August – November 2008
A Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Program
Madonna Place (860) 886-6600
In this issue:
Importance of Fathers
Monday Evening 24/7 Dad
Group: 5:30-7:15 Snacks to make
Dr. Dad at Backus Hospital
B1 Conference Room
What do Fathers
August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th,
from 5-7 PM.
Fathers Build Confidence! Bring To Their
Teen Dad Group:
unhealthy. One can tend Children’s Lives?
Balancing The Scale toward encouraging risk
Mondays After School 2:30- 1. Kids benefit from
without consideration of
4 PM. Call Scott to sign up Go to any playground and having a positive
consequences. The other
listen to the parents relationship with their
tends to avoid risk, which
Relationship Group: call there. Who is often father.
can fail to build
Carla to sign up encouraging kids to swing
independence, confidence, 2. When fathers are a
or climb just a little
and progress. Joined consistent part of the
higher, ride their bike child care tasks they can
Services We Offer together, they keep each
faster, or throw just a positively influence their
other in balanced and help
little harder? Who is child’s development.
children remain safe while
Establishment Program encouraging kids to be
expanding their 3. A father’s parenting
Establishing Paternity careful?
differences and style has implications for
through DNA testing Mothers tend toward child well-being.
caution while fathers often
Arrearage Adjustment encourage kids to push 4. A child’s social and
Program the limits. Either of these cognitive development,
mployment Skill along with academic
parenting styles by
Assessments/Job Search achievement, can all be
themselves can be affected by a father’s
Management focused on
Goal Setting and
When To Say
Being Involved Isn‟t Hard!
- Higher-level number
Setting Limits School Activities activities between
and support parents and their children
Research supports that Helping your child with strengthens the
Groups the idea that limit-setting their literacy skills doesn’t children’s performance
constitutes a critical necessarily mean sitting on early mathematical
Group element in shaping down and reading a book tests.
children’s judgment, with them, it could be as
resources such as developing a conscience, simple as helping them - A particularly important
and learning how to recognize letters. While part of creating a strong
understand one’s driving or walking around parent-child relationship
assistance, mental health
surroundings. Limit-setting with your child, have them is a father’s participation
and basic needs not only enhances point out letters, and in play activities with
children’s development but numbers too. their children.
and kids also reduces children’s risk
of injury or harm and Studies Show...
Assistance increases the likelihood of
compliance with parental - Parent-child literacy
Basic needs such as expectations. activities improve
food, clothing and children’s language skills
personal care items Taken From ‘Child Trends and increase their interest
Research Brief’ June 2001 in books.
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Snacks of the Month
Popcorn Balls Instructions: Other snacking ideas:
Grasshopper Guts — In a
What you need: Adult supervision required. saucepan, melt 1-6 ounces of
2 qt Popped Popcorn Preheat oven to 250. Put butterscotch chips over low heat,
popcorn in a large, 4 inch stirring constantly. Remove chips
deep buttered baking pan. from the heat and stir in 1 cup
A dad is a person 1 cup Sugar
Keep warm in the oven. peanuts and 3 cups chow mien
Who's loving and kind, noodles. Drop by teaspoons onto
And often he knows 1/3 cup Corn Syrup Combine sugar, corn syrup, waxed paper and cool. Makes 30-
water, butter and salt in a 40.
What you have on your mind. large saucepan. Stir over
1/3 cup Water
medium heat until sugar is Monkey Bread — Cut or tear
He's someone who listens, dissolved. Cook until mixture canned biscuits into 2-4 pieces.
Suggests and defends... 1/4 cup Butter reaches 250 on a candy Layer all ingredients, in order, in a
A dad can be one thermometer, stirring meatloaf pan (for more than 2 cans
Of your very best friends! 1/4 teaspoon Salt frequently. use a shallow baking pan so that the
(unless popcorn is middle will get cooked). Press into
already salted) Remove from heat. Quickly pan slightly (you don't want to mash
He's proud of your triumphs, stir in vanilla. Remove
But when things go wrong, all the pieces together but you don't
1 teaspoon Vanilla popcorn from oven. Pour want it too loose). Bake for 10-20
A dad can be patient syrup mixture over popcorn, minutes at 400-425 degrees (time
And helpful and strong. stirring to mix well. Form into and temperature are approximate,
balls. Makes approximately 8 check periodically and be sure the
In all that you do balls. center gets done). Pull apart and
A dad's love plays a part - eat.
There's always a place for him
Deep in your heart –
And each year that passes,
You're even more glad,
Take the Quiz:
More grateful and proud
Just to call him your dad!
How well do you know your children?
- Author Unknown
Take the following quiz alone.
Answer all the questions you can 11. What TV shows,
about each of your children. movies, actors/characters
Funding for this „Promoting
When finished, check your and athletes are popular
program was provided by the answers by talking directly with with your child and his/her
U.S. Department of Health & your child. Make sure to fill in any friends?
Human Service, Administration questions you got wrong or left
for Children &Families, GRANT #: blank. 12. What causes your
90FR0031, as administered by child the greatest stress?
the CT Department of Social Taken from “The Modern Dad‟s
Handbook” by John Badalament 13. Who are you child’s
The Department of Social
Services‟ programs are available close friends and why
to all applicants and recipients does he/she like them?
without regard to race, color, 1. What recent accomplishment
creed, sex, sexual orientation, is your child most proud of? 14. Who are your child’s
age disabilities, learning heroes and role models?
disabilities, and national origin,
6. Name 2 things your child
2. Name one of your child’s big did at school in the past 2
ancestry or language barriers.
disappointments this year. weeks. 15. What would your child
The Department has a TDD/TTY
line for persons who are deaf or like to be when he/she
hearing impaired and have a 3. What are you child’s current 7. What is most challenging grows up?
TDD/TTY: 1-800-842-4524. Auxiliary prized possessions? about school for your child?
aids are also available for blind 16. What is something that
or visually impaired persons. The 4. What is your child’s favorite really upsets your child?
Department of Social Services is
8. What does your child like
book? about school?
an equal opportunity,
affirmative action employer 17. What does your child
5. Can you name your child’s 9. What does your child like like to do with you?
teachers? to do in their spare time?
18. What does your child
10. What types of music love about you?
does your child listen to?