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5 Ways to Be a Better Dad

Pursuing the goal of being an All Pro Dad is one of the most important things you can do in life. And it’s a goal we get to strive toward for the rest of our lives.  So here are 5 ways to be a better dad to your children.  First, be there for your kids.  It’s so important to set aside one-on-one time for each of your kids so you can get to know them and love them well. Second, share a passion.  Find something you...
Mar 15, 2018 / Fatherhood

How to Balance Work and Family Life

It’s tough to stay in touch with your kids when you spend most of your time at work… and they spend most of their time in the classroom.  One family handles it this way:  When the kids get home from school, the first thing they do—even before they head to the refrigerator—is call their father.  It’s not just a once-in-a-while thing.  Dad puts it on his calendar… and sets that time aside every day, so he’ll be free...
Feb 06, 2018 / Fatherhood

Just Like Dad

The old saying goes that girls often choose husbands who are like their dads.  How does that sit with you?  Our girls are watching us for an example of what to expect from their future spouse.  Are you kind to your wife?  Do you encourage her?  What about your daughter… do you hug her and tell her you love her?  Are you there when she needs you?  If you aren’t, it’s not too late to change.  Sit down with your...
Jan 23, 2018 / Fatherhood

How to Be More Than a “Good Enough” Father

In the movie, Courageous, Alex says he doesn’t want to be a “good enough” father.  He wants to be more.  Do you? Are your kids your priority?  Do you attend their recitals or games?  How much time do you spend with your children each week? Here’s a thought–calendar your kids!  Children spell love T-I-M-E. Pick a time each week for each child. Mark it on your calendar, and spend one-on-one time together – even if...
Jan 19, 2018 / Fatherhood

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, 2017 / 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, 2017 / 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, 2017 / Fatherhood



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