My New Year’s resolution: Compassionate fathering in a post-compassion reality

The following is part of the continuing series of posts exploring the world of Compassionate Fathering. If you have any post ideas, topics you’d like addressed, or stories you’d like to share about your Compassionate Fatherhood, Tweet them @KyleBelanger1 using #CompassionateFathering, or email them to Kyle Belanger here.

You can't get from there to here without compassion.
You can’t get from there to here without compassion.
If you’re reading this blog and are part of the FTFP movement, what I’m about to say shouldn’t surprise you:

2016 was a brutal year for compassion — 52 solid weeks of continually lowering the bar on our expectations for helping those in need. And here at the First Time Father Project, compassion is everything. Not just having compassion for our own children, but also understanding that compassion is one of the foundational cornerstones of responsible fatherhood.

That’s why in 2017, I’ll be dedicating much of my time at FTFP exploring what it means to be a compassionate dad, one who values the emotional health and well-being of my children (and yours), in a world that seems increasingly less concerned with the welfare of others.

This dedication will take several forms: blog posts, podcasts, content aggregation, videos and even live chats. I’ll be sharing with you my challenges and victories, a few dad hacks and failures, all the while with the aim to make this year one during which the Good Guys come out on top.

One this is certain, I can’t (and won’t) do it without you. So get those gears cranking, email me or Tweet me your stories of how compassionate fathering has helped you. Send me your challenges, suggest topics you’d like me to address. Mainly, just continue to know that this is a conversation and not a lecture.

So let’s get back to fatherhood, shall we? And let’s keep doing it with the type of compassion we want the world to show our own children.

Kyle Belanger

Written by: Kyle Belanger

Proud father to three children (in order: one deceased, one adopted and one biological), Kyle is constantly navigating the worlds between actively grieving and openly gloating. Learn more about Kyle here.

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