Advice for Fathers


Sometimes negative guidelines are at least as helpful as positive ones, often more so. It's often useful for a father to know what not to do that is, what to avoid in a complicated family situation.

I used to ask veteran fathers (men whose children had grown and gone) what warnings or other "negative know-how" they'd pass on to younger Dads. In paraphrase, here are some bits of hard-earned fatherly wisdom they shared with me....

James B. Stenson spoke at Carnegie Mellon University
in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, February 2, 2008.

Successful Fathers morning session Part 1 of 2
James B. Stenson offers his experience and advice to fathers.
(1 hour, 13 minutes) (66.8MB)

Successful Fathers morning session Part 2 of 2
James B. Stenson offers his experience and advice to fathers.
(1 hour, 10 minutes) (61.52MB)

Successful Fathers afternoon session
James B. Stenson offers his experience and advice to high school men.
(55 minutes) (48.26MB)


James Stenson. "Advice for Fathers".

This folio is excerpted from Father, the Family Protector by James B. Stenson, available from Scepter Publishers or online booksellers such as

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James Stenson is the author of Anchor: God's Promises of Hope to Parents, Compass: A Handbook on Parent Leadership, Upbringing: A Discussion Handbook For Parents of Young Children and Lifeline: The Religious Upbringing of Your Children among others. Mr. Stenson is also the author of numerous articles and booklets including the very popular "Preparing for Peer Pressure, A Guide for Parents of Young Children" and "Successful Fathers The Subtle but Powerful Ways Fathers Mold Their Children's Characters". An educator, author, and public speaker, Stenson was the co-founder of The Heights School in suburban Washington, D.C. and founder and first headmaster of Northridge Preparatory School in suburban Chicago.

Copyright 2005 James Stenson