A Father’s F.I.G.H.T.

with Mark LaMaster

Presented by the
Rochester Area Fatherhood Network

Friday, September 22, 3-4 p.m.

Rochester MN Adult and Teen Challenge

Join local author, speaker, and parent coach, Mark LaMaster, as he equips and encourages dads through 3 real-life rounds of fatherhood.  Mark will share practical parenting tips that will help you through the ups and downs of being a dad.

Are you ready to step into the ring?

Reserve your spot today before the final bell!



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Date: September 22, 2017—March 18, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm
Event: A Father's F.I.G.H.T
Topic: Fatherhood
Sponsor: Rochester Area Fatherhood Network
Venue: Rochester MN Adult and Teen Challenge
(507) 288-3733
Location: 1530 Assisi Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Rochester, MN 55901
Public: Public

7 Ways to Celebrate National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day

Today’s post is a reminder for all of you dads and daughters out there.  As many of you know, I am currently in the middle of writing my next book, Friday Night Lights for Fathers and Daughters, due this Fall.  During my research, I stumbled upon something I wanted to share with all of you.

This Friday, July 7, is National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day!

According to the National Day Calendar website,

National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day was created to promote the benefits of family bonding time between fathers and daughters as well as the benefits of physical activity. The memories that are made during your time together will stay with you forever.

So, put some time on your calendar this Friday to walk with your dad/daughter. If that is not possible, think of your father or daughter while you walk.

In order to recognize this special day for dads and daughters, I thought I would share a few fun ideas to help get you started!

7 Ways to Celebrate National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day

1.Walk a Trail

Choose a trail and start walking.  American Trails has put together “The World’s Largest Online Trails Resource.”  Explore something new and set out on a memorable journey together.

2. Walk the Mall

Dads, this might not be your favorite choice, but I can almost guarantee your daughter will love it!  Be willing to go to her favorite stores and make sure to hit the food court for a snack.

3. Walk for a Challenge

Challenge your dad/daughter to a step challenge.  Whether you have a Fitbit, Apple Watch, or any other fitness tracker, challenge each other to see who gets the most steps during your walk or during the entire day!

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What Daughters Wish Their Dads Knew About Them

Father’s Day 2017 was awesome!  A huge thank you to all of you that stopped by Barnes & Noble book signing and have listened to my recent podcasts and radio interviews.

Now that the excitement of Father’s Day 2017 has come and gone, I am focused on writing my next book for fathers and daughters.  The working title is Friday Night Lights for Fathers and Daughters! 

I am super excited about this project.  After having one book under my belt, I am able to focus more on the writing rather than the process.  I must admit, the second book has been a bit more challenging to write, mostly because I want to give dads the latest and greatest advice based on current research, my coaching experiences, and what is most relevant for our tween to teenaged daughters.

A few years ago, fellow blogger, Jonathan Holt asked his two teenage daughters this hypothetical question:

“What do you think your friends wish their dads knew?” 

 His daughters came up with some great ideas.

So, I thought I would adapt his question and ask for your help as I continue to seek out the best fatherhood information for the dads who read my next book.

If you are willing to help me out, please click the appropriate link below:

Dads, click here:  Dads, would you be willing to ask your tween or teenage daughter what they wish you knew about them?

Moms, click here:  Moms, would you be willing to share what you wish your dad knew about you while you were a tween or teenager?   

 I would love for you to join me as I set out to write a book that will enable dads and daughters to develop deeper and more meaningful relationships!

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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.