Julian Caldwell

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.

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. If you [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:09:53-05:00November 25th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Mindful|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

By |2017-09-06T22:36:06-05:00October 17th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Resilient|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:40-05:00October 17th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Resilient|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:47-05:00September 30th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits|Tags: , , , |

I Had to Stop Being a Hypocrite

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:06-05:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Healthy, Be Self-Disciplined|Tags: , , , , |

Five Simple Things For A Healthier Lifestyle

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 |2016-12-03T11:16:07-05:00August 29th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Healthy|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:16-05:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , , , |

Be Present, The Single BIGGEST Gift

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:17-05:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be In the Moment|Tags: , , , , , |

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.

By |2017-03-05T23:25:41-05:00August 7th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:17:30-05:00May 5th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Self-Disciplined|Tags: , , |

The Transition of a Father

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:17:30-05:00May 5th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Poems|Tags: , , |

Can I make my child more optimistic?

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:17:31-05:00April 30th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Optimistic, Poems|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

By |2017-01-04T00:14:05-05:00April 25th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Optimistic|Tags: , , |

Teach Your Kids To Be Thankful

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:17:33-05:00April 10th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Thankful|Tags: , , , , |

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!

By |2017-03-14T21:34:52-05:00April 6th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Top|Tags: , , |

Deeply Personal: Parent Alienation, Crappy Husband, Bad Dad, New Beginning

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 [...]

Eating one marshmallow can lower your SAT scores.

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 [...]

By |2017-02-08T22:27:14-05:00February 6th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Self-Disciplined|Tags: , , |
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