How Dads Can Build that Close Bond

How Dads Can Build a Close Bond

  In last week’s blog I highlighted some recent research about the most important factor when it comes to passing our faith and values on to our children... It isn’t regular teaching sessions, or setting the right example, or involving kids in larger communities that promote those values, like a church. All those things are important, but the biggest key is a warm, close connection between the child and his father. I have kept thinking about this ground-breaking insight, and I believe there’s more I can do to help you apply this in practical ways with your children. For example, what is a … [Read More...]

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The Secret for Passing Your Beliefs on to Your Kids

  What’s the best way to pass your faith and your values to your children? I know that’s a huge concern for many fathers. One of my top goals as a dad is that my children would embrace the faith that I have tried to live out. And even if religion isn’t your thing, today’s message still has a big insight for your fathering, so please stay with me. In the recent book Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down Across Generations, Vern Bengtson presents some eye-opening discoveries about “religious transmission.” Based on his research involving more than 3,500 people whose lives covered … [Read More...]

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7 “Simple” Ways to Handle Conflict (& Prepare Kids for Life)

  How well do you handle conflict, dad? When faced with tense situations, many guys withdraw or avoid confrontations. Some do the opposite—they lose control or explode, and do damage to those around them. You might not think about this a lot, but handling conflict is an important responsibility for fathers. Our family members often take their cues from us; our actions and our overall mood during those times can inflame a situation or lead to resolving it. I know many of us don't handle conflict in the best way. I struggle with it myself sometimes. But I love simple solutions; often the … [Read More...]

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Only from Dad: 5 Things to Teach Your Child

  One of the main goals of this blog is to encourage and challenge you to make the most of every opportunity you have with your children, because your time with them is fleeting. They grow up so fast, and before we know it they're moving out and getting on with their lives. Also, it’s sobering but true: none of us have a guarantee that we'll be here tomorrow. You never know when something tragic could happen. I’m not telling you all this to bring you down, but to remind you how important it is to have your priorities straight. It's too easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life and … [Read More...]