The Man in the Father

Fathering Is
Unconditional Masculine Love
Masculine is Power & Play
Power Is Authority Over Your Self
Play Is Putting Power Into Action
Drawing from the Four Wells,
Leading . . .
So the Children
Can Learn
To Become
Authors of their Lives

The Man in the Father: The Fullest Potential of the Man for the Father of the Child

The July/August, 2010 issue of The Atlantic Monthly questioned “Are Father’s Necessary?” concluding they are not. Really?

Frustrated? Feel like your potential as a father is under utilized? Unrecognized? Invalidated? Perhaps even ridiculed? Overshadowed by the importance and emphasis on mothering? Feel like your gifts, knowledge, skills, capabilities and powerfulness are held back? Diminished? Lack coherence and effectiveness?

You’re in the right place. Fathering is critical to the welfare, safety, health and happiness of their children. The man in the father is about potency in all of its beauty, grandeur, generativeness, and service to the family, neighborhood, community, nation and planet.

I’ve yet to meet a child who does not need his/her father in his fullest and greatest potential to love, protect, teach, guide, lead, and bless. The “Man In The Father” is the fullest expression of the man he was born to become and the father he is meant to be.

4th Annual Fathers Fest

Join us for the 4th annual Fathers Fest  Saturday June 19th, 2010 (the day before Fathers day).  A special way for everyone – kids, teens and adults – to celebrate fathers (and father figures) in their lives. You do not need to be a parent or bring a child to attend – come as you are end enjoy the energy of this festival.

  • Honoring ceremony for dads & celebrate being men
  • Spend quality time with family & friends
  • Build community
  • Have some FUN: volley ball, horseshoes, frisbee and more

FathersFest 2010 MapWhere: Shiawasse Park, Farmington, MI

When: Saturday June 19th, 2010 – 12 noon to 5 pm (day before fathers day)

Cost: $5 per adult; $1 for 18 and under

Weather: Come rain or shine – we have a covered pavilion and tents in case of inclement weather.

Food: Bring picnic food or snacks to share. Hot dogs and other grill friendly food, plus non-alcoholic
(pets are welcome at this park – alcohol is not)

RSVP or Questions Contact:

Tom Fitzpatrick 248-229-6028 or
Larry Herren 248-420-0112 or
Dave Jacobs 248-981-3188

Create holiday traditions that work for you

I love all that makes up this time of year. Still, as a parent outside of marriage I’ve sometimes felt out of place when bombarded with images of what is traditional. Everywhere I look I’m hit with pictures of children frolicking in the snow, big families laughing around a huge meal or couples exchanging gifts in front of the fireplace.

But what about those people who aren’t included

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Giving Thanks

It’s that time of year again to take inventory of what we’re thankful for. The older I get the more I realize that celebrating blessings is something we ought to do every day. The following are a few that are at the forefront for me this holiday season:

I’m thankful for my family – the love and support we’ve shared with one another, but also for

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Experiement shows benefits of switching roles

I’ve been following a series of blog entries on by a married couple who decided to switch roles for a few weeks. He’s an editor at Slate, she’s an at-home mom who does freelance writing. They have two young children.

This type of stunt is always good for readership (it certainly caught my attention), but typically sheds little light on the subject of parenting roles. Nevertheless, the experiment (if it could be called that) is fascinating in part because the two participants have been so candid about their experiences and impressions.

The dad had a lot of trouble adjusting to the home world,

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