9 Ways for a Stepdad to Engage With His Family

Just Climb Stepdad Mountain. Just Be Dad. by Ron L. Deal   “How tall is it?” I ignorantly asked a Kenyan missionary. “Mount Kilimanjaro is over 19,000 feet tall,” he smiled. “It’s big!” No kidding, I thought. I could see the outline of the tallest mountain in Africa...

Just Build (or Rebuild) Your Legacy. Just Be DAD.

A Tale of Two Fathers by Clark H. Smith   We just celebrated Father’s Day, and many of us did our best to honor our dads. But there are a lot of us whose fathers didn’t do a lot that was worth honoring. If that’s your situation, where does that leave you in your...

Just Make Moments. Just Be Dad.

What My Father Means to Me by Ryan Nelson   One day when I was about 14, my dad invited me to join him and his friend for a round of golf. From the very first hole, I struggled as I usually do. Then came the 8th hole, where I would typically try to lay up in front of...

Just Be Yourself. Just Be Dad.

What My Father Means to Me by Lydia (10th grade)   This week’s guest blog is from the winning 10th grader in our Kansas City essay contest: When I am asked what my father means to me, I think of more than all the soccer games he watched, practices he drove to, and...

Just Be WITH Your Kids. Just Be Dad.

What My Father Means to Me by Myles (4th grade) As we move toward Father’s Day, we’ll be sharing some thoughts about dads from kids—some young children, and some not-so-young. This week we feature an essay by Myles, who wrote the winning 4th grade entry for...

Just Improve 1%. Just Be DAD.

4 Ways to Be a Better Dad Today by Justin Ricklefs   This past year, 8 or 10 of us mid-30’s to mid-40’s type friends have started playing pick up basketball at 5:30 a.m. at our high school alma mater. It’s been a day I’ve looked forward to each week, a great start to...