We don’t need fathers! …Or, do we?

By Zeke Pipher on May 25, 2016

My son is connected to my wife through strong, natural bonds. Her body kept his alive for two years. For his first nine months, her voice was the soundtrack of his universe, and it will always be a melody of…

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Dads who are present… long after they're gone

By Zeke Pipher on November 4, 2015

I’m still smiling. A couple weeks ago, my son Aidan and I were invited on a father-child deer hunt to northern Nebraska. What continues to make me happy is not only the fact that my son shot a giant whitetail,…

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Fatherhood, hunting, and fishing… too brutal to go together?

By Zeke Pipher on January 10, 2015

“I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don’t apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.”  – Norman Schwarzkopf I started thinking about being a dad when I was in high school. Fatherhood… what could be more rewarding? Nothing. My…

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Bored by too much to do

By Zeke Pipher on November 18, 2013

“I’m bored, Mom. Give me something to do!” The woman standing behind me at the checkout line of the hardware store handed her son her smartphone, and said, “Here…play with this.” Children seem to be growing up bored today. And…

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Fathers…Superheroes or Superzeroes

By Zeke Pipher on June 3, 2013

“Would you tell me about your dad?” That’s one of my favorite questions to ask another person. Few inquiries surface strong feelings quicker. I’ve had people respond by turning fifty shades of red. Some have sobbed with disappointment. Others have…

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Boys to Men: Hip Bar Mitzvah Video

By Zeke Pipher on February 21, 2013

I’ve got a 9-year old son who is itching on the inside to become a man. He tries to talk in a deep voice, give advice to everyone, including our pets, and volunteer for all the “heavy lifting” chores around…

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Clicking Parties and Other Milestones

By Zeke Pipher on January 14, 2013

Our youngest daughter, Claire, has had a hard time learning to read. Our first two children took to books like honeybees to flowers, but their sister has had a harder time locating the nectar. Awhile back, my wife, Jamie, told…

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Slaying Dragons and Eating Peas

By Zeke Pipher on September 3, 2012

What my nine-year-old son hears: I’m going to be gone for about a week…so you’re the man on the house, Son. You’re the one to slay the Kraken if he’s released in our neighborhood. You’d better sharpen all your weapons,…

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Do You Tell Your Kids When You're Struggling?

By Zeke Pipher on August 17, 2012

  I’ve blogged in the past about being careful to not make our children deal with images from our past that could hurt them. If our transgressions screw-ups have been removed from us as far as the east is from…

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