Classes for Dads in Hampton Roads
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. -Mark Twain
The important role fathers play in their children’s lives is often under appreciated. “A father’s presence matters in their children’s lives,” said Nick Corsi, fatherhood consultant for Child Development Resources, a Williamsburg-based non-profit that serves babies and toddlers with special needs, development delay or those at risk for developmental delay. “Children are more likely to lead healthy, successful lives when both their mother and father are actively involved in positive ways.”
Child Development Resources (CDR) and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center have partnered to prepare expectant dads to face the challenges of being a new dad. “Rookie Dads” is a free two hour class that covers feeding, changing diapers, cuddling, bathing, bonding and much more. Classes are held the second Thursday of each month (this summer June 13, July 11 and August 8) at Sentara Regional Medical Center Williamsburg from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to register, call CDR at 566-2831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) offers a class for dads as well. Dawn Midgette, who handles CHKD’s marketing and public relations, said CHKD offers the class once this summer, however, it is offered on a regular basis.
24/7 Dads is a free four-week program (for dads only) that gives a better understanding of your role as a father and the roles played by other family members in raising a child. Learn about basic parenting skills, positive discipline, expectations and child development, communication techniques with any age child, and how to get involved with your child. The influence of your health, your culture and how you were raised will be discussed. The class book will be provided free of charge. Tuesdays, June 4- June 25 at CHKD Heath & Surgery Center at Princess Anne, 2021 Concert Dr. in Virginia Beach. For more information visit their website.