ManUPstate's #Fatherhood Campaign

September 12, 2016

ManUPstate’s #Fatherhood Campaign

Dads play a pivotal role in their children’s lives, modeling respect, kindness, equality, compassion and healthy living choices that give their sons and daughters a foundation for understanding their own roles in ending violence and promoting respect in their communities. Throughout 2016, ManUPstate is promoting healthy fatherhood through our online campaign in partnership with #ReadGreenville and the YMCA. Read our tips, share our video PSAs and start a conversation with an important father figure in your life today!



ManUPstate Tips for Dads:

1) Dads who participate in household duties show their children that men and women can have equal partnerships.#m

2) Be a role model for respect, knowing your children will follow your actions before your words.

3) Take time to read to your children every day – it will strengthen not only their reading skills but also your relationship with them.

4) Talk to the boys in your life about the importance of respecting women and girls.

5) Express your emotions – fear, sadness, joy – teaching boys that it is okay for men to have feelings and to express them in a safe way.

6) Give equal affection to your sons and daughters, demonstrating to them that it is healthy for men to be nurturing, loving and kind.

7) Some dads still see certain duties as “mom” duties – don’t be one of those dads. Get involved with everything and share the load.

8) Practice patience with your children. Show them healthy ways to manage stress.

9) Speak out if you notice someone being treated unfairly or poorly, showing your children how to be a good bystander when they know that something is not right.

10) If you need help, ask for it, showing your children that it is healthy for men and boys to ask for support when they need it.

11) Dedicate a certain amount of time every day for 1:1 time with your child, letting them decide what you will do together – play a game, read books, talk about your day – whatever he wants to do.

12) Think about how you can promote literacy with your children in everyday activities- talking about players and scores while watching a sports event, identifying road signs while driving or walking, following instructions in a recipe while making a meal together.

13) Take care of yourself, practicing self-care for your physical, emotional and spiritual health. Healthy fathers promote health and well-being for their children as well.

14) Find ways to leave your work at work, making efforts to avoid bringing work and work stresses home with you.

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because...

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



When you give to Safe Harbor, 82 cents of every dollar goes directly to our intervention services and prevention initiatives to break the cycle of domestic abuse in the Upstate of South Carolina. 

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We are available to provide domestic abuse education and information about Safe Harbor’s services through speaking engagements, trainings, workshops and awareness campaigns.





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