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. If you [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I was a hypocrite and I knew it. I realized this more clearly when I would eat my Fruity Pebbles cereal in the only corner of the kitchen that my 3-year-old couldn't see from the living room or dining room. I purposely was trying to shield him from the guilty [...]
My husband and I started our family later in life. We are in our mid to late forty’s and have two very young children, a beautiful little girl who will be 5 in November and a precious 3-month-old baby boy. Being older, I want to ensure that I stay healthy [...]
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 [...]
I’m not a Dad, but I am a Mom with a husband who qualifies for GREATEST DAD EVER status. As a working Mom, a wife, a partner, I can’t sing the GREATEST DAD praise enough. And I know my son, Sloan, age 2, agrees with me. At least that’s what [...]
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 is GetConnectDAD? @GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal: More ConnectDAD families. We are 80 writers from around the world, focused on 52 Traits we want in our children. The GetConnectDAD team would like to challenge every parent to: Devote 1 Extra [...]
For fathers day I wanted to share with the world the amazing person who I am grateful to call dad. As my husband asks me each week on qualities of a father that will be helpful in getting our children to have the traits he is writing about on [...]
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"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 [...]
There is something most fathers do that needs to be addressed. We aren't as loving towards our sons as we are our daughters. Now, this may be a cultural issue as I only know one side of this; however, I'm a proud father of four wonderful and talented children. My oldest son [...]
Can you make your child more optimistic? Optimism, or the conviction that things will work out in the end, is a cornerstone of resilience, and an asset in achieving any kind of success. Research shows that optimists, who believe they can achieve success, are in fact more able to do [...]
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 [...]
When I set out to identify 52 characteristics I wanted to work on this year with my boys, I struggled to figure out which one would be first. I had a pretty easy time making a full list; my friends and family have given me dozens of ideas and I [...]
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!
Let me start by saying we have perfect kids. Eli, our four-year-old completely gets "parental personal time"; he never talks back and is engaged in figuring out how to make Laurie and my lives better. Ervin, our two-year-old is introverted, spends time reading self-help books and loves his brother [...]
This week’s topic is self-discipline. Interestingly enough, I am a day late in posting this because I lacked the ‘self-discipline’ to carve out the needed time this last weekend to edit my draft. I have a four-year-old son, Eli. He has incredible self-control. He never throws a fit. He [...]