- "Dear Daddy, My Mommy Can't be My Daddy Too."
- "Each Night Millions of Kids Go To Sleep Starving. For Attention from Their Dads."
- "Easter Bunny. Tooth Fairy. Daddy. Eventually kids stop believing in things they don't see."
Jen's Thoughts on How to Encourage Absent Parents: I suspect that many of the parents who have walked away from the responsibilities of parenthood did so because they believed they were not equipped to parent well. Therefore, more than ad campaigns directed at uninvolved parents, I think we need programs to support and train these moms and dads in how to maintain a visitation schedule, communicate effectively, and handle conflicts in a positive way. Much of what is required is actually simple - things like planning ahead for visits, being there when you say you will, and not allowing your commitment to your kids to fall into an "out of sight, out of mind" abyss. Once parents who initially thought they couldn't or wouldn't be involved in their children's lives begin to see their own ability to have a positive impact, their motivation to maintain their involvement can develop.
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