the 21st century. Voices of Youth includes three different forums: The Meeting Place, in which young people are asked to think about and give their views on current global issues, particularly in the light of how they affect children worldwide — topics include children and work, the girl child, children’s rights, children and war, and cities and children; The Learning Place, in which interactive global learning projects are carried out by groups of young people in different locations around the world; and The Teacher’s Place, a forum where teachers and other concerned adults can talk with young people about the use of electronic networks for global education projects. A compelling, essential project. Youth discussions take place in Spanish, English, and French.

Yahooligans! The web guide for kids. A huge database of sites for kids. Categories include: around the world, art soup, computers and games, entertainment, school bell, science and oddities, sports and recreation, and the scoop (comics, weather, and events). An incredible treasure trove of great places for kids to explore online.

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