Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

Father Engagement – Pocket Dad Videos

Pocked Dad Video graphic logoIt's a fact - fathers are important to their children.

Their positive involvement contributes to child safety and well-being.

Through each Pocket Dad Video, our Father Engagement team members talk about relevant and interesting topics.

Check back for new videos!

Most Recent Pocket Dad Video

Dads Group Enhances Fathering Skills
The The Department of Family Services’ Dads Parenting Groups help support fathers’ parenting and fathering skills, foster improved communication and relationship skills, and encourage dads to learn from each other’s challenges and triumphs. Learn about our Father Engagement Unit.

Past Pocket Dad Videos

(The more recent videos are at the top of this list.)

Resisting Risky Coping Behaviors (FacebookYouTube)

Control del clima en tu hogar (Controlling the Climate in Your Home) (YouTube, Facebook)

Controlling the Climate in Your Home (YouTube, Facebook)

Father Engagement Unit Helps Strengthen Families (YouTube, Facebook)

Parenting Through the Holidays (YouTube, Facebook)

Managing Expectations (YouTube, Facebook)

Virtual Back to School Success (YouTube, Facebook)

Apoyar Emociones Difíciles (Supporting Difficult Emotions) (YouTube, Facebook)

Staying Connected to Your Kids Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic (YouTube, Facebook)

Finding Balance When Mom and Dad Parent Differently (YouTube, Facebook)

Cell Phones and Kids: Making Sure They’re Ready (YouTube, Facebook)

Information about Dads Parenting Groups (Información sobre el Grupo de Padres) (YouTube, Facebook)

Making Good Friends: Setting Boundaries (YouTube)

Making Good Friends: The Teen Years (YouTube)

The Value of Making Good Friends (YouTube)

Safe at Home Alone (YouTube)

Baby Proofing Your Home (YouTube)

Physical Discipline (YouTube)

Dealing with Anger (YouTube)

Reading with Your Kids (YouTube)

Annual Fathers Matter Picnic (YouTube)

Anger Ball (YouTube)

Men's Health and Self Care (YouTube)

Activity Ball (YouTube)

$20 Bill Never Loses Its Value (YouTube)

Survival Mode (YouTube)

Quality Time with Kids (YouTube)

Intro to Free Parenting Classes (YouTube)


Learn more about Father Engagement.

In Case You Missed It – Check Out What Happens When Dads Take Over Pocket Dad Video During Fatherhood Awareness Month

Week 1
Pocket Dad: How to Let Go of Your Kids When They are Ready – Even if You’re Not!

Mario Prada with our Parenting Education Programs shares words of wisdom from his experience as a dad and reveals the heartfelt advice he would love to go back and give to his younger self. (YouTube, Facebook)

Week 2
Pocket Dad: Cómo dejar ir a sus hijos cuando están listos, ¡incluso si no lo estás!
¡Los papás invitados se están haciendo cargo de Pocket Dad para el Mes de Concientización sobre la Paternidad! Esta semana, Mario Prada con nuestros Programas de Educación para Padres comparte palabras de sabiduría de su experiencia como padre y revela el sincero consejo que le encantaría volver y dar a su yo más joven. (YouTube, Facebook)

Week 3
How to Make the Most Out of Being a Dad
This week, Pocket Dad welcomes special guest, Mo Lanzas with Neighborhood and Community Services. Mo recently became a father, and he and his special guest have some excellent advice about what he sees as his role as a dad, and how to lean into supports that can help you grow as a father. Check it out! (YouTube, Facebook)

Week 4
Pocket Dad: Cómo dejar ir a sus hijos cuando están listos, ¡incluso si no lo estás!
¡Los papás invitados se están haciendo cargo de Pocket Dad para el Mes de Concientización sobre la Paternidad! Esta semana, Mario Prada con nuestros Programas de Educación para Padres comparte palabras de sabiduría de su experiencia como padre y revela el sincero consejo que le encantaría volver y dar a su yo más joven. (YouTube, Facebook)

Week 5
How to Build a Good Relationship with Your Children
Joshua Rose, Sr. with the Kinship Unit in the Department of Family Services shares some thoughtful strategies to help dads engage with their children at every age. As a dad of four, he has learned a lot about role modeling for his kids and helping them to have experiences to prepare them for life as adults. (YouTube, Facebook)

Week 6
How to Embrace Fatherhood as a Journey, Not a Destination

Our final guest dad, Paul Woods, is a Community Developer with Neighborhood and Community Services. Through his work, seeing families (and communities) impacted by the absence of fathers has helped him to understand the critical value of dads in their children’s lives. He has powerful advice for young dads about being present, finding their own style of positive fathering, and growing as men. (YouTube, Facebook)


Pocket Dad: Dad Jokes Special Edition
What’s one way to recognize a father’s unique influence on his children? A family-friendly competition where dads tell their best jokes! Check out the audience’s reaction and find out which of the dads from our Father Engagement Unit won the competition! (YouTube, Facebook)


Learn more about Father Engagement.

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