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Survey: Dads say they don't spend enough time with kids; El Paso fathers working to be more involved

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EL PASO, Texas - A Pew Research Center survey reports dads said they do not spend enough time with their children, but some El Paso fathers are working to be part of all aspects of their kids' lives. 
Joe Espinoza said ever since his daughter, Nayeli, started kindergarten at Horizon Heights Elementary he wanted to be more involved. 

"I would come visit her during lunch, but it was a little awkward because i was the only dad here at that time," said Espinoza.  

That same year, he said he found out about the Watch D.O.G.S. program, Dads of Great Students. 

Now that Espinoza has a son at the same school, he walks the hallways, coffee in hand, stopping to give students high-fives as they scurry off to class. 

He said he enjoys every minute of being present at his kids' school. 

"I think a lot more fathers would like to be involved, but sometimes they see that volunteering at school is something the mom would do," said Espinoza. 

For some kids, having your dad at school might seem a little strange, but Nayeli said she loves having him there. 

"He plays jump rope with us, and hula hooping, and it's pretty cool," explained Nayeli. 

Only 36 percent of the 4,573 fathers who responded to the survey between August and September said they spend "the right amount" of time with their kids.

The finding showed that nearly 1 in 4 fathers said they lived away from their child.

Click the link to learn more about the Watch D.O.G.S. program

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