VALUES: What do I believe in? What values do I live by? How do I communicate my values to my children?
MANHOOD: What does it mean to be a man in today’s world? How havemy past experiences shaped my view of myself? How have stereotypes affected how I see myself and other men? What realistic definition of manhood will work best for me? How must I change and grow to be the man that I want to be?
BECOMING SELF-SUFFICIENT: How close am I to being able to take care of myself and my children independently? How can I develop a plan to become less dependent on my parents, women or the welfare system?
LIFE SKILLS: How would I evaluate my abilities to communicate, make decisions and manage stress in my life? Do I ever find myself feeling frustrated in conversations with other people? Do I really take the time to learn from good and bad decisions that I have made? Do I consider the consequences before acting?
COPING WITH DISCRIMINATION: What experiences of discrimination or prejudice have I had? How have I coped with such experiences in the past? How might I cope better?
FATHERHOOD: What are my roles and responsibilities as a father? What characteristics does a successful father have? Which of these characteristics do I have? What are some of the obstacles that I need to overcome to be the best father that I can be?
UNDERSTANDING THE CHILD SUPPORT SYSTEM: Why are non-resident fathers required to pay child support? How is the amount of a child support order calculated? How does declaring legal paternity benefit both me and my children? What should I do if I lose my job but I am still required to pay child support?
UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN: How do children develop? What can they do at different ages? What do they need from parents to help them develop? What are the characteristics that I value in my child? How can I pass on my values to my children? What special impact do fathers have on the way their children develop?
COPING AS A SINGLE FATHER: What struggles do fathers face when going it alone or when they have part-time child care responsibilities? How well do I handle the daily needs of my child when I am in charge? What can I do when my child says, “Mommy doesn’t do it like that”? How do I help my child learn new things and develop new skills?
HELPING CHILDREN LEARN: Can I remember what it’s like to be asmall child in a world of adults? How can I help my child to have high self-esteem? How do children learn? How can I help my child learn?
FRIEND, FATHER, PARTNER, SON, EMPLOYEE: How can I be what I must be for everyone who needs me? How can I get my needs met? How can I communicate effectively with all these different people? How well are my important relationships working? What is going well? What do I want to change?
MANAGING CONFLICT/HANDLING ANGER: What is the difference between anger and violence? What is my style of dealing with anger? What happens in my body when I am angry? How can I find ways to express my anger without hurting myself or other people?
NEGOTIATING YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK—WHO’S ON YOUR SIDE?: All parents need help in caring for their children. How can figure out who’s there for meand how can I make the best use of those people? Many young fathers find dealing with theirchildren’s mother and family sometimes requires finely tuned skills. How can I work out arelationship with them that is functional and keeps my child out of the middle?
MALE/FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS: What things get in the way of positive relationships with women? What do women want? How do I really feel about women? How do I deal with the women in my life?
HEALTH AND SEXUALITY: What special health problems do men face? How can I take charge of my own health? How can I make good use of the health care system? What role does sex play in my life? How much do I know about female sexuality? How well do I communicate about sex with partners and with my children? How can I make sure I have another child only when I really want to and can afford to? How can I avoid AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases?
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS: What problems do some young people have withalcohol and drugs? How do I use substances in my life? How can I cope with life’s challengeswithout abusing alcohol or drugs? Where can people get help for alcohol and drug problems?