Local & On-line Resources for Dads

Dads, Fathers, Pop pops & Daddys

(c) Hilltown FamiliesHappy Father’s Day! Our featured web review focuses on Father’s Day and includes on-line resources with perspectives on fatherhood.

Local Resources

Along with on-line resoureces, we’d like to point our readers from the Hilltowns and Pioneer Valley to the Men’s Resource Center For Change in Amherst, MA.

Also in Amherst is a free drop-in father’s group that meets every Tuesday from 10am-11:30am at the Amherst Family Center (AFC) for fathers to come to talk about fathers’’ issues, meet other dads and socialize. Childcare is provided. The AFC is located in the basement of the Unitarian Church at 121 North Pleasant St. in the center of Amherst, entrance is at the back of the building.

If you have a local resources you’d like to see added to this list, let us know.

On-Line Resources

Web reviews are for the following sites:

Dads and Daughters

“DADs provides tools to strengthen our relationships with our daughters and to transform the pervasive messages that value our daughters more for how they look than who they are.” DADs is a national, nonprofit organization focusing on a father’s role in promoting a positive self-image for girls and advocating change in popular culture. Resources include articles, surveys, self-help ideas, links to related sites, and research information. DADs publishes Daughters: The Newsletter for Parents of Girls. (LII)

Fathers Are Power!ful

This site promotes the positive influence that fathers can have on their daughters’ lives. Features tips for communication and ideas for activities that fathers and daughters can share, including suggestions from girls on how they would spend the perfect day with dad. Provides links to other resources related to fatherhood. (LII)

National Fathers’ Network

Provides resources and support to men who have children with special health care needs through: articles by fathers, bibliographies, list of father’s resource groups in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand, recommendations to providers, and links to other sites. (LII)

Responsible Single Fathers

“Responsible Single Fathers is an organization of caring men and women working to help kids weather the difficulties often brought about by their parents’ divorce, death, or ended relationship.” A nonprofit group dedicated to changing society’s perception of single fathers, this well-organized site includes articles, links to other sites, message boards, contacts and volunteer opportunities listed by state, and a newsletter. (LII)

Kids Domain: Father’s Day Fun (site has advertisements)

Children’s activities and resources for the celebration of Father’s Day, including games, clip art, stories, history of the holiday, printable activities (such as mazes, crossword puzzles, and coloring pages), and craft projects (for example, business card holders and picture frames). (LII)

At Home Dad

An environment to help support, advocate for, connect, and inform stay-at-home dads. Resources include a list of blogs and a guide to playgroups in the U.S. From a stay-at-home dad. (LII)

FamilyFun: Father’s Day (site has advertisements)

Collection of illustrated instructions for making cards, crafts, and foods for Father’s Day. Features instructions for making gifts such as a Father’s Day throne and a ladybug tie tack, and recipes for brunch food, snacks, main dishes, and desserts (such as a shirt cake and a tee time cake). Also includes how-to videos for some of the projects and a blog from a stay-at-home dad. (LII)

Father’s Day Fanfare (site has advertisements)

Collection of links to “histories, stories, and fun facts to share with Dad” about Father’s Day. Topics include a timeline about Father’s Day in the U.S. back to 1910, a history of the necktie, fathers as portrayed in television comedies, father-son and father-daughter athletes, a quiz about famous fathers, and more. From infoplease. (LII)

(LII) (c) 2007 Librarians’ Index to the Internet, LII.

2 Comments on “Local & On-line Resources for Dads

  1. Thanks for all the great resources! We were trying to discover the history of Father’s Day and came upon your site. We live in Western Mass and had no idea about Hilltown Families.

    An answer and a treasure found in one!

    I’m forwarding this site to all our friends.

    Chicopee, MA

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