A College Student's Fears (Related to His Dad)

Tyler is a columnist for the student newspaper at a major university. As he approached his trip home for Christmas this past December, he wrote: My biggest fear is twofold. I’m afraid that one day I’ll grow up to be just like my father. And I’m...

Welcoming Young Dads to the Fatherhood Party

In the mid-1990’s, I was a dad of a teenage daughter and three other children under ten. Through my involvement in various fatherhood events in the Seattle area, I heard about the “Welcome To Fatherhood Party” from a dad named Griggs Irving. The idea...

Always a Father

Once a father, always a father. That statement summarizes my challenge for the veteran dads out there. A while back I got a phone call from a man named Paul. Paul’s son Matthew is married and working for a grocery broker in Wichita. His daughter Linda is in her...

Emotions / Bridge the Distance

When the kids move out, you’ve still got work to do. And no, it’s not turning their old room into a den. You still need to find ways to connect with your young adult children. Sure, you’re important, but you may have a difficult time believing it...

3 Tasks for Dads of Young Adults

As your young adult children move into the world, we’ve identified three areas you’ll want to focus on: First, accept your adult child even when he or she disagrees with your values or opinions. Every young adult questions at least some of the ideas...