Thursday, July 16, 2015

For the second year in a row the message is published as I am a Guest Author on the National Fatherhood Initiative - Father Factor Blog!




Earlier this year, I was invited to a TEDxTalk, interviewed and then presented. I dedicate this talk to fathers everywhere who play equally critical roles in the lives of their children.

Fathers are not always biological and sometimes men who father are not in the family of the child. Fathers maybe men who are mentoring a child of a single mother or an uncle, or grandfather who is there to role model what a man is to a fatherless child. I also dedicate this talk to the men who may have desired to be fathers and for whom this may not have been their privilege. May they know their dream was important! I encourage comments on the TEDxTalk and I hope you enjoy it and find it beneficial. Read the entire article here!
July 2015: Click here to read this year's guest blog!



Historically, mothers have been the primary caregivers of newborn babies. During the last century, fathers went from being banned from the delivery room to being encouraged to attending the births of their babies. In the past, care-giving skills were discouraged for little boys during their early childhood due to gender bias, i.e., playing house and dolls, thus denying them of learning about child-care like little girls do, yet when they had their first baby they were suppose to know what to do. In the past, fathering was not recognized as a contribution to children's well being. Now we know that when a child has a significant bond with their father, this bond contributes greatly to child outcomes. Read the entire article here!
 Click here to read the 2014 guest blog!

What was not in the TED TALK were the slides. Click her to view the entire slide presentation
Enjoy! Feel free to forward and/or post comments!

Dr. Mary Kay Keller
TEDxTallahassee 2015
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