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About Brad Washburn, Do The Dad Thing Blogger

Brad Washburn is a father, husband, and Director of a Christian counseling center in Tampa, Florida. He has helped hundreds of people over the last 15 years. In particular, he desires to see fathers be "men after God's own heart" -- a description of King David in the Bible who was a lover, fighter, sheep herder, and harp player . . . .
Find out more at www.pathseekercenter.org

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Aug
05

Messed Up is Part of the Plan

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One of the hats I wear — other than Dad, or Writer Extraordinaire; is Pastor. I am the Life Care (aka ‘Counseling’) Pastor at a mega church in West Virginia. I usually keep a low Pastor profile; I don’t travel in a bubble-mobile, wear robes, or douse anyone with holy water (exception: vampires), but periodically […]

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Jun
17

Unconditional Positive Regard

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Sometimes people will ask me how I am effective as a counselor.  I wish they would ask with wide-eyed wonder, or awe, or with groveling and pawning like Wayne & Garth in Wayne’s World. (Yes, I know some of you reading this have not seen the comedy classic of Wayne’s World.  If you watch it […]

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May
28

MOPS is Going to the Dogs

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I got fired by MOPS. The local Mothers Of Preschoolers group that meets at our church asked me to speak this week about technology regarding kids.  Then, I was told that a local female psychologist asked to speak on the topic this week . . . so I got bumped. I was replaced by a female.  Gender discrimination […]

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May
01

The Inner Parent Voice

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Prepare to be metaphysical! Sometimes adults will come in for marriage counseling or to work on an individual issue.  I’ll quickly figure out that their ‘backstory’ includes some really horrible or absent parents; and as a result, they have some . . . ‘issues.’  I’ve had guys come in with low self-esteem, and women come […]

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Mar
08

Teenagers – the brain thang

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When my kids were little, we used to make fun of the disrespectful, lazy, reprobate teenagers that frequented the neighborhood. We’d see them riding their bike the wrong way in traffic, saying bad words, or damaging property. I’d look at my boys, shake my head disapprovingly, and say, “Teenagers.” Soon they started doing it too. […]

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Feb
04

Absolutes, Absolutely

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If I haven’t mentioned before that I’m a geek, this article will surely prove it. I’d like to start out by mentioning one of my great Star Wars quotes from the Bible. “From the Bible,” you ask?  Yes.  And it has a great implication for Dads – especially as your kids enter middle and high […]

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Jan
14

How to be the Favorite

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I was the favorite once.  Then I wasn’t. Then I was!  But then . . . There is some, of what I will affectionately call ‘loose,’ science on birth order and affinity toward a certain parent.  In general, firstborn kids are more ‘like’ (have personality affinity toward) the Mom.  Second-born share a preponderance of personality traits with Dad.  Generally they even […]

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Jan
03

All the Memories they Forgot

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Of all my blog articles, this one might be my MOST CONTROVERSIAL. This one could get me fired from CWAHM, or banned from the Internet, or cause me to receive death threats. But, at some level I’m a truth-telling journalist and I must be true to the facts. So, here we go: Your kids will […]

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Dec
07

The Experienced Sailor Dad

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I follow some sailing folks on Instagram. I don’t know how it happened. I usually follow friends, Star Wars posts, and people with unique animals, but somehow I started following some sailors that were posting about their life on large cargo ships. Then, I started to get other boat crews and sailors following me. Some […]

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Jul
23

Covert Code for your Kids

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I wrote a previous article about teaching your kids a code of ethics/values.  It was awesome and you can read it here.    This article is about the type of code that is a lot more clandestine . . . that is to say “secret,” and can help your kids manage social interactions without their […]

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Jun
07

Leading When You’re Wrong

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Here’s one of the famous quotes and jokes from my Dad: “I don’t make mistakes.  Except for that one time that I thought I made a mistake . . .  but it turned out that I didn’t . . . so that was actually a mistake.” That’s the point when my sister, my mom, and I would […]

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May
24

It’s Your Dad Thing

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A brief quote of lyrics from the Isley Brothers:  It’s your thing  Do what you wanna do Don’t let the world tell you how to be a good dad.  Sure, let the Bible tell you how to be a good dad.  But not the world.  Not Facebook, or your buddies, or, yeah, I’m going to […]

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Jan
24

Father Vs. Son in Electronic Showdown

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Today I have an extra-special researcher and guest columnist co-writing for this article:  my son Toby Washburn. He’s ‘here’ to give his opinion and related facts as to why computer/video games are beneficial and how kids should be allowed to play them at all times.  I asked him to write with me on this, because […]

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May
03

Play Date Haskell Style

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This turned into a really long series on Dads facilitating good manners and etiquette. Well, mostly it was a long series because I TOOK THREE MONTHS OFF. But I’m back to finish off our series with one of the big issues our kids experience in testing their manners in social situations: The Play Date. But […]

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Dec
29

The Manner of Social Media Manners

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If you are reading this blog, then you probably are pretty good at social media. You might have navigated here from Facebook, or heard a Tweet, or someone e-mailed you about the great articles on Christian Work at Home Ministries. Maybe you Googled to get here directly, but chances are you use social media on […]

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Nov
29

Series Interruption for the Playground

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I n the last article we took a short side-step from our Mr. Manners series to talk about one of the greatest potential God-centered holidays, Halloween.  So for this article we were planning to get back on track and talk about Social Media Manners for your kids.  It’s a great topic and we’ll definitely feature […]

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Oct
31

When in Rome – Dads Celebrate Halloween

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In the world of expressions people use, “When in Rome, do as the Roman’s do.” is one that you might hear, even in our contemporary society distanced from ancient Rome. The expression has roots in the Bible, to the Apostle Paul expressing how to reach your community: 1 Corinthians 9:20-22 20 To the Jews I became […]

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Oct
18

Knock Knock Knockin’ on Friend’s Doors

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Quick Preamble:  The organic flow of kids I didn’t have personal experience with social interaction much as a kid.  I grew up in an Amish area, and the nearest neighbor with a child my age was miles away (several cornfields at least).  So, I had to learn much of the information on dealing with neighborhood […]

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Sep
20

Grocery Store etiquette

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Brad, you gave us some great ideas for dads to teach kids good behavior in a waiting room situation.  But what about the grocery store?  My kids are unholy terrors when I take them shopping. Ok, so in actuality no one really asked that question.  But they should have!  Because the grocery store is one […]

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Sep
01

Last Comic Sitting . . . in the Waiting Room.

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My wife has white coat syndrome.  She grew up in a military family where she was taught to respect people in authority, especially if they are wearing a uniform.  Doctors wear a uniform and are in authority at their office so they benefit from the double-whammy of respect from her.  So my wife gets pretty […]

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