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Since 2020 Dad Central has partnered with Dove Men+Care to promote involved fatherhood across Canada. In that time, over 150,000 dads have been impacted through delivery of free fatherhood resources and training.
Raising a child is full of challenges, especially for first-time parents. Here are five pieces of advice for new parents to keep in mind to help make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.
Seeking advice is an interesting concept. What is the point? Who do I ask? Do I trust or believe the source? What do I want to know? How much do I share? I’d like to answer some of these questions from my perspective and hopefully you can share your perspective as well in the comments.
Over the years there are a few themes I have kept coming back to because I think they are so important. One of them is “the motherload.” That’s the somewhat intangible (and to men, sometimes invisible) load of responsibility, care, worry, planning and keeping track that usually falls on mothers’ shoulders.
We share two powerful stories that can help kids reach their potential. In our first video, Jack Armstrong shares the impact his “tough love” had on his former players. He then connects that to how parents can set expectations and support their children in meeting or exceeding those expectations. His insight and wit in telling the story makes the principle easy to digest.
Every parent wants to get their kid to listen. Sometimes it probably seems like nothing you ever say is heard, and your kids do exactly the opposite of what you want them to do. That can be very hard to handle, but thankfully this is a topic we talked about with Dr. Gregory Fabiano.
The role you play as a dad in your family will depend on what your children are like, what you and your partner are like, and the type of work you both do. But it all starts with what your children need. And the more attention you pay to all their needs, the less you’ll be asking, “What’s my role?”
I imagine many dads may struggle with staying calm in the midst of challenging times. Despite our best effort, something can always push our buttons and result in momentarily losing control of our voices. That being said, it’s crucial to learn better ways to respond in the moment and communicate in calm, respectful ways. Making this change is important if you truly want to raise confident and successful children.
The goal of this post is not to condemn the fact you yell – it’s to help you decrease, and ultimately stop yelling at your kids. From personal experience, let me tell you it’s worth the time and energy to improve in this area.
There are so many types of dads out here and the term “being present” means so many things. To the dad who lives at home with his kids, being present may look like putting down your digital device long enough to give your kids attention. To the long-distance dad, being present may look like using creative ways to spend time with your children. To empty nest dads, finding a way to stay involved in your children’s lives when they no longer live at home is a challenge.
As dads, we have a big part to play in establishing the relationship ‘atmosphere’ in our home. The more you can embrace healthy relationship skills, model, and reinforce them – the more you’ll see your children respond.
The reality is that any time you have more than one child there is bound to be some fighting. Despite that fact, you can still set your kids up for success. By helping them learn important skills and modeling how to work through conflict you can tame the tensions.
An important part of calm and alert parenting is knowing how to manage stress and to recover your positive energy after stress. Stress, tension, anxiety and anger all burn our energy. That’s energy we could use to make good parenting judgments, have fun with our kids or do other positive things. So, when you’ve burned up energy because of stress, you need to help yourself recover that energy.
With Bell Let’s Talk Day: Supporting ourselves and each other coming up on January 26th, this week’s blog highlights three actions dads can take to boost their own mental health. It also includes three ideas to support others in caring for their mental health.
What you do as a father affects your hormones more than your hormones affect what you do as a father. In other words, if you want and need to be a hands-on dad, put in the time and effort. Your hormones will support and reward you.
At this time of year, you may be considering whether you’re going to make a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you’ve made them in the past and lost interest over time. Or perhaps you buckled down and followed through. Either way, you’re now facing the beginning of another new year.
As I refined my ability to communicate, the practice of keeping it simple did wonders. Here are the ABCs and 123s from my learning along with John Maxwell’s guidance for ways to keep it simple. Regardless of circumstances, they can help you connect with the people that matter most.
In this episode of The Dad Central Show we talk with Jerrad Lopes, a Christian author, speaker and founder of Dad Tired. Jerrad is a father of four who knows the challenges of being a husband and father while trying to juggle the demands of life.
Families and parents have faced extreme pressure to navigate the changing world and how that affects their children’s lives. Social distancing, vaccination status, racial tensions, and political divides create so much uncertainty when it comes to teaching children about building relationships.
In this episode of The Dad Central Show we talk with Bryan Ward, creator of the Dad Up Podcast about his fatherhood journey and the power of finding mentors.