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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Maintaining Boundaries

When I was younger, my parents, especially my Father, wanted to ensure that I was self-sufficient, self-motivated, but most importantly, self-disciplined. We all learn what is right and what is wrong, we develop a moral compass that points us in the right direction, the hardest thing to teach our [...]

By |2017-08-15T23:53:42-05:00August 17th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be a Leader|Tags: , , , |

Saying Good-Bye for the Last Time – All the Time

Two years ago, my infant nephew was tragically and unexpectedly killed while under the care of his sitter. It started as a normal morning. He was dropped off with some play and smiles with his dad. Less than an hour later, there was a phone call. Recently in my [...]

Meet Jennifer Griffin. Extraordinary advocate for families!

Tell me about your family! Where do you live? How many kids? What do you do for fun? I am blessed to have four children, ages 7-16 years old, who I homeschool in Berkeley, CA. My adorable and super-involved husband is a teacher for Oakland Unified School District. We [...]

Freedom from Darkness

“Darkness, like all things in this world is not just a partial or total absence of light; it is a metaphor. I wish nothing more than for my child to be fearless of the dark….whatever form it takes.” When we are children, fear of the dark is simply that; [...]

By |2017-08-03T23:40:41-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Confident|Tags: , , , |

Encourage Others and Encourage Yourself

Encouragement is promoting one’s well being and helping them strive to their full potential. In order to teach our children to be encouraging we must show them by our own actions towards others and how we raise them should be encouraging as well. Encouragement goes a long way. It helps with self-image and can help others feel good and motivate them to push themselves to pursue their dreams.

By |2017-08-03T14:53:46-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Encouraging|Tags: , , , |

‘Coz we are Living in a Material World

Last year I noticed that my oldest son (then 8 years old) was starting to become obsessed with materialistic stuff. Always talking about the size of this or that house, the cool new toys he saw advertised, expensive cars, etc. He wasn’t lacking anything he needed (or even wanted [...]

By |2017-08-03T12:44:24-05:00August 2nd, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be a Good Steward|Tags: , , , |

Yes, I’ll Wrestle with You

I don't have many memories from my life as a young child: a few images or feelings that, given the malleability of memory, may or may not represent reality. With this letter (and perhaps others in the future), I hope to provide my son with a window into his life and our relationship during his early childhood years.

By |2017-08-02T13:57:01-05:00August 2nd, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be In the Moment|Tags: , , , , |

Please Kids, Remain Humble

One of the key things I want my children to learn is to remain HUMBLE. We were once at rock bottom, living in the shelter while their mom was pregnant. This was not an ideal situation for anyone, but we got through it and back on our feet. We are not better than anyone else and at one point in time, we were probably in a very similar situation.

By |2017-08-01T14:04:03-05:00August 1st, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Humble|Tags: , , , , |

Please join our parenting challenge!

GetConnectDad.com has one goal:  Create More Connected Families.   As part of that goal, we have created an easy to follow 'template' that you can use to engage your family a little differently.   This 4-week series is designed to help you identify areas in your family where you can gain some more time, build a more solid connection with your kids and enjoy your time together more fully!

11 Ways to Nurture Your Child’s Relationship With Their Grandparents

Having parents who want to be involved with your kids is a blessing. Having kids who want to be around their grandparents is a gift as well. Family time, especially the quality you give it, is vital. Strong connections have been found to correlate with a longer and happier life. It’s not a definite factor, of course, but it can certainly help.

By |2017-06-15T21:51:44-05:00June 15th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be a Good Steward|Tags: , , |

I called my daughter for the first time in a few years.

Wow, you say? Dad of The Year, you say? You run a successful parenting blog, you say? Yes, yes, yes. You see, the reality is I lost custody of my 22-year-old daughter when she was 13. I had 13 wonderful years where I was activity engaged in her life. That time came to an end when a judge, who knew me for less than 2 hours, took my engagement in her life away. The judge said, “I know she testified that she wants to stay with the father, but she is a girl and needs to be with her mom.” That was ten years ago.

Love, Compassion and Life

Parenting is hard. It has always been hard, and rightly so because raising children is a huge achievement. It’s even harder if we read a bunch of parenting books that often present an endless list of positive qualities our children should espouse. All these suggestions and guidelines can send [...]

By |2017-06-13T12:23:42-05:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , , , , , |

Be Happy: keep your head up and to keep going!

When my daughter, Harper, was two-years-old, we were all enjoying a big bowl of spaghetti – a favorite of my daughter’s. She was tired of putting the noodles into her mouth so she decided to see what would happen if she put the noodles in her ear, in her nose and lastly… between her toes. My wife was having none of this and sternly said: “Please don’t put spaghetti between your toes!” I looked at my wife and thought: this is our new normal, and it made me happy.

By |2017-06-06T22:25:11-05:00June 6th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , |
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