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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, 2021 / 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 06, 2021 / 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 23, 2021 / Fatherhood

10 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Date

Movies have a way of making puppy love seem sweet and innocent.  But when our kids begin dating in real life, it becomes a whole different ball game.  So how involved should dads be in their child’s dating life?  Well, here are some things to know about the person your child is dating.  First, learn the basics.  For safety reasons, you should know their cell number, the type of car they drive, their parents’...
Aug 13, 2021 / Fatherhood

Raising Daughters to Be Confident

Our daughters are under attack.  Everywhere they turn, culture is telling them that they aren’t good enough.  As fathers, we have an obligation to instill confidence, along with humility, into our daughters.  So here are some tips for raising daughters to be confident.  First, truly listen to her.  Listen more, lecture less. She needs to know she has your ear, you really understand her, and that you are there for...
Aug 05, 2021 / Fatherhood

10 Things to Teach Your Son About True Manhood

Our culture has a lot to say about what it means to be a man.  It tells us a man has to be strong and handsome, win every fight, and of course, get the girl.  But is that really what it takes to be a man?  I’d like to paint a different picture of what a true man looks like. So here are several things to teach your son about manhood.  First, being a gentleman is still worth the effort.  Opening the car door and...
Jul 22, 2021 / 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...
Jun 29, 2021 / Fatherhood

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