Dynamic Dads

Most dads yearn to be better fathers and to have a more loving family. In this innovative, powerful, fast-moving multimedia presentation, Rick Johnson, founder of Better Dads and bestselling author, uses stories, examples, and small group interaction to sharpen a father’s skills and help him understand his authentic masculinity. This workshop has been changing the lives of men across the country, giving them more confidence as fathers and helping them build better relationships with their children.

Corresponding resources by Rick Johnson: Better Dads, Stronger Sons: How Fathers Can Guide Boys to Become Men of Character

Courageous Moms

Good for you! You don’t want just to raise your boy to become a man. You want him to be a good man. Rick Johnson, founder of Better Dads and bestselling author, will show you how to help your boy become a man of courage and integrity, with a good work ethic and a healthy understanding of love and responsibility. The world needs men like this, and there is no reason why your son cannot grow to be among the best of them.

Corresponding resources by Rick Johnson: That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character

Raising Kids of Character

Ahhh…the joys of raising children! Who knew it was such a difficult task? And with all the negative influences out there, how can parents raise kids with character? You want your son to become a man of courage and integrity, with a good work ethic and a healthy understanding of love and responsibility. You want your daughter to be an empowered, self-sufficient, fulfilled, loving woman of character who makes wise choices in her relationships. Rick Johnson, founder of Better Dads and bestselling author, will help you discover how to raise kids of character by developing a specific plan that will help you navigate the challenges in your way.

Corresponding resources by Rick Johnson: Better Dads, Stronger Sons: How Fathers Can Guide Boys to Become Men of Character and That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character

Speaking Your Man’s Language

What woman hasn’t taken a look at her man and decided he could use some improvement? There are some things you can change—but some things you can’t. Rick Johnson, founder of Better Dads and bestselling author, helps women identify the strengths in their men and the things that hold them back. It shows women how they can use their considerable influence in positive ways—without nagging or laying on the guilt trips. With humor and plainspoken common sense, Rick helps women deal creatively with those annoying little habits while focusing on building their man’s strong points.

Corresponding resources by Rick Johnson: The Man Whisperer: Speaking Your Man’s Language to Bring out His Best

The Power of a Man: Why Men Matter

It’s tough being a man, husband, and father today. It feels like you give and work and struggle but there’s never enough of you to go around, and it seems the pressure is unrelenting. And yet, you are so important that you are nearly irreplaceable in the lives of your wife and children. When a father combines privilege, power, responsibility, and sacrifice, it can lead to huge blessings for him and his entire family. So be a man! Stand tall. Rick Johnson, founder of Better Dads and bestselling author, will help you discover how to give your children an example of healthy masculinity that will survive and thrive, down through the generations.

Corresponding resources by Rick Johnson: The Power of a Man: Using Your Influence as a Man of Character

Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half: His Needs/Her Needs

It’s no secret that men and women are different. And it’s no secret that they don’t always get along because of these differences, even when they love each other. But having a successful marriage is not about finding the perfect person to marry. It’s about loving someone in an unselfish, Christlike manner. Whatever we want out of marriage–unconditional love, forgiveness, passion–that is what we have to give to our spouse. Rick Johnson shows couples how to go beyond merely tolerating each other’s differences to using those God-given differences to add spice and passion to their relationship.

Corresponding resources by Rick Johnson: Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half

Education-Based Workshops

By anyone’s standard boys are failing in the current educational environment. An increasingly greater number of boys are dropping out of high school and a lower number are attending college. Recent brain-based research has confirmed the biological, psychological, and physiological differences between the way male and female brains learn. This workshop explores those differences and looks at some strategies that can help males succeed in an educational environment that is often confusing and discouraging to their learning style. All teachers, educators, and administrators will benefit from this unique and compelling workshop.
Having completed his Master’s Thesis on this topic, Mr. Johnson brings an abundance of research and experience to this subject. A wide variety of studies have found that children from single-parent homes are more likely to fall victim to a number of risk-factors that directly and indirectly affect their ability to succeed in school. With the significant increase in divorce and out-of-wedlock births the past several decades, more children from single-parent homes are entering the public education system. Both parents and teachers will benefit by learning about the disadvantages many of these children face and will help them to develop proactive strategies to deal with the associated adverse consequences.

Other Programs

Annual Father-Daughter Conference: She’s My Girl, He’s My Dad–Building a Relationship to Last

The father-daughter relationship is one of the most critical relationships of a woman’s life. A father impacts every aspect of his daughters life for her entire life. For all daughters age 12 and up who yearn for a close relationship, and for all dads who want to mend a broken one or be the dad that she deserves, this conference is for you.

Dads & daughters will attend sessions both together and seperately. They’ll share a great lunch together and learn things about each other designed to bring them closer together and heal past wounds.

If you are an adult daughter this is a great opportunity to have the kind of relationship you’ve always wanted with your father. Dads because of the content this program is for daughters age 12 years and older. If you have more than one daughter it is suggested that you bring the oldest this year and younger ones in subsequent years. Because the focus is on drawing closer together, you’ll only be able to have one daughter present with you per conference.

Learn About These Powerful Topics & Others:

The Power of the Father-Daughter Bond
Understanding Her/What Your Dad Can’t Tell You
Communicating Effectively
Providing & Protecting/Dangers She faces
The Father Blessing!

Single Moms Family Camps–Foundations for Life!

Every year Better Dads hosts our annual Single Mom Family Camp for approximately 25 single moms and their children.  Our goal is to honor, teach, and pamper the moms.  All the while their children are enjoying time in the outdoors with positive male mentors doing activities like swimming, rafting, fishing, playing sports, building stuff, and playing with other kids.  These three-day, life changing camps are free to the families who attend.  The moms spend time in some very intense classes such as “Choosing Healthy Relationships” and “God’s Love for His Daughters.”  The moms also have some opportunities for fun and reflection with other mature women mentors through prayer and conversation. At meal times and in the evenings everyone comes together for fun, wholesome activities. Many of the moms break down in tears as they described how powerfully impactful the camp has been in the lives of their family.  Some of the comments we hear from moms include:

  • “I felt like I was really seen this weekend, I was not just invisible.”
  • “This was the first time my kids saw me valued as a person.”
  • “Before this weekend, I felt like a statistic–just a minority single mom. But now I know that God thinks I am valuable and special.”
  • “I saw more healing in my 13 year old daughter in the past three days than I’ve seen in the last two years. It feels like I got my little girl back again!”

We use married couples as voluneers.  The men “play” with the kids providing much needed masculine role models, while the wives pray with and for the moms. These mature Christian women are also available to mentor the moms one on one.  This also allows both moms and kids to see healthy married couples interact with one another during meals and other times together.  We also use young adult church youth groups to work with the kids as they look up to their older peers.  If you are an individual, business, or church and would like to volunteer or donate to these powerfully impactful camps please contact us at betterdads@frontier.com.

Standing Tall Mentoring Program

“It is easier to raise a boy than to fix a man.”  All of the problems in our culture can be traced directly to men abdicating their servant-based leadership positions in the home and community. One of the biggest reasons that men abandon their families is their own fatherlessness. In other words, boys who are abandoned by their fathers tend to abandon their own children. One of the strategies for combating this problem is men acting as positive role models in children’s lives, especially the lives of boys. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, most men are not stepping forward to battle this societal scourge. Even the churches have been reluctant to address the biblical mandate to reach out to widows and orphans in the community – perhaps because they are overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem.

It is our core belief that the most significant way to make a difference in this world is to change the life of a man. Change a man and you change his children’s lives, and his children’s children lives, and so on through the generations. We are attempting to help reverse the trend of men abandoning their families and the plethora of problems associated with it. With a desire to keep this tragedy from manifesting itself in the next generation of men, Better Dads has partnered with various churches and bible colleges to create the Standing Tall Mentoring Program. In this program we train men to spend time mentoring fatherless boys identified through our “Courageous Moms – Raising Boys to Become Good Men” seminars.

The Standing Tall program’s Purpose Statement is as follows: “To demonstrate our responsibility as men using integrity, courage, and humility in modeling what a man of honor looks like in Christ and in our world.”

Our vision and hope is that, by training boys through mentoring by older males, the next emerging generation of husbands and fathers will take these skills and this vision with them into the world. Churches and ministries throughout the world desperately need solid male leadership. Because of their Standing Tall experience, these new young leaders will not be intimidated about performing this much-needed service. They will have seen the magnitude of the need and experienced the role of a mentor, and they will go forward equipped with a model that works. These will be the world changers for generations to come.

Books for Soldiers Program

This program was developed due to the number of emails and letters received from troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq commenting on how inspirational and encouraging Rick’s books were.  In partnership with Revell Publishing and donors across the country we shipped over 200 books, CDs, and other resources to be distributed free of charge to the troops in Afghanistan in September 2009.  In early December 2009 we shipped another 370 books.  In 2010 we shipped approximately 500 books overseas.  The response from men and women getting these materials has been exciting!  This ongoing program is touching the lives of soldiers and their families when they need it most.  To partner with us in this incredible program contact betterdads@frontier.com.