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Why Do I Do What I Do?

Why is it important for a dad to know his motives in raising his kids?  I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute.  As a leader in your home, motive is so important. If you don’t have good motives, you will make bad decisions for your children. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” As a dad, I need to constantly ask myself, “Am I living my life to...
Apr 24, 2012 / Fatherhood

What's My Purpose?

What should be a dad’s mind-set in raising his kids? I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. The mind-set of many fathers is thinking that their job as a dad is to be just a provider and protector. But that’s not enough. An All Pro Dad needs to have a new mind-set and know his purpose. Let me illustrate. Navy SEALS are physically and mentally tough. Their job and their mission are all-important.  That’s their...
Apr 23, 2012 / Fatherhood

Who Am I?

Do you know the essentials of fatherhood? I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute.  In my new book, All Pro Dad, I lay out seven essential M’s every father must know to love and lead his kids well. The first M is Makeup. To know your Makeup, you have to understand two things—your identity and your gifts. First, your identity. Your identity is who you are. It’s what makes you valuable. You are valuable because...
Apr 20, 2012 / Fatherhood

Are You Taking Your Most Important Job Seriously?

As I share in my new book, All Pro Dad, Tony Dungy, Truett Cathy, and Michael W. Smith are committed fathers. All of them understand that being a dad is their most important job…they understand that it’s serious business and they make a huge investment of their time and energy in that business. And, all of them understand that their mission as a dad is all-important. That mission is to love their children well and...
Apr 13, 2012 / Fatherhood

Fatherhood: The Amazing Adventure

During my twenty-two year quest of being a dad, I’ve experienced the joy of standing on mountaintops and the pain of crawling through valleys. Fatherhood is full of fun, excitement, and adventure, but difficulty and pain in raising children may unexpectedly leap across our trail like a wild beast attacking us and our kids. In my new book, All Pro Dad, I’ll show you how to slay those beasts and stay the course,...
Apr 09, 2012 / Fatherhood

A Great Dad is Courageous

Jan 16, 2012 / Fatherhood

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



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