About Dads Love Lasts and
Why CEO Dads
Claire Annelise Smith, PhD
Author, Speaker, Spiritual Mentor and Coach
I’ve worked with youth all my life, interacting with kids and parents. This has given me a window into the lives of children and their parents. I’ve also looked at the research on parents and children. I’m convinced that it is important that dads build a legacy of love.
In particular, I’ve seen the choices with which you are faced as a corporate dad. You work hard to make a better life for their children. Unfortunately, too often this takes you away from your children. There are demands at work that conflict with your family life.
Despite this, it is as if wherever you turn, you are told to do more and be more. Sometimes it seems as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders.
Bridging the gap between the two worlds, work and family, takes skill.
The truth? Everyone wants something from you. No one listens. No one supports you in your journey to bridge the two worlds and be a dad who raises resilient, compassionate children, who work to build a just world.
Before you know it, you find yourself growing more and more distant from your children. The more they grow, the more inadequate you feel. The more inadequate you feel, the more you pull back. Yet deep within, you want that connection.
Why Love Wins
This is what I know to be true. Dads want a deeper connection with their children.
Here is one other thing to know about me. My Dad was very busy serving others. Along with my mother, he made decisions that would afford us the best opportunities available. It meant that he was not always physically present.
I learned from my Dad that even when distance separates you, love wins. This is a love that works to know the other person while seeking the best for them
My Dad was emotionally and mentally invested in us. Yet, I have memory gaps. He is absent from my memory of certain periods of my life.
How It Works
Dr. Claire brings her decades of experience to serve you using the AIR model (Awareness, Investment, Results). Through this model, she will work with you to assess where you are in relation to raising compassionate, resilient children who work for a just world, your specific goals toward this end, and actions you will take to achieve those goals. Dr. Claire will not stop there, however. She will work with and support you as you take these actions to accomplish your goals in relation to your children.