Understanding Dad

Understanding Dad™ is a unique program that helps mothers improve their relationships with fathers, for the benefit of their children. This program allows mothers to understand the importance of involving dad in their children’s lives and how to better communicate with the father(s) of their child(ren).

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About the Understanding Dad Program

Understanding Dad™ raises mothers’ awareness about the importance of father involvement in the lives of their children. It helps mothers to reflect on how their own developmental histories have and continue to influence the relationships with the fathers of their children. It also teaches mothers communication skills to improve the partnership between them and the fathers of their children in raising their children (e.g. co-parenting when mothers and fathers are no longer together).

Additional Details:

  • Classes are held in small groups; it contains eight sessions at two hours each.
  • All books and materials are provided
  • Childcare and snacks are also provided during class.


Topics Covered Include:

  • My Life as a Mom
  • My Father’s Impact
  • My Mother’s Impact
  • Me and My Children’s Father
  • The Impact on My Children
  • Patterns of Communication
  • Open, Safe Communication
  • How to Listen

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    How You Can Get Involved

    Call (862) 257-3817 to Donate Or Contact Us to get Involved

    Support Our Understanding Dad Workshop.

    When you give your tax-deductible financial support to our Understanding Dad Workshop, you help moms take steps towards creating healthy co-parenting relationships for their children’s benefit. Your donation of $20 would cover the cost of books and materials for one mom, and $100 would cover the entire cost of the workshop for one. Your donation of any amount will make a significant impact on increasing father involvement, which is an essential factor in long term economic and emotional stability for the families we serve.

    Get in Touch. Get Involved.

    Contact us today to learn more about how you can get involved with one of our unique programs. RENEW Life Center is always here to help!

    75 Ellison Street Paterson NJ 07505

    Call Us: (862) 257 3817