Where to Go for Now After Beginning the Website

posted Oct 16, 2016, 8:26 PM by Wales brown



The Nurturing Fathers program (NFP) class that I am facilitating is a community service project and is not connected with my employment.  Throughout my work in the NFP classes, I am guided by ethical principles I have committed to as a National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).   

In regard to Relationships with Parents and Families (section 1) I am: respecting parents and family members developmental level and circumstances, challenging parents to continue and grow and learn about their child’s development, communicate openly and truthfully about the service provided, support diverse family values, am proactive in stating child guidance principles and discipline guidelines encouraging non-violent child rearing practices, to name a few.  In regard to Relationships with Colleagues and the Profession, in am: valuing diversity in staff, providing staff with policies and support systems for addressing difficult situations, defining our role as parent and family life educators and supporting the ongoing knowledge base that guides us.  In regard to Relationships with Community/Society, I am: providing knowledge about community resources and making referrals, communicate clearly and cooperate with agencies to meet family needs and advocate for laws and policies that reflect our changing knowledge base and the best interests of parents. 

My introductory approach in the development of the Nurturing Fathers website should clearly show through documentation of related articles and some of the resources used, how I am meeting some of the above mentioned NCFR CFLE principles that guide my practice in the NFP.  I will be away for the first week of November at the annual NCFR Conference and will continue to be challenged in my thinking and program development.  I look forward to returning with a renewed sense of what I am doing.  I look forward to the continuing learning opportunities to see what my colleagues across the country are doing and will be attending several “fathering” sessions.  For me, development of this website is an opportunity to present fathers with all of the information they need to know what they are getting involved in aside from the intake session.


What I’d Like to Bring to My Work

         I am looking forward to building on this website, and some of my other early technology learning, to diversify the ways that dad’s learn in the NFP class.  I realize I am working with a diverse group of fathers.  I began a podcast series in July called the Fatherhood Community Chat (FCC). In this approach to learning, I am looking for another way t communicate with dad’s replacing the written word with speaking and other various ways of understanding.  I am aware that I need to be cognizant of the benefits of visual storybooks to communicate messages and will be working hard in the future to develop more story books to address learning in the program. 

I’d like to invite and facilitate a way for many dad’s to be able to communicate and learn using various literacies (i.e. pictures, music, interactive work).  I have recently learned about the use of virtual worlds and how this can involve fathers in learning.  I am contemplating what kind of “island” I could create to help dads learn various components of what what is being learned in the NFP.  Currently the class is taught primarily through discussion, reflection in the workbook and group activities.  I’d like to see dad’s having more options for being able to learn some of the core skills being reviewed using a variety of literacies to help teach. 


Challenges that Lay Ahead

One obstacle that will have to be overcome is access to technology.  I am glad that many dads’ have “smart phones” and can meet some technology obstacles through the use of smart phones.  I will continue to think about how the technology I use can also be used through smartphones.  I really need to become more knowledgeable about the use of images and how they can be used to further the learning in the class.  For dads that don’t have smart phones, I will need to think about ways for them to access technology as I develop the class.

The use of Social Media will undoubtedly remain an important way for dads to feel connected outside of the class setting.  I will also have to find the time and ways for me and my co-leader to divide the tasks associated with social media.  I will also need to develop a way to help dads using social media to understand how to use this technology, and for “what purposes”,  by developing an understanding of framework or ethical approach to using social media.  It will be important for fathers to know that social media is not a place to ask for help in an emergency situation and to understand that social media is a place to connect with others and not a place to discuss grievances  Ethical approaches will be important in terms of understanding the use of social media.