Dad, do you shirk discipline?

Earlier this month, a research study on parental discipline emerged from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, concluding that dads are largely shirking discipline duties. “When it comes to disciplining the kids, there’s been a role reversal in the...

Be the Boss

A big stumbling block for fathers today is discipline. Some choose to avoid it altogether, while others struggle with what is appropriate. What do you do from day to day, moment to moment? One of the things I’ve noticed over the last twenty years is that...

Discipline Lessons from a Speeding Ticket

People attending our events have requested more practical information on discipline, and we know all dads (and moms) will benefit from the practical ideas presented by Dr. Bob Barnes. He teaches that children learn best from experiencing the natural consequences of...

Great Fathers Make Good Neighbors

The teen years can be the best of times and the worst of times. At no other time in your child’s life can things be more trying. One common mistake made by loving parents is that they don’t give teens enough responsibility soon enough. Too often parents...

Prepare To Fight Fair

The Williams family was at it again. Mom accused Dad of being rude to her that morning, and Dad denied it. His memory, he claimed, was much more accurate than hers. Mom said he was crazy—if he couldn’t even remember to put up the toilet seat, how could he claim...

How to Make Discipline a Positive Experience

Mandy, a 16-year-old, says, “Although I get sick of their rules, I would feel bad if my parents just let me do whatever I wanted.” Amber, who’s 15, agrees: “We want (consciously or unconsciously) for our parents to be firm and set limits....