This week, as Father's Day (June 19) approaches, President Barack Obama announced a yearlong initiative called "Strong Fathers, Strong Families" designed to help fathers be more involved in the lives of their children in fun, meaningful ways.
The kickoff event was a screening of the Disney/Pixar film "Cars 2" for military dads and their kids. Throughout the year, the program will offer dads free admissions or discounts to zoos, aquariums, bowling centers, and sporting events, as well as special deals on the group buying websites Groupon and LivingSocial.
"Father's Day reminds us parents that we have no more solemn obligation than to care for our children. But far too many young people in America grow up without their dads, and our families and communities are challenged as a result," said President Obama in a statement. "Through my administration's fatherhood initiative and the year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families, we're taking steps to offer men who want to be good fathers a little extra help, while working with partners around the country to encourage personal responsibility and help fathers connect with kids."
Fathers can sign up for updates at fatherhood.gov.
Explore Parents.com extensive Father's Day page for gift ideas, recipes, and traditions to start in your family.
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