Every child deserves an involved dad.
Many people are surprised at the research which shows a connection between father absence and an increase in social problems in America including: poverty, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, physical abuse, suicide, substance and alcohol abuse and a host of other troubling social problems. The sad fact is that not only does father absence hurt children, fathers suffer as well.
Research also shows that when children have involved, responsible, and committed fathers, they express better socio-emotional and academic functioning and grow up to lead happier, healthier lives. 24/7 Dad® helps men develop positive relationships with their children and encourages and motivates fathers to lead more constructive lives, even in the most difficult of circumstances. The 12 session workshop is offered weekly, on rotation, at ACPC. The Pueblo Chieftain Endorses ACPC’s 24/7 Dad® Program
Please check our Life Services Calendar for the dates and times of our next 24/7 Dad® rotation.
For more information or to register for the next class rotation, please call 719.544.9312.
If you’re a teen and you’ve learned that you are going to become a father, this could be a confusing time for you. It’s completely normal to have lots of different thoughts and feelings, and it will take a long time to get used to the idea of becoming a father. This guide will help you think through some of the issues you are facing. When you find out you are going to be a father, you might feel:
If you’re having difficulty dealing with any of these feelings, it may help to talk with the woman carrying the baby (whether or not she’s your partner), because she may be feeling many of the same things. If communication with her is difficult, it may help to talk with a health care provider, parent/guardian or another trusted adult. You can help during the pregnancy:
Communicate- Talk with the future mother of your child about her feelings and fears – she may be having some of the same thoughts as you. Give her a chance to let you know how she’s feeling and spend time listening to what she has to say.
Be sensitive to her physical condition and emotional needs by understanding that she may be moody or physically uncomfortable at times.
Make it clear that you are in this together. Let her know that you want to be as involved in the pregnancy as possible. If she has not already done so, go with her to talk to her parents. It may also be helpful for you to go with her to her medical appointments.
Attend childbirth and parenting classes.
Plan Ahead- Think about the financial needs of raising a child and start saving money. Consider finding a part-time job to help pay for childcare expenses. Babies and children need clothing, food, and equipment such as a crib and stroller. When they are older they will have more expenses. Also, think about your career goals and whether or not you have to stay in school to achieve them.
Becoming a Father: Parenting Resources
All of your worries, concerns and fears about becoming a father are completely normal. The good news is that you are not alone, and there are resources that will help you get ready to become a great father.
All of the services at ACPC are confidential and free of charge.
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