Background for Be a Better Dad Today!: Professor Slayton has studied the art and practice of Fatherhood on six different continents over the past 25 years. He grew up in a difficult family environment even before his father abandoned his family. The last time he spoke with his father, Gregory was in the hospital and close to death. His dad cut short the conversation, promising to call back shortly. For 25 years, he never did. His father died in 2007, alone and in great pain. As Professor Slayton writes “he was the saddest man I have ever known.” This book seeks to help each of its readers to be the best Fathers they can be…and overcome whatever issues they may have inherited or grown up with.
Professor Slayton has been married to his wife Marina for 22+ years. They have four great kids, the eldest two of whom are attending Ivy League universities. As a family they have weathered many storms – as all families must. But by God’s grace and with His help, all things are possible. Like its author, Be a Better Dad Today! is a work in process.
The Ten Basic Fatherhood Tools are highlighted in Be A Better Dad Today!! Like anyone trying to do a difficult job, Dads need the right tools to get the Fatherhood job done right. Be a Better Dad Today! I devoted an entire chapter to each of the Ten Tools Check out excerpts from each of the chapters
- Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
“Having been raised by a man that exemplified what it means to be a great father, I am blessed to have learned from one of the greatest. In ‘Be A Better Dad Today’, Gregory explains how to navigate the most important job in the world. This book is a great resource for today’s dads or those who plan to be a dad in the future.”
- Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida from 1999-2007
Like any skilled workman, a father needs a strong set of reliable tools to help him complete his job. These are the Ten Tools of Fatherhood—and they are effective in every home in which they are put to work.
“If a man has even a small amount of skill, true dedication and a good
family behind him, there’s almost nothing he can’t do.” Anonymous
“Mastering these 10 fatherhood tools has definitely made me a better husband, a better father and a better man.” John M., San Jose, California
It’s important to have a Noble Vision of where you are trying to lead your family. Just as important is making sure that your wife shares that Vision. And getting your kids to buy-in to the Vision with their inputs and ideas makes it even more powerful.
However, while a shared a Noble Family Vision is a powerful force for family good, by itself it is not enough. The goal, of course, is to build on your Noble Family Vision over time, with the right tools, and finally see it come to pass. That is the primary aim—seeing your Noble Family Vision come to pass—and it is one worthy of a man’s life work.
I’m not saying it’s easy, but with the right tools, dedication and help, you can do it. In fact, I know that it is possible. Yes, it will take hard work, but at least this is something that is truly worth working hard for. It will also take the right tools. In fact, it will take 10 specific sets of tools, which we are going to look at together in the following chapters. It will also take the help of family and friends who are on similar journeys. Just like the pioneers of the Old West experienced, no one successfully makes this journey alone. Finally, it takes God’s grace, because each of us will make mistakes along the way. Trust me, I have made more than my share. But, as the Bible teaches us over and over again, His grace is sufficient for all who ask (see 2 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 4:13).
01 – The Importance of Fatherhood
02 – The Power of a “Noble Family Vision”
03 – Overview of the Ten Tools of Fatherhood
04 – TOOL #1: Family First/Fun
05 – TOOL #2: All-in Marriage
06 – TOOL #3: True Moral Compass and True Humility
07 – TOOL #4: Heartfelt Love
08 – TOOL #5: Empowering Servant Leadership
09 – TOOL #6: Relationship Tools that Work
10 – TOOL #7: Heaven’s Help
11 – TOOL #8: Other Good Dads
12 – TOOL #9 Optimistic, Never-Surrender Attitude
13 – TOOL #10 Dynamic, Whole-Person Support
14 – Being the Best Single Dad You Can Be
15 – How to Handle Lifes Beanballs