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.
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Week 5: Risk Taking and why it is important for your kids!

Executive Summary:  Risk Taking and why it is important for your kids!

According to research, “Risk is an essential component of a balanced childhood. Exposure to healthy risk, particularly physical, enables children to experience fear, and learn the strengths and limitations of their own body.” (1) With that being the case, why has the distance our kids roaming […]

Week 4: Teach them to the importance of humor

Executive Summary:  Teach them to the importance of humor

A good sense of humor isn’t limited to adults alone, it transcends to little children also. It is important that they know how to have fun while at home, school or in the neighborhood.

Laughing and having fun is a great way medium whereby kids connect with those around […]

Week 3: If you give your kid a cell phone, kiss your family goodbye.

Executive Summary: kids and a cell phone… bad idea.

I get it. “We can’t organize all of our activities without a phone.” “My kid is different; they only use it for calling me.” “If my kid doesn’t have a phone, they will be picked on.” “Smart Phones are not as bad as everyone says.” “In an emergency, […]

Week 2: Why is great communication key for your kid’s growth?

Executive Summary: Why is great communication key for your kid’s growth?

Very few things are more important than open communication in any relationship. That’s doubly important in the family! If you are a busy family, which most families are, the importance you need to place on establishing good solid methods of communication is extremely important.

Parents who don’t […]

Week 1: Building Connection. Nothing is more important to your family.

Executive Summary:  Why is Creating a Connection Your Most Important Role as a parent?

There is nothing more vital for you to do as a parent than establish your family as a safe place for your kids.

Studies show:

  • Children who experience a lack of emotional support, no connection, no supervision, and no discipline are at the highest […]

My Dear Child Campaign – What can we do when they don’t answer the phone?

Does this sound familiar to you or anyone you know? Eddie is on the outside trying to be in his daughter’s life. Her mother has moved on and another man is playing the role of father for his girl. He asks me, “What can I do?”

Five Questions to Ask Yourself. Are you just too busy?

Sunday at church, I ran into an awesome lady who used to organize Sunday night volleyball for a bunch of out of shape adults. I mentioned to her how much I missed those two hours each Sunday and wished we all still got together. She agreed and then responded, “We are busy every night with our kids.” You know, maybe I was lucky, for I grew up in a house that couldn’t afford anything outside of the basics: some new clothes once a year at school time, food every day, a trip to the thrift store every once in awhile, and one fun vacation for the six of us. I never had the chance of playing any sports outside of the home until I reached high school. Because of this, I don’t have any perspective about the power of club sports, cheerleading, etc.; however, I wonder if we are doing our kids a disservice?

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 […]

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