Mother's Day has just ended. Homes are decorated with still-fresh floral bouquets. Half-eaten cakes chill in the refrigerator. Cards are lovingly displayed on the mantle or stuck to the refrigerator. Forget About it! It's time to turn our attention to the neglected half of the parental duo, fathers.
In 2004, spurred on by their wives (of course), some fathers began meeting monthly on Saturdays during the school year at the YMCA to learn more about parenting and the challenges of parenting in the 21st century. Today there are over 65 participants in the Father's Forum. To learn more about the group go to its website: http://www.fathersforumgreenwich.com/index.html
This Saturday at 8:00 am at the YMCA the Father's Forum, with the co-sponsorship of Liberation Programs and Greenwich Family and Youth Options, will present a program titled "Staying Connected: Helping Your Teen Navigate Tough Choices." Discussion topics will include: effective responses to teen behavior, heightened risks facing today's teens, sex and tips for crucial conversations and the importance of communication and staying connected. The Moderator will be Charlanne Zepf Bauerlein,CSW, counselor in the Greenwich Academy Upper School.
Coffee will be provided. No snacks, this is a men's group after all (unless someone brings in some half-eaten Mother's Day's cake).
“The stated purpose of the Father’s Forum is ‘to provide Greenwich Dads with information and skills to make the best, most enlightened choices in developing relationships with the children for the purpose of protecting their children from high-risk behavior. ‘”
Don't forget Father's Day on June 17!