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Things a Dad of Teens Needs to Know

Dad and teen son talking

Helping teens succeed in life is a major undertaking, particularly when influences other than parents start taking a front seat for a teenager.  Knowing how teens tick is an important part of being a great dad.

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Top 10 Podcasts for Fathers

Monday April 21, 2014

Dadcast PodcastIn the last couple of years, I have discovered the value of listening to podcasts while on the treadmill, on a walk or on a long drive.  I used to listen to music, but I have found that learning while exercising is a good strategy and a great way to "multitask."  And when time is so limited, dads need to find ways to do more without sacrificing the important things!

Podcasts are a great way to learn while listening, and these ten podcasts written and produced by and for dads will help any dad become better.

Steps to Stepfathering Success

Friday April 18, 2014

StepfatherYears ago, I had the opportunity to work closely and mentor a newly blended family.  They started in a big hole emotionally, and it took time and focus to effectively build relationships and create a high performing family.

Stepfathering can be a daunting role for any dad.  Learn what experienced stepfathers and other experts suggest for making a successful stepfather.

Ten Things Dads Can Do To Make Their Bodies Run Better

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Father exerciseA lesson I learned many years ago from my dad has stuck with me.  As a teenager, I helped my dad rebuild the engine to an old Volkswagen Beetle and in the process learned about how important it is to maintain an engine to keep it running smoothly.  Oil changes, checking tire pressure, and using good fuel are all important components to making a car run smoothly and last a long time.  Ignoring these simple things can cost a lot in the long run.

Our bodies operate on similar principles.  Easy, daily habits can help our bodies run more efficiently, last longer and be more productive.  These ten basic approaches to keeping our bodies running well are those easy concepts that we as dads and men need to embrace to stay on top of our game and to be around a long time to enjoy our families.

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Parents on the Same Discipline Page

Monday April 14, 2014

Children and parentsWhen parents are united in their approach to parenting, they are an unstoppable force.  This is never truer than when thinking about the parents's strategies for disciplining children.

I saw an instance last week where the parents disagreed in how to discipline a child in a public setting, and the child took advantage of the disagreement to continue to behave inappropriately.  That experience caused me to think about what parents should do to avoid this kind of problem and to get on the same page with each other on the approach to effective discipline.

Read more about the whys and hows of being united as Mom and Dad on child discipline and the best things you can do to get your act together.

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