A New School Year: 3 Tips for Dads

Your children just started school or are about to go back, and I hope that’s a big deal in your mind—whether they’re starting kindergarten or the last year of graduate school. They will mature and be shaped in incredible ways during coming months, and of course you...
4 Fatherly Responses to Grief and Loss

4 Fatherly Responses to Grief and Loss

The Canfield family recently announced a big loss in our lives—the passing of my wife of 43 years, Dee, who was also a mother to five, mother-in-law to four, and Nana to twelve. Being by her side for the past few months really opened my eyes to the reality of death...
Dad, You Can Be a Responsive Leader

Dad, You Can Be a Responsive Leader

When your son or daughter expresses a need, how do you respond?  There’s a term that’s pretty common in research about dads: “responsive fathering.” It comes up most often in relation to fathers and their infants or very young children, and there are all kinds of...
Are You Coasting, Dad?

Are You Coasting, Dad?

Here at fathers.com there’s an old saying: Father’s Day Every Day. At least it’s old to us. We even used that as the title of a conference years back.  The idea is to make every day count with your kids and renew your commitment to them every morning. If Father’s Day...
Father’s Day and the Privilege of Being a Dad

Father’s Day and the Privilege of Being a Dad

We all celebrated Mother’s Day a few weeks ago, and I hope you did it up right. Moms definitely deserve to be honored and celebrated. In many ways, Father’s Day is different. (And that’s okay.) Most dads aren’t expecting a whole lot in the way of gifts. We’re good...