Guide: 14 Vital Topics (Critical Issues) for Staff To Discuss with Moms to Increase Dad's Involvement

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14 Vital Topics to Discuss with Moms is a valuable resource to aide you and your staff in having discussions with moms at any time and in any setting about specific topics related the importance of a father's involvement  (see list below) and how she can help to encourage his involvement for the benefit of her children. 

  • Do you wonder how to convince a mother to encourage the father of her child to be more involved in that child’s life? 
  • Have you tried to convince a mother to allow the father of her child to be more involved only to be thwarted in your attempt? 
  • Do you work with a mother who can’t seem to say one nice thing about the father of their children? 
  • Do you ever wonder why a certain couple can’t seem to put their children first—who think about no one other than themselves?

These are the kinds of questions asked by many staff and practitioners who work with mothers, fathers, and families - and that this guide helps to address.

Resource Background

Led by NFI President Christopher Brown, an applied anthropologist with more than 25 years experience designing fatherhood programs and related resources and studying fatherhood and masculinity cross culturally, our team has identified 14 vital topics that are essential to helping mothers of any race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background  explore their relationships with dads, and encourage his involvement when possible. The compilation of these issues and how to educate mothers on these issues, is represented in this helpful, budget-friendly guide which can be used in many settings and situations for all types of mothers.

Delivery Method

Organizations who work one-on-one with moms can use this guide to lead discussions and facilitate valuable, structured conversations - especially in home-visiting settings. This guide is extremely helpful to those who make presentations to families in the community, such as at schools or businesses/workplaces, and for those who offer direct services to mothers and wish to delve further into certain topics around moms' relationships with dads. 

Topics Covered

  • Topic 1: Co-Parenting
  • Topic 2: Gender Communication
  • Topic 3: Dad's Importance to Child Well-Being
  • Topic 4: Restrictive Maternal Gatekeeping
  • Topic 5: For Your Children's Sake
  • Topic 6: Trusting Dad
  • Topic 7: Mutual Respect
  • Topic 8: Conflict Resolution
  • Topic 9: Power and Control
  • Topic 10: Angry with Dad
  • Topic 11: When Dad is Absent
  • Topic 12: Family of Origin
  • Topic 13: Discipline of Children
  • Topic 14: Listening

Structure & Layout


Easy to use structure:

  • Customize a discussion with moms using the 14 Vital Topics Guide in any way you want.
  • Use the guide to design lectures, workshops, seminars, events, and other activities for mothers.
  • Cover one or more topics at any depth you like, in any format you like, and within your time constraints.
  • Use the guide to experiment with the topics, format, and discussion length that works best for you/your organization.


  • Each topic is covered in two to three pages. You will find background information on the topic, which includes several important factors to keep in mind when working with mothers on the topic.
  • The background information is followed by key learning objectives for mothers that you should build into the type of learning format that you decide to use.
  • The topic ends with key questions that mothers should ask themselves on the topic. These key questions are tied to the learning objectives.

Training Options

Free online, on-demand course from our Father Engagement Academy™.


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