Entries by Rick Johnson

10 TIPS FOR DADS RAISING SONS

• YOU are the biggest influence in your son’s life—you are almost indispensable. • Fathers have been endowed with a huge generational power/influence to impact their children’s lives for good or evil (sometimes for hundreds of years) just by the things they do and don’t do or say or don’t say today. • Boys learn…

10 TIPS FOR MOMS ON RAISING BOYS

• Boys need clear, CONSISTENT, unambiguous boundaries. • Boys need to be held accountable for their actions and decisions (no matter how much you want to, do not rescue them very often). • Boys need to learn the correlation between taking risks and success in life—let them get hurt and let him fail.  Males learn…

10 Tips for Communicating with Women

   Earlier we discuss how to effectively communicate with the male species.  Here are some tips for communicating with the fairer and more complicated sex: ·         A man’s words–both verbal & written–are very powerful to his wife (and daughters).  Notes, cards, and poems (especially if they don’t rhythm) are very powerful forms of communication for…

10 Tips for Communicating with Men

·         GIVE HIM SPACE–One strategy that works well with men is to tell them something you want their feedback on and then ask them to think about it for a day before answering. It takes men time to process information—especially emotions.  ·         SIMPLIFY–Learn to simplify the conversation. If you talk to your man like you…

The “Zone” of Marriage

Being married is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. A large body of research confirms that married couples are happier, they live longer, they are healthier, they are better off financially, and they have fewer psychological problems than people who are not married. Americans also highly value marriage—when surveyed, people consistently rate…

Marriage Fraud–What’s the Character of Your Marriage?

[Marriage] is the merciless revealer, the great white searchlight turned  on the darkest places of human nature. —Katherine Anne Porter Two (usually young) people start out in life together under the bliss of hormone-induced euphoria.They have well-intentioned but unrealistic ideas of what their lives together will be like.What starts out as an innocent, uncorrupted, and…

Do Only Men of Faith Achieve Greatness?

 I was raised in an alcoholic home with all the disadvantages that environment brings with it. I was raised to believe that religion was a crutch for weak people and that all Christians were hypocrites. By the age of forty, after attaining all that the world says should make you happy and successful, I found…

An Open Letter to Dads of Teen Daughters

Better Dads will host their 2nd Annual Father-Daughter Conference on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Clark College in Vancouver, WA.  This powerful event is for fathers and daughters 12 and older.  You can register for the event here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e95urkdy38cda4ea&oseq=&c=&ch=                    Below is an open letter from one of the dads who attended last year. Men,…