Join the Championship Fathering Team!
What is it? Championship Fathering is an effort to change the culture for today’s children and the children of coming generations. We’re seeking to reach, teach and unleash 6½ million dads, creating a national movement that can reverse the negative trends in our society. This movement is characterized by men who will fulfill a commitment to live out five fundamentals: Research at NCF identified three keys for dads to carry out with their own children: Loving, Coaching, and Modeling. Then, in order to truly make a difference in our culture, fathers also need to Encourage Other Kids and Enlist Other Dads to join the team. (See descriptions below.)
Why should you be involved?
First and foremost, because your children need you. Every child needs a dad they can count on, and Championship Fathering will help you become the father your children need.
Second, there’s a crisis at hand. Father-absence directly affects more than 20 million children in America, and it’s spreading. It’s linked to higher rates of poverty, failure in school, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, violent crime, depression, and ultimately a loss of hope. Your children are growing up in that culture, and they’re being affected—even if you’re an involved dad! If our culture continues on its current path, things will likely be much worse in all these areas for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Third, together, we can make a difference for coming generations. We want to help create a culture of Championship Fathering by calling out 6½ million dads (10% of the fathers in America) who will make a commitment to be the father their kids need and help bring about cultural change.
Loving – responding to the emotional needs of your family members. It’s time, talk and touch, laying a foundation for a child to grow and thrive. Your children need to know that you love them no matter what, simply because of who they are. Key behaviors include listening, encouraging and affirming. It also includes showing honor and respect for your wife or child’s mother. Together, dads and moms can form a great parenting team. See our articles related to Loving.
Coaching – the lifelong process of shaping, mentoring and empowering your child as he or she moves toward adulthood. As your children’s “coach,” you pursue a thorough awareness of their unique gifts, interests, challenges and vulnerabilities. Then, you’re able to use that knowledge to better meet your children’s needs as you actively participate in many aspects of their lives and carry out healthy discipline and correction. See our articles related to Coaching.
Modeling – living with the constant awareness that your children are influenced by watching what you do just as much as (or even more than) by what you say. You demonstrate consistency in your character and your behavior, and that helps your children have confidence and security to do their best. It also puts you a great position to discuss and demonstrate the values and spiritual truths that are important to you. See our articles related to Modeling.
Encouraging Other Kids – In order to truly change the culture, men who pursue Championship Fathering need to reach out to at least one child who doesn’t have a father. Those kids need loving, coaching and modeling from a mentor or father-figure. This is one way we can all make a difference. See our articles related to Encouraging.
Enlisting Other Dads– To change the culture, it’s going to take great teamwork. Fathers need each other to be great dads, and often it takes one man challenging his friend for that friend to step up and join the team. One of the ways we can all leave a legacy beyond our own families is by engaging other fathers around us. See our articles related to Enlisting.
Want more info?
Read the foreword and first chapter here.