At fathers.com, our goal is to inspire and equip you to be the father your children need. And for all of us, being a devoted dad is an everyday challenge.
We need regular reminders about what’s most important in life, and our families are right up there near the top. We also benefit from tips and insights about what our children need from us as dads and how to make the most of our efforts, so we can truly make a difference in their lives.
That’s what we hope our weekly email and blog provide for you, but there’s more you could be getting from us to help you as a dad, particularly on social media—Facebook and Twitter.
Some people intentionally avoid social media. They have better things to do, or maybe the worthwhile nuggets aren’t worth the time and effort it takes to sift through all the other chatter. That makes sense for many.
Still, there’s a lot of potential for good things, particularly for fathers.
If you benefit from our weekly blog and email, there’s a lot more great practical help that you could be getting. If you would benefit from daily reminders and tips to help you be a better dad, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Here’s a sample of what we’ve featured over the past few weeks:
Just yesterday we linked to a compilation of 24 great ideas parents use. One of them is the “get along shirt,” which is a T-shirt that’s big enough for two kids to fit into at the same time. Apparently that’s what they get to wear—together—until they can figure out a way to get along.
This week we also posted some great reasons and benefits to meeting and having a “talk” with any young man who wants to date your daughter. Those got some great feedback from dads and moms alike. Here’s one example.
Of course, there are also occasional updates about what we’re doing here at fathers.com, helpful articles and resources, inspiring videos and photos, thoughts or words of encouragement, and other family-related insights we come across in other places.
One of the best things is that dads respond with their own ideas—passing on what works for them or what they’ve learned in their fathering. Dads sharing ideas and helping each other, even online, can make a difference for America’s families. For example, here are some ideas we received from non-custodial dads about how to keep up with kids’ school assignments, projects, and activities.
If you’re so inclined, check it out, like us, follow us, and chime in with your ideas.
Then, please share about our page and recommend it to other dads. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a committed dad yourself. But here at fathers.com, we want to reach many more dads who really need this message, and you can be part of that by simply sharing what we do with others.
Daily tips and reminders can make a difference—for you and for other dads you know. Thanks for being part of the team!
Action Points (from our Facebook Page) for Dads on the Journey
- If your children’s mom is feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, strive to understand what she is going through, then own up to whatever you have brought to that situation, and work out a plan to make things better.
- Come up with a specific blessing for your child, and repeat it to him/her every day.
- Learn to be a good listener. Really focus on what your child is saying. Listen without an agenda or getting defensive. Pay attention to her tone of voice and other signals to see how she’s really feeling.
- Non-custodial dads: get a phone book from the community where your kids live (or find information online) and order pizza or other goodies to be delivered to them.
- If you’re a dad with young kids and life is crazy, hang in there! Believe it or not, someday you’ll look back and miss these days!