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Dads, the focus is on moms this week—and their impact on you and your fathering. If you’re married, I encourage you to share this with your wife in the interest of strengthening your teamwork as parents. I know some moms regularly read my blog, and this week I’d like to speak to you directly. All dads know that moms impact us and our fathering. It’s been a few years since it came out, but this study from the Journal of Family Psychology is an important one. It showed that a mom’s words of encouragement or criticism directly affect how involved her child’s father becomes in the day-to-day … [Read More...]
In last week’s message, I included part of an essay from a 5th grader about what makes his dad so great. Today I want to feature another essay, although I think you’ll agree that this one is much more sobering. Here’s what one girl wrote about her father: Just one of the many adventures we’ve had together was when I was about eight or nine, [when] my daddy took me to a monster truck show. It was awesome! We got lots of cotton candy and toy souvenirs .... It has been about five years and I’ve noticed my dad and I doing less and less together. I’ve become more involved with my friends and … [Read More...]
We get to read a lot of priceless comments about dads written by kids as part of our Father of the Year Essay Contests, and I want to share an example from a 5th grader named Brennan. He’ll probably make you laugh, but I think you’ll also be challenged to be a better dad: When I talk to my dad, he never says “uh-huh” like some people do before you’re even done talking. Dad really listens; he never criticizes me or yells at me. Dad holds the door open for women—this shows that he respects them. Mom never has to open any door when he’s around or carry anything heavy. Dad says she works … [Read More...]
Do you have thoughtful, creative plans in place for Valentine’s Day? I know some guys go all out for it: “This is one more opportunity to demonstrate how much I love her, and I’m making the most of it.” Others practically boycott the holiday: “It’s just a trumped-up excuse to get people buying cards and chocolate; besides, we should be demonstrating our love in creative ways all year long.” And surely many guys are somewhere in between. There are valid reasons for the different approaches. And instead of dwelling too much on what happens February 14th, today I’m turning my attention to … [Read More...]
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