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The Day After Father’s Day…

I spent this Father’s Day with my daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter. It wasn’t that long ago I was that young dad like my son-in-law just starting off and celebrating my first Father’s Day.

It was in 1985 when I started the Fathers’ Forum programs. I offered classes and workshops for expectant and new dads. I was struggling myself trying to make sense out of what it meant to be a father. And the whole adventure began that has shaped both my life as a man and my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. My kids were 1 year and 4 year’s old at the time.

I still continue this journey both personally and professionally…it is great to have adult children and have them “off the payroll” and making their way in the world. I can honestly say that all the choices I made to spend time with them and be able to share in their growing up has given me a real feeling of a very special connection with each of them.    Read more

How responsible are we for our children’s happiness?

Over the last month the subject of “how responsible are we for our children’s happiness” has been the dominate theme of a number of our discussions in two of our groups at the Fathers’ Forum in Berkeley, California. In our busy fast-pacing lives it is often the best we can do to get through the day with all the activities and responsibilities of being mothers and fathers. Here is an excellent video from PBS News Hour on “How parenting evolved into cultivating kids’ happiness.”

The Fathers’ Forum is dedicated to helping dads develop their individual and unique styles of the great balancing act of “life and work balance.”  We are committed to supporting men having discussions about fatherhood and parenting.

Dads who want to join in a discussion about their journey as a father can visit our social networking site NewDadsNetwork.com to post comments, insights and opinions.

 

I encourage you to watch this video with your wife, husband or partner…share your thoughts with each other. If you are interested in more information about Jennifer Senior’s book… All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

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