A “Tune Up” for You Can Help Other Men Be Better Fathers

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Usually, each week’s blog is about helping you be a better father. This one is too, but mostly I’m asking for your help

Would you please take a few minutes to complete this survey about your fathering?

I’m certain that, while you’re helping us by providing feedback, the survey will also be an excellent exercise in reflecting on your fathering and will prove to be a “tune up” for you. In the past, when dads have helped us by completing a survey, many of them have come back and thanked us for the opportunity, because the questions challenged them as dads. You can take the survey right here.

A “Tune Up” for You Can Help Other Men Be Better FathersHere are more details: At the Center, we believe that fathers matter and they are essential to a healthy future for families and culture, and over the past 20 years, we have done extensive polling to help us understand and reach fathers more effectively.

Right now, we’re in the middle of a major project that we’re really excited about. We’re creating an online tool that will help us reach and equip men by providing them with 1) valuable feedback about their fathering and then 2) a customized plan for their own journey as a dad.

One of the major steps in creating this tool has involved commissioning a study to assess the current status, behaviors and hopes of today’s fathers. We’re asking you (and your friends) to help us by providing new data.

Your feedback will provide us with numerous insights about fatherhood—the fundamentals, the challenges to overcome, the satisfaction it brings, the priorities of today’s dads, and so on. We’ll be reporting back to you on those findings in the coming months. And ultimately, this will help us in our continuing efforts to provide all fathers with insight and inspiration in their quest to become the best fathers they can be, creating a culture of Championship Fathering.

Will you be part of this project? If so, here are your simple Action Points for the week:

1. Take the survey yourselfright here. (As I said, you’ll be challenged.)

2. Invite other dads you know to participate. You can send them this link: www.fathers.com/survey, or “share” it from our Facebook page (or Google +, or Twitter).

Thank you for your help!


Carey CaseyCarey Casey is the CEO of the National Center for Fathering, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the culture of fathering in America by enlisting 6.5 million fathers who to make the Championship Fathering Commitment. NCF believes that every child needs a dad they can count on, and uses its resources to inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers and father figures their children need. Subscribe to his weekly email tip by clicking here: “Yes! I want tips on how to be a great dad who loves, coaches, mentors, and inspires my children.



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  1. James McLaughlin says:

    Mr Casey,

    It was an honor meeting you today! I applaud your efforts and your organization.

    SSG James McLaughlin

  2. Jeff Chatterton says:

    A message that resonates for fathers.

    To my children,
    In your world I’m Dad, the disciplinarian, the bad guy and the man that makes most life learning unpleasant. In my world I’m the, the role model, the example and the source of all things a parent is good and bad.
    But I’m also the source for advice. Not the knock down, drag out, this is what you will do advice. I was that when you were younger, you’re past that already. As you approach the age that makes you a full blown legal adult, my role changes. I become the advisor, the mentor, and the guide.
    The kind that you can talk to without judgement, repercussion, or discipline. While I may not always agree with the decisions that you will make. I will support you in those ways that you need. By saying what needs to said good and bad, telling you those things you don’t want to hear and making you THINK about the direction in which you choose to take you life.
    So give it a shot, talk to Dad when you think you need it or even when you don’t. My Dad does that for me and it works.
    I’m proud to be your Dad and I love you.

    • Excellent post Papa D!I can almost enelrtiy agree with everything you wrote. My 2 amendments: 1) Homebirth, yes. Unassisted (which I read as no midwife in attendance) seems like turning away from a community opportunity. There is a place for assistance, and I don’t think birth is the place to go it alone. The midwife serves the village, call on her. Leave the DIY/Extreme challenges where they belong. 2) infant potty training works when you’re always outside or in another traditional setting, but if it is the modern read the cues and get the child to the potty interpretation, I’ve seen a kid who that caused anxiety in into his 3rd year and actually regressed. Very hard to do in a way that doesn’t make the child overly self conscious of the act, IMHO. But again, minor points. Thanks for so clearly articulating my approach as a Papa!

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