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Here are the PSA's from The Fatherhood.gov. Worth watching!
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Care.com did a recent study to ask about things parents fear.  Surprisingly, cyberbullying came out on top, reminding us all that we need to make sure our kids aren't victims of this growing trend.  A few highlights from the study: Parents are getting savvier to their kids' online activities and access to technology that has proven to be fertile ground for cyberbullying. More can be found at Care.com.
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Anonymous
Interesting study in Sciene Magazine that shows that Dad's diet may contribute to their children getting diabetes. Research done on rats, show that fat male rats may actually pass diabetes down to their offspring.  From Sciene Magazine:
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Here at Dad Central, we wanted to hear about traditions from Dads across America, to share ideas and see what traditions each family has.  Here are a few of the posts we’ve gotten from our first ever “Halloween Dad Blog Tour." Thanks to all the Dads that are participating!  It's been a blast hearing about your family's traditions, and to see the comments your readers are leaving on your blogs.  There were lots of entries, so I randomly picked a couple to share--but you should know that everything written by each participant is great! Here are excerps from three of the submissions: Halloween Adventures – Halloween Blog Tour! by The Dad Jam ... In typical Dad Jam fashion, I’ve put together a list of random tips and tricks to help you through this Halloween.  So, without further ado, I give you, The Dad Jam’s “Extremely Haunted and Mysterious, Magically Scary, Random Halloween Tips and Thoughts List” (written by The Vampire Jammer):
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The NY Times today features a story about a new advertising campaign, aimed at reminding fathers to be a more active part of their children’s lives.  The  public service ads from the Advertising Council are aimed at American-Indian, Asian-American and Hispanic fathers.  The ads are a follow-up to a similar series of ads from 2008.  They have been funded by the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Family Assistance, two arms of the Department of Health and Human Services. From the NYT article:
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Anonymous
MSNBC reports on some studies that were presented at a conference this week at a University of Notre Dame conference, that show that early human parents were more empathetic and attentive, and provided a nurturing environment with multiple caregivers, in contrast to the way some (most?) children are raised today.  From the MSNBC article "Is it time to return to caveman parenting?"
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The AAA Foundation wanted to see how well parents did when teaching kids with learner permits.  They put cameras on the dash of cars, and followed 50 families.  They were disappointed to find that supervised driving averaged only 2 hours a week, and only 20% of that at night, where kids need more experience.  The foundation recommends 100 hours of supervised time, and taking time to practice in bad weather or at night. More details from the study are on the AAA site. This clip from NBC Today shows just how important spending time teaching your kids to drive can be:
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National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasted an interview called Dads Do Parenting and Education on Their Terms, as part of their series, "Tell Me More."  The audio interview by Michel Martin features Dad Bloggers Lamar Tyler (Black and Married with Kids), Keith Wilcox (Almighty Dad), and Manny Ruiz (PapiBlogger), along with father of six, Glenn Ivey, the State Attorney for Prince George County, Maryland. They cover some interesting topics (transcript available):
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A new study was released today by the Pew Research Center that looks at how we are researching products online.  It goes on to show that "among internet users, 78% say that they at least occasionally conduct product research and 32% report that they have posted online product comments." Online influencers are talking, and apparently, customers are listening...