Want to Transform Your Child’s Life?

Be a Great Dad

blog_imageThis is what your child desires more than anything!

To be a Great Dad—that is my passion and I want it to be yours as well.


Thoughts on Your Death Bed?

When you’re at death’s door, what will cross your mind? Your career successes and failures? Some long-ago sports victory or romantic conquest?  The cars and houses and computers you’re leaving behind? In other words, the “stuff” that seems so important now?

I don’t think so. I’ll bet you’ll ask yourself,

“Was I a Great Dad or not?”

Some dads don’t ask this question till they reach death’s door—till it’s too late. What I want—and the aim of this blog—is to help you ask this question right NOW. To help you commit to being a Great Dad starting today. To help you someday enjoy a deeply satisfying final thought: “I gave it my absolute best shot as a father.”

“Hold on. Does the world really need another blog?”

Yes – because this blog is quite unique.

First, it’s not about the author. It’s not about the organization.

It’s about YOU as a father. And it will

  • inspire you to be a Great Dad
  • show you how to be a Great Dad
  • help you experience the JOY of being a Great Dad

Second, it’s about you and a worldwide community of dads you’ll be part of.  Never in history–and nowhere else–have dads united together to learn from one another and inspire one another.

We’ll have an ongoing dialogue in the Comments section, and future posts will feature “Great Dads success stories” — hopefully yours.  And you’ll find it comforting to see you aren’t alone in the challenges you face.

“Sounds great, but who are you?”

I’m Bob Hamrin. I founded Great Dads in 1996 because I deeply felt every child should have what he or she most desires and needs—a Great Dad.

My heart broke—and spurred me to act—when I learned a shocking fact: 36 million children in America (half the children under 18) suffer from Father Absence—the lack of a father who is present in their lives in any meaningful way. I wanted to give those children the gift they most desired – the heart of their father turned to them.

My goal is to be your fathering coach. I want to inspire you and push you and cheer you on. I’ll offer practical tips from my own 36 years as a dad to three children.   I’ve been looking forward to launching this brand new website and blog for a long time—and now we’re off and running!

I want to help you get across the Great Dad goal line.  Your child is the winner.

This Will Be Fun, I Promise

This is not simply another item on your too long “to do” list.  Rather, you’ll have fun as you watch your child

  • experience a Great Dad’s unconditional love
  • create unforgettable memories with “my Great Dad!”
  • develop moral and spiritual values that come only from a Great Dad

“OK, let’s go! . . . But what do I do?”

If being a Great Dad every day sounds good to you

  • begin by finding out your Great Dad Score by taking the Great Dad quiz
  • get training as your next step (nearly 50,000 dads have enthusiastically received this life-transforming training)
  • look around the website and leave your feedback – what looks good? what should we add?
  • help other dads by sharing a Great Dad success story you may already have or a simple “dad tip” by leaving a Comment below
  • don’t miss a single tip or success story

Thrilled to have you on board.  Let’s build our community of dads together, one child’s love and transformed life at a time



3 Fun Things to Do with Your Child

and Build Memories

So many dads want to have fun with their child – but they just can’t think of neat things to do.  Something that the child will really like.

I have three fun suggestions for you to try.  Each of these is “tried and proven” – both in my own experience with my 3 children when they were younger and from what I hear from other dads.

So give at least 1 or 2 of them a go.  And let me know how they worked.

#1.  Local “dates”

This should be a one-on-one outing with a child.  You can take them to a restaurant.  A sporting event.  To the park.

42% of children said they seldom or never do something special with their father that involves just the two of them  Make sure your child is not in that 42%.

#2  Family Reading Times

This is something that my three children really enjoyed.  We would gather together right after dinner and spend from 10 – 20 minutes reading a book together.

When your child is young, you can sit on the couch with your arm around them.  I have fond memories of my twin girls with an arm around each.  Such good snuggling time passes all too quickly.

There are so many great books today that children will enjoy.  The series of books that we read through twice is called The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  This is a series of 7 books about the magical land of Narnia and the adventures that 4 children have there.  The first time we read through the series, our girls were 5 and Eric was 8.  The second time, the girls were 11 and Eric 14.  They loved the series at both ages.

#3  “I’ll Give You Half a Day”

Here I want to encourage you to get radical and just tell your child, “I want to give you a half day with me.  YOU CHOOSE what you want to do.”

This is such a delight to so many kids because they are so used to their parents telling where they are going.  Here, you let the child choose something he or she really would enjoy doing with you.  With my son, it was exploring old wooden roller coasters when he was 13 and 14.

Through this, you are likely to discover your child’s interest area – and it is always good to explore a child’s interest area with them. I frequently look back fondly on those days of exploration and the many roller coaster rides.

Have Fun

Now you have some fun things to do with each child you have – activities that they will really enjoy.  And as you do them, you will be building memories.

Share with me and other dads what you did – or your own “most fun” activities you have already done – in the Comments section..  Together we can build quite a long list of fun activities.