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, [...]

Sometimes, I am amazed by how selfish I can be.

A good friend of mine, and my minister, Jed Mullinex, says to be closer to God, one must love the things God Loves. Simple enough. I would imagine the opposite is true as well. To be further from God, love the things God doesn’t love. Today, I am excited to introduce you a father who presented me with a ‘teachable moment’ without trying. If you know me or follow this blog, you know I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I have found refuge in knowing that in my toughest times, God has had his hand in my life. Often I didn’t deserve his grace, but thankfully, he was there.

By |2017-05-10T12:06:24-05:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Thankful|Tags: , , |

Be Supportive “Listen To What They Have to Say”

 Be Supportive, what does that really mean when it comes to a child? To a child being supportive means to listen. Listen to what they are saying. A child needs to be heard. They need their thoughts and idea's to mean something to you. For this reason, a parent [...]

By |2017-04-08T23:21:24-05:00April 8th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Supportive|Tags: , , |

Grow Your Audience, Increase Engagement, and Find Followers Using Twitter

One year ago I had no idea how to use Twitter, much less for any type of audience growth. I had seen Twitter IDs and hashtags, but I really had no idea how to leverage either to grow my brand. This article will show you how I went from zero Twitter followers and no reach to 15,000 Twitter followers with a monthly reach of about 750K. If you have any questions, please post the questions below this resource so I can answer them for everyone! I am going through my entire process and sharing it with parent bloggers, so please take a moment and join my GetConnectDad Insiders group where we will walk through everything I am trying to do to grow our site our reach. This group will be talking completely on tactics to build your brand and increase your viewers and influence.

There Are Many Reasons Why People Bully, Some Might Surprise You!

There appear to me to be a lot of mythos surrounding the question as to why people bully. I was bullied for around eight years — probably longer. Since then I have worked with or alongside young people for fourteen years, and I have worked with children for a lot longer than that. I remember one time when I had an interview for a youth work post with someone who was aware of my history of being bullied. They asked me in a very matter-of-fact way “So, how will you stop yourself from bullying our young people?” I was quite frankly gobsmacked and astounded, but I answered her question quite clearly “Some people who are bullied do end up bullying, but that is not a hard-and-fast rule.

By |2017-03-04T23:06:34-05:00March 4th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , |

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?”

By |2017-06-20T22:43:24-05:00March 4th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative|Tags: , , , , , |

Facebook Live Resources

https://www.facebook.com/ParentBloggersElite/videos/1644298265878689/ On February 20, 2017, Julian Caldwell (Founder of GetConnectDad) spent 45 minutes walking through an online audience covering the Dad 2.0 Summit, MEVO camera, and Social Media Growth. The resources below were referenced in the presentation. [...]

By |2017-06-29T23:40:32-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Facebook Live|Tags: |

Why an Open Adoption Was Just What We Needed

I didn’t want an open adoption. We were no strangers to the adoption process having “survived” our first adoption and we were comfortable with the fact that our oldest boy Eli’s birth family would have nothing to do with how he was going to be raised. My head was [...]

By |2019-03-13T22:37:18-05:00February 3rd, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous|Tags: , , , , , |

Four Christmas Wishes

By Julian Caldwell | GetConnectDAD.com This week's Trait is "Be Hopeful." What a great week for hope to be the center of my thoughts for my boys and my family. Christmas is this weekend, my family is coming into town, my kids are working on their best behavior (sort [...]

By |2016-12-22T13:23:57-05:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , |

How To Stay Focused On Your Goals When Disaster Or Impulse Strikes

Setting goals is important in our lives, right? They give us something to strive for. We set them to motivate ourselves to achieve a place that we think will be better in our lives. But, what happens when disaster strikes and you find yourself facing an emergency situation? How [...]

By |2016-12-18T01:46:00-05:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Focused, Be Thrifty|Tags: , , |

Everyday Will Feel Like Christmas Day to Me

I remember the first time I saw him and held him in my arms I knew the meaning of life, my meaning of life, my purpose. I find myself loving and secretly hating watching him grow. Like every day he's changing, amazes me and yet I've lost a yesterday I [...]

By |2016-12-14T14:24:42-05:00December 14th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Passionate|Tags: , , |

A Letter to Santa

As a military parent having the opportunity to share a first time with your child is wonderful. A little while ago, I had my son Leonardo write Santa Claus a letter. It wasn’t the easiest project in the world, but I enjoyed every minute of the experience. I relish [...]

By |2016-12-17T00:59:42-05:00December 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Empathetic, Be Faithful|Tags: , , , , |

‘Welcome to the team’ An incredible story about determination.

In the words of Uncle Ben (Spider-Man's uncle for anyone who doesn't follow the comic book world) 'with great power comes great responsibility.' In my words 'with great determination comes great results'. Dear readers, my working career hasn't been the greatest, I was stuck in one job for eleven [...]

By |2016-12-05T23:13:48-05:00December 5th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Persistent|Tags: , , |

5 Holiday Security Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Houses are decorated with candles and lights. Fireplaces crackle and pop with the warm feeling of joy. Burglars wait for you to leave and then Grench your Christmas. Wait? What was that last one? While peace on Earth and goodwill to [...]

By |2016-12-09T14:41:06-05:00December 3rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Healthy|Tags: , , |
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