Be the Adult You Want Your Child to Become

I love to read inspiring and perspective-altering quotes from wise people, particularly when the words are overlaid on an image of a mountain or a forest, but oftentimes the truth in those statements can be inconvenient. Recently, I read three such inconvenient quotes all on the same day, and none of them were coupled with … Continue reading Be the Adult You Want Your Child to Become

November is National Adoption Month!

We here at The Foster Dads are big proponents of adoption in cases where that is appropriate and necessary. November is National Adoption Month, so we want to  send out a "keep on keeping on" to all of you adoptive dads like me. I know from personal experience that being an adoptive father isn't easy, … Continue reading November is National Adoption Month!

Road Trip for Foster and Adoptive Dads: Why You Need to Go!

A few weeks ago, Dave and I loaded up his VW Bus and hit the road for a stirring expedition into the untamed wilderness of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. On a mountain high above Colorado Springs, some top-notch men were putting on a non-conference, non-retreat specifically for foster and adoptive dads called Road Trip. Typically … Continue reading Road Trip for Foster and Adoptive Dads: Why You Need to Go!

Quit Making Your Bed!

A few years ago, there was a video floating around Facebook of a Navy Admiral giving a commencement address at the University of Texas. During his speech, he encouraged the graduates to make their beds every day, because starting off the day with one completed task makes it easier to make the completion of tasks … Continue reading Quit Making Your Bed!

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

Photo Album:Road Trip to Colorado

Last week, Zach and I headed out to Colorful Colorado to attend Road Trip for [Foster and Adoptive] Dads, hosted by the good folks at Confessions of an Adoptive Parent. Zach will share more insights in an upcoming article, but for now we thought it would be fun to share a few of our pics … Continue reading Photo Album:Road Trip to Colorado

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

Journey to the Great White North

I was asked to tell this story for today’s post.  Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on what you like, I suppose), there isn’t really some big meaningful end to the story.  At least not like some.  Though I did learn a thing or two along the way rather early in my foster “career.” So as has … Continue reading Journey to the Great White North

Confession: I Told You So!

On Saturday morning I posted an article on The Foster Dads in which I publicly and definitively proclaimed that I am not a saint, and then that very evening  I proved it. That’s right, my fellow foster/adoptive dads (and moms who are eavesdropping), I must confess that I completely blew it as a dad. Allow … Continue reading Confession: I Told You So!

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