Sports athletes are great, but dads are the real MVPs in their kids lives.

The USA won 121 medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio this past summer. Americans young and old cheered on the athletes who gave it all they had at every event. My girls were especially elated to watch Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and Simone Manuel [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:38-05:00October 23rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , |

Real Dads, Real Kids, Real Life

Championship season is here. The Penguins just took home the Stanley Cup. Within the next few days, the battle between Lebron and Steph will be over. This year's NBA Champs will hold up the trophy signifying that they're the best in the league. At the [...]

By |2017-06-30T00:09:52-05:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dear Dad

I don’t remember when we first met, but I know you do. I know you do because I will always remember when I first met my child. I never understood the unconditional nature of a father’s love until that moment when I first laid eyes on this tiny person I [...]

By |2017-02-06T00:23:27-05:00October 14th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be In the Moment, Be Respectful|Tags: , , , |

The Fibs We Tell Our Kids

I remember as a kid being told not to tell lies, always tell the truth and yet here I am every day, telling the same white lies to my son. As a child, I was worried sick whenever I was eating an apple that I may accidentally swallow an apple [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:45-05:00October 6th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , |

Authenticity, the biggest thing I can teach my son.

As our children grow up and start school and start making friends, the pressure to fit in with the other kids is intense. This is the beginning stage of our kids “finding themselves.”  It is also the time when they start comparing who they are with the others around them. [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:14-05:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , , , |

What have our children come to teach us? Be Authentic

In our effort to instruct, inform and guide our children, we often forget the importance of just allowing them to be, to experience something without our commentary. Simply put, when we stop talking and truly observe and listen, we witness children’s organic intelligence. And they teach us, they prod [...]

FATHERHOOD AUTHENTICITY.

Father! there are some that do not deserve that title, not realizing that every child needs someone so vital. To be a parent, is a honour not a necessity, and yet some quickly relinquish all responsibility. Stuck in a situation of not our own circumstance, and yet we're labelled a [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:15-05:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , , , |

Our Selves

We were created, not without form or void, but fearfully and wonderfully made. When two of our worlds cross paths— be they church or work, work or home— the inhabitants of each should recognize us as being the person they know. Be the genuine article that comes with a certificate [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:15-05:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Poems|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 What You Are Kid, Be Authentic!!

Dear Kyra, How is growing up treating you? Are you having fun? Last night, me and your mom were watching you trying to copy a dance step from a latest Bollywood number and it was such fun to watch! You were trying to imitate dance steps and every clap from [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:17-05:00August 11th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , , , |

They pick up on everything…

I think one of the most fantastic things about children is that they pick up on everything. Everything. All of your mannerisms, your nuances, everything. Sometimes it’s cute- like when they repeat a unique phrase or do the same bodily gesture and look at you and smile. Other times, not [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:18-05:00August 11th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , , , |

Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken

At 8:31am on June 30, 2016 I became a dad. The first few days of parenthood were terrifying, but as the weeks passed my wife and I began to get “somewhat” of a handle on our parenting style. Now that my son is almost 6 weeks old (parents count weeks, [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:19-05:00August 10th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , , , |

Be Authentic

Seems like the word has started to be more of a buzz word and lose some of it’s meaning so before we go any further, we should define it. According to Webster Dictionary authentic means: real or genuine : not copied or false, true and accurate, made to be or [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:19-05:00August 10th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , , , |

How to Raise Healthy and Happy Children

It is amazing the lifestyle changes that happen when you have a baby. Some of the changes

Dear Dad

I wish you were still here to see all the things I am doing. I started playing guitar after you died. You would love what I am doing with my children’s music. I remember when you gave Kim the guitar. You never knew I would be the one who would learn to play. I’m working on my fourth CD for children now. You would be so proud. I miss you so much and I miss your love and support. I asked you on your deathbed what you were thinking about and you said, “my family.” I know that you didn’t always get what it meant to be an involved father and you did a lot of things wrong, but I heard you as you knew and regretted those mistakes. You loved us all very much and I know if you could come back you would do so many things differently.

By |2017-03-16T10:50:49-05:00June 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be Respectful|Tags: , |

From Taylor to Dad

About the Author's Father Ed @360_parenting provides single parent  resources for those hurt and waiting for justice to be served. All parents matter! #Dadsmatter#pas #childabuse #tellthestory                            What is GetConnectDAD? @GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families. [...]

By |2017-02-06T00:23:30-05:00June 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be Respectful|Tags: , , |

Dear Dad

Dear Dad, Thank you for everything that you provided for our family as I was growing up. As an adult I sometimes think back and remember how comfortable I was growing up, and I don’t recall ever really wanting for much. However, I also recall that as I grew older, you didn’t interact and spend much time with your children. Over the last several years I have tried to figure out how that happened. How could you be such a good provider and create a comfortable home life, but not be a part of other family life activities? As I mulled it over the last 2 or 3 days, I think I finally figured it out.

By |2017-03-03T14:14:31-05:00June 18th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be Respectful|Tags: , |

Dear Dad

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!! You were then and are now the greatest man I will ever know. The older I got the more I found myself thinking what would Dad do in any situation. Usually the convo in my head starts as "well dad always said". The lessons you taught me  [...]

By |2017-02-06T00:23:31-05:00June 18th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be Respectful|Tags: , , |
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