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The busy, crazy schedules found in many homes today make it challenging for families to eat healthy. When time is short, it’s always a temptation to pick up burgers, pizza or some kind of take-out meals. However, when fast food becomes a habit, nutrition suffers and the costs mount. Fortunately, a little planning and forethought…› Read Article
If most of your best memories are of summer fun, it’s only natural to want to recreate those good times for your own children. The Fourth of July is a great opportunity for family togetherness, but it’s all one of the holidays most likely to land you in the emergency room. It’s the third-most dangerous holiday…› Read Article
Dads often want to be a hero for their kids. The attributes of heroic father may change over time, from clubber of wild boars to breadwinning sole provider to stay-at-home dad with on-point French braiding skills. It’s only natural to want to swoop in and rescue your kids from their problems whenever you can. But…› Read Article
Styling the hair of an adorable, wiggly and uncooperative little girl is a challenge for anyone. If you don’t normally have hair duty, however, you may find it exceptionally challenging. This is especially true if you don’t have a lot of experience with hair gadgets and doodads, such as ties and barrettes. But you can…› Read Article
Ward and June Cleaver, Archie and Edith Bunker, Homer and Marge Simpson, and more recently, Andre and Rainbow Johnson: this list of names brings up strong images of television families and dads. These shows portray just a slice of how media has exemplified the changing role of the American dad during the last 70 years.…› Read Article
An obvious goal of fatherhood is raising children who are happy and successful. Life isn’t filled with fun and constant winning. It’s not pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows. As John Doran shared with us on a podcast, learning to turn negativity and bad experiences into teaching points is one of the best ways to…› Read Article
If you’re a dad, there are probably lots of ways you love spending time with your kids. One of the most beneficial for both you and your child is the time you spend reading to them. Reading to kids doesn’t only have a slew of benefits like improving language skills and boosting social skills, it…› Read Article
We talked about reading on this week’s Positively Dad podcast and it turns out that it’s important that dads read to their kids. Dr. Elisabeth Duursma told us that it helps our kids learn even if we read to them just 10 minutes a day a couple times a week. So that got me thinking,…› Read Article
Wow! Positively Dad is finally here. I’m so excited it’s finally launched and thankful that you’ve decided to check it out. Positively Dad has been on my mind since early 2012, just before Naomi was born, and I never got around to it. It was just one of those “someday” things. Well… someday is today…› Read Article
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Thank you for joining me for the Positively Dad journey! My name is James Shaw and I'm a husband and father. I live in the Tampa Bay area with my wife, Terri and our young daughter, Naomi. The goal with Positively Dad for us to think, learn and grow. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day and miss opportunities to become amazing fathers. I trust that the conversations we have on Positively Dad will help you see that fatherhood is truly a journey and that we are better together than figuring it all out on our own.