17 Fun and Fresh Family Ideas for Father’s Day 2017!

Need help figuring out what to do this Father's Day?

If you are like me, Father’s Day can get a bit stressful, especially when trying to figure out how to spend the day.

Well, I want to help you relieve that stress so you can enjoy every minute of your special day this year!  I created a list of 17 Fun and Fresh Family Ideas for Father’s Day so you can enjoy your Sunday, stress-free!

17 Fun and Fresh Family Ideas for Father’s Day 2017

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Community of Dads – Mark LaMaster

June 2, 2017
Hosted by Rick A. Morris

Episode Description

Rick will interview Mark LaMaster, author of Friday Night Lights for Fathers and Sons, about his Community of Dads project. From Mark, “Is it just me, or when us dads get together, why do we end up talking about the weather, sports, and work? Rarely, if ever, do we talk about dad stuff. Why? Well, the more I learn about and experience with other dads, I have realized that most of us just don’t know how to start the conversation. Or, we think that if we bring up the topic of fatherhood, we might sound insecure, weak, or maybe even a bit weird. Let’s admit it, talking about fatherhood can be a bit awkward! But I have also learned through my group coaching programs that dads will talk about their insecurities, concerns, and are open to advice from other dads if they are within a trusting and supportive environment. That’s why I have created the Community of Dads, an online community for dads where dads can come to connect, grow, and share in their fatherhood journey.”




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Date: June 2, 2017
Time: 16:00
Appearance: The Work Life Balance Show with Rick A. Morris
Outlet: VoiceAmerica.com
Format: Radio


Parenting Life Hacks with Mark LaMaster

KROC 106.9 and Danielle Teal

A huge thanks to Danielle Teal and KROC 106.9 FM in Rochester, MN, for doing a story on my book and coaching programs!

In the article, Parenting Life Hacks with Mark LaMaster, Danielle shares how I started on my journey to become an author, coach, and speaker.  She also describes the Game Day concepts of my book, Friday Night Lights for Fathers and Sons.

The most powerful portion of the article includes one of my favorite father and son transformative stories that resulted from a dad who went through Game Day 1 with his son.

Click HERE to check out the article, Parenting Life Hacks with Mark LaMaster, by Danielle Teal.

Thanks again Danielle and KROC!

Besides being a radio host for KROC, Danielle Teal is also the founder of the Random Acts of Kindness group in Rochester.

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A Dad’s Dash

What does your "dash" reveal about your life?

Dads, have you ever read an obituary and thought about what yours would say?  Or, have you been to a funeral and pictured what the pastor would say about your life?

I have.  Is that weird?  I hope not.  But, for those of you who haven’t yet had these thoughts, I can tell you that it can be a pretty powerful way of taking a look at the priorities in your life!

I don’t read a lot of poetry, but one of my all-time favorite poems is “The Dash,” by Linda Ellis.  Ellis wrote “The Dash” during an afternoon in 1996—a relatively short poem, just 36 lines and only 236 words.  However, since then, this poem has touched millions of lives.

While I am not a poet by trade, I thought I would take an afternoon to write a dad-specific version inspired by the original poem.

I would love to share my poem with you!  Would you like to read it?

A Dad’s Dash

by Mark LaMaster

Dads, on the day that your eulogy is read,

Your life will be summed up in a paragraph or two.

Memories will be shared and tears will be shed.

From birth until death, these words will define you


In the busyness of this life we may not notice,

But each and every day we are building our legacy—

How we will be remembered and how others will quote us

How we handled life whether it was great or messy


The poem, “The Dash,” tells us that our dash

Represents all of the time we have spent on earth.

Dads, we know that this life goes by in a flash

And that our Dad Dash started from the day of our kids’ birth.


From this day on, let’s develop our Dad Dash.

Let’s pursue our family with fervency and passion.

Let us not tread the water of life, but make a splash

In a culture that cultivates consumerism, vanity, and fashion.


May our lights shine before other men

In such a way that they may see our good deeds.

Let’s lead with intention and not let life just happen.

Let’s use our gifts and give our family what it needs.


May our Dad Dash show how we were bold

And how we stood firm in our faith led by grace—

Watching over our family, young and old

Each day, without exception, seeking His face


So, when our Dad Dash is read on the day we are laid to rest

With our family sitting before us in the front row,

May our wives and kids say, “He was the best!”

While other lives we touched reflect on how we helped them grow.


May the words generous, selfless, content,

Respectful, trusting, patient, passionate, and intentional

Flow from the lips of the pastor’s statement,

Describing a man that was full of life and multi-dimensional


May your Dad Dash reflect a life of splendor.

Dads, it’s not too late to build your legacy—

A legacy reflecting the love of God and your neighbor.

Join me today and take action in building our destiny!


©2017 Playoff Parenting, LLC.

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Facing My Fears of Fatherhood

Dads, have you ever had a fear of fatherhood?

I certainly have!  And this week, I had the honor of being featured on the FEAR NOT: Living Beyond Your Fears Podcast with Billy J. Atwell, where I was interviewed about how I faced the fear of not being a good father to my kids. In this honest exchange, you will learn:

  • How I overcame the fear of not being a good parent, and how you can do the same.
  • Books that will help you in your journey of parenthood.
  • How my Faith has kept me strong.

Click here to listen (http://bit.ly/fearnotlamaster)!

–I would be honored if you would forward this email on to a dad you know that might need a bit of encouragement!

–Enter now to win a free copy of my book, a bookmark, and award ceremony reminder bands. Enter HERE today!


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Simply Make It Count!

Podcast Interview by Shanda Kay

At a conference I attended in October 2015, the host, Kary Oberbrunner, looked across the crowd before him and said (as I paraphrase), “Look at the people sitting at your table. I believe that you sat next to each other for a reason. As tablemates, you now have a bond that will bring great things!”

I was certainly skeptical. I was in a city that I had never been before and knew no one. “How could I possibly bond with someone I had never met and would only be spending two days at a conference table with?” I thought.

And boy oh boy, Kary was right and I was wrong! Today, I would like to share a story about a bond that was formed with one of my tablemates, Shanda Kay!

Well…actually, both Shanda and I would like to tell you the story! Shanda just launched the “Simply Make It Count” Podcast, and interviewed me as her first guest!!!

Click HERE to get the debut episode of the “Simply Make It Count” Podcast!

If you can’t listen now, just download it and listen to it on the way to work tomorrow morning.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the “Simply Make It Count Podcast” on iTunes today!

A huge thanks to Shanda Kay for creating the podcast and for sharing our story!




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I am honored to be speaking at the February Christian Business Leaders Luncheon on February 7, 2017!

Register Today!

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Date: February 7, 2017
Time: 12:00-0100 p.m.
Event: Rochester Christian Business Leaders Luncheon
Sponsor: Christian Business Leaders of Rochester
Venue: Canadian Honker Events at Apache
Location: 1517 16th St SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Playoff Parenting 2017 Reader Survey Results

At the beginning of the month, I sent out my 2017 reader survey.  I decided to do a reader survey this year because I believe it will help me improve the content I create for you!  Over the past week, I have been analyzing the results and wanted to share them with you.  I will also share how I plan on using the feedback to better serve you in the coming year.

Here is What the Numbers Revealed

The numbers revealed the following reader profile for The Playoff Parenting Blog.

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3 Lessons We Can Learn from the Chinese About Raising Boys

While researching my current project, “Friday Night Lights for Fathers and Daughters,” I ran across an article that caught my eye.  But, it wasn’t about raising daughters.  The article was actually about China’s attempt to fight its masculinity crisis among its boys.

While the U.S. embraces feminism, China is struggling to regain masculinity.

Last month, China published its first ever “textbook for boys to help them embrace their masculinity amid a ‘gender crisis,’” states Eva Li of The South China Morning Post.

 The recently published book, Little Men, will be required reading for boys in the 4th and 5th grade with the purpose of helping them become more courageous and to focus more on their masculinity.

Little Men covers topics such as the differences between boys and girls, the importance of the father-son relationship, and the importance of nature and money management.  (Sounds a bit familiar).

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“My 12 Minute Conversation with Engel Jones!”
by Engel Jones

Honored to have been interviewed on the 12 Minute Convos podcast with Engel Jones! You can listen to my interview HERE.

I would love to have you listen to my conversation with Engel Jones as we talk about the privilege of parenting our children!

Check out Engel’s website HERE and make sure you subscribe to his podcast on iTunes!

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