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February 15, 2016

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. From the perspective of the child, one can see the joy in the smile, the glimmer in the eyes, and the... Continue Reading

February 08, 2016

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.

1. Head rub.  I don’t do it very often but there is nothing more relaxing and... Continue Reading

February 01, 2016

Enjoying Valentine’s Day is not always easy because Cupid’s arrow does not always seem to find everyone! Valentine’s Day puts a lot of pressure on us to shower our partner and children with love on one specific day. The pressure on Valentine’s Day can seem like too much. Almost all of us have had the “perfect” gift go wrong. How can you get it right? How do you show love?

Researcher and therapist Gary Chapman argues that there are five... Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

In the latest Kung Fu Panda 3 movie from DreamWorks Animation, Po, reunites with his long-lost birth father. Po was separated from his family at a young age and grew up with his adoptive father. When his birth father comes back into his life everything changes. The new film highlights the special relationship between Po and his birth father and his adoptive father, and the unique challenges he is able to overcome with the love and support of... Continue Reading

January 19, 2016

This time of year, many people are striving to achieve, or remember, their New Year’s resolutions. Many of us set goals to take better care of ourselves and spend more time with those we love. Even with the best intentions these goals can be difficult to juggle with busy schedules and more immediate priorities. In fact, one in every three Americans have abandoned their resolution by the end of January.1  While this statistic may be... Continue Reading

January 11, 2016

January is National Mentoring Month and Monday, January 18, 2016 is National Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service.

Chances are that if you are reading this post you are already committed to being a positive, loving, and strong influence in the life of your own children, and in the lives of the other children in your life and community. This month, further your commitment by volunteering with your family and finding... Continue Reading

January 04, 2016

Said many different ways, the questions moms and dads must tackle during divorce can be pretty common. It’s important that parents be prepared to tackle hard questions, like those on the list below, to ensure the health of their children and other family members that will be affected by divorce.

Here are four big questions parents should be prepared to tackle:

1. Where will I live?

When trying to wrap their heads around... Continue Reading

December 21, 2015

Ed. Note: This post first appeared on the DadTalk Blog in December 2014. Read the original post here.

During the holidays, we look forward to spending time with family and loved-ones.  The season is full of opportunities to make wonderful memories, but it can also be a stressful time, particularly for co-parents and blended families. Parents in a healthy relationship (regardless of romantic involvement) should feel safe to express... Continue Reading

December 14, 2015

Adjusting to married life can be a big challenge for fathers of blended families. Combining households with kids involves a unique set of hurdles, sensitivities, and opportunities dads need to be prepared to handle.

Here are six tips to help fathers of blended families:

Remember, You’re in it for the Long Haul

According to Couples Considering a Blended Family (University of Florida. UF/IFAS Extension... Continue Reading

December 07, 2015

Winter, with its cold weather and long nights, is not always considered the ideal time for family activities. You might even be tempted to huddle up inside and wait for spring to come. However, with a little creativity, you and your kids can make the most out of the winter months by staying active and spending some quality time together. Here are some ideas for family activities no matter how cold it may get!

Get creative in the kitchen.... Continue Reading