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A Great Dad is Courageous

To be a great dad takes courage.  The courage to set your own house rules, to admit when you are wrong, and to be a parent, not a pal, to your kids.  In the movie, Courageous, five men sign a resolution to be the best fathers they can be. They discover it’s one of the most difficult challenges of their lives.  Alex, the lead character in Courageous said, “I don’t feel like I started well, I want to finish well.” ...
Jan 16, 2012 / Fatherhood

The Key to Becoming a Mentor Leader

Coach Dungy can help you answer that question. In his best-selling book, The Mentor Leader, Coach Tony Dungy says, "…Mentor leaders have a direct, intentional, and positive impact on the people they lead by showing them how to succeed by example and through step-by-step teaching." Ultimately, being a mentor is about being a positive influence in your relationships. The key to becoming a mentor leader is learning...
Sep 28, 2011 / Fatherhood

Do You Know a Courageous Dad?

Then you'll want to go to an awesome new movie called Courageous. It premieres September 30th. The movie follows four men with one calling: To serve and protect. They are confident and focused on the job, but at the end of the day, the four men face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle, fatherhood. Protecting the streets is second nature to these guys. Raising their children the right way...
Sep 14, 2011 / Fatherhood

Calling All Dads!

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...
Jan 01, 1970 / Fatherhood

Wanted: Male Role Models

By the time boys are 4 to 6 years old, they often feel the need for a masculine role model. And that need doesn't change as boys grow older. If your son's father is not in the picture, another adult male you trust needs to be involved in his life. You might find a man to mentor your son through a mentoring program. Or, you might have some male relatives, friends, or neighbors who would be good role models for...
Jan 01, 1970 / Fatherhood

Lessons Learned from My Children

My kids have taught me a lot of things…and I can tell you, it's a very humbling experience. One thing that they've shown me over and over again is my lack of patience. For example, my impatience with the grocery store cashier during check out, or the waitress at a restaurant, and my impatience driving them to school. You get the picture! It's kind of embarrassing to admit. When they point out my impatience...
Jan 01, 1970 / Fatherhood

How Do Fathers Affect the Lives of Their Children?

In 1909, Sonora Dodd created the concept of Fathers' Day to celebrate the many sacrifices her father had made to preserve his family after her mother had died. She described her father as a selfless, courageous and loving man. Today, more than 100 Fathers' Days later, more than 24 million children in America live in fatherless homes. The absence of fathers from their children's lives has led to poverty, low...
Jan 01, 1970 / Fatherhood



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