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June 7, 2014

'Just Dad' to help families

Conference to help fathers strengthen relationships

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Taylor said fathers should take advantage of the entire weekend so they can build stronger relationships with their families.

“There are so many fathers out there who want to be good fathers and are doing the best they can with the tools they have,” she said. “I think it’s important to increase that arsenal and that we give men more to work with.”

The conference is about helping different models of parenting. Taylor said there are various types of families. Sometimes dads didn’t have an example of how to handle certain family dynamics when they were growing up.

Some elements of the conference are faith-based, Thigpen said, but they’re still universally based. Even if someone isn’t a Christian, there are Christian elements to being a parent.

“You have to have faith to father,” he said. “You’re going to make mistakes, you’re going to get things wrong. There’s a redemption factor for fathers.”

Thigpen said members of his congregation, people from other churches and non-Christians have attended the dance in the past, and they’re all more than welcome to the conference.

Scholarships are also available for fathers who may not be able to afford to attend, Thigpen said.

The conference is about empowerment, encouragement and elevating spirits, he added.

“It’s about honoring dads,” he said. “We have a lot of good dads that go unrecognized.”

To register or apply for a scholarship, go to justdad.org. Registration should be completed by Wednesday, but walk-ins to events are welcomed if space is available.

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