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, [...]

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: , , , , , |

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: , , |

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: , , , |

Three Ways to Be More Supportive

I hate to admit this, but I’m not always the most vocal about my support of my children.  I think as parents, as husbands, as friends, we get complacent with how we think other people view our support.  We feel our support is “implied.”  However, that can’t be further from [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:09:56-05:00November 5th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Supportive|Tags: , , , |

Just Enough… Lessons in Support

Our children need us in different ways during various points in their lives. When we can tune into their needs, we can offer support in a manner that speaks best to them in profound ways. As the mother of three girls, who are all in very different stages of life, [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:09:56-05:00November 3rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Supportive|Tags: , , , |

Here comes Thanksgiving.

A lot of organization and planning goes into preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. Parents have a lot on their mind, from ensuring that travel arrangements have been finalized to purchasing and preparing for the dinner feast. It can be a hectic time period for everyone involved and as a result, [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:09:57-05:00November 3rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Thankful|Tags: , , , |

Why I will not Trick or Treat with my Son

It was only a few years ago that my son went trick or treating for the first time. Together we were a pirate, a firewoman, and a child that was eaten by the cookie monster. This isn't the first time as a family, though, as we’ve celebrated this “holiday” even [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:34-05:00October 31st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Accountable|Tags: , , |

Shut It! Lessons in Respect

Everything we do as parents reflect on the lessons taught to us by our parents: from our manners, our personal characteristics, and even our social behavior. Any good parent will take the positives and try to pass them on to their children. At the same time, we try to adjust [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:34-05:00October 29th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Respectful|Tags: , , , |

Be Respectful

Today we live in a world where there is a lot of hate, negativity, and so much disrespect going around. We turn on the tv and all we see these days are people arguing, using inappropriate words, and just being disrespectful to one other. When children are born, they are [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:35-05:00October 29th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Respectful|Tags: , , , |
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