Teaching how to be a father!
The federal government Web site www.fatherhood.gov offers a wide range of â€śtipsâ€ť and resources for teaching men how to be a father, including â€śfather-childâ€ť videos on healthy eating, teeth brushing and hand washing.
The taxpayer-funded website, launched during the Clinton administration, is a project of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, which is a part of Health and Human Servicesâ€™ Office of Family Assistance. The site links to the videos on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciencesâ€™ Psychiatric Research Instituteâ€™s Web site.
â€śParents are the best teachers of healthy eating habits,â€ť the narration states in the healthy eating video. â€śThe parent and the child each have important jobs.â€ť
The graphic in the video states that the fatherâ€™s job is to â€śprovide a variety of healthy foodsâ€ť and â€śeat healthy meals together.â€ť The childâ€™s job is to â€śdecide whether to eatâ€ť and â€śdecide how much to eat.â€ť
â€śThe best way to teach your child this healthy habit is to do it together over and over,â€ť the narration on the hand washing video states.
The hand washing instructions are: Wet hands under running water, add soap, and rub all parts of hands and fingers for 15 seconds.â€ť
â€śChildren need help with tooth brushing until they are 6 to 8 years old,â€ť another video states. The video shows a father and son brushing their teeth together. It advises that children should brush their teeth twice daily â€“ â€śbefore bedtimeâ€ť and â€śin the morning.â€ť
There are also videos on reading and â€śconstructive play.â€ť
The project was most recently funded by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 for â€śthe development, promotion, and distribution of a media campaign to encourage the appropriate involvement of parents in the life of any child and specifically the issue of responsible fatherhood, and the development of a national clearinghouse to assist states and communities in efforts to promote and support marriage and responsible fatherhood,â€ť according to the website