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What does it mean to be a great father?

There are a lot of good dads and there are others who need improvement.  But how do you become a great dad?

While a good dad loves, encourages and disciplines appropriately, a great dad trains his child for life’s challenges.  Preparing you son or daughter for life is hard work.  Passing on wisdom and life lessons is what separates a good father from a great father.

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote Ecclesiastes and Proverbs to pass on the wisdom that was bestowed upon him.  You could argue whether he was a great father or not, but he did understand the importance of preparing children for life.  In Proverbs 22:6, Solomon said “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Paul may not have been a father but he also knew the importance of preparing children for life.  In his letter to the Ephesians he wrote, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”  Ephesians 6:4

Through effort and the right guidance, you can become a great dad.

How do you become a great father?

In order to be great at anything, you have to be intentional, practice and prepare.  Fatherhood is no different.  Unfortunately, in most cases, we’re left to navigate many of the most challenging areas in life with little to no training & instruction – this is what can & often does lead to many of us learning life’s toughest lessons the hard way – lessons that could have been avoided with the proper training.

It was this realization that led to the development of Trailmap for Life – a powerful program designed to help parents & teens understand & navigate the 10 most important topics in life.

Trailmap for Life is an online life-skills course that Parents & their middle/high school kids do together. Each of the 10 monthly sessions guides you through one of the 10 most important life topics and includes fun & informative videos and activities. Whether you take the course on your own as parent & child, or with a group of other parents & teens, the program easily guides you each step of the way & no prep work is required. Each session takes only 1 – 1.5 hours to complete, but can change your lives forever.  Click here to learn more!

Other great resources on fatherhood and training your children:

  • John Wooden’s father gave him a now famous seven point creed which he lived by and passed on to others:
  1. Be true to yourself.
  2. Make each day your masterpiece.
  3. Help others.
  4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  5. Make friendship a fine art.
  6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

These resources are an invaluable help on the journey to being a great father. If you are prepared and dedicate yourself, the rewards can be great.

Need More Parenting Advice?

We hope you found this article helpful – it is from the Life’s Top 10: “Trailmap for Life” resources designed to help parents successfully navigate life.  This program offers life-skills sessions where parents & their kids participate together- either on your own, or as part of a small or large group.

A Critical Component In Preparing Your Kids For Life:

If you’re a parent or a parent-figure of kids ages 10-20, this is a critical component in preparing your kids for life – options include our:

Each one offers a unique experience with your kids.

As parents, we all want to raise kids who are well-prepared for life on their own.  Kids with solid character who understand how to make wise choices. Choices in core life topics such as friends, dating, money, health, drugs, and how they spend their time.

Unfortunately, each year, millions of kids set out on their own, unprepared for what they’ll face- and that’s when they learn things the hard way- with consequences that can last a lifetime.    It was this critical scenario that led to the development of Trailmap for Life, a non-profit program solely focused on helping people understand & navigate the 10 most important topics in life.   Each of the 10 monthly sessions covers one of life’s 10 critical topics- with powerful videos, a workbook, & life-skills activities that make it fun & easy to participate!   This program offers life-changing insight from leaders & experts across the country…. And it’s forever changing those who experience it.

It’s easy to organize & host a group: Participating with other parents & their kids offers even more benefits – simply select the group option on the website & choose your meeting dates & times…then enter the email addresses of the parents you want to invite.  The website sends out the invites, tracks responses, and then throughout the program sends out automated communications & reminders based on the meeting schedule you set.    All you’ll do to host each session is follow a few short instructions, play the session video, and enjoy the experience with your kids & your friends.  No prep work is required at all!  And since all sessions are available 24/7 online, it’s ok if people can’t make all the group meetings – they can do those sessions anytime…

Whether on your own or as part of a group, this program helps you achieve the relationship that every parent wants with their kids and feel confident that you have prepared them well for life on their own.  We hope that you will join us for the adventure of a lifetime!    

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10 interactive-video sessions that lead parents & kids through life's core topics such as:  money, datingcharacter, friendsfaithpeer pressurefamily, & time management.

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