Fredericksburg Parent

June 2019

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www.FredericksburgParent.NET 7 Pouches' community corner Village Fathers is a fatherhood education program and support group sponsored by Healthy Families Rappahannock. Its goal is to help fathers improve their parenting skills by promoting healthy and positive attitudes towards fatherhood and parenting. According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, "7 in 10 adults say it's equally important for new babies to bond with their mother and their father." Village Fathers equips dad to do just that, forge a bond with their children while learning how to raise them in tandem with the other parent. The program offers 12 weekly sessions to help fathers to con- nect with other dads to develop relationships, understand fatherhood and their role in the lives of their children, learn how to parent and co-parent and more. Upon completing the program, fathers in the Village Fathers program will be seen as more positive role models and active parents in their children's lives. WRITTEN BY CHRIS JONES Interested in participating in the Village Fathers program? Learn more at, or by calling 540-374-3366 x114. The 12 Week Program includes the following sessions: 1. Family History 2. What It Means to be a Man 3. Showing and Handling Feelings 4. Men's Health 5. Communication 6. The Father's Role 7. Discipline 8. Children's Growth 9. Getting Involved 10. Working with Mom and Co-Parenting 11. Dads and Work 12. My 24/7 Dad Checklist As we went to press Helen Wang, age 17, was killed at the Abel Lake Recrea on Area. Wang was a dedicated swimmer with the S ngrays at Colonial Forge Highschool. To contribute to the scholarship fund go to To contribute to our upcoming ar cle on Teens and Dangerous Roads, contact Madelaine Formica at

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