At fathers.com, our goal is to inspire and equip you to be the father your children need. If you’re anything like me, being a devoted dad is an everyday challenge.
I know I need regular reminders about what’s most important in life, and my family is right up there near the top. I also benefit from tips and insights about what my children need from me as a dad and how to make the most of my efforts, so I can truly make a difference in their lives.
I know some people intentionally avoid social media. They have better things to do, or maybe the worthwhile nuggets aren’t worth the time and effort it takes to sift through all the other chatter. I get it, believe me.
I’m just beginning to understand Facebook myself, but the more I get into it, the more I see the potential for good things, particularly for fathers.
I hope you benefit from our weekly blog and email, but there’s a lot more great practical help that you could be getting. If you would benefit from daily reminders and tips to help you be a better dad, I urge you to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Here’s a sample of what we’ve featured over the past few weeks:
Just yesterday we linked to a compilation of 24 great ideas parents use. One of them is the “get along shirt,” which is a T-shirt that’s big enough for two kids to fit into at the same time. Apparently that’s what they get to wear—together—until they can figure out a way to get along.
This week we also posted some great reasons and benefits to meeting and having a “talk” with any young man who wants to date your daughter. Those got some great feedback from dads and moms alike. Here’s one example.
Of course, we provide regular updates about the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program. Just about every day during the school year, we get word about another newspaper or TV station doing a story about the success of the program in their local schools. Here’s one from Colorado.
Of course, there are also occasional updates about what we’re doing here at fathers.com, helpful articles and resources, inspiring videos and photos, thoughts or words of encouragement from me, and other family-related insights we come across in other places.
One of the best things is that dads respond with their own ideas—passing on what works for them or what they’ve learned in their fathering. I believe that dads sharing ideas and helping each other, even online, can make a difference for America’s families. For example, here are some ideas we received from non-custodial dads about how to keep up with kids’ school assignments, projects, and activities.
If you’re so inclined, I would encourage you to check it out, like us, follow us, and chime in with your ideas.
Then, please share about our page and recommend it to other dads. If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re a committed dad yourself. But here at fathers.com, we’re about creating a Championship Fathering culture. We want to reach many more dads who really need this message, and you can be part of that by simply sharing what we do with others.
Daily tips and reminders can make a difference—for you and for other dads you know. Thanks for being part of the team!
Action Points (from our Facebook Page) for Dads on the Journey
- If your children’s mom is feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, strive to understand what she is going through, then own up to whatever you have brought to that situation, and work out a plan to make things better.
- Come up with a specific blessing for your child, and repeat it to him/her every day.
- Learn to be a good listener. Really focus on what your child is saying. Listen without an agenda or getting defensive. Pay attention to her tone of voice and other signals to see how she’s really feeling.
- Non-custodial dads: get a phone book from the community where your kids live (or find information online) and order pizza or other goodies to be delivered to them.
- If you’re a dad with young kids and life is crazy, hang in there! Believe it or not, someday you’ll look back and miss these days!
Carey Casey is the CEO of the National Center for Fathering, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the culture of fathering in America by enlisting 6.5 million fathers who to make the Championship Fathering Commitment. NCF believes that every child needs a dad they can count on, and uses its resources to inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers and father figures their children need. Subscribe to his weekly email tip by clicking here: “Yes! I want tips on how to be a great dad who loves, coaches, mentors, and inspires my children.