There are times in your journey that you may find it difficult to navigate communication with your son for one reason or another. Here are NCF's 9 Ways to Navigate Communication with Your Son to help guide you through those times.
by Steve Wilson Growing up, I loved listening to my grandmother tell stories of growing up on the western Kansas prairie in the early 1900s. Grammy was born in a sod house and raised her own family during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s! For a kid who lived in suburban...
Here are ten landmines to avoid if you want to raise a healthy, vibrant, loving, and spirited daughter. Think of these as a field training manual to support your deep desire to truly dial in to your daughter’s heart.
Take advantage of the good times that come along with your children, and share your heart with them. Open up about the deep feelings you’ve developed through the years; communicate your most earnest desires for them; praise them for the developing character...
Fatherhood has plenty of rewards and great times that come with it ... and it throws you a fair share of curve balls.
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:
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 came to him when his 32-year-old daughter was happily planning for a baby shower and his fatherly thoughts turned towards his son-in-law. What about Steve? He’s about to be a new dad. What could be done for him? he thought.
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 senior year at Baylor. Paul was helping to organize one of our seminars in his city, and actively encouraged all the young fathers by saying, "You guys need to hear this stuff. Trial and error is no way to learn how to father. Let me tell you, I know."
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 when your children are no longer around.
As your young adult children move into the world, we've identified three areas you'll want to focus on: