When fathers are involved in the lives of their children, especially their education, children learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. Even when fathers do not share a home with their children, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact. There are countless ways for fathers to be involved in their child’s education at all ages.Example Activities:
- Demonstrate age‐appropriate techniques to read aloud to a child.
- Set aside time during the event for fathers to read to and with their children.
- Pass out reading logs and encourage fathers to read with their children at home. Provide an incentive to complete the reading log (ask a partner organization or library to donate books or prizes).
- Pass out library logs and encourage fathers to visit their local library with their children.
- Provide list of father friendly books.
- Talk to fathers about strategies for engaging in conversations about school and homework. Below are some examples for ways fathers can engage with their children:
- Talk about your day first. Conversations about school often happen after sharing something about your day. Maybe a joke someone told at lunch or an interesting bit of current event news would stimulate a conversation about something at school.
- Use the backpack as a conversation starter. Go through your child’s backpack with them every day after school. You may find the little notes from teachers with assignments on them, as well as tests and homework assignments returned with grades on them.
- Ask direct questions. Rather than asking, "What did you do at school today?" consider asking some specific questions that will give you specific information you want.