Does Being Spiritual Make Men Better Dads?

Does Being Spiritual Make Men Better Dads?

“I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children. I WILL love them, protect them, and serve them…” So starts the resolution, a promise made by a group of fathers in the movie, Courageous. This movie, as well as evidence scattered throughout scholarly research show that religion promotes and strengthens responsible fathering. I have also had the good fortune of interacting with a few fathers with diverse religious beliefs and practices. Despite [...]

Read more »

 
The Power of A Father’s Love

The Power of A Father’s Love

Who can deny that there is power in love? Unfortunately, some doubt the power of a father’s love, despite the widely held belief that it is the power of God’s (The Father’s) love that gives humanity hope and keeps us alive (John 3:16). Luckily, denial of something is not proof that that thing does not exist. Hardly anyone will deny that there is power in a mother’s love. Why is that? I believe it is partly due to the misconception that [...]

Read more »

 
10 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier and a Better Father

10 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier and a Better Father

Many of us start each new year vowing to be and do better than the year before. We plan to finally complete that book we have been dreaming about for years. Some of us will claim 2013 as the year we complete the Bermuda Day Half Marathon in less than 90 minutes (one of my goals). Others of us will take steps to become more healthy, happy, and holy. Setting these goals does not mean we are not proud of [...]

Read more »

 
Unleashing Our Kids’ Potential

Unleashing Our Kids’ Potential

My son, despite having cerebral palsy, wants to do and learn so much that it actually excites and worries me at the same time. My concern is that I am not always capable of understanding how to help him unleash his full potential. I have seen enough to be convinced that most other children are like this as well. They are driven to learn, explore, and do well regardless of the obstacles. I know a 10 year-old girl through the [...]

Read more »

 
Cultivating Good In Your Life. What’s Most Important?

Cultivating Good In Your Life. What’s Most Important?

Many of us will agree that gratitude, along with kindness, compassion, and manners, are among the most important values we can instill in our children, especially around this time of the year. However, according to a recent report, a large majority of Americans (89%) feel that society has become too concerned with success and is forgetting about what is truly important, and that people are becoming more selfish (86%). What you need to know: Survey published in Keep Good Going Report, [...]

Read more »

 
The Best Gift Fathers Can Give Their Kids

The Best Gift Fathers Can Give Their Kids

One of my son’s grandparents wanted to get him a life size toy car for Christmas. We, his mom and I, thought it was unsuitable for a 6 year-old boy, despite his small stature and physical challenges. Anyway, we wanted to get his feedback on a better Christmas gift for him, and so we asked him what he wanted. To our pleasant surprise, he told us he wanted a Christmas tree and to spend time with his family, particularly his [...]

Read more »

 
 
  • #47. Grocery Shop for the Needy

    #47. Grocery Shop for the Needy

    At Razors & Diapers, we believe in teaching our children to be compassion and how to serve others. If you need any convincing, read this study about the benefits children receive from giving and being compassionate. here’s a twist on the usual food drive to encourage this attitude in your children. Take your kids to the grocery store; give each of them their own cart, a pad and pencil and twenty dollars are so (depending on how many kids you [...]

    Continue reading »

  • #46. Go to a Concert Together

    #46. Go to a Concert Together

    Sooner or later, your kids will want to go to the next “big thing.” Depending on your views, you may or not be okay with this. The idea of sending your child out to the wild crowds might make your leery. So, why not take them yourself? There are plenty of concerts that both parent and teen can enjoy. You can chaperone a group or just have it be a family event. Just don’t embarrass them while you are there, [...]

    Continue reading »

  • #45. Rainy Day Activity – Color Yourselves

    #45. Rainy Day Activity – Color Yourselves

    The next time it rains where you live, instead of staying inside, why not surprise your kids with a fun, wet activity outside? You can put on bathing suits and then color all over yourselves with bathtub crayons or other washable colors (please use something that washes off easily – do not want to stress mom out). Draw silly faces on your stomachs or write funny messages. Go wild. Invent your version of Pictionary (on your body). Then get out [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Does Being Spiritual Make Men Better Dads?

    Does Being Spiritual Make Men Better Dads?

    “I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children. I WILL love them, protect them, and serve them…” So starts the resolution, a promise made by a group of fathers in the movie, Courageous. This movie, as well as evidence scattered throughout scholarly research show that religion promotes and strengthens responsible fathering. I have also had the good fortune of interacting with a few fathers with diverse religious beliefs and practices. Despite [...]

    Continue reading »

  • 10 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier and a Better Father

    10 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier and a Better Father

    Many of us start each new year vowing to be and do better than the year before. We plan to finally complete that book we have been dreaming about for years. Some of us will claim 2013 as the year we complete the Bermuda Day Half Marathon in less than 90 minutes (one of my goals). Others of us will take steps to become more healthy, happy, and holy. Setting these goals does not mean we are not proud of [...]

    Continue reading »

  • The Best Gift Fathers Can Give Their Kids

    The Best Gift Fathers Can Give Their Kids

    One of my son’s grandparents wanted to get him a life size toy car for Christmas. We, his mom and I, thought it was unsuitable for a 6 year-old boy, despite his small stature and physical challenges. Anyway, we wanted to get his feedback on a better Christmas gift for him, and so we asked him what he wanted. To our pleasant surprise, he told us he wanted a Christmas tree and to spend time with his family, particularly his [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Cultivating Good In Your Life. What’s Most Important?

    Cultivating Good In Your Life. What’s Most Important?

    Many of us will agree that gratitude, along with kindness, compassion, and manners, are among the most important values we can instill in our children, especially around this time of the year. However, according to a recent report, a large majority of Americans (89%) feel that society has become too concerned with success and is forgetting about what is truly important, and that people are becoming more selfish (86%). What you need to know: Survey published in Keep Good Going Report, [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Boys Hitting Puberty Earlier, Study Shows

    Boys Hitting Puberty Earlier, Study Shows

    Our sons seem to want to grow up so fast. Perhaps they are under the illusion that adulthood is more fun and games. Although they still have to wait to be considered an adult, a new study has found that boys in the US are hitting puberty as much as two years earlier than in previous decades. What you need to know: Theories as to why this is occurring range from higher levels of obesity to inactivity to chemicals in [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Living at High Altitude Linked to Developmental Delay

    Living at High Altitude Linked to Developmental Delay

    Although Bermudian babies and toddlers may not face this problem (not too high above sea level or too many high buildings), this piece of research is still useful, and may be applicable to you one day. What you need to know: South American babies and toddlers living at high altitude were more likely to score poorly on early tests of brain development. Of all kids age three months to two years, one in five was at high risk of developmental [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Fathers & Family – Communicating With Teenagers

    Fathers & Family – Communicating With Teenagers

    It seems teenagers are in their own world and anything we say or do conflicts with that world. In this episode, Dr. Ricketts and I highlight a few reasons why teenagers are the way they are, and share a some tips on how we can effectively communicate with them. Our desire is that this episode gives you some hope. Be empowered!

    Continue reading »

  • Fathers & Family – Staying Married/Before You Divorce

    Fathers & Family – Staying Married/Before You Divorce

    Issues will arise in your marriage. Some of which will cause you or your spouse to consider getting a divorce. So, in this episode of Fathers & Family, Dr. Ricketts and I identify a few things to consider before you call or walk into your lawyer’s office to start the process. We do hope this episode gives you some hope. Additional Resources Tools to Empower

    Continue reading »

  • Fathers & Family – Adjusting to Divorce

    Fathers & Family – Adjusting to Divorce

    The papers have been finalized and custody arrangements have been made. What happens now? On this episode of Fathers & Family, Dr. Ricketts and I discuss his seven steps for adjusting to divorce. These steps are so designed to benefit all parties, particularly the children. Please leave us your comments and questions. Additional Resources: Adjust to Divorce DVD My Time With Dad How George Survived His Parents’ Divorce

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Kids Say…28

    Kids Say…28

    Mom: “Daji, Aunt Sidonie will be having her baby next week.” Daji: “Where is she? I want to say something to her.” [Daji catches up with Aunt Sidonie] Daji: “Aunt Sidonie, have a nice time, okay.” [Everyone laughs]

    Continue reading »

  • Kids Say…27

    Kids Say…27

    After prayer this morning Leslie’s 5-year old says “Were we born in Heaven, Daddy?“. He said “No, Landon, we were all born on earth”. So then his son says “Why do we ask Jesus to take us BACK to heaven when we pray? If we are not from there then how can we go back?“

    Continue reading »

  • Kids Say…26

    Kids Say…26

    This conversation took place during family worship. It demonstrates how random our kids can be. Daddy: “I’m grateful for rest. I had lots of it last night.” Mommy: “Me too. I feel really rested.” Dakari: “I’m grateful for chocolate.” Daddy: “Huh? Ok.”  

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Yikerz Game

    Yikerz Game

    Yikerz is a game of magnet mayhem. It’s the perfect challenge for Dad and his teenage kids.  Place your Yikerz pieces down on the board and try to avoid attracting the other pieces already played. The object is to get rid of all your pieces. If Yikerz collapse together, those pieces are yours to add to your stack. Stand the Yikerz upright to make your opponent’s next move even trickier! But beware, that play could backfire on your next turn. [...]

    Continue reading »

  • D.A.D.D. T-Shirt

    D.A.D.D. T-Shirt

    Here is a fun and cool T-Shirt for Dads of teenage girls. Be warned though, your daughter may not like it as much as you do, or not at all. It’s not necessarily for her, though. One idea is to wear it when her date arrives to pick her up. Hopefully, it sends a much clearer message than a baseball bat. [Buy]

    Continue reading »

  • iPhone Controlled Lawn Mower

    iPhone Controlled Lawn Mower

    This is every guy’s dream come through. At least, every guy with a lawn. Imagine a lawn mower controlled by your iPhone. You can sit back, relax, and get the job done. This is also a great tool to get your teenage sons excited about mowing the lawn.  This modern lawn mower by Husqvarna 260 ACX lawn mower comes with an onboard GPS that is controlled by your iPhone using the My AutoMower App for iOS.  As may have imagined, this lawn [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Book: Skippyjon Jones

    Book: Skippyjon Jones

    Judy Schacher Age: 4-7 Date Read: July 24, 2012 Summary:  Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no… He’s actually El Skippito, a great sword-fighter who dons a mask and cape, ready to battle banditos the world over! This is a wildly wonderful book about a hyperactive kitten, Skippyjon Jones, whose head and ears are too big for his body, and whose imagination is too intense for his mama. According to her, he needs to do some serious thinking about what it means [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Book: Goodnight iPad

    Book: Goodnight iPad

    Author: Ann Droyd Age: 4-7 Date Read: July 7, 2012 Summary:  A witty parody picture book for the gadget-crazy kid in all of us. GOODNIGHT iPAD is a gentle reminder to power down at the end of the day. It will make you laugh, and it will also help you wrest yourself away from your gadgets and put yourself — and your machines — to sleep. Don’t worry, though. Your gadgets will be waiting for you, fully charged, in the morning. What we think about [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Book: The Snowy Day

    Book: The Snowy Day

    Author: Ezra Jack Keats Age: 4-7 Date Read: July 7, 2012 Summary:  No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures–experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Episode 26: The Engaging Dad

    Episode 26: The Engaging Dad

    Someone once said that in raising successful children, spend half as much money and twice as much time. In this Razors & Diapers episode, we feature a Dad who does exactly that. Chris Brough and his wife, Melissa, make it their duty to keep their two year-old daughter, Maggie, engaged. As you will see, the results thus far are absolutely amazing. This video will demonstrate that keeping our kids engaged is not complicated, although it is crucial for their success. [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Episode 25: Fathers & The Future of Bermuda

    Episode 25: Fathers & The Future of Bermuda

    While at the 14th International Fatherhood Conference in Florida June 12-15, I caught up with Dr. Ronald Mincy, Director of the Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being at Columbia University. Dr. Mincy is also the researcher/author of the Bermuda Mincy Report, in which he identified challenges facing young black males and outlined a number solutions to those challenges. In this interview we spoke at length about the way forward and the role fathers need to play in [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Episode 24: The Responsible Dad

    Episode 24: The Responsible Dad

    Most fathers are aware of their responsibility to provide for and protect their children. But what about getting to know them. William Shakespeare said, “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” As Dads, we have a responsibility to know our children. In this episode of Razors & Diapers, I spent an afternoon with Trace White, father of six, talking about his children and role as a father. I hope you find inspiration to continuing the journey of [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Fatherhood Movie Review – Taken 2 (2012)

    Fatherhood Movie Review – Taken 2 (2012)

    Who Should Watch: Razors and Diapers (13+) Duration: 91 Minutes Who’s in it: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since Liam Neeson uttered the words, “I don’t know who you are, but if you don’t let my daughter go, I will find you. I will kill you,” but it has. In “Taken,” Neeson played a retired CIA agent who traveled abroad to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped on her [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Movie Review – The Little Mermaid (1989)

    Movie Review – The Little Mermaid (1989)

    Who Should Watch: Razors and Diapers Duration:  83 min. Who’s in it: The voice talents of Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Buddy Hackett, Samuel E. Wright and Kenneth Mars Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is considered one the company’s classic films, even though it isn’t that old of a film. This little movie was so popular with audiences, that Disney created two sequels, a television show and a Broadway production. It is hard to pin point just why this [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Movie Review – Father of the Bride (1991)

    Movie Review – Father of the Bride (1991)

    Who Should Watch: Razors and Diapers Duration: 105 min Who’s in it: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Martin Short Some say that this 1991 remake of the Spencer Tracy classic is just as good. Others don’t feel the same way. But one thing is for sure – many fathers can relate to this story. Even though the protagonist, Geroge Banks (Steve Martin), makes a ton of money, he quibbles about the price of hot dog buns. His adventure [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • The Power of A Father’s Love

    The Power of A Father’s Love

    Who can deny that there is power in love? Unfortunately, some doubt the power of a father’s love, despite the widely held belief that it is the power of God’s (The Father’s) love that gives humanity hope and keeps us alive (John 3:16). Luckily, denial of something is not proof that that thing does not exist. Hardly anyone will deny that there is power in a mother’s love. Why is that? I believe it is partly due to the misconception that [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Unleashing Our Kids’ Potential

    Unleashing Our Kids’ Potential

    My son, despite having cerebral palsy, wants to do and learn so much that it actually excites and worries me at the same time. My concern is that I am not always capable of understanding how to help him unleash his full potential. I have seen enough to be convinced that most other children are like this as well. They are driven to learn, explore, and do well regardless of the obstacles. I know a 10 year-old girl through the [...]

    Continue reading »

  • How Jujitsu Has Helped Dakari

    How Jujitsu Has Helped Dakari

    After Dakari was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP), my wife and I accepted the possibility that it may take a very long time before he walks, unassisted. Happily, he eventually did at 2 ½ years old, after his first Botox shot at Boston Children’s Hospital. Despite CP affecting his motor functions, particularly walking and speaking, he still enjoys physical challenges and trying new things. So, when he discovered martial arts, through movies, he was hooked and wanted to fight me [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Boundary\

    Boundary\

    n. 1. Limit of sphere of activity. Say words like: “This/there is off limits”, “These are our expectations of you”, “Stay away from____, because_____” Do things like: Set and give clear expectations, offer alternatives to the No’s and Dont’s, Show, if possible, why the boundary/limit is in place

    Continue reading »

  • Save\

    Save\

    vb. 1. Put aside as a reserve. 2. To be financially responsible. Say words like: “Put some money away for a rainy day”, “Do not spend it all”, “Save at least 10% of your money”, “It’s important to plan for the future” Do things like: Give them a piggy bank, open a joint bank account as early as possible, let them help with the household budget, put them on a commission system for chores, encourage them to earn their money, [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Time\

    Time\

    n 1. Point at which something happens Say words like: “What would you like to do now?”, “Let’s go/do”, “I’m all yours” Do things like: Play their games with them, even if it’s dolls; Give them your attention; Visit them at school

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
  • Celebrating Fatherhood 2012

    Celebrating Fatherhood 2012

    Continue reading »

  • Welcome to Fatherhood

    Welcome to Fatherhood

    For a long time now, mothers-to-be have been receiving all the attention for the role they will play in bringing a new life into the world and rearing that child. Their family and friends host baby showers to celebrate their achievement. We believe it’s time for fathers-to-be to be similarly acknowledged for the role they too will play in the child’s life. That is the reason why we plan and host these events for first time fathers. Men need to [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Courageous – Honor Begins at Home

    Courageous – Honor Begins at Home

    What does it take for men to successfully lead their families and their homes?

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 
 
August 2014
S M T W T F S
« Apr    
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  

Categories