About Julian Caldwell

Julian Ivey-Caldwell founded GetConnectDAD with one simple goal: Connect more families to their kids. Julian works a day job and spends his evenings (after the family retires) continuing to grow this platform. Because he travels a great deal for his “day job,” he is intensely focused on trying to find better ways for fathers and mothers who work long hours, different hours, or unusual hours find better ways to be engaged.

A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.- Knights of Pythagoras

Each week, parents from around the world are writing on a specific topic as part of a year’s worth of introspection on some key traits we want to consider for our kids.

Our writers answer the question, “What do you do to teach your kids about Empowerment, Generosity, etc?”

We understand that no one can […]

Re-Making Holiday Traditions After Divorce: A Joint Call for Submissions

Holidays can be difficult for any number of reasons. This is especially true for divorced parents who don’t get to partake in what were their own family traditions.

GetConnectDad and The Good Men Project want to know how you cope with the holidays since you’ve been divorced.

  1. If you have to split time with your ex/the other […]

I Was Forced To Eat 60 Plums. 3 Ways To Teach Resilience To Your Kids.

This morning, Laurie (my wife) and I were sitting at the table with our boys (ages 5 & 3) like we normally do. Ervin, the youngest was talking over Eli, the oldest, while he was trying to talk with Mom. Eli turned to Ervin and said, “Stop, you are making me sad.” Laurie and I were […]

We are quick to say, figure it out. Running to the rescue does nothing for our kids.

When I was a young boy, my parents sheltered me from bad things.  They didn’t expose me to much uncertainty or discomfort.  Mom and Dad focused on my siblings and me doing well in school.  I didn’t have chores, and I didn’t have much stress, except being bullied at school.  I never had a job until my last […]

What 400 Conversations With Parents Have Taught Me

So, my wife took my cell phone and went off hiking with my mother-in-law.

I am sitting in our camper at Volga River State Recreational area near Fayette, IA. No wireless network, except for the ex-marine who has labeled his WIFI connection ‘Don’t even think about it.’ The temperature outside is 94 degrees and like much of […]

Give Them Roots: Instilling Values in our Children

By Stephanie Lowry (SIC Mama)

As a mother of five with Italian heritage, I feel an immense need to instill family values and deepen my children’s understanding of the roots in which they are planted.

A truly memorable and engaging way we accomplish this is by taking trips down memory lane… literally.

How did a couple who ‘live in a van’ change my family’s DNA?

Okay, they don’t exactly live in a van, it’s called a RoadTrek and actually, as Jennifer would say, it is an adventure-mobile. For those of you who aren’t aware of what a Roadtrek is, let me fill you in. I have only seen a few of them; however, I probably spend too much time looking at pictures of these small class B motor-homes that allow travelers to adventure around the world meeting fabulous people. So, big whoop, it is just a motor-home. For those who own one, I would say they would beg to differ; however, about two years ago, I stumbled onto a new podcast called “RoadTreking: Celebrating the Small RV Lifestyle.” This podcast, produced by Mike and Jennifer Wendland, is the most informative and professional podcast I listen to. I look forward to it every single week.

What Confidence means to me as a Proud Papa!

“I love you, Ella!” “I love you dada!” The nature vs nurture question has merit on both sides of the discussion. Common sense should tell us that positive reinforcement and love will lead to Confidence in a child. It is my belief that expressing a sincere form of love has helped to shape Ella’s Confidence. The […]

Take Five Minutes and Help Your Kids Become More Optimistic!

I struggled this week thinking through what do I see parents do that creates optimistic kids? I felt that way until I met Evelyn (name changed to protect her privacy) Saturday night.

This weekend, while the family was camping, we were out hiking in one of our local state parks. Our dog Tucker is a rare […]

52 Traits We Want In Our Kids

A team of parents from around the world is developing content focusing on 52 traits we want in our children. Throughout this journey, we hope other parents find some useful hints, some suggested activities, and some new ideas to engage deeper with their children. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us. We would love for you to join one of our growing communities!

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