It takes work to transform something good into something great. With its 24/7 Dads class, The Family Advocacy Program works to make good Families great, focusing on the skills men need to make a positive difference in the lives of their children 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Sgt. Brian Corbin, assigned to the 127th Quartermaster Company, attended an iteration of 24/7 Dads, Monday, at the Soldier Support Center. The class meets over three sessions and fathers are required to attend all sessions.
“I want to condition my skills as a father; try to be better to my kids,” said Corbin, the father of two sons, ages 6 and 7 years old.
He said he wanted to learn better ways to discipline without screaming.
The Army trains Soldiers to operate a weapon and to execute a mission, but 24/7 Dads teaches fathers skills such as how to handle anger and stressors in a positive way, said Shadia Young, class facilitator, and FAP child advocate. Fathers also learn to be self-aware of positive aspects that make them good fathers and use those aspects to their advantage.
Young told attendees to “build on the skills that you already have that you are not aware you already possess.”
Additionally, it’s important for fathers to remember the men they idolized growing up and emulate their traits, she said.
The class covered topics such as what it means to be a man, showing and handling feelings and discipline, as well as co-parenting with mothers.
Sgt. Warren Meyers, a father of three children, ages six months to six years old, said he has taken other FAP classes, including
1-2-3 Magic and ScreamFree Parenting.
Both are geared toward strengthening military Family relationships.
What has Meyers learned?
“How to interact with my kids better with less frustration,” said Meyers, who is assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
“Classes are worthwhile,” Corbin said. “(They help) sharpen your craft.”
For more information about Fort Bragg’s Family Advocacy Program, a component of Army Community Service, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/programs/fap or call 396-5521.