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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I invite you to join me at Barnes & Noble Apache Mall on Saturday, June 17, from 11am-3pm, as I sign copies of my book, Friday Night Lights for Fathers and Sons!

A perfect gift just in time for Father’s Day!

A percentage of all proceeds from all purchases at Barnes & Noble Apache Mall (coffee, books, music, puzzles, games, etc.) will be donated to the Rochester Area Family YMCA!

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Date: June 17, 2017
Time: 11:00-15:00
Event: Barnes & Noble Apache Mall Book Signing
Topic: Barnes & Noble Book Signing
Sponsor: Rochester Area Family YMCA
Venue: Apache Mall Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Location: Rochester, MN
Public: Public

The Work/Life Balance Radio Show

Community of Dads-Mark LaMaster

My nationally syndicated radio show debut!  A huge thanks to Rick A. Morris, host of The Work/Life Balance.  You can listen to the show now by clicking on the play button below OR listen to it later by downloading it from iTunes HERE

Make sure to save your seat for my next Community of Dads Webinar now!  Click HERE to grab your seat!

Rick is also the author of No Day But Today, which hit the press earlier this year!  I highly recommend this book to all parents as it gives a template of all the roles we have in our lives.  You can order your copy by clicking on the book cover below!

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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


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Date: April 15, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Event: Barnes & Noble Book Signing - Sioux City, Iowa
Topic: Barnes & Noble Book Signing
Sponsor: Barnes & Noble - Sioux City
Public: Public


30-Day Dadvotion Challenge

Devotions for Dads written by Dads

Dads, Are You Up For the 30-Day Dadvotion Challenge?

In only a few minutes a day, for the next 30 days, these Dadvotions will challenge you to reflect on your fatherhood: past, present, and future.

Each Dadvotion will help you discover or rediscover why you chose to become a father and will empower you to become the dad you always dreamed of becoming.

Through inspiring real-life stories shared from dads from all walks of life and daily verses from scripture, you will be motivated to “Be a Dad Today!”

Take the 30-Day Dadvotion Challenge NOW!

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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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