How do conversations go with your teenager? If you're like many dads, usually all you can get out of him is a one-word answer or even just a grunt — and this can happen with younger kids as well. Why is it so hard?
As fathers, we should all actively observe April Fool's Day — not by playing cruel tricks on our children, but by celebrating those relationships with lots of laughter.
Jeff runs camera for music and drama productions at his church. Last December, he was behind the camera for the kids' Christmas production. His own daughter, Emily, was a member of the cast.
At the start of a new year, as some are making new resolutions (or at least thinking about making changes), here's a suggestion from author Bob Barnes that should be helpful for all dads who have kids in any level of school: Look at the New Year as a kind of "halftime."
Looking back on 2010, I didn't laugh quite enough with my kids. How about you?
I tell a lot of stories about my son Chance, and here's another one that you might identify with, from when he was 13 years old:
The start of the new school year can be a nerve-wracking time for our kids and stepkids. Here are 10 tips to help smooth the way.
A big stumbling block for fathers today is discipline. Some choose to avoid it altogether, while others struggle with what is appropriate. What do you do from day to day, moment to moment? One of the things I've noticed over the last twenty years is that fathers' confidence in discipline has suffered. Fathers are tentative when it comes to exercising discipline and, when they do, they tend to bring a pretty weak effort.
Having kids gives you multiple chances to be a real-life hero. But only if your children have learned that, in a crisis, they can trust in your unconditional love.