• I didn’t learn how to fully trust my children to God until my son was deployed to Iraq ten years ago.When I learned that my son was going to deplo...
    Learning to Give My Children t...
    By James Pence
    November 20th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls, Dads of Teen Boys
  • Compassion is the ability to feel sorrow for another’s misfortune and want to alleviate it. It is the emotional capacity of being conscious of ano...
    Compassion and Empathy—the E...
    By Rick Johnson
    April 23rd, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, or the works...
    Teaching Our Sons Artistic Cre...
    By Rick Johnson
    April 30th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Vision is the ability to see something that is, has been, or will be. It is the ability to see into the future. It is an unusual competence in disc...
    Why Vision is Important
    By Rick Johnson
    May 07th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • I was recently honored to be invited to attend a ceremony at the White House as part of a select group of people working with fathers around the cou...
    A White House Visits Spark Dif...
    By Rick Johnson
    May 14th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • The Warrior-Poet is the ancient tradition of dedication to developing the body and the mind equally as one, using each to guide the other. The warri...
    When the Poet Warrior Fought a...
    By Rick Johnson
    May 21st, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • “Work ethic” is defined as the principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward. It is a belief in the moral value, benef...
    Why Teach Boys to Work?
    By Rick Johnson
    May 28th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • The word duty (from the French for “due” and Latin for “debt”) is a term that conveys a moral commitment to someone or something. The moral ...
    Duty—a Boy’s Best Friend
    By Rick Johnson
    June 04th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • • YOU are the biggest influence in your son’s life—you are almost indispensable.• Fathers have been endowed with a huge generational power/in...
    10 Tips for Dads
    By Rick Johnson
    June 11th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Early in the movie, GoodFellas, Ray Liotta’s character is a teenage boy working for the neighborhood “wiseguys” or members of the Mafia. When...
    All Boys Need Men
    By Rick Johnson
    June 18th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • One emotion that most males are familiar with is anger. Anger produces a physiological arousal in males. It creates a state of readiness and heighte...
    The Psychology of Anger
    By Rick Johnson
    June 25th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • I love watching football, especially on Thanksgiving Day. I used to love playing it when I was in high school. Football is an emotionally intensive ...
    Emotions Can Get the Best of Y...
    By Rick Johnson
    July 02nd, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Our boys today have a certain amount of repressed anger, which results in more bullying in school, but also in a more escalated level of violence. T...
    Angry Young Men
    By Rick Johnson
    July 09th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • One way to judge the degree of power or influence that something has is to observe what happens when it’s absent. God has given men, especially fa...
    The Power of Fathers
    By Rick Johnson
    July 16th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • A boy—even a teenage boy—needs a father to be a role model for life for him. It’s not that his dad is perfect and never makes mistakes. I cert...
    Role Modeling
    By Rick Johnson
    July 23rd, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Fathers are especially important in disciplining children. Fathers seem to have been endowed by God with the mantle of authority within the family. ...
    Fathers and the Importance of ...
    By Rick Johnson
    July 30th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Boys must learn to persevere in the face of adversity if they are to struggle forward later, during the even tougher seasons of life. Perseverance i...
    Teach Him to Persevere
    By Rick Johnson
    August 06th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Share your spiritual experiences—even your failures—with your son. Involving your children in God’s work demonstrates His magnificence much mo...
    Share Your Experiences
    By Rick Johnson
    August 13th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  •                         In the postmodern culture we live in that does not believe in absolute truths, morals, or the existen...
    What We Do Speaks Louder Than ...
    By Rick Johnson
    August 20th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • God has shown me that one man can make a difference in the world. Even if it’s only in the life of one little boy. That one boy may grow up to impa...
    One Man Can Change the World
    By Rick Johnson
    August 27th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • By the time your son has entered puberty, he is well aware of the female of our species. He is aware of the young women around him with every aspect...
    Girls, Girls, Girls!
    By Rick Johnson
    September 03rd, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • “Pray not for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.”—Theodore RooseveltI think all dads want their sons to grow up to be leaders. They wou...
    Training Up Leaders
    By Rick Johnson
    September 10th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • As a culture, we have done a poor job of inspiring our young men with a vision of greatness. Too often, by the time our young males are in their lat...
    Developing Healthy Masculinity
    By Rick Johnson
    September 17th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Fathers are instrumental in modeling to their sons how a man is supposed to love a woman. This is not something that comes naturally to most males. ...
    How to Love a Woman
    By Rick Johnson
    September 24th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • I encourage men to “coach” younger men as opposed to mentor them. The word mentoring has a stigma attached to it that most men are resistant tow...
    Expectations On and Off the Fi...
    By Rick Johnson
    October 01st, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Fathers are especially important in disciplining children. Fathers seem to have been endowed by God with the mantle of authority within the family. ...
    Fathers and Discipline
    By Rick Johnson
    October 08th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Fatherless boys tend to follow in the footsteps modeled for them, perpetuating fatherlessness onto future generations. Here is a fairly simple illus...
    Perpetuating the Cycle
    By Rick Johnson
    October 15th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Oftentimes the expectations we have for our children have a tendency to come to fruition. With that in mind, it is important we have high expectatio...
    Expectations Make the Man
    By Rick Johnson
    October 22nd, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • It is important to recognize that certain traits are key fundamental core issues for males to assimilate on their journey to manhood. Males primaril...
    Some Thoughts About the Attrib...
    By Rick Johnson
    October 29th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • For many dads, one of the biggest struggles they face is how to effectively communicate with their children. Fathers often aren’t as adept at ver...
    Talking to Teens
    By Rick Johnson
    November 05th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Teenagers—the word alone is enough to strike fear in the heart of even the bravest of parents. But the teen years can become a time of great hope,...
    You Still Have Tons of Influen...
    By Rick Johnson
    November 12th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Perhaps one of the most important things a person can develop is the ability to think through an issue and discern the important aspects of that iss...
    Teaching Boys Critical Thinkin...
    By Rick Johnson
    November 19th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • I love watching football. I used to love playing it when I was in high school. Football is an emotionally intensive game. Most coaches encourage pl...
    Controlling Emotions
    By Rick Johnson
    November 26th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • One of the very enjoyable activities my son and I have experienced together over the years is to go deer hunting. Because of my schedule the past s...
    Life’s Unexpected Challenges
    By Rick Johnson
    December 03rd, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • The type of men we are determines the type of men our boys become.In his book, Man of Steel and Velvet, Aubrey Andelin talks about the importance of...
    Actions Speak Louder Than Word...
    By Rick Johnson
    December 10th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys
  • Before we can produce good or great men, we must have an understanding of what healthy masculinity looks like. Without an intentional model or plan...
    What It Takes to Produce Healt...
    By Rick Johnson
    December 17th, 2015

    Dads of Teen Boys