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5 Activities Good Fathers Should Stop Doing

The transition into parenthood is dynamic and life-altering. We must move from focusing on ourselves to focusing on our family first. Sometimes we have a difficult time letting go of former habits and lifestyle choices. And yet, I promise you that it is always worth it to do what’s best for your family. So here are 5 activities that good fathers must stop doing. First, quit substance abuse. I strongly encourage...
Oct 22, 2020 / Fatherhood

The Shelter Your Daughter Needs

In a world of danger and difficulties, our daughters need our protection. They need a shelter with a foundation of love, a frame of faithfulness, and a roof of trust. Because our role as parents is to help protect our daughters each day, it is up to us to provide for them in these 3 ways. First, provide for her physically. Physically protecting your daughter means teaching her to make safe choices and avoid...
Oct 16, 2020 / Fatherhood

Ladies First: Four Benefits of Showing Chivalry to Your Spouse and Daughter

Chivalry is not an archaic, medieval concept. It’s something that should be alive and well in our culture today. Our world needs more civility, common sense, kindness, and chivalry. Chivalry is displayed when a man honors a woman…is courteous and polite to her. So men, here are ways your kids benefit from your chivalrous deeds. First, you’re showing your children that seeing the needs of others and serving them is...
Oct 12, 2020 / Fatherhood

How to Interview Your Daughter's Date

If you were to take just 30 minutes to interview your daughter’s potential date, you would be able to learn a lot about him, while setting clear expectations for him. Here are a few key steps to consider: First, have your daughter prepared to tell any guy that asks her out to call you first before answering him. This makes you her first line of defense. And it sets up the interview itself. But it also allows you...
Oct 02, 2020 / Fatherhood

Protecting Your Child from Stress

A recent study from my alma mater, the University of Florida, revealed that major childhood stresses—like divorce, exposure to substance abuse, and economic hardship—have an almost immediate negative impact on a child’s health.  So, what can you do? First, protect your child from the stress of divorce. Sometimes divorce is beyond the control of a spouse. However, there are times when couples all too quickly buy...
Sep 22, 2020 / Fatherhood

10 Essentials for the Successful Dad

If you’re a father, being a dad is your most important job. And in that job, it’s important to have a job description that spells out what is required of you. So, here are some essentials to being a successful dad. First, spend quantity time with your kids. How you spend your time is a reflection of what’s important to you. You value your kids by being with them, making memories that will last a lifetime.  Second,...
Sep 04, 2020 / Fatherhood

How to Help Your Daughter Believe She’s Beautiful

In this image-obsessed culture, your daughter is constantly wondering if she’s beautiful.  Here are three ways you can help her see her beauty. First, TELL her.  Don’t wait for your daughter to ask you if you think she’s beautiful…look for opportunities to tell her, unprompted, how beautiful she is on the inside and outside.  Tell her that she makes what she wears beautiful, not vice versa.  Telling her that she...
Aug 24, 2020 / Fatherhood

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