Fredericksburg Parent

June 2019

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22 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • June 2019 Peruse the greeting card section around Father's Day and you'll find the shelves bursting with stereotypes about dads. While we may love to poke fun at his expense, we have more reasons to appreciate dear old Dad besides how handy he is with a wrench. Supportive dads and father figures positively influence a child's development. Here's how. Father of three, Brett Clark joined Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) and All Pro Dad programs at his kids' elementary school, four years ago. He says the programs give him valuable insight into what's happening in his chil- dren's school and by extension, their lives. "Growing up, I don't recall my dad—or any fathers for that matter—attending school with me or knowing what I did every day," Clark says, whose children are Colton, 12, Carter, 10 and Rowen, 6. "Programs like Watch D.O.G.S. are important for a number of reasons. But most importantly, I believe it is vital for children to see their dad engaged in their education and life." Researchers agree. Kids who see both their parents actively involved in their school life, are less likely to get into trouble for behavioral issues, perform better academically and are more likely to graduate from high school. Through Watch D.O.G.S., dads, stepdads, grandpas and other father figures manage an assortment of tasks from completing school security checks and greeting kids as they arrive at school to providing homework help. They also jump in during the lunch hour to help peel open those stubborn half-pint cartons of milk, offer clean-up assistance and dine with their kids. "Eating lunch with your son or daughter offers a unique insight into your kids' friends and what they talk about, what they think is funny and how innocent their minds are," Clark says. Some dads even stick around for recess. "It's amazing how cool the kids think it is getting someone to push them on the swings, play tag, play basketball or football," Clark says. DADS WRITTEN BY CHRISTA MELNYK HINES Rock! Emphasize Education

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