The Dad Who Blesses

With the last name of Smith, my wife and I hoped to set our boys apart by giving them first names found off the beaten path. We started out alright with Isaac and Noah. In 1993 when Joshua came along, we had no idea it was destined to be one of the most popular names...

That Sinking Feeling of Failure

Have your best intentions as a father ever ended in disaster? Have you ever fallen flat on your face with your kids? I certainly have. But when faced with that sinking feeling of failure, I always remember a story my dad used to tell me about his days in the Royal Air...

A Video that Could Change Your Marriage

Do you ever feel like your marriage has become a minefield? Sometimes we get off track with our wives, and the smallest things can cause tension and separation. Too often, couples get caught up in the distractions of life and lose track of each other — and, as...

The Power of the Written Word

Is there a special handwritten note from your childhood that you remember? I fondly remember my special note. It was from my father. I was a sophomore in high school in a small, rural town in Iowa. I was getting ready to board a noisy yellow school bus for the long...

Jerry’s Wake-Up Call (and Maybe Yours)

Our father-daughter events always revealed some valuable lessons for dads of daughters, and really all dads. One example of that comes from Jerry, who attended an event with his daughter several years ago and served recently as a volunteer at another event. When Jerry...