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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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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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Aug
18

That’s racist!

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Author’s Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of CWAHM, the spectacular editor and counselor Jill Hart, or evangelical Christians.  As always, I encourage/invite you to appropriately comment or start a dialog if you are offended by this topic or by the opinions contained within . . . Recently I’ve […]

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Jul
28

Name that . . .

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I think it is a guy’s job to name things of importance. Good thing that this blog column is for Dads and females aren’t reading it . . . right? Right? Oh man, I think I’m in dangerous waters. First, let me start with the Bible. In the Beginning account in Genesis, Adam’s job was […]

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Jul
14

Anime PSA

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You’ve probably figured out by reading my other articles that I have boys.  And I, myself, am a dude. But, I think this article will apply to dudes that are dads of both genders of offspring.  Because Anime is popular and rising in popularity AND it’s prevalent in your everyday life.  I was in the […]

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Jun
29

Be a Desert Daddy

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Sometimes I hang out with Pastors.  This is a confession. Because pastors are human, and they are involved in a difficult role; ergo they are not always the easiest people to “hang out” with.  Pastors are burdened with their service to their ministry, and with their relationship to their spouse, and many of them are […]

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Jun
08

Teach Them How to Beat You

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Periodically, I get a brave teenager who wants to befriend me on Facebook.  I say ‘brave’ because they first will have to put up with my frequent uncool posts.  The ones where I take a picture of the lava lamp by my desk and speak in terms of “groovy.”  Or the ones where I post […]

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Apr
21

Fight the Power!

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I have a wonderful niece that I love dearly. And I hope she doesn’t read this blog. She’s not a dude, so that narrows my chances of her finding it online. She probably doesn’t search out excellent ways on how to be a Work at Home Mom either (she’s still a teen). She’s also not […]

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Apr
08

My Strategy for Destruction

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Today’s Guest Blogger:  Lucifer Today we feature a special guest-blogger.  His worldwide impact and diverse works include the Holocaust, mass murder, politics, North Korea, and even sin in general.  His exploits are famous and too numerous to count. but he’s here today to talk about some of the practical strategies and techniques that made him […]

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Mar
22

Dino-War Part II (A.K.A. DWII)

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First, read my last article on Jurassic Basics. Go ahead and do it now; I’ll wait. [sound of whistling, Brad checking his Facebook] Great, you’re back. I’ll sum up the issue: Your kids are caught in a war between mainstream ‘pop’ science and true science. On one side, there is mainstream media driving the science […]

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Mar
08

Jurassic Basics

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It’s hard to avoid dinosaurs. Even if you are a father of girls, it is hard to avoid dinosaurs. Barney. Ice Age. The Good Dinosaur.  The Land Before Time.  Even harder if your kids go to public school. Our topic today may seem like it’s off the ‘beaten path’ for dads. But dinosaurs are hard […]

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