Wednesday, June 22, 2022

8 Ways Single Dads Can Have Affordable Fun with their Children This Summer

Dads’ Resource Center offers ways dads can make memories without busting the bank


STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania – (June 22, 2022) – With school out, many single dads will have a chance to spend more time with their children. As inflation pushes the cost of things higher, many people are looking for affordable ways to have fun with their kids this summer. The good news is that there are many cheap ways that dads can spend quality time with their kids and still keep the costs down. Creating memories doesn't have to cost a pretty penny, especially when you have a list of fun, affordable activities to keep in mind.

 

"Most single dads are living on a tight budget,” said Dads’ Resource Center Executive Director Jeffrey Steiner. “One of the benefits of good weather is that it provides endless opportunities for low-cost father family adventures.”

 

Summer break is when kids get to unwind and have fun. It's also that time when they enjoy being with their family more. Whether dad gets to spend weekends, a week, or a month with their kids over the summer, it's essential to take the time to make memories.

 

Here are 8 ways single dads can have affordable fun with their children this summer:

  • Outdoor movie. Look for ones being held in the community or create one in the yard. Films can be projected onto the garage door, or a sheet hung between trees. Set up chairs and invite some friends for an outdoor movie experience.
  • Go camping. Staying at state parks to camp is usually affordable, but finding an opening can often be challenging. Look for a place with sites available, but if there are none, pitch the tent in the backyard and camp anyway. Backyard camping can be just as fun, and it's free.
  • Have a picnic. Pack a lunch and head to a local park or city splash pad. This will create a fun afternoon with a way to cool off, leaving everyone ready for a nap when they get home. As a bonus to this, have the kids help prepare the picnic food.
  • Create an obstacle course. Turn the backyard into a giant obstacle course, giving everyone a chance to test their abilities. This can provide hours of fun and costs nothing but time to set it up.
  • Paint rocks. Gather up some stones and paint them with uplifting messages and images. Then go on a mission to place them around the community for others to find.
  • Spend time at the library. The library systems around the country are wonderful places to have a lot of summer fun. They offer weekly family-friendly activities and events that the whole family will enjoy, usually free.
  • Take bike rides. Whether it's around the neighborhood, on a mountain, or paved bike trails, this is a great way to spend time. Most kids already have a bike, but if one is needed, dad can always look online to purchase a used one, helping to keep costs down.
  • Go hiking. Depending on the state dad lives in, it may be hiking season and a perfect time to hit the trails. Most hiking is free or comes with a small park admission fee. Be sure to keep the length of the hike age-appropriate for the kids, pack water and snacks, and take breaks as needed.

“You don’t need big trips to adventure parks every week to make memories with your children," said Steiner. “They just need to know you want to spend time with them and get down to their level a bit. Creativity, flexibility, and spontaneity can do just as much as the credit card can do.”

 

Dads' Resource Center was started by Dr. Joel N. Myers, a father of eight and the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. The mission is to help combat the issues associated with children growing up without their fathers in the home. At its heart, the center is a child advocacy organization that aims to ensure that each child has the appropriate involvement and contributions from both parents. 


 

About Dads’ Resource Center

The Dads' Resource Center is committed to providing education, resources, and advocacy for dads who are separated or divorced and are determined to uphold their sacred responsibility as fathers. The Dads' Resource Center was founded by Dr. Joel N. Myers, the founder, and CEO of AccuWeather. His own experience as a single father led him to start the group. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

5 Facts Society Needs to Know for Children’s Awareness Month



Dads’ Resource Center puts a spotlight on the issues impacting families

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania – (June 8, 2022) – June is Children's Awareness Month, making it an ideal time to spotlight issues that impact families. Most people can agree that it's essential to raise children in a way that helps reduce risks and grow up to be productive adults. The problem is that not everyone agrees on what the ideal scenario may look like. Dads' Resource Center is on a mission to ensure that people know the vital role that fathers play in their children's lives.

 

"Parenting is a two-person job,” said Dads’ Resource Center Executive Director Jeffrey Steiner. “Mothers and fathers give different, but equally important things to their children. And fathers are more engaged in parenting now than ever before.”

 

The Pew Research Center shared their survey findings regarding American dads. They found that 57% of dads feel that parenting is extremely important to their identity, and 63% of dads say they are not doing enough. When asked why they were not doing more, 20% reported that their children don't live with them all of the time. Fathers not living with their children is doing more damage than people realize.

 

According to the Dads’ Resource Center, here are five 5 facts society needs to know:

 

  • Children raised in a home with their fathers achieve higher educational attainment. They are more likely to graduate from high school and college.
  • Children do better overall when raised in a house with their father. They earn more money and are less likely to use government assistance programs.
  • When children grow up in a home with their fathers, they are less likely to commit crimes. Additionally, a high percentage of those in prison grew up without their father in the house.
  • Children who grow up with their fathers in the home are less likely to smoke and use drugs.
  • When children grow up with their father in the home, they are more likely to contribute to society by voting, donating their time and money to charities.

 

“The active presence in the life of a child and teenager is absolutely essential for the healthy development of child," said Dads’ Resource Center Founder and Chair Dr. Joel N. Myers. “It is also best for our society as a whole. We must do all we can to encourage, rather than discourage, both parents being actively involved in the lives of their children so that they have the best chance of becoming happy, well-adjusted, and successful in life.”

 

Dads' Resource Center was started by Dr. Myers, a father of eight and the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. The mission is to help combat the issues associated with children growing up without their fathers in the home. At its heart, the center is a child advocacy organization that aims to ensure that each child has the appropriate involvement and contributions from both parents. 

 

About Dads’ Resource Center

The Dads' Resource Center is committed to providing education, resources, and advocacy for dads who are separated or divorced and are determined to uphold their sacred responsibility as fathers. The Dads' Resource Center was founded by Dr. Joel N. Myers, the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. His own experience as a single father led him to start the group. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

5 Reasons Why Divorced Dads Play a Vital Role in Their Child’s Life


Dads’ Resource Center reminds people just how important fathers are

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania – (February 9, 2022) – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there is a crisis in the country involving fathers. They report that one out of every three children, or 24 million, live without their biological father in the home. The problem is that fathers play an important role in their child’s life. When dad is missing from a child’s life, there’s a lot that society is missing out on as a result.

 

“Mothers and fathers give different, but equally important things to their children,” said Jeffrey Steiner, executive director of the Dads’ Resource Center. “Children need both their mother and father fully engaged in their upbringing to have the best chance to be successful in life."

 

The government report also says there is a “father factor” in nearly all the societal ills facing the country. Divorced dads must get the opportunity to play an active role in their child's life. In today's society, dads are far too often pushed aside by the court, legal, county, and human services systems.

According to the Dads’ Resource Center’s analysis of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, here are 5 reasons why divorced dads play a vital role in their child’s life:


  • Prosperity verse poverty. Children who have the active involvement of their father during their childhood earn 26% more than those who don’t ($59,490 versus $43,938).
  • Social program usage. Children who did not have the active involvement of their father during their childhood were 94% more likely to have used government programs such as Women, Infants & Children, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Workers Compensation.
  • Better health. Children who did not have the active involvement of their father during their childhood were 11% more likely to have smoked and 20% more likely to have used hard drugs.
  • Engaged citizens. Children who did not have the active involvement of their father during their childhood were 11% less likely to volunteer their time to the community,13% less likely to donate to a charity, and 26% less likely to vote.
  • Increased resiliency. Children who did not have the active involvement of their father during their childhood were 13% more likely to have needed mental health treatment.


“Father absence either plays a role in or is the primary driver of every societal problem this country faces,” said Steiner. “But the systems meant to protect the well-being of children pervasively deny or hinder father family involvement. Many of those in these systems know the problem exists, but there is no will to reform in a way that better serves children."

 

Dads’ Resource Center was started by Dr. Joel N. Myers, a father of eight and the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. Its mission is to help combat the issues associated with children growing up without their fathers in the home. At its heart, the center is a child advocacy organization that aims to ensure that each child has the appropriate involvement and contributions from both parents.

 

Dads’ Resource Center has been established to benefit children of separated or divorced parents by advocating the importance of fathers having adequate opportunities to fulfill their role of fatherhood. The group helps get information regarding the issues out to the public and works with fathers to help make improvements.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Expert Relationship Tips to Elevate Your Valentine’s Day Game


Rise Medical, a leader in the science of sexual wellness, is helping people successfully navigate the dating scene


CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. – (February 1, 2022) – If you are having a difficult time navigating the dating world, you are not alone. In fact, a 2020 report issued by the Pew Research Center said that half of all adults say dating has become harder in the last decade. Nearly 70% of adults report that dating is not going well, and 75% find it very difficult. This leaves millions of people trying to figure out how to navigate in this new dating world. The good news is that there is help for those who want to increase intimacy in their existing relationship and for those looking to create a meaningful one!

 

We know there is a problem, which is why we are trying to help people with their dating and intimacy issues,” explains Dan Markel, co-founder and chief executive officer of Rise Medical. Our medical staff and relationship experts have helped many people, giving them the edge they needed in such a difficult dating environment.

 

Pew reports that the factors contributing to a difficult dating scene include online dating, and poor experiences on dates. There is difficulty in just finding people to date, and once they do, people are not sure how to act. 

 

These concerns have spilled over into negatively impacting intimacy and sexual health. This is an important issue because sexual health is directly related to overall health and wellness. Most people seek intimacy but are not sure how to get it. Intimacy, which is having a feeling of connectedness, love, tenderness, and warmth toward your partner, is something that the professionals at Rise Medical focus on, along with addressing any sexual health concerns that may be holding people back.


 

Here are dating tips for singles and couples for this Valentines Day to keep in mind:

 

Singles:

  • Be open to where the dating suggestion comes from. If you are not having success using online dating, don’t shy away from being set up on a date with a friend of a friend. You never know what connection could result.
  • Be mindful during the date. This means to focus on what is right in front of you. Forget the phone, what happened at work, or what’s coming up next month. Focus on what is going on right in front of you. Be in the moment.
  • Don’t be afraid to get help, such as working with a relationship expert, or seeking medical help to improve sexual health. These things are there to help improve your life, there is no reason to put it off any longer.
  • If you are seeking to attract someone new, stop following energy that is old, stale, and stagnant. There is nothing helpful in seeing your ex pop up in your social media.
  • Before you put yourself back out on the market ask yourself this: Would I want to get intimate/go on a date with me? Hesitation is a “no,” and the solution is working with a dating coach.
  • Make a list of three things the highest version of you would say “no” to in a new relationship that you once said yes to? If you're having trouble sticking to it, it’s time for coaching, because accountability is key.
  • Celebrate yourself every time you go on a date. It takes a lot of courage and strength to open up your heart again once it's been broken. You are amazing! 


Couples:

  • Self-Love is the antidote and the source for being able to love others. You can't give what you don't have, so make time for self care.
  • Intimacy - Into ME you see. Seek professional help if you are experiencing anything less than pure bliss in the bedroom.  Increasing intimacy through communication, with each other or through a platform like TeleRIse™ and treating any sexual dysfunction can acheive a healthy sex live. 
  • We are all mirrors of each other that reflect back the ways in which we see ourselves. All the joy, pain, loneliness, love, desires and fears.  If you are not happy with the person sitting across the table from you, it's time to take a deeper look at yourself in the mirror, then act towards your partner as you would like them to act towards you. Try offering the first touch, most times your partner will mirror your actions and touch you back!
  • Investing in coaching is both humbling and empowering. Humbling - It's admitting, I don't have the answers, if I did, I would have the results. Empowering- Investing means; I am 100% worthy of living the life I desire.
  • Your ego says, "I am better off alone." That evil ego dragon is trying to keep you away from love and the ego craves being right. The result is that you will be alone. Game Over. Ego-1 / Love-0. We have the sword and will teach you how to slay that dragon.
  • Whether you are in partnership or single, scent is the number one spark of nostalgia. If you want to be memorable to the opposite sex, choose a signature scent and wear it daily. Even to the grocery store at midnight.


We dont come into this world knowing how to date or have a healthy sex life,” explains Dana Mistretta, the relationship expert at Rise Medical. People refer to me as the dating coach extraordinaire because Ive helped people so much with these important areas of their life. My goal is to help every client reach their dating, intimacy, and sexual health goals.”

 

Rise Medical offers services for male sexual rejuvenation, female rejuvenation, male and female hormone analysis, couples therapy and more. As experts in the art and science of sexual wellness, Rise offers cutting-edge, science-based treatments and services for sexual health issues. Rise Medical provides each individual or couple with a customized plan as unique as they are.

 

In-person appointments are available in Rise Medicals flagship location in Corona Del Mar, California, with locations set to open nationally in 2022. Virtual appointments are offered through the Tele-Rise™ platform providing access to professional counseling in the comfort of your own home. Services are offered to individuals and couples, along with dating coaching.


 

About Rise Medical:

Rise Medical is a first-of-its-kind community of medical professionals and sexual wellness experts dedicated to the personalized treatment of vitality issues through integrative care. Through its national network of urologists and urogynecologists, Rise provides a customized, empowering method of rejuvenating your sexual health, offering non-invasive support for men and women. Find true intimacy through cutting-edge treatments designed to quickly address a variety of vitality challenges, including enhanced male sexual performance, female vaginal rejuvenation, hormone balancing, or solutions for chronic pain and hair loss. Explore customized wellness remedies for individuals and couples, complete with flexible virtual Tele-Rise™ options from the comfort of your home/mobile device. 

Monday, November 15, 2021

The Hidden Dangers of How Family Courts Keep Fathers Out of the Picture



Dads’ Resource Center puts the spotlight on how dads are shut out

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania – (November 15, 2021) – Most people know that around half of all marriages in the country end in divorce. What they don’t know are the statistics of what happens with custody issues when there are children involved. One organization is leading a movement to make people more aware of how the system is set up to leave dads out in the cold. When that happens, children and society as a whole suffer. When Dad doesn’t get ample amount of time with his children, it is the children who pay the price with their development being negatively impacted.

 

“Unfortunately, many judges, lawyers, guardian ad litems, as well as county and state agencies, and the welfare system, are all culpable in creating, or at least exasperating, this very serious problem,” said Dads’ Resource Center Founder Dr. Joel N. Myers. “Whatever their well-meaning intentions might be, they play big roles in maintaining and bolstering a system that discourages, inhibits or flat-out denies children from having access to their fathers.”

 

A Dads’ Resource Center study of 700 contested custody cases found that on average these courts awarded mothers 69% and fathers 31% of custody time. Mothers were given either full or primary custody in 496 of these cases, fathers received either full or primary custody in 100 of these cases and the parents were awarded joint custody in 104 of these cases.

 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 22 million children have a parent who lives outside of the household, which is around a quarter of all children. It further reports that 4 out of every 5 children’s custodial parent is their mother. Only one out of every five custodial parents are fathers. While the percentage of fathers who are the custodial parent has increased over the years, they are still being granted custodial rights far less often. In 1994, 16% of custodial parents were the father, and by 2018, only 20% of custodial parents are the father.

 

Many of the fathers who are not granted the custodial parent position get very little time with their child. According to the NLSY97 Analysis Executive Summary by Dads’ Resource Center, some of the hidden dangers are that those children are:

  • Less likely to graduate from high school or graduate from college.
  • Less likely to vote, donate to charity, or volunteer their time.
  • More likely to have been convicted of a crime, use hard drugs, and smoke.
  • More likely to have intercourse before age 17 and to need mental health treatment.
  • More likely to make less money per year as an adult and much more likely to use government welfare programs

“Family courts and the human services systems were set up to protect children,” said Dads’ Resource Center Executive Director Jeffrey Steiner. “But there is a clear and pervasive pattern where they harm children by needlessly denying their fathers access to them. This has gone on far too long. Major reform is needed.”

 

Dads’ Resource Center was started by Dr. Myers, a father of eight and the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. The mission is to help combat the issues associated with children growing up without their fathers in the home.At its heart, the center is a child advocacy organization that aims to ensure that each child has the appropriate involvement and contributions from both parents.

 

Dads’ Resource Center has been established to benefit children of separated or divorced parents by advocating the importance of fathers having adequate opportunities to fulfill their role of fatherhood. The group helps get information regarding the issues out to the public and works with fathers to help make improvements. To get more information, visit the site at: https://dadsrc.org.


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