Low-Oxygen Thoughts from the Manitou Incline

I mentioned on Wednesday that Zach and I attended Road Trip for Dads, and that once the event was over we attempted to conquer the Manitou Incline, as it had defeated us a few days prior. The Incline is incredibly steep. It climbs from 6,600 feet elevation above sea level to 8,590 feet in less … Continue reading Low-Oxygen Thoughts from the Manitou Incline

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8 Habits That Make Me A Better Dad

I don't know about you, but I learned a lot about myself when I became a dad. Unfortunately, most of what I learned is that I'm not as good or strong a man as I thought I was. This isn't to say that I discovered I'm some horrible monster because I didn't. Rather, fatherhood uncovered … Continue reading 8 Habits That Make Me A Better Dad

I Am Not a Saint

Every once in a while, I'm suddenly struck anew by the fact that I have a teenage son. It's particularly bizarre because of my young age and because of the fact that until a little over a year ago I didn't have any kids. Similarly, when I hear those AdoptUSKids “What to Expect When You're … Continue reading I Am Not a Saint

Guest Post: The Peculiar Thing[s] About Fostering, by Jon Williford

Today's guest post was written by Jon Williford. Jon has been a foster parent for four years and he and his wife are passionate about caring for children with special needs. If you'd like to write a guest post for The Foster Dads, click here! ----- Special-needs fostering is not what we wanted. We’re foster … Continue reading Guest Post: The Peculiar Thing[s] About Fostering, by Jon Williford

This is Hard, But We’re Doing It

My wife and I finalized the adoption of our teenage son a couple weeks back and, unlike when he first moved in with us a year ago, there was no honeymoon period. Even though we were adamant about being realistic, we quietly hoped that making everything official and legal would curtail the testing behaviors that … Continue reading This is Hard, But We’re Doing It

Some Practical Things You Can Do to Help Out the Foster Dad in Your Life.

I find that these posts are easier to write when I’m feeling a little emotional.  Maybe that takes the edge off some of my cynicism or something, I dunno. They’re also easier to write when I’m enjoying a beer and/or a stogie on the back deck, but that’s another story. This evening I have the … Continue reading Some Practical Things You Can Do to Help Out the Foster Dad in Your Life.

Keeping Perspective in Tough Situations

If you care for children in any capacity, you’ve probably experienced that feeling of such intense frustration that you want to throw a tantrum yourself. Or maybe it’s just me, but I doubt it. Many, if not most, foster/adoptive parents endure this phenomenon uniquely, as our children often exhibit extreme behaviors resulting from trauma. These … Continue reading Keeping Perspective in Tough Situations