Dads, Daughters, and Money

Money is a loaded topic for many of us.

Still, we Dads have to turn away from any fear and emotion money may generate, and not leave our daughters in the dark on this important part of life.

When our daughters were ten, we decided they were old enough to start learning simple lessons about managing money. Neither Nancy nor I had a very good handle on that skill until we were adults, so we figured if the girls started young, they’d be ahead of the game. 

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Live Away Dads

Lots of us are divorced, deployed, or otherwise separated from our children.

But live-away dads who stay involved with their kids may be the best mentors any father can find.

Live-Away Dads” is the term used by William Klatte in his book of the same name, the best resource available for a man whose family is breaking up.

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Play and Emotional Regulation

It may seem counter-intuitive, but play teaches our kids an enormous amount about emotional regulation--and how to identify the emotions they have.

After all, it helps to know what you've got before you try to regulate it!

Here's a great example from the wonderful Dr. Larry Cohen, author of Playful Parenting, The Opposite of Worry, and other great books.

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What Male Loved Ones Offer a Therapist

What can a client's male loved ones offer a therapist? More than you might think.

Last weekend, during a fascinating eating disorders conference at Monarch Cove in northern California, I heard therapist Nancy Albus, M.Ed., LPC, CEDS (CEO of Castlewood Treatment Centers) describe an intake interview she did with a woman seeking treatment for anorexia.

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When Men Go to the Gynecologist

Being an expectant father brings you many new experiences. For example....

If you're like most men, you've never had any reason to visit a gynecologist. You also probably have no experience finding reliable day care providers or deciding the merits of a midwife versus an obstetrician.

When it comes to pregnancy and birth, you've probably never seen a baby born before, and terms such as "amniocentesis" and "chorionic villus sampling" are most likely not in your regular vocabulary.

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