Are You and Your Kids Having "Nonversations"?

How do conversations go with your teenager? If you’re like many dads, usually all you can get out of him is a one-word answer or even just a grunt — and this can happen with younger kids as well. Why is it so hard? In a recent article for CNN, Vanessa Van...

One Girl's Dream-Come-True Dad

Every year at this time, we get to judge children’s essays as part of our Father of the Year Essay Contest. And just when we think we have read just about every possible insightful and inspiring expression from a child to his or her father, kids come up with...

What Makes Your Child Laugh?

As fathers, we should all actively observe April Fool’s Day — not by playing cruel tricks on our children, but by celebrating those relationships with lots of laughter. Victor Borge said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”...

How Are You Using Your Super Power?

Do you ever wonder what your kids could become if they really believed they could do anything? As a father, you have great power in the words you speak to them. In everyday life, you can plant an idea in the mind of a family member, then see how that affects his or...

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...

What Happens When Dad Gives 100% Support …

Sam Jones is one of our most active master trainers. He’s also a championship-level fencer, not to mention being a committed father. During the summer of 2010, Sam was busy with his 19-year-old son, Stephen, (see photo) traveling and competing in a sport they...