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Seeing the courage to forgive in ‘Courageous’

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I expected “Courageous” to give me a renewed sense of dedication to living the life of a great father and setting the right example for my children. After all, the movie emphasizes the need for fathers to play an active … Continue reading

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Don’t erase dads

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I can’t count the number of television shows and commercials that either try to erase dads or make us look like bumbling idiots. Whether it’s Dad asking Mom ridiculous questions to which she always says no, or it’s commercials that … Continue reading

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Look! Up in the sky. It’s a … Oh, it’s you, Dad.

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I’m at my best when I do one of two things: play with my children and write. I feel like Superman when I combine the two, so I saw a great opportunity to leap tall buildings in a single bound … Continue reading

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The work of becoming a better dad is never done

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I don’t often think about what it takes to be a better dad. I just do what comes naturally, and hope that my children can feel the sincerity in my actions and see the honesty in my eyes when I … Continue reading

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What’s it take to be a better dad? Read. Play. Bake.

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It would never occur to me to not read to my children. My wife and I started reading bedtime stories to Celeste when she was three months old, and have continued the routine nearly every day of her nine years … Continue reading

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Must. Stay. Focused.

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I smiled defiantly when I read the first tip offered by the National Fatherhood Initiative for the second week of its month-long program, “30 Days to Be a Better Dad.” “Stay focused,” it read. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. I … Continue reading

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A ‘good enough’ dad is not good enough for my children

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I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Oh, I’m sure I have at some point in my 42 years on this rock, but I don’t see much sense in them. The difference between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for me is … Continue reading

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The joy of fatherhood

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Nearly 10 years have passed since a fuzzy image on a computer screen foretold a season of sleepless nights, bulky diaper bags, skinned knees and tea parties with teddy bears. For a guy who dreaded the thought of becoming a … Continue reading

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