Dad Matters

  • Millennial Dads: A Walking Contradiction?

    For Millennial dads, life can sometimes leave us feeling like walking contradictions. We hear about how Millennials are all individualists to the core. We look out for Number One and forget the rest. “Forget others,” they say. We cry, “It’s...
  • Being a Good Dad (by Chilling Out a Little)

    I think I have a phobia. I’m not sure of its technical name, so let’s call it lackusprotectoacrophobia. It’s not technically acrophobia, your classic fear of heights. I’m fine on bridges and buildings. Glass elevators are a...
  • Baseball: On Deck with my son

    The Opening Day of Baseball is such a special time for so many people. I am still not sure why it is not a National Holiday. Baseball and Growing Up I remember as a young boy growing up in Western PA and going to see the Pittsburgh Pirates. We loved...
  • GEN3: It Stops and Starts With Me

    My life has been messed up over the last few months by GEN3 . I use “messed up,” though, in the best kind of way. Have you ever come across an idea, a program, a thought… that, once you dig into a little, it grabs you? That’s...
  • How Do I Talk to My Teenage Daughter?

    Ever have one of those days where everything comes to a head and a serious talking with your kids needs to happen? That was my weekend! My journey of developing a relationship with my daughters, teaching what is right, and trying to reach them when...
  • Is Parenthood More Sacred Than Marriage?

    Today's post is from Clint Jenkin , the Vice President of Research at The Barna Group . Please give him a warm welcome to Dad Matters and share whether you agree or disagree with his assessment in the comments, on Facebook , or on Twitter . ...
  • Are Families Still Important to the Church?

    I once heard a youth pastor say, “The reason you don’t hear pastors preaching about the importance of family is because we ourselves are not doing family very well.” Let that sink in for a moment... has this been true of your experience...
  • Daniel Murphy Deserves To Be A Good Dad, Too

    How would you like it if you were criticized for wanting to be a good dad and husband? And what if CBS Sports then broadcast that criticism around the nation? That’s the position New York Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, finds himself in after...
  • How Do I Address Bullying as a Dad?

    A recent tweet from @TIMEHealth grabbed my attention. It stated, “Being popular can turn you into a bullying target.” It goes on to share a new study on bullying; it is a really great read and I would encourage you to peruse it. The article...
  • How Do I Date My Daughter?

    Dating my daughter… This weekend was a flurry of activity for me. Between jobs for my business, homework and course assignments for college, church, and regular work, I had no time that I could devote to my family this weekend. Saturday Morning...
  • Pain and Perspective: My Journey with a Down Syndrome Son

    Thursday is the day. Surgery Day. A day we have come to both dread and look forward to, because it is the key to our little warrior coming home. The dread comes for obvious reasons... anesthesia, cutting him open, the pain afterward, the risks, etc. But...
  • Being a Good Dad (Even When Your Dad Wasn’t)

    It’s hard to be a father. Most of us reading this blog (and all of us writing it) know how difficult it can be. Attending tea parties of our 6-year-olds or reprimanding our teens for their algebra grades doesn’t always come naturally to us...
  • 3 Ways Being a Dad is like Being a Mid-Major Team During March Madness

    My hometown – Springfield, MO – is known for a few notable things: Brad Pitt went to high school there Cashew Chicken was invented there Jackie Stiles college career took place there If you’re from my neck of the woods...
  • A Day in the Life: Dad vs. the Workout

    So, yeah, we’ve been working out and stuff for a while now. Sam, Roy, P90X3, and me. It’s kinda cool. Except for the fact that it’s hard and it makes weird salty stuff appear all over my body. And it involves a lot more falling over...
  • How Do We Help Our Kids See Past Themselves?

    Many of us struggle with a desire to tend to all of our own needs first. Perhaps once our needs are met, we may be open to making time to serve others. We see that this is built into the nature of our kids at even the earliest ages. About the age of...
  • Father of the Year?

    Have you seen the video of the dad who chased after a ball at a Miami Marlins spring training game and leaves his son behind in the cart? That doesn’t sound too harmless until the wagon rolled down the hill into the fence. The boy probably said...
  • 5 Ways Kids "Wrestle" with Dad

    We’ve all been there… Dad lies down on the living room floor. Kids are somewhere in the house doing their own thing. Dad takes a brief moment out of his super busy schedule to “catch his breath.” He barely gets his first inhale...
  • How Do You Value Your Children?

    Last night, we were having family devotions and my older two were making fun of my youngest and saying she was “special” because of some goofy thing she was doing. Without missing a beat, she retorts back and says “I am not special,...
  • The Day My Wife Left

    “Was she coming back?” was the dominant question pressing on my heart and mind that morning as “our” 10 girls got ready. You see, being house parents at a residential school, our mornings were anything but easy. They were hectic...
  • I’m A P90X3 Dad

    This month, a group of Dad Matters writers started the Beach Body P90X3 program – Tony Horton’s third iteration from his popular fitness program, P90X. Whether you’re a Horton Head or not, or buy into his system or don’t, being...
  • 4 Ways to Lead Your Family

    “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2 NIV). One of the highest callings a man has is to be a father. Many men are fearful of this calling and don’t know where to start. The...
  • The 9 People You Meet in the Carpool Lane

    I recently had the chance to pick up my daughter and son from school and I noticed something amazing: the car pool lane is like an amazing slice of humanity. Virtually every walk of life is covered, from the tame to the terrifying, and they all seem to...
  • A Father’s Reach in His Child’s Heart

    We all hope to impact our kids. Most of us hope to impact them for good. (Though some of us still lock all the windows in the car on the drive home from Taco Bell.) But sometimes it feels like we’re just spinning our wheels. Like everything we’re...
  • Thanks for sharing, Myles

    Dear Myles, I just wanted to drop you a quick note and say: I'm proud of you. And to thank you. This weekend, I ran across the story of how you found a $20 bill at Cracker Barrel (they have the best bacon on the planet, don't they?). Like...
  • Honor Your Father...

    Honor your father and mother is so often quoted in Scripture as well as from parents. What does honor look like though? “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus...