DadTalk Author: Rick Johnson

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Rick Johnson
Founder and Director
Better Dads

Current as of July 2017: Rick is a sought after motivational speaker and the bestselling author of 12 books on parenting, marriage, relationships, and masculinity. Rick founded the nonprofit Better Dads on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities. Rick's resources, methods, and personal approach have been transforming the lives of men, women, and their families for over 16 years. Rick’s work with men and fathers was recognized when he was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change ceremony in 2012. As a contributing author for The DadTalk Blog, Rick has written on topics like healthy co-parenting, expressing love in blended families, bringing children to work, and instilling a sense of work ethic in children.

Blog posts from Rick Johnson

One of the greatest ways a dad can bond with his children is by making memories together.  That requires us as dads to do things with them.  The key word is do something. When we are making those memories, take a minute to take a photo. Photos are a great way to preserve those memorable moments so you can look back hours, days, and years later on special moments together.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” --Mr. Rogers
Because we did not have a lot of money growing up, I went to work at age 12.  I started my own lawn mowing business in the summer and had my own paper route year-round.  At 14, I went to work at a semi-truck tire rim refurbishing plant.  It was the most physically demanding job I have ever endured.  It involved shoveling huge piles of sand and moving them by wheel barrow to the sand blaster as
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When the daughter of one of my employees was about eight years old he took her to work at the environmental engineering firm that I owned. Once there she immediately ditched him and latched on to the lone female geologist I had working for me at the time. She took her out with her to take soil samples from a site and apparently had a grand old time in the field and at lunch.
One of the most challenging things in life may be trying to successfully blend together two separate families with different expectations, experiences, and backgrounds. And being a stepparent may be the hardest thing anyone attempts in their life (possibly the most unappreciated anyway). Here are five tips from experienced parents on how to express love within a blended family.
Unfortunately, divorce can bring out the worst in us. The biggest obstacles to successful co-parenting are emotions like anger, resentment, and jealousy. Those kinds of emotions make the challenge of co-parenting with your ex more difficult. However, your children still need their mother and their father—whether they still live together or not.
I think that love is a deep affection or attachment to something or someone.  It consists of traits such as unselfishness, loyalty, devotion, tenderness, passion, and compassion. When thinking about the love that a father or a mother has for his or her child, it is easy to think about the emotions and feelings when a kid smiles or giggles.
Everyone thinks their dad is the toughest guy on the planet to find a gift for. And we are—to some degree.  But the key is to think like a man—what are things that all men like and appreciate?  (Hint: we are not as complicated as you think).  Here are five ideas that the big guy will enjoy and appreciate this Valentine’s Day.