The President's Fatherhood Pledge


In response to President Obama’s call for a national conversation on responsible fatherhood and healthy families, learn how you can join the President's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.

Is your little one a techie? 
Online learning games here.  Great for on the go.
Disclaimer:  Not recommended for children under 2 years of age.

Click the picture for fun math activity to do with your child.


Tangrams are puzzles that test one’s logic and spatial reasoning, making them a fantastic math exercise. And they’re super fun.Here’s a quick way to turn lunch time into math play with tangrams. Now let’s eat some geometry!

 What Dads Can Do With Toddlers (2- to 3-Year-Olds)

  • Provide safe places where your toddler can play and run -- inside and outside.

  • Take her outside as much as possible to run in the yard or a park.

  • Give your toddler a “ride” on your shoulders. Almost all children love “shoulder riding” -- it gives them a chance to be bigger than grown-ups.

  • Read to your toddler every day. Read books, magazines and signs you see on the street. It is important for her to be close to you, listen to you speak and see that words go with pictures and make a story.

  • Play ball with your toddler. Teach her to catch, throw and kick a ball in age-appropriate ways. This teaches coordination.

  • Help your toddler learn to use the toilet. Help her understand that all boys and girls make mistakes when they are potty-training. Never punish a child for an accident -- it is part of learning!

  • .Encourage your toddler to ask questions. Answer them with short, simple answers using words she can understand.

  • Teach your toddler which words are OK to use and which are not.Teach your toddler that being kind, polite and honest are some of the most important things in the world.

  • Let your toddler know what you expect and why, including the “rules” at your house or how you want her to behave, etc. Be consistent.

  • Invite family or friends who also have toddlers to spend time with you and your child. This will help your toddler learn how to play with other children.

  • Learn your toddler’s favorite things to do and do those activities with her.

  • Take your toddler with you when you run an errand and let her help you as much as she can and in ways that are safe for her, such as putting letters in a mail slot. Be sure to let her know how much she is helping.

  • Make up a special ritual with your toddler, perhaps at bedtime or whenever you see her. This ritual could be a question, a handshake or something else you come up with together.

  • Arrange to have lunch with your toddler at preschool or daycare if your schedule allows.If your schedule allows, talk with your toddler’s preschool teacher or childcare provider about how you can participate in activities during the school day (e.g., going on a field trip, being a guest reader, etc.).


 What Dads Can Do With( 4- to 6 Year-Olds)

  • During meals, ask your child what the best thing about his day was. Answer the question yourself in return.

  • Play ball with your child. Teach him how to catch, throw and kick a ball.

  • Meet and be interested in your child’s friends.

  • Ask your child about things he would like to learn and then make plans to learn them together.

  • Make regular visits to the library and discuss his favorite books.

  • Read to your child every day. Help him learn that reading is a normal and natural part of life.

  • Talk to your child about his or her dreams and share your own dreams. Children also like to hear what dreams their parents had when they were children (“I wanted to grow up and become a....”).

  • Tell your child stories about when you were little. Let him know about mistakes you made and things you did right.

  • Let your child know what you expect and why, like how you want him to act at the store or how he talks to or treats his siblings. Be consistent.

  • Listen to your child’s favorite music or watch his favorite TV shows with him.

  • Take your child to meet your neighbors who have children.

  • Play board games with your child.

  • Help build your child’s imagination by making up creative stories with him. Start a story and let him add in key parts: “Once upon a time….”

  • Make a meal with your child.

  • Make up special nicknames for each other.

  • Make up a special ritual with your child, like a question, handshake or something else that you come up with together.