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5 Ways to Be Your Daughter's Hero

When my daughters were young, it was easy to be their hero. All I had to do was carry them around the house on my shoulders or read them their favorite story. As my daughters have grown, so has my relationship with them. I’ve found more ways to be their hero. Here are a couple of things I do and you can too. First, tell her she is beautiful through your words and your actions. Second, take an interest in her life...
Dec 25, 2018 / Fatherhood

3 B's of the Porn Talk

Pornography is a destructive and pervasive issue in our culture today. Ignoring it is simply not an option. So, here are the 3 B’s every parent or grandparent must know when talking to a son about pornography. First: Be Real. He needs to know that you know that the poison of pornography is out there. Second, Be Vulnerable. Most men have seen it, either on purpose or inadvertently. Third, Be United. Let him know...
Dec 20, 2018 / Fatherhood

7 Things a Son Needs from His Father

As a boy grows up, there are many people who will influence, impact, and inspire him. But, as his father, you want to be the main voice he hears. You are, and should be, his most important role model for life. So as your son grows and matures into a young man, be sure that you give him what he needs. First, he needs you to be present—in the little moments and in the big moments. Second, he needs you to affirm him...
Dec 07, 2018 / Fatherhood

A Real Life Job Description for Every Dad

Most job descriptions just cover general areas of responsibility. Few job descriptions actually capture what a typical workday is really like. So, I'd like to take a stab at a real dad job description that every father needs to know. A dad must be a Cheerleader. He will strive to be present at and loudly cheer during sports, music, dance, and other performances. A dad must be an Energy Conservationist. He will...
Nov 01, 2018 / Fatherhood

Why You Should Interview Your Daughter's Date

As my daughters went through high school, I was very intentional about talking to them about their relationships with young men. I also made it a point to interview each of their dates. Why interview your daughter’s date? First, you are showing your daughter that you value her and that you expect other men to value her too. Second, you are showing the young man how much you value your daughter. Third, you are...
Oct 25, 2018 / Fatherhood

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, 2018 / 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, 2018 / Fatherhood

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