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!

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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

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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

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Fathers & Family – Talking to Your Kids About Divorce

Although we wish all marriages would work, the fact is that they don’t all do, for various reasons. We know that divorce negatively affects everyone involved, especially children. In this episode, Dr. Ricketts and I discuss when and how to talk to kids about divorce. Please share your comments or questions with us. Be empowered.

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Fathers and Family – Overcoming Fatherlessness

In this episode of Fathers & Family, Dr. Ricketts and I talk about the effects of fatherlessness and how to overcome it. We mentioned how important it is for fathers to break the trend by being involved in their children’s life. Dr. Ricketts also mentioned the role mothers can play in ensuring that children benefit from having both parents involved in their life. Share your thoughts, comments, or questions with us. Let us know how you handled growing up without [...]

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Fathers & Family Chat – Trends in Fatherhood

In this introductory video of the Fathers & Family Series, I talk with Dr. Percy Ricketts about current trends in fatherhood. We spoke about the importance of fathers and the negative effects to children and society when fathers are not involved. Our conclusion: children need fathers. It is crucial that both mother and father work together to ensure that children receive the benefit of having both parents actively involved their life. Leave us your feedback and questions and we’ll address them [...]

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  • #42. Tea Time with Dad

    What is it about little girls and tea parties? And why do they insist on their dads to attend? Can’t girls instinctively known that men don’t want to sit down with a bunch of stuffed animals drinking pretend tea in tiny little chairs? While the answer remains a mystery, it is clear that it is important to our little girls and sometimes that just might be reason enough to participate. However, there is no written code that dad (or another [...]

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  • #41. Ice Sliding

    If you live in a climate that rarely sees snow or just want to throw in a little winter excitement in your summer, give this activity a try. All you need is a big, grassy hill, a block of ice and some gloves. Surprise your kids by taking them to a park that features a big grassy hill. Pack with you a block or two of ice from the grocery store and some gloves for each child. Winter gloves work [...]

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  • #40. Study a Book Together

    As your children grow older, conversations between you and your teen could become stale. If you’re not intentional, daily conversations may be reduced to, “How was school?” “Fine.” “Good talk.” You two need more. Consider going through a book together. If you are a family of faith, find a devotional that will appeal to your children and yourself. This is easier said than done. More than likely, you’ll have to go with a book that they will enjoy and that [...]

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  • Five Key Roles Fathers Play in Their Children’s Development

    By now, most family- and child-centred organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies are aware of the importance of promoting father involvement. There is now substantial evidence, from a diverse repository of research, proving that children with involved fathers do better overall, particularly academically, socially, and emotionally. But who are involved fathers? What do they look like? What do they do? While seeing fathers out with their kids is a great thing to witness, this doesn’t always mean that they are [...]

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  • Lessons From The First Day of School

    My son has climbed the ranks and is now a first grader. Because of his disability, this is one of those milestones events for him. No doubt, many other parents share the same appreciation. It was great observing moms and dads encouraging, and in some cases consoling, their new or returning students. Amidst all the hellos, tears, and goodbyes here are five things to think about. How they start is not necessarily how they will finish. This lesson may seem obvious [...]

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  • Five Important Rules to Teach Your Kids

    Although we may not like all rules- some are just annoying, we generally appreciate them  and the benefits they offer. For example, when a promise is made, whether implicit or explicit, it is expected to be kept. Those who fail to abide by this rule will not succeed in relationships. The sooner we teach our kids about unwritten and important rules, the better it is for them and those they interact with.  Here are five important rules you should teach [...]

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  • Kids Happier When Giving Than Receiving

    We give our kids so much, which for the most part may seem okay, but we run the risk of them thinking it’s all about them. This sort of thinking is dangerous, even for kids, so tone down a little on their next birthday party. We live in a world where people are becoming more and more interdependent. Your friend/family, who is a lawyer, lost his job and then his house, and now needs somewhere to stay. While he’s your [...]

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  • Depression In Fathers Strongly Associated With Unemployment

    Generally speaking, men find life meaningful when they have a family and they are able to work. These two factors impact each other and are critical to a man’s well-being, especially mentally and emotionally. When men are involuntarily unemployed, family life is negatively affected. A new American study shows that being unemployed or living with a depressed partner substantially increase the risk of depression in fathers. What you need to know: A new study by researchers at the New York University [...]

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  • 10 iPhone Apps For Expectant Dads

    Contributed by Newborn Care Learning that you’re going to be a father is one of the most exciting pieces of news that you’ll ever get. That doesn’t mean, however, that poring over dry instructional books on pregnancy and childbirth is particularly stimulating. Thankfully, the advent of smartphones allows a father-to-be to stay involved and educate himself about the changes in his partners’ and his child’s body in an interactive, entertaining way. These are the ten must-have iPhone apps for expectant [...]

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  • 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!

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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?“

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  • 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.”  

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  • Kids Say…25

    My son, Dakari, was watching The Jesus Film on my phone when he started the following conversation. Dakari: “Daddy, when is Jesus coming back?” Daddy (Me): “Oh, wow. Good question, son. Well, we don’t know son because Jesus didn’t tell us. It’s a secret, and will be a surprise to some people. The good thing is that Jesus tells us in the Bible what to do to be ready for Him to come. We should be nice to each other [...]

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  • 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. [...]

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  • 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]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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. [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • Movie Review – Reconciliation (2009)

    Who Should Watch: Razors Duration: 101 min. Who’s In It: Eric Nenniger, Jack Maxwell and Chelsey Crisp “Reconciliation” has gone where no Christian movie has gone before. At its’ core, it’s a story about an estranged father and son reconnecting and reconciling. Simple enough. In this story, Grant Taylor (played by Eric Nenniger) is a happily married man who will be a father in just a few weeks. As he prepares for this new journey in his life, he is [...]

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  • Movie Review – The Bicycle Thief (1948)

    Who Should Watch: Razors Duration: 93 min. Who’s in it: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola and Lianella Carell “The Bicycle Thief,” also known as “Bicycle Thieves,” is an extremely simple Italian movie by Vittorio De Sica. This neorealism film is unique as it doesn’t feature any professional actors and doesn’t have a definite ending. It is about Antonio Ricci, a young father looking for work in a postwar-ravaged Rome. Just his luck, he is offered a poster painting job, but it [...]

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  • Movie Review – Mr. Mom (1983)

    Who Should Watch: Razors and Diapers (13+) Duration: 91 min. Who’s in it: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Martin Mull, Ann Jillian, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Lloyd  The concept of a stay-at-home dad was brand new concept in the 1980’s, and no other film captured the heart of the issue better than 1983’s “Mr. Mom.” Jack and Caroline Butler (Michael Keaton and Teri Garr) play a normal middle class couple with 3 children. Jack works at an automobile plant and Caroline is a [...]

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  • Happy Over Being Book Smart

    Because of Dakari’s disability, I always say that I want him to be very smart and intelligent. What I meant by that was for him to be book smart, able to pass exams, and successfully complete university. I realized, not early enough, that there is a big problem with those expectations. Firstly, they were born out of fear. I worried that he will not be able to do much with his hands and feet. Therefore, his brain and mind have [...]

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  • Our First Grader

    It’s finally here! After an extra year of waiting and further delay, mostly owing to a hurricane threat, Dakari is finally a first grader. He greeted this challenge with open arms, and of course, the biggest smile on his face. As his father, I am committed to being there with him every step of the way. It will take some sacrifice, but I know it will be completely worth it in the end. Someone recently advised me to allow the [...]

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  • “Do Your Best” – A Recipe For Failure?

    Like many other fathers, I’m always telling my son, Dakari, to do his best. For a while, I thought by saying that I meant for him to always try hard and not give up. The problem with that, for Dakari, is that he’s always trying hard. He already has to try very hard to speak and communicate; to walk and maintain his balance; to write and control his movement; and to be neat and clean. The fact is that most [...]

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  • 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

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  • 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, [...]

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  • 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

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  • Celebrating Fatherhood 2012

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  • 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 [...]

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  • Courageous – Honor Begins at Home

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

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