Peanut Butter Principles + Changing Roles and Expectations of Fathers

Eric Franklin, author of Peanut Butter Principles.
Leadership lessons every parent should teach his or her kids
Issues: Building the internal skill set of self-confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-control; the importance of setting, pursuing, and achieving goals; fundamental wisdom that will smooth out the bumpy journey; learning how to interact with and impact others in a positive way; gaining the wisdom and ability to improve decision-making.

Ronald Levant, author of Masculinity Reconstructed and editor of Psychology of Men and Masculinity.
The changing definition and expectations of fatherhood at work, in relationships, and in family life.
Issues: How has fatherhood changed over the past 30-40 years? The many “new” types of fathers: single, never married same sex, stay-at-home; how fathers impact their children; how has the father’s role in the family changed over the years?

Fatherhood: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m what you’ve referred to as a “renewed dad.” I’ve got young adult children from a previous relationship and just became a new dad again. Things already seem very different than they were the first time around. Has fatherhood changed or is it just me?

A: A little of both. Renewed dads tend to be more financially secure and less worried about moving up the corporate latter than younger dads who are often just starting their careers. Renewed dads also typically have more time to spend with their young children. You’ll find that you’ll interact with your baby differently than you did with your older kids when they were the same age. Then, your back and knees were stronger than they are now and you probably spent more time wrestling, running, kicking, and doing other physical things. These days you’ll spend a little less time on the floor, and more time reading and talking to your baby.
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Tips to Keep Your Teen Driver Focused on the Road

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 3,328 people died in distracted driving crashes on U.S. roads in 2013. That number puts more than a few dads on edge when thinking about their teens getting behind the wheel, as it takes time and experience to master the focus needed to drive safely. Help your son or daughter by sharing information about common driving distractions as well as tips on how to avoid them.

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Breastfeeding: Is There Ever Too Much of a Good Thing?

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife continues to breastfeed our two-year-old daughter even though she’s old enough to eat “real” food. I don’t have a problem with this, but some of our friends and even some coworkers are shocked that she’s still breastfeding. Is there a specific age at which you should stop breastfeeding? Are we committing some sort of social faux pas by trying to do right by our daughter?

A: Oh, boy, are you going to cause a firestorm. Deciding whether to breastfeed a baby and for how long, is something only the parents can decide. But, as you’ve noticed, a lot of people have strong opinions on the topic and they’re not afraid to share them—whether you want to hear them or not.

Let’s start with some background. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that, barring any medical problem, babies get nothing but breast milk for the first six months. Then it’s “as long as mutually desired by the mother and child.” Many pediatricians suggest that starting at six months, parents should gradually introduce appropriate food and simultaneously decrease breastfeeding. At the end of a year, most babies will be weaned. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a child nurse for longer than that—as long as you understand that the kind of nutrition if provides is mostly emotional.
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Five Great Ways to Spend Father’s Day

(Disclosure: The following sponsored post was made available by Reese Brands. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Throughout the year, I discuss ways to make each day special with one’s children and how to be the best dad you can be. Despite our best efforts, life gets busy and time together gets slimmer and slimmer as the kids get older and involved in their own activities. Father’s Day is a great day to step back and plan to do something really special now that it’s warming up and there are so many wonderful outdoor activities.

Here are several ways to bond with your kids this weekend:

1. Go Camping
Bond while exploring the great outdoors! Whether you’re a frequent camper or a novice, don’t leave home without plenty of straps and bungees for securing camping items to your vehicle. Tents, coolers, water sports equipment and other camping equipment will still be attached and safe when you arrive at your camping destination.

The following video is provided by Reese Towpower in honor of dads and kids spending time together for Father’s Day.

2. Take a road trip
Pack up the car or RV and take a family road trip! If you planning last minute, think about where you can go for even a single night. Whether driving across the state or the country, make sure your trailer, ATV or boat is hitched securely using a REESE® Towpower™ tow hitch, made from solid no-weld construction for maximum strength and safety, you can relax and enjoy the trip knowing that your gear is safe and secure. Make sure to bring games, DVDs and snacks to keep the kids entertained on long car trips using the Highland REESE® Back Seat Activity Center, an all-in-one solution for daily outings or long road trips.

3. Go on a bike ride
There’s nothing like exploring a park or trail by bike. Take the family on a bike ride to a local park or trail and make memories along the way. If you have to drive to get to a park, rest assured your bikes are securely transported using a Highland REESE® Sportwing bike rack. The ultimate solution for carrying all types of bikes, their adjustable support cradles hold bikes by the wheels working with any style along with quick and easy loading.

4. Take a day trip to the beach or nearby lake
The water may still be a bit chilly, but the weather is just right or a day trip to the beach or your nearby lake. Despite your best packing efforts, there never seems to be enough room when it comes to beach trips, especially for floats and toys. Pack the essentials securely into Highland REESE® Rooftop basket carriers so that the kids won’t be cramped in the back seat.

5. Plan a cookout
If nothing else, plan to spend quality time over the grill. After dinner, if you have a firepit, roast a few marshmallows and sit back and relax.

Most of all, enjoy the day and enjoy special time with the family with best wishes from myself and the crew at ReeseBrands.