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Published November 19, 2013, 09:33 PM

North Dakota Family Alliance is promoting fathers to spend quality time with their kids

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In these days of smartphones and tablets, there are plenty of ways to get distracted from quality family-time.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In these days of smartphones and tablets, there are plenty of ways to get distracted from quality family-time.

That's why a faith-based organization is urging fathers to spend time with their kids.

The North Dakota Family Alliance is trying to start 100 new chapters of All Pro Dad, a school breakfast program founded by coach Tony Dungy.

Tonight, they invited local fathers - and their kids - to learn how they can help.

Paul Aslakson says all the distractions of life can make it tough to spend time with the kids.

That's why he and his son Brandt checked out the All Pro Dad Kick-Off in Fargo.

Paul Aslakson/Fargo Dad: "I'm just curious, as a dad I think it would be good to get involved in."

Once a month, dads and kids meet for breakfast, listen to a guest speaker, and just spend quality time together.

Studies show that kids with involved fathers are more likely to be emotionally secure and do well in school.

But all the distractions of life today can interfere.

The North Dakota Family Alliance hopes dads will consider starting charters of the program in local elementary schools.

Tom Freier/NDFA Director: "We wanted to highlight fatherhood, and this program really addresses that in a good way."

Phil Hansen, former NFL Buffalo Bills and Bison player, was a special guest at the kick-off.

He says he is involved with a similar program in Detroit Lakes and sees the impact it has on children.

Phil Hansen/Guest Speaker: "I look at my 8-year-old son, and he is just so proud when I come to school with him I can see it in his eyes."

Aslakson says he would be open to starting a group when his son enters elementary school.

Aslakson: "We get so busy but in the end, kids just need time."

Two Fargo schools - Lewis and Clark and Kennedy Elementary - already have All Pro Dad charter groups.

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