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, [...]

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.

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: , , , , , |

The Joy Of Fatherhood

When it's two in the morning and my son wakes up screaming, And all I want is one night of only sweet dreaming. Then there's the times when I'm with him in the day When he won't listen or even do a single thing I say. Then there's the days [...]

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: , , , , , , |

Be Positive: How do we keep our kids protected?

Everything we do requires patience in one form or other. From childhood, we are taught to be patient. Child: I'm hungry Parent: Food is coming, be patient. Child: I want to be a grown up Parent: Be patient, you are a child once and once only. We didn't listen to [...]

By |2017-06-30T00:06:51-05:00October 17th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Positive|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Positively Charged

“There are eight hundred happy texts…(a)nd do you know, my father said that if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must have wanted us to do it.” --Hayley Mills as “Pollyanna” (1960)   Positivity may not always change the outcome, [...]

By |2017-06-30T00:25:11-05:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Positive, Poems|Tags: , , , , , |

Tigger, the Ultimate Optimist

“Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow.”- Helen Keller It’s easy to be positive when the world is buzzing around you, bringing the choicest pollen to make the sweetest honey. I have met people like that, who seem like they have the equivalent of a [...]

By |2017-08-24T00:09:43-05:00October 10th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Positive|Tags: , , , , , , |

5 Things That Can Destroy A Man’s Confidence

Confidence. It seems that the more people I talk to, the underlying issue to a lot of their problems is lack of confidence. I have personally struggled greatly from a lack of confidence in one way or another, and it has greatly affected the way I did things in [...]

There is no need to rush parenting, just let your child blossom.

Usually, when I sit down to write, I find myself easing into a natural flow of words, sentences, and paragraphs as my mind ebbs and flows its contents onto the pages like a calm river on its journey towards fulfilling the knowledge of the sea. However, when I tried to sit down and think how to write about happiness as a trait, I found myself hit with a challenge that I wasn’t sure how to overcome.

Mother’s Day 2017

Check out what Amanda Hughey can do for you!!!! As a father, committed to becoming a better dad, I spend a great deal of time thinking, writing, researching, talking and practicing on the subject of parenthood. The amazing thing is, Laurie, my wife, and mother of Eli and [...]

Scared of my shadow? Check. How To Teach Confidence

I would love to say I have been confident my entire life; however, the truth is, when I was a young man, I was scared of most everything.  In today's world, most would say my parents were helicopter parents.  For better or worse, they believed that the rest of the [...]

Spoiled Waffles. Be Authentic

As individuals we spend most of our lives trying to find who we are. At least for me the search was a tumultuous and awkward one. Then once I finally started to feel comfortable in my own skin as an adult, fatherhood came along. Now I had to edit [...]

Deeply Personal: Parent Alienation, Crappy Husband, Bad Dad, New Beginning

Let me start by saying we have perfect kids. Eli, our four-year-old completely gets "parental personal time"; he never talks back and is engaged in figuring out how to make Laurie and my lives better. Ervin, our two-year-old is introverted, spends time reading self-help books and loves his brother [...]