Good Dads began when business leaders in Springfield, Missouri recognized the impact of father absence on child well-being and came together for the purpose of supporting engaged fathers. They understand the value in helping fathers become more engaged with their children. They welcome the chance to promote father involvement in a way that benefits them, their customers and their community. They appreciate the potential to provide leadership in ways unique to their position.
Good Dads aims to engage fathers by integrating the local business community and providing fatherhood resources and events to make fathers the best they can be. Through partnerships we aim to invest in our community by investing in fathers.
Good Dads is a non-profit organization which works with business leaders in Springfield, Missouri to work towards promoting engaged fathers.
Good Dads exists to promote engaged fathers through the business community.
Looking for advice? Check out our blogs from real fathers and their experiences with their own children. Click a category below to read more from our REAL Good Dads!
Values - Recently a coworker asked me how I did it all. I had just talked with a group of 4th grade students about writing for a national bike blog based in Austin. In addition to my job as an assistant principal, I work as the technical director in a local university’s theater department, sing in a community choir once a week, write a monthly article for this blog, and play in the local amateur soccer league once a week. I am also the father for three wonderful boys and the husband to one very understanding woman. Together we also help with our church, ride bikes as often as we can, and try to be a normal family. Am I trying to do too much? Read more here!
Teenagers - When I was a young man I didn’t understand the nuances of relationships. Really, I was pretty clueless. Over the years I made a lot of mistakes and got a lot of advice, some good and some bad. Despite all this well-intended advice I was somehow able to meet the love of my life, and she has stuck with me for an amazing 29 years of trial-and-error. Now that I am older (much older) I’d like to think that I’ve learned a thing or two about the games people play. Read more here!
Books and More - The Power of Dadhood encourages men to father with the knowledge that they are vitally important to the futures of their children. National speaker Michael Byron Smith discusses the implications of a fatherless home, the challenges of parenting, and the hierarchy of fathers. There are absent fathers, present yet uninvolved fathers, authoritative fathers, loving fathers, teaching fathers, and many more. Any man, through The Power of Dadhood, can assess himself, see where he stands, and make choices to become a real Dad and find the power of Dadhood! Proceeds go to support Good Dads. Read more here!
Life Events - When my first son was four or five, he was just learning to ride a bicycle. At the end of our street he slid on some loose leaves and sticks. As he fell off of his bike his hand struck a thorn from a locust tree. Screaming, he ran up to me, hand held high, terrified by the sight of a two-inch locust thorn (barely) sticking into the palm of his hand. My wife Lisa stuck her head out the door to see what all the noise was about. Together, we tried to examine the injury. I reached out to pull the thorn from his hand, but this only terrified him more. He jerked his hand back, yelling “wait guys, wait. I don’t want to die. Leave it in; I don’t want all my blood to run out.” Read more here!
Reflections - Two summers ago we took a family vacation out west. Since we were planning to go to Colorado, my 18 year-old son and I threw our backpacks in the car with the thought that we might spend a night or two in the mountains away from the normal camping crowd. My wife and daughter decided they would find alternative fun sightseeing during this backpack break. Read more here!
Lessons for Kids - There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. - Martin Luther
“Dad, I’m getting married.” Few words make a dad feel so powerless, even a little scared, and yet so proud. The single biggest decision our children can make is choosing a lifetime companion. The stakes are high.
“I’m getting married.” It’s the ultimate graduation, the ultimate breaking-away, the ultimate coming-of-age statement. He is no longer to be just your son. He is now to be someone’s husband. They will start a new life of their own, together. Read more here!
Parenting - “A two-year-old will make you crazy; a three-year-old will make you homicidal.” I posted something similar on Facebook earlier this week. Lucky for me, I have a couple of “almost” two-year-olds and a fully developed three-year-old who work together throughout the day to make Mrs. B and I laugh and pull our hair out all within 5 minutes of waking up. Let’s take the matter of discipline, for instance. I’m all for natural and logical consequences, but one of the most frustrating elements of parenting is following through on a consequence that you want to give your child as much as they need to receive it. Read more here!
Traditions - I am starting to wonder if I have undertaken a task that is way over my head because I don’t have the required knowledge. I hope that I am not the only parent who feels this way when it comes to my parenting. I have been described as the human equivalent of the dog from the movie UP. I am passionate about lots of stuff and have absolutely no trouble jumping headfirst into a situation before I really understand or have even thought through the entire process. Read more here!
Relationships - Since we recently celebrated Father's Day, I thought I would touch on something that has been on my mind. I am so thankful for my family, and I absolutely enjoy being a father. One thing I don't want to forget as a father, is my role as a husband. Because part of fatherhood, in my opinion, is how our children perceive us in our role as husbands. I know I have talked a little about this previously, but now I want to drive it home. This is for the FELLAS. Back when my wife Elisa and I were engaged, a very wise man I know once told me, "The little things I did to get her, I have to do to keep her.” To me, this made sense and I thought it was great advice. I have tried to ensure I follow his direction, and after more than years of marriage I think I am still on the ball. Read more here!