How fit are you as a father? Measure yourself with these 20 questions, and see how you stack up.
When you develop and devote your time and effort to any one of these areas, it can multiply your scores in other areas, or it can unbalance you.
A father who is financially successful but dies of a heart attack at 45 is a failure as a father.
A father in elite athletic shape who never sees his children and forgets their birthdays is a failure as a father.
You need to keep a baseline in each area, and stay above a minimum level of fitness in each of these four areas.
Then you can look at which areas you need to focus on, and develop yourself in those areas.
The Father Fitness website is a repository of resources for developing yourself in each of these four areas. Every week we try to publish an article in each category, and provide you with ways to improve the fitness you are focusing upon.
The Father Fitness Assessment will take about a half an hour, and is comprised of 60 questions. At the end you will be able to plot your self-described fitness areas against each other on a graph, and visually see where you should focus your fitness next.
When you are working on making yourself a better person, your children have a better dad.
Take the Father Fitness Assessment
Based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the Father Fitness Assessment is a short, fifteen-minute test to determine the levels of fitness (Mental, Social, Emotional, Financial, & Physical) where you have strength, where you are weakest, and provide you with resources and routines that can strengthen the type of fitness you need most.
If this website does it’s job, it will help to make you into a better man – the kind that can easily be the better dad.
What happens if you’re not a good dad?
There’s years of therapy bills, lonely holiday meals, and the lifelong resentment of your partner all waiting for you, if you make the childish choice when you’re supposed to be the grown-up.
We all make mistakes. Every dad makes wrong choices that make their children cry.
Some dads hide.
Some find solace by being alone.
Some dads give up.
We all know the stories, the hurt, and the disappointment in people who don’t have a good father to look up to and depend on. [x%] of families end in divorce before children are grown, and [x%] of American children are without a father.
Fatherhood is important in our culture, and it is breaking.
The best that every father can do is take an active and lifelong interest in their own fitness (mental, social, emotional, financial, and physical) so they can serve as an example to other men, and to their children, of how fatherhood is rightly done.
How do you measure up?