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The Demands and Rewards of Fatherhood

The Demands and Rewards of Fatherhood

Renee recognizes Father's Day in this special episode. First, she talks with David Cozart, the Director of the nonprofit Lexington Leadership Foundation’s Fatherhood Initiative, who has spent more than 20 years working with fatherhood engagement programs. Then, Renee talks with Steve Adams who wrote a book entitled Now What? A Divorced Dad’s Guide to Parenting Excellence.
S16 E32 Length 26:31 Premiere: 6.20.21

Leadership Advocate Cozart and Author Adams Share Insights into Being a Good Father

A father who is present, supportive, and affectionate can give tremendous positive benefits to his children. But a dad who is emotionally or physically absent can also have dramatic impacts in very negative ways. According to David Cozart, director of Lexington Leadership Foundation’s Fatherhood Initiative, children raised without an engaged father have a higher likelihood of living in poverty, suffering from behavioral or emotional issues, and using or selling drugs.

For 20 years, Cozart has worked through a variety of outreach programs to provide training and support to help fathers understand their responsibilities as parents, have healthy relationships with their families, and confront the trauma in their own lives that may hinder them from being a functional part of their families.

“The work is designed to increase father engagement and work directly with fathers in helping them overcome any barriers to them being the best father they can be and that we feel they really want to be,” says Cozart, who is the father of three children.

About 45 percent of the men served by the Fatherhood Initiative are Black, and Cozart says the majority of them are in jails and state prisons.

“That obviously speaks to the [racial] disproportionality in incarceration,” he says.

To reach those clients, Cozart says the Fatherhood initiative identifies and trains “people of faith and good will” to go into those facilities and conduct their programs.

“We deliver a research-based cognitive behavior curriculum and interface with them around fatherhood, responsible fatherhood, healthy relationships, coparenting, and things of that nature while they’re there in the jail so they can transition back home with more skills than they had,” he says.

In addition to improving the lives of those fathers and their families, Cozart says the men who complete their training are at lower risk of recidivism. He says it can also shift all-too-common narratives about Black men being absent fathers.

But it’s not just incarcerated men who can benefit from the Fatherhood Initiative. Cozart says even men in committed monogamous relationships can face barriers and challenges to parenting. That’s why he encourages all fathers to be as present with their children as they can.

““Your presence has to be a powerful, powerful element,” he says. “Be engaged. Whatever it takes, you owe it to your child and you owe it to yourself.”

In the coming months, Cozart hopes to spread these services across the state through his Commonwealth Center for Fathers and Families. He says that organization will work with a coalition of individuations and agencies to facilitate fatherhood programs, especially within the judicial, health care, and social service organizations. Cozart also wants to create regional Centers for Fathers and Families to bring this training into even more communities.

Helping Divorced Dads Become Better Fathers

For more than 20 years, Steve Adams devoted himself the climbing the corporate ladder in real estate, chasing bigger and bigger paychecks, working long hours and traveling frequently. But his financial success didn’t translate into a happy home life. and he eventually found himself the divorced father of two children.

Between the failure of his marriage and the death of his own father, Adams realized he needed to change.

“I didn’t want to be that father that watched my children grow up in pictures,” says Adams. “It just hit me one day that this is just not me.”

The lessons Adams learned on his journey to better fatherhood form the basis of his book, Now What? A Divorced Dad's Guide to Parenting Excellence, published in 2019 by Louisville’s Butler Books.

After his divorce, Adams thought he would be able to handle the responsibilities of joint custody of his children along with all of his corporate duties. He soon learned otherwise.

“You think you can juggle both. You can’t. It’s impossible,” Adams says. “You can’t do it at the same level.”

That realization informed a key piece of advice Adams shares in his book: The corporate money chase isn’t worth time away from your children.

“If you’re not spending time with them, something or someone is going to,” Adams wars. “They going to gravitate to that and you may not like how it turns out… You better pay attention to your kids and spend time with them.”

That commitment of his time and his full attention (no multi-tasking and no using the TV or smart phone as a babysitter) meant an overhaul of Adams’ schedule and a substantial reduction in business trips, dinners and happy hours. While it may not be easy to make those changes, he says it’s critically important.

“Consistency is the key,” says Adams. “You can’t send mixed signals and do it for a week or two and say this is just too much and go back to your old ways. It’s a lifestyle.”

Adams also advises divorced dads to make sure they tell their children how they feel about them, to lead by example, and to let go of old disagreements with their former spouse. He says a Jefferson County Family Court judge once told him that some divorcing couples develop so much animosity for each other that they forget to consider what’s best for their children.

“There’s a lot of bad things that happen to good people,” Adams says, “but those things have to be left in the past if you [want] to strategically map out a plan of how you can pull things back together be the father you want to be.”

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Jay Williams - S10 E33

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams is a former mayor of Youngstown, Ohio. From the recent SOAR summit in Pikeville, he talks about how Youngstown recovered from the decline of the steel industry and how those lessons can apply to Eastern Kentucky areas distressed by the sharp downturn in coal jobs.

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The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith - S11 E3

Renee's guest is Dr. Gerald Smith, an author and history professor at the University of Kentucky, and co-editor of The Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia: Life and Culture in the Commonwealth. The reference book contains entries on the individuals, events, places, organizations, movements, and institutions that helped shape the state's history and cultural diversity.

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Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

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Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

Renee speaks with special education teacher Kellie Blair Hardt, who overcame homelessness, an absent mother, an alcoholic father and school expulsion to earn her GED. She received the National Education Association Foundation's 2013 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence as one of the nation's top educators. Hardt is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education at George Mason University. She was featured in KET's series Dropping Back In.

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Author Jacinda Townsend discusses her critically acclaimed novel, Saint Monkey, a coming-of-age story set in 1950's Eastern Kentucky. The book won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Townsend is a former Hurston-Wright Award finalist and currently teaches creative writing at Indiana University.

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Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

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Chris Rabb - S10 E1

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Tanya Torp and Holly Houston - S9 E46

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Frontier Nursing University - S9 E45

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SWAG - Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence - S9 E44

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Marta Miranda - S9 E43

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Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

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Judi Jennings - S9 E42

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Dr. Robert Hilgers - S9 E41

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Wil James - S9 E40

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African Americans and Mental Health - S9 E39

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Charisse Gillett - Lexington Theological Seminary - S9 E38

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The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

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Chef and Activist Dan Wu

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Dr. Timothy M. Houchin - S9 E37

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Mental Health Courts - S9 E36

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Season 16 Episodes

Filmmaker Elizabeth Helm-Frazier

S16 E37 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 8.1.21

Early Childhood Development Initiatives in Louisville

S16 E36 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 7.25.21

Kathy Werking and Jim Embry

S16 E35 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 7.17.21

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack

S16 E34 Length 27:41 Premiere Date 7.11.21

Boone Co. Judge Executive Gary Moore

S16 E33 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 6.26.21

The Demands and Rewards of Fatherhood

S16 E32 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 6.20.21

Psychologist Julie Cerel

S16 E31 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 6.13.21

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

S16 E30 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 6.6.21

Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

S16 E29 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 5.16.21

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

S16 E28 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 5.9.21

Cynthia Knapek of Louisville Leadership Center

S16 E27 Length 27:35 Premiere Date 5.1.21

Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

S16 E26 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 4.24.21

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Sharon Price

S16 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 4.18.21

Chef and Activist Dan Wu

S16 E24 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 4.11.21

EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

S16 E23 Length 28:00 Premiere Date 4.3.21

The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

S16 E22 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 3.28.21

Authors Prisha Hedau, Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

S16 E21 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 3.21.21

Charles Booker

S16 E20 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 3.14.21

Mental Health and COVID-19

S16 E19 Length 28:39 Premiere Date 2.14.21

Community Activist Christopher 2X

S16 E18 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 2.7.21

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Keith Jackson

S16 E17 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.31.21

A Mission to End Institutional Racism in Kentucky

S16 E16 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.24.21

Celebrating the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County

S16 E15 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 1.17.21

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman

S16 E14 Length 27:06 Premiere Date 1.10.21

Caroline Randall Williams

S16 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 12.20.20

Amy Luttrell and Adria Johnson

S16 E12 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 12.13.20

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass

S16 E11 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.22.20

Louisville Metro Police Interim Chief Yvette Gentry

S16 E10 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 11.15.20

Jecorey Arthur and Quintez Brown

S16 E9 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 11.8.20

Terrance Sullivan

S16 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.1.20

2020 Election Preview with Colmon Elridge and Tres Watson

S16 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 10.25.20

Beth Howard and Michael Harrington; Devine Carama

S16 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10.18.20

Nana Ama Aya Bullock and Muriel Harris

S16 E5 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 10.11.20

Betsy Johnson, Saundra Ardrey

S16 E4 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10.4.20

Fabian Alvarez, Leyda Becker and Mercedes Harn

S16 E3 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 9.27.20

Devine Carama; Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton

S16 E2 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 9.20.20

Marsha Weinstein

S16 E1 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 9.11.20

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