The Difference a Dad Makes

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Pro-Football Player to Rookie Husband and Dad

Buddy Curry was a professional football player and life was all about him. “I made up my mind to have as much fun as possible,” said Curry, former Falcon inside linebacker and 1980 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Toward the end of my 8-year career, all the things I had been doing didn’t seem fun….

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A Father’s Love

Jeff Harrell worked long hours in the restaurant business when his daughter was born. Alyssa was 3 months old when Harrell realized that she clearly had no interest in being with him. “That’s when I knew things had to change,” Harrell said. “I did not want my child to grow up not knowing me. My…

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Letters from Dad

Greg Vaughn lost his father to Alzheimer’s years ago. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” said Vaughn. “I know my dad loved me because he made sure our family was taken care of, but he never could say ‘I love you,’ or ‘Son, I am proud of you.’ That void left a hole in…

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Fathering is Child’s Play

A young girl was touring the social worker through the home she and her father shared. When she came to her bedroom, she proudly showed the woman everything in her room. With big eyes and a smile from ear to ear, the little girl asked, “Would you like to see bombs away?” Hesitantly, the social…

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Don’t Waste Father’s Day

Once a man took the day off to take his son fishing. His son was thrilled that his father would take a day away from important work to spend time with him. The son considered this day as one of the best days of his life. A number of years went by and the father…

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A Father’s Wisdom

In the movie Overboard, a woman with amnesia is tricked into being the mother of four and wife of one. Annie (the mother) gets fed up with the father for not spending time with his children. His response to her is that he ‘brings home the paycheck, which is what the man of the house…

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Dads and Moms Parent Differently

A dad looks, smells, sounds and acts differently than a mom. Understanding these differences are a child’s first experiences with diversity! Dads don’t “mother,” they “father,” and according to the Yale Child Study Center, there are beneficial differences between moms and dads. Here are some examples: When moms play with their children, they are more…

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20 Reasons Your Child Needs You

Your presence: 1.   Lets your child know that you love him/her. 2.   Provides your child with greater financial resources. 3.   Gives your child a positive role model. 4.   Provides your child with emotional support. 5.   Enhances your child’s self-esteem. 6.   Provides your child with guidance and discipline. 7.   Enhances your child’s intellectual development. 8.   Gives…

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Always Daddy’s Girl

Joe Kelly knew that his life would change when his twin daughters were born. He understood that he was stepping into a very important role as their father, but he didn’t count on the dramatic impact these girls would have on him as a man and their father. “The uniqueness of the father-daughter relationship can…

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Fathering From a Distance

Many men find themselves trying to father from a distance due to work, divorce or military deployment.  Fathering from a distance can be especially trying with celebrations, plays and concerts often occurring during the week.  How can dads stay connected while they are away and not feel like a third wheel upon their return? Brian Vander…

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Dad’s Impact on Teens

For more decades, research has indicated a strong correlation between engaged fathers and child well-being.  A 2009 study published in the journal, Child Development, specifically continues this trend in the area of preventing risky sexual behavior. Researchers led by Rebekah Levine Coley, an associate professor at Boston College, surveyed 3,206 teens, ages 13-18, annually for four years. …

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How Fathers Can Engage With Their Daughters

How can fathers engage in the lives of their daughters? The following are some excellent tips from the National Center for Fathering: 1.  Involvement – Children need active participation in their lives. Time is more valuable to them than money. Schedule a time to meet regularly with your child, and spend time doing something children…

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Dads, Daughters and Valentine’s Day

Dads, don’t forget one of the important women in your life on Valentine’s Day – your daughter. It’s never too early to establish a Valentine’s tradition with her that lets your daughter know how much she is loved by that special man in her life. A father’s love profoundly impacts a daughter. In fact, it…

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Why Dads Parent Differently

Learn how dads parent differently than moms.

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Kids Need Their Daddy

The pressures of fatherhood are great. On any given day, balancing work and family, finances and discipline are usually three issues that rank at the top of the list. Our culture has been telling men that being a good provider equates to being a good dad. However, research is now sending a newsflash to men,…

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Dad Ready

Don McKenna attended a First Things First fatherhood class when he and his wife, Missy, were expecting. “I saw a billboard about it and thought it looked interesting,” said McKenna. “I convinced a friend who was also expecting his first child to go with me. It totally was not what I was expecting. Hands down, it was…

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Why Dads Parent Differently

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Why Fathers Matter

Intrigued with why children who have contact with their fathers do so well, Warren Farrell, psychologist and author of Father Child Reunion, spent more than a decade conducting a meta-analysis of worldwide research to better understand this phenomenon. “I knew when I started this research that dads were important, but I had no idea how…

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The Importance of Positive Male Role Models

Many boys today do not know what it means to be a man because they don’t have a man in their lives. Sadly, children will go to bed tonight without saying goodnight to their father because he just isn’t there. Nearly one-fourth of America’s children live in mother-only families. Out of the families living in Hamilton…

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Quantity vs. Quality

How much time do you spend on average with your children each week? How much time do your children think you spend with them? For years we have heard that the quality of the time spent with children, not the quantity, is what really matters; but a study published in the Youth and Society journal calls that line of thinking…

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Daddy’s Princess and Her Husband

Sometimes the closeness of a father/daughter relationship can interfere with the couple relationship. For example, one couple was arguing over purchasing a $600 set of dishes. The husband said they could not afford them. The wife was furious. When she told her father that her husband would not purchase the dishes, her father purchased them…

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Fun Daddy-Daughter Dates

Date ideas your daughter will love: Have a tea party. Wash the car together. Go on a picnic in the park. Visit the zoo. Draw each other’s portrait in chalk on the sidewalk. Go roller skating. Go out for ice cream – OR make homemade ice cream. Watch a movie together. Go bowling. Attend a…

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Ways for Dad to Connect with Kids

Plan a regular time for Daddy/Child date to do something fun and adventurous. Write a short message to them on a stick-it note and hide it in their lunch. Let your child help you wash the car or fix something. Play a game with them – one that they want to play. If you like…

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Father-Daughter Relationships

Beth is a 26-year-old church secretary. Recently, a friend noticed that Beth was in a particularly good mood. The friend commented that she was glowing and asked if her boyfriend had asked her to marry him. “Her response took me by surprise,” said Ken Canfield, speaker and author of Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers andThe Heart of a…

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I’m a Dad! Now What?

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The Difference a Dad Makes

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How Children Spell Love

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