Build something with your kids

As a dad who is pretty poor with his hands, I was concerned when my middle son asked me to build a toolbox with him from blueprints he found in a children’s book.

Growing up, I never did something like that with my father, and in fact felt left out when other cub scouts made space derby rockets with their dads.

Needless to say, I jumped in, and the experience couldn’t have been more fun or satisfying. In fact, it has led to some regular projects together, projects that he knows are new not only to him, but to me, and that it will be an adventure diving in together.


The local fathering effort, in cooperation with the National Center for Fathering, provides bi-weekly action ideas to stimulate conversation between fathers and parents.

For more information, or to join local conversations, contact

Mick Trombley at

David Eggebeen at

Robert Orndorff at

Marc McCann at 237-1719 or