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Traits 2016-12-03T11:06:04+00:00

What are we writing about?

Each week, parents from around the world are writing on a specific topic as part of a year’s worth of introspection on some key traits we want to consider for our kids.

Our writers answer the question, “What do you do to teach your kids about Empowerment, Generosity, etc?”

We understand that no one can focus on 52 unique traits; however, we hope that parents are able to think about each of these ‘traits’ as they are introduced and consider what they are doing to introduce components to their kids.

We think you have something to say! Please Write With Us!

Our Traits

Be Positive
Be Resilient
Be Respectful
Be Mindful
Be Supportive
Be Decisive
Be Empowered
Be Focused
Be Hopeful
Be Insightful
Be Ethical
Be Leader
Be Restless

Be Tough
Be Independent
Be Influential
Be Innovative
Be Open-Minded
Be Inspirational
Be Funny
Be Sensitive
Be Listener
Be Kind
Be Humble
Be Polite
Be Content

What Do You Say? Why We Want Our Kids To Be Personable!

February 27th, 2017|6 Comments

Each time I take my two children out grocery shopping or errand running, I’m very mindful about their manners and social interaction. My wife has the same priorities, and our kids are generally well-behaved, especially in public. They are actually starting to get a bit of a reputation, I learned recently. A few months ago, I was out shopping with both kids at a local “big box store”. We stopped to pick up a sample from one of the tables at the end of an aisle. “Oh, you must be the father!” the sample lady suddenly exclaimed. “Why yes. Yes, I am,” I stumbled, unsure of her meaning.

Why We Should Teach Our Kids to Be Personable

January 24th, 2017|13 Comments

We all have aspirations and hopes for how our children will grow up.  We usually think about things related [...]

I am mine.

October 11th, 2016|15 Comments

There are lines in songs or books, maybe even a film that strikes a chord with people.  We all [...]

Positivity in a Negative World

October 10th, 2016|11 Comments

My kids are too young to realize it yet, but we live in a pretty negative world. We, as [...]

How Financially Personable Are You?

October 10th, 2016|12 Comments

When someone starts broaching the subject of finances with you, how do you respond? Do you dodge the question and [...]

Family Life as a Full-Time RVer and Why You Should Consider It

October 7th, 2016|17 Comments

RV living is more than living small with the option to travel. It’s a lifestyle that has forced us to [...]

Where have the manners gone?

October 4th, 2016|14 Comments

The simplest and most effective thing a person can do to be personable is to have good manners. My mom [...]

How One Person Brought Me Out of My Shell

September 29th, 2016|9 Comments

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” - Theodore [...]

5 Steps to Making Your Child More Personable

September 26th, 2016|18 Comments

Here in Charleston, outgoing, lovely Southern Bells lay on the charm as thick as the syrupy sweet tea we all [...]

Being personable is a key ingredient to accomplishing the respect of others. Click To Tweet

“Be Open to whatever comes next.”

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

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

In the words of Uncle Ben (Spider-Man's uncle for anyone who doesn't follow the comic book world) 'with great [...]

Be Persistent, It Is My Favorite Lesson For My Son

October 4th, 2016|14 Comments

In life, a great trait to have, no matter what age you are, is being persistant. So what is the [...]

“Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not”

September 29th, 2016|3 Comments

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help [...]

POTTY PERSISTENCE.

September 28th, 2016|6 Comments

Do you need a wee wee? No Daddy. Do you want to sit on the potty? No Daddy. Just try [...]

Financial Goal Planning: 5 Ways To Stay Persistent

September 28th, 2016|4 Comments

5 ways to creating your financial goal plan and being persistent. Make time to work on your financial goal [...]

The Unstoppable Force

September 28th, 2016|13 Comments

I thought I was persistent, and then I had my youngest child Alonzo. Ever since he was a baby he [...]

Developing Persistence by any Means Available

August 12th, 2016|10 Comments

The road through adolescence may seem like a long journey while it is happening, but in reality it is just [...]

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill Click To Tweet

“Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin”

Are you going crazy? The importance of taking some time.

September 29th, 2016|7 Comments

As parents, we would love to have quiet, peaceful time. As soon as we sit down to get some peace [...]

Be Patient

September 26th, 2016|23 Comments

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Patience is [...]

Patience is a Hannah, Hannah is a Grace

September 21st, 2016|5 Comments

“Charity suffereth long…” (1 Corinthians 13) Patience is letting you stop to smell the gardenias, to feel the grassy-sweet summer [...]

Just take a break

September 20th, 2016|19 Comments

They say patience is a virtue, and I will admit it is one I don’t have. I have learned more [...]

Patience is a Lost Art

September 19th, 2016|10 Comments

There are a great many things that we excel at today. One of them is developing technologies that allow for [...]

I always thought patience was one of my greatest virtues.

September 3rd, 2016|6 Comments

When I took on this blogging venture about my life with so many children, I knew it was going to [...]

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it. Edith Sitwel Click To Tweet

“Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead. Mary Pierce”

  • 10 Hotly Debated Parenting Topics In 2017

10 Hotly Debated Parenting Topics In 2017

August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

As universal and fundamental as parenting is, not everyone agrees on what the rules really are. Parenting styles vary [...]

  • The Forever Best Friend

The Forever Best Friend

August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Growing up, I had many siblings; I had a biological brother, a step brother, a half brother, a half [...]

  • Maintaining Boundaries

Maintaining Boundaries

August 17th, 2017|4 Comments

When I was younger, my parents, especially my Father, wanted to ensure that I was self-sufficient, self-motivated, but most [...]

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

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

August 15th, 2017|5 Comments

Two years ago, my infant nephew was tragically and unexpectedly killed while under the care of his sitter. It [...]

  • Meet Jennifer Griffin!

Meet Jennifer Griffin. Extraordinary advocate for families!

August 15th, 2017|7 Comments

Tell me about your family! Where do you live? How many kids? What do you do for fun? I [...]

  • I might be reconsidering my 'no phones' for my kids until their 18 Rule

I might be reconsidering my ‘no phones’ for my kids until their 18 Rule

August 14th, 2017|7 Comments

Holy cow.  What a summer.  I was just laying in bed this morning thinking, “Where on earth did our [...]

  • Can Noah Come Out and Play

Can Noah Come Out and Play?

August 7th, 2017|5 Comments

The little girl stands at the doorstep, smiling after asking the question. Noah shouts "hello" to the little girl, then asks “can I go out please Daddy?” I begrudgingly say, “yes” and give him a five-minute limit.

  • Lessons on the Landing

Lessons on the Landing: How to be intentional about incrementally training a child for long-term success.

August 5th, 2017|7 Comments

When I was new in my faith, the mother of a young, strong-willed boy, I despaired when I saw behaviors that alarmed me, and I wondered what to do. Adamantly refusing to say, “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you…” bonking his friend with the toy…demanding “I lead YOU, Mommy!” and refusing my authority as parent…would this lead him far from God? Would he grow up and become a drug dealer or a convict?!

  • Freedom from darkness

Freedom from Darkness

August 3rd, 2017|5 Comments

“Darkness, like all things in this world is not just a partial or total absence of light; it is [...]

Encourage Others and Encourage Yourself

August 3rd, 2017|3 Comments

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.

  • Coz we are Living in a Material World

‘Coz we are Living in a Material World

August 2nd, 2017|4 Comments

Last year I noticed that my oldest son (then 8 years old) was starting to become obsessed with materialistic [...]

  • Yes, I’ll Wrestle with You

Yes, I’ll Wrestle with You

August 2nd, 2017|2 Comments

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.

  • Please Kids, Remain Humble

Please Kids, Remain Humble

August 1st, 2017|1 Comment

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.

  • Father, Husband Leader

Husband, Father…..Leader.

July 31st, 2017|3 Comments

The constant in our lives, what we have control over, is US. I am my own stumbling block. My greed and selfishness outshine my generosity..

  • 6 Things You Can Do To Help Your Kindergartener

6 Ways Dad Can Help Prepare His Child For Kindergarten

July 24th, 2017|4 Comments

Kindergarten is without a doubt, the most amazing time in a child's life. The growth seen from the first day [...]

  • My First Real Father's Day

My First Real Father’s Day

July 23rd, 2017|4 Comments

Every father has a day that becomes his first real Father’s Day. It’s the day when you come face to face with the responsibilities and when you know deep down that you are a father. It is something that can only sort of be imagined until it happens.

  • Tilting the Hourglass - Slowing Down Time

Tilting the Hourglass: Slowing down time

July 13th, 2017|4 Comments

If you could stop time and look around, what would you see?  As parents, we live busy lives. If you are like me, we’re always pushing the kids to get ready a quickly. “Come on - we have to go! Why don’t you have your shoes on, yet?” Between working (sometimes more than one job) and keeping up with our kids’ lives, we just don’t seem to have time. As we keep active and try to keep on schedule for the next activity, we often miss what is actually happening.

Please join our parenting challenge!

June 28th, 2017|87 Comments

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!

Diapers Change

June 17th, 2017|3 Comments

According to my research, I have bought and used about 40,000 Pampers in my life. Boy, do those diapers [...]

  • Card Game: Multiple of 10

Simple Connections: Multiples of 10

June 17th, 2017|1 Comment

Trying to find sums of groups of multiples is a great way to practice your addition. Be sure to [...]

From ZZZZ’s to Me in One Sip

June 16th, 2017|5 Comments

Wow. we were never coffee drinkers. Never. Then we had our boys. It is funny how important this small little [...]

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

June 15th, 2017|3 Comments

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.

The Cheerios Challenge : Finding Simple Connections in a Connected World

June 15th, 2017|5 Comments

 There are few things from my life I remember from a very early age.  I remember watching super-8 movies [...]

My world got rocked at Jimmy John’s today

June 15th, 2017|5 Comments

Well, when you think you have the world figured out, you get hit by something that blows your mind. [...]

  • I miss my daughter

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

June 14th, 2017|6 Comments

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

June 13th, 2017|5 Comments

Parenting is hard. It has always been hard, and rightly so because raising children is a huge achievement. It’s [...]

  • Hi! Mommy & Daddy, I’m Here

Connect At That Moment: It’s A…”Hi! Mommy & Daddy, I’m Here!” Ah…Now What!?

June 9th, 2017|15 Comments

Every parent, child & parent-child relationship is unique and thus so should be the style. This is not to say that we may not incorporate other styles but rather the styles & methods we exhibit may or may not be similar. What I can do and what I am more than happy to do is share my story, my story as a dad & husband. It will inspire you to go one way or another but that direction will be totally based on your parenting direction. Wow, with that now off my chest where should I begin? Ah yes, anything in parenting. Well, that certainly narrows it down. Hmmm.

  • Be Happy

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

June 6th, 2017|4 Comments

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.

Parents Deserve Professional Development, Too!

June 6th, 2017|13 Comments

If we truly believe that parents and teachers must be allies in education and partners in the nurturing of the whole child, then we must consistently explore ways to not only engage parents with the school community but to actively involve them in the process of meeting the essential needs of every student.

4 Ways to Use Vulnerability as Your Parenting Power Tool

June 2nd, 2017|7 Comments

As men, we are told that we need to “suck it up”, “man up”, “never let ’em see ya sweat”. Whether it was from your parents or from society in general, the message was clear. Don’t be vulnerable. Protect yourself and don’t let other’s notice your weakness or sensitivity. Vulnerability movements in male circles are gaining momentum and that’s great news. However, there is one area where I feel that it is still not addressed, though most badly needed: parenting.

Honesty: A lost art

June 2nd, 2017|3 Comments

In a growing world of instantaneous communication with thousands of people throughout the world, the idea of being honest has been lost. People post on twitter, facebook and all of social media about their lives, often adding in things that didn’t happen, or removing facts to make themselves look worse, or better to other people to reach their goals of influencing these strangers into thinking that they are better or worse off than those strangers. Kind of weird huh? But there is another level to it. Our children.

  • New dad

A Brief New Dad’s Survival Guide

June 1st, 2017|5 Comments

Sometimes there is no time to absorb the fact that you are going to be a father. It is [...]

Learning How to Manage Our Soil Using A Soil Test and the DIYZ App! 

May 31st, 2017|4 Comments

Disclosure:  “This post is in collaboration with DIYZ. All opinions of apps and companies that help me complete DIY [...]

  • Healthy Homework and Study Habits

How to Help Kids & Teens Develop Healthy Homework and Study Habits

May 21st, 2017|17 Comments

Homework can be one of the toughest challenges your kids face while they’re in school, especially as they move [...]

  • The Special Ed Round Table

At the Special Ed Round Table: Making it Work

May 20th, 2017|7 Comments

If you thought being called to the principal’s office was bad, imagine showing up to a team of six [...]

  • The Importance of Curiosity When We Are Stuck

The Importance of Curiosity When We Are Stuck

May 18th, 2017|6 Comments

About half a year ago, my son came to me with a math problem. He had joined an elective [...]

“One More Thing Santa” – Insights From a 7 Year-old Who Misses His Dad

May 17th, 2017|6 Comments

As many of my readers know, my son and daughter are basically polar opposites. My son (7) is very [...]

  • Let Kids Be Kids

Let Them Be Kids: Why Playtime Is So Important

May 16th, 2017|9 Comments

If you get a chance, drive down the neighborhood streets in your town. How many houses have children playing [...]

Meet the Omni Youth Programs!

May 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Tell me about your family! Where do you live? How many kids? What do you do for fun? I [...]

  • The Best Mother’s Day Gift: Improving as a Father

The Best Mother’s Day Gift: Improving as a Father

May 10th, 2017|5 Comments

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. It’s Sunday, May 14th just so you know. A great gift you can give [...]

  • How A Monthly Budget Can Reduce Financial Stress

How A Monthly Budget Can Reduce Financial Stress

May 10th, 2017|3 Comments

All of us have been there. You’re sitting at the dining room table, eyes strained, looking at a computer screen. You assess your current bank balance and look at the utility, credit card, car insurance and other bills sitting in front of you.

Whose fault is the ‘Entitled’ Generation?

May 9th, 2017|2 Comments

If you have ever seen a child throw a temper tantrum in a store and seen the parents give [...]

  • The Unwanted Boy

The Unwanted Boy

May 9th, 2017|1 Comment

The little boy sat in the car next to his dad. They were having a little drive around, just [...]

  • Life with Aspergers

Living with your child and Asperger’s Syndrome

May 9th, 2017|4 Comments

After raising three children, twin girls and a teenage boy, on my own, life was beginning to calm down. I had become the owner of a large cab firm, working my way up from a driver, and had enough money to buy the council house we lived in.

  • Starting with Stewardship

Starting with Stewardship

May 9th, 2017|1 Comment

I am fairly new to the world of fatherhood, but so much has changed since last May that I [...]

  • This Makes Life Worth Living

This Makes Life Worth Living

May 9th, 2017|3 Comments

Yesterday my Son and I took an impromptu trip to my headquarters (home depot) because I had a random idea for our back yard that I just had to act on. I loaded up my son in the truck and gave him his toys, and blankets, which he promptly threw off, and were on our way.

  • 4 Themes

Top Four Themes of Your Life with Your Children

May 4th, 2017|4 Comments

When I think about the way I approach being a father to my kids, I look for themes. Organizing [...]

  • Parenting With The End sight

Parenting With The End In Sight

May 1st, 2017|13 Comments

Have you ever climbed Mount Everest? Me neither. But I am a father, and I imagine there are some parallels [...]

  • Unexpected Journey

An Unexpected Special Needs Journey

April 30th, 2017|7 Comments

I Was Meant To Be A Dad I'm a simple guy. There isn't much in this world that I [...]

  • The World needs Men

The World Needs Men

April 29th, 2017|8 Comments

The World needs Men. Men are the key architects of our bridge to the future. And our children are our future – our bridge to the future. Yes, Men are necessary.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus Click To Tweet

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. ”
― Peter Drucker

Meet Chris Peters. Parent Extraordinaire.

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Chris Peters is the creator of www.ask-a-dad.com. He is the father of 2 little kids and lives in Southern [...]

My Inspiration

September 15th, 2016|8 Comments

Since the birth of Jeremiah, he has been nothing but an inspiration for me as he grows up.  There are [...]

How can we be more observant and inspire our kids?

September 12th, 2016|19 Comments

Isn’t inspiration the best way to ignite your child’s interest in learning? One of the best ways to get them [...]

Inspiring Your Kids To Be More Financially Responsible Than You

September 8th, 2016|5 Comments

Key Takeaways More is caught than taught with kids. Walk the walk by getting your finances in order first. [...]

Live to Inspire

September 7th, 2016|7 Comments

I have always had people in my life that have cheered me on and encouraged me to never stop learning. [...]

The Internal Fire

September 6th, 2016|8 Comments

As a Dad, we have to balance keeping our kid's feet firmly planted on the ground and letting their dreams and [...]

Do one thing every day that scares you. ― Eleanor Roosevelt Click To Tweet

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

5 Holiday Security Tips

December 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Houses are decorated with candles and lights. Fireplaces crackle and pop [...]

Eat Your Dang Vegetables

September 7th, 2016|8 Comments

We're the family that people hate to host. The kids have a dairy allergy, my wife doesn't eat anything that [...]

A Healthy Lifestyle

September 4th, 2016|3 Comments

Most people in this world want to live a healthy lifestyle.  We want to eat better, stay in shape, and [...]

4 Steps to balancing work and health.

September 3rd, 2016|9 Comments

My family loves running and working out. We are no weightlifters but we like to keep it fit and healthy. [...]

I Had to Stop Being a Hypocrite

September 2nd, 2016|6 Comments

I was a hypocrite and I knew it. I realized this more clearly when I would eat my Fruity Pebbles [...]

Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go

September 1st, 2016|9 Comments

When I first began my health and fitness journey seven years ago, I was on a new path of self-discovery, [...]

A Healthy Soul

August 30th, 2016|5 Comments

What does being healthy mean? Being fit? Being active? Or does it mean something else? My boys are very active [...]

Five Simple Things For A Healthier Lifestyle

August 29th, 2016|6 Comments

My husband and I started our family later in life. We are in our mid to late forty’s and have [...]

Your dad didn’t wear tights and run in the freezing cold? Weird.

August 29th, 2016|13 Comments

One Sentence Summary The best way to ensure your kids are healthy is to simply model it every day [...]

The Abundant Life, in Theory  

August 29th, 2016|3 Comments

 “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” - Stephen Hawking Be well physically, by challenging your body’s abilities, [...]

A Healthy Spirit

August 28th, 2016|6 Comments

by Stephen Mack Over the past several months, I have finally resigned myself to undertake a most unenviable project – [...]

How is Your Financial Health?

August 26th, 2016|6 Comments

Remember these simple rules and you will be on your way to being much healthier. Know your net worth [...]

Be Healthy

August 22nd, 2016|8 Comments

Key Takeaways So for me, there are 3 key areas to focus on which can help us to be [...]

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.… Click To Tweet

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Why You Shouldn’t Loan Money To Friends and Family

August 28th, 2016|5 Comments

Key Takeaways Don't loan money to friends and family. If you must give money to them, do so freely, [...]

6 Ways To Help Your Kid Be A Good Sibling

August 25th, 2016|19 Comments

Some families are blessed with having more than one child in the house. As for me, I’m blessed and truly [...]

  • Be focused

The Bond of Brothers

August 24th, 2016|5 Comments

How do you teach someone to be a good sibling? Your sibling is both the person who you love the [...]

To my only child

August 24th, 2016|2 Comments

Be a good sister, and know that you may not always be the only child in our universe. Know that [...]

Be a Good Sibling

August 24th, 2016|3 Comments

First off, no one is perfect. Far from it. I mention this because if you are one of those people [...]

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. ― Plato #BeCompassionate Click To Tweet

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
― John Green

My world got rocked at Jimmy John’s today

June 15th, 2017|5 Comments

Well, when you think you have the world figured out, you get hit by something that blows your mind. [...]

Love, Compassion and Life

June 13th, 2017|5 Comments

Parenting is hard. It has always been hard, and rightly so because raising children is a huge achievement. It’s [...]

  • Unexpected Journey

An Unexpected Special Needs Journey

April 30th, 2017|7 Comments

I Was Meant To Be A Dad I'm a simple guy. There isn't much in this world that I [...]

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

March 4th, 2017|2 Comments

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.

What A Child Refugee Taught Me About Compassion – And Other Stories.

March 3rd, 2017|3 Comments

Here in the UK, there has been quite a bit of news about child refugees, as our Government has decided to reduce the number that they are allowing into the country. All of this made me think back to the time when a child refugee changed my views on compassion, especially in relation to children. It was 2006, and I was working at a Christian retreat centre in the Yorkshire Dales. At that time I was suffering from severe depression which had yet to be diagnosed, a depression that would see me try and take my own life a few months later. We had hosted a number of events while I was there, but this one would be different for me. You see, the closest city to us had a high population of refugees, and we were to host a getaway for them all. I wasn’t actually on the team that weekend, but as always those not on the team had jobs to do around the house.

Celebrating Rare

March 1st, 2017|2 Comments

Starting a family had always been part of the plan for my wife and me. When we first learned that we were going to be new parents, the raw excitement was palpable. If you have chosen the path of parenthood, you know that feeling. It’s a mixture of joy, delight, fear, and panic – all neatly rolled into a 9-month wait time (or longer, as our experience with adoption taught us, which is a whole different topic for the blog).

Why Fostering A Child Could Help Your Own Children To Understand Empathy

February 24th, 2017|7 Comments

Many people are cautious about fostering children when their own children are still at home, which is why fostering is so popular with empty nesters. However, not many people know about the positive impact fostering a child can have on your family. Choosing to become foster carers is a decision that should involve your entire family, as it will impact everyone in some way – even if your children don’t live at home anymore. For young people growing up and learning to make sense of the world and how we should treat others, being a foster sibling is a positive way to teach some essential life skills.

Four Christmas Wishes

December 20th, 2016|2 Comments

By Julian Caldwell | GetConnectDAD.com This week's Trait is "Be Hopeful." What a great week for hope to be [...]

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

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Boss, Do you ever have fights with your baby Mumma so much that it’s almost like every interaction turns [...]

The Role of Partner: Pregnancy

October 20th, 2016|9 Comments

As the non-pregnant partner, pregnancy can be a confusing time. Friends, family, and strangers usually focus on the expecting mother [...]

Inherit The Past  

October 19th, 2016|5 Comments

Daughter, I see you. and tonight we break bread for tomorrow there may be in store for you unimaginable hope [...]

5 ways your dog is preparing you for fatherhood

September 23rd, 2016|11 Comments

Before deciding to have a baby, many couples decide to adopt a dog first. They do this for a reason [...]

FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES

September 1st, 2016|10 Comments

They say follow the mythological rulebook. The things they eat is down to what you cook. The dirtier they [...]

MY SON, MY HERO.

August 19th, 2016|11 Comments

He stands there in front of me, Wearing his dimpled smile. Filled with happiness, And a beautiful innocence. Little does [...]

Being a Father and Raising Boys to Have Compassion

August 19th, 2016|6 Comments

We teamed up this week with Simply BTs (an awesome YouTube Channel) and they answered the question, what do you want [...]

There will be great, positive vibes, more happiness and less hate going around.

August 18th, 2016|3 Comments

Key Takeaways We are responsible for making healing our nations What do you want to leave your kids? Being [...]

Of Being Compassionate, Being Kind. In other words, having a heart !!

August 18th, 2016|6 Comments

Key Takeaways Why shouldn't you share when you have an abundance? Compassion is when you feel for someone. How [...]

“You go, and do likewise.”

August 18th, 2016|2 Comments

A man strides through the wilderness, alone and without peer, With steady step and focused eye and iron in his [...]

We are all in too much of a hurry, slow down, be compassionate

August 18th, 2016|9 Comments

Treat others as you want to be treated was the first lesson taught to me by my father and [...]

Childish Compassion

August 17th, 2016|10 Comments

Key Takeaways We can learn much from watching our 8 year olds Puerto Rico is an awesome country 🙂 [...]

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Give your seat to an elderly person or a lady if you are a gentleman

August 17th, 2016|6 Comments

Article Highlights Leading by example is of all the traits the most important step If you are patient with your [...]

A Golden Compass

August 17th, 2016|8 Comments

Let compassion be your compass, even as it was the passion of the Christ. When you put yourself in someone [...]

Primrose Hill, Magic, and a Sand Box

August 17th, 2016|4 Comments

We are not a family that tends to stay home much when mum and I are off work. We [...]

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. ― Plato #BeCompassionate Click To Tweet

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
― John Green

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The Forever Best Friend

August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Growing up, I had many siblings; I had a biological brother, a step brother, a half brother, a half [...]

4 Ways to Use Vulnerability as Your Parenting Power Tool

June 2nd, 2017|7 Comments

As men, we are told that we need to “suck it up”, “man up”, “never let ’em see ya sweat”. Whether it was from your parents or from society in general, the message was clear. Don’t be vulnerable. Protect yourself and don’t let other’s notice your weakness or sensitivity. Vulnerability movements in male circles are gaining momentum and that’s great news. However, there is one area where I feel that it is still not addressed, though most badly needed: parenting.

The Hall Of Fame That Matters

February 28th, 2017|5 Comments

I picked up my alumni magazine. For not the first time, I found myself feeling down. Feeling like I’ve accomplished nothing. Jealous. Lists of Hall of Fame alumni. Successful people. Heads of companies. Authors. Show creator. Men in suits with brilliant smiles that look like they never stopped working out.

  • Remember what we were like before our baby? Fun, spontaneous, up for a drink, probably awake? Well forget all that. We are now over-tired, under-fed, vaguely with it parentals. Yet you want to come and visit us, or have insisted we come to yours, anyway. To see the baby. I get it.

24 Things Friends Need To Know When They Next See Us

February 5th, 2017|4 Comments

Remember what we were like before our baby? Fun, spontaneous, up for a drink, probably awake? Well, forget all that. We are now over-tired, under-fed, vaguely, with it parentals.

Be Yourself

January 26th, 2017|2 Comments

What does it mean to "Be Yourself?" This is something that I have been struggling with for the past 8 [...]

Sports athletes are great, but dads are the real MVPs in their kids lives.

October 23rd, 2016|4 Comments

The USA won 121 medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio this past summer. Americans [...]

Real Dads, Real Kids, Real Life

October 20th, 2016|6 Comments

Championship season is here. The Penguins just took home the Stanley Cup. Within the next [...]

Inherit The Past  

October 19th, 2016|5 Comments

Daughter, I see you. and tonight we break bread for tomorrow there may be in store for you unimaginable hope [...]

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Dear Dad

October 14th, 2016|3 Comments

I can’t believe how blessed I am to call you my dad! There are no words to describe my [...]

Dear Dad

October 14th, 2016|7 Comments

I don’t remember when we first met, but I know you do. I know you do because I will always [...]

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Dear Dad

October 12th, 2016|4 Comments

I recently attended a church service in which the pastor spoke about the importance of living your life so that [...]

The Fibs We Tell Our Kids

October 6th, 2016|6 Comments

I remember as a kid being told not to tell lies, always tell the truth and yet here I am [...]

Authenticity, the biggest thing I can teach my son.

August 12th, 2016|9 Comments

As our children grow up and start school and start making friends, the pressure to fit in with the other [...]

What have our children come to teach us? Be Authentic

August 12th, 2016|3 Comments

In our effort to instruct, inform and guide our children, we often forget the importance of just allowing them [...]

FATHERHOOD AUTHENTICITY.

August 12th, 2016|8 Comments

Father! there are some that do not deserve that title, not realizing that every child needs someone so vital. To [...]

Our Selves

August 12th, 2016|8 Comments

We were created, not without form or void, but fearfully and wonderfully made. When two of our worlds cross paths— [...]

Give Them Roots: Instilling Values in our Children

August 12th, 2016|12 Comments

By Stephanie Lowry (SIC Mama) As a mother of five with Italian heritage, I feel an immense need to instill [...]

Be What You Are Kid, Be Authentic!!

August 11th, 2016|6 Comments

Dear Kyra, How is growing up treating you? Are you having fun? Last night, me and your mom were watching [...]

They pick up on everything…

August 11th, 2016|2 Comments

I think one of the most fantastic things about children is that they pick up on everything. Everything. All of [...]

Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken

August 10th, 2016|3 Comments

At 8:31am on June 30, 2016 I became a dad. The first few days of parenthood were terrifying, but as [...]

Be Authentic

August 10th, 2016|4 Comments

Seems like the word has started to be more of a buzz word and lose some of it’s meaning so [...]

How to Raise Healthy and Happy Children

August 7th, 2016|9 Comments

It is amazing the lifestyle changes that happen when you have a baby. Some of the changes

Dear Dad

June 19th, 2016|2 Comments

On this Father's Day, I want you to know one thing...I forgive you. It's been many years since we've spoken. [...]

Dear Dad

June 19th, 2016|1 Comment

I wish you were still here to see all the things I am doing. I started playing guitar after you died. You would love what I am doing with my children’s music. I remember when you gave Kim the guitar. You never knew I would be the one who would learn to play. I’m working on my fourth CD for children now. You would be so proud. I miss you so much and I miss your love and support. I asked you on your deathbed what you were thinking about and you said, “my family.” I know that you didn’t always get what it meant to be an involved father and you did a lot of things wrong, but I heard you as you knew and regretted those mistakes. You loved us all very much and I know if you could come back you would do so many things differently.

From Taylor to Dad

June 19th, 2016|3 Comments

About the Author's Father Ed @360_parenting provides single parent  resources for those hurt and waiting for justice to be served. All parents [...]

Dear Dad

June 18th, 2016|1 Comment

Dear Dad, Thank you for everything that you provided for our family as I was growing up. As an adult I sometimes think back and remember how comfortable I was growing up, and I don’t recall ever really wanting for much. However, I also recall that as I grew older, you didn’t interact and spend much time with your children. Over the last several years I have tried to figure out how that happened. How could you be such a good provider and create a comfortable home life, but not be a part of other family life activities? As I mulled it over the last 2 or 3 days, I think I finally figured it out.

Dear Dad

June 18th, 2016|0 Comments

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!! You were then and are now the greatest man I will ever know. The older I got [...]

Dear Dad

June 18th, 2016|1 Comment

For fathers day I wanted to share with the world the amazing person who I am grateful to call [...]

Mother’s Day 2017

May 8th, 2016|2 Comments

Check out what Amanda Hughey can do for you!!!! As a father, committed to becoming a better dad, [...]

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Spoiled Waffles. Be Authentic

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

As individuals we spend most of our lives trying to find who we are. At least for me the [...]

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. ― C.G. Jung Click To Tweet

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
― May Sarton

Be Accountable

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At the Special Ed Round Table: Making it Work

May 20th, 2017|7 Comments

If you thought being called to the principal’s office was bad, imagine showing up to a team of six [...]

Whose fault is the ‘Entitled’ Generation?

May 9th, 2017|2 Comments

If you have ever seen a child throw a temper tantrum in a store and seen the parents give [...]

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Someone Has to Pick Up the Other End

March 20th, 2017|3 Comments

Men cannot move couches by themselves. You need someone on the other end. A week ago, I had a family I had been helping out offer me a brand new couch. They had it for their mother who would no longer be able to use it. Our sleeper started to get holes and a new couch was on our “someday” wish list. In two days, I had to figure out a way to get rid of our sleeper and to get the couch to a few blocks over. I needed some help.

 Do you know how to teach your kids to be accountable?

March 15th, 2017|1 Comment

The opposite of accountability is entitlement. Your kids live in a culture that stresses entitlement. Last week two of our granddaughters played upstairs without direct supervision for well over an hour. The sounds of soft laughter and agreeable conversation heard from the den below astounded me. All I could think was, “Surely my grandkids are the best on Earth”. Then, without warning, the almost four-year-old brought me back to reality with a loud scream. Immediately my mind checked through the potential causes like pain, fear, and anger. The sound and intensity of what I heard clearly communicated the third option. So, after allowing a few minutes for her and her sister to resolve the issue, it was time to go up and give them some assistance. The problem: little sister decided she wanted big sister’s favorite blanket, but big sister was not in a sharing mood.

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Finding Yourself as a Father

January 26th, 2017|2 Comments

There’s a lot of emphasis today on men finding themselves. Honestly, I’ve never really understood the term. Luckily for [...]

How do you parent without tough love?

December 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Dealing with a son who had a drug addition, I had to use some tough love. What is it [...]

I made the decision to never let a drop of alcohol pass my lips whilst my son needs me.

November 15th, 2016|16 Comments

My father was and, as far as I know, still is an alcoholic. Because my mum had incredible insight, [...]

Why I will not Trick or Treat with my Son

October 31st, 2016|6 Comments

It was only a few years ago that my son went trick or treating for the first time. Together we [...]

The Joy Of Fatherhood

October 24th, 2016|10 Comments

When it's two in the morning and my son wakes up screaming, And all I want is one night of [...]

A Father’s Blessing

August 5th, 2016|4 Comments

It wasn’t till she was grown that she knew her daddy’s standard wasn’t unfair, but as high as he thought [...]

  • 1 Simple Thing to Teach Accountability to a Toddler

Can we teach toddlers to be accountable? Is the Pope Catholic?

August 4th, 2016|4 Comments

The other day my 18 month old son, who - if you follow me on social media know - I [...]

I will continue to lead and guide my child on the right path of life. It’s my job.

August 3rd, 2016|8 Comments

First off, what is the definition of accountability? To me, it means being responsible and taking responsibility for my own actions.  How [...]

If you make a mistake, fix it. A dad’s message to his boys.

August 1st, 2016|1 Comment

We often confuse being responsible for something with being accountable for it. It is easy to say, “I am sorry”, [...]

At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves - our success is a result of what we do.… Click To Tweet

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Be Faithful

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9 Things I Would Tell 18 Year Old Me About Relationships

December 21st, 2016|3 Comments

By Terrel Cotton | terrellcotton.com If I could go back in time and find an empty room with two chairs, [...]

A Letter to Santa

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

As a military parent having the opportunity to share a first time with your child is wonderful. A little [...]

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Dear Dad

October 15th, 2016|5 Comments

You are an amazing father. You need to hear that more often, and hopefully, in ways big and small, [...]

A Healthy Spirit

August 28th, 2016|6 Comments

by Stephen Mack Over the past several months, I have finally resigned myself to undertake a most unenviable project – [...]

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…on faith | Raising Kids With Faith Outside Of Religion

July 29th, 2016|6 Comments

Our son and daughter go to a kindergarten run by the local anglican church. Most non-profits seem to be run by the church here in Germany, in a benevolent Sound of Music kind of way. My daughter loves to sing the songs she’s learned at kindergarten at the top of her little lungs all day and all night. Her favorite song of late goes like this: “lasst uns miteinander, lasst uns miteinander – SINGEN, BETEN, LOBEN DEM HERRN!” (that last part is where I need to cover my ears so I don’t lose what little hearing I have left) The translation is, in effect: “Let us, with one another – SING, PRAY, and PRAISE THE LORD!”

The business of parenthood is a continual exercise in faith.

July 28th, 2016|3 Comments

In order to discuss faithfulness with any degree of meaning, we must begin with a definition of the term. The [...]

6 Ways Your Family Can Learn Faithfulness

July 28th, 2016|5 Comments

Let's face it. We live in an age of absolute laziness. It's to the point that we don't even [...]

Show Up

July 28th, 2016|3 Comments

Show Up. As a new father, it has caused me to think back on the things that my dad did for [...]

Faith in your brother

July 28th, 2016|4 Comments

Having a pair of boys I work hard on stressing the importance of them sticking together. As they are getting [...]

Faithfully His

July 27th, 2016|7 Comments

My visions lost within a love excelled, Arms outstretched with a want to be held, I reach down and hold [...]

Why Faith Is My Foundation as a Father

July 27th, 2016|5 Comments

As a father raising a son it is my duty and job to teach him many lessons and values in [...]

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

March 30th, 2016|5 Comments

Let me start by saying we have perfect kids. Eli, our four-year-old completely gets "parental personal time"; he never [...]

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
― John Holmes

Be Happy

Diapers Change

June 17th, 2017|3 Comments

According to my research, I have bought and used about 40,000 Pampers in my life. Boy, do those diapers [...]

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

June 6th, 2017|4 Comments

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.

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Encouraging Happiness: Our children get one chance at being a child.

April 27th, 2017|4 Comments

It’s inevitable that as a parent you will be asked, in a convincing way by your child to support their newest interest. Kids are naturally curious and spend a lot of their lives trying to find their place. What interests them, will it continue to interest them or are they going to stick it out and eventually be great at it. We as their parent have a few ways to respond to this but not all are going to encourage them.

Can Disney World Make You a Better Dad?

February 18th, 2017|10 Comments

If you’re anything like me, you’re saying: “No.” Not a chance.  Disney World is a tourist trap and marketing [...]

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My Life’s Purpose Is To Make You Happy

February 5th, 2017|2 Comments

As I sit to write this, I am the 28-year-old first-time father to an almost 6-month-old daughter. She is on a blanket surrounded by her toys and her best friend, her dog Abby. Today, she’s working on sitting up longer and has found a new sound to make in Abby’s direction. I break from typing every minute or so to keep her from tipping to one side or the other (I told you, we’re working on it).

  • One Simple Lesson About Happiness

One Simple Lesson About Happiness

January 30th, 2017|2 Comments

Most parents will not agree with me, but that is all right. I raised a son, who is now [...]

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A Change is Gonna Come

January 24th, 2017|12 Comments

 How do things change? How do we see improvements? What is it going to take for dads to have [...]

Have a Safe, Fun Halloween!

October 20th, 2016|7 Comments

The eve of fear and fright is upon us. No, not election day... Halloween. Boy, you are cynical. It’s one [...]

Be Happy: A Letter to My Daughter

September 26th, 2016|17 Comments

Dear E.C., One of the greatest lessons you can learn in life is that happiness is a choice. Depending [...]

A Carefree Life

September 15th, 2016|10 Comments

I find myself having to find self-restraint and not to laugh at many things that my children do. I have [...]

Do you have enough toys?

August 19th, 2016|2 Comments

You can never have too many toys! As I look at the floor covered with his toys I wonder. Is [...]

A Room Without a Roof

July 29th, 2016|2 Comments

We’ve all heard the song “Happy” Pharrell sang. It’s been out for a while and it’s pretty catchy. However, most [...]

Happiness That Followed

July 23rd, 2016|1 Comment

 It's a feeling that I've never felt, Nor have I ever known. Yet from the moment you were born, [...]

  • Worry is one of the biggest killers of happiness.

Worry is one of the biggest killers of happiness.

July 21st, 2016|7 Comments

“Don’t worry. Be happy.” It seems simple, but it’s certainly not. Worry is one of the biggest killers of [...]

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

July 20th, 2016|8 Comments

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.

Be who makes you happy

July 19th, 2016|4 Comments

By Ricky Dragoni Every parent wants nothing more, but for their kids to be happy. The problem is; how do [...]

I'm not going to worry, I will be happy. Click To Tweet

Be Generous

Giving is a sticky topic….

July 14th, 2016|2 Comments

Giving is a sticky topic…. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or [...]

Generosity: A Perspective of Service

July 14th, 2016|3 Comments

By Stephen H. Mack I love reading about acts of kindness, selflessness, and charity. Let’s face it – with the [...]

Generosity – God so loved the world that He gave…

July 14th, 2016|5 Comments

“No person was ever honored for what he received. He was honored for what he gave.” - Calvin Coolidge “The [...]

A PRICELESS GENEROSITY

July 14th, 2016|3 Comments

A PRICELESS GENEROSITY. How can I teach him all he needs to ever know, When I don't know it all. [...]

I hope my son grows to be who he wants

July 13th, 2016|3 Comments

Growing up with just a mum, life wasn't always easy, I learned not to want things, to ask for things because [...]

The Season of Unexpected Generosity

July 13th, 2016|6 Comments

Be generous. 2 simple words. Extremely impactful. On the topic of generosity, I’d like to tell you a story. It’s [...]

The shirt off my back

July 12th, 2016|7 Comments

The other night after dinner my oldest tells me: “I am glad Michael and Kelvin got to stay for dinner, [...]

There is such joy in giving. Check out these incredible stories. Click To Tweet

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
― John Holmes