The Best New Year’s Resolution

Just Maybe Your Best Decision Ever

We just had our three adult children with us for Christmas.  Before they left, we all participated in a sacred Hamrin tradition — done for the past 31 years.  We all went through our New Year’s Resolutions for 2016, scoring them for which we kept and did not keep.  Then we wrote down our new ones for 2017.

Dad, here’s a terrific New Year’s resolution for you to make: I am going to give it my best shot in 2017 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 2017 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 for the rest of our 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. You can do so easily at where there is a series of video training modules that will lead you one-by-one through each of the 6 Basics.

Dad, I’ve heard from over 53,000 fathers that we have trained in the 6 Basics how their relationship with their child(ten) was wonderfully transformed. And I’ve sought to apply them for the 39 years of my fathering journey with our three children.

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.

Practice What You Know

It Will Pay Long-Run Dividends

In a national survey, fathers were shown 116 fathering practices and they judged four to be the most important: (1) showing affection, (2) being a good example, (3) exhibiting parental togetherness, and (4) being spiritually mature.

This shows the dads had great knowledge. They knew the critical factors in being a great dad.

The big problem came in the practice. These were the same four practices that the dads said they did least well in with their children.

Thus, these dads get an “A” for knowledge, an “F” for practice.

Dad, your kids deserve your DAILY PRACTICE of what you know:

  • show them affection,
  • be a good example,
  • exhibit parental togetherness
  • be spiritually mature.

Such daily practice will pay long-run dividends in their lives.