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We are dedicated to helping your group succeed. Your success depends on your goals and your achievement of those goals. Our Mission is to help your group. As parent leaders, your responsibility and your part of contributing to a wonderful school life experience is rewarding but more importantly, helpful to the students of your school.

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Ok, so here's the thing. You are a good person. You try to do the right thing. But sometimes you need help depending on what that "thing" is. So, for parent groups, this is what we do. We help parent groups find resources and tools to succeed.

Most parent leaders are so busy these days. They want to be involved in their child's school. The depth of that involvement is a little different for everyone, but the end goal is usually the same: Contributing to the best environment and experience of their child's growth at school.

It may be slightly different for each, but Involvement is the key word here: The "Why." Yet the "Who, What, When, How" can be the tricky part. That is where we come in. The function of the National Parent Teacher Organization is to help pull resources, ideas, systems and knowledge to help you and your group understand Who Can Help; What is the Process; When Should You Do What; and How.

But, before any of these questions can be fully answered, you need to understand the role and vision of your school, your school's district, teacher and principal. So be sure to work with them and get approval for anything and everything first.

Next, Learn. Talk to other parent group leaders. Research. Collaborate. Utilize tools that are available to you. And this is where we can be of service. Our partners and collective information can be a great place for you to grow and accomplish your duties and mission faster.

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As a dad there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved in your child's life. From helping chaperone the school trip, to reading together, to coaching the Little League team, take advantage of the time you can spend together!

Becoming more involved in your child's life can take a lot of different forms. At every stage your children can benefit from your involvement. Read with young children. Join the elementary school parent teacher organization. Chaperone a school event. Volunteer as a coach, or ask your child's coach in what way he could use your help. Take a rainy Saturday and turn it into a family movie night.
Creating special moments with your children helps strengthen your relationship, improve communication, and improve their self-esteem. Spending quality time together doesn't have to be expensive. Here are some ideas to get started!

Tell your favorite childhood stories to your children

Read aloud to your child

Share old photos of yourself

Prepare a family meal together

Turn off the TV and play a board game together

Do an outside activity with your children, like a nature walk, gardening, or bike riding

Do an arts and crafts project, like creating a family album or draw pictures

Take Time to Be a Dad Today! Here are some suggestions for easy, no-cost or low-cost ways to spend meaningful time with your family. Everyone's circumstances are different, so some of these activities might not be possible for you and your children.

Take a Hike
Walk around the neighborhood, go to a local park, or take a walk in the countryside. Wherever you choose, enjoy the opportunity to share time with your children, point out interesting things on the way, and build some precious family memories.

Celebrate National Book Month
Celebrate by reading a book with your kids and then doing a "tie-in" activity such as creating art to represent something in the story. Reading a book about Halloween could tie in with carving pumpkins afterwards! Find a local public library in the For Dads, Tips & Activities section.

Global Handwashing Day
Teach your kids the importance of washing their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before/after activities to prevent illness. Make it fun by teaching them a handwashing song. For example, sing two verses of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

Watch the Game Together
Cheer for your favorite team and chat about the plays. Mute the commercials and use those minutes to talk about what's going on in your lives.

Donate a Book
Gather your already read books & donate them to a local library, school, or shelter. The books will be enjoyed again, you will reinforce to your children the value of reading, and they will gain a better understanding of the importance of giving to others.

Visit the Library
Experience the joy of reading without the cost of buying books. Visit your community library and get a card for each member of your family. Help your children select a variety of age-appropriate books you can borrow and read together.

Lend a Hand
Make a plan together for ways that you can help out those around you in little ways – holding a door open, picking up something that someone dropped. Each keep a list for the week, and pick a time to come back and talk about it.

Turn it Down – Part 2
Next time you're talking with your kids, remember it's okay to have a lull in the conversation while they think about the answers. Turn off background noise & distractions to pay attention to what's being said.

Turn it Down – Part 1
The next time you get in the car with your kids, turn off the radio. Share what's on your mind, or ask them a question.

Current Events – Part 1
Get a local newspaper or visit a news website and find a positive story. Ask your kids about it. Start the conversation with "Did you hear about…"

Read together Read a book, newspaper, magazine, the comics, anything will do as long as you are with your children.

Have fun outside and get exercise. Getting outside isn't just a great way to get exercise, it's also a lot of fun! Find affordable physical activities that will bring the whole family together and start enjoying the great outdoors. Visit www.letsmove.gov/what-do for idea, places to go, and tips on what to bring.

Have fun outside and get exercise. Getting outside isn't just a great way to get exercise, it's also a lot of fun! Find affordable physical activities that will bring the whole family together and start enjoying the great outdoors. Visit www.letsmove.gov/what-do for idea, places to go, and tips on what to bring.

Walk & Talk With the days getting longer, consider taking a walk with your family after dinner. I'ts good way to be active and a great chance to communicate with your kids. Ask them if anything interesting happened in their day, if something new is happening with school or their friends, or talk about the weather or the color of a car passing by. Be sure to listen to the answers!

Walk & Talk With the days getting longer, consider taking a walk with your family after dinner. It's good way to be active and a great chance to communicate with your kids. Ask them if anything interesting happened in their day, if something new is happening with school or their friends, or talk about the weather or the color of a car passing by. Be sure to listen to the answers!

What are you looking at? Consider limiting your family screen time like TV and computer games to no more than 2 hours a day. Make screen time healthier by getting up and move during commercials to get some physical activity. Not sure what to do? How about dance moves, a conga line around the sofa, or see who can do more jumping jacks.

Be culinary creative! Cut food into fun and easy shapes with cookie cutters. Name a food your child helps make. Serve "Janie's Salad" or "Jackie's Sweet Potatoes" for dinner. Encourage your child to invent new snacks. Make your own trail mixes from dry whole-grain, low-sugar cereal and dried fruit.

Make a healthy change to pizza night Set up a pizza-making station in the kitchen. Use whole-wheat English muffins, bagels, or pita bread as the crust. Have tomato sauce, low-fat cheese, and cut-up vegetables or fruits for toppings. Let kids choose their own favorites. Then pop the pizzas into the oven to warm.

Take a trip Take a trip – "Travel" to Spain, China, or Australia. Borrow a library book with photos and facts about your destination, prepare a local-inspired meal, rent a documentary or movie that takes place in that country, and imagine yourselves there.

Take a trip Take a trip – "Travel" to Spain, China, or Australia. Borrow a library book with photos and facts about your destination, prepare a local-inspired meal, rent a documentary or movie that takes place in that country, and imagine yourselves there.

Watch your kids' favorite TV shows together
Watch your kids' favorite TV shows together – If you can't figure out why they like the programs so much, ask them.

Play a video game Play a video game – If your video game skills aren't great, don't be ashamed to ask your children to teach you.

Help with homework Help with homework – Check with your children's teachers to find out what their class is working on and how you can support them.

Wish upon a star Visit a planetarium or check out the night sky from your own front yard. Search together for a book or Web site with information on stars and constellations.

Care for a pet If you have a family pet, share its care. Caring for your pet together will teach your kids about nurturing and responsibility.

Bake a cake Baking together is fun and can be educational. Improve children's reading and math skills when you follow directions and measure ingredients. Plus, after all the learning, there's cake.

Unplug Working all the time? Always on your phone? Turn off that laptop, leave your phone behind, and spend some uninterrupted time with your children.

You-and-me time If you have more than one child, plan special time alone with each of them.

Work on a puzzle Find a crossword or Sudoku puzzle in the newspaper, or pick up a book based on your expertise.

Fix It Together Work through your list of home improvement chores together and show your children how to repair household items.

Catch a Movie Check the rating and the description to make sure the film is appropriate for your child's age. Remember your favorite scenes and talk about them on your way home.

Visit the Library Get library cards for each member of your family. Share the joy of reading without the financial commitment of buying books. Help your children pick out books you can read together.

Let fatherhood go to your head Take your son to the barber or learn to braid your daughter's hair.

Read the Sunday Comics No time on Sunday? Save the comics and read them together when you have time.

Eat out Pick a place where you can sit and chat while you eat.

Go grocery shopping Buy healthy foods and treats. With younger children, work on alphabet and reading skills as you walk the aisles.

Learn something Learn something – Whether you read a biography or watch a National Geographic special, experience something new together.

Listen to music Listen to music – Select some songs and let your kids pick some of their favorites. Explain to each other what you like about each song. If you're up to it, go ahead and dance.

Double dad Double dad – Hang out with another father and child. The kids can play together and the dads can share parenthood stories.

Reminisce! Reminisce – Share memories of our children's youngest years or even before they were born. Ask them to talk about some of their favorite memories.

Play cards Learn new games and card tricks together. Make sure the game is appropriate for the children's ages.

Play a board game Pick an age-appropriate game and remember to play by the rules.

Ride a bike Grab your helmets, map out a route, and take in the fresh air.

Volunteer in your community Your child will gain a better understanding of the importance of helping others.

Volunteer in your community Your child will gain a better understanding of the importance of helping others.

Visit the zoo Learn about a variety of animals and habitats, and talk about what makes them different (and similar) to us.

Play an old-school game Teach your children some of the classic games you played as a kid. Hide and seek, tag, kickball, and other low-tech games can be particularly fun in our digital age.

Go camping No need to head to the wilderness, brave the cold, or buy a tent. Just camp out in the living room with blankets draped over chairs.

Go camping No need to head to the wilderness, brave the cold, or buy a tent. Just camp out in the living room with blankets draped over chairs.

Go to the hardware store Share this classic experience with the next generation.

Go to the hardware store Share this classic experience with the next generation.

Play ball Or Frisbee, or soccer. Invite other dads and their kids to make it a team sport.

Call another dad And wish him a Happy Father's Day. Help your children become comfortable speaking to adults and others on the phone.

Call your father. Share what's been going on in your lives – even if it's just to talk about a TV show or a sporting event.
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