Ways to Stay Positive Through Discouragement

  A lot of dads out there feel like they are “drowning.” They’re stressed out, feeling alone, overloaded in many ways, and struggling as a dad. Here’s a word for anyone who may feel discouraged in his fathering. In any pursuit of life, there were stages of...

Just Get Out of the Comfort Zone. Just Be DAD.

A Key to Connecting with Your Kids by Michael French   Remember the song “Danger Zone” from the movie Top Gun? I loved that movie, and the Kenny Loggins song is a must for any retro fan. In the movie, the song was the perfect soundtrack for those flying scenes, as the...

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...

4 Ways Dads Can Help Hurting Kids

Sometimes life leaves emotional scars on children. How can we dads help them most effectively? A stepdad named Eric wrote to us about this. He said that the greatest difficulty he has faced with his children has been dealing with the hurt they brought with them from...

What We All Can Learn from Stepdads

A study released earlier this year points out that being affirming and attentive is important for all dads, but particularly for stepdads. Researchers at the Institute of Education, University of London, found that stepdads are more likely than stepmoms to have...

The Effective Stepfather: A Check-List to Live By

Anyone who has been a father and then a stepfather knows that they aren’t the same.  While many aspects of these two roles are similar, it is the unique ones that lead to disillusionment. Franklin put it this way: “I’ve been to every Promise Keepers...