by Michelle Watson Canfield – A girl needs head connections with her dad in order to navigate life, but heart connections with him are vital to her ability to thrive in life.
by Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield As we all know, it can be a daunting task for dads and daughters to talk about the hard stuff, the deep stuff, the vulnerable stuff, and the complex stuff. And a lot of dads have told me they prefer to leave some of those heavier topics...
When a dad says he wants better communication with his kids, he shouldn’t just jump in and start talking. The first thing he needs to do—and do well—is listen.
As fathers, we can’t predict the future, but times of testing should motivate us to step up as leaders for our children and families, and be prepared as best we can.
I would challenge that young man to focus the majority of his fathering efforts on teaching his kids two things … and modeling one thing along the way.
Commitment is our calling card as fathers. It’s our resolve to always act on our child’s behalf, no matter what the hour, no matter what other pressures are competing for our time, no matter how little recognition we receive, and no matter how young or old, near or far away that child may be.
Armin is now living every day with renewed passion for fathering and is making different decisions about what to do with his time, money, and energy now that he’s clarified his fathering vision.
Awareness allows a dad to work from a position of strength, where you know what stifles your children and what makes each of them thrive. With that knowledge, you lovingly act to meet their needs.
At NCF we’re trying to learn more about how this pandemic has affected fathers around the country. Would you share your experiences and insights?
Each father has an opportunity to learn and grow because the past several months have brought some needed clarity in certain areas.
Rick Wertz and his daughter Amanda describe some simple but powerful ways dads and daughters can stay connected.
Dad, what will you do this weekend with your children? How will you teach them the significance of Memorial Day?