Create a Satisfying Summer with the Kids

Phil Holman wanted to be “the Disneyland Dad.” It was his first summer since the divorce, and the Michigan father of two had planned a whirlwind experience for his young sons: amusement parks, zoo trips, baseball games, the state fair, and evenings at the...

There’s No Such Thing As Quality Time

A Dad’s Point-Of-View I keep learning this great lesson. It’s something I know, but seem to have to experience repeatedly for it to sink into my stubborn head. With kids, there’s no such thing as quality time, only quantity time. Some people actually...

Family Dinner … Why?

What is your family schedule like? Does it ever seem like all the family members are going in different directions all the time? One way to fight that trend is to make dinner time a priority. Is there anything magical about having a meal together? There could be....

Mother’s Day for the Single Dad

by RJ Jaramillo I was recently asked about how I celebrate Mother’s Day as a single father. It took me a moment to think about the question. Then I realized that, for the single dad, Mother’s Day is actually about our children. I also found that when I...

Are you (and Mom) running on empty?

One of a father’s key roles, from the moment he becomes a dad, is resource management. It’s part of the vital task of providing for his family. Typically, we think of provision in the context of finances—earning an adequate salary to help meet the family’s...

Valentine’s Day and the Single Dad

My life, like yours, is busy, even chaotic at times as the New Year begins. Certain holidays and celebrations can be a little bit more difficult than others for a single dad. Valentine’s Day used to be one of those holidays for me, but I learned some fun...