Doing Things Together with Your Kids

I Saved the Best for Last

When 1500 school children were asked “What do you think makes a happy family?” the children did not list lots of money, big screen TVs, fancy vacations. Their most frequent answer was “doing things together”.

So here are some neat activities that you can do together with your kids.

First, establish traditions. Family traditions strengthen the ties that bind. The closer a family is, the more traditions it’s likely to have. In the Hamrin family, we welcomed each spring with the bluebell walk and each fall with the Bluemont Fair. And holidays like Christmas can have a whole host of neat traditions.

Get into your child’s interest area. Every kid develops keen interests or passions. When they do, explore that with them. For example, when my son Eric developed a passion for roller coasters around age 13, we rode every wooden roller coaster together in the Mid-Atlantic area over the next two years.

Other good ideas: go to their birthday parties (ages 1-10); have family reading times (after dinner is great); make a list of mini-adventures to take them on (local fun activities); have one on one dates at restaurants, movies, etc.

I saved the best for last. Give your child one half day and say, “you choose what you want to do”. That would be a terrific gift, and you may well be surprised what the child will come up with.



To My Grown-Up Son

A Poem for EveryDad - Especially Those with Young Children

The following poem is titled “To My Grown-Up Son”.  The author is “unknown”.

But the author could be EveryDad – me, you.  Regardless of the age of your son – or daughter.  In fact, it speaks most clearly to dads with young children.

My hands were busy through the day

I didn’t have much time to play

The little games you asked me to.

I didn’t have much time for you.

I’d wash your clothes, I’d sew and cook,

But when you’d bring your picture book

And ask me please to share your fun,

I’d say “A little later, son.”

I’d tuck you in all safe at night

And hear your prayers, turn out the light,

Then tiptoe softly to the door.

I wish I’d stayed a minute more.

For life is short, the years rush past.

A little boy grows up so fast.

No longer is he at your side,

His precious secrets to confide.

The picture books are put away,

There are no longer games to play.

No good-night kiss, no prayers to hear.

That all belongs to yesteryear.

My hands, once busy, now are still.

The days are long, and hard to fill.

I wish I could go back and do

The little things you asked me to.

The Best New Year’s Resolution

Join 52,000 Dads in This Life Transforming Resolution

Here’s a terrific New Year’s resolution for you to make: I am going to give it my best shot this year to be a Great Dad to my child.

If you make this resolution – and most importantly if you keep it – then you will likely see 2016 be one of the most significant years in your life. Because what could be more important than laying the foundation of being a Great Dad to your child(ten) for the rest of your life on earth?

How do you begin this journey? Two ways.

The first is to get a copy of Great Dads – building lasting, loving relationship with your children. This book contains all the key principles and practices that you need to be a Great Dad to your child. (available at

Second, take “The 6 Basics of Being Great Dad” training.  On this site is a series of video training modules that will lead you one-by-one through each of the 6 Basics.

Dad, I’ve heard powerful testimonies about transformed relationships with kids from the over 52,000 fathers that we have trained in the 6 Basics. And I’ve sought to apply them for the 38 years of my fathering journey with our three children.  Take it from me — these 6 Basics work!

Trust me – making this resolution and keeping it will be something you will be deeply grateful for the rest of your life. You may well view it as your BEST decision ever.

And your children will be so blessed and grateful.