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, [...]

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: , , , |

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: , , , , , , |

Empowering Emotional Engagement – Your Child’s Emotional Labyrinth

In a recent post, I discussed how to raise an empathic child. In that post, I mentioned a key element to developing an empathic child is to have them engage and understand their own emotions. The question is how do we empower our children to do this? Before I start, [...]

By |2017-04-27T16:18:37-05:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative|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: , , |

Five Questions to Ask Yourself. Are you just too busy?

Sunday at church, I ran into an awesome lady who used to organize Sunday night volleyball for a bunch of out of shape adults. I mentioned to her how much I missed those two hours each Sunday and wished we all still got together. She agreed and then responded, “We are busy every night with our kids.” You know, maybe I was lucky, for I grew up in a house that couldn’t afford anything outside of the basics: some new clothes once a year at school time, food every day, a trip to the thrift store every once in awhile, and one fun vacation for the six of us. I never had the chance of playing any sports outside of the home until I reached high school. Because of this, I don’t have any perspective about the power of club sports, cheerleading, etc.; however, I wonder if we are doing our kids a disservice?

By |2017-03-03T10:24:50-05:00December 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Focused|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: , , |

Raising Children During the Technology Era

@GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families.   We are 150 writers from around the world, focused on 52 Traits we want in our children. Each week, parents from around the world are writing on a specific topic as part of a year's worth of introspection [...]

By |2016-12-17T13:19:06-05:00December 13th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Self-Disciplined|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: , , , , |

Bitter Bickering and Bull$*it Fights: Stay on Your Purpose

Boss, Do you ever have fights with your baby Mumma so much that it’s almost like every interaction turns into some stupid little dispute?  No matter how you approach it, no matter how nice you are…Fight after fight after fight.  Since when did you become this person?  Since when [...]

By |2016-12-09T17:11:21-05:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate, Uncategorized|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: , , |

The big scary monster in a red suit

So we enter the door with the sign saying grotto. Behind other parents holding hands of other infants thinking they're all on death row. And so we wait, and to me for what seems like an eternity, so to a child, bloody hell it must seem like an eternity [...]

By |2016-12-05T00:03:47-05:00December 5th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Poems|Tags: , |
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