Daniel Ruyter's "Dear Son" Post Series
Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.
You Are Why I Write
As dads, one of our biggest responsibilities is raising well-rounded, informed, intelligent and empathetic children. I try to take that very seriously, but also know the harder you try to teach your child, sometimes the less receptive they are to learning those lessons.
I started the “Dear Son” series of posts on my “dad blog” to explore my past, present and future relationship I have with my sons.
I Wrote a Book!
Dating as a single parent can be tough. I know this firsthand because I was a single dad after my divorce. Whether you’re a single dad, single mom or not single at all, I promise you’ll enjoy reading about my experiences!
“Dear Son” Blog Post Series
It’s not all about legacy, but I do often think about what I will leave behind for my sons to remember me by. I hope these posts contribute to my legacy as a dad. I also hope these lessons will some day sink in for my sons. Many of these lessons fall on deaf ears today, but as they grow and grow up, I think they’ll come to appreciate the insight and wisdom that a dad can provide his children.
A letter from a father to his son about the lost art of playing outside. Kids should be allowed to just be kids and should be encouraged to go outside.
Photographer's note: The photo above is of my 5 year old son posing for me. I asked him to sit in front of the door and "act like you're in trouble." Of course I told him he wasn't in any trouble. He is actually very good at "pretending" (acting), often putting on his...
Dear Son, One thing I've learned in life is not to take everything at face value. Some of life's lessons you'll learn on your own; some of them I can pass along to you. Here are just a few of the "Just Because's" I'd like you to learn. I hope you can teach me some...
Dear Son, Along the way, there are certain events that are rights of passage of sorts for us guys: your first girlfriend, your first county fair, your first baseball or football game, your first kiss...the list goes on. We've come to one of those events in your life....