Family Men and School

What you can do to help your child succeed in school.

By way of a multi-sensual presentation, using research, music, photos, video, and interactive conversation, family men will learn the unique value of their social, emotional, and physical makeup and its corresponding support to the development and success of their children at school.

Session One includes the moms, informing them about what the program entails, why we are highlighting dads, and what it means to children’s development.  Session Five, including moms explores differences and how these differences benefit children.  The last session, also including moms, celebrates by way of review, what the men have learned.

At the last session, we call the dads to the front of the room and their children present them with their CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION.  Dads get to role-model that they can still go to class and learn new things (lifelong learning,) the completion of their studies, and the celebration of success.  Moms will see the progress of the dads in their relationship with the children and in their relationship as a co-parent especially as it relates to educational success.

The program will help men develop and/or enhance their empathetic connection and support of their children.  They will explore their own childhood, family expectations, who was and wasn’t there, what they had, what they missed and how it all shaped their life.  The exercise will allow the dads and family men to understand the importance of their commitment to intentionally and strategically support their children’s lives with a focus on academic success.

By the end of the program we expect that fathers will make behavioral changes in order to self-nurture, be more empathetic, have a stable and communicative relationship with mom, spend more time with his child, and become involved in his child’s school life.  Dad will realize the value of his own unique input to the life of his child as a model, a leader and a teacher, and know that he is needed forever.

Each session is two hours long with the first half-hour for dinner with the children (if child care is provided.)  The children are then in the custody of the childcare providers while the dads begin the one-and a half hour session.  In sessions one, five and eight, the moms remain with the dads.

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Value Of A Man In The Life Of A Child (S-1 for Moms and Dads)

Cultural and community challenges around fathering. Perceptions. What we know about dads. Do dads really matter?

Who Am I? Where Am I From? (S-2 for Dads)

Reflection on birth environment, the elements, the power and the outcomes.

Creating a safe, nurturing, stimulating environment.

Life Through The Eyes Of A Child (S-3 for Dads)

What are children saying and seeing? Do they feel “HEARD?”

Is the environment compatible with their needs?

Hey Dad, Let’s Build A Brain (S-4 for Dads)

ABC’s of brain development, cognitive stimulation, negative and positive environment and its impact. Activities with children to stimulate positive brain development.

Differences Between Mom and Dad (S-5 for Moms and Dads)

Understanding and celebrating physical, social and emotional differences between mom and dad and what those differences mean to kids.

Developmental Stages (S-6 for Dads)

Nurturing the social and emotional development of your child. Understanding the developmental assets and risky behavior patterns of children

Your Child’s Academic Success (S-7 for Dads)

Your relationship with your child and it’s impact on academic achievement. Conversations with mom. getting to know the curriculum, teacher and school. Elements of parent leadership.

Dad’s Stories, Family Dinner, Graduation and Certificates (S-8 for Moms and Dads)

What do moms and dads think kids need from dad? Mom and dad are a team around their child’s success. Graduation celebration and Certificates of Completion for the dads.