Where Can Parents go When They Need a Tuneup?

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As a family and parenting advocate I get the pleasure of meeting a wide variety of people who are passionate about improving the lives of families and children.  Since I believe that the more people who are exposed to the many excellent programs out there the better it is for everyone, I enjoy partnering with [Read More...]

Why Males and Females Can’t Communicate (part 2)

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How Males Communicate In contrast to the way females communicate, males often prefer a more simplistic type of communication that gets directly to the point. I was speaking at a conference explaining to a group of mental health professionals (almost all of whom were women) on how to communicate with males–specifically younger males.  I was [Read More...]

Why Males and Females Can’t Communicate (part 1)

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Males and females communicate differently.  Even the way they communicate when they use the same words are different.  For instance, there’s a difference between male time and female time.  When I ask my wife how long until she’s ready to go someplace, she’ll often say, “Oh, about five minutes.”  Five minutes to me means five [Read More...]

How Past Relationship Wounds Kill Your New One

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The average person is prone to bring past relationship wounds into their current relationships.  These are particularly destructive because our current partner has no idea what you are talking about or where you are coming from.  So for instance, if a past spouse cheated on you, we often distrust all future spouses.  It’s important to [Read More...]

Through a Daughter’s Tears

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Better Dads and Vancouver Courageous Dad (CVD) partnered to host the 1st Annual Father-Daughter Conference this past weekend in Portland, OR.  This event was for girls age 12 and older and their fathers.  The program was based loosely on my book, That’s My Girl: How a Father’s Love Protects and Empowers His Daughter.  The purpose [Read More...]

Does Honor Still Matter?

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Perhaps no character trait embodies healthy masculinity more than that of honor (healthy honor—other cultures and religions have forms of honor that may not agree with our version of honor in the West). Honor is the soul of masculinity. It is a code that a man lives by that lifts him above mere mediocrity and [Read More...]

How do we Teach Boys Courage?

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The need to take risks in order to feel alive, to do the impossible, to face one’s fears and not back down is present in the warrior heart of every boy and man. But too often our culture teaches boys that this drive is bad or unnatural. We punish boys for being too aggressive, too [Read More...]

When Fathers Love Their Daughters

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Fathers have an incredible influence (positive or negative) on nearly every aspect of their daughter’s life. A father sets a fundamental role model for his daughter regarding the qualities she looks for in a man and the standards she maintains in her relationships. He is the first man in her life and models how a [Read More...]


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