5 Personal Power-ups

  I've got a few minutes. The kids are occupied with a new board game, my wife is in the bath, the dishes are in the dishwasher, and everyone is fed. For the moment, I am caught up on all my chores and responsibilities. This brief pocket of time is one of those rare chances to dedicate a few minutes to myself. What I've learned [...]

Qi Gong – The Best Exercise For Busy Dads

Lee Holden jumped into the air to smash a soccer ball with his head. Before the young varsity athlete from UC Berkeley could make contact, another player swept his legs out from under him. Lee missed the ball and crashed down painfully on his tailbone. For a week, he could hardly walk, stand, sit, or lie down without horrible pain. His doctor said he was done playing [...]

Announcing The 5-Day Father Fitness Program

Hey Dads, I know you don't have a lot of time. That can be the source of a lot of our problems, you know - not having enough time. The kids need to be fed, The dishes need to be done, You've got to make some money, And make your partner feel happy and loved, too - all at the same time. Time [...]

Mend Your Greatest Weakness

When making new habits, aim for your weaknesses. At twelve years old, Theodore Roosevelt lay gasping in bed. His asthma was so bad that he was often left bedridden for days. “Theodore, you have the mind, but you have not the body," his father told him one day, "and without the help of the body, the mind cannot go as far as it should." This was [...]

Making Time For Family Time

"If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money." - Abigail Van Buren Family time is a rhythm. The rhythm of your family time is not constant; it changes with the season. Every time you move, change jobs, or modify your routines, your family rhythm will change, too. Staying flexible with [...]

The Father Fitness T-Shirt

Wearing the Father Fitness T-Shirt has a positive impact on my parenting skills. When I put this shirt on my chest, it feels like I'm suiting up in my superhero costume. (Yes, I happen to know a thing or two about suiting up in my superhero costume.) When it's Daddy Time, my children look to me to set the pace, the mood, and the activities [...]

Just Say Yes

A Simple Hack To Keep Kids Happy I can't even count the number of things I was juggling at once. Standing in the kitchen – well, standing might be a generous word – I made a lunge for the dinner boiling over on the stove. I was also trying to grab a clean lid out of the open dishwasher, and snatch an oven mitt off the wall. I [...]

Top 5 Health Benefits of Cold Showers

I have been taking cold showers for the past few weeks, and it's been AMAZING. I've already written about how taking cold showers strengthens your willpower. Beyond the Hardening, there are some serious health benefits, too. Here are my top 5: Cold Shower Benefit #1 Taking Cold Showers Will Improve Your Body Chemistry There are two compounds that are dramatically affected by cold showers: uric acid [...]

30 Ways To Balance Work, Life, and Play

Tell me if this sounds familiar. After a hard day's work, you get home late in the evening. It's past bedtime, but you've had a really successful day. Your boss is proud of you, but your wife is pissed. Working hard at your job has cost you at home, so now it's time to make it up to your partner. What can you do? Spend extra time with [...]

Born For This Book Review

Born For This: How to Find The Work You Were Meant To Do is the latest from author and world traveler Chris Guillebeau, a man who could probably win the Guinness World Record for "most traveled man alive" if he ever goes into space. During his journey to visit all 193 countries around the globe, Chris has met with many unconventional people, documenting their unconventional lives [...]